Biology Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).

BIOLOGY MAJOR

Complete a minimum of 69 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. BIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 6 courses for 23 semester hours:

    BIOL 112 Principles of Biology I 4
    BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II 4
    BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology 4
    BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
    BIOL 380 Genetics 4
    BIOL 490 Senior Seminar in Biology 3
  2. BIOLOGY MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 1 course in each of the following areas. (One course cannot be used in 2 areas).

    1. CELL & MOLECULAR

      Complete 1 course from: . (BIOL 486 may be used if topic is Cell & Molecular)

      BIOL 350 Microbiology 4
      BIOL 433 Developmental Biology 4
      BIOL 434 Introductory Molecular Biology 3
      BIOL 435 Experimental Molecular Biology 3
      BIOL 444 Cell Physiology 3
      BIOL 445 Immunology 3
      BIOL 446 Endocrinology 3
      BIOL 457 Virology 3
      BIOL 475 Medical Genetics 3
      BIOL 476 Biology of Cancer 3
      BIOL 482 Research Community I: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 483 Research Community II: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 488 Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology 3-4
      BIOL 497 Genomics 3
    2. ECOLOGY

      Complete 1 course from: . (BIOL 486 may be used if topic is Ecology).

      BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology 4
      BIOL 300 Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues 3
      BIOL 330 Introduction to Animal Behavior 3
      BIOL 370 Principles of Ecology 3
      BIOL 417 Evolutionary Biology 3
      BIOL 420 Economic Botany 3
      BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora 4
      BIOL 430 Ornithology 4
      BIOL 431 Entomology 3
      BIOL 436 Phylogenetic Zoology 4
      BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography 3
      BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology 3
      BIOL 484 Research Community I: Ecology 4
      BIOL 485 Research Community II: Ecology 4
    3. ORGANISMAL

      Complete 1 course from: . (BIOL 486 may be used if topic is Organismal)

      BIOL 417 Evolutionary Biology 3
      BIOL 420 Economic Botany 3
      BIOL 425 Elementary Plant Physiology 3
      BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora 4
      BIOL 432 Medical Entomology 3
      BIOL 433 Developmental Biology 4
      BIOL 436 Phylogenetic Zoology 4
      BIOL 439 Biology of Animal Parasites 3
      BIOL 440 Gross Mammalian Anatomy 4
      BIOL 441 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4
      BIOL 442 Human Physiology 4
      BIOL 443 Vertebrate Embryology 4
      BIOL 445 Immunology 3
      BIOL 446 Endocrinology 3
      BIOL 447 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3
      BIOL 448 Mammalian Microanatomy 4
      BIOL 450 Medical Microbiology 3
      BIOL 457 Virology 3
      BIOL 476 Biology of Cancer 3
      BIOL 480 Research Community I: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 481 Research Community II: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 489 Selected Topics in Organismal Biology 3-4
    4. RESEARCH

      Complete 1 course for a minimum of 3 semester hours from the following list

      BICL 404 Plant and Animal Histological Techniques 3
      BICL 405 Cell Culture 3
      BICL 406 Scanning Electron Microscopy 4
      BIOL 409 Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education) 1-4
      BIOL 411 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
      BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research 1-4
      BIOL 480 Research Community I: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 481 Research Community II: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 482 Research Community I: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 483 Research Community II: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 484 Research Community I: Ecology 4
      BIOL 485 Research Community II: Ecology 4
    5. ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE

      Complete a minimum of 3 semester hours from the following:

