Course Syllabi

Choose a course below to see information and download a syllabus. If information is not available here, contact the department at biosci@uidaho.edu

  • BIOL 101: Perspectives in Biology
    Dr. Patricia Hartzell, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (1 cr). Open only to majors. Intro to the disciplines in the fields of biology; current research topics. Graded P/F.
  • BIOL 102: Biology and Society
    Lisa Harmon, Lecturer
    » Course Syllabus for Section 01 [pdf]
    » Course Syllabus for Section 02 [pdf]

    (4 cr). May be used as core credit in J-3-b. Not open to Biology majors or for minor cr. Principles of biology and their relationship to social issues. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.
  • BIOL 102L: Biology and Society Lab
    Lisa Harmon, Lecturer
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (1 cr)  May be used as core credit in J-3-b. Not open to Biology majors or for minor cr. Principles of biology and their relationship to social issues. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.
  • BIOL 115: Cells and the Evolution of Life
    Dr. Mary Elizabeth Oswald, Instructor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr) May be used as core credit in J-3-b. The cell, heredity and evolutionary processes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.
    Coreq: Chem 101 or 111
  • BIOL 116: Organisms & Environments
    Dr. Mary Elizabeth Oswald
    » Course Syllabus [pdf] 

    (4 cr) May be used as core credit in J-3-b . The evolution of diversity, the biology of plants and animals, and their environments. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.
    Prereq: Biol 115 and Chem 101 or 111
  • BIOL 120: Human Anatomy
    Candi Heimgartner, Lecturer
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr). Study of the anatomy of the major organ systems of the human body; lab consists of studying human gross anatomy models and prosected cadavers. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.
  • BIOL 121: Human Physiology
    Candi Heimgartner, Lecturer
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr)  Study of the physiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only).

    Prereq: Biol 120

  • BIOL 213: Principles of Biological Structure and Function

    Dr. David C. Pfeiffer, Assistant Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr) Principles of physiology in plants and animals (homeostasis, hormonal and neural control systems, organismal physiology). Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)

    Prereq: Biol 115

  • BIOL 250: General Microbiology
    Dr. Eva Top, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr) May be used with MMBB 255 as core credit in J-3-b. Same as FS 250. Introduction to nature and activity of bacteria and other microorganisms; their importance in all life systems. Three hrs of lec per wk. (Fall only)
    Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111
  • BIOL 255: General Microbiology Lab
    Tim Steffens, Mgr. Instructional Lab
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr) Same as MMBB 300. Carries no credit after MMBB 380/Biol 380. Survey of structure, function, and metabolism of major constituents of living systems. (Fall and Summer only)
    Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111
    Coreq: Chem 275 or Chem 277
  • BIOL 300: Survey of Biochemistry
    Martina Ederer, Lecturer
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    Same as MMBB 300. Carries no credit after MMBB 380/Biol 380. Survey of structure, function, and metabolism of major constituents of living systems. (Fall and Summer only)

    Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111

    Coreq: Chem 275 or Chem 277

  • BIOL 310: Genetics
    Barrie Robison, Associate Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr)  Genetic mechanisms in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Fall only)
    Prereq: Biol 115 or MMBB 250
  • BIOL 312: Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Dr. Joseph Cloud, Professor
    Dr. Peter Fuerst, Assistant Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    Current theory and experimental basis of the structure/function of eukaryotic cells. Topics include plasma membrane, organelles, cytoskeleton and cell mobility, the nature of genes, gene expression, DNA replication and cellular reproduction, and signal transduction. Three lec and one 1-hr recitation a wk. (Fall only)
    Prereq: Biol 115
  • BIOL 313: Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
    Dr. Dave Pfeiffer, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    Laboratory experiments and techniques related to molecular and cellular biology. One 3-hr lab per week.

    Coreq: Biol 312

  • BIOL 314: Ecology and Population Biology
    Dr. Erin Clancey
    » Course Syllabus

    (4 cr)

    Nutrient cycling and energy flow, populations, population genetics, use and construction of phylogenies, communities and biodiversity. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)

    Prereq: Biol 115 and Biol 116; and Math 143, Math 160, or Math 170.

  • BIOL 315: Genetics Lab
    Barrie Robison, Professor
    >>Course Syllabus
  • BIOL 324: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Dr. David Roon, Assistant Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    Evolution of vertebrates and their organ systems; correlation of structural modification with function. Two lecture and two 3-hour labs a week.

