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  Camden Graduate Catalog 2021-2023 Graduate School-Camden Biology 120 Graduate Courses  

Graduate Courses

56:120:503 Estuarine Biology (3) Biology of estuarine organisms, with emphasis on the different behavioral, physiological, mechanical, and structural strategies used to live and reproduce in the species-restrictive estuarine environment. Basic ecological features that make estuaries unique and particularly important as nursery areas for fish and shellfish species are discussed, as well as human impact on estuaries. Prerequisites: Ecology, college chemistry, or permission of instructor.
56:120:505 Marine Biology (4) Physical, chemical, and biological description of benthic and pelagic marine ecosystems, with emphasis on ecological factors that allow selected species to survive in particular environments. Several field trips coordinated with class meetings; taught on Saturdays. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Chemistry and ecology or permission of instructor. Corequisite: 56:120:565 Marine Biology Laboratory.
56:120:507 Plant Geography (4) Vegetation regions and principal subdivisions of North America; environments, ecology, plant cover, flora. Includes a three-day field trip to the northern Appalachians. Sem./lec. 5 hrs. Prerequisites: Botany and ecology.
56:120:508 Cell Physiology (4) Analysis of functional activities of cells, with special emphasis on problems of cell permeability, cell-environment interactions, cell excitability and conduction, and secretion. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: General physiology or biochemistry.
56:120:509 Cytogenetics (4) Topics include chromosome structure and cell division, chromosomes in sex determination, chromosomal aberrations, induction of mutations, and chromosomes as research tools. Laboratory studies include the preparation of metaphase and anaphase chromosomes, banding and labeling procedures, and the analysis of chromosomal abnormalities. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Genetics.
56:120:510 Cell Ultrastructure and Function (3) Introduction to the methodologies employed in the study of cell organelles and their function, using selected cell types to emphasize basic methods of preparation of materials for electron-microscopical, X-ray diffraction, histochemical, and radioautographic studies. Lec. 2 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Microbiology, cell biology, or histology.
56:120:511 Ichthyology (4) Classification, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior of fishes, with particular emphasis on ecology and classification of species present in eastern North America and along the Atlantic coast. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Corequisite: 56:120:561 Icthyology Laboratory.
56:120:512 Mammalian Physiology (3) Detailed study of several areas in mammalian physiology through lecture and student presentation of selected research reports. Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: General physiology or human physiology.
56:120:513 Population Genetics (3) Experimental approaches to measuring gene frequencies in animal and plant populations; changing genetic profiles in evolving populations. Prerequisite: Genetics.  
56:120:514 Field Ecology (3) Field study of major plant and animal communities in the general area of either Everglades National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the mid-Atlantic states. Visits to research institutions may be included. Prerequisite: A course in ecology or permission of instructor. Registration limited. Occurs during 10 days of spring recess.
56:120:515 Human Genetics (3) Principles of human heredity. Topics include genetic aspects of health and disease, birth defects, metabolic disorders, modes of inheritance, molecular and biochemical analyses, genomics and proteomics. Case studies will be discussed. Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Genetics or molecular biology or permission of instructor.
56:120:516 Immunology (3) Immunoglobulin gene rearrangements and antibody diversity; antibody structure; antibody-antigen interactions; monoclonal antibodies and immunoconjugates; immunochemistry techniques; cellular immunology; viruses of the immune system. Prerequisite: Microbiology or cell biology or cell physiology.
56:120:521 Cell and Tissue Culture (3) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
56:120:523 Topics in Quantitative Biology (3) Designed primarily for those students without much prior experience in the use of quantitative methods for the analysis and interpretation of biological data; topics include sampling, experimental design, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:525 Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3) Study of biological, chemical, and physical aspects of inland water bodies with emphasis on streams, rivers, and standing water bodies of the region. Prerequisites: Ecology and inorganic chemistry.
56:120:529 Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms (4) Surveys the genetics of bacteria, bacteriophages, and lower eucaryotes. Topics include general features of the genetic code, phage genetics, structure and replication of phage nucleic acids, extrachromosomal genetic elements, gene transfer in bacteria, and genetic analysis in lower eucaryotes. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:530 Molecular Carcinogenesis (3) Detailed examination and discussion of the molecular mechanisms underlying the initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer. Topics include cancer genetics, signal transduction, mutagenesis, and molecular therapies. Lec. 3 hrs.
56:120:531 Biology of Parasitic Protozoa (2) Examination of the morphology, cell biology, and life history of various parasitic protozoans of humans and other animals. Topics include immune mechanisms, control measures, pathology, and the social and economic impacts of infection. Prerequisite: Invertebrate zoology or parasitology.
56:120:532 Biology of Parasitic Worms (2) Survey of the parasitic worms infecting humans and other animals. Emphasis placed on the transmission and reproductive strategies of the parasites, immune mechanisms, pathologic consequences, behavioral and other changes in the host, and the social and economic impact of parasites. Prerequisite: Invertebrate zoology or parasitology.
