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Note: The instructors of and frequency of offering for each course is tentative and is subject to change depending upon historical course demand, enrollment numbers and faculty commitments.

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

UPPER DIVISION BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

BSC 1005 - GENERAL BIOLOGY (For Non Majors) (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites or corequisites: None
Corequisite: None
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 4 exams
Lecture topics: This is a series of lectures by four members of the Department of Biological Science in subjects pertaining to biology in our everyday lives.  Topics range from the discussion of how our bodies operate to the diversity of other animal life with which we share this world.

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BSC 1005L - GENERAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY (For Non Majors) (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites or corequisites: BSC 1005
Corequisite: BSC 1005
Typical Format: 3 hours lab/week; lab reports; weekly quizzes and data sheets
Lab topics:

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BSC 2010 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE I (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites or corequisites: None
Corequisite: None
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 2-3 exams and final
Lecture topics: Chemical constituents of life, biomolecules, cell structure and function, bioenergetics, kinetics, enzyme catalysis, cellular respiration and metabolism, photosynthesis, nutrients and tropism, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, regulation of gene expression, genetic engineering, cancer, gas exchange, transport and translocation mechanisms, circulation, hormones, excitable cells, nerve cell function, and muscle cell function.

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BSC 2010L BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE I LABORATORY (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisite or corequisite: BSC 2010
Corequisite: BSC 2010
Typical Format: 3 hours lab/week; lab reports; weekly quizzes and data sheets
Lab topics: Methods in cell chemistry, enzyme kinetics, molecular biology, and physiology.

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BSC 2011 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE II (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week and scheduled help session; 3 exams and final
Lecture Topics: Cell differentiation, metamorphosis and regeneration, embryonic development, cell cycles, mitosis and meiosis, Mendelian inheritance, gene expression and gene interactions, human inheritance, mechanisms of evolution, natural selection, adaptation, population genetics, speciation, sexuality, evolution and the origin of life, the biosphere, communities and community succession, ecosystems, energy and productivity, mineral cycles, community structure, population dynamics, population growth and reproductive strategies, population regulation, human populations, human intrusion in ecosystems.

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BSC 2011L BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE II LABORATORY (1 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L
Corequisites: BSC 2011
Typical Format: 3 hours lab/week; lab reports; written and oral presentation of research proposals
Lab Topics: Hypothesis generation, measurement and graphing, development, genetics, evolution and ecology.

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UPPER DIVISION BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

NOTE: BSC 2010/L, BSC 2011/L, CHM 1045C and CMH 1046C are prerequisite courses to all upper division biology courses in the major, except BSC 3938. Upper division courses are restricted to majors who have successfully completed the major prerequisite courses and have been assigned the major plan BIOLOGYBS.

BOT 3015L PLANT BIOLOGY LABORATORY (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Prerequisites or Corequisites: BOT 3015 or BSC 3016
Typical Format: 3 hours lab/week; 4 exams, 3 reports, notebook
Lab Topics: Morphology, anatomy, reproduction, development, symbioses, and physiology of angiosperms, fungi, osmotrophic protists, and non-flowering plants.

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BOT 3143C FIELD BOTANY (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 2 hours lecture/week, 6 hours lab/week; 3 exams and final; preparation of a pressed, identified plant collection
Lecture and Lab Topics: Introductory plant taxonomy with emphasis on laboratory and field study; principles of plant identification, classification, and rules of nomenclature; use of keys; collecting techniques; survey of major flowering plant families; field trips and laboratory work on collections.

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BSC 3016 EUKARYOTIC DIVERSITY (3hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and final, out of class assignments
Lecture Topics: this course provides an overview of the diversity eukaryotic organisms (protists, plants, fungi, and animals), the evolutionary origin of this diversity, and its societal relevance. Comparisons of exemplar organisms will be used to illustrate broad themes in the anatomy, morphology, development, physiology, behavior, life cycles, and ecologies of eukaryotes.
Additional information: Designated as a required course for undergraduate majors in Biological Science. Note:: If you took BSC2011L before Fall 2013 then you are not to take this class. Students who take Eukaryotic Diversity are not to take BOT3015.

