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BIOL  99 - MCAT Preparation (2)

This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the standardized exam required as part of the admissions process to most US medical schools. The course includes a review of the basic sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), with attention to the three sections of the MCAT: Physical Science, Biological Sciences and Verbal Reasoning. Both content and cognitive skills will be addressed, along with how to be successful in the MCAT testing format. This course does NOT count toward credit for requirements in any major, minor, emphasis or certificate program at USF. Letter grades will not be assigned, the course is Pass/Fail only. Four hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: Permission of department.

BIOL  100 - The Science of Life (4)

A survey of selected biological concepts, including the chemical basis of life, cell structure, organismal physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology. This course should provide the non-biologist with a working knowledge of life science that will be useful in making informed decisions on health and the environment. Two lectures and one laboratory weekly. Offered Fall and Spring.

BIOL  100 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  102 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  103 - Human Biology (4)

A course for non-majors surveying the major systems of the human body and introducing concepts of human health and disease. Two lectures and one laboratory weekly. Offered Fall and Spring.

BIOL  103 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  105 - General Biology I (4)

Introduction to the principles and concepts of biology with emphasis on molecular biology and cell physiology. Intended for science majors and pre-med students. Not recommended for non- science students. Three hours lecture and one laboratory session each week. Offered every Fall and Spring.

BIOL  105 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  106 - General Biology II (4)

Introduction to the principles and concepts of biology with emphasis on organismal biology and biological diversity. Intended for science majors and pre-med students. Not recommended for non- science students. Three hours lecture and one laboratory session each week. Offered every Fall and Spring.

BIOL  106 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  108 - Biology of Human Aging (3)

A course for non-majors surveying basic human biology, biological theories of aging, aging-related changes in physiological and anatomical systems, and medical conditions associated with aging. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall.

BIOL  109 - Laboratory in Biology of Human Aging (1)

Laboratory exercises illustrating and examining topics covered in lecture. One laboratory session per week. Offered every Fall.

BIOL  113 - Human Anatomy (3)

Corequisite: BIOL - 114. A survey of the structure of the tissues and organs in the human. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Intended for Nursing, Exercise and Sport Science students and related fields. Does not satisfy Biology major requirements. Offered every Fall and Spring. Majors restricted to Chemistry, Nursing, and Exercise and Sport Science.
Restricted to Nursing, Exercise and Sport Science, Chemistry, and Chemistry - ACS Certified majors

BIOL  114 - Human Anatomy Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 113. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  115 - Survey of Human Physiology (3)

Corequisite: BIOL - 116. Survey of the functions of tissues, organs and organ systems in the human with an emphasis on the mechanisms involved. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Intended for Nursing, Exercise and Sport Science students and related fields. Does not satisfy Biology major requirements. Offered every Fall and Spring. Majors restricted to Chemistry, Neuroscience, Nursing, and Exercise and Sport Science.
Restricted to Exercise and Sport Science majors and minors, Neuroscience minors, Nursing majors, Chemistry majors and minors, and Chemistry - ACS Certified majors

BIOL  116 - Laboratory in Survey of Human Physiology (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 115. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  134 - Microbiology (3)

Corequisite: BIOL - 135. An elementary study of bacteria and other microorganisms causing disease and immunity. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Intended for Nursing, Exercise and Sport Science students and related fields. Does not satisfy Biology major requirements. Offered every Fall and Spring. Majors restricted to Chemistry, Nursing, and Exercise and Sport Science.
Restricted to Nursing, Exercise and Sport Science, Chemistry, and Chemistry - ACS Certified majors

BIOL  135 - Microbiology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 134. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Restricted to Freshman class

BIOL  195 - Laboratory (0)

BIOL  205 - EMT Training (2)

This Emergency Medical Technician Training Course is designed to prepare and qualify a student to take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) written and practical exams for certification as an EMT. Does not satisfy Biology major requirements. Offered year-round.

BIOL  212 - Cell Physiology (4)

Study of cellular activities, with emphasis on the fundamental relationships between structure and function at the cellular and molecular levels. Four hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Prerequisites: BIOL - 105 with a minimum grade of C-; and BIOL - 106 with a minimum grade of C-; Pre- or corequisite CHEM - 236 or CHEM - 230.

BIOL  310 - Genetics (4)

Basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics covering both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Three hours lecture and one hour recitation each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Prerequisites: BIOL - 212 with a minimum grade of C; Pre- or corequisite: CHEM - 230 or CHEM - 236 .
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  310 - Genetics Discussion (0)

BIOL  310 - Genetics Lab (0)

One laboratory section each week examining genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Offered every Fall and Spring. Corequisite: BIOL 310.

