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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Natural Sciences

Biological Sciences

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

The abbreviations EEB, MIC, and PB in the following list identify the program(s) in the School of Biological Sciences with which the course is most closely associated. The abbreviation EEB represents ecology, evolution, and behavior; MIC, microbiology; and PB, plant biology.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

BIO | Biology

380M. Topics in Biology (Cooperative Programs). EEB, MIC, PB. Formal, organized courses taught at institutions other than the University of Texas at Austin. Not all topics are offered every year. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Biology 380M and 388 may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of the student's graduate adviser or department chair and the University's graduate dean, and consent of the graduate dean at the host institution. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

180R, 280R, 380R. Advanced Readings in the Biological Sciences. EEB. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

380T. Current Concepts in Biology. EEB. Designed for beginning graduate students seeking a review of modern biological concepts. With consent of instructor, may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the School of Biological Sciences, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

381C. Principles of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. EEB. A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in neuroscience from the molecular to the systems level. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381C, Kinesiology 382T, Neuroscience 382T, Pharmacy 382T, Psychology 382T, Zoology 382T. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 185.

381D. Principles of Neuroscience: Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. EEB. A proseminar covering the core material on essential topics in neuroscience from the molecular to the systems level. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381D, Kinesiology 383T, Neuroscience 383T, Pharmacy 383T, Psychology 383T, Zoology 383T. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 186.

381K. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior: Physiology and Biophysics. Lectures, conference discussion, and laboratory projects, depending on topic. Not all topics are offered every year. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Topics in Biophysics. EEB. Irritability of living systems and the principles of energy transformation and transfer in organisms; emphasis on bioelectrical processes and electrical energy changes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 1) and Zoology 385L (Topic 1: Topics in Biophysics) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Comparative Neurophysiology. EEB. General treatment of the physiology of neurons, synapses, sensory and motor systems; neural basis of behavior; emphasis on invertebrates. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 2) and Zoology 385L (Topic 10: Comparative Neurophysiology) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Sensory Physiology. EEB. Physiology and biophysics of the transduction and peripheral processes of the major sensory systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 3) and Zoology 385L (Topic 12: Sensory Physiology) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Current Concepts in Neurobiology. EEB. A series of seminars designed to give students a broad background in neurobiology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381K (Topic 4), Neuroscience 385L (Topic 2: Current Concepts in Neurobiology), Zoology 385L (Topic 15: Current Concepts in Neurobiology).

Topic 5: Laboratory in Neurophysiology. EEB. Training in research techniques useful for the neurophysiological study of vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 5) and Zoology 385L (Topic 18: Laboratory in Neurophysiology) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Insect Physiology. EEB. An in-depth study of the physiology of insect organ systems, development, and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 6) and Zoology 385L (Topic 19: Insect Physiology) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Developmental Neurobiology. EEB. Neuronal cell lineage and differentiation, neuronal migration, axon guidance, neural cell death, synapse formation and maintenance. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 7) and Zoology 385L (Topic 20: Developmental Neurobiology) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Addiction Biology. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Topic 9: Comparative Animal Physiology. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Topic 10: Basic Processes of Nerve Cells. EEB. Study of information processing by, and trophic functions of, nerve cells. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 381K (Topic 10), Neuroscience 385L (Topic 1: Basic Processes of Nerve Cells), Zoology 385L (Topic 13: Basic Processes of Nerve Cells).

Topic 11: Current Concepts in Neurophysiology. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 381K (Topic 11) and Zoology 385L (Topic 22: Seminar in Neurophysiology) may not both be counted.