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BSC 3052 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 lectures/week; 1 research paper; several computer assignments; 3 exams
Lecture Topics: The history of the conservation movement; research on populations of animals and plants that is relevant to man's impact on the environment; pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; the management of endangered species; wildlife biology; government regulation; sustainable ecosystems.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area III (Ecology and Environmental Science) course.

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BSC 3312 MARINE BIOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; midterm and final
Lecture Topics: Marine geology; sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics; chemistry of oceans; tides, waves, oceanic circulation and currents; the ecology of pelagic and benthic organisms, including those from rocky coasts, unconsolidated shores, and coral reefs; island biology; benthic plants and phytoplankton; zooplankton and nekton; marine invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals; marine productivity and fisheries; marine pollution and conservation.

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BSC 3402L EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY (2 hrs)
Research topics vary with instructor.
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); biological science majors only
Typical Format: Scheduling of this course is not in the traditional lecture/laboratory format. For specifics in the frequency of meeting times, and the topic of research for each section, check the Directory of Classes.
Lab topics: Introduction to experimental biology using different types of organisms (depending on instructor). All will include basic techniques for handling the organism, experimental design, data collection, interpretation, and scientific writing. Students will develop and execute individual projects during the term.
Additional Information: Designated as a required upper division biology course.

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BSC 3930 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGICAL FRONTIERS (1 hr)
Frequency: Annually, spring semester
Prerequisites: BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
Typical Format: One presentation per week; no exams, no final; S/U grade based upon required and recorded attendance
Lecture Topics: This course introduces biology majors to biological science faculty and their research interests. The sequence and content of the lectures are not fixed. Each week a different faculty member presents a lecture on a research topic of interest. There are between 12 and 14 different speakers each semester.
Additional Information: Not repeatable for credit toward major requirements.

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BSC 3938 CAREERS IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: None
Typical Format: One presentation per week; no exams, no final; S/U grade based upon required and recorded attendance
Lecture Topics: This course introduces biology majors to the diversity of careers available to those with a background in biological science. Also covers the academic preparation appropriate to such careers. Each week a different speaker will discuss his or her career with the class. There are between 12 and 14 different speakers each semester.
Additional Information: This course is intended for biological science majors at any point in their undergraduate career, but is most beneficial to those in their first three years. Not repeatable for credit toward major requirements.

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BSC 4424 NANOTECHNOLOGY
Frequency Offered: Every spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical format: 3 hours lecture per week, exams and a final
Lecture Topics: This course will provide an introduction to interdisciplinary nanotechnology for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Students will be provided with the basic understanding of the relevant aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and business to follow a typical lecture at an interdisciplinary nanotechnology conference and/or work in a small nanotechnology start-up company. Specific nanotechnologies, both real and imagined, will be discussed in the context of scientific papers, patent literature, and popular media. Examples of topics will include lithography, synthetic nanomaterials, and bionanotechnology. Emphasis will be placed on industrial implications in computing and communications, medicine, materials, and other topics of interest to the interdisciplinary students.

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BSC 4473C Scientific Diving (3 hr)

Frequency Offered: Each semester
Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 1045, CHM 1045L, CHM 1046, CHM 1046L, open water dive certified by national organization, clear diving medical record, and ability to pass swimming evaluation.

