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By its very definition, a love of biology is a love of life. At MTSU, a student can transform that love into a lifelong affair. For some, that may mean a fascination with the very building blocks of life; for others, it may mean a focus on the countless organisms and environments that have resulted from those materials. Regardless, a degree in Biology can be that important first step toward a career in science.


What We're Doing

A region's richness

A region's richness

Biology isn't all microscopes and petri dishes. The department has a number of professors whose research takes them—and many of their students—into the field to study the visible world and its creatures. Whether helping Dr. Vincent Cobb in his study of the thermal ecology of snakes in the region or assisting Dr. Brian Miller in his research on hellbenders, one of the largest (and some would say ugliest) salamanders in the world, Biology majors will find that there is plenty to see and learn about right here in middle Tennessee. 千蠃官网国际网址

Research that matters

Research that matters

For more than a decade, Dr. Elliot Altman has explored the mysteries of peptide therapy research. His work has been part of a process that could revolutionize the treatment of types of arthritis and cancer in years (as opposed to decades). (His research also includes discovering ways to increase the efficiency of certain alternative fuels.) Motivated students in the Biology Department can be part of that process or other fascinating areas of work that makes a difference in people's lives. 千蠃官网国际网址


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千蠃官网国际网址A degree in biology is a “foundation degree”—a direct door-opener for a large number of careers, as well as a crucial first undergraduate step on the path toward those careers that require additional graduate training.

Examples include

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Animal behaviorist
  • Bio-engineer
  • Desert ecologist
  • Medical laboratory tech
  • Medical librarian
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular endocrinologist
  • Park ranger
  • Safety manager
  • Science teacher
  • State park resource ecologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoo biologist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • American Red Cross
  • Area High Schools
  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Biomimetic Therapeutics
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Covance
  • Cytometry Associates
  • Environmental Science Corp.
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • GenHunter Corporation
  • ICON Clinical Research
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Merck and Co.
  • Monsanto
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pathgroup Laboratories
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • USDA
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Vi-jon

Students in the Department of Biology can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with one of four concentrations: Genetics and Biotechnology; Organismal Biology and Ecology; Microbiology; or Physiology. The department is one of the participants in Forensic Science千蠃官网国际网址, an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.S.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biology.

千蠃官网国际网址Both undergraduate and graduate students can pursue a minor in Biology.

Genetics and Biotechnology

Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology Concentration, B.S.

  
615-898-2847
Matt Elrod-Erickson, program coordinator
Matt.Elrod-Erickson@mtsu.edu

Every Biology major is required to declare a concentration area. Each area requires semester hours to be selected from a set of designated courses.

千蠃官网国际网址All Biology majors are assigned a professional advisor. The student is responsible for seeking the assistance of the advisor. This catalog is not intended to provide the detail necessary for self-advising.

Academic Map

千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

 requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (42 hours)

Biology Core (29 hours)

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

  • BIOL 4110 - General Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4111 - General Physiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4110.

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Genetics/Biotechnology Concentration (10-11 hours)

  • BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites:BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Instruction in both theory and application of current research methodologies in biology and molecular biology. Topics include immunochemistry, polymerase chain reaction, restriction enzyme analysis, and electrophoresis. Five hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4450 - Molecular Genetics

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Basic techniques of microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on the application of molecular genetics in basic and applied research. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

OR

Choose one course from the following:

  • BIOL 4270 - Transmitting Electron Microscopy

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Permission of department. Tissue fixation, dehydration, embedding, and thin sectioning for examination and development of micrographs using a Zeiss electron microscope. Seven hours lecture/laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4290 - Scanning Electron Microscopy

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. Preparation of biological and non-biological materials for examination and development of micrographs using an ISI electron microscope. Seven hours lecture/laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4300 - Immunology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4301 - Immunology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4300.

 

  • BIOL 4450 - Molecular Genetics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Basic techniques of microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on the application of molecular genetics in basic and applied research. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4460 - Human Genetics  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4461 - Human Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4460.

