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Biology Courses

BIOL 678. Methods in Animal Physiology. 3 Credits.

Students will investigate physiological functions at the cell, tissue, organ and organismal levels. {Also offered for undergraduate credit.

BIOL 680. Ecotoxicology. 3 Credits.

Ecotoxicology, the behavior of pollutants in and effects on ecosystems; top-down and bottom-up approaches for assessment/prediction of effects on populations, communities and ecosystems; ecotoxicological testing at single/multi-species levels; biomarkers; passive/active biomonitoring. 

BIOL 681. Wetland Science. 3 Credits.

Definition of wetlands, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and adaptations to wetland conditions in plants and animals, biodiversity and productivity, wetland ecology, applications of wetlands for treatment of wastewater and other forms of bioremediation. 

BIOL 695. Field Experience. 1-15 Credits.

BIOL 696. Special Topics. 1-5 Credits.

BIOL 705. Teaching College Science. 3 credits

This course is designed for graduate students in the sciences who are interested in learning more about science teaching and student learning at the undergraduate level. Cross-listed with EDUC 705.

BIOL 760. Evolutionary Ecology. 3 Credits.

This course represents an advanced review of primary literature on ecology in an evolutionary context.  Key concepts at the interface of ecology and evolution will be discussed and examples will be drawn from both animal and plant systems.

BIOL 766. Advanced Animal Behavior. 3 Credits.

This course investigates current concepts and research areas in animal behavior, with a focus on topics that lie at the interface between animal behavior, ecology and evolution. Cross-listed with ZOO 766.

BIOL 790. Graduate Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

BIOL 794. Practicum/Internship. 1-10 Credits.

BIOL 797. Master's Paper. 1-3 Credits.

Literature review, research, and preparation for paper required for the comprehensive study option. Graded S or U.

BIOL 798. Master's Thesis. 1-10 Credits.

BIOL 842. Quantitative Biology. 3 Credits.

Philosophy and techniques for collecting, handling, and interpreting research data in the biological sciences. S Cross-listed with ENT 842.

BIOL 850. Advanced Ecology. 3 Credits.

This course covers classical ecological literature and current literature focusing on ecological research philosophy and techniques. An overview/introduction of a variety of statistical methods for analyzing ecological data is covered.

BIOL 859. Evolution. 3 Credits.

Evolution is the process by which species change over time through descent with modification. This course will focus on understanding the different applications of evolutionary theory to current issues in the biological sciences.

BIOL 876. Population Dynamics. 4 Credits.

Principles and mechanics of animal population dynamics. Prereq: an interest in working with numbers. S (odd years).

BIOL 877. Analysis of Population and Demographic Data. 3 Credits.

Contemporary maximum likelihood approaches to estimating abundance, survival, reproduction, and dispersal in free-living populations. Goodness-of-fit and information theory applied to population model selection. Examples from a variety of real populations. Prereq: BIOL 876, STAT 660 or STAT 661, ENT 842.

BIOL 884. Biological Research Principles. 3 Credits.

Discussion, analysis of published research papers, lectures on selected topics, and student research proposal. Prereq: STAT 725.

Botany Courses

BOT 631. Intermediate Genetics. 3 Credits.

Expansion of classical and molecular concepts of genetics; basic concepts of Mendelian, quantitative, population, molecular, and evolutionary genetics. 2 lectures. Cross-listed with PLSC 631 and ZOO 631. Also offered for undergraduate credit.

BOT 650. Range Plants. 3 Credits.

Identification, distribution, and forage value of important U.S. range plants. 1 lecture, 2 two-hour laboratories. Cross-listed with PLSC 650.

BOT 660. Plant Ecology. 3 Credits.

Ecological structure, processes, and patterns observed with plant communities and populations as influenced by environmental conditions. Illustrations provided with local fieldwork. Cross-listed with RNG 660.

BOT 716. Agrostology. 3 Credits.

Identification and description of U.S. grasses and grass-like plants. 2 lectures, 2 two-hour laboratories. Cross-listed withRNG 716.

BOT 717. Aquatic Vascular Plants. 3 Credits.

Identification of major aquatic vascular plants in the Northern Great Plains, utilization of major plant identification keys for the region, and descriptions of ecological roles of species for utilization in assessment, monitoring, and delineation. 1 lecture, 2 two-hour laboratories. Cross-listed with RNG 717.

BOT 820. Advanced Cell Biology. 3 Credits.

In-depth survey of cell biology, including studies of membranes, secretion cytoskeleton, cellular movement organelles, and gene regulation. Prereq: BIOC 702. Cross-listed with ZOO 820.

BOT 862. Environment and Adaptation. 3 Credits.

Environmental factors and responses evidenced with life-history patterns, genetic variation, population dynamics, species-interactions, and physiological processes.

