INDEX A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

 

Biol 101.Introductory Biology. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Life considered at cellular, organism, and population levels. Function and diversity of the living world. Presentation of basic biological principles as well as topics and issues of current human interest. Nonmajors only. Only one of 101 or 211 may count toward graduation.

Biol 110. Introduction to Biology. (1-0) Cr. R. F. Orientation to the scope of the biological sciences, and discussion of professional opportunities. Required of first year biology majors. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

Biol 111. Opportunities in Biology. (1-0) Cr. .5. S. Introduction to biological science disciplines and professional opportunities through faculty presentations which examine a variety of current research topics. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

Biol 155. Introduction to the Human Body. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. A survey course of the human body including principal structures and functions of the body systems and the diseases and disorders associated with them. Designed to meet general education requirements in natural science. Not recommended for those seeking a career in the allied health professions or for students majoring in life science.

Biol 173. Environmental Biology. (Same as Env S 173.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. An introduction to the structure and function of natural systems at scales from the individual to the biosphere and the complex interactions between humans and their environment. Discussions of human population growth, biodiversity, sustainability, resource use, and pollution. Non-majors only.

Biol 211. Principles of Biology I. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: High school biology and chemistry or credit or enrollment in Chem 163 or 177. Introduction to the nature of life, including the cellular basis of life; the nature of heredity; evolution; diversity of microbial, plant, and animal life; and principles of ecology. Intended for life science majors. Only one of 101 or 211 may count toward graduation.

Biol 211L. Principles of Biology Laboratory I. (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 211. Laboratory to accompany 211.

Biol 212. Principles of Biology II. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 211. Introduction to the nature of life, including the cellular basis of life; energy relationships; the nature of heredity; evolution; form and function of microbial, plant, and animal life.

Biol 212L. Principles of Biology Laboratory II. (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: credit or enrollment in 212. Laboratory to accompany 212.

Biol 255. Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology I. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: H.S. Biology and chemistry or Biol 101. Fundamentals of the human body systems including anatomy and physiology and related diseases and disorders. Part 1 of a two semester sequence. Designed for students preparing for careers in health professions, dietetics and athletic training. Not recommended for dental or medical school. Part 1 covers the nervous, muscular, skeletal, endocrine and integumentary systems. Part 2 (offered spring semesters) covers the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Premed students and those majoring in biological sciences should consider 351 and 335 for their anatomy and physiology background.

Biol 255L. Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology - Laboratory I. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 255. A “hands-on” learning experience of human anatomy and physiology through the use of models, specimens, videos, student conducted experiments and computerized demonstrations. Part 1 covers the nervous, muscular, skeletal, endocrine and integumentary systems.

Biol 256. Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology II. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: H.S. Biology and chemistry or Biol 101. Fundamentals of the human body systems including anatomy and physiology and related diseases and disorders. Part 2 of a two semester sequence. Designed for students preparing for careers in the health professions, dietetics, and athletic training. Not recommended for dental or medical school. Part 2 covers the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Part 1 (offered fall semesters) covers the nervous, muscular, skeletal, endocrine and integumentary systems. Premed students and those majoring in biological sciences should consider 351 and 335 for their anatomy and physiology background.

Biol 256L. Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology- Laboratory II. (0-3) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 256. A “hands-on” learning experience of human anatomy and physiology through the use of models, specimens, videos, student conducted experiements and computerized demonstrations. Part 2 covers the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Biol 258. Human Reproduction. (Same as W S 258.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2006. Prereq: 155 or Biol 110 or 211. Anatomy and physiology of human reproductive systems, including fertility, pregnancy, and delivery.

Biol 265. Field Botany. (2-4) Cr. 2. F.SS. 8 weeks. Field and laboratory studies of plants in various local habitats. Includes trees, shrubs, flowering plants and other green plants, lichens and fungi. Not recommended for students with professional interest in plant science.

Biol 304. Biodiversity. (Same as Env S 304.) (4-0) Cr. 2. S. Second 8 weeks. Prereq: One course in life sciences. Survey of the major groups of organisms and biological systems. Definition, measurements, and patterns of distribution of organisms. Sources of information about biodiversity. Not intended for major credit in the biological sciences.