 

 

 

 

  • BIOL 4750 - Plant Biotechnology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Processes and reasoning behind the human manipulation of plant species for agricultural and technological purposes. Topics include traditional breeding techniques, tissue culture, plant cell transformation, and general plant molecular biology techniques as well as current debate over genetically modified organisms. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL UD electives

  • To make 42 hours

Supporting Courses (19-20 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

OR

  • CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

    CHEM 3011 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: CHEM 3010.

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

*Must take a 1 hour elective if MATH 2050 is chosen.

Electives

  • To make 120 hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology

Curricular listings include requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  

 

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  

 

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

 

 

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

 

OR

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

  • BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites:BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Instruction in both theory and application of current research methodologies in biology and molecular biology. Topics include immunochemistry, polymerase chain reaction, restriction enzyme analysis, and electrophoresis. Five hours lecture/laboratory.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 3400 - General Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3401 - General Ecology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3400.

 

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

Subtotal: 32-33 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

 

  • BIOL 4450 - Molecular Genetics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Basic techniques of microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on the application of molecular genetics in basic and applied research. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

OR

  • BIOL 4460 - Human Genetics  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4461 - Human Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4460.

 

  • Concentration elective (choose from list above) 3-4 credit hours
  • Upper-division BIOL 4 credit hours
  • Electives* 15-16 credit hours

Subtotal: 27-28 Hours

NOTE:

*Only if needed to meet 42 upper-division credit hours or 120 total credit hours.

Microbiology

Biology, Microbiology Concentration, B.S.

  
615-898-2847
Steven Wright, program coordinator
Steven.Wright@mtsu.edu

Every Biology major is required to declare a concentration area selected from a set of designated courses.

千蠃官网国际网址All Biology majors are assigned a professional advisor. The student is responsible for seeking the assistance of the advisor. This catalog is not intended to provide the detail necessary for self-advising.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1910  (Math)
  • BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (42 hours)

Biology Core (29 hours)

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

  • BIOL 4110 - General Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4111 - General Physiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4110.

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Microbiology Concentration (10 hours)

Select from:

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

  • BIOL 4300 - Immunology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4301 - Immunology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4300.

  • BIOL 4430 - Diagnostic Microbiology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other animals, their isolation and identification, mechanisms of disease causation, and methods of control. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4440 - General Virology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4440 - General Virology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Viruses, with emphasis on their clinical importance and impact on biotechnology. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4450 - Molecular Genetics

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Basic techniques of microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on the application of molecular genetics in basic and applied research. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4510 - Food and Industrial Microbiology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4511. Interaction between microorganisms and food; industrial processes of importance to humans. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites:BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Instruction in both theory and application of current research methodologies in biology and molecular biology. Topics include immunochemistry, polymerase chain reaction, restriction enzyme analysis, and electrophoresis. Five hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4730 - Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Survey of the physiology and biochemistry of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL UD elective

  • To make 42 hours

Supporting Courses (19-20 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

OR

  • CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

    CHEM 3011 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: CHEM 3010.

 

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

OR

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

Electives

  • To make 120 hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Biology, Microbiology

Curricular listings include requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  
  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  

OR

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

  • BIOL 3400 - General Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3401 - General Ecology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3400.

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

 

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • BIOL concentration 3-4 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 32-34 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

  • BIOL concentration courses 6-8 credit hours
  • Upper-division BIOL elective 3-4 credit hours
  • Electives* 15-16 credit hours

Subtotal: 25-28 Hours

NOTE:

*Only if needed to meet 42 upper-division credit hours or 120 total credit hours.

Organismal Biology and Ecology

Biology, Organismal Biology and Ecology Concentration, B.S.

  
615-898-2847
Dennis Mullen, program coordinator
Dennis.Mullen@mtsu.edu

千蠃官网国际网址Every Biology major is required to declare a concentration area. Each area requires hours to be selected from a set of designated courses. Four tracks are available under the Organismal Biology and Ecology concentration: botany, zoology, ecology, or general.