BIOL  319 - Ecology (4)

The principles of the structure and function of ecosystems and types of data/analyses utilized in order to study, e.g., energy flow, biogeochemical cycling, and population dynamics. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  320 - Human Physiology (3)

Survey of the function of the tissues, organs and organ systems in the human, with an emphasis on the mechanisms involved. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  321 - Human Physiology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 320. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  328 - Invertebrate Zoology (3)

A comparative syrvey of invertebate animals focusing on the evolution of morphological diversity and behavior. Emphasis will be on invertebrate taxa occupying habitats in the San Francisco Bay region. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with minimum grade of C

BIOL  329 - Invertebrate Zoology Lab (1)

One laboratory or field trip each week to observe and experiment on living invertebrates. Co-requisite: BIOL 328

BIOL  330 - Female Biology (SL) (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C, or corequisite. Focuses on topics specific to females, including health issues, reproduction, genetics, evolution, sexuality, anatomy, physiology, neurobiology and behavior. Four hours lecture each week. Offered every other Fall.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  331 - Herpetology (3)

A study of the reptiles and amphibians of North America, with an emphasis placed on northern California species. Three lecture hours each week. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  332 - Herpetology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 331. One laboratory session or field trip each week. (May be some weekend field trips). Offered every Fall.

BIOL  333 - Endocrinology (3)

A study of basic endocrine function, hormonal mechanisms, endocrine disorders, and contemporary isuses in endocrinology. Three hours of lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  334 - Endocrinology Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 333. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  340 - Animal Toxicology (4)

Mechanisms of uptake, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity of selected chemicals in animals. Emphasis will be on toxicity to cells and organ systems. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minumum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  341 - Medical Microbiology (3)

An introduction to microbiology and survey of microbial pathogens, mechanisms of pathogenicity, and host responses. The emphasis is on microbes that cause disease in humans. Three hours of lecture each week. Offered every Spring.Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL - 342.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  342 - Laboratory in Medical Microbiology (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 341. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  345 - Virology (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Structure, replication, and genetics of viruses with emphasis on viruses that infect vertebrates and dynamics of host-virus interactions. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  346 - General Microbiology (3)

An introduction to microorganisms: structure, metabolism, and biological properties. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL - 347.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  347 - Laboratory in General Microbiology (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 346. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  350 - Comparative Animal Physiology (4)

Animal physiology, from invertebrates to mammals, emphasizing basic physiological principles. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  355 - Developmental Biology (3 - 4)

An introduction to the processes of organismal development in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  356 - Developmental Biology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL 355. Laboratory exercises on cell, tissue and organ differentiation.

BIOL  362 - Histology (3)

A study of the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs of the human body. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  363 - Histology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 362. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  365 - Human Anatomy (2)

A survey of the structure of the tissues and organs in the human. Two hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  366 - Human Anatomy Lab (2)

Corequisite: BIOL - 365. Two laboratory sessions each week.

BIOL  368 - Neurobiology (4)

A study of basic neural function, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, disorders of the nervous system, and contemporary issues in neurobiology. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  370 - Biology of Cancer (SL) (4)

An introduction to cancer biology, including molecular mechanisms for cancer initiation and progression, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and contemporary issues related to cancer. Four hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  379 - Conservation Biology (SL) (3)

A study of conservation biology, examining ecological methods for monitoring and maintaining biodiversity on the planet. Three hours lecture. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  380 - Conservation Biology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 379. One laboratory session or field trip each week. Some weekend trips are required.

BIOL  381 - California Wildlife (3)

A study of the natural history, phylogeny and ecology of the vertebrates, especially California species. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  382 - Laboratory in California Wildlife (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 381. One laboratory session or field trip each week. (This class may be scheduled on Saturdays.)

BIOL  383 - Biology of Insects (3)

An introduction to insects, including their morphology, physiology, systematics, natural history,and relationships with humans. Three hours of lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or CHEM 236, and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310. Corequisite: BIOL 384.

BIOL  384 - Biology of Insects Lab (1)

One laboratory session or field trip each week. Corequisite: BIOL 383.

BIOL  385 - General Parasitology (3)

A study of the major protistan and helminth parasites causing disease in animals and humans. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  386 - General Parasitology Lab (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 385. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  390 - Marine Biology (2)

A study of the natural history of marine organisms, exclusive of protozoa and insects, with emphasis on local intertidal invertebrates and fishes. Two hours lecture each week. (May be scheduled on Saturdays.) Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  391 - Marine Biology Lab (2)

Corequisite: BIOL - 390. Two laboratory sessions or field trips each week. (May be scheduled on Saturdays. Some weekend trips are required.)

