Department of Biology

http://www.uab.edu/biology/

Chair:  Steven N. Austad

The Department of Biology has experienced faculty dedicated to research and teaching with interests ranging from the molecular to the ecological level. The broad expertise of our faculty allows diverse emphasis in cellular, molecular, developmental, environmental, evolutionary, genetic, marine, and organismal biology. Our faculty have been recognized by the University and by national and international biological organizations for their excellence in research and teaching.

The curriculum in biology provides general and specific courses for non-majors and prepares the major for graduate study in biology; the professional schools of human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and allied health sciences. Additionally, the curriculum prepares the non-major and major student with knowledge required for careers in secondary science education, environmental education, wildlife management in both the public and private sectors, and other careers dependent upon comprehension of biological sciences. The Department of Biology also has a well established Honors curriculum for those students who excel in academics and wish to participate in biological research. This program allows students to conduct research under the mentorship of faculty in the Department of Biology or the School of Medicine, and to graduate with departmental honors. The department offers the following B.S. degrees in biology as well as a minor in biology:

  1. Major in Biology – General Track
  2. Major in Biology with a Marine Science Concentration
  3. Major in Biology with a Molecular Biology Concentration

Grade Point Average (Majors and Minors)

A student must have at least a 2.0 average in all biology courses attempted and a 2.0 average in all biology courses taken at UAB. The current UAB course repeat policy will be used in calculating the grade point average.

Transfer Credit

Biology courses in which a grade of D is earned at another institution cannot be applied toward requirements for the major or minor. Students will not be given more credit (semester hours) toward the major or minor than awarded for equivalent courses at UAB, nor more than 8 semester hours of credit in any introductory sequence or combination of courses. Excess hours in these courses may, however, be applied as electives toward the 120 semester hours necessary to satisfy the general degree requirements.

A minimum of 9 semester hours in the major and 6 semester hours in the minor in biology must be taken at UAB.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Biology offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Further information may be found in the UAB Graduate School Catalog.

Accelerated Master of Science Programs

Fifth Year M.S. Program

The Department of Biology offers an opportunity to earn a B.S. and an M.S. degree in a total of five years. This program offers qualified students mentorship during undergraduate study and supplements professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, and optometry. The student works closely with a faculty member in an area of intensive research which prepares the student for a Ph.D. degree program in the biological sciences or a future health professions career. It also builds teaching skills for academic careers. Admission to the program requires a minimum 3.25 grade point average; three letters of recommendation; an interview with the admissions committee; and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination by fall of the senior year. For additional information, please contact Dr. Stephen Watts, Graduate Program Director, at (205) 934-2045 or sawatts@uab.edu.

Major in Biology

Major in Biology - Marine Science Concentration

Major in Biology - Molecular Biology Concentration 

 Major Requirements for Biology - General Track

RequirementsHours
Mathematics
MA 125Calculus I 14
Chemistry
CH 115General Chemistry I3
CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 117General Chemistry II3
CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
Biology Requirement
Biology Majors must complete 40 hours of Biology courses approved for the major. 2
Introductory Biology
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
Genetics
BY 210Genetics3
Ecology & Evolution
Select one of the following:3-4
Evolution
Natural History of Vertebrates
Population Ecology
Ecology
Chemical Ecology
Organismal
Select one of the following:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Zoology
Biology of Microorganisms
Experimental Phycology
Physiology and Development
Select one of the following:3-4
Embryology
Principles of Human Physiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
General Endocrinology
Immunology
Plant Biology
Comparative Developmental Biology
Cellular/Molecular
Select one of the following:3
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Functional Genomics and Systems Biology
Epigenetics
Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following (only one can count towards major):4
Biology Capstone - Principles of Human Physiology
Biology Capstone - Evolution
Biology Capstone - Undergraduate Research
Biology Capstone - Honors Research
Electives
Select Biology (BY) courses to total the 40 hour Biology Requirement
Total Hours56-58
1

Note: Completion of MA 125 automatically satisfies the Core Curriculum Area III: Math requirement and the Biology Major Requirement

2

Biology Majors must complete 40 hours in Biology (BY) courses approved for the major, including BY 123 and BY 124 with a C or better (fulfilling Core Curriculum Area III and the courses taken to satisfy the requirements below. Additional courses to total 40 semester hours selected after consultation with an advisor and consideration of interests and career goals. At least 9 hours must be 400-level or higher. No more than 6 total hours of BY 394, BY 397, BY 398, and BY 492 can be applied towards the 40 hours of Biology (BY) courses. Warning: You cannot apply BY 101, BY 102, BY 111, BY 112, BY 116, or BY 261 toward the Biology major

 

GPA Requirement & Residency

A student must have at least a 2.0 average in all biology courses attempted and a 2.0 average in all biology courses taken at UAB in order to graduate. The current UAB course repeat policy will be used in calculating the grade point average. A minimum of nine semester hours in the major must be taken at UAB. Transfer students should be aware of the Department of Biology's policy regarding transfer credit.

Additional Requirements

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.

Graduating Seniors

Students must take a biology major fields test and a departmental survey.

Core Curriculum

Students must take a Philosophy course that meets the QEP Ethics and Civic Responsibility Requirement, either PHL 115 or PHL 116.

 

Major in Biology with a Marine Science Concentration

The marine science concentration and the molecular biology track prepare students for careers in marine science or research careers in the basic or medically-related sciences. 

Major Requirements for Biology with a Marine Science Concentration

RequirementsHours
Mathematics
MA 125Calculus I 14
Chemistry
CH 115General Chemistry I3
CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 117General Chemistry II3
CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
or CH 461 Advanced Biochemistry I
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
Marine Science Electives15
Select at least five Marine Environmental Science (MESC) courses approved by the academic advisor.
Biology Requirements
Biology majors must complete 40 hours in Biology (BY) or Marine Environmental Science (MESC) courses approved for the major. 2
Introductory Biology
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
Genetics
BY 210Genetics3
Ecology & Evolution
Select one of the following:3-4
Ecology
Evolution
Chemical Ecology
Natural History of Vertebrates
Population Ecology
Costal Wetlands Ecology
Marine Ecology
Organismal
Select one of the following:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Zoology
Biology of Microorganisms
Experimental Phycology
Marine Vertebrate Zoology
Marine Botany
Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Physiology and Development
Select one of the following:3-4
Embryology
Principles of Human Physiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
General Endocrinology
Immunology
Plant Biology
Comparative Developmental Biology
Cellular/Molecular
Select one of the following:3
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Functional Genomics and Systems Biology
Epigenetics
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following (only one capstone course can count toward the major):4
Biology Capstone - Principles of Human Physiology
Biology Capstone - Evolution
Biology Capstone - Undergraduate Research
Biology Capstone - Honors Research
Electives
Electives in Biology to total 40 hours
Total Hours74-76
1

Note: Completion of MA 125 automatically satisfies the Core Curriculum Area III: Math requirement and the Biology Major Requirement

2

These hours include BY 123 and BY 124 with a C or better (fulfilling in Core Curriculum Area III) and the courses taken to satisfy the requirements below. All of the courses listed below are approved for the major; consult your advisor for a list of additional courses. At least 9 hours must be 400-level or higher. No more than 6 total hours of BY 394, BY 397, BY 398, andBY 492 can be applied towards the 40 hours of Biology (BY) courses. Warning: You cannot apply BY 101, BY 102, BY 111, BY 112, BY 116, or BY 261 toward the biology major.

 

GPA Requirement & Residency

A student must have at least a 2.0 average in all biology courses attempted and a 2.0 average in all biology courses taken at UAB in order to graduate. The current UAB course repeat policy will be used in calculating the grade point average. A minimum of nine semester hours in the major must be taken at UAB. Transfer students should be aware of the Department of Biology's policy regarding transfer credit.

Additional Requirements

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.

Graduating Seniors

Students must take a biology major fields test and a departmental survey.

Core Curriculum

Students must take a Philosophy course that meets the QEP Ethics and Civic Responsibility Requirement, either PHL 115 Contemporary Moral Issues or PHL 116 Bioethics

 

 Major Requirements for Biology with a Molecular Biology Concentration

RequirementsHours
Mathematics
MA 125Calculus I 14
Chemistry
CH 115General Chemistry I3
CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 117General Chemistry II3
CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 460Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
or CH 461 Advanced Biochemistry I
Physics
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
Biology Requirements
Biology Majors must complete 40 hours in Biology courses.
Introductory Biology 2
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
Required Molecular Track Courses
BY 210Genetics3
BY 245Fundamentals of Scientific Investigation3
BY 271Biology of Microorganisms4
BY 311Molecular Genetics3
BY 330Cell Biology3
BY 434Functional Genomics and Systems Biology3
Molecular Track Elective
Select three of the following:9
Cellular Physiology
Principles of DNA Technology
Advanced Molecular Genetics
Immunology
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following (only one capstone course can count towards major):4
Biology Capstone - Principles of Human Physiology
Biology Capstone - Evolution
Biology Capstone - Undergraduate Research
Biology Capstone - Honors Research
Elective Courses
Electives in Biology to total 40 hours.
Total Hours71
1

Note: Completion of MA 125 automatically satisfies the Core Curriculum Area III: Math requirement and the Biology Major Requirement.

2

Including BY 123 and BY 124 with a C or better (fulfilling Core Curriculum Area III) and the courses taken to satisfy the requirements below. All of the courses listed below are approved for the major; consult your advisor for a list of additional courses. At least 9 hours must be 400-level or higher. No more than 6 total hours of BY 394, BY 397, BY 398, and BY 492 can be applied towards the 40 hours of Biology (BY) courses. Warning: You cannot apply BY 101, BY 102, BY 111, BY 112, BY 116, or BY 261 toward the biology major.

 

GPA Requirement & Residency

A student must have at least a 2.0 average in all biology courses attempted and a 2.0 average in all biology courses taken at UAB in order to graduate. The current UAB course repeat policy will be used in calculating the grade point average. A minimum of nine semester hours in the major must be taken at UAB. Transfer students should be aware of the Department of Biology's policy regarding transfer credit.

Additional Requirements

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.

Graduating Seniors

Students must take a biology major fields test and a departmental survey.

Core Curriculum

Students must take a Philosophy course that meets the QEP Ethics and Civic Responsibility Requirement, either PHL 115 or PHL 116.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Biology

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MA 1063MA 1254
CH 115
  & 115R
3EH 1023
CH 1161BY 123
  & 123L
4
EH 1013CH 117
  & 117R
3
CAS Freshman Year Experience1CH 1181
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3 
 14 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3
CH 2361CH 2381
BY 124
  & 124L
4BY 2103
PHL 115 or 1163Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3
Elective3Elective3
 14 13
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Cellular or Molecular Biology3Organismal Biology4
PH 201
  & 201R
  & 201L
4PH 202
  & 202R
  & 202L
4
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV6Core Curriculum Area II or IV6
Biology Elective3Elective3
 16 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Physiology/Development4Biology Elective4
Ecology/Evolution4Biology Electives6
Biology Elective3Electives 6
Core Curriculum Area II or IV3 
Elective3 
 17 16
Total credit hours: 122
1

 Assumes student is placed in MA 106.

2

 Assumes student has had one year of high school Chemistry with a grade of C or better.

3

 Assumes no Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

4

 Must complete either a two History Core IV or two Literature Core II sequence.

5

 BY 101BY 102, BY 111BY 112BY 116, and BY 261 do not count toward Biology Electives.

6

 Must earn a Biology GPA of at least 2.0.

7

 See your Biology Advisor once each term.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Biology with a Concentration in Marine Science

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
MA 1063MA 1254 
CH 115
  & 115R
3EH 1023 
CH 1161BY 123
  & 123L
4 
EH 1013CH 117
  & 117R
3 
CAS Freshman Year Experience1CH 1181 
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3  
 14 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3Dauphin Island Sea Lab (MESC credit)6-12
CH 2361CH 2381 
BY 124
  & 124L
4BY 2103 
PHL 115 or 1163Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV6 
Elective 3  
 14 13 6-12
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
BY 3303Organismal Biology (if not previously covered)4Dauphin Island Sea Lab (MESC credit)6-12
PH 201
  & 201R
  & 201L
4PH 202
  & 202R
  & 202L
4 
Biology Elective3Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV6 
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV6  
 16 14 6-12
Senior
First TermHours  
Physiology3-4  
Biology Elective3  
Ecology (if not covered with MESC)3  
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3  
Elective3  
 15-16
Total credit hours: 113-126
1

 Assumes student is placed in MA 106.

2

 Assumes student has had one year of high school Chemistry with a grade of C or better.

3

 Assumes no Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

4

 Must complete at least one Literature Core II and two History Core IV or two Literature Core II and one History Core IV.

5

 BY 101BY 102, BY 111BY 112BY 116, and BY 261 do not count toward Biology Electives.

6

Must earn Biology GPA of at least 2.0

7

See Biology Advisor once each term.

8

 Some Biology (BY) courses rotate every other year or once a year, see advisor.

9

 18 hours Marine Science (MESC) courses (taken summers at sea lab) contribute to 40 hours in Biology.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Biology

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
MA 1063MA 1254 
CH 115
  & 115R
3EH 1023 
CH 1161BY 123
  & 123L
4 
EH 1013CH 117
  & 117R
3 
CAS Freshman Year Experience1CH 1181 
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3  
 14 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 235
  & 235R
3CH 237
  & 237R
3CH 460 (or fall senior year CH 461)3
CH 2361CH 2381 
BY 124
  & 124L
4BY 2103 
PHL 115 or 1163BY 3303 
Elective3Core Curriculum Area II or IV3 
 14 13 3
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
BY 3113BY 271
  & 271L
4 
PH 201
  & 201R
  & 201L
4PH 202
  & 202R
  & 202L
4 
Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV6Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV (or BY 245 see note below)3 
Elective3Core Curriculum Area II or Area IV3 
 Elective 3 
 undefined  
 16 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
BY 433 or 4163BY 4313 
BY 4403BY 2453 
CH 460 or 4613Biology Elective (see note below)3-4 
Biology Elective (see note below)3-4Electives 6 
Elective3  
 15-16 15-16
Total credit hours: 122-124
1

Assumes student is placed in MA 106

2

 Assumes student has had one year of High School Chemistry with a grade of C or better.

3

 Assumes no Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

4

 Must complete at least one Literature Core II and two History Core IV or two Literature Core II and one History Core IV.

5

 BY 101, BY 102, BY 111BY 112BY 116 and BY 261 do not count toward Biology electives.

6

 Must earn a Biology GPA of at least 2.0

7

 See Biology Advisor once each term.

8

 Some Biology (BY) courses rotate every other year (BY 245) see advisor.

9

 Biochemistry - CH 460 is taught summer and fall. CH 461 is only offered in the fall.

 Minor Requirements for Biology

RequirementsHours
Required Biology Courses (must earn a grade of C or better)
BY 123Introductory Biology I 14
BY 124Introductory Biology II 14
BY 210Genetics3
Biology Electives 2
Select 6 hours from 200-level or higher Biology (BY) courses.6
Total Hours17
1

Note: BY 123 and BY 124 may also satisfy the Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Sciences requirement; check the Core Curriculum for your particular major.

2

Not more than a total of three hours in BY 397, BY 398, and BY 498 may be counted toward the minor.

GPA Requirement & Residency

A student must have at least a 2.0 average in all biology courses attempted and a 2.0 average in all biology courses taken at UAB in order to graduate. The current UAB course repeat policy will be used in calculating the grade point average. A minimum of six semester hours in the minor must be taken at UAB. Transfer students should be aware of the Department of Biology's policy regarding transfer credit.

Honors Program in Biology

Purpose

The Biology Honors Program offers motivated students the opportunity to develop research and communication skills in preparation for a graduate or professional career.

Eligibility

To be accepted into the Biology Honors Program, a student must:

  • Have earned a 3.5 GPA in biology courses attempted.
  • Have earned a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Have completed 18 semester hours in biology courses.
  • Have enrolled in BY 398 (Undergraduate Research) for at least one semester hour.
  • Have arranged with a faculty sponsor in biology to do a research project.

Requirements

Students in the Biology Honors Program will be required to have the following:

  • Six semester hours in BY 498 (Honors Research), with each semester hour per term requiring a minimum of four hours of laboratory work per week.
  • A formal research proposal, submitted by the end of the first semester of Honors Research, including an introduction, proposed methods, and relevant literature citation.
  • A formal written report in the form of a scientific paper.
  • An oral or poster presentation at Biology Research Day or the UAB Expo.

In some instances, it will be recommended that biology honors students give a formal presentation of their work at a scientific meeting. Funds may be provided to support participation at such a meeting.

Benefits

In addition to the educational and career benefits of participation in the Biology Honors Program, students who complete the program will be honored at the annual Biology Honors Research Day and will graduate “With Honors in Biology.”

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the Biology Honors Program, contact Dr. Thane Wibbels, Campbell Hall, Room 255A, Birmingham, AL 35294-1170; Telephone (205) 934-4419 or E-mail twibbels@uab.edu

BY-Biology Courses

BY 101. Topics in Contemporary Biology. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in modern biology, with emphasis on human biology. Only general elective credit for biology major or minor. NOTE: Not for biology majors or minors (with BY 102, CORE AREA III).

BY 102. Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Experiments and demonstrations in contemporary biology with strong emphasis is placed on understanding the systems of the human body. Drawing and writing assignments will focus on the structure and function of the important systems of the human body. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).

BY 111. Extended Topics in Contemporary Biology. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in contemporary biology of interest to students with minimal background in biology. Topics presented in interactive lecture/discussion format. NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor (with BY 112, CORE AREA III).
Prerequisites: BY 101 [Min Grade: D]

BY 112. Ext Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Further examination, interpretation, and discussion of topics in BY 111. Independent and group projects. NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor (with BY 111, CORE AREA III).
Prerequisites: BY 111 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently)

BY 115. Human Anatomy. 4 Hours.

Principles of vertebrate structure with emphasis on gross and microscopic human anatomy. Survey of human embryology and evolution. Lecture and laboratory.