Biol 305. Embryology. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: 212. Basic principles and processes of development. Course will cover classical as well as current aspects of developmental biology. Emphasis will be on vertebrate model systems. Not acceptable for credit in the major for Biology or Genetics major. Biol 305L. Embryology Laboratory. (0-3) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 305. Selected experiments demonstrating basic concepts in development. Mixture of live embryo experiments and vertebrate developmental anatomy.

Biol 307. Women in Science and Engineering. (Same as W S 307.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2005. Prereq: a 200 level course in science, engineering or women’s studies; Engl 105. The interrelationships of women and science and engineering examined from historical, sociological, philosophical, and biological perspectives. Factors contributing to underrepresentation; feminist critiques of science; examination of successful strategies.

Biol 308. Plants in the Classroom. (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Introduction to the structure, function, and ecology of plants. Students will develop lesson plans focusing on plants and have opportunities to prepare presentations on selected aspects of plant biology. Intended for Elementary Education Majors and Secondary Education Majors and Secondary Education Students.

Biol 312. Ecology. (Same as A Ecl 312, EnSci 312.) (2-3) Cr. 3. F.SS. Prereq: 211L and 212L. Fundamental concepts and principles of ecology dealing with organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. Laboratory and fi eld exercises examine ecological principles and methods as well as illustrate habitats.

Biol 313. Principles of Genetics. (Same as Gen 313.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 211L and 212 L, credit or enrollment in organic chemistry. Introduction to the principles of transmission and molecular genetics of plants, animals, and bacteria. Recombination, structure and replication of DNA, gene expression, cloning, quantitative and population genetics. Students may receive graduation credit for no more than one of the following: 313 and 313L, Gen 260, Gen 313, Gen 320, and Agron 320.

Biol 313L. Genetics Laboratory. (Same as Gen 313L.) (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 313. Laboratory to accompany 313. Students may receive graduation credit for no more than one of the following: 313 and 313L, Gen 260, Gen 313, Gen 320, and Agron 320.

Biol 314.Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 313. Integration of elementary principles of metabolism, bioenergetics, cell structure and function to develop a molecular view of how the cell works.

Biol 314L. Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory. (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 314. Laboratory to accompany 314. BBMB 311 and Biol 314L cannot both be taken for credit.

Biol 315. Biological Evolution. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 313. The mechanisms of evolution. Topics in microevolution: population genetics, natural selection, genetic variation, and adaptation. Macroevolution: speciation, extinction, phylogeny, and major evolutionary patterns.

Biol 330. Plant Physiology. A: (3-3) Cr. 4. B: (3-6) Cr. 5. Prereq: Biol 313 or Gen 320; Biol 314 or BBMB 301; Chem 231 or 332; Phys 106 or 111. Application of physical and biological principles involved to the understanding of plant processes involved in assimilation, metabolism, and regulation of growth and development. 330B will include independent group research projects. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 335. Principles of Animal Physiology. (3-4) Cr. 5. F.S. Prereq: Biol 314. Introduction to systemic functions with emphasis on mammals. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 351. Comparative Chordate Anatomy. (3-4) Cr. 5. S. Prereq: 212, junior classification. The evolution of chordates as reflected in the anatomy of extinct and living forms. Lecture topics include the history and diversity of chordates; comparisons of anatomic structures among major groups, the adaptive significance of anatomic structures. Laboratory involves dissection of representative species.

Biol 352. Vertebrate Histology. (3-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 212. Microscopic structure of vertebrate tissues and organs, with an introduction to histological techniques.

Biol 353. Introductory Parasitology. (Same as Micro 353.) (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 212. Biology and host-para site relationships of major groups of animal parasites, and techniques of diagnosing and studying parasites.

Biol 354. Animal Behavior. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 212. Ethological and sociobiological approaches to animal behavior. Genetic and developmental aspects of behavior, biological rhythms, orientation (including navigation, migration), communication, and social behavior (mating, aggression, parental care).

Biol 354L. Laboratory in Animal Behavior. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in Biol 354. Laboratory techniques for observation, description and analysis of animal activities; independent projects.

Biol 355. Plants and People. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Credit in 211. Uses of plants and fungi by humans and the importance of plants in the past, present and future. Discussion of fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs, spices, beverages, oils, fibers, wood, medicines, and drugs, in the context of their agricultural, cultural, and economic roles in modern societies. Emphasis on origins and worldwide diversity of culturally important plants, their characteristics, and uses.