      BICL 404 Plant and Animal Histological Techniques 3
      BICL 405 Cell Culture 3
      BICL 406 Scanning Electron Microscopy 4
      BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology 4
      BIOL 300 Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues 3
      BIOL 330 Introduction to Animal Behavior 3
      BIOL 350 Microbiology 4
      BIOL 370 Principles of Ecology 3
      BIOL 409 Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education) 1-4
      BIOL 411 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
      BIOL 417 Evolutionary Biology 3
      BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research 1-4
      BIOL 420 Economic Botany 3
      BIOL 425 Elementary Plant Physiology 3
      BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora 4
      BIOL 430 Ornithology 4
      BIOL 431 Entomology 3
      BIOL 432 Medical Entomology 3
      BIOL 433 Developmental Biology 4
      BIOL 434 Introductory Molecular Biology 3
      BIOL 435 Experimental Molecular Biology 3
      BIOL 436 Phylogenetic Zoology 4
      BIOL 439 Biology of Animal Parasites 3
      BIOL 440 Gross Mammalian Anatomy 4
      BIOL 441 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4
      BIOL 442 Human Physiology 4
      BIOL 443 Vertebrate Embryology 4
      BIOL 444 Cell Physiology 3
      BIOL 445 Immunology 3
      BIOL 446 Endocrinology 3
      BIOL 447 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3
      BIOL 448 Mammalian Microanatomy 4
      BIOL 450 Medical Microbiology 3
      BIOL 457 Virology 3
      BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography 3
      BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology 3
      BIOL 475 Medical Genetics 3
      BIOL 476 Biology of Cancer 3
      BIOL 480 Research Community I: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 481 Research Community II: Organism Biology 4
      BIOL 482 Research Community I: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 483 Research Community II: Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 484 Research Community I: Ecology 4
      BIOL 485 Research Community II: Ecology 4
      BIOL 486 Selected Topics in Biology 3-4
      BIOL 489 Selected Topics in Organismal Biology 3-4
      BIOL 497 Genomics 3
  3. COLLATERAL CHEMISTRY COURSES

    Complete the following 5 courses:

    CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 4
    CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CHEM 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry I 2
  4. COLLATERAL PHYSICS COURSES

    Complete one of the following sequences for 8 semester hours:

    1. Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

      PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
      PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
    2. Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

      PHYS 193 College Physics I 4
      PHYS 194 College Physics II 4
  5. COLLATERAL MATHEMATICS COURSES

    Complete one of the following sequences:

    1. Complete 2 courses for 7 semester hours: .

      MATH 109 Statistics 3
      MATH 111 Applied Precalculus 4
    2. Complete 2 courses for 7 semester hours:

      MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics 3
      MATH 116 Calculus A 4
    3. Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

      MATH 122 Calculus I 4
      MATH 221 Calculus II 4

Course Descriptions:

BICL404: Plant and Animal Histological Techniques

Basic techniques and skills in preparation of permanent microscopic slides of plant and animal tissue. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BICL405: Cell Culture

Theory of and practice in working with living cells: tissue culture techniques, cell communication, differentiation, regeneration and aging in several living cell systems. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BICL406: Scanning Electron Microscopy

Introduction to theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy. Includes specimen preparation, scanning electron microscope operation, electron specimen interactions/imagery, and microanalysis. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIMS220: Introduction to Marine Biology

A field and laboratory oriented course covering the characteristics of marine plants and animals. The course is designed to provide the student with experience in collecting and identifying local marine flora and fauna. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

BIOL112: Principles of Biology I

Principles of Biology I involves the study of life from molecule to multicellular organism with focus on structure and function of cells, mechanisms of heredity and change, and the ways in which these processes shape higher levels of biological organization. This course is designed to fulfill the first core course requirement of the biology major. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL113: Principles of Biology II

Principles of Biology II will provide an introductory level study of biodiversity and the origins of life, phylogenetic relationships among organisms, genetics, developmental biology, reproduction, the biology of populations and communities, and ecosystem processes. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL213: Introduction to Ecology

Semester-long field oriented course designed as an introduction to the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and characterizing the variety of habitats in New Jersey through field observations, group and individual projects and specimen collection. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology

An introduction to the chemistry, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics covered include membrane structure and transport processes, bioenergetics and energy transformations in cells, DNA replication and expression, protein synthesis, and cell movement. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C-" or better.

BIOL300: Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues

Analysis of ecological problems of today's population trends and control, food production, environmental deterioration, waste disposal etc. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL330: Introduction to Animal Behavior

Concepts and theories of the sensory world of animals and behavioral patterns resulting in environmental adaptations. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or better.

