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PCB 3023C   CELL BIOLOGY WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: BSC 2010/BSC 2010L, BSC 2011/BSC 2011L, CHM 2210/CHM2210L and CHM 2211/CHM 2211L. This course is a study of cell structure and function with emphasis on the properties of intracellular organelles. This course is concerned primarily with eukaryotic cells. Lectures are devoted to structural details and the molecular functions of the different sub-cellular components. Lectures will introduce topics such as exocytosis, endocytosis, membrane transport and the role of the cytoskeleton in this process, protein targeting, organelle function, organelle structure and organelle biosynthesis, protein sorting, motility, and cell-to-cell interactions. Lectures will also introduce the topics of signal transduction and cellular functions that are required for cell growth and programmed cell death, as well as how perturbations in these processes can result in human diseases. This course is a combined lecture and lab class. The laboratory portion will complement lecture topics and include the application of fundamental techniques used in cell biology such as sub-cellular fractionation, protein isolation, detection and activity. 92 contact hours.

PCB 3043C   ECOLOGY WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: BSC 2010/2010L and BSC 2011/2011L. This course is designed to teach ecology at four major levels: organismic, population, community and ecosystem. One of the aims is to interrelate the different levels of ecological study and to unify these via evolutionary and behavioral ecology. A second aim is to correlate the concepts of ecology with those learned in physiology to understand physiological ecology. This course will address both theoretical and empirical ecology as well as applied ecology with special emphasis on Florida’s ecosystems and human impacts on them. This course is a combined lecture and lab class. 92 contact hours.

PCB 3063C   GENETICS WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: BSC 2011/2011L with a minimum grade of C and CHM 2046/2046L with a minimum grade of C. This course is designed to teach three major areas of genetics: the organization and transmission of genetic material, the molecular biology of gene expression and regulation, and the modification and evolution of genes and genomes. This course also provides an understanding of the history and process of genetics as an experimental science and to provide the student with a foundation for understanding the current advances and rapid changes in genetic engineering and genomics. This course is a combined lecture and lab class. 92 contact hours.

PCB 4233   IMMUNOLOGY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): BSC 2010/2010L, and MCB 3020C or PCB 3023C. This course teaches the fundamentals and functions of the immune system. The role of the immune system in health and disease is a vital component of life and investigations into this system introduce the student to the organs, tissues, cells, and molecules of the immune system and their relationship to disease. The immune system involves complex interactions between blood cells, chemical signals, cellular signals, genetics, and foreign “invaders” which allow us to merge concepts from biology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. 47 contact hours.

PCB 4253C   DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisite(s): BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, CHM 2046/2046L, and PCB 3063C; PCB 3023C is recommended. Each course requires a grade of C or better. This course focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying patterns of embryonic development. Emphasis will be based on the experimental approaches taken to understand development using cellular and molecular mechanisms rather than descriptive embryology. Course content will cover fertilization, axis formation, cell specification, germ layer formation, differential gene expression and organogenesis. In addition current topics should be discussed, including by not limited to: development and disease, aging and regeneration, stem cell biology as well as environmental and evolutionary developmental mechanisms. Developmental biology is interdisciplinary, incorporating all aspects of the biological sciences and can be thought of as a capstone course in undergraduate education. This course is a combined lecture and lab class. The lab component helps students to understand the scientific process and to develop skills in observation, description, data analysis, basic statistics, literature review and evaluation, and writing. 92 contact hours.

PCB 4363C   PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY

credits: 4  

Prerequisite(s): BSC 2011/2011L and PCB 3043C. The aim of physiological ecology is to understand physiological systems in the context of evolution and ecology. Physiological ecology considers questions such as "how does an organism's physiology enable or constrain its ecology?" and "via what mechanisms do physiological adaptations affect the evolutionary fitness of organisms?" This course will examine how physiological systems that span levels from molecules to cells to whole organisms interact with exogenous factors such as evolution, ecology, and the environment. In addition, this course will investigate the biomechanical and evolutionary limits of these physiological systems. This course is a combined lecture and lab class. 92 contact hours.

PCB 4454C   BIOSTATISTICS WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisite(s): STA 2023 or MAC 2234, or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to provide the use of statistics in the analysis of biological data. Quality statistical analyses begin with quality data, so early topics cover the collection and processing of data as well as the calculation of descriptive summary statistics. Subsequent lectures will focus on the linkage between statistical analyses and the scientific method, especially in terms of developing and testing appropriate hypotheses. The remainder of the course involves a discussion of various routine techniques used to analyze biological data, including t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and linear regression. This course is a combined lecture and lab class, and the lab component involves hands-on analyses of real-world biological data using common statistical analysis software. At the completion of the course students will have sufficient understanding of basic statistical techniques to analyze data from their own undergraduate research studies. 92 contact hours.

PCB 4674   EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: BSC 2010/2010L with a minimum grade of C and BSC 2011/2011L with a minimum grade of C and PCB 3043C with a minimum grade of C. This lecture course is designed to teach the mechanisms of evolutionary change and the resulting patterns of microevolution, speciation and macroevolution. Students explore the sources of genetic variation, “evo-devo”, and their roles in evolution. Students will investigate evidence of evolution and the relevance of evolution throughout biological disciplines. The course will emphasize the environmental pressures that drive adaptation and will investigate the molecular, morphological, physiological, behavioral and demographic adaptations resulting from specific environmental pressures.  47 contact hours.

PCB 4723C   COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY WITH LAB

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, CHM 2046/2046L, BCH 3023 or BCH 4024. This course is designed to teach animal physiology from a comparative perspective that focuses on the interplay between environmental conditions and physiological adaptation and highlights the many similarities and differences seen among different types of organisms. It also stresses the significance of homeostasis and addresses the interdependency between structure and function. This course emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach in which concepts from physics and chemistry are merged with concepts from biology and is a combined lecture and lab class. 92 contact hours.


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