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Courses

Graduate classes in biology are typically offered on a rotation; academic advisors will assist each student in the timely completion of the degree.

BIO 531 - Ichthyology

Four hours. An introduction to the study of fishes. This course covers the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary relationships of these vertebrates. A one semester laboratory/field/collection experience is included.

BIO 532 - Herpetology

Four hours. An introduction to the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary relationships of amphibians and reptiles. A one semester hour laboratory/field/collection experience is included.

BIO 601 - Applications of the Scientific Method

Three hours. An introduction to the philosophy and practice of the scientific method, with applications to teaching science. Analysis of the current scientific literature will be emphasized in this course.

BIO 602 - Systematics

Three hours. A survey of the historical and modern classification of organisms into groups based on their phylogenetic relationships.

BIO 610 - Environmental Impacts

Three hours. A study of environments impacted by human activities. Methods that federal and state governments employ to regulate these impacts and options for restricting the long term impact of these environmental changes are covered.

BIO 611 - Microbial Ecology

Three hours. A survey of current topics in microbial ecology, including microbial diversity, microbial interactions within communities, and microbe-mediated nutrient cycling in the biosphere.

BIO 612 - Recombinant DNA and Society

Three hours. A course exploring the history, development, and impact of recombinant DNA technologies on society. Current applications of recombinant DNA technology will be examined.

BIO 620 - Biology of Endangered Species

Four hours. The biology of populations impacted by human-induced changes to environments. The design and implementation of long-term management practices are discussed. A one semester-hour lab which includes trips to visit managed populations is included.

BIO 625 - PCR Theory and Applications

Four hours. A course exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of PCR, including current methods and their applications. A one semester-hour lab is included.

BIO 630 - Population and Community Ecology

Four hours. A survey of the important concepts and theories in population and community ecology. Methods of collecting and analyzing data are presented. A one semester-hour lab that includes field trips and data collection is included.

BIO 635 - Genomics

Four hours. A survey of current concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics. Analysis of recent and ongoing public genomics projects will be an integral part of the course. Special attention will be given to current research on the human genome. A one semester-hour lab is included.

BIO 640 - Animal Behavior

Four hours. A survey of the field of anima1 behavior with emphasis on proximate/ultimate causes, predator-prey interactions, social interactions, foraging, migration, and parental care. A one semester-hour lab which includes data collection and analysis is included.

BIO 645 - Proteomics

Four hours. An introduction to the concepts and methods of proteomics. Analysis of recent and ongoing public proteomics projects will be an integral part of the course. A one semester-hour lab is included.

BIO 650 - Mississippi Flora

Four hours. A survey of both natural and introduced plants found in Mississippi. The habitat requirements of various plant species and keys used to identify plants are covered. A one semester-hour lab involving field trips to natural areas is included.

BIO 698 - Proposal Preparation and literature Research

Three hours. This course requires that a student complete a research proposal that includes a review of relevant literature.

BIO 699 - Thesis Research

Three hours. This course requires that a student complete a research project and complete a thesis.