All Biology majors are assigned a professional advisor. The student is responsible for seeking the assistance of the advisor. This catalog is not intended to provide the detail necessary for self-advising.

Academic Map

千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (42 hours)

Biology Core (29 hours)

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

  • BIOL 3400 - General Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3401 - General Ecology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3400.

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

 

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Organismal Biology and Ecology Concentration (10 hours)

Students may select from the Organismal Biology and Ecology concentration courses or may choose one of the tracks below.

 

  • BIOL 3040 - Entomology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3040 - Entomology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

 

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

 

  • BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400, and BIOL 3500 or permission of instructor. Ecological form and function of forested systems with a particular emphasis on communities of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee. Topics include dendrology, community assembly and disassembly over time, abiotic and biotic drivers of forest community succession, phylogeography and biogeography, and threats and sustainable practices. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

 

  • BIOL 4180 - Vertebrate Zoology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4181 - Vertebrate Zoology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4180.

 

  • BIOL 4220 - Ichthyology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4221 - Ichthyology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4220.

 

  • BIOL 4330 - Biome Analysis  1 to 4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4330 - Biome Analysis

    1 to 4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; permission of department; and junior or senior standing. An intensive classroom and on-site study of a specific biome. Special emphasis on data collection and analysis. Consult the department chair for specific credits and costs.

 

  • BIOL 4390 - Ethology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4391 - Ethology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4390.

 

  • BIOL 4420 - Plant Ecology and Evolution

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 (or permission of department). Major themes in the ecology and evolution of plants. Topics include how plants sense, respond, and adapt to their environment, life history, species, and patterns of diversity and abundance of plants. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

 

 

  • BIOL 4590 - Principles of Environmental Toxicology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Ecological effects of chemicals in the environment and techniques currently utilized to assess these effects. Lab includes current environmental assessment techniques, including biomonitoring. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

Botany Track (12 hours)

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

 

  • BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400, and BIOL 3500 or permission of instructor. Ecological form and function of forested systems with a particular emphasis on communities of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee. Topics include dendrology, community assembly and disassembly over time, abiotic and biotic drivers of forest community succession, phylogeography and biogeography, and threats and sustainable practices. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

  • BIOL 4420 - Plant Ecology and Evolution

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 (or permission of department). Major themes in the ecology and evolution of plants. Topics include how plants sense, respond, and adapt to their environment, life history, species, and patterns of diversity and abundance of plants. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Ecology Track (10 hours)

Choose two of the following:

 

  • BIOL 3040 - Entomology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3040 - Entomology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

 

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

 

  • BIOL 4140 - Invertebrate Zoology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4141 - Invertebrate Zoology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4140.

 

  • BIOL 4180 - Vertebrate Zoology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4181 - Vertebrate Zoology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4180.

 

  • BIOL 4220 - Ichthyology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4221 - Ichthyology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4220.

 

  • BIOL 4390 - Ethology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4391 - Ethology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4390.

 

 

  • BIOL 4590 - Principles of Environmental Toxicology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Ecological effects of chemicals in the environment and techniques currently utilized to assess these effects. Lab includes current environmental assessment techniques, including biomonitoring. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

General Biology Track (11-12 hours)

This track satisfies teacher education requirements.

Area One (4 hours)

Choose one:

OR

Area Two (4 hours)

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

OR

  • BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400, and BIOL 3500 or permission of instructor. Ecological form and function of forested systems with a particular emphasis on communities of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee. Topics include dendrology, community assembly and disassembly over time, abiotic and biotic drivers of forest community succession, phylogeography and biogeography, and threats and sustainable practices. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

OR

  • BIOL 4420 - Plant Ecology and Evolution

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 (or permission of department). Major themes in the ecology and evolution of plants. Topics include how plants sense, respond, and adapt to their environment, life history, species, and patterns of diversity and abundance of plants. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Area Three (3-4 hours)

Choose one:

  • BIOL 3040 - Entomology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3040 - Entomology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

OR

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

OR

  • BIOL 4140 - Invertebrate Zoology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4141 - Invertebrate Zoology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4140.

