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Biology Graduate Course Descriptions

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BCH5418: Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

3

Co-requisite: BCH 5418L
Description: This course offers an advanced survey of the structure, functional properties, synthesis, and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Primary literature will also be presented and critically evaluated.

BCH5418L: Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory

1

Co-requisite: BCH 5418
Description: This laboratory-based course is designed as a hands-on experience to introduce students to modern molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and to hone their abilities to gather, organize, report, and interpret data. This course offers an advanced survey of the structure, functional properties, synthesis, and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.
Course Fees: $51.93

BOT5186C: Advanced Marine Botany

4
This course is designed to offer students an in depth study of marine plants in the pelagic open-ocean and coastal environments. Primary focus will be on the ecology, biochemistry, physiology, and life history strategies of both phytoplankton and benthic marine algal communities. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BOT5585C: Advanced Plant Anatomy and Physiology

4

Description: This course will provide a critical review of the anatomy, physiology, and diversity of vascular plants, and their interaction with the environment.

BSC5028: Advanced Biology of Aging

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 4713C
Description: This course will give students an in-depth comprehension of why aging occurs and the mechanisms by which aging occurs. A combination of lecture and discussion of primary papers will be used. Focus will be on studies using simple experimental models to approach the underlying cellular bases for age-related deterioration. In particular, the roles of mitochondria, chromosomes, nutrient signaling, and reproduction will be explored.

BSC5075C: Advanced Physiology

4
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor. The study of functional activities and interactions of cells, tissues, and organs, with emphasis on respiration, excitation, transport phenomena, and control mechanisms. An independent literature research project will be required. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC5872: Advanced Biological Pharmacology

3
This course focuses on the biological mechanisms of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and mechanisms of action with an emphasis on cellular responses to drugs. Students will learn the basic mathematical principles of pharmacokinetics and receptor binding as well as the relationship between drug concentration and effects. The mechanisms of action and side effects of the major classes of drugs will be covered as well as background information on the pathological conditions they treat. Students will review relevant journal articles from a peer reviewed pharmacological journal and lead class discussion.

BSC5905: Directed Independent Study: Biology

v. 2-4
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Participation in a research investigation under the supervision of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

BSC5930: Biology Seminar

1
This course consists of a lecture series by experts from a wide range of biological disciplines that students attend.

BSC5936: Selected Topics in Biology

v. 1-4
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Introductory graduate-level course in biology. May be repeated for credit.

BSC6515C: Aquatic Toxicology

4

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to basic and advanced concepts in the field of aquatic toxicology, which is the study of the exposure to and effects of environmental pollutants in aquatic wildlife. This will be accomplished using an investigative approach in which students will gain hands-on experience in developing and conducting novel toxicological research, and communicating the results of these studies in oral and written format.

BSC6840: Critical Skills in Science

3

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide graduate Biology students with advanced training in the critical skills necessary for becoming a professional biologist. This includes skills in grant writing and peer review, oral and public presentation of scientific research, research ethics, manuscript preparation, public outreach, and the development of materials needed for the scientific job search.

BSC6917: Advanced Graduate Research

v. 1-4

Description: Students will conduct directed independent research under the advisement of their graduate advisor and committee. This research may be in the form of hands-on techniques in a laboratory setting, using computer modeling, or literature-based research.

BSC6931: Advanced Readings in Biology

v. 1-3
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. This course will focus on in-depth reading and discussion of primary literature in biology. Before the course, the instructor will be responsible for advertising the sub-discipline in biology on which the course will focus. The exact papers to be read will depend on the interests of the instructor and the students. The readings will be a series of papers on a single topic for several weeks, so that the conversation on the topic continues from meeting to meeting.

BSC6941: Mayo Clinic Graduate Biomedical Research Internship

v. 1-4

Description: Students will gain research training in a biomedical science laboratory at the Mayo Clinic Florida under the direction of a scientist at that institution.

BSC6948: Graduate Internship in Biomedical Science

v. 1-4

Description: Students will conduct directed independent research through an off-campus internship. Said internship will be approved by the faculty of the Biology department. This research may be in the form of hands-on techniques in a laboratory setting, using computer modeling, or literature-based research.

BSC6971: Graduate Thesis Defense

1
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Graduate students in biology must take this course during their final semester in the program. Students must complete the written portion of their thesis and provide a public oral defense. It is required for partial fulfillment of the graduate degree in biology.

BSC6972: Graduate Thesis Research

v. 1-9
Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the MS Program in Biology. MS graduate students in biology must complete a minimum of 10 graduate thesis research credits in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MS in Biology degree. Students will conduct directed independent research under the advisement of their graduate advisor and committee.

FAS5355: Advanced Coastal Fisheries Management

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description: This course is designed to offer students an in-depth study of fish population dynamics and the management of coastal living resources. Primary focus will be on the physical, biological and human factors that regulate coastal fish populations, methods for estimating life history parameters, development of quantitative models to assess fishery stocks, and understanding the implications of management decisions on fishery stakeholders. Students will be required to complete a mini stock assessment using real data sets available from the literature or regional coastal management agencies (e.g., Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council).

