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BIOLOGY strength, cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, and the consequences of conditioning are emphasized. Variations in physiological responses due to the degree and type of workload, the environment, age, and gender and use of ergogenic aids are also discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 250 OR BIO 334, BIO 360. Corequisite: BIO 381. 3 credits. BIO 381. Exercise Physiology Lab Principles discussed in Bio 380 are demonstrated and studied. Corequisite: BIO 380. 1 credit. BIO 392. Plant Ecology Plant ecology is the study of the interrelationships between plants and their environment, with primary focus on how climate, soils, disturbance, and biotic factors influence plant populations and communities. Comparative analyses of plant community structure and function in relation to disturbance regime and geographical variables will be discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 146, BIO 322. 3 credits. BIO 410. Microbial Ecology The ecology of microorganisms in natural and disturbed habitats are studied in natural and laboratory settings with emphasis on their effects on human environments, water supplies, waste treatment, landfill areas and their interaction with other organisms in forming community structures and in reclamation of disturbed areas. Prerequisites: BIO 200. Corequisite: BIO 411. 3 credits. BIO 411. Microbial Ecology Lab Hands-on experience with investigative techniques applied to study microbial communities in natural settings and in the laboratory. Isolation, identification and documentation procedures and techniques for defining microbial activities in natural communities and the possible use of these organisms in reclamation of disturbed habitats. Corequisite: BIO 410. 1 credit. BIO 422. Mycology Survey of the fungi including the mycetozoans, aquatic fungi, and higher fungi with emphasis on taxonomy, lifecycles, physiology and fine structure characteristics; as well as their ecology and evolution, symbioses with other organisms and place within the community structure of natural habitats. ~A HELM Course~ Prerequisites: BIO 146. Corequisite: BIO 423. 3 credits. BIO 423. Mycology Lab Techniques for identification and laboratory and field studies of a wide variety of fungi and fungal-like organisms with emphasis placed on collection and isolation of organisms, identification, culturing, and the interaction of these organisms with plants and animals in the environment. ~A HELM Course~ Corequisite: BIO 422. 1 credit. BIO 424. Restoration Ecology An in-depth focus on the principles and practices of ecosystem and habitat restoration, by evaluating case studies of restored waste disposal sites, urban

landscapes, surface mine lands, and aquatic habitats, including lakes, streams, wetlands, and watershed ecosystems. Topics addressed in the course include bio- and phytoremediation, biomonitoring, best management practices, and invasive species control strategies. Prerequisites: BIO 146. 3 credits.

BIOLOGY system development. Neurological and mental disorders are also covered. Prerequisites: BIO 344, PSYC 252. 3 credits.

BIO 456. Independent Study A program of independent reading with individual tutorials on a topic chosen in consultation with the BIO 426. Limnology Biology faculty member who will supervise the student. A study of the physical, chemical, and biological features The type of written paper required will be decided upon of freshwater lakes and ponds with emphasis on the by supervising faculty. The student must have effects of light, temperature, nutrients, and basin permission of the supervising faculty to register for morphometry on plant and animal community structure the course. 3 credits. and productivity. Prerequisites: BIO 146. Corequisite: BIO 427. 3 credits. BIO 466. Senior Thesis This class represents a continuation of Bio 366. The BIO 427. Limnology Lab student will carry out the research project designed A series of field investigations comparing the major during the junior year. Prerequisites: BIO 366. 3 credits. limnological features of man-made and natural glacier lakes and ponds in Northwestern Pennsylvania. BIO 474. Biology Practicum Corequisite: BIO 426. 1 credit. Practical off-campus experience in a hospital, private industry, or governmental agency. Students carry out BIO 428. Taxonomy of Wetland Monocots field, laboratory, or other tasks appropriate for a A field course providing instruction on the use of professional biologist. In addition to routine work taxonomic keys to identify native and non-native responsibilities, participants are expected to complete grasses, sedges, spike-rushes, bulrushes, cattails, an independent project involving data analysis and umbrella sedges, and rushes. Students will also learn to prepare a formal written report on the experience. identify the various natural plant communities of ~A HELM Course~ 3 credits. northwest Pennsylvania, especially at Presque Isle. Offered during the summer at the Tom Ridge Center ENVS 100. Environmental Problem Solving of Presque Isle State Park. 2 credits. A course designed for students considering a science major or interested in environmental issues, providing a BIO 430. Molecular Biology survey of topics in environmental science including the Study of the structural and functional aspects of ecosystem concept, risks and economics of pollution, organelles and gene products in prokaryotic and and specific environmental pollution, air pollution, toxic eukaryotic systems, including their transcription and wastes, pesticides, and energy resources. ~A HELM translation into functional proteins during cell Course~ Corequisite: ENVS 101. 3 credits. development and reproduction. Oncogene functions, recombinant DNA technology, and alterations of gene ENVS 101. Environmental Problem Solving Lab functions are also explored. Prerequisites: BIO 310. Basic field and laboratory investigation into 3 credits. environmental problems of local concern, providing an introduction to the scientific method and BIO 446 Plant Propagation the techniques used by biologists, geologists, and A study of the biology of plant reproduction and chemists in environmental investigations. ~A HELM manipulation of it. Principles and methods of Course~ Corequisite: ENVS 100. 1 credit. propagating plants, including seed germination, cuttings, divisions, and tissue culture will be discussed. SCI 150. Understanding Science Corequisite: BIO 447. Prerequisite: BIO 146. 3 credits. An exploration of the various theories of science, with the goal of enhancing scientific literacy. Students BIO 447. Plant Propagation Lab develop the skills necessary to explore science and A laboratory course designed to give hands-on technology subjects in-depth, through independent experience in the techniques of plant propagation investigations that utilize library- and computer-based with an experimental emphasis. A majority of the plant resources. 3 credits. materials used will be native or rare plants of our area. Corequisite: BIO 446. 1 credit. SCI 307. Methods in Science Education An in-depth concentration on the various philosophies BIO 450. Neurobiology of science education in the secondary schools and the The study of the organization and function of the techniques of preparing teaching and student human nervous system. This course emphasizes the objectives. Practice in planning and presenting lectures, relationship between structure (anatomy) and function lecture demonstrations, and laboratory and field (physiology) of the brain regions, the cellular investigations. Special emphasis on the inquiry mechanisms of synaptic transmission and nervous approach to learning. 3 credits.

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