Graduate Course Syllabi

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  • BCB 501.02: ST: Biocomplexity Graduate Seminar Series

    Dr. Eva Top, Professor of Biology
    Dr. Steve Krone, Interim Dean, College of Science, Professor of Mathematics
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (cr arr)

  • BIOL 504 02: ST: Comparative Neural Development
    Dr. Peter Fuerst, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Deb Stenkamp, Professor

    >>Course Syllabus
  • BIOL 504.04: ST: Seminar/Topics in Macroevolution
    Dr. Luke Harmon, Assistant Professor
  • BIOL 504.05: ST:Molecular Evolution
  • BIOL 505: Colloquium
    John A. Byers, Professor

    (0 Cr)  Oral presentation reqd for cr. Graded P/F.

    Prereq: Permission

  • BIOL 508: Topics in Neuroscience
    Steffen Werner, Instructor

    No Course Syllabus

    (1 cr, max arr)  Same as Neur 508. Seminars and discussion of current topics in neuroscience.

    Prereq: Graduate standing

  • BIOL 521: Graduate Teaching Practicuum
    Doug Cole, Professor
    No Course Syllabus

    (3 cr)  Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision. Graded pass/fail.

    Prereq: Graduate standing and Permission

  • BIOL 432/532: Immunology
    Tanya Miura, Assistant Professor
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  • BIOL J441/J541: Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease
    Dr. Jill Johnson, Associate Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr) Same as MMBB J422/J522. Basic principles of cell biology explored in the context of human diseases. Emphasis on molecular mechanisms of cancer, Alzheimer 's disease and prion diseases. Extra oral assignment required for grad cr. Recommended Preparation for 422: MMBB 475. Recommended Preparation for 522: MMBB 575. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Biol 310 or Gene 314; and MMBB 380

  • BIOL 545: Principles of Systematic Biology
    Dr. John M. “Jack” Sullivan, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]
  • BIOL J447/J547: Virology
    Lee Fortunato, Professor
    » Course Syllabus

    (3 cr)  Same as MMBB J409/J509. Theory and mechanisms of the cellular basis of immune response; antibody structure, function, and synthesis; cell-mediated immunity; complement; hypersensitivity; immunologic diseases; transplantation; tumor immunity. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Biol 300 or Biol 380

  • BIOL 548: Evolutionary Ecology
    Dr. Scott Nuismer, Associate Professor
    Dr. Mark Dybdahl, Associate Professor
    » Course Website

    (3 cr) Evolutionary ecology considers how organisms have evolved to become adapted to their abiotic and biotic environments, including their intraspecific and interspecific interactions. The field incorporates an array of molecular genetic, quantitative genetic, comparative, and theoretical techniques to understand the adaptive significance and evolutionary potential of phenotypic variation.
  • BIOL ID&WSU 551: Seminar on Reproductive Biology / WSU AS 582
    Dr. James J. Nagler, Professor of Zoology
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    1 cr. Current topics in reproductive biology.
    Prereq: Graduate standing
  • BIOL 552: Professional Development for Biologists
    Dr. Lee Fortunato, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    The intent of this course is to provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development in a number of areas. There will be opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the course. The intent is that students actually use these projects – consider submitting a grant proposal and giving a presentation at a scientific meeting.
  • BIOL 553: Ethical Issues in Biological Research
    Jason Johnstone-Yellin, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    BIOL 553 encourages graduate students to face the ethical challenges presented by their research. While philosophical considerations will serve as the foundation to our discussions the class will focus on applied problems rather than ethical theory. (This course will be taught alternate years.)
  • Biol 454/554: Biochemistry II
    More information to follow
  • BIOL 563: Mathematical Genetics
    Dr. Paul Joyce, Professor
  • BIOL 485/585: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology

    » Course Syllabus

    (3 cr) Current theory and experimental basis for prokaryotic DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, gene regulation and cell wall metabolism. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

    Prereq: MMBB 250 and MMBB 380

  • BIOL 487/587: Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
    Jill Johnson, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Same as MMBB J487/J587. Molecular basis of genetics in eukaryotes. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended preparation: Biol J485/J585 and MMBB J488/J588.

    Prereq: Biol 380; and Biol 310 or Gene 314

  • MEDS 510/WSU Med S 510: Microscopic Anatomy

    Dr. Onesmo B. Balemba, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Jon M. Mallatt

    WSU, School of Biological Sciences
    4cr. Provides the principles and concepts of histology, defines the morphological characteristics of the cells, tissues and organs of the human body and relates this information to functional processes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Fall only)

  • MEDS 532 / WSU MEDS 532: Nervous System
    Dr. Kevin Kelliher, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Lane Brown, Assistant Professor, WSU, College of Veterinary Medicine
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]
  • BIOL J 482/582: Protein Structure and Function

    Jill L. Johnson, Professor
    » Course Syllabus

    (3 cr)  Detailed analysis of protein structure and function including enzyme activity, binding, folding and stability, and techniques for structure determination. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall, alt/yrs)

    Prereq for 482: MMBB 380
    Prereq for 582: MMBB 541