BOT 864. Ecological Processes. 3 Credits.

Ecosystem dynamics (short-term, successional, evolutionary), component interactions, ecological energetics, and biogeochemical transfers, with consideration of anthropogenic aspects. Historical and theoretical viewpoints included.

Zoology Courses

ZOO 631. Intermediate Genetics. 3 Credits.

Expansion of classical and molecular concepts of genetics; basic concepts of Mendelian, quantitative, population, molecular, and evolutionary genetics. 2 lectures. Cross-listed with BOT 631 and PLSC 631.

ZOO 650. Invertebrate Zoology. 4 Credits.

Survey of the biology, classification, and evolution of invertebrates. Emphasis on major phyla, marine, and parasitic taxa.

ZOO 652. Ichthyology. 3 Credits.

Biology and taxonomy of fishes.

ZOO 654. Herpetology. 3 Credits.

Primarily a field and laboratory course focusing on amphibians and reptiles. Students must make a commitment to participate in at least one of two 4-day field trips plus an independent review project.

ZOO 656. Ornithology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the biology, classification, and identification of birds, especially local forms. Early morning field trips required.

ZOO 658. Mammalogy. 3 Credits.

Biology and taxonomy of mammals.

ZOO 660. Animal Physiology. 3 Credits.

Study of the physical and chemical principles that govern cell, tissue, organ, organ system, and organismal function.

ZOO 662. Physiological Ecology. 3 Credits.

Study of the physiological mechanisms underlying life-history trade-offs and constraints in an ecological and evolutionary context.

ZOO 663. Physiology of Reproduction. 3 Credits.

Comparative anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of reproduction in mammals. Cross-listed with ANSC 663.

ZOO 663L. Physiology of Reproduction Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Anatomy, physiology and demonstration and utilization of techniques in large animal reproductive management. Cross-listed with ANSC 663L.

ZOO 664. Endocrinology. 3 Credits.

Physiology and anatomy of endocrine glands; chemistry and interrelations of their secretions. F/2 (odd years)

ZOO 665. Hormones and Behavior. 3 Credits.

Study of the organizational and activational role endocrine systems play in regulating animal behaviors. These studies will be explored within an ecological and evolutionary framework.

ZOO 670. Limnology. 4 Credits.

Biological, physical, and chemical features of freshwater ecosystems.

ZOO 675. Conservation Biology. 3 Credits.

Integrative approach to the study and conservation of biodiversity. Application of principles from various sub-disciplines of the biological and social sciences to current conservation problems.

ZOO 676. Wildlife Ecology and Management. 3 Credits.

Application of ecological principles to management of game and non-game wildlife populations.

ZOO 677. Wildlife and Fisheries Management Techniques. 3 Credits.

Students will learn techniques used in the study and management of fish and wildlife populations. Students will design an independent field research project to be executed during a field trip (typically 2-4 days in length).

ZOO 682. Developmental Biology. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the processes of development, with an emphasis on animal development. Topics range from classical embryology to the cellular and molecular basis of development.

ZOO 820. Advanced Cell Biology. 3 Credits.

Study of molecular biology of plant and animal cells including molecules, molecular organization, growth and development, nuclear function, cell cycle, and cellular communication. Prereq: BIOC 702. Cross-listed with BOT 820.

ZOO 850. Advanced Conservation Biology. 3 Credits.

This class will cover recent developments in the field of conservation biology, with a specific focus on recent literature. Areas of focus will include Evolutionary Conservation and Conservation Genetics.

ZOO 860. Evolutionary Ecology. 3 Credits.

Lecture-discussion course on recent developments in evolutionary theory and their implications in the study of animal adaptation, ecology, and behavior.

ZOO 866. Advanced Animal Behavior. 3 Credits.

This course investigates current concepts and research areas in animal behavior, with a focus on topics that lie at the interface between animal behavior, ecology and evolution. Cross-listed with BIOL 766.

ZOO 870. Aquatic Community Ecology. 4 Credits.

Nature and ecological roles of the freshwater biota. Discussion of contemporary issues in aquatic ecology. 

Individual Courses (Graduate credit, seminars, etc.)

BIO/BOT/ZOO 690. Graduate Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 695. Field Experience. 1-15 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 696. Special Topics. 1-5 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 790. Graduate Seminar. 1-3 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 791. Temporary/Trial Topics. 1-5 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 793. Indiv Study/Tutorial. 1-5 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 795. Field Experience. 1-15 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 796. Special Topics. 1-5 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 797. Master's Paper. 1-3 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 798. Master's Thesis. 1-10 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 895. Field Experience. 1-15 Credits.

BIO/BOT/ZOO 899. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-15 Credits.


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Physical/delivery address: 1340 Bolley Drive, 201 Stevens Hall Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: Biological Sciences, Dept. 2715, North Dakota State University, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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