Biology Courses (BIO)

BIO-102   Biology of Human Disease 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-102L

Emphasis on pathogenic organisms and human immune responses. This is a laboratory course designed for students not majoring in biology. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-102L   Biology of Human Disease Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-102

This is the laboratory course for BIO-102.

BIO-104   Introduction to Human Anatomy 3 credits

A general study of the anatomy of the human body with emphasis on the neuromuscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems as they relate to activity. This course is not designed for students majoring in Biology, Exercise Science, Nursing, Health Science, or related pre-health professional programs. The course is designed for Physical Education majors.

BIO-105   Introduction to Physiology of Exercise 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-105L

The study of the physiology of the human body systems that include cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, metabolic and respiratory, and the affects of exercise/activity on these systems. Laboratory experiences that explore scientific inquiry, methods, measurement and statistics related to stress, metabolism and exercise.

BIO-105L   Introduction to Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-105

The lab section to accompany BIO-105. Laboratory experiences that explore scientific inquiry, methods, measurement and statistics related to stress, metabolism and exercise.

BIO-106   Readings in Biology 1 - 3 credits

Individually assigned readings, followed by written reports or seminars covering classical, current and semi-popular literature on biological topics.

BIO-108   Human Genetics 3 credits

Genetics and genetic technology as applied to humans. Topics include classical (Mendelian) inheritance, genes and gene expression inherited disorders, analysis of pedigrees, sex determination, biological basis of gender, genetics of behavior, gene therapy, and genetic privacy.

BIO-109   Biology of Reproduction 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-109L

This course provides an overview of major topics in reproductive biology that include sex differentiation, male and female anatomy, environmental factors that influence reproduction, contraception, and the hormonal control of different stages of reproduction such as puberty (sexual maturation), reproductive cycles, pregnancy and childbirth. The course primarily focuses on human reproduction but other animal groups will be discussed when appropriate. When the laboratory (BIO-109L) is offered with the lecture, the laboratory is a required co-requisite course and the combination of the lecture and laboratory will fulfill the laboratory requirement of the Human Biology and Natural Science minors.

BIO-109L   Biology of Reproduction Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-109

This lab may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-109 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-120   Frontiers in Biology lecture 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-120L

Focus on frontier areas of biology; examples may include human genetics, bioinformatics, or cancer biology. The frontier topics will cover the fundamental concepts including biology of inheritance and gene structure, function, and expression. Emphasis on scientific problem-solving, including collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data. Readings, lectures, discussions, lab activities, and computer simulations.

BIO-120L   Frontiers in Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-120

Lab section for BIO-120.

BIO-129   Murder, Medicine, & Magic 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-129L

A study of ethnobotany - the uses people have made of plants. Topics include the uses of plants in various cultures for foods, fibers, shelter, beverages, medicines, rituals, and other ends. Emphasis will be placed on basic botanical principles (such as taxonomy, anatomy, evolution, chemistry), and the human needs (physiological, behavioral, cultural) that plants satisfy. When the laboratory is offered with the lecture, the laboratory is a required co-requisite course and the combination of the lecture and laboratory will count toward the natural science lab.

BIO-129L   Murder, Medicine, & Magic Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-129

This lab may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-129 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-140   Idaho Natural History lecture 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-140L

Natural history, flora, fauna, and ecological relationships of the local area. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. This course is designed for students not majoring in biology. ( NATURAL SCIENCE LAB )

BIO-140L   Idaho Natural History Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-140

Lab section for BIO-140

BIO-199T.1   The Life of Birds 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-119T.1L

A field oriented introduction to avian biology for non-biology majors, with an emphasis on classification, identification, structure, function, behavior, and habitats of birds. Lab and field studies focus on identification of species and avian behavior. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-199T.1L   The Life of Birds 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-119T.1

The lab section for BIO-199T.1L

BIO-200   Frontiers in Biology/Case Studies 1 credit

Prerequisites: Permission; AP Biology test score of 4 or 5 or dual enrollment in a college-level biology course.

