BIO BIOLOGY (School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences)
103. Biological Inquiry - 3-2-4
A practical application of the scientific method in the modern
world. Laboratories include scientific observation, fieldwork, projects,
dissection and experimentation.
105. Human Organism - 3-2-4
Human origins, development, anatomy and physiology, behavior and
relationship to Earth through pollution and overpopulation. Labs involve
examination of biological principles and human characteristics and
106. Biological Diversity - 3-2-4
Evolutionary relationships of major taxonomic groups-bacteria,
protozoans, fungi, plants and animals. Conservation of endangered
species and communities. Laboratory includes collection and study of
organisms on the Berry College campus.
107. The Great Neglected Diseases - 3-2-4
Introduction to the world's parasitic and infectious diseases that
constitute the dominant health concerns in most Third-World countries.
This integrative biology course examines anatomical, physiological,
ecological, behavioral and other aspects of the host-parasite
relationship. Laboratory involves hands-on experience in solving
diagnostic, pathologic and forensic problems.
108. Understanding Human Genetics - 3-2-4
Introduction to basic genetics and biotechnology; the biology of the
gene including the genetic code and cloning, featuring throughout the
impact and ethics posed by biotechnology. Laboratory introduction to
techniques in gene manipulation.
111. Principles of Cell Biology - 3-2-4
Introductory chemistry, cell biology, enzymes, cellular respiration,
photosynthesis, molecular biology, meiosis/mitosis, and Mendelian
202. Principles of Zoology - 3-2-4
Evolution, speciation, and animal diversity and physiology. PR: BIO 111 or EVS 104
204. Genetics - 3-3-4
Basic genetic concepts including classical Mendelian inheritance,
population genetics and molecular concept of gene action. Plant, animal
and human genetics are emphasized. PR: BIO 111.
206. Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3-2-4
Study of cell and tissue structure, function and biochemistry, with a
detailed study of the histology, physiology and gross anatomy of the
human integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
207. Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3-2-4
Continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a detailed study
of the histology, physiology and gross anatomy of the cardiovascular,
endocrine, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive and reproductive systems.
PR: BIO 206 or CI.
215. Principles of Microbiology and Botany - 3-2-4
Virus, prokaryote, protist, fungus and plant diversity, and basic plant physiology.
PR: BIO 111 or EVS 104 or CI.
300. Cell Biology - 3-3-4
Morphology and physiology of cells; membrane and organelle structure, cell biochemistry, cancer. PR: BIO 111.
301. Microbiology - 2-4-4
Biology and control of microorganisms important in health, agriculture and industry. Chemistry helpful. PR: BIO 111.
303. Comparative Animal Physiology - 3-3-4
The physiological functions and capacities of cells, organs and organ systems in animals. PR: BIO 202.
305. General Ecology - 3-3-4
The relationships of animals, plants and their abiotic environment.
Concepts of energy flow, food chains, population dynamics, predator/prey
relations and competition. Review of major aquatic and terrestrial
ecosystems. Field work emphasized in laboratory.
PR: BIO 202 or 215.
307. Entomology - 3-3-4
General introduction to biology and ecology of insects, including
environmental, medical, veterinary and agricultural aspects. Laboratory
work emphasizes field studies.
PR: BIO 202.
311WI. Field Botany - 2-4-4
Focuses on the physiology, ecology, systematics and evolution of
flowering and nonflowering plants. Emphasis on field observation and
study on the Berry campus and in other local areas. PR: BIO 215.
313WI. Forest Ecology - 2-4-4
Population, community and ecosystem analysis of temperate forests.
Emphasis is on the ecology of forest plants, field-study techniques and
data analysis. Laboratories involve an extended field research project
focusing on longleaf pines on the Berry campus.
PR: BIO 215 and 305.
330WI. Developmental Biology - 3-3-4
Principles and processes of embryonic development, including
molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms of differentiation and
morphogenesis in animals and plants.
PR: BIO 300.
331WI. Invertebrate Zoology - 3-3-4
Survey of the invertebrates, including anatomy, classification,
adaptive physiology, behavior and ecology. Laboratory work including
dissections and field studies.
PR: BIO 202.