Biol 356. Dendrology. (Same as For 356.) See Natural Resource Ecology and Management-Forestry. Biol 364. Invertebrate Biology. (3-0) Cr. 3 or (3-2) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Biol 212. Emphasis on diversity, development, physiology and behavior of invertebrate organisms- the “spineless wonders” of the world. Laboratory involves hands-on study and investigation of living invertebrates.

Biol 365. Vertebrate Biology. (Same as A Ecl 365.) (3-2) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 212, 212L. Evolution, biology, and classification of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Emphasis on a comparative analysis of the structure and function of organ systems. Laboratory exercises concentrate on morphology and identification of orders of vertebrates.

Biol 366. Plant Systematics. (2-4) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 211. Introduction to plant phylogenetic systematics, plant classification, survey of flowering plant families, identification and field study of local plants.

Biol 371. Ecological Methods. (Same as A Ecl 371.) (2-2) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 312; Stat 101 or 104. Quantitative techniques used in management of natural resources with emphasis on inventory and manipulation of habitat and animal populations. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 381. Environmental Systems. (Dual-listed with EEOB 581, Same as Env S 381, EnSci 381, Micro 381.) (2-4) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 212 or Micro 201, Chem 164, 167 or 178, Math 160, 165 or 181. Introduction to the dynamics of metabolic and biogeochemical processes in environmental systems, emphasizing microbial processes. Environmental factors controlling major autotrophic and heterotropic processes of microbes and higher organisms. Laboratory emphasizes mass balance analysis and environmental simulation modeling. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 393. North American Field Trips in Biology. Cr. 1 to 4 each time taken. Prereq: Two courses in the biological sciences and by approval of application. Extended field trips, usually during break periods, to North American locations of interest to biologists. Inquire in 201 Bessey Hall for trip schedule.

A. Pre-trip Seminar. Cr. 1. Discussion of relevant biological and cultural topics during semester preceding trip.

B. Field trip. Cr. 1 to 3. Trip to North American location under supervision of faculty member. Report required.

Biol 394. International Field Trips in Biology. Cr. 1 to 4 each time taken. Prereq: Two courses in the biological sciences and by approval of application. Extended field trips, usually during break periods, to international locations of interest to biologists. Inquire in 201 Bessey Hall for trip schedule.

A. Pre-trip Seminar. Cr. 1. Discussion of relevant biological and cultural topics during semester preceding trip.

B. Field trip. Cr. 1 to 3. Trip to international location under supervision of faculty member. Report required.

Biol 423. Developmental Biology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 314. Principles of multicellular development, from gametogenesis and fertilization through reproductive maturity. Emphasis is placed on understanding the underlying mechanisms that govern developmental processes.

Biol 423L. Developmental Biology Laboratory. (0-3) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 423. Experiments and explorations illustrating fundamental principles of multicellular development. Biol 428. Cell Biology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 314. Biological organization and function at the cellular level. Emphasis on biomembranes. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 434. General Comparative Endocrinology. (Dual-listed with EEOB 534.) (3-0) Cr. 3 or (3-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 314. Chemical integration of vertebrate organisms. The structure, development, and evolution of the endocrine glands and the function and structure of their hormones. Laboratory techniques for studying hormonal phenomena. Laboratory experiments required animal surgery and involvement outside of scheduled class time. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 436. Neurobiology. (3-0) Cr. 3 or (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 335 or 365; physics recommended; permission of instructor to enroll in lab. Integration, coding, plasticity, and development in nervous systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 439. Environmental Physiology. (Dual-listed with EEOB 539.) (3-0) Cr. 3 or (3-3) Cr. 4. Alt. S., offered 2007. Prereq: 355 or A Ecl 311; physics recommended. Physiological adaptations to the environment with an emphasis on vertebrates. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 454. Plant Anatomy. (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Biol 212L; 366 recommended. Characteristics of cell and tissue types in vascular plants. Anatomy of developing and mature stems, roots, and leaves, including secondary (woody) growth. Introduction to the special anatomy of flowers and seeds.