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BSC 4821C BIOGEOGRAPHY (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, even years, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 2.5 hours lecture per week, 1.5 hours in lab (data analysis)
Lecture Topics: Biogeography is the study of the distributions of animals and plants (all organisms) in space and time and the processes that determine those distributions. As the name implies, this field combines elements of biology (especially ecology and evolution) and geography. The distributions are determined by the physical characteristics of organisms, how these characteristics interact with the physical and biotic environment, and by history. The field can be explored by looking at entire ecosystems, physiology of individual species, or evolutionary history of groups of species, among other approaches. This course will cover the full range of biogeography with an emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biogeography, the processes that help determine distributions, and the analytical methods used to describe distributions and test processes. Topics include the physical environment (geology, meteorology), the distribution of ecosystems and biomes across the globe, speciation, common geographic patterns, diversity gradients, island biogeography, and historical (evolutionary) biogeography. There is a laboratory section as part of this course in which student working in groups will analyze geographic data sets to search for patterns and test hypotheses with the scientific method.
Additional Information: This class qualifies for the departmental lab requirement. Familiarity with statistics and general ecological principles is helpful

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BSC 4900r DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDY (DIS) (1-4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); a minimum-combined 3.0 biology GPA; permission of biological science faculty member; permission of the Undergraduate Advising Office
Typical Format: Varies with instructor
Lab Topic: DIS offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to perform research at the undergraduate level. Students perform special supervised study or research in the area of the faculty member's research area.
Additional Information: Repeatable course. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of DIS may be applied to the biological science major. See an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office for the form required to take a DIS.

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BSC 4931r SENIOR TUTORIAL IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Fall and spring semesters
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); senior standing (90+ semester hours) as a biological science major
Typical Format: Varies with instructor; S/U grade
Lecture Topic: Each senior tutorial covers a selected topic in contemporary biological science. Additional Information: Scheduling of this course is not in the traditional lecture format. For specifics in the frequency of meeting times, and the topic of each senior tutorial, check the Directory of Classes and/or the Undergraduate Advising Office in 1067 King LSB. Senior tutorials have a maximum enrollment of five students. Repeatable to a maximum of two (2) semester hours that may be applied to the biological science major.

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BSC 4933r SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (1-4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: To be announced
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses; other courses as specified; junior (60-89 semester hours) or senior (90+ semester hours) standing
Typical Format: Varies by instructor and course
Lecture Topics: Varies by instructor and course
Additional Information: Repeatable to a maximum of eight (8) semester hours credit.

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BSC 4933 BIOMATH (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, fall semester, odd years.
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); Calculus 1 (MAC2311) recommended.
Typical Format: 2 hours of lecture plus one laboratory meeting per week.
This course teaches students to use computer modeling to investigate biological problems. Interested in managing populations of endangered species, understanding how to control the spread of disease, or predicting how predators affect their prey? To answer these types of questions, many biologists use mathematical models. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basics of mathematical modeling in biology.
Additional Information: While some math background is helpful (e.g., first year calculus), this is not a math course and the focus is primarily on the use of math in biology, rather than on developing new math skills.

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BSC 4933 VIROLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, odd years, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs), and PCB 3063 and MCB 4403
Typical Format: Typical lecture format, 3 hours per week, three examinations and two papers.
Lecture Topics: This is an introductory course in virology. The lectures cover general virology including virus structure and replication cycles. The major families of the bacterial (bacteriophage) plant and animal viruses are reviewed. Human viruses and infectious diseases are emphasized. Subviral particles, prions and viroids, are also discussed.
Additional Information: Also given at the graduate level, MCB 5505.

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BSC 4933 PLANTS AND SOCIETY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, odd years, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: Typical lecture format, 3 hours per week, three examinations and two projects.
Lecture Topics: This course explores how humans use plants and the impacts of plant biology on humans and their social interactions.

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BSC 4937R SEMINAR IN LIVING MARINE RESOURCE ECOLOGY (1 hr)
This course is restricted to students who are doing Honors in the Major in Marine Biology.