56:120:534 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology (3) In-depth discussion of selected topics in cell and developmental biology. Topics include gene expression and its regulation, stem cell research, mechanisms of embryonic induction, cell adhesion, cell motility, and neoplastic transformation. Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Cell biology and embryology.
56:120:536 Biological Basis of Behavior (3) An investigation of the neurobiological basis of behavior with a focus on, but not exclusive to, nonmammalian species.
Prerequisite: A course in neurobiology. A course in animal behavior is useful.
56:120:540 Neuroscience (4) Advanced study of the human nervous system; its role in normal motor function. Influence of neurophysiology, embryology, and histology in normal and abnormal development explored. Response of nervous system to disease and trauma assessed. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 56:742:510 or permission of instructor. 
56:120:555-556 Neurobiology (3,3) Study of the structure and function of nervous systems, including membrane properties of electrically excitable cells, mechanisms of synaptic transmission between neurons, and the neuroanatomical and functional organization of the mammalian brain. Prerequisite: General physiology or cell biology.
56:120:560 Endocrinology (3) Endocrinology and neuroendocrinology. The structure and function of the endocrine glands, including the hypothalamus, and the biosynthesis and mechanisms of hormones. Prerequisite: Cell or systems physiology.
56:120:570 Global Climate Change (3) Multidisciplinary discussions of a variety of topics concerning climate change: whether it is fact or fiction; the effects of climate change and pollution on ecosystems and populations; prediction of the consequences of climate change; and the ecological, social, economic, and legal repercussions of this worldwide problem. Sem./lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:571 Forensic Serology (4) This course will provide an in-depth study of biological and chemical aspects of bodily fluids and how this knowledge is applied to criminal and civil law. Emphasis will be placed on the thorough understanding of methodologies and improving the students' laboratory techniques. Topics will also include emerging research for the identification of bodily fluids. Students will complete a comprehensive mock forensic serology case, including providing case reports and mock testimony. Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Corequisite: 56:120:573 Forensic Serology Laboratory.
56:120:575 Neurochemistry (3) Topics include properties of membranes, myelination, axonal transport, analysis of neurotransmitter receptor binding, physiological effector mechanisms of receptors, and neurotransmitter synthesis and metabolism. Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: General physiology or cell biology.
56:120:580 Fungi in Ecosystems (3) Introduction to the complexities of ecosystem function and the role fungi play in these processes. The impact of fungi on primary production, secondary production, population and community regulation, and their interactions with environmental pollutants will be discussed. Lec. 3 hrs.
56:120:583 Molecular Mechanisms of Developmental Genetics (3) The class will focus on genetic studies, mainly in the model organism Drosophila, but also extend it to other organisms such as Finches, Xenopus, Mosquito, and Tribolium. Emphasis will be put on cell signaling, signal coordination, morphogen gradients, signal interpretation, signaling pathways' crosstalk, and morphogenesis. During class, students will become familiar with different concepts of developmental genetics and molecular methods used in developmental biology to determine genetic interactions among molecules in signaling networks. Students will learn how to critically read papers to later present and discuss in class. Lec. 3 hrs.
56:120:585 Recombinant DNA Technology (3) Examination of recombinant DNA technology and its utility in specific medical and industrial applications, as well as its use in basic research. Topics include discussion of in vitro mutagenesis, heterologous gene expression in a variety of hosts, disease diagnosis, and gene therapies using genetic engineering, as well as the ecological/societal impacts of DNA technology. Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Molecular biology or permission of instructor.
56:120:588 Life at Extremes (3) Analysis of adaptations of organisms to extreme environments. Principles of evolution and biology as illustrated by unusual adaptations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:590 Population Ecology (3) Emphasis placed on terrestrial vertebrates and arthropods; focus on patterns and determinants of population dynamics, ecological variation among populations, and the processes affecting community organization and species interactions. Three or four Saturday field trips may replace lectures in those respective weeks. Computer simulations of population dynamics (not requiring computer literacy) and a term paper developed from the recent ecological literature are required. Prerequisite: Ecology.  
56:120:595 Advanced Soil Ecology (3) Prerequisites: A course in ecology and permission of the instructor.
56:120:596 Special Topics in Cell Biology (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:597 Special Topics in Molecular Biology (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:598 Special Topics in Physiology (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:599 Special Topics in Ecology (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:601,602 Seminar in Biology (1,1) Through discussion of papers developed and presented by students, a single topic from the area of cell biology, physiology, or ecology is investigated in depth. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:619,620 Individual Studies in Biology (BA,BA) Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to conduct original research projects in biology in addition to, or in lieu of, thesis research. The research project is designed and conducted in consultation with a sponsor from the graduate faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
56:120:701,702 Research in Biology (BA,BA) Open only to students working on an experimental research problem for the thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of thesis adviser.
56:120:800 Matriculation Continued (0) Continuous registration may be accomplished by enrolling for at least 3 credits in standard course offerings, including research courses, or by enrolling in this course for 0 credits. Students actively engaged in study toward their degree who are using university facilities and faculty time are expected to enroll for the appropriate credits.
56:120:866 Graduate Assistantship (E6)
56:120:877 Teaching Assistantship (E6)
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