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2000 Level Courses

2403. [BIOL 2101, 2301, 2401] Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4). Three hours of chemistry recommended. Human gross and microscopic anatomy for allied health majors. Not for major credit. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

2404. [BIOL 2102, 2302, 2402] Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4). ZOOL 2403 strongly recommended, plus 3 hours of college chemistry. Human physiology for allied health majors. Not for major credit.

3000 Level Courses

3303. Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology (3). Prerequisites: ZOOL 2403 and 2404. Study of the physiologic basis of disease for healthcare professionals. Emphasis on application of pathophysiology concepts to the recognition of pathologic conditions across the lifespan.

3401. Animal Histology (4). Prerequisites: BIOL 1403 and 1404, CHEM 1307. The study of normal tissues of the human and other mammals. An introductory course recommended for students of pathology, medical sciences, and biomedical sciences.

3403. Parasitology (4). Prerequisite: Introductory zoology. Morphology, life cycles, and physiology of protozoan and helminth parasites, with emphasis on broad aspects of parasitism and examples with medical and economic interest.

3405. Vertebrate Structure and Development (4). Prerequisite: BIOL 1402 or BIOL 1404. The comparative study of vertebrate structure and embryological development.

3406. Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (4). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 and 1402 or 1403 and 1404. Structure, life history, and evolution of the invertebrates.
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4000 Level Courses

4304. General Endocrinology (3). Prerequisite: BIOL 3320. Hormones as chemical coordinators of bodily functions.

4312. Animal Behavior (3). Prerequisite: BIOL 1404 or 3309. Comparative study of animal behavior; its genetic basis, expression through neurophysiological mechanisms, function in the environment, and adaptive role during evolutionary history.

4321. Insect Diversity (3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1403 and 1404; BIOL 3309 recommended. An advanced exploration of the behavior, ecology, and evolution of insects

4406. Introduction to Mammalogy (4). Prerequisite: BIOL 1402 or BIOL 1404. Study of the classification, natural history, and ecology of mammals.

4407. Natural History of the Vertebrates (4). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 and 1402 or BIOL 1403 and 1404. Evolutionary relationships, identification, and ecology of vertebrates. Local fauna emphasized.

4408. General Ornithology (4). Prerequisite: BIOL 1402 or 1404 or consent of instructor. Emphasis on laboratory and field work in systematics, ecology, and anatomy of birds. Local field trips.

4409. Comparative Animal Physiology (4). Prerequisites: CHEM 1308 and BIOL 1404. A comparison of physiological functions of animals in the major phyla. (Writing Intensive)

4410. Introduction to Ichthyology (4). Prerequisite: BIOL 1402 or 1404. Diversity, evolutionary relationships, ecology, and anatomy of fishes. (Writing Intensive)

4421. Field Herpetology (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Evolutionary history, anatomy and physiology, and behavior of reptiles and amphibians. Field component includes trips to sites in central and west Texas. (Writing Intensive)
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5000 Level Courses

5304. Comparative Endocrinology (3). Prerequisite: ZOOL 3405, 3416, BIOL 1404, or equivalent. Hormones as chemical coordinators of bodily functions. S.

5312. Advanced Animal Behavior (3). Comparative animal behavior with emphasis on genetics and neurophysiology and how they relate to survival. F.

5401. Animal Histology for Advanced Students (4). Microscopic anatomy of the normal cells, tissues, and organ systems of the human and other mammals are studied. Open to graduate students who have not taken ZOOL 3401 or equivalent.

5402. Advanced Mammalogy (4). Studies of recent advances in mammalogy. For students who have not taken ZOOL 4406. F.

5406. Advanced Invertebrate Zoology (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Develops a comprehension of the structure, function, ecology, and evolution of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on the relationships among taxa and the diversity within taxa. Written reports on special projects required. F.

5407. Vertebrate Zoology for Advanced Students (4). Diversity, evolutionary relationships, and adaptations of vertebrates. Field trips required. Open to students who have not taken ZOOL 4407.

5408. Advanced Ornithology (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Selected topics including avian systematics, migration, physiology, ecology, and comparative behavior. S.

5409. Comparative Physiology for Advanced Students (4). Prerequisite: ZOOL 3405 or 3406; BIOL 3416; CHEM 3305, 3306 recommended. A comparison of physiological functions including homeostatic mechanisms, muscle, nerve, in the major phyla. Laboratory reports written in a journal format are required.

5421. Ecological Entomology (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An advanced exploration of the behavior, ecology, and evolution of insects.
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6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6302. Principles of Systematic Zoology for Advanced Students (3). Prerequisite: BIOL 3416 or equivalent; BIOL 4305 or 5305 recommended. Theory and practice of naming, describing, and classifying organisms. Speciation, phylogeny reconstruction, and other current topics in evolutionary biology emphasized. F, even years.

6303. Seminar in Mammalogy for Advanced Students (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A historical perspective of mammalogy as a science including advances in ideology, character systems, and data analysis. Current topics and controversies will be addressed. S, odd years.

6305. Molcular Systematics and Evolution (3). Prerequisites: BIOL 5305, ZOOL 6302, or consent of instructor. Principles and theories relating to molecular systematics and molecular evolution.

6321. Advanced Herpetology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Covers the biology of amphibians and reptiles. Stresses classification, evolution, ecology, and anatomy of the various groups.