332WI. Vertebrate Zoology - 3-3-4
An overview of the morphology, physiology, systematics, behavior and
evolution of vertebrate taxa. Laboratory emphasis on species
identification of Georgia vertebrates and on aspects of animal behavior
and ecology. PR: 202.
335. Parasitology - 3-3-4
Biology of parasites of medical and veterinary importance. PR: BIO 202 or 215.
339WI. Plant Physiology - 3-3-4
Physiological processes of plants, including water relations, carbon
fixation, utilization and translocation, growth and development,
mineral nutrition, and hormone action. Particular attention to
plant/environment interactions. PR: BIO 215.
345WI. Evolutionary Biology - 3-3-4
Introduction to evolutionary processes and the history of
evolutionary thought. Emphasis on natural and sexual selection,
evolutionary genetics, molecular evolution, adaptation, speciation,
evolutionary medicine, and the history of life. Laboratories include
field work on campus, trips to local museums, and use of phylogenetic
and image-analysis software. PR: BIO 202 and 204.
352WI. Immunology - 3-3-4
Introduction to the essential physiological components, mechanisms
and functions of the mammalian immune system, including innate versus
acquired immunity, antigen/antibody interactions, B- and T-cell
activation, inflammation, tolerance, cytokine signaling, immunity to
microbes, immune-based pathology and vaccine strategies. PR: BIO 202.
383. Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation - 2-4-4
An introduction to tropical biodiversity and conservation, including
an intensive three-week research-based experience at contrasting field
sites in Costa Rica. Lectures and labs focus on the ecology and
conservation of tropical ecosystems, while permitting exposure to the
politics, culture and language of a developing country. Provides an
introduction to field research and to the physical and ecological
concepts pivotal to the sustainable management of ecosystems. PR: BIO
202 or 215, or CI. Need authorization form.
405. Conservation Biology - 3-3-4
Practical and theoretical problems facing conservationists,
considering ecological principles, fragmentation of habitats, captive
breeding and exploitation of resources. Labs will focus on the use of
computer modeling in conservation decisions and field trips. PR: BIO
415WI. Behavioral Ecology - 3-3-4
Survival value of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective;
optimization, aggressions, mate choice, parental care, communication and
altruism. Labs will focus on data gathering techniques, classic animal
behavior, experiments and field trips . PR: BIO 305.
436WI. Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology - 3-0-3
Analysis of the molecular biology of eukaryotic cells. Detailed
examination of basic cellular processes, along with the techniques
needed to conduct such research. Textbook and lecture supplemented with
current research literature. PR: BIO 300.
451. Molecular Biology - 2-4-4
An advanced course in the methods of molecular biology, with
emphasis on modern techniques and their application in the laboratory.
Examples of topics covered: gene cloning, protein expression systems,
sequence analysis and hybridization. PR: either BIO 204 or 300 or CI.
455. Advanced Ecology - 3-0-3
Topics include tropical biology, plant/animal interactions, primatology, canid biology and global change. PR: BIO 305.
465WI. Aquatic Biology - 3-2-4
A field-oriented course that examines current methods in limnology,
aquatic sampling techniques, examination of local flora and fauna,
aquaculture, stream and lake management and aquatic conservation.
Laboratory includes field sampling in local waters and field trips. PR:
480. Advanced Topics in Biology - 1 to 5 hours
Instruction in advanced topics of current interest in biology. May
be repeated for credit during separate terms provided the topic is
different. Elective for biology major or minor. Course may not be
taken more than one time per term.
482. Coral Reef Ecology - 2-4-4
Intensive, field-oriented experience designed to familiarize the
student with the coral reef biome, including corals, invertebrates,
fishes, algae and macrophytes. PR: BIO 305 and CI.
490. Seminar in Biology - 1-0-1
Special topics and current literature in the biological sciences,
including proper use of library resources for literature review and
496. Academic Internship - 3 to 12 hours
Problem-oriented experiences on specific academic projects relating
to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation
with the student's advisor. Departmental approval required; no more than
four credit hours may be applied to the biology major as a biology
elective. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this
498. Directed Study - 1 to 5 hours
Advanced study or individual research of specific problems.
Departmental approval required; no more than four credit hours may be
applied to the biology major as a biology elective. PR: JS or SS and
approval of school dean.
499. Senior Thesis - 2 hours
An optional senior research project with a mentor of the student's
choice. Open to seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or better. Two semesters