182, 282, 382. Advanced Study and Research. EEB, MIC, PB. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

383K. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior: Development and Reproduction. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or as required by the topic. Not all topics are offered every year. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Hormonal Control of Development and Reproduction. EEB. Biology 383K (Topic 1) and Zoology 390K (Topic 1: Hormonal Control of Development and Reproduction) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Techniques in the Study of Development and Reproduction. EEB. Eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 383K (Topic 2) and Zoology 390K (Topic 5: Techniques in the Study of Development and Reproduction) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Comparative Endocrinology. EEB. Structure, function, and interrelationships of endocrine glands, with emphasis on the control of hormone synthesis and secretion and mechanisms of hormone action. Biology 383K (Topic 3) and Zoology 390K (Topic 8: Comparative Endocrinology) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Recent Advances in Development and Reproduction. EEB. Discussion of recent scientific papers and their contribution to modern work in development and reproduction. Biology 383K (Topic 4) and Zoology 390K (Topic 9: Recent Advances in Development and Reproduction) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Molecular Analysis of Development. EEB. Lectures and discussion concerning the principles of animal development at the molecular level. Biology 383K (Topic 5) and Zoology 390K (Topic 10: Molecular Analysis of Development) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Current Literature in Cell and Developmental Biology. EEB. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Biology 383K (Topic 6) and Zoology 390K (Topic 11: Current Literature in Developmental Biology) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Seminar in Physiology and Behavior. EEB. Biology 383K (Topic 7) and Zoology 390K (Topic 17: Seminar in Physiology and Behavior) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Development and Evolution. EEB. Biology 383K (Topic 8) and Zoology 390K (Topic 18: Development and Evolution) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Survey of Animal Development. EEB. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Biology 383K (Topic 9) and Zoology 390K (Topic 14: Graduate Survey of Animal Development) may not both be counted.

384C. Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior I. EEB. Designed for beginning graduate students in ecology, evolution, and behavior. A review of modern biological concepts and techniques relating to ecology, evolution, and behavior. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

384D. Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior II. EEB. Continuation of Biology 384C. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Biology 384C, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

384E. Population Ecology. EEB. Concepts, research methods, and current questions of population ecology. Both plant and animal examples are discussed. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 384E, 384K (Topic 1: Population Ecology), Zoology 384L (Topic 1: Population Ecology). Prerequisite: Graduate standing, an upper-division undergraduate course in ecology, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

384K. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Basic concepts and methods of laboratory and field analysis in various fields of biology; systematics and ecology of natural populations. Lectures, conference discussions, and laboratory work, depending on topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 2: Ornithology. EEB. Behavior and ecology of birds, with emphasis on recent developments in the field. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 2) and Zoology 384L (Topic 2: Ornithology) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Herpetology. EEB. Classification, speciation, morphological adaptations, mode of life, history, and ecology of amphibians and reptiles; emphasis on recent advances in the field. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 3) and Zoology 384L (Topic 3: Herpetology) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Ichthyology. EEB. Evolution and ecology of fishes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 4) and Zoology 384L (Topic 4: Ichthyology) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Entomology. EEB. Survey of original publications, research methods, and recent developments in the field, with emphasis on taxonomy, insecticides and repellants, and the role of insects in disease transmission. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 5) and Zoology 384L (Topic 5: Entomology) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Invertebrate Zoology. EEB. Study of the physiological ecology of animals, with emphasis on the invertebrates. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 6) and Zoology 384L (Topic 6: Invertebrate Zoology) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Animal Behavior. EEB. Causal basis, ontogeny, adaptive significance, and evolution of behavior patterns in animals. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 7) and Zoology 384L (Topic 7: Animal Behavior) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Environment and Evolution. EEB. The role of environment in shaping populations and communities, with emphasis on terrestrial vertebrate animals and terrestrial communities. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 8) and Zoology 384L (Topic 8: Environment and Evolution) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Community and Ecosystem Ecology. EEB. Study of the ecological processes that produce and bring about change in the functional structure of communities: dispersal, colonization, population growth, competition. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 9) and Zoology 384L (Topic 9: Community and Ecosystem Ecology) may not both be counted.

Topic 10: Ecological Studies in a Tropical-Temperate Transition. EEB. Survey of the variety of habitats along a transect from southeastern Texas to southwestern Tamaulipas, from the standpoint of experimental field ecology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 10) and Zoology 384L (Topic 10: Ecological Studies in a Tropical-Temperate Transition) may not both be counted.