BIOL350: Microbiology

A study of bacteria, yeast, molds and other microorganisms in relation to modern biological concepts and the welfare of man. Standard techniques employed in the laboratory. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and CHEM 120.

BIOL370: Principles of Ecology

To acquaint the biology majors with the general principles of ecology, population dynamics and adaptations of plants and animals to the various habitats. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL380: Genetics

Lecture and lab. Heredity, gene and chromosomal structure and function, gene regulation, mutation and repair, genes in populations, genetic manipulation, and applied genetics are covered. Lab exercises demonstrate genetic concepts. A semester-long project with research paper is required. Required of all biology majors and minors. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Biology, Molecular Biology and Science Informatics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better and CHEM 120.

BIOL409: Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education)

Full or part-time work in an established laboratory with a scientific investigator for the duration of the term. () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIOL411: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy

Basic theory and practice of electron microscopy. Specimen preparation, ultramicrotomy, microscopy, photographic preparation of final print, interpretation of results. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230.

BIOL417: Evolutionary Biology

Mechanisms and processes underlying biological evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, quantitative genetics and speciation. The central organizing principle of life science, evolutionary biology investigates the study of molecular biology, organisms, and ecology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380.

BIOL418: Biology Independent Research

Under the guidance of a sponsor, students will investigate individual problems of appropriate scope. A written and/or oral report is required. (Offered on demand.) () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 3.0 and departmental approval.

BIOL420: Economic Botany

Importance of plants to the world in general and to man in particular. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 if completed prior to Fall 2002.)

BIOL425: Elementary Plant Physiology

Major physiological processes of the flowering plant: growth, metabolism, photosynthesis, respiration, water relations and mineral nutrition. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 and BIOL 230 and CHEM 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL426: New Jersey Flora

Field identification of mosses, liverworts, ferns, and seed plants in a variety of habitats. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL430: Ornithology

The biology, identification, and natural history of birds in a variety of habitats. Laboratory includes trips on a varying schedule. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL431: Entomology

Identification, physiology and ecology of common insect families. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL432: Medical Entomology

The study of arthropods that are vectors of diseases afflicting man and domestic animals. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL433: Developmental Biology

This course discusses the concepts and principles that are rapidly emerging from studies of developmental processes in animals. We shall consider egg organization, origins of cell differences, molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation, cell movements, inductive interactions in animals, long-range signaling mechanisms, and the cellular and molecular processes underlying pattern formation. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 380, and CHEM 231.

BIOL434: Introductory Molecular Biology

This course is designed to examine the molecular biology of plant and animal cells. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 350, and 380, and CHEM 370.

BIOL435: Experimental Molecular Biology

A laboratory course that will introduce biology and molecular biology majors to the basic techniques of modern molecular biology. Techniques to be covered include nucleic acid isolation, restriction enzyme mapping, plasmid manipulation and subcloning, genomic library construction, PCR amplification, and DNA sequence analysis. (6 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 434.

BIOL436: Phylogenetic Zoology

Phylogenetic Zoology is a comprehensive survey of evolutionary zoology. The focus of the course is on the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the natural histories of aquatic and terrestrial animals. Integrated lecture and laboratory investigations will explore the anatomy, physiology, diversity, ecology and evolutionary significance of animal clades. This course is designed to fulfill major elective requirements of the biology major. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL439: Biology of Animal Parasites

The basic principles of parasitism. Ecological, morphological, and physiological adaptations for parasitism. Evolution of parasites and integration with the host. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 with a grade of "C-" or better (or BIOL 132 with a grade of "C-" or better if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL440: Gross Mammalian Anatomy

Functional mammalian anatomy at the microscopic and gross level. Laboratory dissection of the cat and study of selected organs and anatomical models. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 with a grade of "C-" or better (or BIOL 132 with a grade of "C-" or better if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL441: Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

A critical analysis of the ontogeny and morphology of the protochordates and chordates, and their phylogenetic relationships drawn from the fossil record, evolutionary trends, and comparisons of homologies and analogies. Materials include: extensive dissections, outside readings, and field trip to the American Museum of Natural History. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BIOL442: Human Physiology

Functions of animal organs and systems with emphasis on maintenance of homeostasis. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or better.