Corequisites: BIO-120L

An introduction to the major unsolved problems in biology with emphasis on methods used in scientific problem solving. The course assumes basic knowledge of fundamental biological concepts and uses a case studies approach with reading from the biological literature. For students who have successfully completed advanced high school level biology.

BIO-220   Organismal Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-120

Corequisites: BIO-220L

The biology of individual plant and animal organisms: development, functional morphology, anatomy, and physiology.

BIO-220L   Organismal Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-120

Corequisites: BIO-220

The lab section for BIO-220.

BIO-221   Population & Ecosystem Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-112 or MAT-212 and BIO-120 or BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-221L

The biology of populations and communities: population genetics, evolution, ecology, and animal behavior. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-221L   Population & Ecosystem Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: MAT-112 and BIO-120 or BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-221

The laboratory section for BIO-221.

BIO-260   Diversity of Life 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-221

Corequisites: BIO-260L

A survey of major taxonomic groups of organisms with an emphasis on biological classification, phylogeny reconstruction, biological diversity, and comparative morphology. Readings, lectures, discussions, and lab activities.

BIO-260L   Diversity of Life Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-221

Corequisites: BIO-260

Lab activity for BIO-260.

BIO-294   Independent Study 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Library research in biology. Critical review of literature pertaining to a problem or specialized topic in biology culminating in a paper written according to department guide lines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-303   Human Anatomy 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-303L

A study of the structures of the human body, including musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, renal, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems with emphasis on the interactions between body systems. Laboratory activities include dissection of cats, study of a prosected human cadaver, and interactive computer studies. This course is designed for pre-health professions students, thus clinical applications will be emphasized.

BIO-303L   Human Anatomy Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-303

The lab section for BIO-303.

BIO-304   Human Physiology 3 credits

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-304L

A study of the physiology and morphology of human cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on selected human organ systems. Three lectures/discussion and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-304L   Human Physiology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-304

The lab section for BIO-304.

BIO-306   Conservation Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Application of scientific principles to conservation of biological diversity, with emphasis on patterns and explanations for diversity, threats to and value of diversity, habitat relationships and extinction processes, and conservation strategies.

BIO-311   Molecular Biotechnology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

This course introduces techniques used in nucleic acid and protein expression technologies and their applications in forensics, conservation biology, environmental microbiology, medical diagnostics and basic research. Topics covered include: nucleic acid isolation and purification, PCR techniques, cloning tools and strategies, hybridization technologies, and an introduction to protein expression systems used in research and industry. Bioinformatics modules acquaint students with informational databases (NCBI, OMIM, FlyBase) and enable them to use tools for interpretation and manipulation of sequence data.

BIO-316   Genetics 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-120 and BIO-330

This course incorporates both classical and molecular approaches to study the structure and function of DNA, genes, chromosomes, the genome, and gene expression. Possible topics include, but not limited to, classical genetic concepts, oncogenes and cancer; cloning and gene therapy; Human Genome Project, sex determination and sex chromosomes, genetic screening, and population genetics.

BIO-317   Stream Ecology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221

Corequisites: BIO-317L

This course examines the ecology of streams with an emphasis on the physical, chemical and biological organization of stream ecosystems. The course will also cover current theories in stream ecology as outlined in the primary literature. Students will learn laboratory and field methods for conducting stream research and will be expected to complete a field-based research project. Lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips are required.

BIO-317L   Stream Ecology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221

Corequisites: BIO-317

The lab section for BIO-317.

BIO-319   Ichthyology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-319L

A study of the evolution, classification, diversity, morphology, and biogeography of marine and freshwater fishes. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips are required. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

BIO-319L   Ichthyology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-319

The lab section for BIO-319

BIO-322.1   Field Botany 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-220 or BIO-129

Corequisites: BIO-322.1L

Field based investigation of diversity, history, and adaptations of plants with emphasis on local examples. Methods of taxonomic identification and classification emphasized. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory period weekly. Some weekend field trips are required.