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BSC 4940 RESEARCH INTERSHIP IN MARINE BIOLOGY (3-9 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Summer only
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); PCB 3043; junior (60-89 semester hours) or senior (90+ semester hours) standing; minimum-combined 3.0 biology GPA; a course in the area of research; written approval of the associate chair of the Department of Biological Science
Typical Format: Not applicable
Opportunity: Special supervised study in marine biology at the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratory in Panama City, Florida.
Additional Information: Students may receive up to nine (9) semester hours of credit, of which four (4) semester hours would apply to the biological science major.

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BSC 4941r INTERNSHIP IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (1-4 hrs)
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Format: S/U graded
This course is for students involved in off campus activities related to biological science and or the allied health professions. Only 4 hours of internship credits can be applied to the Biological Science major. To register for an internship you must see an advisor.

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BSC 4945 UNDERGRADUATE SUPERVISED TEACHING (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall and spring semesters
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses; senior (90+ semester hours) standing; minimum 3.0 biology FSU GPA; selection as a Undergraduate Supervised Teaching Assistantship
Typical Format: S/U grade
Opportunity: This course meets the university speech requirement.
Each year, 20-25 outstanding senior biological science majors are awarded paid undergraduate supervised teaching assistantships (senior TA's) through the Department of Biological Science. In addition to receiving a stipend, Senior TA's may choose to register for, and receive, 1 hour of credit (BSC 4945) toward the 38-hour biological science coursework requirement. Students who are expecting to continue in graduate study (or are considering a career in teaching) are strongly encouraged to apply for an Undergraduate Supervised Teaching Assistantship, since most beginning graduate students receive teaching assistantships similar those experienced in this program. This course meets the university speech requirement.
Additional Information: Students who are interested in undergraduate supervised teaching and fulfill the above noted prerequisites should see an Undergraduate Academic Advisor in 1067 King LSB to obtain an application. Students apply, interview and are selected to serve as a tutor or a laboratory TA in the liberal studies biology course for nonmajors (i.e., BSC 1005). One (1) semester hour of BSC 4945 may be applied to the biological science major.

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BSC 4970r HONORS WORK IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Admission to the department's Honors In The Major Program
Typical Format: Varies with instructor
Lab Topic: Honors work in the major offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to perform research at the undergraduate level. Students participate in a supervised research problem and the production of a paper (thesis) describing the results of that work.
Additional Information: Repeatable to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of which six (6) semester hours may be applied to the biological science major. Intended for advanced undergraduate majors.

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ISC 3523C RESEARCH METHODS (1-4 hrs)

This course is available only to biology majors in the FSU Teach Program. See Description under BSC 4900r

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MCB 4403 PROKARYOTIC BIOLOGY(3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and CHM 2210 and PCB 3063
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and final
Lecture Topics: History and development of microbiology as a science; prokaryotic structure and function; microbial growth and metabolism (fermentation, respiration, autotrophic metabolism); prokaryotic genetics (transformation, transduction, conjugation); methods for control of microorganisms; taxonomy and classification of microorganisms; viruses and viral replication; medical microbiology (microbial disease mechanisms, defense mechanisms of the human body, important microbial diseases, epidemiology); microbial ecology (role of microbes in the environment, use of microbes to improve the environment); food microbiology (food spoilage and preservation, use of microbes in the production of foods); industrial microbiology.
Additional Information: Designated an Area I (Cell and Molecular Biology) course.

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MCB 4403L PROKARYOTIC BIOLOGY LABORATORY (2 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall and summer semesters
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: Two, 2-hour labs/week; no lectures; 3 exams and final
Lab Topics: Sterile techniques and isolation of microbes; microscopic examination of microbes; growth of microbes (media and media preparation, use of selective and differential media, enrichment cultures); measurement of microbial growth; physiological testing of microbes (degradation of organic compounds, presence of specific enzymatic capabilities); food microbiology (milk testing; production of yogurt, sauerkraut); medical and clinical microbiology (human skin and throat microflora, testing for antibiotic susceptibility); microbial genetics; microbial ecology (role of microbes in elemental cycles); identification of unknown microbes.