Zoology Track (10 hours)

 

  • BIOL 3040 - Entomology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3040 - Entomology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

 

 

 

  • BIOL 4220 - Ichthyology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4221 - Ichthyology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4220.

 

  • BIOL 4390 - Ethology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4391 - Ethology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4390.

BIOL UD elective

  •    To make 42 hours

Supporting Courses (19-20 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

OR

  • CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

    CHEM 3011 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: CHEM 3010.

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

Electives

  • To make 120 hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Biology, Organismal Biology and Ecology

Curricular listings include  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  

 

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  

 

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

 

 

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

 

OR

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • BIOL concentration course 3-4 credit hours

 

 

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

Subtotal: 32-34 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

  • BIOL upper-division 3-4 credit hours
  • Electives* 15-16 credit hours
  • BIOL concentration courses 6-8 credit hours

Subtotal: 25-28 Hours

Physiology

Biology, Physiology Concentration, B.S.

  
615-898-2847
Amy Jetton, program coordinator
Amy.Jetton@mtsu.edu

Every Biology major is required to declare a concentration area. Each area requires semester hours to be selected from a set of designated courses.

All Biology majors are assigned a professional advisor. The student is responsible for seeking the assistance of the advisor. This catalog is not intended to provide the detail necessary for self-advising.

Academic Map

千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (42 hours)

Biology Core (29 hours)

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Physiology Concentration (10 hours)

Select from:

  • BIOL 3010 - Embryology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3011 - Embryology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3010.

  • BIOL 3340 - Human Pathophysiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and (BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021) or BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

 

  • BIOL 4110 - General Physiology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 4170 - Endocrinology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 4170 - Endocrinology

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 4110/BIOL 4111 or BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Study of hormones and other chemical messengers including synthesis, secretion, transport, receptors, cellular, and physiological activity. Focus on humans and other vertebrates. Three hours lecture.

  • BIOL 4210 - Cell and Molecular Biology  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 4310 - Cardio-Renal Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 4110/BIOL 4111 or BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and (CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011). Interdependence of cardiac, hemodynamic, and renal mechanisms in regulating volume status, vascular tones, and cardiac output. Three lectures. 

  • BIOL 4440 - General Virology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4440 - General Virology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Viruses, with emphasis on their clinical importance and impact on biotechnology. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

NOTE:*only if not used for core requirement

BIOL UD elective

  • To make 42 hours

Supporting Courses (19-20 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

OR

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

OR

  • CHEM 3010 - Organic Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

    CHEM 3011 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: CHEM 3010.

Electives

  • To make 120 hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Biology, Physiology

Curricular listings include requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  

 

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  

 

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

 

 

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

 

OR

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • BIOL Physiology concentration (see above) 3-4 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

 

 

  • BIOL 4110 - General Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4111 - General Physiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4110.

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

Subtotal: 32-34 Hours

Senior

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

  • BIOL Physiology concentration (see above) 6-8 credit hours
  • BIOL upper-division course 3-4 credit hours
  • Electives* 15-16 credit hours

Subtotal: 25-28 Hours

NOTE:

*Only if needed to meet 42 upper-division credit hours or 120 total credit hours.

Teacher Licensure (MTeach)

Biology, Teacher Licensure (MTeach), B.S.

 

Students seeking a license to teach in secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete (1) a major in the subject they intend to teach, (2) a minor in Secondary Education, and (3) additional teacher licensure requirements.

千蠃官网国际网址Students must contact their Secondary Education Minor advisors for approval of appropriate courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

 requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (42 hours)

Biology Core (29 hours)

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  
  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

  • BIOL 3400 - General Ecology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3401 - General Ecology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3400.

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

OR

OR

  • BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

 

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

General Biology Concentration (11-12 hours)

OR

  • BIOL 4080 - Mycology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

  • BIOL 3040 - Entomology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3040 - Entomology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

OR

  • BIOL 3050 - Parasitology  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

OR

  • BIOL 4140 - Invertebrate Zoology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4141. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of invertebrate phyla. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL UD elective

  • To make 42 hours

Supporting Courses (24 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  
  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  

    PSCI 1031 - Topics in Physical Science Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: PSCI 1030. TBR Common Course: PSCI 1031

Secondary Education Minor-MTeach (30 hours)

See  for further information.

