Department of Zoology

As used in the prerequisites of courses in this department, the term "biological science" includes only courses in biochemistry and courses offered by the Division of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology.

To register for any course in zoology, a student must have a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

Marine science courses taught by Department of Zoology faculty members may be counted as zoology.

Unless otherwise stated in the description below, each class meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Zoology: ZOO

Lower-Division Courses

312. The Human Body.

Intended primarily for nonscience majors. Introduction to the systems of the body, their functions and interrelationships. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. May not be counted by biological sciences majors. May not be taken for credit after or at the same time as another physiology course.

313. Human Biology.

Introduction to human evolution, genetics, sexuality, senescence, and population growth. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Zoology 313 and 317 may not both be counted; Zoology 313 and 323 may not both be counted. May not be counted by biological sciences majors. Prerequisite: Three semester hours of biology with a grade of at least C.

314K. Mammalian Anatomy.

Intended for students in preprofes-sional programs in nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professions. An introduction to mammalian anatomy, emphasizing human anatomy. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Kinesiology 324K, Zoology 314K, 453 (or 353). Prerequisite: Biology 303.

316K. Human Physiology.

Designed for prenursing, prepharmacy, and allied health students. Not recommended for premedical and predental students. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. May not be counted by zoology majors. Not open to students who have earned a grade of C or better in any upper-division physiology course. Prerequisite: Biology 303, Kinesiology 324K, or Zoology 314K with a grade of at least C; and six semester hours of chemistry.

116L. Human Physiology Laboratory.

Experiments that demonstrate the principles of physiology presented in Zoology 316K. Three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Zoology 316K.

317. Heredity, Evolution, and Society.

An elementary course in human genetics and its social impact, primarily for nonscience majors. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. May not be counted by biological sciences majors. May not be taken for credit after or at the same time as another genetics course.

119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Zoology. This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Zoology. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

320. Cell Biology.

An introduction to the structure and physiology of cells; cell division, chromosome structure and behavior, sex chromosomes. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Botany 323K and Zoology 320 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Biology 303 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

321. Developmental Biology.

Principles of animal development, with emphasis on developmental mechanisms. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Biology 303 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

322K. Molecular Biology.

Molecular basis of cellular processes: biochemistry of cellular metabolism; gene structure and function; DNA replication; RNA and protein synthesis; viruses; molecular aspects of immunology and cancer; recombinant DNA. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Biology 302 with a grade of at least C.

323. Human Biology.

Introduction to human evolution, genetics, sexuality, senescence, and population growth. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Zoology 313 and 323 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Biology 303 with a grade of at least C.

325. Genetics.

Basic principles of Mendelism, transmission of inherited traits, structure and function of genes and chromosomes, populations and evolution. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of biological science, including Biology 302 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

225L. Laboratory Experience in Genetics.

Experimentation and direct observation in fundamental aspects of modern genetics. Four laboratory hours and two hours of computer work a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Zoology 325.

328K. Biology and Genetics of Immune Disorders.

Immune disorders in mammals, including humans, used as models for examining basic immunological and immunogenetic principles; emphasis on immune disorders of vertebrates. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Zoology 325 or Microbiology 360 with a grade of at least C, six additional semester hours of biological science, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Zoology.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Zoology. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

432. Invertebrate Biology.

A study of the interdependent structure and function and of the evolution of invertebrate animals. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; six semester hours of biological science, including Biology 303 with a grade of at least C; and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

333. Entomology.

Characteristics, importance, and biology of the major groups of insects. Two lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of biological science, including Biology 303 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

334C. Ichthyology.

Overview of the evolution, biology, and ecology of fishes, emphasizing freshwater fishes. Three lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester, with field trips to be arranged. Zoology 334C and 370C (Topic 1: Ichthyology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of biological science with a grade point average of at least 2.00.

436. Vertebrate Natural History.

Phylogeny, taxonomy, life histories, habits, and distribution. Two lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester, with field trips to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of biological science with a grade point average of at least 2.00.

440. Limnology and Oceanography.

Same as Marine Science 440. An introduction to the study of the interactions between aquatic organisms and their environments. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; six semester hours of chemistry; nine semester hours of biological science, including Biology 304 with a grade of at least C; and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

341K. Animal Sexuality.

The biology of sexuality, including genetics, morphology, physiology, and psychology of sex. Prerequisite: Biology 303 and Zoology 354 with a grade of at least C in each, a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00, and consent of instructor.

346. Biology of Birds.

Anatomy, physiology, classification, and ecology of birds. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 303 and 304 with a grade point average of at least 2.00, or consent of instructor.

351. Cell Physiology.

An integrated approach to basic processes in physiology: metabolism, transport, energetics, molecular and cellular control mechanisms. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; six semester hours of biological science, including Biology 302 with a grade of at least C; a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00; and eight semester hours of organic chemistry.