BIOL443: Vertebrate Embryology

Developmental anatomy of the vertebrates, especially amphibian, chick and human. General concepts of development and cell differentiation. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 and CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BIOL444: Cell Physiology

Advanced course in cell function. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL445: Immunology

Cellular and humoral immunal responses, immunoglobulins, antigen-antibody reactions, immunopathology, transplantation and blood transfusion. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL446: Endocrinology

Basic anatomy and physiology of the mammalian endocrine glands with special attention directed to the human endocrine glands. The interrelationships between the various endocrines including neural control and the role of these glands in maintaining the homeostasis of the body will be stressed. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL447: Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Introduction to the study of chemicals that have biological effects, with special emphasis on those with medical importance. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and CHEM 230.

BIOL448: Mammalian Microanatomy

Detailed examination of mammalian tissues using both light and electron micrographic analyses. Epithelial, connective, muscle, nervous and gametic tissues will be thoroughly examined as they occur structurally and functionally within mammalian organ systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) and BIOL 230.

BIOL450: Medical Microbiology

The course is designed to acquaint the biology major with those microorganisms which cause disease, the prevention of disease, therapeutic agents to control microbial diseases and the body's natural defense mechanisms. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 350.

BIOL457: Virology

This course will develop the fundamental principles of modern virology and examine the connection between viruses and disease. It will examine the molecular biology of virus replication, infection, gene expression, the structure of virus particles and genomes, pathogenesis, and classification of viruses. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or better.

BIOL460: Biological Oceanography

Biological processes within oceans and estuaries are considered in relation to the physical environment. Field and laboratory work. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL461: Aquatic Ecology

Biological and physical processes of rivers and lakes. Field work and laboratory. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BIOL475: Medical Genetics

A detailed study and analysis of human genetics, inborn genetic diseases, genomics, gene therapy, and the Human Genome Project. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of "C" or better; CHEM 230.

BIOL476: Biology of Cancer

An in depth examination of the biology of cancer, including risk factors, genetics, causes of cancer, metastasis, therapies (conventional and recombinant DNA), and prevention will be presented. This course will also help students develop proficiency in critically evaluating primary scientific articles dealing with cancer. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 380, and CHEM 231.

BIOL480: Research Community I: Organism Biology

Survey of topics and techniques in contemporary organism biology research. Exploration and integration of molecular, cellular, physiological, population and ecological phenomena as they relate to biology at the organism level. Students will prepare and present a scientific research proposal for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002); and BIOL 213, BIOL 230, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232: or departmental approval.

BIOL481: Research Community II: Organism Biology

Team-based independent research on topics in contemporary organismal biology. Students will conduct experimental explorations designed in the prerequisite course, BIOL 480. Students will ultimately prepare and present a scientific research paper for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 480.

BIOL482: Research Community I: Molecular Biology

Survey of topics and techniques in contemporary molecular biology research. Exploration and integration of molecular, cellular, physiological, population and ecological phenomena as they relate to biology at the molecular level. Students will prepare and present a scientific research proposal for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002); and BIOL 213, BIOL 230, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232; or departmental approval.

BIOL483: Research Community II: Molecular Biology

Team-based independent research on topics in contemporary molecular biology. Students will conduct experimental explorations designed in the prerequisite course, BIOL 482. Students will ultimately prepare and present a scientific research paper for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 482.

BIOL484: Research Community I: Ecology

Survey of topics and techniques in contemporary ecology research. Exploration and integration of molecular, cellular, physiological, population and ecological phenomena as they relate to biology at the ecological level. Students will prepare and present a scientific research proposal for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002); and BIOL 213, BIOL 230, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232; or departmental approval.

BIOL485: Research Community II: Ecology

Team-based student independent research on topics in contemporary ecology. Students will conduct experimental explorations designed in the prerequisite course, BIOL 484. Students will ultimately prepare and present a scientific research paper for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 484.

