Jan 29, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Appalachian Studies

  
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    APST 5337 - Appalachia in Scotland

    (3-6 credits)
    This course will survey the relationship among Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish cultures, with an emphasis on Scotland and Ireland.


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    APST 5670 - Ethnomusicology and Appalachia

    (3 credits)
    This course balances a survey of methodological and theoretical issues in ethnomusicology with a survey of ethnomusicological literature related to the Appalachian region. In addition, this course provides an introduction to past and present musical cultures in Appalachia and gives students opportunities to apply basic methods and theories of ethnomusicology in an Appalachian context.


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    APST 5690 - Documenting Community Traditions

    (3 credits)
    This crossdisciplinary seminar involves fieldwork in Appalachian communities seeking cultural or economic sustainability through the development of their traditional and contemporary assets.


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    APST 5900 - Independent Study

    (1-3 credits)
    The Independent Study option is designed for individual students who wish to pursue topics not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students work independently under the supervision of a faculty member who creates the course of study in consultation with the department chair.


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    APST 5905 - Internship

    (3 credits)
    This course provides opportunities for the student to gain work experience with an organization or business appropriate to his or her concentration area and/or career goals. A minimum of 150 supervised contact hours at the site is required.


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    APST 5907 - Foodways of Appalachia

    (3 credits)
    Traditional and developing food cultures of the Mountain South. Topics include: the historical roots of Appalachian cookery; food and class in Appalachia; Native American and African influences on mountain cuisine; immigrant cooking in the mountains; the rituals of the mountain table; the products of the land and larder; traditional food preservation techniques and beliefs; and the emergence and viability of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture.


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    APST 5957 - Special Topics in Appalachian Studies

    (1-3 credits)
    The Special Topics course is designed for special interest subjects that are not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. May be repeated when the topic changes.


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    APST 5960 - Thesis

    (1-3 credits)
    The student must have made application for candidacy and have completed appointment of an advisory committee. By permission of the Graduate Director.


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Archival Studies

  
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    AVST 5310 - Archives History and Issues

    (3 credits)
    Introduces the student to archives and the archival profession. The course provides an overview of the development of record-keeping systems, types of archival repositories, the mission of the archivist, legislation and regulations influencing archival work, and contemporary concerns of the archival profession. (fall)


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    AVST 5311 - Archives Theory and Practice

    (3 credits )
    Covers the following topics: archival theory and the nature of archives; appraisal and documentation strategies; acquisition and collection development; preservation of archival records; arrangement and description of collections; and reference, access, and outreach functions. (spring)


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    AVST 5312 - Archives Conservation

    (3 credits)
    Focuses on the physical nature of archival documents and their preservation, regardless of the documents’ formats. Paper, audio and videotape, film, photographic prints and negatives, and electronic formats will be studied, as will causes and prevention of deterioration, preservation microfilming, digitization, and disaster preparedness. (summer)


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    AVST 5315 - Topics in Archival Studies

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Selected topics of current interest in archival studies. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.


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    AVST 5320 - Principles and Practices of Records Management

    (3 credits)
    The course focuses on information contained in records, the management of records in a hybrid (i.e., electronic and paper) environment, the practices of records managers, and the principles of records management. Linkage to archives will be stressed.


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    AVST 5570 - Archives Practicum

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: AVST 5310 , AVST 5311 , and AVST 5312 . A directed work experience that allows students to apply archival knowledge and skills learned in a classroom setting to an archival setting. With the approval of the Archival Studies Coordinator, the student will work under the supervision of a professional archivist at a local repository.


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Art and Design Studio

  
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    ARTA 5061 - Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design

    (1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5107 - Art Study Tour

    (variable 1-3 credits)
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with original works of art. The lecture series is followed by a trip to selected museums in the U.S. and/or Europe. (as needed)


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    ARTA 5110 - Ceramics

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Ceramics for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5130 - Painting

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Painting for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5140 - Photography

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Photography for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5160 - Sculpture

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Sculpture for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5170 - Fibers

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Fibers for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5200 - Drawing

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Drawing for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5201 - Figure Drawing

    ( 1-6 credits)
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Department of Art and Design or permission of the instructor. An advanced level drawing class with the human figure as subject matter. (spring)


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    ARTA 5350 - Graduate Graphic Design

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Graphic Design for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall,spring)


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    ARTA 5617 - Site-Specific and Installation Art

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: ARTA 2501. This course explores site-specific sculpture and installation art as an artistic approach, created environment, and exploration of space.