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PCB 3043 GENERAL ECOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 2 exams and final
Lecture Topics: Population biology; spatial and age structures of populations; population growth; history of ecology and the concept of community; community processes; succession; nutrient cycling and energy flow; species interactions; competition, predation, and parasitism; ecological efficiency; biogeographic ecology.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area III (Ecology and Environmental Science) course.

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PCB 3043L ECOLOGY LABORATORY (2 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Prerequisite or corequisite: PCB3043
Typical Format: 3 hours lab per week, with required field trips on weekends
Lab Topics: Students will be introduced to common questions and methods from basic and applied ecology using both lab and field exercises. These include quantifying effects of density, competition, and predation on populations, understanding food webs and trophic interactions, as well as the biogeography of movement and species ranges, succession in long-leaf pine forests, local stream biomonitoring, and foraging ecology.

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PCB 3063 GENERAL GENETICS (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; at least 3 exams and additional oral or written work at instructor's discretion
Lecture Topics: Introduction to the principles of transmission and molecular genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and the significance of these principles to other aspects of biology.
Additional Information: Designated as a required upper division biology course. Should be taken as soon as possible after the completion of the major prerequisite courses.

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PCB 3134 CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall and spring semesters
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and homework problems
Lecture Topics: Cellular chemistry and physiology; morphology and function of cellular organelles; cellular motility; cell genome; cellular growth, division, communication, and regulation.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area I (Cell and Molecular Biology) course.

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PCB 4022C INTENSIVE MODERN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4 hrs)
Prerequisites: Major Prerequisite courses plus PCB 3063 and PCB 4024
Typical Format: 3 hours of lecture per week and one 3 hour lab
Lecture Topics: This course will teach modern molecular biology methods in a cohesive single project. Working with a single gene students will design overexpressing clones to be transfected into human cells. Additionally, using CRISPR gene editing students will knock that gene out of cells. RNA will be isolated from each experiment and full transcriptomes will be sequenced and analyzed.

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PCB 4024 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3063; PCB 3134 is recommended but not required
Typical Format: 3 lectures/week and assigned reading; 3 exams and a final
Lecture Topics: Molecular genetic control of cells; synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids; the genetic code; the controls on RNA synthesis and gene expression; chromosomes and the organization of genes; DNA replication and repair; the cell division cycle; differentiation; cancer and cell growth; the evolution of cells and molecules.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area I (Cell and Molecular Biology) course.

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PCB 4024L MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3063; PCB 3134 is recommended but not required
Corequisite: PCB 4024
Typical Format: 3.5 hours lab/week, weekly laboratory reports and assigned reading
Lab Topics: Current techniques in cell and molecular biology; centrifugation and cell fractionation; tissue culture of mammalian and plant cells; chromosome preparations and karyotyping; polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of proteins; plasmid preparation from bacteria; restriction enzyme mapping; gene cloning; polymerase chain reaction; genetic transformation of mammalian cells.

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PCB 4109 CANCER BIOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially fall semester odd years
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); Genetics (PCB 3063)
Typical Format: 3 hours of lecture per week
Lecture Topics: This course will expose you to a range of cancer related topics from the cancer related mutations and signaling pathways to the cutting-edge research that offers attractive development for new anti-cancer drugs and therapeutic strategies. From tumor inducing virus to multi-steps of tumorigensis, you will learn the history of cancer and how it shaped society nd research today.

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PCB 4233 IMMUNOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); CHM 2210, PCB 3063, PCB 3134, or instructor's permission
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and final
Lecture Topics: Non-specific defenses and inflammation; immune response to antigens; anatomy of the immune system; immunoglobulin structure and function; cellular interactions in immunity; histocompatibility and transplantation; complement; immunopathology; AIDS.