Total hours in program: 124

Curriculum: Biology, Teacher Licensure (MTeach)

Curricular listings include requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
  • MSE 2010 - Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: MSE 1010. Builds on the lesson design skills developed in MSE 1010. Readings, discussions, and activities associated with the planning and instruction of inquiry-based mathematics or science lessons in the middle school. Includes field-based teaching.

  • BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major

    1 credit hour

    Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

 

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology I  4 credit hours  

 

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
  • YOED 3550 - Classroom Interactions in Mathematics and Science

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: YOED 3520. Continues the process of preparing candidates to teach mathematics and science in upper elementary and secondary settings and to learn how content and pedagogy combine to make effective teaching. Focuses on building awareness and understanding of equity issues and their effects on learning.  

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 2230 - Microbiology  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

 

  • BIOL 3250 - Genetics  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab

    0 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

 

OR

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BIOL 3500 - Evolution  3 credit hours  

    BIOL 3500 - Evolution

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

  • BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour  

    BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

 

 

  • BIOL 4350 - Biometry  4 credit hours  

    BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

OR

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

OR

  • MATH 2050 - Probability and Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Calculus I. Data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. The inference material covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation, and chi-square analysis. TBR Common Course: MATH 2050

Subtotal: 29-33 Hours

Senior

 

  • YOED 4040 - Residency I: MTeach

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 3520 and YOED 3550; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.5; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics education.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4050 - Project-Based Instruction in Mathematics and Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the MTeach Program (Mathematics and Science majors only). Readings, discussions, and activities associated with the planning and instruction of inquiry-based STEM lessons. Field-based teaching, including out-of-school research and instructional settings.  

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

  • Concentration course 3-4 credit hours

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.) TBR Common Course: PSCI 1030

Subtotal: 29-30 Hours

 

 

 

Biology

BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major
1 credit hour

千蠃官网国际网址Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.

BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 1030.

BIOL 1110 - General Biology I
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with C- or better of MATH ACT of 19 or higher. Corequisite: BIOL 1111. Primarily for Biology majors and minors and other science-oriented students. Biological principles and processes, including introduction to the nature of science, cells (structure, function, metabolism, division), genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. While BIOL 1110 can be used to fulfill half the 8-hour General Education requirement for Natural Sciences, it is the first semester of a two-semester sequence primarily designed for science majors. TBR Common Course: BIOL 1110

BIOL 1111 - General Biology I Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 1110. TBR Common Course: BIOL 1111

BIOL 1120 - General Biology II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 1121. Primarily for Biology majors and minors and other science-oriented students. Survey of plants and animals emphasizing evolution, structure, function, reproduction, growth, and ecology. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. TBR Common Course: BIOL 1120

BIOL 1121 - General Biology II Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 1120. TBR Common Course: BIOL 1121

BIOL 2000 - Orientation to the Medical Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2001. Open to anyone in medical and allied medical careers, but may not be taken as part of Biology major. Survey of medical lab careers, curricula, and affiliated laboratory programs; experience in medical laboratory testing procedures. One hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 2001 - Orientation to the Medical Lab Field Experience Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2000.

BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credit hours

Completion of  BIOL 1030 and  BIOL 1031 or a grade of C or better in high school chemistry and biology within the last five years is strongly recommended. Corequisite:  BIOL 2011 . Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of the cell, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.  

BIOL 2011 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2010.

BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: BIOL 2021. Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Biology majors passing both BIOL 2010/BIOL 2111 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with a C or better may substitute both courses for BIOL 3020. However, the substitution is not recommended for pre-med students and does not count for upper-division hours. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 2021 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 2020.

BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 2031. General structure and physiological activities of human systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 2031 - Anatomy and Physiology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2030.