Topic 11: Ecological and Historical Biogeography. EEB. Study of geographic assemblages of organisms, of ecological factors governing distributions, and of historical factors producing differences between ecologically similar regions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 11) and Zoology 384L (Topic 11: Ecological and Historical Biogeography) may not both be counted.

Topic 12: Mathematical Ecology. EEB. An introduction to the mathematical methods and models used in current ecological theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 12) and Zoology 384L (Topic 12: Mathematical Ecology) may not both be counted.

Topic 13: Aquatic Entomology. EEB. A guide to the taxonomy of aquatic insects and to their use in biomonitoring. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 321, 321L, 370C (Topic: Applied Aquatic Entomology), 384, 384K (Topic 13), 388 (Topic: Applied Aquatic Entomology).

Topic 14: Advanced Systematics. EEB. Survey of systematic theory and methods, with emphasis on molecular phylogenetics and computational methods. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 14) and Zoology 384L (Topic 20: Systematics) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Biology 458L or the equivalent or consent of instructor.

Topic 15: Insect-Plant Relationships. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 15) and Zoology 384L (Topic 21: Insect-Plant Relationships) may not both be counted.

Topic 16: Molecular Evolution. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 16) and Zoology 384L (Topic 22: Molecular Evolution) may not both be counted.

Topic 17: Behavioral Ecology. EEB. Advanced topics in behavioral ecology, considering the following in detail: animal communication, altruism, sexual selection, plant-animal interactions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 17) and Zoology 384L (Topic 23: Behavioral Ecology) may not both be counted.

Topic 18: Biomechanics and Vertebrate Functional Morphology. EEB. Functional analysis of organismal design in ecological and evolutionary contexts. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 18) and Zoology 384L (Topic 24: Biomechanics and Vertebrate Functional Morphology) may not both be counted.

Topic 19: Natural Resource Management. EEB. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 19) and Zoology 384L (Topic 25: Natural Resource Management) may not both be counted.

Topic 20: Recent Advances in Computational Biology. EEB. Discussion of current scientific papers, methods, and ideas in computational biology and bioinformatics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 20) and Zoology 384L (Topic 26: Recent Advances in Computational Biology) may not both be counted.

Topic 21: Recent Advances in Ecology and Systematics. EEB. Discussion of recent scientific papers and their contributions to modern work in systematic and environmental zoology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 384K (Topic 21) and Zoology 384L (Topic 14: Recent Advances in Ecology and Systematics) may not both be counted.

384L. Issues in Population Biology. EEB. Analysis at an advanced level of currently active areas of research in population biology. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Biology 384L and Zoology 391L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

385C. Conservation Genetics. EEB, PB. Genetic attributes of rare plant and animal species, especially as they affect conservation; germ plasm resource conservation in wild and domesticated species. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 376, 385C, Botany 376C, 386C. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

385K. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior: Genetics. Training in the fields of genetics shown by the topics. Lectures, conference discussion, or lecture and laboratory, depending on topic. Not all topics are offered every year. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Developmental Genetics. EEB. Discussion of biological processes controlling development, with particular attention to recent experimental investigations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 385K (Topic 1) and Zoology 382L (Topic 4: Developmental Genetics) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Evolution. EEB, PB. Current problems and developments in evolution theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 370, 385K (Topic 2), Botany 370M, 387L, Zoology 382L (Topic 7: Evolution).

Topic 3: Recent Advances in Population Genetics. EEB. Discussion of recent scientific papers and their impact on theory and practice in population genetics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 385K (Topic 3) and Zoology 382L (Topic 14: Recent Advances in Population Genetics) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Population Genetics. EEB. Dynamics and statistics of genetic populations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 385K (Topic 4) and Zoology 382L (Topic 10: Population Genetics) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Research Design in Biology. EEB. Formulation and criticism of research plans; the analysis and interpretation of biological observations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 385K (Topic 5) and Zoology 382L (Topic 18: Research Design in Biology) may not both be counted.

