MS in Biology: Course Offerings
The nature, diversity, functional ecology, and evolutionary relationship of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes with relationship to higher organisms are discussed. (Castignetti, Kelly)
Microbial nutrition and metabolism, both aerobic and anaerobic are presented. Aspects of anabolism and catabolism are studied in relation to microbial physiology and diversity. (Castignetti. Kelly)
Experimental approach to advanced topics including cell-cell interactions, growth factor control, pattern formation, and cell lineage, using mammalian and nonmammallian models. (Wasserman)
Experimental approach to advanced topics in eukaryotic molecular genetics. (Boussy, Doering, Laten, Pickett)
The following topics are treated: structure and function of cell components; modifications of cells in differentiation and injury; and cytological techniques and methods for the study of subcellular fractions. (Wasserman)
Analysis of molecular mechanisms responsible for controlling gene expression in plants and animals with an emphasis on experimental methods.
This course is a survey of organ-system functions in vertebrate organisms, including discussions related to the evolution of physiological mechanisms and to the process by which animal species adapt to different types of environments and/or adjust to changing conditions within a given habitat. (Rotermund, Suter)
Lecture and laboratory. An introduction to the study of lakes and streams. The course includes discussion of physical and chemical factors, the biota, production, and community dynamics. Laboratories include field trips to local aquatic habitats. (Tuchman)
An in-depth survey of the structure and function of different wetland ecosystems emphasizing interactive biogeochemical factors. Methods of wetland creation and restoration are explored. Laboratories include several field trips to a diversity of wetland habitat types. (Tuchman)
The classification and ecology of insects that have become fully or partially adapted to the aquatic environment. Emphasis will be on the ecology and biology (behavior, physiology and phylogeny) of aquatic insects. Students will acquire an understanding of the ecological relationships between aquatic insects and their physical and biological environment, including their interactions with humans. The course includes laboratory field trips to local aquatic habitats.
The biology of insects from morphology to control is presented. Lab emphasis is on insect identification and anatomy. (Hamilton)
Neurobiological, hormonal, chronobiological, and environmental aspects of the physiology and anatomy of reproductive systems of vertebrate animals. Gametogenesis, mating behavior, pregnancy, lactation, sexual differentiation, puberty, and evolutionary theories about sex are discussed. Emphasis is placed on reading primary and secondary scientific literature and on developing skills in hypothesis formulation and experimental design. (Suter)
An advanced ecology course focusing on one of the following areas: disturbance and succession, plant-herbivore interactions, pollinational ecology, or dispersal ecology. It includes reading of key papers and an independent research proposal. (Tuchman)
This course deals with the principles of population genetics emphasizing experimental evidence for the dynamic properties of genes in population. Ecological genetics, the impact of molecular biology and quantitative inheritance will be discussed. (Boussy)
This course deals with analysis of factors regulating abundance and distribution of organisms. Experimental approaches will be emphasized. (Savitz)
The design and analysis of biological experiments using parametric and nonparametric inferential statistics. It includes the use of computerized statistical packages. (Berg, Boussy)
Supervised reading in a specific area of biology not covered by other graduate courses is conducted. This is not intended to substitute for reading in the specific area of thesis research. (Staff)
An introduction to the principles and techniques employed in preparing biological specimens for transmission and scanning electron microscopy. (Jones)
A comprehensive survey of the molecular biology of the gene. The course will cover contemporary knowledge about gene structure and function primarily in bacteria, including protein synthesis, control of RNA synthesis, DNA structure and replication. (Laten)
A comprehensive study in selected topics and recent developments in a particular field of biology. (Staff)
Students study the fundamental logic of the scientific method, look for its elements to analyze papers, and apply it to write and to prepare oral presentations.
Seminars by graduate students on specific, current research topics are presented.
Graduate students will meet and discuss the research presented by five or six speakers.
An introduction to the fundamentals of teaching biology. Topics include course planning, lecture preparation and presentation, lab teaching and evaluation. The lab component involves presentations in undergraduate biology courses.
Typically offered in the fall.