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    ARTA 5911 - Printmaking

    (variable 1-6 credits, repeatable)
    Graduate Studio course in Printmaking for students accepted into the Art & Design graduate program. May be repeated for credit. (fall, spring)


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    ARTA 5950 - Methods of Research in Studio

    (3 credits)
    Required of all graduate students in art. Includes the techniques of supporting paper and thesis writing and the preparation of an acceptable prospectus for a proposed thesis or supporting paper. This course is offered once a year.


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    ARTA 5957 - Special Topics

    (1-6 credits)
    Prerequisites: Dependent on subject matter. Selected topics of current interest in art. Offered upon sufficient demand for specific subject matter. May be repeated for different topics. Consultation with the instructor is recommended before enrollment. (as needed)


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    ARTA 5990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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Art History

  
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    ARTH 5007 - Renaissance Art in Northern Europe

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: ARTH 2020 or permission of the instructor. European art outside Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with emphasis on the art of the Low Lands and Germany.


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    ARTH 5027 - Medieval Art

    (3 credits)
    A survey of European architecture, sculpture, and painting from late antiquity to the end of the Gothic period. (variable)


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    ARTH 5097 - Art History Theory

    (3 credits)
    An investigation of aesthetic theories as they relate to the practices of art history and art criticism, with an emphasis on contemporary approaches and recent philosophical developments.


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    ARTH 5107 - Art Study Tour

    (variable 1-3 credits)
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with original works of art. The lecture series is followed by a trip to selected museums in the U. S. and/or Europe. (as needed)


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    ARTH 5117 - Women Artists and Their Art

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: ARTA or ARTH 2020, WMST 2010, or permission of the instructor. This course examines the contributions of women artists throughout history and addresses the question of why women’s art has been ignored or denigrated in the study and criticism of art. It also considers how women overcame social, educational, and legal obstacles to become professional artists.


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    ARTH 5127 - History of Architecture

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: ARTH 2010 and ARTH 2020, or permission of instructor. A detailed and critical survey of the history of architecture, from pre-history to the present day, including both western and nonwestern architecture.


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    ARTH 5157 - Philosophy of Art

    (3 credits)


    Prerequisites: Either two courses in either philosophy or art history, or permission of the instructor. A discussion of philosophical issues that arise in our attempts to understand the creation, appreciation, and criticism of the various literary, plastic, and performing arts.

      Notes: Cross-listed with PHIL 5157.


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    ARTH 5180 - Seminar in Art and Appalachia

    (3-6 credits)
    This seminar provides an in-depth study of some aspects of art in Appalachia. The topic may change from year to year.


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    ARTH 5907 - Art History Seminar

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: ARTH 2010, ARTH 2020, ARTH 4000-level or permission of instructor. An investigation of specific themes or topics in the history of art, including analysis, discussion, and interpretation of works of art and scholarly literature. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.


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    ARTH 5950 - Methods of Research in Art History

    (3 credits)
    Required for all graduate students in art history. Includes the techniques of supporting paper and thesis writing and the preparation of an acceptable prospectus for a proposed thesis or supporting paper. This course is offered once a year.


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    ARTH 5957 - Special Topics

    (1-6 credits)
    Prerequisites: Dependent on subject matter. Selected topics of current interest in art. Offered upon sufficient demand for specific subject matter. May be repeated for different topics. Consultation with the instructor is recommended before enrollment. (as needed)


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    ARTH 5990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  
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    BIOC 5010 - Biochemistry

    (7 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOM 5010-5040/ 6010-6040 or permission of the course director. Study and discussion of protein structure and biological activity; generation and storage of metabolic energy; lipids and membranes. Lecture and conferences. (spring)


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    BIOC 5100 - Protein Structure and Function

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor, or its equivalent. A study of enzyme kinetic mechanisms and the physical chemistry of macromolecules. Techniques in protein chemistry. Three hours per week. (fall, even years)


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    BIOC 5200 - Biochemistry Seminar