    Prereq: Biol 115 and Biol 116


  • BIOL 380: Biochemistry I
    Dr. Doug Cole, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr) Same as MMBB 380. Carries one credit after MMBB 300/Biol 300. Introduction to the structure, function, and metabolism of major constituents of living systems. Three hrs lec and one hr with interactive problem solving. Recommended preparation: Chem 253, Chem 254 and Chem 372. (Fall and Summer only)

    Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111; and Chem 277


  • BIOL 382: Biochemistry I Laboratory
    Celeste Brown, Research Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (2 cr)  Same as MMBB 382. Lab training in modern methods. One 3-hr lab and one 1-hr recitation a wk. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111; and Chem 278

    Coreq: Biol 380 or equivalent


  • BIOL 400: Seminar
    Doug Cole, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]


    Same as MMBB 400. May be used as a science elective after 1 required credit, up to a maximum of 4 credits. Graded P/F.
  • BIOL 404 01: ST: Invertebrate Zoology
    Christine Parent, Assistant Professor
    >>Course Syllabus
  • BIOL 405: Practicum In Anatomy Laboratory Teaching
    Candi Kelsey Heimgartner, Instructor
    >>Course Syllabus

    (2 cr). Organization, preparation, and teaching of anatomy laboratory objectives under faculty supervision.
    Prereq: perm. (Fall only).
  • BIOL 407.01: Practicum In Biology Laboratory Teaching
    Lisa Harmon, Instructor
    » Course Syllabus

    (2-6 cr, max 12)  Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision.
    Prereq: Any four of the following courses: Biol 115, 116, 212, 213, 310,or 314; and Permission
  • BIOL 407.02: Practicum In Biology Laboratory Teaching
    Mary Elizabeth Oswald, Instructor
    no syllabus

    (2-6 cr, max 12)  Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision.
    Prereq: Any four of the following courses: Biol 115, 116, 212, 213, 310, or 314; and Permission
  • BIOL 407.03: Practicum In Biology Laboratory Teaching
    Tim Steffens, Instructor
    (no syllabus)
    (2-6 cr, max 12)  Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision.

    Prereq: Any four of the following courses: Biol 115, 116, 212, 213, 310, or 314; and Permission
  • BIOL 408: Practicum in Human Physiology Laboratory Teaching
    Candi Heimgartner, Instructor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    Organization, preparation, and teaching of human physiology laboratory objectives under faculty supervision. (2-4 cr, max 8.  Spring only)

    Prereq: Biol 121 and Permission

  • BIOL 411: Senior Capstone

    Holly Wichman, Distinguished Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (2 cr) May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Application of biological principles and information to the analysis of societal and philosophical issues.

    Prereq: Biol 212, 213, 310 314, and Sr standing

  • BIOL 421: Advanced Evolutionary Biology
    Paul Hohenlohe, Assistant Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]
     
    (3 cr) Macro and Micro evolutionary patterns and processes examined from molecular, ecological, and paleontological perspectives. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Biol 314, For 221 or REM 221

  • BIOL 423: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]


    (3 cr) Comparative physiology of the major organ systems found in vertebrates. May involve some evening exams. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Biol 213, and Chem 275 or 277

  • BIOL 425: Experimental Field Ecology
    Dr. James Nagler, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Intensive course on diverse aspects of field ecology to be held off-campus. Various global locations (i.e. Costa Rica, Oregon coast, Hawaii) are possible. The course will be scheduled during an 8-10 day period preceding/following the Spring Term (i.e. January or May). Will involve travel and lodging costs at student expense.

    Prereq: Biol 115, 116, 212, 213, 310 and 314

  • BIOL 428: Microscopic Anatomy
    Dr. Onesmo Balemba, Assistant Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr)  Basic principles of histology and advanced microscopic anatomy of vertebrate tissues and organs. (Fall, alt/even yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 212 or Biol 213

  • BIOL 432/532: Immunology
    Tanya Miura, Assistant Professor
    >> Course Description
  • BIOL 433/533: Pathogenic Microbiology
    Tanya Miura, Associate Professor
    >>Course Syllabus
  • 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 442/542 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Course number and title could change)
    Andrzej Paszczynski, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Same as FS J442/J542. MMBB 542 same as Chem 542. Intermediate biochemistry; metabolism, molecular physiology, and molecular biology. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for grad credit. (Spring only)

    Prereq: Chem 372; MMBB 380 or Chem 302 or Chem 306; or Permission

  • BIOL 444: Genomics
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

     (3 cr)  Structural, functional, and comparative genomics of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes. Case studies illustrating a genomic approach to questions of fundamental biological and societal relevance will be drawn from diverse fields such as human medicine, evolutionary biology, agriculture, and bioterrorism. (Fall only/alt yr)

    Prereq: Biol 116 and Biol 310; or MMBB 250

  • BIOL J447/J547: Virology
    Tanya Miura, Assistant 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 448: Plant-Animal Interactions
    (3 cr) Principles of interactions between plants and animals; interactions and diversification, coevolution; pollination, fruit and seed dispersal, herbivory, ant-plant and ant-plant-fungal interactions, importance of interactions in conservation biology. One field trip. Biol 314 recommended. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 116

  • BIOL 450: Comparative Vertebrate Reproduction - WSU Biol 451/551

    (3 cr)  Physiology of major events in reproductive cycles of vertebrates. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 116 and 213


  • BIOL 4XX/552: Biochemistry II
    More information to follow
  • BIOL 456: Computer Skills for Biologists
    Dr. James A. Foster, Professor 
    » Course Announcement [pdf]
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Management and analysis of complicated datasets such as those in molecular evolution, systematics, and genomics. Demonstrations, exercises, and student projects to teach advanced Unix skills, programming (e.g. Perl and R), and data management. (Fall, alt/even yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 310 and Stat 251 or Stat 301; or Permission

  • BIOL 461: Neurobiology - WSU Neuro 461
    Deborah L. Stenkamp, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Study of the nervous system, with an emphasis on mechanisms of neuronal signaling, the function of sensory and motorsystems, and neural development. Recommended: Phys 111, Phys 112, and Chem 275 or Chem 277. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 212, Biol 213, Biol 310, Gene 314, MMBB 300, or MMBB 380

  • BIOL 474: Principles of Developmental Biology
    Dr. Deborah L. Stenkamp, Professor
    Dr. Joseph G. Cloud, Professor 
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr) Analysis of mechanisms at cellular and molecular level during metazoan development. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

    Prereq: Biol 115 and 116 or Biol 212

  • BIOL 478: Animal Behavior
    Dr. John Byers, Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (3 cr)  Evolution, causation, development, and function of behavior in vertebrates and invertebrates. (Spring only)

    Prereq: Biol 115 and 116

  • BIOL 481: Ichthyology

    Madison Powell, Instructor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]


    (4 cr) Anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, genetics, and zoogeography of fishes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)

    Prereq: Biol 115 and 116

  • 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

  • BIOL 483: Mammalogy
    Jack Sullivan, Professor
    >> Course Syllabus

    (3 cr)  Evolution, systematics, distribution, and biology of mammals. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; one field trip. (Fall only)
    Prereq: Biol 115 and 116
  • BIOL 485-585: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology

    Staff
    » 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

  • BIOL 489: Herpetology
    Dr. Luke J. Harmon , Associate Professor
    » Course Syllabus [pdf]

    (4 cr)  Evolution, systematics, physiology, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Three lectures and one 3-hr lab a wk; field trip. (Fall only)

    Prereq: Biol 115 and 116

  • CORS 219: Integrated Science: Human Nature
    John Byers, Professor
    >>Course Syllabus

    An interdisciplinary, thematically based course intended to provide the student with the skills to analyze and evaluate scientific claims and to make intelligent scientific and social decisions; among the topics addressed are the impact of science on society and the ethical dilemmas and moral consequences of scientific research; all themes/sections emphasize discussion, collaborative work, and the conduct of science, though not necessarily in a formal lab setting. See www.uidaho.edu/class/general-education for specific course titles and descriptions.
  • MMBB 460/555: Microbial Physiology
    Aurelio M Briones, Research Faculty
    >>Course Syllabus

    (3 cr)  Concepts of microbial growth, metabolism, regulation, variation, structural-functional relationships. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall, alt/yrs)

    Prereq: MMBB 250