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PCB 4233L IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Annually, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs); CHM 2210, PCB 3063, PCB 3134, or permission of instructor
Corequisite: PCB 4233
Typical Format: 3 hours lab/week
Lab Topics: Immunization and bleeding of lab animals; titration; purification of immunoglobulin; gel diffusion techniques; immunoelectrophoresis; enzymatic cleavage of immunoglobulins; tissue grafting, affinity column chromatography; hemagglutination; hemagglutination inhibition; ELISA; immunofluorescence; hybridoma technology.

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PCB 4244 BIOLOGY OF AGING (3 hr)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, even years, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3063
Typical Format: Typical lecture format, 3 hours per week, daily homework assignments, two examinations and one paper, and one oral presentation.
Lecture Topics: This course provides an introduction to multi-disciplinary questions and approaches in the biology of aging. Both molecular and evolutionary mechanisms will be discussed, but the course will be student-centered. That is, many of the topics and readings will be chosen collaboratively by the instructor and the students. Part of the reason for this approach is practical. The biology of aging encompasses an enormous range of disciplines, questions, and methods, ranging from molecular biology to evolutionary biology to demography.

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PCB 4253 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3063
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and final
Lecture topics: Fertilization; gametogenesis; cleavage; gastrulation; neurulation; organogenesis; morphogenesis; genome constancy; differential gene expression; polarity; cell-cell interactions; cell affinities; induction; hormone action; pattern formation; metamorphosis; regeneration.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area I (Cell and Molecular Biology) course.

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PCB 4402 ECOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE (1 hr)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2011 and MAC 2311
Typical Format: seminar, 1 hour per week
Typical Topics: Infectious diseases are caused by biological agents including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans. Biological agents of disease and their hosts constitute a form of predator-prey interaction, which is a topic studied by ecologists interested in the causes of distribution and abundance of organisms. This course will explore how concepts and tools of basic ecology can and have been used to understand the dynamics of infectious disease, and contribute to our ability to predict, prevent, and control disease outbreaks. We will consider diseases of humans and their domesticated plants and animals, as well as the role of disease in natural systems. Students will be expected to read extensively in the primary and secondary literature, and to contribute to regular class discussions. Students will also research and present information on specialized topics such as the role of conservation corridors in the spread of disease, possible responses to pandemics and bioterrorism, and sources of new emerging diseases.

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PCB 4674 EVOLUTION (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3063
Typical Format: 3 lectures/week; quizzes and computer lab assignments; term paper; 2 exams and final
Lecture Topics: Scope of evolutionary biology; the historical development of evolutionary biology; patterns of historical evolution (changes in diversity, origins of new groups); evolutionary rates of morphological and physiological change and molecular diversification; genetic basis of evolutionary change; the biology of adaptations; parallel and convergent evolution; the evolution of genome organization; evolution of reproductive isolation; species formation; hybridization, introgression, and the breakdown of isolation; phylogenetic inference; conservation and evolution.
Additional Information: Designated as a required upper division biology course.

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PCB 4701 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY(3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Pre/Co-requisite: PCB 3063 OR PCB 3134
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 3 exams and final
Lecture Topics: Homeostasis; cellular function including control systems; sensory and motor systems; autonomic nervous system; central integration; endocrine control systems; hematology and immunology; circulation and the heart; respiration; gastrointestinal system; renal regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance; regulation of body temperature; physiology of reproduction.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area II (Physiology) course.

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PCB 4843 FUNDAMENTALS OF NEUROSCIENCE (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Every Semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3134 or PCB 3743 or PCB 4701
Typical Format: 2.5 hours lecture/week; 4 exams
Lecture Topics: This course emphasizes cellular and molecular approaches to neuroscience and brain function, and includes simple model systems such as invertebrates.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area II (Physiology) course.

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ZOO 3141L ANIMAL DIVERSITY LABORATORY (3 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Summer only
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and BSC3016
Typical Format: Laboratory, 3 hours one day per week, quizzes examinations and lab practicals..
Laboratory Topics: Introduction to all the major animal phyla.

