Graduate Courses in Biology

BIOL 5100 Individual Studies (1-0)
Independent study of selected topics in biology.

BIOL 5101 Graduate Seminar (1-0)
Discussion of pertinent topics in biology, with emphasis changing depending upon instructor.

BIOL 5200 Individual Studies (2-0)
Independent study of selected topics in biology.

BIOL 5301 Cacti and Succulents of the Southwest (2-2)
A study of the life cycles, life histories and environment with special attention to survival and adaptation of the cacti and succulents of the Southwest, and in particular, those in the Trans-Pecos region.

BIOL 5302 Molecular Techniques (1-4)
Primarily a laboratory course designed to provide skills in the purification, amplification, restriction endonucease analysis and sequencing of DNA.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 5315.

BIOL 5305 Techniques of Scientific Research (3-0)
Style and format in manuscript, proposal and thesis preparation. Materials and methods of scientific investigation and science education. Orientation to graduate level and professional studies. Required in first semester or at first opportunity thereafter.

BIOL 5307 Special Topics (3-0)
A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated with topic varies.

BIOL 5309 Principles and Methods of Systematic Zoology (3-0)
A study of the theories of animal classification and of the International Rules governing the naming of animals. The application of contemporary methods in taxonomy will be emphasized.

BIOL 5310 Applied Entomology (2-2)
Introduction to principles and theories of insect control strategies. Includes concepts of chemical, cultural and physical controls and biological and integrated pest management.
Prerequisite: BIOL

BIOL 5311 Evolution (3-0)
The study of the theory and current concepts of evolution, including natural selection, gene flow, founder effect and speciation.

BIOL 5312 Graduate Research (0-9)
Qualified students may conduct individual research under the direction and supervision of the staff. May be repeated once when topic varies.

BIOL 5314 Advanced Mammalogy (2-2)
Current issues and debates in the mammalogy literature pertaining to systematics, evolution, ecology and population dynamics, with emphasis on Southwestern United States.

BIOL 5315 Molecular Biology (2-2)
A course covering the theory and principles of molecular biology. With an emphasis on vector development and use, students will learn laboratory skills in recombinant DNA technology using a prokaryotic system. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 5302.

BIOL 5316 Biostatistical Analysis I (2-2)
An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one-and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Required for MS Thesis Plan I option. Offered Fall.

BIOL 5317 Biostatistical Analysis II (2-2)
An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multisample hyootheses (ANOVA), multiple camparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the binomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Offered Spring.

BIOL 5403 Molecular and Classical Cytogenetics (2-4)
Chromosome structure, aberrations and evolution, the origin and significance from classical and molecular points of view.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

BIOL 5404 Systematics (3-2)
Study of classical and contemporary philosophy approaches, and techniques having todo with the analysis and understanding of evolutionary relationships. Examples from botanical or zoological literature may be emphasiezed depending upon instructor.

BIOL 5406 Phytochemistry (3-2)
The study of chemical constituents of palnts, including flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, isozymes and cpDNA.

BIOL 5407 Special Topics with Laboratory (3-2)
A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.

BIOL 5601 Field Botany (3-6)
Studies of plants in their natural environments, including aspects such as taxonomy, morphology, ecology, biogeography and/or phylogeny. Revolving emphasis (e.g., woody plants, monocots or composites) and a flexible program according to demand. Offered in summer session, several field trips, including multi-day.

BIOL 5602 Field Zoology (3-6)
A course devoted primarily to acquainting the student with animal life in its natural habitat. Collecting, museum techniques, systematics and ecological implications will be stressed.

BIOL 5603 Environmental Microbiology (3-6)
A course covering the principles and applications of microbiology in the natural environment of the desert Southwest. The environmental impact of microorganisms, aspects of pollution, waste treatment, biodegradation of environmental contaminants and nutrient cycling will be examined.

BIOL 5604 Advanced Microbial Ecology (3-6)
A course studying pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms in natural environments: diversity, distribution, energetics, and growth of heterotrophic and autotrophic microbes in oxic and anoxic habitats. Roles of microbial populations and communities in biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem functioning, landscapes, industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications will be investigated. The course will include lab, field-oriented exercises and field trips that teach an introduction to research methods. Advanced microscopic, culturing, molecular, and computational techniques will be used.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Microbiology, General Chemistry I and General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 5607 Special Topics Graduate Field Studies (3-6)A course offering selected topics in biology that consist of field work. This couse may be repeated if topic varies.

BIOL 6040 Thesis Research (0-18)
The student will enroll in this course after earning credit for BIOL 6301 (Thesis Prospectus), each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by Committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made. The course is variable for 1 to 9 credit hours, and may be repeated with approval of advisor. Credit hours earned may not be applied towards the 30 or 36 hours required for the degree.
Prerequisite: Masters of Science students that have been admitted to candidacy, including earned credit for Thesis Prospectus.

BIOL 6301 Thesis (0-6)
Satisfactory completion of this course will result in an acceptable prospetus presented to the Graduate Committee. The student will normally register for this course no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The prospectus is expected to be completed promptly, and this course may not be taken more than two long semesters.

BIOL 6302 Thesis (0-6)
The student will enroll in this course at the time of the defense, and after earning credit for BIOL 6301 (Thesis Prospectus). Satisfactory completion of this course will result in the completed thesis presented to the Graduate Committee, accepted by the Dean of the School and filed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Prerequisite: Thesis Prospectus