Dr. D's Course Descriptions

BIOL4XX Quantitative Conservation Biology... An introduction to the use of quantitative data in the conservation and management of wildlife populations. This course examines various population projection models, the underlying factors that affect population responses, as well as decision making and management. Laboratories are primarily computer based. Laboratory.

BIOL 406 Methods in Biological Research I... Designed to develop a working appreciation of methods of scientific inquiry through development of an original research proposal. Topics included are: problem definition, literature survey, resource bibliography, and research design, including proposed data analysis. Normally taken in the spring term of the junior year, this course is open only to Biology majors.

BIOL 234 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology... An introduction to the functions and relationships of vertebrate organs and organ systems. The course emphasizes physiological adaptations and mechanisms by which vertebrates compensate for environmental variations. Laboratory. Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BIOL 234 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, BIOL 272 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cellular and Organ Systems, or BIOL 333 Principles of Human Physiology.

BIOL 490 Independent Study- Applied Population Ecology... The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the principles of population ecology. We will focus on population dynamics and the factors that affect those dynamics. We will use RAMAS software to model progressively more complex population responses.

BIOL 200 Introduction to Environmental Science (Gen. Ed. Goal 7)... A comprehensive survey of the environmental principles concerning the interactions of humans and world resources. The role of technology in meeting the problems of growth, pollution, energy, and agriculture is examined in the context of present capabilities and the prospects for future development. No laboratory.

BIOL 101 Biological Concepts (Gen. Ed. Goal 7, Lab)... An approach to the study of biology that emphasizes conceptual understanding of biological systems. These areas include evolution and the origin of life, cellular processes, Mendelian and molecular genetics, ecology, behavioral science, and basic physiological systems. The interrelationship of these areas and their effect on human biology are stressed. Laboratory. This course is not open to Biology majors.

BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology (Gen. Ed. Goal 7, Lab)... An exploration of the functional aspects of the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ, and systems levels. Emphasis is on the development and evolution of homeostatic mechanisms that allow the body to respond and adapt to physical and emotional stresses under changing environmental conditions. Laboratory. This course is not open to Biology or Food & Nutrition majors, except for students in the Applied Nutrition concentration.

BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology... An introduction to the organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels of biological organization for students intending to major in Biology. The course examines the processes of evolution, the diversity of the biological world, and the interactions of organisms and their environment. Laboratory periods concentrate on developing basic skills of observation, measuring and interpreting data, and the reading and reporting of experimental work. Offered Fall semester only. Note: Students cannot receive credit for both BIOL 108 Biology II and BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology.