2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

General Biology
Biological & Physical Sciences
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* BIOB 101 Discover Biology
[formerly BIOL 101 Survey of Biology]
3 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Includes discussion of the most important concepts in biology.  Lectures cover cells (structure and physiology), genetics (cellular reproduction, genes, the nature of heredity and evolution), and the diversity of life (plants, animals, microorganisms and their ecological relationships).  General Education course for non-science majors.

* BIOB 102 Discover Biology Laboratory
[formerly BIOL 115 Survey of Biology Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: BIOB 101. (F, Sp, Su)  Includes laboratory exercises from different areas of Biology.  Introduces students to experiments designed to examine major conceptual ideas in Biology such as cells, cell reproduction, metabolism, molecular genetics, evolution, and diversity.  Students currently enrolled in an online section of BIOB 101 will be given preferential access to an online section of BIOB 102.

* BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems
[formerly BIOL 178 Principles of Biology]
3 cr. Corequisite: BIOB 161. (F, Sp)  Emphasizes principles of biology related to the unity of life.  Covers cell structure and function, cellular metabolism and mechanisms of energy trapping, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution, and a brief introduction to ecology, classification and biological diversity.

* BIOB 161 Principles of Living Systems Laboratory
[formerly BIOL 188 Principles of Biology Lab]
1 cr.  Corequisite: BIOB 160. (F, Sp)  Includes laboratory exercises related to topics discussed in BIOB 160.

BIOB 170 Principles of Biological Diversity
[formerly BIOL 179 Biodiversity]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 160. Corequisite: BIOB 171. (Sp)  Emphasizes the diversity of life.  Covers viruses, bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals.  Focuses on eukaryotes.

BIOB 171 Principles of Biological Diversity Laboratory
[formerly BIOL 189 Biodiversity Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: BIOB 170. (Sp)  Includes laboratory exercises related to topics discussed in BIOB 170.

BIOB 180 Human Genetics
[formerly BIOL 253 Human Genetics]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 101, BIOB 160, or SCIN 101 & 103. (even F)  Introduces fundamental concepts and technological advances in human genetics.  The course will provide students with an understanding of the genetic basis for human disease and the rational basis for the clinical management of these disorders by addressing what genes are and how they function and interact with each other and the environment.

BIOB 260 Cellular and Molecular Biology
[formerly BIOL 263 Introduction to Cell Biology]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 160, BIOB 161. Corequisite: BIOB 261. (F)  Covers the molecular basis of eukaryotic cell structure and function.  Topics include nuclear structure and function, intracellular compartmentalization and protein storing, membrane structure and function, signal transduction pathways, mechanisms and regulation of the mitotic and meiotic cell cycles, and tissue formation and maintenance.

BIOB 261 Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
[formerly BIOL 273 Introduction to Cell Biology Lab]
1 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 160, BIOB 161. Corequisite: BIOB 260. (F)  Complements the lecture material presented in the corequisite.

BIOB 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly BIOL 292 Sophomore Seminar]
V1-6 cr.  Provides students with specific deficiencies the opportunity to take selected portions of the required Biology sequence.  Lectures and laboratories to be attended, and credits to be earned are determined by biology faculty.

BIOB 298 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly BIOL 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Biology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

BIOB 315 Animal Development
[formerly BIOL 320 Animal Development]
3 cr. Prerequisite: BIOB 260. (even F)  Introduces the reproductive and developmental patterns in animals.  Covers the embryonic and postembryonic developmental processes emphasizing cellular differentiation, the generation of form and shape, growth regulation, and developmental control mechanisms.  The second half of the course emphasizes the genetic and molecular control of development, organized around our current understanding of commonly studied model organisms.

BIOB 375 General Genetics
[formerly BIOL 353 Genetics]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 260, BIOB 261. Corequisite: BIOB 376. (Sp)  Covers the basic principles of genetics from both the classical and molecular point of view.  Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian concepts, chromosome theory of inheritance, linkage and gene mapping, structure and function of DNA, regulation of gene expression, mutations and fundamentals of population genetics.

BIOB 376 General Genetics Lab
[formerly BIOL 354 Genetics Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: BIOB 375. (Sp)  Includes laboratory exercises related to topics in BIOB 375.

BIOB 410 Immunology
[formerly BIOL 443 Immunology]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 260, BIOB 375, BIOB 425 is recommended. (odd Sp)  Includes fundamentals of immuno-chemistry, cellular immunology, immunogenetics and clinical immunology.  Lab required.

BIOB 425 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
[formerly BIOL 363 Molecular Biology]
3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 375, BIOB 376, BCH 380, BCH 381 and CHMY 323. Corequisite: BIOB 426. (Sp)  Covers the molecular basis of gene expression and inheritance in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.  Topics include transcription, RNA processing, translation, regulation of gene expression and DNA replication.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the experimental underpinnings of molecular biology.

BIOB 426 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
[formerly BIOL 373 Molecular Biology Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: BIOB 425. (Sp)  This laboratory complements the lecture material presented in the corequisite.

BIOB 487 Bioinformatics
[formerly BIOL 485 Bioinformatics]
3 cr. Prerequisite: BIOB 375. Corequisite: BCH 380. (odd F)  Introduces the field of bioinformatics through a combined lecture-computer laboratory format.  Provides students with an overall view of genomics and proteomics through hands-on experience with biologically relevant databases, DNA sequence comparisons, structure analysis of macromolecules, phylogenetics, microarrays and proteomics.

BIOB 490 Undergraduate Research
[formerly BIOL 495 Biological Research]
V1- 6 cr. Prerequisites: Junior standing in Biology or consent of advisor.  Involves intensive study of a specific problem related to biology.  A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment.

BIOB 491 Special Topics
V1-12 cr. Prerequisite: determined as needed.  Provides students with an opportunity to take courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a
particular need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

BIOB 492 Independent Study
[formerly BIOL 491 Independent Study]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: Junior standing in Biology or consent of instructor.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to explore material not covered by regular Biology courses.  A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment.

BIOB 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly BIOL 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: Junior standing in Biology or consent of instructor.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Biology.

BIOB 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly BIOL 493 Workshop]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: Junior standing in Biology or consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Biology.

BIOB 495 Fieldwork
[formerly BIOL 497 Field Study]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: BIOB 170 and BIOB 171 or consent of instructor.  Provides an opportunity through summer field experience at the MSU Billings Biological Field Station or tour courses to study quantitatively and/or qualitatively the fauna and flora of ecosystems.

BIOB 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly BIOL 490 Biology Internship]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: A grade of “A” or “B” in the course in which the internship will be done.  Allows the student to earn credit for assisting in teaching biology laboratory classes.

BIOB 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly BIOL 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of Biology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

BIOB 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
[formerly BIOL 498 Capstone Seminar]
(WR) 1 cr. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Biology. (F, Sp)  Exit course that integrates and synthesizes knowledge and experience developed through the various courses in the biology program.  Provides students opportunities to learn about current research in various scientific fields by attendance at seminars presented by science faculty and other guest speakers.  Also provides a forum for students to present results of independent research projects and topics as assigned.

BIOB 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
[formerly BIOL 499 Honors Thesis]
1cr. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in Biology and/or concurrent enrollment in BIOB 490.  Involves intensive study of a specific problem related to biology requiring the writing and submission of a thesis to graduate with departmental honors.  To graduate with honors, it is also necessary to have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major.  A thesis proposal describing the study and a thesis review committee must be completed at the time of enrollment.

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