352. Man and Environment.

An analysis of the immediate and future quality of human life in terms of the natural, social, psychological, economic, and technological environment. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

453. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.

Study of the adaptations of vertebrates. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Kinesiology 324K, Zoology 314K, 453 (or 353). Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of biological science, including Biology 303 and three hours of upper-division coursework with a grade of at least C in each course, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

354. Principles of Animal Behavior.

An introduction to the study of animal behavior: descriptive analysis of behavior; physiological basis of behavior; development of behavior; adaptive significance and evolution of behavior; communication and social behavior. Three lecture hours and one and one-half discussion hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Zoology 325 and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

357. Evolutionary Ecology.

Principles of modern ecology, particularly as they relate to natural selection and evolutionary theory. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Biology 304 and Zoology 325; a grade of at least C in all zoology courses; and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

359. Behavioral Ecology.

Advanced topics in behavioral ecology, with detailed consideration of animal communication, altruism, sexual selection, plant-animal interactions. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and Zoology 354 or 370K.

361K. Comparative Animal Physiology.

Physiology of organ systems in animal phyla, with special emphasis on physiological adaptations of organisms to their environment. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Biology 303 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

362. Molecular Genetics.

Recommended for students planning to pursue advanced degrees in experimental and biochemical genetics. Prerequisite: Zoology 325 with a grade of at least C, organic chemistry, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

365L. Vertebrate Physiology.

Vertebrate systems physiology: basic cellular physiology, nervous and muscular systems. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Zoology 365L and 371L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Biology 303 with a grade of at least C; credit or registration for organic chemistry; and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

365N. Vertebrate Physiology.

Vertebrate systems physiology: body fluids, cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, metabolism, and endocrinology. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Zoology 365L or 371L, credit or registration for organic chemistry, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

165P. Adaptive Physiology Laboratory.

Experimental approach to physiological mechanisms by which animals adapt to their environment. Four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Zoology 351, 361K, 365L, or 365N.

468. Experimental Methods in Physiology.

A lecture-laboratory course that emphasizes an experimental approach to physiological problems. One lecture hour and seven laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 205, 206, or 309H (or 309); and Zoology 351, 361K, 365L, or 371L.

369. Basic Ecology.

Fundamental causes of environmental relationships as exemplified in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Two lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; nine semester hours of biological science, including Biology 304 with a grade of at least C; and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

170C, 370C, 470C. Conference Course.

Supervised study of selected topics in zoology, by individual arrangement with department and instructor. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some sections are offered on the pass/fail basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor.

Topic 2: Conservation Biology.

Topic 3: Herpetology.

Topic 4: The Scientific Method.

Topic 5: Animal Communication.

Topic 6: Laboratory Studies in Molecular Biology.

370K. Evolution.

Introduction to modern evolutionary biology, focusing on the evolution of molecular, developmental, morphological, and behavioral traits. Lectures address the mechanisms of genetic change, including selection, mutation, and random genetic drift; speciation and extinction; molecular evolution; coevolution; the fossil record; and systematics. Discussion sections emphasize readings from the current scientific literature. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of biological science and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

171K, 271K, 371K. Special Studies in Advanced Zoology.

Recent developments and research methods in zoology. One, two, or three class hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Up to six semester hours may be counted toward the major requirement for the Bachelor of Arts with a major in zoology, or toward the twenty-four hours in upper-division zoology required for the Bachelor of Science in Zoology; additional hours may be counted as electives. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of upper-division zoology or twelve semester hours of upper-division biological science, a grade point average of at least 3.00, and written consent of instructor.

371L. Neuronal Basis of Brain and Behavior.

The nervous system, with emphasis on vertebrate neurobiology. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Zoology 365L and 371L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of biological science, including Biology 302, and a grade of at least C in all biological science courses.

373. Human Genetics.

Human genetic variation, medical genetics, segregation and pedigree analysis, and population genetics. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of upper-division biological science, including Zoology 325 with a grade of at least C, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 2.00.

374K. Advanced Genetics.

Recent advances in genetics in such fields as human disease genes, oncogenes, AIDS, forensic genetics, developmental genetics. Prerequisite: Zoology 325 with a grade of at least C.

679H. Honors Tutorial Course.

Research project and thesis, for students electing to take the honors program in zoology. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Prerequisite: Admission to the Zoology Honors Program, twelve semester hours of upper-division zoology, a University grade point average of at least 3.00, and a grade point average in biological science of at least 3.50.


Go to the Table of Contents for
Courses in the College of Natural Sciences | Undergraduate Catalog |

Next Chapter | Undergraduate Catalog Home Page | Registrar's Home Page | UT Home Page


28 August 1996. Registrar's Web Team
Comments to rgcat@utxdp.dp.utexas.edu