Montana State University

Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173148
Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Tel: (406) 994-5120
Fax: (406) 994-7077
E-mail: cellbio.msu@gmail.com
Location: 510 Leon Johnson Hall

Department Chair

Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

 

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Cell Biology & Neuroscience Course Offerings

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BIOB Biology Courses

Course Description Syllabus / Class Website Professor(s)

BIOB 140R   Honors Molecular Biology And Gene Regulation Dr. Christa Merzdorf

BIOB 256    Intro Biology: Cells To Organisms Professors: Dr. Steve Eiger and Dr. Cathy Cripps

BIOB 258   Intro Biology: Organisms To Populations Professor

BIOB 260   Cellular & Molecular Biology

BIOB 290R   Undergraduate Research

BIOB 424   Ethical Practice Of Science

BIOB 425   Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology

BIOB 438   Developmental Mechanisms

BIOB 476R    Gene Construction   Professor: Dr. Thom Hughes

BIOB 494   Seminar/Workshop

BIOB 497   Educational Methods/Biology

BIOB 499   Cell Biology & Neuroscience Department Capstone Seminar

BIOB 524   Ethical Practice Of Science

Human Biology Courses

Course Description Syllabus / Class Website Professor(s)

BIOH 185  Integrative Physiology   Professor: Dr. Steve Eiger

BIOH 201   Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOH 211   Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOH 287   Intermediate Human Physiology I

BIOH 288   Intermediate Human Physiology II

BIOH 313   Neurophysiology   Professor: Dr. John Miller

BIOH 320   Biomedical Genetics Professor: Dr. Steve Stowers

BIOH 323   Human Developmental Biology Professor: Dr. Christa Merzdorf

BIOH 395   Principles Of Histology

BIOH 409   Advanced Human Anatomy Of Thorax And Abdomen

BIOH 411   Advanced Human Anatomy

BIOH 422   Genes And Cancer Professor: Dr. Roger Bradley

BIOH 425   Sensory Neurophysiology   Professor: Dr. John Miller

BIOH 430   Neuroethology

BIOH 435   Cognitive Neuroscience Professor: Dr. Charles Gray

BIOH 440   Neuroscience Of Mental Illness Professor: Dr. Charles Gray

BIOH 454   Microanatomy (Histology)

BIOH 455   Molecular Medicine Professor: Dr. Steve Stowers

BIOH 491   Special Topics

BIOH 491  Introduction to Pharmacology Professor: Dr. Roger Bradley

BIOH 492   Independent Study

BIOL Biology Courses

Course Description Syllabus / Class Website Professor(s)

BIOL 395   Human Pathophysiology

BIOL 409   Advanced Human Torso Anatomy

BIOL 490R   Undergraduate Research

BIOL 491   Special Topics

BIOL 510   Topics In Neurobiology   Professor: Dr. Frances Lefcort

BIOL 594   Seminar

Organismal Biology Courses

BIOO 412   Animal Physiology

Honors Courses

BIOB 140R   Honors Molecular Biology And Gene Regulation Dr. Christa Merzdorf

UH 494R Language and the Brain (Neurolinguistics)   Professor: Dr. John Miller and Jerome Coffey

Graduate Courses

 

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BIOB Biology Courses

BIOB 140R: Honors Molecular Biology And Gene Regulation
S 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: Restricted entry through the Honors Program.
An introduction to molecular biology research with an emphasis on how gene expression is regulated in cells and organisms. Hands-on learning of basic techniques in cell and molecular biology will culminate in an independent research project.

BIOB 256: Intro Biology: Cells To Organisms
S 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
Prerequisite: BIOL 185, STAT 216 and CHMY 141 with a grade of "C-" or better.
Introduction to form and function in the animal and plant kingdoms. Topics will include circulation and gas exchange, chemical signals, reproduction, nutrition, and the animal nervous system. Laboratories will be inquiry based with mathematical and computational applications to biological problems.

BIOB 258: Intro Biology: Organisms To Populations 
S 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
Prerequisite: or BIOB 260, STAT 216 and M 161 or M 171.
An introductory course in ecology and evolution with in-depth coverage of topics in micro- and macroevolution, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and biodiversity. The laboratory portion of the course will include material on biological diversity, evolutionary processes, and ecological processes.

BIOB 260: Cellular & Molecular Biology
F 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
Prerequisite: STAT 216 and CHMY 141 and BIOB 256 and CHMY 143 with a grade of "C-" or better.
Introduction to biological macromolecules, cell structures and function, and gene structure and expression. The laboratory portion will include both wet labs and computer-based modules.