BY 115L. Human Anatomy Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Human Anatomy Lab required with BY 115 lecture.

BY 116. Introductory Human Physiology. 4 Hours.

Integrated functions of human cells, tissues, and organ systems. NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology majors or minors. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 115 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 105 [Min Grade: C] and CH 106 [Min Grade: C] or CH 115 [Min Grade: C] and CH 116 [Min Grade: C] or CH 114 [Min Grade: C] or CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C])

BY 116L. Introductory Human Physiology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Human Physiology Lab required with BY 116 lecture.

BY 123. Introductory Biology I. 4 Hours.

Basic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution, bacteria, and protists. For major in biology and related fields. Quantitative Literacy and Writing are significant components of this course (QEP). Lecture and laboratory. Eligible for, enrolled in, or have completed MA 106, MA 107, MA 125, or MA 126.
Prerequisites: MA 106 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 107 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 125 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or MA 126 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or (A02 25 and HSCG 3.50) or (A02 24 and HSCG 3.50) or (A02 25 and HSCG 2.50) or A02 26 or (S02 580 and HSCG 3.50) or (S02 560 and HSCG 3.50) or (S02 580 and HSCG 3.50) or S02 600 or MAC1 17 or MAAD 24

BY 123L. Introductory Biology I Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Introductory Biology I Lab required with BY 123 lecture.

BY 124. Introductory Biology II. 4 Hours.

The course emphasizes the transition from cell, to tissue, to organs in multicellular systems. Specific attention in the course will be paid to a survey of the various groups of plants, fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates. Strong emphasis will be placed on comparing the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems in humans with those of other organisms. The course is designed to expand the students understanding of the process of scientific writing. Quantitative Literacy and Writing are significant components of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

BY 124L. Introductory Biology II Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Introductory Biology II Lab required with BY 124 lecture.

BY 210. Genetics. 3 Hours.

Principles and mechanisms of inheritance; structure, action, and regulation of genes; molecular genetic technology and application to human health and agriculture. Preparation for advanced courses in biology.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 213. Phage Genomics I. 4 Hours.

Phage Genomics I is the first semester of a year-long lecture, laboratory, and web-enhanced course designed to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students. The course will address themes and techniques from across biology including microbiology, phage genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and electron microscopy. Preqs: completed application (contact biology advisor) and permission of instructor. Freshmen and sophomores only.

BY 214. Phage Genomics II. 4 Hours.

This course is the second semester of a year-long lecture, laboratory, and web-enhanced class designed to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students. Students will learn the concepts and procedures for: annotating segments of a unique mycobacteriophage genome to indentify open reading frames, genes, and regulatory sequences; compare this bacteriophage genome to other sequenced bacteriophage genomes; compare and analyze amino acid sequences to reveal relationships between species; writing and presentation of scientific results. Freshmen and sophomores only.
Prerequisites: BY 213 [Min Grade: C]

BY 216. Pathophysiology. 3 Hours.

The course addresses epidemiologically relevant human pathologies resulting in disrupted homeostasis with an emphasis toward causal agents, mechanism of injury at the cellular and histological levels, pathogenic manifestations at the cellular, histologic, organ system and organismal levels, and applicable treatment strategies currently used in their medical detection, intervention and management. The course stresses modalities for human disease including genetic mutation, infection, neoplasia, immune dysfunction, preventable behaviors, endocrine alterations, and aging. The course specifically integrates the pathogenic model¿s impact on stress reactions, immune defenses, hematology, ventilation-respiration, cardiovascular perfusion, fluid balance, and nutrition. The course incorporates some remediation of the normal physiology and genetics required for homeostasis and introduces clinical profiling and case study learning.
Prerequisites: BY 116 [Min Grade: C] or BY 409 [Min Grade: D] or BY 124 [Min Grade: D] and (BY 261 [Min Grade: C] or BY 271 [Min Grade: C])

BY 245. Fundamentals of Scientific Investigation. 3 Hours.

The course covers the basics of scientific investigation with an emphasis on understanding methods of the scientific process, experimental design, data interpretation and presentation and scientific writing. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of data management and statistical packages to address the most common types of data analysis used to investigate specific applications in biology. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP). Recommend course is taken before junior year.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 255. Invertebrate Zoology. 4 Hours.

Invertebrate phyla, emphasizing evolutionary relationships, biological principles demonstrated by invertebrates, and significance of invertebrates in total ecology. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 255L. Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Invertebrate Zoology Lab required with BY 255 lecture.

BY 256. Vertebrate Zoology. 4 Hours.

Comparative approach to the structure, function, ecology, life history, and conservation of vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and CH 115 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 116 [Min Grade: C] or CH 114 [Min Grade: C])

BY 256L. Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Vertebrate Zoology Lab required with BY 256 lecture.

BY 260. Botany. 4 Hours.

Development, structure, physiology, and diversity of plants, emphasizing vascular plants. Lecture and laboratory. 4 hours. Prerequisites: BY 124, CH 115 and CH 116.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 260L. Botany Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Botany Lab required with BY 260 lecture.

BY 261. Introduction to Microbiology. 4 Hours.

Cell structure and function, microbial genetics, viruses, and epidemiology and infectious disease. NOTE: Cannot be applied toward requirements for a biology major. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 116 [Min Grade: C] and BY 123 [Min Grade: C] or CH 107 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and CH 108 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or CH 235 [Min Grade: C] and CH 234 [Min Grade: C] or CH 236 [Min Grade: C]) or CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 238 [Min Grade: C] or CH 239 [Min Grade: C])

BY 261L. Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Introduction to Microbiology Lab required with BY 261 lecture.

BY 267. Tropical Ecology. 3 Hours.

Major tropical ecotypes; ecology of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine tropical organisms. Major portion conducted at tropical field station in Caribbean. Lecture and field trips (May session, alternate years). Permission of Instructor required.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

BY 268. Galapagos Ecology. 3 Hours.

An overview of the ecology of the Galapagos Island, with an emphasis on the ecology of terrestrial and marine organsims. Major portion of course conducted on the Galapagos Islands. Lecture & field trips. Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

BY 269. Rain Forest Ecology. 3 Hours.