386. Topics in Plant Science: Ecology and Evolution. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Biogeography. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 1) and Botany 394 (Topic 2: Biogeography) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Methods of Systematics. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 2) and Botany 394 (Topic 7: Methods of Systematics) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Philosophies of Systematics. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 3) and Botany 394 (Topic 9: Philosophies of Systematics) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Plant Population Biology Seminar. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 4) and Botany 394 (Topic 12: Plant Population Biology Seminar) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Plant Population Ecology Seminar. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 5) and Botany 394 (Topic 13: Plant Population Ecology Seminar) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Principles and Methods of Plant Monography. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 6) and Botany 394 (Topic 14: Principles and Methods of Plant Monography) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Principles of Pollination Biology. EEB, PB. Biology 386 (Topic 7) and Botany 394 (Topic 15: Principles of Pollination Biology) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Global Environmental Change. EEB, PB. Global change as it affects terrestrial ecosystems, including feedbacks between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Topics include greenhouse gases and global warming, ozone, biological invasions, and land-use change. Biology 386 (Topic 8) and Botany 394 (Topic 19: Global Environmental Change) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Synantherology. PB. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 386 (Topic 9), 389 (Topic 10: Synantherology), Botany 394 (Topic 17: Synantherology).

387C. Plant Genetics. EEB, PB. Genes, gene systems, linkage systems, and genetic systems in higher plants. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 367, 387C, Botany 367K, 387K. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

387D. Biometry. EEB, PB. An introduction to a variety of statistical techniques, including ANOVA, regression, and contingency table analysis. Students analyze their own data. Emphasis on biological applications. Biology 387D and Botany 381R may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

387E. Plant Speciation. EEB, PB. Nature of species in higher plants, speciation phenomena in plants, natural hybridization, polyploidy, agamospermy, evolution of hybrid complexes. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 363, 387E, Botany 362L, 382L. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

287F. Plant Systematics. EEB, PB. Principles of plant taxonomy, as exemplified by families of flowering plants found seasonally around Austin. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Biology 287F and Botany 283C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

487G. Taxonomic Plant Anatomy. EEB, PB. An advanced course that emphasizes those aspects of plant anatomy that are most reliable and useful for systematic purposes. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 472L, 487G, Botany 474L, 484L. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

387J. Advanced Plant Anatomy. EEB, PB. Plant anatomy in relation to development and differentiation, systematics, and evolution. Biology 387J and Botany 388K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and concurrent enrollment in Biology 187L.

387K. Plant Evolution. EEB, PB. The properties of plant populations, considered from genetic and ecological perspectives; mechanisms of evolution within and among populations. May be repeated for credit. Biology 387K and Botany 388L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

187L. Laboratory in Advanced Plant Anatomy. EEB, PB. Demonstration of cellular details and tissue systems of plant organs, and instruction on the preparation of plant materials for histological examination. Three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 187L and Botany 188M may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and concurrent enrollment in Biology 387J.

387M. Reproductive Biology of Flowering Plants. EEB, PB. Pollination biology, breeding systems, and fruit and seed dispersal from evolutionary and ecological vantage points. Biology 387M and Botany 389M may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

387N. Plant Ecology. EEB, PB. Advanced topics in plant ecology, including evaluation of ecological concepts, aspects of experimental ecology, and the principles of plant distribution. Biology 387N and Botany 393 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

187P. Plant Ecology Laboratory. EEB, PB. Demonstrations and experiments stressing plant ecological principles, including laboratory and field exercises. Three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 187P and Botany 193K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and credit or registration for Biology 387N (or credit for Botany 393).