BIOB 290R: Undergraduate Research 
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOB 424: Ethical Practice Of Science
S 3 cr. Sem 3
Prerequisite: PHL 312, PHL 321, or at least one three-hundred level series of any science course.
Examines the evolution of the scientific process with specific focus on the ethical responsibilities of scientists and to examine policies and procedures developed by the scientific community to ensure integrity in the research process.

BIOB 425: Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology
S 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: BIOB 260 and BCH 380 or consent of instructor.
In-depth study of cell structure and function.

BIOB 438: Developmental Mechanisms
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
Prerequisite: BIOB 425.
This course will focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms which drive developmental processes.

BIOB 476R: Gene Construction  
F 4 cr. LEC 1 LAB 3
Prerequisite: BIOB 425 or BCH 380.
Gene Construction is an upper level course for students who want hands on experience creating their own synthetic genes and plasmids. This course combines lectures, small group discussions, and real lab work to give students an experience in what real molecular biology research looks and feels like. 

BIOB 497: Educational Methods/Biology
F,S,Su 2 cr. LAB 2 Maximum 4 credits, maximum of 2 as electives in Biological Sciences Option.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and department head.
Provides deeper contact with a subject for those considering an academic profession. This provides experience in a teaching laboratory under detailed academic supervision in recognition that teaching enhances learning. Includes the preparation, organization, presentation of materials, and student evaluation.

BIOB 499: Cell Biology & Neuroscience Department Capstone Seminar
F,S 2 cr. SEM 2
Prerequisite: Senior standing in the Cell Biology & Neuroscience Department. 
Senior capstone course. Students are expected both to present and to discuss advanced topics from the current biomedical literature. These topics will expand upon material presented in regular courses in the biomedical science curriculum. Students will write at least one major paper.

BIOB 524: Ethical Practice Of Science
S 3 cr. Sem 3
This course exposes students to the ethical issues and federal requirements they will likely encounter throughout their careers and helps develop skills for resolving ethical issues encountered in scientific research.

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Human Biology Courses

BIOH 185: Integrative Physiology I
F 4 Cr. Lec 3 Lab 1
Co-requisite: CHMY 141 or CHMY 151.
How the human body works. For students planning to be health professionals. Designed to be taken before BIOB 256, includes basic cellular mechanisms, physiological control and communications. Major topics include muscle, nerve, respiratory, renal and cardiovascular systems. Cadaver laboratory will cover related human anatomy.

BIOH 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
S,Su 5 Cr. Lec 3 Lab 2
Prerequisite: CHMY 121, CHMY 141 or CHMY 151 with a grade of "C-" or better. Priority given to majors requiring this course.
General principles of cell and tissue biology that apply to all living systems. Structure and function of skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Homeostasis, control, and integration of the human body will be emphasized. Laboratory will cover related systems. This course is not repeatable without prior consent of instructor.

BIOH 211: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
F 4 Cr. Lec 3 Lab 1
Prerequisite: BIOH 201, BIOB 260 or BIOM 360 with grades of "C-" or better in each course. Priority given to majors requiring this course.
Structure and function of digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary systems of humans. Principles of integration, metabolism, energy flow, and homeostasis will be emphasized. This course is not repeatable without prior consent of instructor.

BIOH 287: Intermediate Human Physiology I
S 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: CHMY 121 or CHMY 141 or CHMY 151 with grades of "C-" or better in either course.
General principles of cell and tissue biology; function of skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Homeostasis, control, and integration of the human body will be emphasized.

BIOH 288: Intermediate Human Physiology II
F 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: or BIOH 201 or BIOB 260 or BIOH 297 or BIOM 360 with grades of "C-" or better in each course.
Function of the human digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary systems. Principles of integration, metabolism, energy flow and homeostasis will be emphasized.

BIOH 313: Neurophysiology

Prerequisite: BIOB 256 and BIOB 260.
Physiology of integrative mechanisms in nervous systems. Topics range from the mechanisms of synaptic transmission and action potential generation to the neural basic of learning and memory.

BIOH 320 Biomedical Genetics
F 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: BIOB 260, Co-requisite: BCH 380
Introduction to fundamental principles of eukaryotic molecular genetics. Emphasis on the genetics of the major model organisms of biomedical research and how they are exploited to understand human biology and disease.

BIOH 323: Human Developmental Biology
S 4 Cr. Lec 4
Prerequisite: BIOB 170 or BIOB 258, and or BIOB 260, and BIOB 375.
Developmental Biology: Introduction to the cell signaling pathways and morphogenetic processes that establish the basic vertebrate body plan. Includes hands-on study of chicken and frog embryos.

BIOH 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.