BIOL 2100 - Microbiology in Disease
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 or BIOL 2010/ BIOL 2011 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: BIOL 2101. Fundamentals of the role of microorganisms responsible for disease in humans. Does not apply toward a major or minor in Biology. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 2101 - Microbiology in Disease Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2100.

BIOL 2230 - Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121 or BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021. Concepts and techniques pertaining to the morphology, physiology, reproduction, isolation, cultivation and identification of microorganisms with particular emphasis on bacteria. Topics include the impact of microorganisms in our daily lives, both adverse and beneficial. Background in General Chemistry is strongly recommended. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 2231 - Microbiology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 2230.

BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

BIOL 3010 - Embryology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 3011. Early development of the frog, chick, pig, and human. Living material, whole mounts, and serial sections are used for studying cleavage, germ layer formation, histogenesis, and organogenesis. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 3011 - Embryology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 3010.

BIOL 3020 - Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 3021. Vertebrate morphology and the development and function of systems and organs. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 3021 - Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3020.

BIOL 3040 - Entomology
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of insects. Five hours of lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 3050 - Parasitology
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 3051. Life histories, host-parasite relationships, and control measures of the more common parasites of humans and domesticated animals. Two hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 3051 - Parasitology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 3050.

BIOL 3150 - Radiation Biology
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 and PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021. Types and properties of ionizing radiation, isotopes and tracer study techniques, and the biological effects of ionizing radiations on living things. Restricted to students in the Allied Health Technology program.

BIOL 3200 - Internship in Biology
2 to 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; permission of department. Practical experience for students in a professional setting.

BIOL 3210 - Environmental Microbiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231  and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 3211. Deals with microorganisms commonly found in air, water, and soil. Two hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 3211 - Environmental Microbiology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 3210.

BIOL 3250 - Genetics
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 and  BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Corequisite: BIOL 3251. An introductory course in genetics. Surveys and explores the sub-disciplines of genetics, including classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics. Emphasis on the experiments, techniques, and theories forming the foundation of modern genetic research and its applications. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 3250.

BIOL 3340 - Human Pathophysiology
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and (BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021) or BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

BIOL 3350 - Principles of Radiation in Medicine
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3150, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 and PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021. Basic concepts and theories of radiation physics. Detailed analysis of the structure of matter, properties of radiation, nuclear transformations, x-ray production, and interactions of ionizing radiation emphasized. Treatment units used in external radiation therapy, measurement and quality of ionizing radiation produced, absorbed dose measurement, dose distribution, and scatter analysis presented. Restricted to students in the Allied Health Technology Program.

BIOL 3400 - General Ecology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 3401. Basic concepts of the ecosystem and community aquatic and terrestrial habitats and population ecology; complemented by field and laboratory activities. Three hours lecture and one-three hour laboratory.

BIOL 3401 - General Ecology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 3400.

BIOL 3500 - Evolution
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Evolutionary biology for majors. Topics include history of evolutionary thinking, mechanisms of evolution, basic quantitative and population genetics, life-history theory, evolution of sex, correlated responses to selection, speciation, macroevolution, molecular evolution, fossil record and geologic time scale, phylogenic inference, and the emergence of life. Three hours lecture.  

BIOL 3890 - Biology Instruction Internship
1 credit hour

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, successful completion of target courses, and permission of instructor. A course to refine thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills through exposure to on-the-spot technical questions and a laboratory teaching experience as an assistant in a biology laboratory. Credits will not count toward a major or minor in Biology. May be repeated for up to three credits.

BIOL 4070 - Economic Botany
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Useful plants which have shaped civilization. Topics include origin of agriculture, fruits and nuts, grains and legumes, vegetables, spices and herbs, oils and waxes, medicinal plants, psychoactive plants. Three hours lecture.

BIOL 4080 - Mycology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4081. Emphasizes taxonomy, morphology, and culture of fungi and their importance to humans. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4081 - Mycology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4080.

BIOL 4090 - Forest Ecology
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400, and BIOL 3500 or permission of instructor. Ecological form and function of forested systems with a particular emphasis on communities of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee. Topics include dendrology, community assembly and disassembly over time, abiotic and biotic drivers of forest community succession, phylogeography and biogeography, and threats and sustainable practices. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4110 - General Physiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010 /CHEM 3011. Corequisite: BIOL 4111. Physiological and chemical properties of life processes in animals using an organ systems approach. Emphasis on mammalian physiology. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4111 - General Physiology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4110.

BIOL 4130 - Histology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Corequisite: BIOL 4131. Microscopic anatomy of vertebrate cells, tissues, and organs. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4131 - Histology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4130.

BIOL 4140 - Invertebrate Zoology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4141. Morphology, classification, evolution, life histories, and economic importance of invertebrate phyla. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4141 - Invertebrate Zoology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4140.

BIOL 4170 - Endocrinology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 4110/BIOL 4111 or BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Study of hormones and other chemical messengers including synthesis, secretion, transport, receptors, cellular, and physiological activity. Focus on humans and other vertebrates. Three hours lecture.

BIOL 4180 - Vertebrate Zoology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4181. Structure, life history, and classification of fish, amphibians, and mammals. Local representatives emphasized. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4181 - Vertebrate Zoology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4180.

BIOL 4200 - Senior Seminar
1 credit hour

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400/BIOL 3401, and  BIOL 3500. Readings and discussions from scientific literature on a particular theme that will incorporate topics in cellular biology, energetics, genetics, molecular and organismal biology, evolution, and ecology, Majors advised to take this course during the semester of graduation.

BIOL 4210 - Cell and Molecular Biology
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Corequisite: BIOL 4211. Cellular morphology and function. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4211 - Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4210.

BIOL 4220 - Ichthyology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250 BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4221. The morphology, physiology, taxonomy, and ecology of fishes. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4221 - Ichthyology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4220.

BIOL 4260 - Nature Study
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Identification of local plants and animals and a consideration of the ecological principles governing them. Four hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4270 - Transmitting Electron Microscopy
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Permission of department. Tissue fixation, dehydration, embedding, and thin sectioning for examination and development of micrographs using a Zeiss electron microscope. Seven hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4280 - Undergraduate Research in Biology
1 to 4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Permission of department. Selection, design, and conduction of projects typically allied with an instructor's research program. May be repeated for a total of twelve credits. Only four credits may count toward the Biology major.

BIOL 4290 - Scanning Electron Microscopy
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Permission of department. Preparation of biological and non-biological materials for examination and development of micrographs using an ISI electron microscope. Seven hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4300 - Immunology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4301. Humoral and cellular mechanisms of immunity. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4301 - Immunology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4300.

BIOL 4310 - Cardio-Renal Physiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 4110/BIOL 4111 or BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and (CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011). Interdependence of cardiac, hemodynamic, and renal mechanisms in regulating volume status, vascular tones, and cardiac output. Three lectures. 

BIOL 4330 - Biome Analysis
1 to 4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; permission of department; and junior or senior standing. An intensive classroom and on-site study of a specific biome. Special emphasis on data collection and analysis. Consult the department chair for specific credits and costs.

BIOL 4350 - Biometry
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and MATH 1910. Corequisite: BIOL 4351. Statistical methods utilized in biological research. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4351 - Biometry Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4350.

BIOL 4360 - Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis
1 credit hour

Prerequisite: BIOL 4290. Elemental analysis of materials using an energy dispersive x-ray system with scanning electron microscopy. Three hours laboratory.

BIOL 4390 - Ethology
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4391. Innate and learned animal behavior in primitive and advanced animals including behavior associated with space, reproduction, and food getting. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4391 - Ethology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4390.

BIOL 4420 - Plant Ecology and Evolution
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 (or permission of department). Major themes in the ecology and evolution of plants. Topics include how plants sense, respond, and adapt to their environment, life history, species, and patterns of diversity and abundance of plants. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4430 - Diagnostic Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other animals, their isolation and identification, mechanisms of disease causation, and methods of control. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4440 - General Virology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Viruses, with emphasis on their clinical importance and impact on biotechnology. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4450 - Molecular Genetics
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Basic techniques of microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on the application of molecular genetics in basic and applied research. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4460 - Human Genetics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4461. Application of the fundamental laws of inheritance to humans. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4461 - Human Genetics Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4460.