FAS6355L: Advanced Coastal Fisheries Management Laboratory

2

Co-requisite: FAS 5355
Description: This laboratory course is designed to offer students hands-on experience modeling fish population dynamics. The primary focus will be on the estimation of life history parameters and the development of rigorous quantitative models to assess fish populations using real data from regionally, federally, and internationally managed fish stocks. Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned during the semester to conduct an independent project with results presented in both written and oral reports.

MCB5024C: Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques

4
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C or by permission of the instructor This course will provide students with skills necessary to participate in biomedical research programs. Modern biology techniques related to recombinant DNA and proteins will be presented and practiced within a laboratory setting. Experimental design, data analysis, and data presentation will also be addressed. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

MCB5205: Pathogenic Bacteriology

3
Prerequisite:  MCB 2010C or MCB 3020C
Description: This course will delve into the biologic basis of infectious diseases. It will emphasize bacterial infections, the principles of the host-parasite relationship, the pathogenic characteristics and virulence factors of micro-organisms, and the various modes of action of antimicrobial agents. Three hours lecture.

MCB5505: Advanced Virology

3

Description: A structure/function approach to understanding the virus lifecycle will be used to investigate animal, bacterial, plant, and insect viruses. Focus on the history of Virology, virus structure, genetics, biocontainment, and current topics will assist in the understanding of the nature of viruses and unconventional agents. Current review of primary literature is required.

MCB6175C: Integrative Microscopy

3
The theoretical aspects of Bright Field, Dark Field, Phase Contrast, Fluorescence, Confocal and Electron Microscopy will be discussed. Mastery of specimen preparation techniques, thick and thin sectioning, special staining, freeze fracture, enzyme histochemistry, immunolabelling, and heavy metal staining will be accomplished. These advanced techniques will allow students to observe cellular structure and ultrastructure, while the use of specific labels to probe for macromolecules will emphasize the link between structure and function in biology. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB5106: Cellular Biology

3
BA or BS in a natural science area. A study of cell structure and functions with emphasis on the structure and function of intracellular organelles and their biochemistry. Three hours lecture.

PCB5235: Cellular Immunology

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C The course is an overview of the cellular basis of innate and acquired immunity. Topics include antibody-antigen interactions, organization of antibody genes, mechanisms of B cell and T cell activation, the major histocompatibility complex, complement, and cell-mediated cytotoxic responses.

PCB5525: Molecular Genetics

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C, BCH 4033, PCB 3063C. This course will detail the molecular basis of inheritance in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics will cover the structure and function of DNA, including replication, repair, and recombination. Expressions of genes including transcription, translation, and processing of RNA will be covered, as well as regulation of these events. These processes will then be incorporated into the role of gene function in signal transduction and development.

PCB5545: Advanced Genomics

3

Description: Genomics is one of the newest and most exciting fields in biology. Discoveries made in this field have far reaching implications for important topics such as the evolution of life on our planet and the genetic causes of human diseases. This course will focus on the history of genomics, the technology used to sequence and analyze genomes, and the discoveries made from investigations of genomes. This course will address questions such as what genomic comparisons reveal about the relationship between disparate animal lineages; how the genome controls the production of the phenotype; the relationship between genome complexity and phenotype complexity; the evolutionary mechanisms that control genome architecture; and the genomic underpinnings of human disease.

PCB5845: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C. The course is an overview of structure-function relationships in the nervous system at the molecular level. Topics include development of neurons, neuron-specific gene expression, mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in learning and memory, synaptic release, molecular biology of neurological disorders, and molecular neurophramacology. Written and oral presentations are assigned to enhance students' communication skills.

PCB6236: Advanced Cancer Biology

3
Permission of Instructor. This course will focus on cancer biology at the molecular and cellular level. Changes in the genetics and behavior of cancer cells, as well as the causes of these changes will be discussed. Current aspects of cancer epidemiology and treatment will also be covered. Students who successfully complete the course will have a thorough understanding of cancer biology at the cellular level.

PCB6307C: Freshwater Ecology

4
This course involves the study of inland waters which includes lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands. Subjects include physical, chemical, and biological limnology, with an emphasis on ecological applications. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB6314C: Marine Ecology

4
This course focuses on the distribution and dynamics of marine populations in relation to the physical and chemical environment of the ocean. (Open to certified biology teachers by permission of the instructor.) This course includes three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB6395C: Environmental Physiology

4
Prerequisite:  PCB 4713C or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to prepare students to conduct graduate research in environmental physiology or a related field. Students will learn how animals cope with challenging, changing environments. The themes of the course will be acclimation, or physiological adjustment to a new environment, and physiological adaptation, or genetic change of regulatory mechanisms. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB6447: Community Ecology

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3043C. This course will be an in-depth examination of community ecology, with emphasis on diversity, stability, trophic structure, and the processes that affect community structure.