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ZOO 3205 ADVANCED INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (2 hrs)
Frequency Offered: To be announced
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and BSC3312 or ZOO 3141L (formerly BSC 4933L)
Corequisites: ZOO3205L
Typical Format: 2 hours lecture/week; midterm and final
Lecture Topics: Phylogenetic survey of invertebrate animals (Porifera through Protochordates), with emphasis on structure, function, and classification.

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ZOO 3205L ADVANCED INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY LABORATORY (2 hrs)
Frequency Offered: To be announced
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and BSC3312 or ZOO 3141L (formerly BSC 4933L)
Corequisite: ZOO 3205
Typical Format: 6 hours lab/week; field trips and an individual research project
Lecture Topics: Hands-on examination and study of selected examples from the major invertebrate phyla, including observations of live material, as well as dissections of preserved examples.

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ZOO 3713C COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, spring semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 hours lecture/week; 6 hours lab/week; 3 lecture exams; 3 lab practicals
Lecture Topics: Basic concepts and general chordate structure; protochordates; classes of chordates; early development; skeletal system; muscular system; digestive-respiratory systems; urogenital systems; circulatory system; integumentary system; nervous system.
Lab Topics: Topics similar to lecture, with dissection of organ systems in a lamprey, shark, Necturus, and cat; dissection skills and the skills (or power) of observation are developed in this laboratory; dissection kit required; use of stereoscopic microscopes.

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ZOO 4343C BIOLOGY OF LOWER VERTEBRATES (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Biennially, even years, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 2 lectures/week, 2 labs/week, field trips during week (lasting all afternoon) and on some weekends; 2 exams and final on lecture material, 1 lab practical exam; lab reports; 1 term paper
Lecture Topics: Origin and diversity of lower vertebrates (fish, amphibians, and reptiles); functional morphology and design of trophic structures and locomotory apparatus; solutions to problems of heat and cold, osmotic stress, and oxygen availability; sensory systems and communication; growth and development; life history and modes of reproduction.
Lab and Field Topics: Identifying freshwater and common marine fishes, amphibians, and reptiles; local zoogeography and habitat associations; communities of ectothermic vertebrates.

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ZOO 4353C BIOLOGY OF HIGHER VERTEBRATES (ORNITHOLOGY)
Frequency Offered: Every other year
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 lectures/week and 3-hour lab per week; required all-day and 3-day fieldtrips
Lecture Topics: Evolutionary history, morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, conservation, and diversity of birds of the world.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area II (Ecology and Evolution) course.

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ZOO 4454C BIOLOGY OF FISHES
Frequency Offered: Summer B Only
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: Combined lecture and laboratory course. Meets every day for two weeks in Summer B
Lecture Topics: This course provides an overview of the systematics, morphology, ecology, behavior, physiology, and life history of the most diverse group of vertebrates on earth, the fishes. It includes conservation and management issues and laboratory exercises balanced with field trips to different northwest Florida habitats, including freshwater springs, salt marshes, seagrass beds, and offshore reefs.
Additional Information: This course is offered through FSU's Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Students live at the marine lab for the two week duration of the course; there is an additional fee for this course.

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ZOO 4513 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
Typical Format: 3 lectures/week and assigned ;Additional for DuVal: literature critiques, field trip, and required discussion section; Additional for Tschinkel: required video section
Lecture Topics: The neurobiological, developmental, ecological, and evolutionary bases of how and why animals behave the way they do.
Additional Information: Designated as an Area II (Ecology and Evolution) course.

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ZOO 4753C HISTOLOGY (4 hrs)
Frequency Offered: Annually, fall semester
Prerequisites: Major prerequisite courses (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs) and PCB 3134
Typical Format: 2 lectures/week and 3 hours lab/week; 2 exams and final; 2 laboratory practicals
Lecture and Lab Topics: The course covers the cytology, histology, and microscopic anatomy of the human body.

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