BIOL486: Selected Topics in Biology

This course will acquaint the student with recent developments and specialized content in the biological sciences. Examples of topic areas are: vision science, biological modeling, forensic entomology, disease ecology, pathophysiology, and mitochondrial genomics. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology major. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of 8.0 credits. () 3 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 and BIOL 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL488: Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology

This course will acquaint the student with recent developments and specialized content in cell and molecular biology. Examples of topic areas are: cellular metabolism, cell signaling, molecular analysis and molecular biology of disease. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology and the molecular biology major. May be repeated once for a maximum of 8.0 credits. () 3 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL489: Selected Topics in Organismal Biology

This course will acquaint the student with recent developments and specialized content in organismal biology. Examples of topic areas are: physiology under extreme environments, comparative physiology, structural biology and infectious disease. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology and the molecular biology major. (Variable credit 3-4 semester hours. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 semester hours.) 3 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 or BIOL 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL490: Senior Seminar in Biology

Course which will allow the advanced undergraduate student to study controversial biological, bioethical, and ecological issues in a seminar format. Students will be required to produce written and verbal presentations utilizing peer-reviewed scientific papers. Presentations will be in both individual and group formats. This course is required for Biology seniors. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Senior status in Department of Biology and Molecular Biology.

BIOL497: Genomics

The course will examine the associations among nucleic acid sequence (RNA and DNA), structure, and function in complex biological systems, while treating these systems as biological databases. Both computer program-based and laboratory methods will be discussed to better understand the relationship between nucleic acid sequence and function. Future opportunities and current limitations of genome analyses will be critically addressed. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380, CMPT 183, CHEM 370.

CHEM120: General Chemistry I

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry.

CHEM121: General Chemistry II

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to thermochemistry, kinetics; general acid base, precipitation, redox equilibria, electrochemistry and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM230: Organic Chemistry I

Structure and bonding in organic compounds: nomenclature, reactions, properties, and aromatic compounds: stereochemistry; structure analysis by IR, NMR, UV, and MS; introduction to molecular orbital theory. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 121 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM231: Organic Chemistry II

Nomenclature, reactions, properties, and synthesis of ethers, epoxides, alcohols, amines, and carbonyl compounds; carbohydrates; amino acids, peptides and proteins; pericyclic reactions; synthetic polymers. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM232: Experimental Organic Chemistry I

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 230. Basic techniques for the separation, analysis and synthesis of organic compounds: recrystallization, distillation, extraction, GC, HPLC, TLC, GC/MS, IR, H/C13- NMR, chemical safety methods and regulations. (4 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 is a prerequisite or corequisite.

MATH109: Statistics

Introduction to the use of statistics in the real world. Topics include: analysis and presentation of data, variability and uncertainty in data, techniques of statistical inference and decision-making. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Mathematics. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 051 or MATH 061 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT). Not for majors in Mathematics (MATH), Mathematics with Applied Math concentration (MAAM) or Mathematics-Teacher Education (MTED).

MATH111: Applied Precalculus

This course covers topics, including trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and polynomial functions, that are basic to success in the calculus sequence. Includes applications to Biology, Molecular Biology, and other empirical sciences. Uses graphics calculators extensively. May be substituted for MATH 112 (Precalculus Mathematics). (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Precalculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Precalculus Readiness Test.)

MATH112: Precalculus Mathematics

Binomial theorem, relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, right triangle trigonometry, circular functions. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Precalculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Precalculus Readiness Test.)

MATH116: Calculus A

Differentiation and integration of functions, including trigonometric functions. Applications to biology and geoscience. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Rediness Test.)

MATH122: Calculus I

Limits, continuity; derivative and differentiation; applications of the derivative, maxima, minima, and extreme considerations; antiderivatives; Riemann integral. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Readiness Test.)

MATH221: Calculus II

Riemann integral applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L'Hospital's rule, infinite series. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122.

PHYS191: University Physics I

This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite.

PHYS192: University Physics II

Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.

PHYS193: College Physics I

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion and sound, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100.

PHYS194: College Physics II

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include optics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to modern and nuclear physics, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 193 and MATH 100 or MATH 111 or MATH 112.