PCB6480: Quantitative Ecology

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3043C or equivalent This course will focus on how to design, conduct, and analyze some of the most frequently employed ecological experiments. Types of studies discussed will include (but are not limited to) assessing biodiversity, determining environmental constraints on population growth, and calculation of ecophysiological tolerances. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively design studies to test hypotheses in heterogeneous natural environments and how to interpret experimental results.

PCB6675: Advanced Evolution

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3043C, PCB 3063C or permission of the instructor.
Description: Evolution is the unifying theory of biology, linking fields as diverse as biochemistry and ecology, genetics and anatomy. In this course we will investigate both the wealth of evidence for evolution by common descent and the genetic and ecological mechanisms by which evolution occurs in natural populations. Students will be required to independently analyze current literature articles on evolutionary research on a weekly basis. In addition we will cover the history of evolutionary biology from pre-Darwinism views to present day controversies, and the key events that have lead to our current understanding of the subject.

PCB6685: Population Genetics

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3063C or permission of the instructor. Understanding the genetic processes at work in natural populations is essential to the understanding of many biological fields including Evolution and Ecology. In this course we will discuss the basic mechanisms of population genetic change, such as mutation, non-random mating, genetic drift and natural selection. We will also cover topics such as quantitative genetics and molecular evolution.

ZOO5206C: Advanced Entomology

4

Description: Insects represent one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet. In this course we will investigate the evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology and ecology of the major evolutionary branches of the insects. We will consider the interactions between insects and other groups of organisms with a special emphasis on their relationship to humans. This course has a required lab component where students create an insect collection from the wild. This process includes collecting, killing and preserving insects.

ZOO5235C: Advanced Parasitology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 2020C, ZOO 3713C or permission of the instructor. This course covers the biology of the most important human parasites and touches many of veterinary significance. We will consider representatives from the protistans, platyhelminthes, nematodes, and a few arthropods. Topics will include evolution, geographic range, anatomy, physiology, epidemiology and life cycles, disease caused, and treatments and cures. Students will complete a review paper on a topic of their choice in the field of Parasitology. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO5455C: Advanced Ichthyology

4
Prerequisites: PCB 4713C or permission of the instructor. Ichthyology is the study of fishes. Topics covered during this course include anatomy, physiology, taxonomic diversity, life history, ecology, and behavior of fishes. Different techniques for the study of fishes will be introduced during the laboratory section. Students will be required to do an independent research project in fish biology. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO5463C: Advanced Herpetology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 2020C, ZOO 3713C or permission of the instructor. In this course we will study the biology of two vertebrate classes, the Amphibia and Reptilia. We will consider some critical evolutionary adaptations emphasizing anatomy and physiology of each of these groups, and then survey important members of various families. The first half of the course is devoted to amphibians, and the second half to reptiles. Students will read about a topic, plan a study, collect data, and write a term paper in the field of Herpetology. This course includes dissection and experimentation on live and/or preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO5487: Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals

3

Co-requisite: ZOO 5487L
Description: This course is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. Selected topics would include taxonomy, zoogeography, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals.

ZOO5487L: Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory

1
Co-requistie: ZOO 5487
Description: This course is an advanced study of the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. This course is designed to provide students with hands on experience in techniques used to study marine mammal biology. Selected topics include taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals.

ZOO5514: Advanced Animal Behavior

3

Description: This course focuses on developing an advanced understanding of animal behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Using a comparative approach, we will explore the basic questions of how and why animals behave in certain ways to survive, obtain resources and reproduce. Case studies, from both field and laboratory research, will be integrated throughout this course and examples will be drawn from a variety of animal groups to illustrate major concepts. Through this course learners will develop the conceptual framework to understand and appreciate the diversity and complexity of animal behavior.

ZOO5717C: Canine Anatomy

4
Prerequisites: BSC 2020C, ZOO 3713C or permission of the instructor. In this course we will study the dog as a model for mammalian anatomy. The emphasis will be on laboratory dissections, which are held three times per week, and will be supplemented with two lectures per week. The dissections approaches are often those taken for surgery, and many structures not located in previous courses will be found. Students will be required to conduct advanced dissections of selected anatomical structures. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO5754: Advanced Histology

3

Co-requisite: ZOO 754L
Description: This course focuses on the structure and function of cells comprising healthy tissues and organs. Students will learn to identify all major cell types and their functions in the human body. Lecture material will include an organ system approach to the human body including molecules to organ systems. Graduate students will review current primary literature in histology. Requires graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

ZOO5754L: Advanced Histological Techniques Lab

2

Co-requisite: ZOO 5754
Description: This course focuses on the structure and function of cells comprising healthy tissues and organs. Lecture topics will be integrated into the laboratory through histological diagnostics at the light microscope-level. Students will analyze prepared microscope slides of tissues and organs. The laboratory also involves resection of murine tissues, comparative processing and preparation of microscope slides, immunohistochemistry, epifluorescent microscopy and digital photography and processing of final images. Graduate standing and instructor permission required.
Availability:  Every other year
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