    (2 credits)
    Presentation by students, faculty, and guests of current research literature or of a particular topic of interest. Students must be prepared to participate in discussion. Can be taken repeatedly for credit. Two hours per week. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 5350 - Molecular Immunology

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor. This graduate course will provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of the immune system. Topics covered will include the structure function, and genetic regulation of proteins involved in immune recognition, cytokines and their receptors, and mechanisms of cellular activation. Although previous coursework in immunology is recommended, students without such experience may be enrolled with permission of instructor. Offered alternate years. (fall, even years)


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    BIOC 5500 - Special Topics in Biochemistry

    (2 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor. Discussion of special topics of interest to biomedical scientists. Can be taken repeatedly for credit with different subject matter. Two hours per week. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 5600 - Molecular Biology and Genomics

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOM 5010 /BIOM 6010  - BIOM 5020 /BIOM 6020  required, BIOM 5030 /BIOM 6030  - BIOM 5040 /BIOM 5040  recommended. An advanced graduate course on molecular biology and genomics, focused on their principles and research practice. It is intended to provide students with the latest knowledge and methodologies for biomedical research at the level of gene structure, organization and expression in eukaryotic cells. Topics include macro-molecular interactions, structure-function relationships, regulation of gene replication and expression, applications of recombinant DNA methodologies, protein engineering and bioinformatics, genome mapping, and DNA damage, mutagenesis and repair. (fall, even years)


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    BIOC 5700 - Macromolecular Interactions

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor, or its equivalent. Consideration of the physical and chemical behavior of biological macromolecules and their interactions in biological environments. The forces affecting the conformation, movement and interactions of lipids and proteins in solution and the physical methods that probe these interactions will be discussed. (spring, even years)


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    BIOC 5900 - Special Problems in Biochemistry

    (1-5 credits)
    Research projects of limited scope to allow the student to develop certain skills or to establish a specific interest in a research area. Conference and laboratory. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 5990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U). (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 6010 - Biochemistry

    (7 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOM 5010-5040/ 6010-6040 or permission of the course director. Study and discussion of protein structure and biological activity; generation and storage of metabolic energy; lipids and membranes. Lecture and conferences. (spring)


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    BIOC 6100 - Protein Structure and Function

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor, or its equivalent. A study of enzyme kinetic mechanisms and the physical chemistry of macromolecules. Techniques in protein chemistry. Three hours per week. (spring, even years)


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    BIOC 6200 - Advanced Biochemistry Seminar

    (2 credits)
    Presentation of selected topics of interest by faculty, advanced students, and guests. Requires student preparation for participation in discussion. This course may be repeated for credit. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 6350 - Molecular Immunology

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor. This graduate course will provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of the immune system. Topics covered will include the structure function, and genetic regulation of proteins involved in immune recognition, cytokines and their receptors, and mechanisms of cellular activation. Although previous coursework in immunology is recommended, students without such experience may be enrolled with permission of instructor. Offered alternate years. (fall, even years)


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    BIOC 6500 - Special Topics in Biochemistry

    (2 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor. Discussion of special topics of interest to biomedical scientists. Can be taken repeatedly for credit with different subject matter. Two hours per week. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 6600 - Molecular Biology and Genomics

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOM 5010 /BIOM 6010  - BIOM 5020 /BIOM 6020  required, BIOM 5030 /BIOM 6030  - BIOM 5040 /BIOM 6040  recommended. An advanced graduate course on molecular biology and genomics, focused on their principles and research practice. It is intended to provide students with the latest knowledge and methodologies for biomedical research at the level of gene structure, organization and expression in eukaryotic cells. Topics include macro-molecular interactions, structure-function relationships, regulation of gene replication and expression, applications of recombinant DNA methodologies, protein engineering and bioinformatics, genome mapping, and DNA damage, mutagenesis and repair. (fall, even years)


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    BIOC 6700 - Macromolecular Interactions

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Biomedical Science I-IV or permission of the instructor, or its equivalent. Consideration of the physical and chemical behavior of biological macromolecules and their interactions in biological environments. The forces affecting the conformation, movement and interactions of lipids and proteins in solution and the physical methods that probe these interactions will be discussed. (spring, even years)


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    BIOC 6900 - Special Problems in Biochemistry

    (1-5 credits)
    Research projects of limited scope to allow the student to develop certain skills or to establish a specific interest in a research area. Conference and laboratory. (fall, spring, summer)


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    BIOC 7990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U). (fall, spring, summer)


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Biological Sciences

  
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    BIOL 5037 - Coastal Biology Field Trip

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120 and 1130 or equivalent. Intensive field survey of coastal Atlantic flora and fauna. Two hours lecture/laboratory per week; 6-day field trip, 1 day at sea. Student research presentation/report. (fall) Notes: Extra fees.