387R. Population Ecology of Plants. EEB, PB. A combination of lectures and student-led discussions covering major concepts and current literature in plant population ecology. Biology 387R and Botany 394L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

387S. Laboratory Methods in Molecular Ecology and Systematics. EEB, PB. An introduction to DNA methods in the study of molecular ecology, systematics, and evolution: DNA isolation and purification; DNA quantification; polymerase chain reaction; restriction fragment length polymorphism; random amplified polymorphic DNA; amplified fragment length polymorphism; cloning; simple sequence repeat (microsatellite) marker development; DNA sequencing; automated sequencing; automated genotyping; phylogenetic and population genetic analyses. Seven laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 387S and Botany 394C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

287T. Angiosperm Diversity Laboratory. PB. Practical experience in recognizing, identifying, and classifying families of flowering plants. Four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 287T and Botany 283D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

388C. Transmembrane Signaling Mechanisms. PB. Mechanisms by which hormones, light, and other stimuli trigger changes in plant and animal cell metabolism. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 343M, 388C, Botany 343M, 383M. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

388D. Research Topics in Plant Biology. PB. An introduction to various fields of plant biology. Students attend seminars, faculty research presentations, and other meetings. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional meeting times to be arranged. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the School of Biological Sciences.

388E. Plant Growth and Development. PB. Emphasis on whole plant physiology, especially growth and development, water relations, and mineral nutrition of vascular plants. Biology 388E and Botany 383K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

388J. General Phycology. PB. Survey of the algae, including significant biological aspects of selected genera, research techniques, and readings in the literature. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 327, 388J, Botany 327, 385K. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and concurrent enrollment in Biology 188K.

188K. Laboratory in General Phycology. PB. Survey of various algal groups, including direct observations of their biology, exposure to research techniques, and instruction in cultural procedures. Three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 188K and Botany 185L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and concurrent enrollment in Biology 388J.

388L. Laboratory Studies in Cell Biology: Plant Biology. PB. Research exercises involving light microscopy, including polarization, phase contrast, Nomarski interference, darkfield, fluorescence, and brightfield optics. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Hands-on experience with atomic and molecular imaging, including digital image processing and time-lapse video microscopy. One lecture hour and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 388L and Botany 393L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

388M. Plant Molecular Biology. PB. Fundamentals of plant molecular biology, including structure and expression of the chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 350M, 388M, Botany 350M, 390M. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

389. Topics in Plant Science: Cell and Development. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Advanced Studies in Light Microscopy. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 1) and Botany 394 (Topic 1: Advanced Studies in Light Microscopy) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Biology of the Blue-green Algae. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 2) and Botany 394 (Topic 3: Biology of the Blue-green Algae) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Cell Biology Seminar. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 3) and Botany 394 (Topic 4: Cell Biology Seminar) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Genetic Engineering of Plants: Basic and Applied Aspects. PB. Strategies for isolation and characterization of genes; transfer of genes into plants; basic and applied uses of genetic engineering and the impact on agriculture and the environment. Biology 389 (Topic 4) and Botany 394 (Topic 5: Genetic Engineering of Plants: Basic and Applied Aspects) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Medical Plant Chemistry. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 5) and Botany 394 (Topic 6: Medical Plant Chemistry) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Natural Products Chemistry. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 6) and Botany 394 (Topic 8: Natural Products Chemistry) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Phycology Seminar. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 7) and Botany 394 (Topic 10: Phycology Seminar) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Plant Molecular Biology Seminar. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 8) and Botany 394 (Topic 11: Plant Molecular Biology Seminar) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Seminars in Phytochemistry. PB. Biology 389 (Topic 9) and Botany 394 (Topic 16: Seminars in Phytochemistry) may not both be counted.

Topic 11: Structure and Function of the Cell Nucleus. PB. Structure of the nuclear envelope and nuclear pores, the assembly and disassembly of the lamin layer, regulation, transport of RNA and protein into and out of the nuclei, RNA and DNA polymerases, topoisomerases, cyclin, aspects of cell nucleus activity. Biology 389 (Topic 11) and Botany 394 (Topic 18: Structure and Function of the Cell Nucleus) may not both be counted.