Physical and environmental factors that structure rain forest, biodiversity of life, and interactions of its organisms. Prominent biota. Major portion of course taught at tropical field station in Costa Rica. Lecture and field trips (May session, alternate years). Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

BY 271. Biology of Microorganisms. 4 Hours.

Microbiology with emphasis on molecular aspects of microbial cell structure, function, and diversity. Host defense mechanisms, infectious disease, and microbial ecology. Preparation for advanced courses in biology. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D] and CH 117 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: D] or CH 119 [Min Grade: D])

BY 271L. Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Biology of Microorganisms Lab required with BY 271 lecture.

BY 280. Biology of Aging. 3 Hours.

Current understanding of aging, measurement of aging changes, theories of aging, and aging changes in various human systems.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

BY 311. Molecular Genetics. 3 Hours.

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene structure and function.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D]

BY 314. Embryology. 3 Hours.

Descriptive and experimental studies of vertebrate development at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: D] and CH 118 [Min Grade: D]

BY 327. Histology. 4 Hours.

Microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs of animals; correlation of structure and function. Techniques and methodology. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 115 [Min Grade: D] or BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

BY 327L. Histology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Histology Lab required with BY 327 lecture.

BY 330. Cell Biology. 3 Hours.

Biological molecules and metabolic processes; energetics; synthesis and regulation of macromolecules; differential gene expression; membranes and organelles; cytoskeleton; cell cycle and growth of normal and neoplastic cells.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and CH 235 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and CH 234 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or CH 236 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

BY 362. Neurobiology. 3 Hours.

Biological basis of nervous system function. Comparative approach applying molecular, cellular, and systems concepts to nervous system function to examine electrical and chemical signaling, neural circuitry, and cellular basis of behavior and neural development (irregular offering).
Prerequisites: BY 409 [Min Grade: D] and CH 235 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 236 [Min Grade: D] or CH 234 [Min Grade: D]) and PH 201 [Min Grade: D]

BY 394. Biology Laboratory Teaching. 1-3 Hour.

Student will assist in instruction of a biology laboratory. Student is required to attend scheduled preparatory sessions each week, assist in teach assigned laboratory section, help develop student assignments such as examinations and/or practicals and assist the laboratory coordinator in other capacities as assigned. Students work under the direction of the course instructor and/or the laboratory coordinator. Student must have completed the course in which the student is assisting with a grade of B or higher. Permission of the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of three semester hours.

BY 395. Special Topics in Biology. 1-4 Hour.

This course will consider topics from the various disciplines in the biological sciences and the topic will differ each term. Course requirements may include lecture, laboratory, readings, discussion, reporting, and internships or fieldwork, which may be conducted on- or off-campus. May be taken more than once for credit.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 397. Advanced Directed Readings. 1-3 Hour.

Reading and independent study in selected areas under supervision of faculty sponsor. May be repeated for total of three semester hours credit. 12 semester hours of BY with BY GPA of 3.0 and permission of instructor required.

BY 398. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 Hour.

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor. May be repeated for a total of 3 semester hours credit. 12 semester hours of BY with GPA of 3.0 and permission of instructor required.

BY 405. Microbial Physiology. 3 Hours.

Microbial structure and function, growth, metabolism, and regulation of cellular activity.
Prerequisites: BY 271 [Min Grade: D] and CH 235 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 236 [Min Grade: D] or CH 234 [Min Grade: D])

BY 407. Microbial Ecology. 3 Hours.

Microorganisms in nature; interactions with each other and with environment.
Prerequisites: BY 271 [Min Grade: D]

BY 409. Principles of Human Physiology. 4 Hours.

The lecture and laboratory course uses humans as a model system to investigate physiological processes occurring at cell, tissue, organ, and system levels. Additionally the use of experimental examples and laboratory experiments and the interpretation of data will be used to understand all aspects of productivity. The class is designed to improve scientific writing skills related to research experiment. Writing and Quantitative Literacy are significant components of this course (QEP). Foundation in anatomy recommended (BY 115 or BY 256).
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D] and CH 237 [Min Grade: D] and CH 238 [Min Grade: D] or CH 239 [Min Grade: D]

BY 409L. Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Human Physiology Lab required with BY 408 and BY 409 lecture.

BY 410. Comparative Animal Physiology. 3 Hours.

Comparative examples to illustrate general principles of physiology; study of how animals function in their environment.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: D]

BY 411. Advanced Human Anatomy. 4 Hours.

This course is a detailed, advanced examination of gross human anatomy and histology. In a laboratory setting, students achieve course objectives by dissecting a human cadaver, and by observing prosected cadavers and casted models.
Prerequisites: BY 115 [Min Grade: C] or BY 124 [Min Grade: C] or BY 409 [Min Grade: C]

BY 416. Cellular Physiology. 3 Hours.

Biochemical and thermodynamic aspects of cellular energy metabolism. Foundation in physiology recommended (BY 124, BY 116, BY 409 or BY 410).
Prerequisites: BY 330 [Min Grade: D] and CH 237 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) and CH 238 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently) or CH 239 [Min Grade: D])

BY 419. Reproductive Physiology. 3 Hours.

Comparative reproductive physiology in mammals, with emphasis on humans.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: D] and CH 235 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 236 [Min Grade: D] or CH 234 [Min Grade: D])

BY 420. General Endocrinology. 3 Hours.

The central theme of this course is the role of hormone chemical messengers in the regulation of physiological processes. Topics include structure of endocrine cells and glands, hormone synthesis and chemistry, physiological effects of hormones, and mechanisms of hormone action. Emphasis is placed on vertebrate systems, but instructive invertebrate systems are also considered.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: D]

BY 426. Evolutionary Medicine. 3 Hours.

An evolutionary approach to issues relating to human health and disease.
Prerequisites: (BY 116 [Min Grade: C] or BY 409 [Min Grade: C]) and BY 330 [Min Grade: C]

BY 429. Evolution. 3 Hours.

The course includes the history of evolutionary thought and modern evolutionary theory. Discussions cover (but are not limited to) the history of life, mechanisms of evolutionary change, sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, and molecular evolution. Students will also be introduced to historical and contemporary studies of evolution on a wide variety of topics and organisms.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D]

BY 431. Principles of DNA Technology. 3 Hours.

Manipulation of genes and their regulation; techniques used in recombinant DNA technology. Lecture.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D] and BY 311 [Min Grade: D]

BY 432. Biological Information Resources. 3 Hours.

The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) website is a treasure house of information and tools for researchers in all areas of modern Biology. The goal of this course is to provide guidance for students who wish to become familiar with the NCBI website through an online learning experience. They will learn many of the features available at this site and will gain experience using some of the tools. The course will be taught completely online and will consist of 1) Guidelines for navigating through NCBI, 2) Study guide questions for students to answer online, 3) NCBI tutorials with questions to be answered online, 4) Assignments with questions to be answered online, 5) Online exams.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 433. Advanced Molecular Genetics. 3 Hours.

Molecular genetics of eukaryotic organisms, including analysis of the features and nature of eukaryotic genomes, genes, nucleosomes, and chromosomes; processes involved, such as transcription, splicing, transposition, and signal transduction. The role of molecular biology in cell growth and cancer. Lecture.
Prerequisites: BY 311 [Min Grade: D]

BY 434. Functional Genomics and Systems Biology. 3 Hours.

Systems biology is an inter-disciplinary study underlying complex biological processes as integrated systems of many interacting components. This course will give students a foundation in understanding complex biological interactions at the molecular, network and genomic level. This course will cover state-of-the-art high throughput established and novel approaches used in genome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data. The students will also get familiar with knowledge on experimental perturbation of genomes, gene regulatory networks, comparative genomics and evolution, basic bioinformatics. This course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature relevant to Functional Genomics and Systems Biology.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 435. Natural History of Vertebrates. 4 Hours.

Lecture and field study of adaptations of vertebrate classes for survival in particular environments. Survey and classification of local vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: C]

BY 435L. Natural History of Vertebrates Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Natural History of the Vertebrates Lab required with BY 435 lecture.

BY 437. Epigenetics. 3 Hours.

This course provides a survey of the field of epigenetics, introducing the student to the diverse areas of epigenetic research in a variety of eukaryotic systems. The course combines lectures with discussion of primary literature and research talks from invited faculty speakers working in epigenetics. In addition to providing an overview of the field of epigenetics, this course emphasizes working with primary scientific literature and the development of critical reading skills. Recommended that Molecular Genetics be completed prior to enrollment.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 440. Immunology. 3 Hours.

Immune system and functions of host humoral and cellular immune responses. Mechanisms of antigen and antibody reactions and basic immunological methods.
Prerequisites: BY 271 [Min Grade: C] and BY 330 [Min Grade: C]

BY 442. Experimental Phycology. 4 Hours.

The course uses Algae as a model system to investigate various experimental approaches to assessing productivity with specific emphasis placed on classification, respiration, photosynthesis, growth and nutrient limitation. Additionally the use of experimental examples and laboratory experiments and the interpretation of data will be used to understand all aspects of productivity. Designed to improve scientific writing skills related to research experiments. Writing and Quantitative Literacy are significant components of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C])

BY 442L. Experimental Phycology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Experimental Phycology Lab required with BY 442 lecture.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C])

BY 448. Psychoneuroimmunology. 3 Hours.

How neuroendocrine and immune systems communicate with each other. Regulatory processes mediated by interactions between these systems and application to diseases.
Prerequisites: BY 440 [Min Grade: D]

BY 450. Plant Physiology. 4 Hours.

Metabolic activities and growth processes of plants, with emphasis on photosynthesis, respiration, germination, dormancy, and hormones; physiological phenomena associated with phases of development. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 260 [Min Grade: D] and CH 235 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 236 [Min Grade: D] or CH 234 [Min Grade: D])

BY 450L. Plant Physiology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Plant Physiology Lab required with BY 450 lecture.

BY 451. Plant Biology. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of plant biology including plant diversity, structure, physiology, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, molecular biology, evolution and ecology. It is targeted to Biology Majors and Biology Graduate Students. This class brings together knowledge and methodologies from a number of different disciplines to provide students with an intensive and comprehensive plant curriculum from the molecular to the organismal level. Prerequisite: BY 123, BY 124, BY 210.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 452. Field Botany. 4 Hours.

Plant identification and classification; consideration of phylogenetic systems. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 260

BY 452L. Field Botany Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Field Botany Lab required with BY 452 lecture.

BY 453. Mycology. 4 Hours.

Fungi, including morphology, development, physiology, taxonomy, and phylogeny. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: (BY 260 [Min Grade: D] or BY 271 [Min Grade: D]) and CH 235 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 236 [Min Grade: D] or CH 234 [Min Grade: D])

BY 453L. Mycology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Mycology Lab required with BY 453 lecture.

BY 460. Advanced Invertebrate Zoology. 3 Hours.

This course takes an in-depth look at aspectd of the biology of the Echinodermata and Crustacea. The course fromat includes lectures, guest lectures, and student critiques of papers from the scientific literature. There is a field trip to Blunt Springs to search for echinoderm fossils. Lecture and student projects.
Prerequisites: BY 255 [Min Grade: D]

BY 465. Limnology. 4 Hours.

Chemical and physical principles of lakes and streams; biology of freshwater and estuarine organisms. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 255 [Min Grade: D] or BY 256 [Min Grade: D] or BY 260 [Min Grade: D]

BY 465L. Limnology Laboratory. 0 Hours.

Limnology Lab required with BY 465 lecture.

BY 467. Population Ecology. 3 Hours.

The course covers the structure and dynamics of populations with an emphasis on understanding how reproduction, mortality and dispersal interact to control fluctuations in population size and structure. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of computer models and interpretation of data to address specific applications in conservation biology and natural resource management. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BY 469. Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics. 3 Hours.

Course will survey processes and patterns of molecular evolution and methods of phylogenetic analysis using DNA sequences, amino acid sequences, and molecular markers.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 470. Ecology. 3 Hours.