BIO-322.1L   Field Botany 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220 or BIO-129

Corequisites: BIO-322.1

The lab section for BIO-322.1

BIO-324.1   Natural History Preparation 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and ENV-260 or coreq. BIO-221

Corequisites: BIO-221 or prereq. BIO-220 and ENV-260

Preparation for extended off-campus field trips.

BIO-325   Natural History (of Australia, Costa Rica, Baja, Hawaii) 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or ENV-260, BIO-324 and permission

An evolutionary synthesis of topics in zoology, botany, geology, geography, and anthropology.

BIO-326   Coastal Marine Ecology 4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-324; BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-326L

This course examines the ecology of coastal marine ecosystems (salt marshes, coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds, estuaries, barrier islands) with an emphasis on the physical, chemical, and biological organization of each system. The course will also cover current developments in coastal marine ecology, including discussion of human impacts on coastal systems. Lectures and an off-campus study component. Venues include but not limited to: Florida, Belize, Caribbean, Hawaii. This course (along with BIO 324-Fall Term) satsifies the BIO 260 (Diversity of Life-2 cr.) and upper-level ecology (4 cr.) requirements for the Biology major and the Environmental Studies major (Conservation Biology focus).

BIO-326L   Coastal Marine Ecology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-324; BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-326

The lab section for BIO-326.

BIO-330   Cell Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-120, BIO-220 and CHE- 141

Corequisites: BIO-330L

Introduction to the components of cells and processes that occur in living cells. Topics include cell structure and function, genetic events, regulation of gene expression, and the chemical pathways of metabolism. Readings, lectures, discussions, and laboratory activities. Three lectures and one three-hour lab weekly.

BIO-330   Cell Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-120, BIO-220 and CHE- 141

Corequisites: BIO-330

The lab section for BIO-330.

BIO-332   Evolution 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 and BIO-330

The study of organic evolution as an organizing principle of biology, including a synthesis of principles of population genetics, paleontology, ecology, and molecular, developmental and organismal biology.

BIO-333   Plant Biosystematics & Biogeography 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-333L

Descriptive and experimental approaches to interpreting evolutionary relationships, taxonomy, and distributions of plants. Projects involve phonetic and cladistic analyses of Southwestern Idaho plant species. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-333L   Plant Biosystematics & Biogeography Laboratory 1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-333

The lab section for BIO-333.

BIO-336   Ornithology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-336L

Prereq.:. A field oriented introduction to avian biology with emphasis on classification, identification, structure, distribution, ecology and habits of birds. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-336L   Ornithology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-336

The lab section for BIO-336.

BIO-339.1   Mammalogy 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-339.1L

Biological principles as applied to mammals with emphasis on adaptations, behavior, evolution, classification, and ecological relationships. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some overnight field trips may be required.

BIO-339.1L   Mammalogy Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-339.1

The lab section for BIO-339.1.

BIO-341   Tropical & Subtropical Ecology 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220, BIO-324 and permission

A study of the origin, structure, composition, species diversity, and ecological relationships of tropical and subtropical biotic communities.

BIO-344   Coral Reef Ecology 1 - 2 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221or both ENV-260 and BIO-220, BIO-324 and permission

A study of coral reef formation, marine habitats, species diversity and ecological relationships on coral reef ecosystems.

BIO-345   Ecology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-345L

Interrelationships between plants, animals, and their environments. Emphasizes population interactions and community organization. Laboratory emphasizes techniques of ecosystem analysis. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-345L   Ecology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-345

The lab section for BIO-345.

BIO-349   Vertebrate Natural History 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-349L

Vertebrate classification, life histories, adaptations, distribution, and evolution. Three lectures, one four-hour laboratory weekly and occasional field trips.

BIO-349L   Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-221 or both ENV-260 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-349

The lab section for BIO-349.