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    BIOL 5047 - Ecological Field Trip

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120, and 1130, or equivalent; must have permission of instructor. An extended fieldoriented ecology course (approximately three weeks camping) to outstanding biomes of North America, i.e., deserts, alpine tundra, boreal forest and prairies, involving field instruction, specimen collection, identification of organisms in their natural habitats. Pre-trip and post-trip classroom sessions. Extra fees. Course can be repeated for credit with limit of three credits toward major. (summer)


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    BIOL 5100 - Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology

    (3 credits)
    Current topics in cell and molecular biology, with an emphasis on regulation of cellular processes. Included will be discussions of current approaches and experimental paradigms. Specific topics of discussion will vary each semester, depending on instructor. (spring, odd years)


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    BIOL 5147 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules

    (3 credits lecture)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110 and one year of organic chemistry or equivalent. Topics include cellular organization; pH and buffering; energy changes in molecular interactions; structure and characteristics of amino acids and proteins; structure/ function relationships of enzymes, carbohydrates, and lipids; and studies of the production, structure, and function of nucleic acids. Three hours lecture per week. (fall)


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    BIOL 5157 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules Lab

    (2 credits lab)
    The theory and use of lab instruments and techniques will be introduced through a series of experiments designed to explore buffering, enzyme isolation & characterization, and DNA isolation & characterization. Experiment planning and interpretation of data generated by the students will culminate in journal-style reports. One four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BIOL 4147/BIOL 5147  or equivalent. (fall)


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    BIOL 5167 - Biochemistry of Metabolism

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL1110 and one year organic chemistry or equivalent. The metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides will be covered with emphasis on reactions, enzymes, energy changes, pathway regulation, and pathway integration. Production of energy-rich molecules in the cell will be linked to important cellular functions (i.e., biosynthesis, movement, and transport). Three hours lecture per week. (spring)


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    BIOL 5177 - Biochemistry of Metabolism Lab

    (2 credits)
    The theory and use of lab instruments and techniques will be introduced through a series of experiments designed to investigate photosynthesis, electron transport, polymerase chain reactions, and enzyme kinetics. Experiment planning and interpretation of data generated by the students will culminate in journal-style reports. One four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BIOL 4167/BIOL 5167  or BIOL 4147/BIOL 5147 , or equivalent. (spring)


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    BIOL 5200 - Topics in Organismal Biology

    (3 credits)
    An exploration of current topics in organismal biology - anatomical, physiological, and developmental aspects of plants and/or animals. Emphases will be placed on review of current original literature and on evaluation of research methods used to pursue questions in the discipline. Lecture and discussion sessions. Specific topics of discussion will vary each semester, depending on instructor. (fall, odd years)


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    BIOL 5247 - Appalachian Flora

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120 and 1130 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Field and laboratory identification and ecology of the plants of the Southern Appalachian environs. Sixteen hours lecture and laboratory/field per week. (summer)


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    BIOL 5257 - Appalachian Fauna

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110 and 1120 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Field and laboratory identification and ecology of the animals of the Southern Appalachian environs. Sixteen hours lecture and laboratory/field per week. (summer)


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    BIOL 5267 - Plant Development

    (4 credits)
    Prerequisites: Genetics or permission of instructor. Patterns of plant development from zygote or spore to mature plant. Emphasis on cell and tissue differentiation, organogenesis, and the influence of growth regulators. In the laboratory, students will observe morphogenesis and will design and undertake a project of their choice. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory per week (spring, odd years)


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    BIOL 5277 - Neurobiology