Ecosystems and population biology. Lecture.
Prerequisites: BY 255 [Min Grade: D] or BY 256 [Min Grade: D] or BY 260 [Min Grade: D] or BY 271 [Min Grade: D]

BY 471. Ecology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Laboratory in ecosystems and population biology. May be taken concurrently with BY 470.
Prerequisites: BY 470 [Min Grade: D](Can be taken Concurrently)

BY 474. Chemical Ecology. 3 Hours.

Study of chemical interactions between organisms or between organisms and their enviroment. Topics include chemical signaling between organisms, sensing of the chemical environment, and chemical defenses against predators, pathogens, biofoulers, or competitors. Students will be introduced to these topics in wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, with a special emphasis on marine organisms.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and CH 235 [Min Grade: C]

BY 475. Comparative Developmental Biology. 3 Hours.

Mechanisms of development with emphasis on comparative biology.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D] and BY 314 [Min Grade: D]

BY 480. Emergency Medicine Internship. 3 Hours.

This semester-long internship is designed to provide undergraduate students with an authentic hands-on medical research experience. The course will allow students the opportunity to assist faculty members and residents of the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine in their clinical research studies. Specifically, students will be involved in patient recruitment for the study, determine patient eligibility, reading information about the studies to patients, and collecting data regarding patient history. Students will also have the methodology associated with clinical research. Junior or senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.5, completed application and acceptance into the internship program required.

BY 490. Bio Capstone: Human Physiology. 4 Hours.

Physiological processes occurring at cell, tissue, organ, and system levels in mammals with emphasis on humans. Students that enroll in this capstone experience will be expected to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement. Lecture and Laboratory. Foundation in anatomy recommended (Human Anatomy or Verterbrate Zoology).
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: D] and CH 237 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 238 [Min Grade: D] or CH 239 [Min Grade: D])

BY 491. Biology Capstone - Evolution. 4 Hours.

The course introduces the history of evolutionary thought and modern evolutionary theory. Discussions cover (but are not limited to) the history of life, mechanisms of evolutionary change, sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, and molecular evolution. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporaty studies of evolution on a wide variety of topics and organisms. Students that enroll in this class as their capstone experience are expected to do writing and ethics assignments to fulfill their capstone requirement.

BY 492. Biology Capstone - Undergraduate Research. 4 Hours.

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor. Student must enroll for 4 credit hours and must have senior standing. Students who enroll in this course as their capstone experience will be required to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement.

BY 493. Biology Capstone - Honors Research. 4 Hours.

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor. You must enroll in 4 credit hours and you must have senior standing. Students that identify this course as their capstone experience will be required to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement.

BY 495. Special Topics in Biology. 1-4 Hour.

This course will consider topics from the various disciplines in the biological sciences and the topic will differ each term. Course requirements may include lecture, laboratory, readings, discussion, reporting, and internships or fieldwork, which may be conducted on- or off-campus. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisite: BY 123, BY 124, and BY 210.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C] and BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

BY 496. Fundamentals of Clinical Research. 3 Hours.

Issues relevant to the conduct of clinical research: ethics, hypothesis testing, study design, and data collection and management. Lecture and clinical interaction with patients. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior level biology majors; 15 hours of biology credit with a 3.5 GPA in biology courses, and permission of instructor.

BY 498. Honors Research. 1-6 Hour.

Research project for students admitted to Honors Research Program. Two or three terms required during which minimum of 6 semester hours must be earned. Grade assigned at completion of program. 18 hours of biology with minimum GPA of 3.5 in biology classes and admission to Honors Research Program required.

BY 499. Biology Seminar. 1 Hour.

Student presentations and discussions. Subject matter varies by term. See current class schedule for topic. Senior standing and permission of instructor required.

MESC-Marine Environmental Sci Courses

MESC 106. Introduction to Oceanography. 4 Hours.

General introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the ocean. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips.

MESC 128. Ocean Science. 4 Hours.

Marine environment and relation of ocean to man. Lecture, laboratory, and field work. For non-science majors. Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective credit only.

MESC 201. Oceanology of the Gulf of Mexico. 2 Hours.

Descriptive study of the oceanology of the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent waters, including coastal zone, continental shelf, and deep ocean.

MESC 204. Coastal Geomorphology. 2 Hours.

Shape and land forms along coast; factors determining formation. Lecture and lab.

MESC 206. Marine Biology. 4 Hours.

Invertebrates, vertebrates, and marine plants. Lecture, laboratory, and field work. Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 207. Commercial Marine Fisheries of Alabama. 2 Hours.

Biology, harvest techniques, processing, and economic value of local commercial species.

MESC 208. Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles. 2 Hours.

Overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 209. Hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico. 2 Hours.

Survey of hurricane formation and impacts with emphasis on hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective credit only.

MESC 213. Shark & Ray Biology. 2 Hours.

Introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with emphasis on regional shark and ray fauna. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

MESC 216. Shark and Ray Biology. 2 Hours.

Introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with emphasis on regional shark and ray fauna. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

MESC 302. Coastal Zone Management. 2 Hours.

Ecological features and set of physical management policies for coastal communities, with description of relevant federal and state programs.

MESC 303. Coastal Climatology. 2 Hours.

Physical factors resulting in climatic conditions of coastal regions, with emphasis on northern Gulf of Mexico. Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective credit only.

MESC 304. Marine Geology. 4 Hours.

Geology of ocean basins, with emphasis on continental shelves, sediments, and sedimentary processes.
Prerequisites: ES 101 [Min Grade: D] and ES 102 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 305. Dolphins and Whales. 2 Hours.

Classification, anatomy, and ecology of cetaceans. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 402. Marine Vertebrate Zoology. 4 Hours.

Marine fishes, reptiles, and mammals (systematics, zoogeography, and ecology). Lecture, laboratory, and field work. 12 semester hours in biology required.

MESC 407. Marine Botany. 4 Hours.

Marine algae and vascular and non-vascular plants (distribution, identification, structure, ecology, and reproduction). Lecture, laboratory, and field work. 12 semester hours in biology required.

MESC 411. Costal Wetlands Ecology. 4 Hours.

Habitat analysis, natural history studies, and population dynamics of selected organisms. Lecture, laboratory, and field work.
Prerequisites: MESC 412 [Min Grade: D] or BY 470 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 412. Marine Ecology. 4 Hours.