389C. Chemistry and Biology of Membranes. PB. Consideration of the origin and structure of biological membranes at the microscopic and molecular levels; describes membrane function, especially with regard to transport properties. Biology 389C and Botany 389L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Chemistry 339K or the equivalent, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

389K. Advanced Cell Biology. EEB. Biology 389K and Zoology 388M (Topic 1: Advanced Cell Biology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

890G. Applied Public Health and Medical Microbiology. MIC. One semester (or one summer session) of full-time training in the Texas Department of Health Laboratories, with rotation in the divisions of medical microbiology, mycology, parasitology, virology, sanitary bacteriology, and biologics. Assigned reading and regular meetings with the Department of Health Laboratories staff and the molecular genetics and microbiology faculty. Forty hours of supervised fieldwork a week for one semester. Biology 890G and Microbiology 884K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and courses in immunology, public health bacteriology, and virology.

290K. Scanning Electron Microscopy, Theory and Practice. MIC, PB. Theory of scanning electron microscopy and basic principles of instrument design; basic procedures in specimen preparation; hands-on experience. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for six weeks. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 290K, Botany 297, Microbiology 297. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

490M. Electron Microscopy I: Theory and Practice. MIC, PB. An introduction to electron optics; emphasis on basic operation and maintenance of the transmission microscope; theory and practice of basic preparative techniques. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 490M, Botany 480R, Microbiology 481M. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

390P. Techniques in Molecular Genetics. MIC. Laboratory training in modern molecular genetics, with emphasis on the manipulation of bacterial plasmid DNA as a model system. DNA purification, gene mapping and cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, polymerase chain reaction, and DNA sequencing. One lecture hour and seven laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 368L, 390P, Microbiology 368, 382L. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and Biology 366.

391K. Cellular Immunology. MIC. Cell-associated immune responses, with emphasis on transplantation, immunity, tumor immunology, delayed hypersensitivity, and acquired cellular resistance. Biology 391K and Microbiology 389K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and Biology 360K and 160L.

391M. Tumor Biology. MIC. Natural history and causal mechanisms of cancer; viral and chemical carcinogens. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 336, 391M, Microbiology 342, 389M. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and Biology 360K, or 330 and 130L.

391P. Advanced Virology. MIC. Replication of and transformation by DNA and RNA animal viruses. Biology 391P and Microbiology 393 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and Biology 330.

391R. Advanced Metabolism and Biochemistry of Microorganisms. MIC. Study of the metabolic processes of microorganisms, using a biochemical approach. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 339, 391R, Microbiology 362. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

392. Problems in Host-Parasite Biology. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Current Topics in Virology and Immunology. MIC. Biology 392 (Topic 1) and Microbiology 384 (Topic: Current Topics in Virology and Immunology) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Current Topics in Pathogenic Mechanisms. MIC. Biology 392 (Topic 2) and Microbiology 384 (Topic: Pathogenic Mechanisms) may not both be counted.

393. Problems in Molecular Genetics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Current Topics in DNA Transactions. MIC. Biology 393 (Topic 1) and Microbiology 390 (Topic: DNA Replication) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Current Topics in Fungal and Cell Molecular Biology. MIC. Biology 393 (Topic 2) and Microbiology 390 (Topic: Fungal Cell and Molecular Biology) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Current Topics in Gene Regulation. MIC. Biology 393 (Topic 3) and Microbiology 390 (Topic: Microbial Genetics and Regulation) may not both be counted.

394. Problems in Microbial Physiology. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Current Topics in Cell Envelope Structure and Functions. MIC. Biology 394 (Topic 1) and Microbiology 391 (Topic: Regulatory Mechanisms) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Current Topics in Microbial Signal Transduction. MIC. Biology 394 (Topic 2) and Microbiology 391 (Topic: Signal Transduction) may not both be counted.

394M. Advanced Studies in Microbiology. In-depth study of microbiology topics. Students read original research papers in addition to text assignments. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some topics are offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Advanced Immunology. MIC. Studies in cell signaling in the immune system, transgenic and knockout gene analysis, T and B cell selection and maturation, and development of the immune system.

