Montana State University

BIOL
Biology


BIOL 252   BOTANY LAB

BIOL 395   HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

BIOL 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

BIOL 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

BIOL 501   EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS

BIOL 503   PALEOBIOLOGY

BIOL 504   QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY

BIOL 505   ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

BIOL 506   POPULATION DYNAMICS

BIOL 508   SCIENTIFIC WRITING

BIOL 510   TOPICS IN NEUROBIOLOGY

BIOL 513   TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF PLAINS AND PRAIRIES

BIOL 515   LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

BIOL 516   TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

BIOL 518   PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR ECOLOGICAL MODELS

BIOL 519   BIOLOGY OF RIPARIAN ZONES AND WETLANDS

BIOL 520   ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY IN GYE

BIOL 521   CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

BIOL 522   BIRDS OF PREY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM

BIOL 523   WILDLIFE ECOLOGY OF TE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

BIOL 524   FRONTIERS IN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

BIOL 525   RESEARCH METHODS AND THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS

BIOL 532   PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY

BIOL 533   PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY LAB

BIOL 534   VEGETATION ECOLOGY

BIOL 540   ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES

BIOL 542   COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

BIOL 548   CONSERVATION GENETICS

BIOL 575   RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

BIOL 588   PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

BIOL 589   GRADUATE CONSULTATION

BIOL 590   MASTER'S THESIS

BIOL 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

BIOL 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

BIOL 594   SEMINAR

BIOL 598   INTERNSHIP

BIOL 690   DOCTORAL THESIS


BIOL 252 BOTANY LAB
F 1 cr. LAB 1
COREQUISITE: BIOL 251.
-- This lab will feature plant ecology and also plants that have been used as model organisms in studies of basic biological processes.

BIOL 395 HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
S 3 cr. LEC 2 IND 1 SEM 1
PREREQUISITE: BCH 380 or consent of instructor.
-- Students will research two diseases of their own choosing and give a class presentation of their findings. The presentation normally includes diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment.

BIOL 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOL 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

BIOL 501 EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375.
-- The operations of fundamental genetic principles in populations of living things. Emphasis on natural populations with a thorough consideration of factors of evolution, particularly at the species level and below.

BIOL 503 PALEOBIOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 310, BIOB 420.
-- A study of the fossil record as a means of inferring biological characteristics of extinct species. Current topics in paleontology, phylogenetic systematics, patterns of evolution, speciation and extinction and osteohistology will be examined.

BIOL 504 QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
-- Applications of mathematical models to biological phenomena with examples drawn from physiology, ecology and bioengineering. The course is intended to develop facility with optimization techniques, numerical methods, matrix operations, complex variables and simple statistical ideas. Computer lab.

BIOL 505 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332 and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
-- Theory of ecological dynamics and introduction to multivariate methods for ecological analysis. Computer lab.

BIOL 506 POPULATION DYNAMICS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 171, M 172.
-- Techniques for modeling the growth, regulation, harvesting and persistence of populations. Computer lab.

BIOL 508 SCIENTIFIC WRITING
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
-- The course is designed to provide an intensive scientific writing experience for graduate students in the process of writing the first draft of their thesis or dissertation, including editing and critique sessions by both peers and the instructor.

BIOL 510 TOPICS IN NEUROBIOLOGY
S 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1 Maximum of 9 credits.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and at least one upper division or graduate course in neurobiology.
-- Recent advances in topics in neurobiology with emphasis in different years on either neurocytology, neuroendocrinology/neuroimmunology, or developmental neurobiology.

BIOL 513 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF PLAINS AND PRAIRIES
Su 1 cr. RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOE 408 or BIOL 516, graduate standing, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 513.
-- Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two grassland communities, and develop classroom activities on ecology of grasslands. Distance learning, class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOL 515 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Principles on landscape pattern, change, and function. Application of theory to conservation including population viability, reserve design, multiple-use landscapes. Lab introduces GIS, GPS, and simulation models. For graduate students and motivated undergraduates.

BIOL 516 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Su 2 cr. RCT 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, two years of classroom teaching, undergraduate science degree, and one year of biology.
-- Description and comparison of grass land, forest, and alpine ecosystems of the NRM with respect to composition, structure, and process such as production, decomposition and mineral cycling. We will use tools including keys to species and environmental types, dimension analysis, remote sensing, and statistics. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE Program and cannot be used in graduate programs in biological sciences.