Bioenergetics, community structure, population dynamics, predation, competition, and speciation in marine ecosystems. Lecture, laboratory and field work.
Prerequisites: BY 255 [Min Grade: D] or BY 256 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 413. Marine Invertebrate Zoology. 4 Hours.

Natural history, systematics, and morphology of marine invertebrates. Lecture, laboratory and field work.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 415. Coastal Ornithology. 2 Hours.

Coastal and pelagic birds, with emphasis on ecology, taxonomy, and distribution. Lecture,laboratory, and field work.
Prerequisites: BY 124 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 417. Marine Technical Methods. 2 Hours.

Hardware of marine science, sampling procedures, processing station location, and field equipment maintenance and operation. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in a science discipline.

MESC 428. Oceanography. 4 Hours.

Physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of oceans.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: D] and CH 118 [Min Grade: D] and PH 202 [Min Grade: D] and MA 106 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 472. Marine Aquaculture. 2 Hours.

Science, techniques, and economics of marine aquaculture. Lecture and laboratory. BY 255 is a recommended prerequisite.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: D] or BY 435 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 473. Marine Fish Diseases. 4 Hours.

Introduction to aquatic animal diseases, specifically for fish and shellfish.
Prerequisites: BY 271 [Min Grade: D] and (BY 255 [Min Grade: D] or BY 256 [Min Grade: D])

MESC 475. Marine Behavioral Ecology. 4 Hours.

Behavior of marine organisms as it relates to survival in their environment. Lecture, laboratory and field trips.
Prerequisites: BY 255 [Min Grade: D] or BY 256 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 478. Advanced Anatomy and Evolution of Marine Fishes. 3 Hours.

Anatomical studies of marine fishes with emphasis on function and structure; evolutionary and taxonomic relationships.
Prerequisites: BY 256 [Min Grade: D]

MESC 479. Marine Toxicology. 4 Hours.

Selected topics of toxicology as related to the coastal environment and marine organisms.
Prerequisites: BY 330 [Min Grade: D] and (CH 235 [Min Grade: D] or CH 237 [Min Grade: D])

MESC 491. Research on Special Topics. 1-6 Hour.

Enrollment by special arrangement in any subject listed. Permission of MESC representative, Department of Biology required.

MESC 492. Special Topics: Lecture. 2-4 Hours.

Lectures on selected marine-related topics. Course content varies.

Faculty

Amsler, Charles D. Jr., Professor of Biology, 1994, A.B. (Duke), M.S. (North Carolina-Wilmington), Ph.D. (California-Santa Barbara), Marine Ecophysiology, Chemical Ecology, and Polar Biology
Angus, Robert A., Professor Emeritus of Biology, 1978, B.S. (Wisconsin), Ph.D. (Connecticut), Aquatic Toxicology
Austad, Steven, Professor and Chair (Biology), 2014, B.A. (UCLA), B.A. (California State-Northridge), Ph.D. (Purdue), Comparative Biogerontology, Assessment of Animal Healthspan, and Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Aging
Bej, Asim K., Professor of Biology, 1991, B.S., M.Sc. (Calcutta), Ph.D. (Louisville), Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Pathogens and Extremophiles
Biga, Peggy, Assistant Professor of Biology , 2012, B.S., M.S. (Angelo State), Ph.D. (Idaho), Physiology and Developmental Biology
Cusic, Anne M., Associate Professor of Biology, 1988, B.S. (UAB), M.S. (Samford), Ph.D. (UAB), General Biology and Reproductive Biology
Ghanta, Vithal K., Professor of Biology, 1971, B.S. (G.C.W. College), M.S. (Banaras Hinda), Ph.D. (Southern Illinois), Research Interest: Cancer Immunology, Cancer Immunology
Gilchrist, Roger. L., Associate Professor of Biology, 1999, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (Wyoming), Human Anatomy and Physiology
Jenkins, David T., Associate Professor of Biology, 1974, B.S., Ph.D. (Tennessee); Research Interest: Mycology, Microbiology
Marion, Ken R., Professor Emeritus of Biology, 1971, B.A., Ph.D. (Washington University, St. Louis), Animal Natural History and Aquatic Environmental Biology
McClintock, James B., Endowed University Professor, 1987, B.S. (California), M.S., Ph.D. (South Florida), Polar and Marine Biology
Monti, Denise, Professor of Biology, 2013, B.S. (Cornell), M.P.H., Ph.D. (UAB), Microbiology
Mukhtar, Karolina, Assistant Professor of Biology, 2010, M.S. (Szczecin), Ph.d. (Cologne), Plant Molecular Biology
Mukhtar, Shahid, Assistant Professor of Biology, 2010, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Faisalabad), Ph.D. (Cologne) , Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics, Network Biology
Powell, Mickie L., Research Assistant Professor of Biology, 2006, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (UAB), Invertebrate Physiology
Raut, Samiksha, Assistant Professor of Biology, 2012, B.S., M.S. (Nagpur), Ph.D. (UAB), General Biology and Microbiology
Riddle, Nicole C., Assistant Professor of Biology, 2012, B.S. (Missouri), Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis), Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure
Thacker, Robert. W., Professor of Biology, 2000, B.S. (Duke), M.S., Ph.D. (Michigan), Ecology and Systematics
Tollefsbol, Trygve, Professor of Biology, 1998, B.S. (Houston), M.S., D.O., Ph.D. (North Texas Health Sciences Center), Gene Regulation in Cancer and Aging
Warner, Daniel, Assistant Professor of Biology , 2012, B.S. (Iowa State), M.S. (Virginia Tech), Ph.D. (Sydney), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Watson, R. Douglas, Professor of Biology, 1988, B.S. (Southern Utah State), Ph.D. (Iowa), Endocrinology and Developmental Biology
Watts, Stephen A., Professor of Biology, 1987, B.S. (Auburn), M.S., Ph.D. (South Florida), Aquatic and Marine Biology
Wibbels, Thane, Professor of Biology, 1993, B.S. (Nebraska), M.S. (Houston), Ph.D. (Texas A&M), Reproductive and Conservation Biology