Biology Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


BIOLOGY MINOR

Complete 23 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. BIOLOGY MINOR REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    BIOL 112 Principles of Biology I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory) 4
    BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory) 4
  2. BIOLOGY MINOR ELECTIVE OPTIONS

    Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. MOLECULAR OPTION

      Complete the following 4 courses:

      BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
      BIOL 350 Microbiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
      BIOL 380 Genetics (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
      BIOL 434 Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. ECOLOGICAL OPTION

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete .

        BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
      2. Complete 11 semester hours from the following:

        AQUA 351 Aquatic Biological Processes (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 300 Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 330 Introduction to Animal Behavior (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 370 Principles of Ecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 415 Population Genetics (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 417 Evolutionary Biology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 420 Economic Botany (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 429 Herpetology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 430 Ornithology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 431 Entomology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 436 Phylogenetic Zoology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 451 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 493 Molecular Ecology (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. FUNCTIONAL OPTION

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete .

        BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 380 Genetics (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
      2. Complete 7 semester hours from the following:

        BIOL 410 Toxicology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 425 Elementary Plant Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 432 Medical Entomology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 433 Developmental Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory) 4
        BIOL 439 Biology of Animal Parasites (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
        BIOL 440 Gross Mammalian Anatomy (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 441 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 442 Human Physiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 443 Vertebrate Embryology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 444 Cell Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 445 Immunology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 446 Endocrinology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 447 Fundamentals of Pharmacology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 448 Mammalian Microanatomy (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
        BIOL 450 Medical Microbiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 451 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 457 Virology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 468 Neurobiology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 476 Biology of Cancer (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

AQUA351: Aquatic Biological Processes (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Aquatic Biological Processes is a course that introduces students to the fundamental biological systems associated with marine and fresh water communities and serves as the foundation aquatic biological course for the BS/MS program in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, CHEM 120, CHEM 121.

BIMS220: Introduction to Marine Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 or departmental approval.

BIOL112: Principles of Biology I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 with a grade of C- or higher or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL113: Principles of Biology II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 with a grade of C- or higher or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL213: Introduction to Ecology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

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

BIOL300: Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues (3 hours lecture)

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

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

BIOL330: Introduction to Animal Behavior (3 hours lecture)

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

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

BIOL350: Microbiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

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

BIOL370: Principles of Ecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

To acquaint the biology majors with the general principles of ecology, population dynamics and adaptations of plants and animals to the various habitats. 3 sh.

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

BIOL380: Genetics (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

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

BIOL410: Toxicology (3 hours lecture)

Examination of the major classes of toxic agents by identifying characteristics of their toxicity and factors which modify this outcome. Previous course BIOL 310 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL415: Population Genetics (3 hours lecture)

Detailed survey of the theory and application of the genetics of populations. Topics to be covered include Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium and Evolution, Natural and Artificial Selection, Migration, Mutation, Bottlenecks, Random Genetic Drift, and Genetic Variation. Students will learn population genetic principles and the mathematical theory behind those principles. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and departmental approval.

BIOL417: Evolutionary Biology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher AND BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL420: Economic Botany (3 hours lecture)

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

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

BIOL425: Elementary Plant Physiology (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL426: New Jersey Flora (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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

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

BIOL429: Herpetology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Biology of the extant ectothermic tetrapods (amphibians and non-avian reptiles) including field identification, systematics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproduction and ecology. Laboratory includes field trips on a varying schedule. 4 sh.

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

BIOL430: Ornithology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

The biology, identification, and natural history of birds in a variety of habitats. Laboratory includes trips on a varying schedule. 4 sh.

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

BIOL431: Entomology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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

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

BIOL432: Medical Entomology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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

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

BIOL433: Developmental Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL434: Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 350 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 370 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL436: Phylogenetic Zoology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

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

BIOL439: Biology of Animal Parasites (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The basic principles of parasitism. Ecological, morphological, and physiological adaptations for parasitism. Evolution of parasites and integration with the host. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL440: Gross Mammalian Anatomy (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Functional mammalian anatomy at the microscopic and gross level. Laboratory dissection of the cat and study of selected organs and anatomical models. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL441: Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL442: Human Physiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Functions of animal organs and systems with emphasis on maintenance of homeostasis. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL443: Vertebrate Embryology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL444: Cell Physiology (3 hours lecture)

Advanced course in cell function. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL445: Immunology (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL446: Endocrinology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL447: Fundamentals of Pharmacology (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL448: Mammalian Microanatomy (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

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. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL450: Medical Microbiology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 350 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL451: Comparative Animal Physiology (3 hours lecture)

A comparison of physiological processes across vertebrate and invertebrate groups. Topics may include feeding and digestion, energy metabolism, ventilation, circulation, and osmoregulation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL457: Virology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

BIOL460: Biological Oceanography (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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

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

BIOL461: Aquatic Ecology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Biological and physical processes of rivers and lakes. Field work and laboratory. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL468: Neurobiology (3 hours lecture)

Fundamental principles and current concepts of neuronal function, including evidence that lead to these concepts, organization of the peripheral nervous system and the brain, current scientific approaches and methods in neuroscience. Special attention will be given to molecular and cellular bases of brain function and their role in neurological diseases and their treatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL476: Biology of Cancer (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher and CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or higher.

BIOL493: Molecular Ecology (3 hours lecture)

Detailed survey of the application of molecular methods to address ecological, behavioral, and conservation questions. Topics to be covered include the principles of most common molecular techniques used in molecular ecology, and application of those molecular techniques to phylogeography, behavioral ecology, population genetics, conservation genetics, and adaptive variation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 230 with a grade of C- or higher and BIOL 380 with a grade of C- or higher.