Biol 456. Principles of Mycology. (Same as Micro 456.) (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 10 credits in biological sciences. Morphology, diversity and ecology of fungi; their relation to agriculture and industry and human health. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 462. Evolutionary Genetics. (Dual-listed with EEOB 562, same as Gen 462.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 315. The genetic basis of evolutionary processes in higher organisms. The role of genetic variation in adaptation, natural selection, adaptive processes, and the influence of random processes on evolutionary change. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 465. Morphometric Analysis. (Dual-listed with EEOB 565.) (3-2) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: Stat 401. A comprehensive overview of the theory and methods for the analysis of biological shape with emphasis on data acquisition, standardization, statistical analysis, and visualization of results. Methods for both landmark and outline data will be discussed. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 472. Community Ecology. (2-2) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 312. The effect of interspecific interactions on the structure and dynamics of natural and managed communities; including concepts of guild structure and trophic web dynamics and their importance to the productivity, diversity, stability, and sustainability of communities. The implications of interspecifc interactions in the management of wild species will be emphasized with illustrative case histories of interactions between plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 474. Plant Ecology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 312. Principles of plant population and community ecology. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 480. Studies in Marine Biology. Cr. var. , 1 to 8 each time taken. Courses taken at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and other marine biological stations are transferred to Iowa State University under this number.

Biol 481. Summer Field Studies. Cr. var., 1 to 8 each time taken. Courses taken at summer biological field stations are transferred to Iowa State University under this number. See www.biology.iastate.edu for links to field stations located in different biomes: coastal, Great Lakes, taiga, deciduous forests, deserts, Rocky Mountains.

Biol 482. Tropical Biology. Cr. 1 to 4 each time taken; maximum of 8. Prereq: One year of college biology; knowledge of Spanish desirable but not required. Students registering for courses taught by the Organization for Tropical Studies will receive credit for this ISU course when requesting a transfer of credits.

Biol 483. Environmental Biogeochemistry. (Duallisted with EEOB 583, Same as EnSci 483, Geol 483.) (3-2) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: Biol 381 and EnSci 402 or Ia LL 402I. Biological, chemical, and physical phenomena controlling material, energy, and elemental fluxes in the environment. Human interactions with and effects on environmental systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 486. Aquatic Ecology. (Dual-listed with EEOB 586, EnSci 586, Same as A Ecl 486, EnSci 486.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 312 and 381, EnSci 402, Ia LL 402I or NREM 301. Structure and function of aquatic ecosystems with application to fishery and pollution problems. Emphasis on lacustrine, riverine, and wetland ecology. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 486L. Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. (Dual-listed with EEOB 586L, EnSci 586L, Same as EnSci 486L.) (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 486. Field trips and laboratory exercises to accompany 486. Hands-on experience with aquatic research and monitoring techniques and concepts. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 487. Aquatic and Wetland Microbial Ecology. (Dual-listed with EEOB 587; same as EnSci 487, Micro 487.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 6 credits in biology and 6 credits in chemistry. Introduction to major functional groups and their roles in aquatic and wetland ecosystems. Emphasis on energy flow and nutrient dynamics. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 488. Identification of Aquatic Organisms. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 486L. Online taxonomic and identification exercises to accompany 486. Instruction and practice in the identification of algae, aquatic macrophytes, zooplankton, and benthos. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Biol 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1 to 6 each time taken. Prereq: 8 credits in biology and permission of instructor. See also 490 offerings in biological science departments. No more than 9 credits in Biol 490 may be counted toward graduation and of those only 6 credits may be applied to the major.

I. Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. (Same as Ia LL 490I) Cr. 1 to 4 each time taken. See Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

R. Biological research. Cr. 1 to 6 each time taken. For students registering to work on an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member.

U. Laboratory teaching experience. Cr. 1 to 2. For students registering to be undergraduate laboratory assistants. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

Biol 494. Biology Internship. Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: 8 credits in biology and permission of instructor. Intended to provide credit for significant professional experiences in biological sciences. A written proposal is required prior to registration. Intended for Biology majors.

Biol 495. Undergraduate Seminar. Cr. 1. F. Prereq: 15 credits in biological science. Content varies from year to year and may include detailed discussion of special topics in biology, current issues in biology, or careers in biology.

Biol 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Junior classification and permission of the department cooperative education coordinator. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.