BIOL 518 PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR ECOLOGICAL MODELS
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 504 or equivalent.
-- Statistical methods to quantify uncertainty, and to plan data collection for cost-efficient reduction in uncertainty, in application to ecological models where data are often sparse and processes are often noisy, and management decision must take account of uncertainty.

BIOL 519 BIOLOGY OF RIPARIAN ZONES AND WETLANDS
Su 2 cr. RCT 2
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOL 516 or BIOE 408, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 512, ESCI 515.
-- Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two riparian and two wetland areas, and develop classroom activities about ecology of those areas. Distance learning class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOL 520 ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY IN GYE
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, F&WL 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and (a) 2 years science technology experience or (b) enrolled in MSSE.
-- Exploration of biodiversity's meaning, importance & determinants; key ecological features of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and patterns of change in those features: & possible strategies for maintaining biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

BIOL 521 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, BIOB 420 and STAT 216, or equivalents.
-- A broad survey of conservative biology, with studies spanning genetics, demography/population dynamics, and community/ecosystem/landscape ecology. Approaches include empirical field studies, mathematical models and conceptual discussion. Includes lab modeling exercises, extensive reading in primary literature, and writing a research paper. Cross-listed with BIOE 440.

BIOL 522 BIRDS OF PREY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
-- Exploration of the ecology and habitat of avian raptors in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Application of the scientific method to the study of raptors. Field identification of raptors, investigation of species life histories, and inquiry methods of species-specific habitat needs. Student will develop methods and skills for classroom based research on wildlife. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program.

BIOL 523 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY PLAINS
Su 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
-- Introduction to wildlife species and the range of habitats present in the Northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Emphasis on large carnivores and ungulates within montane terrestrial systems. Application of the scientific method to study interactions between predators, prey , and human impacts. This course is designed for middle and high school teachers.

BIOL 524 FRONTIERS IN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY
F alternate years to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or the equivalent.
-- Students and instructor will write a scientific paper for publication that synthesizes an important question in landscape ecology. Students will select the topic, review and synthesize current knowledge on the topic, and write a scientific manuscript.

BIOL 525 RESEARCH METHODS AND THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Application of the scientific method to answer biological questions and the development of skills needed to prepare research proposals, critique research studies and communicate research findings. For first year graduate students.

BIOL 532 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Outlines the plant's Hutchinsonian niche through review of energy, material (water, nutrients and toxins) and mechanical (including animal) factors. Computer modeling of plant function in the environment is discussed.

BIOL 533 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY LAB
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 1 cr. LAB 1
COREQUISITE: BIOL 532.
-- A research project in physiological plant ecology will be chosen, carried out and reported in scientific journal format.

BIOL 534 VEGETATION ECOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
-- Considers the composition, structure, function, distribution in time and space, ecology and classification of communities. Emphasizes universal methods, current studies and Rocky Mountain systems. Complementary field experience is available in BIOE 408.

BIOL 540 ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES
F alternate years, 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
-- Multivariate statistical analysis of data from terrestrial or aquatic, plant or animal communities. Classification, ordination, and predictive modeling of species and communities, emphasizing a hands-on approach and practical problem solving in community ecology.

BIOL 542 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: At least one undergraduate or graduate course in each of the following: ecology (e.g., M 170) and statistics (e.g. STAT 216)or consent of instructor.
--Focuses on the origin, maintenance, and consequences of biological diversity within local communities by examining studies of natural patterns, explorations of mathematical models and direct experimentation. The complexities of species interactions are explored in multispecies assemblages.

BIOL 548 CONSERVATION GENETICS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375, STAT 216 and STAT 217.
-- Introduction to the application of genetics for the conservation of plant and animal populations. Emphasis will be placed on case studies from the primary literature and analyzing genetic data using mathematical models developed in class.

BIOL 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT
F,S,Su 1 - 4 cr. IND
Graduate standing and committee approval.
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major advisor and graduate committee.

BIOL 588 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. May be repeated; maximum 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, teaching experience and/or current employment in a school organization, consent of instructor and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Courses offered on a one time basis to fulfill professional development needs of in service educators. A specific focus is given to each course which is appropriately subtitled.

BIOL 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S,Su 3 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work (and thesis, if on a thesis plan) but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

BIOL 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

BIOL 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

BIOL 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOL 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition and course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

BIOL 598 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

BIOL 690 DOCTORAL THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.

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