    (4 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/11111, 1120/1121, or equivalent. An introduction to the study of neurobiology. Topics include fundamentals of cellular communication (action potentials, synaptic transmission, synaptic integration), sensory systems, motor systems, the neural basis of behavior, developmental plasticity, and learning. Examples are drawn from invertebrates as well as vertebrates. Four hours lecture per week. (fall)


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    BIOL 5300 - Topics in Ecology and Evolution

    (3 credits)
    An in-depth exploration of a particular topic related to the ecology and/or evolution of biological populations. Lectures, reading assignments (including primary research literature), experience with research methods, and discussion. Specific topics of discussion will vary each semester, depending on instructor. (fall, even years)


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    BIOL 5337 - Plant Systematics

    (4 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/1111, 1120/1121, 1130/1131 or equivalent. Flowering plant classification and evolution. Characters and methods of traditional plant taxonomy, and computer-based phylogenetic methods using morphological and molecular data sets will be introduced. Plants will be studied in field and lab, and students will use data collected from plant specimens and from GenBank to conduct phylogenetic analysis in various angiosperm groups. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. (fall, odd years)


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    BIOL 5347 - Biogeography

    (2 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1130 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Global and regional patterns in the distribution, abundance and variation of plants and animals related to geographic conditions and earth history. One two-hour lecture per week. (fall, even years)


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    BIOL 5357 - Ethology

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120, 1130 or equivalent. An introduction to the study of animal behavior. Emphasis is placed on the ecology and evolution of behavioral patterns. Three hours lecture per week. (fall, odd years)


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    BIOL 5367 - Systems Ecology

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Ecology or permission of instructor. Computer simulation modeling of ecological systems. Three hours lecture/discussion/workshop per week. (spring, even years)


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    BIOL 5377 - Tropical Botany in Ecuador

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, BIOL 1120 or equivalent and permission of instructor. The class visits many field sites in Ecuador where students examine plants at diverse climatic, elevational and vegetational settings. Students identify plants, observe and dissect material, and become familiar with economically important tropical and temperate plants and plant communities. The course is conducted with a group of Ecuadorian botanists and students from our Ecuadorian sister university, Universidad Estatal de Bolívar.


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    BIOL 5400 - Topics in Systematic Biology

    (3 credits)
    The course stresses critical inquiry into current approaches in the analyses of evolutionary relationships of organisms. Included will be the application and comparison of methodologies and discussions of recent hypotheses of phylogeny and macroevolutionary trends. Emphasis will be placed on integration of ideas and the impact of theory on understanding biology. Specific topics of discussion will vary each semester, depending on instructor. (spring, even years)


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    BIOL 5467 - Ichthyology

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Vertebrate Zoology, or permission of instructor. An introduction of the methodology of field collection, preservation, and identification of fishes. Quantitative analysis and preparation of summary reports on field collections will be emphasized. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. (fall, odd years)


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    BIOL 5477 - Ornithology

    (4 credits)
    Prerequisites: Vertebrate Zoology or permission of instructor. An introduction to the methodology of field identification, population censuses, seasonal diversity, and ecology of birds. One three-hour lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. (spring)


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    BIOL 5480 - Paleobotany

    (3 credits)
    This course concerns the evolutionary history of plants as revealed by the fossil record. Included are an introduction to the concepts of geological time, stratigraphy and sedimentation, fossilization of plants, and the diversity of plants through time. Two one-hour lectures and two three-hour labs weekly.


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    BIOL 5487 - Paleobotany

    (4 credits)
    This course concerns the evolutionary history of plants as revealed by the fossil record. Included are an introduction to the concepts of geological time, stratigraphy and sedimentation, fossilization of plants, and the diversity of plants through time. Two one-hour lectures and two three-hour labs weekly.


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    BIOL 5500 - Biometry

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Probability and Statistics. Modern biometry for research. Experimental design, data analysis, and statistical treatment of biological data will be covered. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week. (spring)


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    BIOL 5597 - Recombinant DNA Laboratory

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120, 1130 or equivalent; plus one year Organic Chemistry. Theory and practice in molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques, including recombinant DNA construction and gene transfer. One hour lecture and two three hour laboratories per week. (spring)


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    BIOL 5600 - Bibliographic Research

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Methods of bibliographic research, including the use of computer searching, card catalogs, and abstract and index journals. One three-hour laboratory per week. Fall


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