Topic 2: Advanced Microbial Signal Transduction. MIC. Studies in molecular and cellular biology of a wide variety of signal transduction systems in diverse microorganisms; the role of signal transduction across biological membranes in allowing cells to recognize and respond to their environment.

Topic 3: Advanced Medical Mycology. MIC. Studies in medical mycology and an overview of research involving both the fungal zoopathogen and its host.

Topic 4: Advanced Fungal Cell and Molecular Biology. MIC. Studies of the structure, function, and biological activities of fungi, with emphasis on recent advances in research.

395. Plant Biology: Laboratory Studies in Molecular Biology. PB. Laboratory experience in modern molecular biology, including cloning using recombinant DNA methods, organelle isolation, purification of eukaryotic DNA and RNA, blot hybridization and transformation. One lecture hour and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Biology 395 and Botany 380C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of instructor and the graduate adviser; and one of the following courses: Biology 320, 325, 328, 344, Chemistry 339L.

395F. Genetics. MIC. Same as Chemistry 395F and Molecular Biology 395F. Basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics, and an exploration of the genetic toolbox using examples of analytic methods and modern manipulations. Focus on the genetic analysis of model organisms. Use of genetic tools in dissecting complex biological pathways, developmental processes, and regulatory systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An introductory course in genetics, such as Biology 325, is strongly recommended.

395G. Biochemistry. MIC. Same as Chemistry 395G and Molecular Biology 395G. Detailed consideration of the structure and function of proteins, with discussion of enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, the biochemistry of energy production, and the metabolism of lipids and nucleotides. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-year undergraduate sequence in biochemistry, such as Chemistry 339K and 339L, is strongly recommended.

395H. Cell Biology. MIC. Same as Chemistry 395H and Molecular Biology 395H. Detailed consideration of mechanisms of growth control, cell regulation, mitosis, cell signaling, protein targeting, and the integration of these processes in various cellular processes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Biology 395F and 395G, or consent of instructor.

395J. Molecular Biology. MIC. Same as Chemistry 395J and Molecular Biology 395J. Detailed consideration of prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms of DNA replication and transcription; posttranscriptional processing of transcription products; and mechanism and regulation of the translation of messenger RNAs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Biology 395F and 395G, or consent of instructor.

396. Membranes and Walls of Bacteria. MIC. Structure, biosynthesis, and function of bacterial envelopes and walls, including associated optional components. Biology 396 and Microbiology 380K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and a course in general microbiology and a course in general biochemistry.

197. Seminar in Microbiology. MIC. One lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Required of all molecular genetics and microbiology majors. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

397J. Advanced Genetics. MIC. Intended mainly for first- and second-year graduate students. Selected related topics of current interest with an emphasis on molecular developmental genetics, and any needed review of classical genetics. Designed to help the student to read the literature critically, deliver a good seminar, and participate in thoughtful discussion. Biology 397J and Microbiology 381J may not both be counted. May not be counted toward the doctoral degree in microbiology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and the graduate adviser, and a course in genetics.

698. Thesis. EEB, MIC, PB. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. For 698A, graduate standing in the School of Biological Sciences and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Biology 698A or the equivalent.

398R. Master's Report. EEB, MIC, PB. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the School of Biological Sciences and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Biological Sciences. EEB, MIC, PB. Teaching under the close supervision of course instructors; weekly group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports throughout the teaching period. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. EEB, MIC, PB. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. EEB, MIC, PB. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Biology 399R, 699R, 999R, or the equivalent.

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Related Courses

The following courses are described in the section "Marine Science."

Marine Science 180, 380, 680. Research in Marine Science.
Topic 1: Marine Ecology. EEB.
Topic 2: General Marine Microbiology. MIC.
Topic 5: Ecology of Fishes. EEB.

Marine Science 382. Principles of Marine Science.
Topic 6: Marine Ichthyology. EEB.
Marine Science 384E. Marine Microbial Ecology. MIC.

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