BIOH 409: Advanced Human Anatomy Of Thorax And Abdomen
Su 4 Cr. Lec 2 Lab 2
Prerequisite: Junior standing and 2 upper division biology courses and consent of instructor.
Covers thorax and abdomen anatomy, emphasizing topography and three dimensional relations. Instruction will be based on student dissections of human cadavers, with lectures covering structure and function, as well as pathology typically encountered in the dissection laboratory.

BIOH 411: Advanced Human Anatomy
S 4 Cr. Lec 2 Lab 2.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of at least two upper division courses in the biological sciences and consent of instructor.
Covers back, extremities and joint anatomy, emphasizing topography and three dimensional relations. Instruction will be based on student dissections of human cadavers, with lectures covering structure and function, as well as pathology typically encountered in the dissection laboratory. Class can fulfill 4 upper division honor credits, if prerequisites are satisfied.

BIOH 422: Genes and Cancer
F 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: BIOB 375 and BIOB 425.
This course will focus on the molecular and cellular mechanism of human cancer. The role of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in normal and cancerous cells will be examined, with an emphasis on how mutations in certain genes results in altered cell-cell signaling and cell proliferation. The role of genetic mutation in breast, colorectal and lymphoma cancers will be discussed, along with new technologies to detect and treat these cancers.

BIOH 425: Sensory Neurophysiology
S 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: BIOH 313.
Neurophysiology of sensory cells and systems. Topics range from the mechanisms underlying sensory reception to the processing of sensory information at higher stages. The major focus will be on human sensory systems. Pathologies that effect sensory perception will be considered.

BIOH 430: Neuroethology
On Demand 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Neural and hormonal bases of animal behavior, including mechanisms underlying sensory perception and motor responses, learning and memory, spatial navigation, language, dominance hierarchies and aggression, mating systems, and parental behavior. Model systems from a variety of different animal species will be studied including humans.

BIOH 435: Cognitive Neuroscience
S 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: BIOH 313, BCH 380 plus one of: BIOH 211, PSYX 350, BIOO 412.
This course will survey our present knowledge of the neural basis of normal and abnormal cognitive function in humans and non-human primates. Topics will range from perception and action to attention, consciousness and mental illness.

BIOH 440: Neuroscience Of Mental Illness
F 3 Cr. Lec 3
Prerequisite: BIOH 313 or BIOH 435.
Survey of the major categories of human mental illness and their underlying neural mechanisms and treatments.

BIOH 454: Microanatomy (Histology)
F 4 Cr. Lec 2 Rec 1 Lab 1
Prerequisite: or BIOB 260, senior standing and consent of instructor.
Covers an introductive microscopic study of cells, tissues and selected mammalian organs. Emphasizing normal structure and function relating to disease processes in specific organ systems. Class discussion will relate the normal microanatomy to human pathophysiology.

BIOH 455: Molecular Medicine
S 3 Cr. Lec 1 Sem 2
Prerequisite: BIOB 375 and BCH 380.
Lecture and seminar courses based on recent, original papers. Moves from human disease to molecular explanations. Intended for upper level students with a strong background in biology.

BIOH 492: Independent Study
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

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Biology Courses- BIOL

BIOL 395: Human Pathophysiology
S
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 409: Advanced Human Torso Anatomy
F
Prerequisite: Junior standing and 2 upper division biology courses and consent of instructor.
Covers thorax and abdomen anatomy, emphasizing topography and three dimensional relations. Instruction will be based on student dissections of human cadavers, with lectures covering structure and function, as well as pathology typically encountered in the dissection laboratory.

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 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 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.

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Organismal Biology Courses

BIOO 412: Animal Physiology
F 3 Cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: or BIOB 260, and one of the following: CHMY 211, CHMY 321, or CHMY 123.
General homeostatic physiology of animals with emphasis on mammals. Selected body systems are covered with major emphasis on the integration of body processes.

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Honors Courses

BIOB 140R: Honors Molecular Biology And Gene Regulation
S 3 cr.
This class is for advanced freshman students who are interested in an introduction to molecular biology research early during their undergraduate career.

Biology (BIOH 425) Sensory Neurophysiology (3 BIOH Credits) + UH 470 (1 UHP Credit) - Covers neurophysiology of sensory cells and systems. Topics range from the mechanisms underlying sensory reception to the processing of sensory information at higher stages. The major focus will be on human sensory systems. Pathologies that effect sensory perception will be considered. The course will also be offered for Honors credit to qualified students wishing to do an additional project requiring more in-depth group research. Honors enrollees will receive an extra course credit for this extra work. Prerequisite: BIOH 313.

UH 494R Language and the Brain (Neurolinguistics)   Professor: Dr. John Miller and Jerome Coffey

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