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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Graduate Biology Courses

The following course list is copied from the 2006 - 2007 catalog. This is not an official version.


Biol 526

Ichthyology.
(3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 526L) Morphology, classification, evolution and distribution of fishes with emphasis on South Carolina marine and freshwater species.

Biol 526L

Ichthyology Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 526) Laboratory and field exercises emphasizing the topics covered in Biology 526. Students will be required to make and turn in a collection of preserved fish specimens.

Biol 536

Animal Behavior.
(3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 536L) Study of the historical and modern developments in the study of animal behavior and emphasizes the evolutionary, ecological, physiological determinants of behavior.

Biol 536L

Animal Behavior Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 536) This lab course gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge of animal behavior through hands-on field and laboratory-based exercises.

Biol 542

Advanced Genetics.
(3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 542L) The molecular processes of genetic change within genomes, individuals, and populations over both short and long time-scales. Students will read current research in evolutionary genetics to better appreciate the benefits and detriments of genetic change in domesticated and natural populations of organisms.

Biol 542L

Advanced Genetics Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 542) Laboratory exercises to accompany Biology 542.

Biol 551

Molecular Techniques.
(4) A research-based practicum on techniques of DNA analysis. Laboratory exercises serve as an introduction to DNA purification, quantitation and sequencing, PCR, gel electrophoresis, enzyme digestion and cloning.

Biol 555

Marine Botany.
(3) (Coreq: Biology 555L) Field course in marine flora with emphasis on ecology and functional morphology. Work will stress the roles of marine bacteria, fungi, algae, and angiosperms in coastal marine communities.

Biol 555L

Marine Botany Laboratory.
(1) (Coreq: Biology 555) The laboratory demonstrates the topics and principles presented in lecture.

Biol 561

Ornithology.
(3) (Coreq: Biology 561L) The study of birds with emphasis on morphological and behavioral adaptations exhibited by birds in response to their environment. Laboratory exercises introduce the student to the diversity of birds with emphasis on the avifauna of North America. Topics include field identification of species, morphological and behavioral adaptations for feeding and locomotion, bird assemblages of the southeastern United States, and censusing procedures for estimating population densities.

Biol 561L

Ornithology Laboratory.
(1) (Coreq: Biology 561) Field experience and exercises to accompany Biology 561.

Biol 570

Principles of Ecology.
(3) (Coreq: Biology 571L) Selected ecology topics emphasizing research literature. Three lecture credits and three laboratory hours per week.

Biol 571L

Principles of Ecology Lab.
(1) (Coreq: Biology 571) Exercises to accompany Biology 571.

Biol 581

Freshwater Ecology.
(3) (Prereq: Biology 370 or permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 581L) Interactions of physical, chemical, and Biological properties of freshwater ecosystems (i.e., groundwater, wetlands, lakes, and streams). Three lecture hours per week.

Biol 581L

Freshwater Ecology Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: Biology 370 or permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 581) Laboratory and field exercise devoted to understanding the interactions of physical, chemical, and Biological properties of freshwater ecosystems. Three laboratory hours per week.

Biol 584

Conservation Ecology.
(3) (Coreq: Biology 584L) A comprehensive framework of conservation ecology. Students that successfully complete this course will learn the techniques used to study biodiversity and become familiar with the framework used to address problems in conservation Biology.

Biol 584L

Conservation Ecology Laboratory.
(1) (Coreq: Biology 584) This lab course gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge of conservation Biology through hands-on, field and laboratory-based exercises.

Biol 585

Vertebrate Zoology.
(3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 585L) The classification and natural history of vertebrates with additional emphasis on adaptive features in the functional morphology and ethology of animals.

Biol 585L

Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 585) Laboratory and field experiences emphasizing the topics covered in Biology 585. Laboratories will be centered around field observations of local vertebrates and may include field trips at “unusual” times – nights, early mornings and weekends.

Biol 588

Wetland Plant Ecology.
(3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 588L) An introduction to wetland types, wetland processes, and wetland management. Types of wetlands covered will include tidal freshwater, tidal saltwater, mangroves, interior freshwater, bogs, swamps, and riparian. Processes covered include hydrology, biogeochemistry, and Biological adaptation. Wetland management topics include wetland definitions, classification, evaluation, manipulation, creation, and protection.

Biol 588L

Wetland Plant Ecology Laboratory.
(1) (Prereq: permission of instructor) (Coreq: Biology 588) Applications of principles and techniques used in the study of wetland plants and their ecology, both in the lab and in the field.

Biol 598

Special Topics in Biology.
(1-4) In depth investigation of specific topics and scientific methods not generally available in the curriculum. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

Biol 776

Animals of South Carolina.
(4) Lecture-laboratory-field course. Introduction to the major forms of animal life in their native habitats.

Biol 778

Wetland Ecology for Teachers.
(3) (Coreq: Biology 778L) A course designed to increase general knowledge of wetland habitats, introduce the possibilities of exploring wetlands in teaching, critique and adapt available laboratory and field activities, and develop original classroom teaching modules.

Biol 778L

Wetland Ecology for Teacher Laboratory.
(1) (Coreq: Biology 778) Laboratory and field experiences emphasizing the topics covered in Biology 778.