BIOL 4500 - Plant Physiology
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Plant growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

BIOL 4510 - Food and Industrial Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4511. Interaction between microorganisms and food; industrial processes of importance to humans. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4511 - Food and Industrial Microbiology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4510.

BIOL 4540 - Topics in Environmental Education
1 to 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and permission of department.  An intensive classroom and field study of natural science and resources in Tennessee. Special emphasis on data collection, analysis, and problem solving. Target groups are upper-division students in biology and education. Consult the department chair for specific credits and costs. THIS COURSE DOES NOT APPLY TO THE BIOLOGY MAJOR OR MINOR.

BIOL 4550 - Biotechnology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Instruction in both theory and application of current research methodologies in biology and molecular biology. Topics include immunochemistry, polymerase chain reaction, restriction enzyme analysis, and electrophoresis. Five hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4560 - Neurobiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Corequisite: BIOL 4561. Introduces comparative neurobiology. Topics include the basic structure and function of the nerve cell and organization of nervous systems of representative species of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4561 - Neurobiology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4560.

BIOL 4570 - Principles of Toxicology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121,  CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Corequisite: BIOL 4571. Study of adverse effects of chemical agents on living organisms; current toxicological techniques used in the laboratory. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

BIOL 4571 - Principles of Toxicology Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4570.

BIOL 4580 - Marine Biology
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: BIOL 3250 BIOL 3251, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Corequisite: BIOL 4581. Introduction to the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of major marine environments and their associated flora and fauna. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

BIOL 4581 - Marine Biology Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: BIOL 4580.

BIOL 4590 - Principles of Environmental Toxicology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Ecological effects of chemicals in the environment and techniques currently utilized to assess these effects. Lab includes current environmental assessment techniques, including biomonitoring. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4720 - Animal Development
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; BIOL 4210 recommended. Corequisite: BIOL 4721. Processes and underlying molecular mechanisms by which a single fertilized egg develops into an adult organism, focusing on vertebrate development, but including insights gained from other model organisms. Three hours lecture and two hours lab.

BIOL 4721 - Animal Development Lab
0 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: BIOL 4720.

BIOL 4730 - Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry
4 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251; CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, and CHEM 2030/CHEM 2031 or CHEM 3010/CHEM 3011. Survey of the physiology and biochemistry of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4740 - Research Methods
3 credit hours

(Same as ABAS/CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/MATH 4740.) Prerequisites: YOED 3520 and BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Provides secondary science and mathematics teacher candidates with the tools that scientists use to solve scientific problems. Students will use these tools in a laboratory setting, communicate findings, and understand how scientists develop new knowledge.

BIOL 4750 - Plant Biotechnology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251. Processes and reasoning behind the human manipulation of plant species for agricultural and technological purposes. Topics include traditional breeding techniques, tissue culture, plant cell transformation, and general plant molecular biology techniques as well as current debate over genetically modified organisms. Six hours lecture/laboratory.

BIOL 4760 - Introduction to Bioinformatics
3 credit hours

千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251 and CSCI 1170 or consent of instructor. Application of computer science to biological questions. Specifically applies to the computational aspects of data gathering, processing, storage, analysis, and visualization methods for use in revising and testing biological hypotheses. Students should have a strong background in either computer science or biology, be willing to learn about the other field in an accelerated fashion, and be willing to work cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Four hours of lecture/problem-solving per week.

Contact Information

biology@mtsu.edu
615-898-2847

Who is My Advisor?

Doug Adams (A-G)
Douglas.Adams@mtsu.edu
615-898-2316 | DSB 120


Renee Robbins (H-O)
Renee.Robbins@mtsu.edu
615-898-2229 | DSB 120


Beth Bonner (P-Z)

Beth.Bonner@mtsu.edu
千蠃官网国际网址615-898-2184 | DSB 120

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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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