BIO-354   Selected Topics: Human Anatomy 2 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-303 and permission

A two-hour laboratory and one-hour didactic/discussion course consisting of selected dissections on a cadaver and guided supervision of Human Anatomy students. Limited enrollment.

BIO-356   Molecular Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-356L

A detailed study of the mechanisms of spatial and temporal control of gene expression. Emphasis will be placed on recombinant DNA and bioinformatics techniques.

BIO-356L   Molecular Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-356

This is the lab section for BIO-356.

BIO-360   Microbiology 3 credits

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-360L

Morphology and physiology of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa, with emphasis on bacteria and on medically important microorganisms. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-360L   Microbiology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-220

Corequisites: BIO-360

This is the lab section for BIO-360.

BIO-361   Pathobiology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-304

Concepts of pathobiology, to include causes, physiological mechanisms, symptoms, and patterns of pathogenesis of human disease.

BIO-365   Immunology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Study of immune responses at molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. Application of this knowledge to study autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency, and manipulation of the immune system in the treatment of human diseases. Three lectures weekly.

BIO-365L   Immunology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330

This lab may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-365 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-371   Endocrinology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Study of hormones and the mechanisms by which hormones regulate genetic and cellular function, and metabolism.

BIO-372   Developmental Biology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-372L

Study of the main principles of animal developmental biology on the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. Three lecture/discussions and one three-hour lab weekly.

BIO-372L   Developmental Biology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-372

This is the lab section for BIO-372.

BIO-374   Animal Physiology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-374L

Comparative study of temperature, respiration, circulation, energy metabolism, homeostasis, and neuromuscular function. Three lectures/discussion and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-374L   Animal Physiology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-374

This is the lab section for BIO-374.

BIO-375   Plant Physiology 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-375L

Prereq.:. Nutrition, gas exchange, water relations, transport, metabolism, growth and development of plants with emphasis on environmental influences. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-375L   Plant Physiology Laboratory 1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-220 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-375

The lab section for BIO-375.

BIO-395   Research Methods & Techniques 2 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as "cell biology and toxicology" or "molecular biology" or "bioinformatics". Working in a research group students critically evaluate scientific literature and solve problems using laboratory techniques typical of the selected area of study. Students enrolled in this course will be actively engaged in laboratory research and will be expected to conduct research projects outside of the scheduled class time period.

BIO-396   Biology Research 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper written according to departmental guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-397   Internship 1 - 6 credits

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission

Internships are designed to give students experience in the fields of their interest. A written summary of the internship and a seminar are presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship. See internship guidelines.

BIO-398   Readings & Conference 1 - 2 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Independent reading and weekly conference with a faculty supervisor. Appropriate for fields of special interest, but will not substitute for required courses.

BIO-400   Biology Seminar 2 credits

Prerequisites: Senior standing

A capstone seminar course focused on topics that integrate molecular, cellular, organismal, and population level processes; course topic varies. Readings, lectures, and discussions. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

BIO-494   Independent Study 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Library research in biology. Critical review of literature pertaining to a problem or specialized topic in biology culminating in a paper written according to department guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-495   Research Methods & Techniques 2 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as "cell biology and toxicology" or "molecular biology" or "bioinformatics". Working in a research group students critically evaluate scientific literature and solve problems using laboratory techniques typical of the selected area of study. Students enrolled in this course will be actively engaged in laboratory research and will be expected to conduct research projects outside of the scheduled class time period.

BIO-496   Biology Research 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper written according to departmental guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-497   Internship 1 - 6 credits

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and permission

Internships are designed to give students experience in the fields of their interest. A written summary of the internship and a seminar are presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship. See internship guidelines.

BIO-499   Senior Comprehensive Examination 0 credits

A written comprehensive examination designed to measure the full range of students' understanding of biology. To pass BIO 499, a student must pass the written exam according to the criteria set by the Biology Department. Students failing to score a passing grade must pass an Oral Comprehensive exam given by the biology faculty in the following Winter or Spring term.