BIOL  392 - Oceanography (3)

An introduction to the major physical, chemical and biological factors in the marine environment. Special emphasis on the interaction of these variables in determining the ecology of the world's oceans. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL - 393.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  393 - Oceanography Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 392. One laboratory session or field trip each week. (May be some weekend field trips.) Offered every Fall.

BIOL  395 - Special Topics in Biology (3)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C, or corequisite. This course treats topics not covered in other Biology courses, but of interest to faculty and students. May be repeated for credit. Offered intermittently.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  395 - Laboratory (1)

BIOL  398 - Readings for Advanced Undergraduates (1 - 4)

Prerequisite: Minimum science GPA of 3.0 and consent of instructor and department chair. Inquiry into a specific topic requiring a literature search for current information, supervised by a faculty member with credit to be fixed in each case. Designed for outstanding upper-division students. (Note: There are restrictions on the maximum number of credits for 0201-398 that can be applied to upper division credit. See BIOL 498). Offered every Fall and Spring.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  405 - Molecular Medicine (4)

A study of the field of pharmacogenomics, which examines the genetic influence of drug responses in humans. Four hours lecture each week. Offered every other Fall. Prerequisite: BIOL 310 with minimum grade of C.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  414 - Evolution (4)

A study of modern evolutionary theory, including processes and patterns of evolution. Four hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall and Spring. Prerequisites: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C and completion of one upper division Biology Elective; Senior Standing; Minimum GPA of C.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors; Senior class

BIOL  420 - Molecular Biology (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Advanced study of the molecular basis of cell function, with an emphasis on the unifying principles and approaches that define the field of molecular biology. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  443 - Immunology (3)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL - 444. Introduction to humoral and cell-mediated immunity in health and disease, with a focus on cellular and molecular immunology and immunochemistry. Three hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  444 - Immunology Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 443. Principles of immunological techniques. A survey of those techniques used widely in diagnostics and research. One laboratory session each week.

BIOL  458 - Techniques in Light and Electron Microscopy (2)

Theory of light and electron microscope operation and preparation of biological specimens for microscopy. Two hours of lecture. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 or CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  459 - Techniques in Light and Electron Microscopy Lab (2)

Corequisite: BIOL - 458. Preparation of biological specimens for light and electron microscopy. Two laboratory sessions each week.

BIOL  460 - Comparative Anatomy (4)

A phylogenetic study of the anatomy of the vertebrate classes. Three hours lecture and one laboratory session each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  464 - Photobiology (4)

A study of the effects of solar radiation on biological systems. Four hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: Concurrent CHEM 231 or concurrent CHEM 236 and BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent BIOL 310.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  470 - Environmental Animal Physiology (3 - 4)

Principles of animal physiology and adaptive mechanisms. Three hours lecture each week. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C.
Restricted to Biology majors

BIOL  471 - Laboratory in Environmental Animal Physiology (1)

Corequisite: BIOL - 470. Project-oriented course with an emphasis on adaptive mechanisms and environmental toxicology. One laboratory session each week. Offered intermittently.

BIOL  481 - Techniques in Cell Biology (2)

Principles and practices of laboratory techniques used in cell biology. Two hours lecture each week. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: BIOL 310 with a minimum grade of C.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  482 - Laboratory in Techniques in Cell Biology (2)

Corequisite: BIOL - 481. Two laboratory sessions each week.

BIOL  485 - Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology (2)

Prerequisite: BIOL - 310 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL - 486. Recombinant DNA techniques; methods of nucleic acid isolation and characterization. Two hours lecture each week. Offered every Spring.
Restricted to Biology majors and minors

BIOL  486 - Laboratory in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology (2)

Corequisite: BIOL - 485. Two laboratory sessions each week.

BIOL  490 - Undergraduate Seminar in Biology (1)

Weekly seminar focusing on topics in Biology and preparation for careers in the biological sciences. Prerequisites: BIOL 105 and BIOL 106 with minimum grades of C-.
Restricted to Biology majors; Junior, and Senior classes

BIOL  498 - Research for Advanced Undergraduates (1 - 4)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing, a minimum 3.0 GPA in Biology and supporting science courses (Chemistry, Math and Physics), consent of instructor and department chair. Selected upper division students have an opportunity to work on a research project under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Up to 4 units with 0201-398, 598 and 599 can be counted towards Biology upper division course requirements. Offered every Fall and Spring.

BIOL  499 - Honors Thesis (1 - 4)