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The following list shows most of the courses offered in the current/upcoming school year.  For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Plus, don't miss exploring the Costa Rica Field Studies Course in Tropical Ecology and Conservation, offered alternate years.

 

Evolution of Biological Diversity
AUBIO 110

Examination of the evolutionary mechanisms and history that have produced the earth's biodiversity. Prerequisite: Biology 30. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Cell Biology
AUBIO 130

Study of the ultrastructure and function of plant and animal cells. Topics include membrane models, cytoplasmic organelles, the cell cycle, and nucleocytoplasmic interactions. Dynamic processes at the cellular level, such as cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and motility, and function of plant, animal, and prokaryote cells, are also examined. Prerequisites: Biology 30 or AUBIO 093, and Chemistry 30.

Plant Diversity
AUBIO 222

Comparative survey of the morphology, life cycles, and evolutionary features of algae, fungi, and non-vascular and vascular plants. Taxonomic and environmental considerations are also presented. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

Molecular Cell Biology
AUBIO 230

The composition, structure and function of cell membranes including membrane transport, cell signalling and cell-cell interactions. Protein sorting and cytoskeletal function is integrated with their membrane interactions. The social context of cells is also considered. Prerequisite: AUBIO 130. Corequisite: AUCHE 250.

Principles of Ecology
AUBIO 253

Study of the interactions between organisms and their environment in the context of populations, communities, ecosystems, and biomes. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

Principles of Genetics
AUBIO 260

Mendelian inheritance and its cytological features including the molecular and cellular basis for the transmission of hereditary characteristics. Topics that are emphasized include microbial genetics, cytoplasmic inheritance, linkage and genetic mapping, DNA as genetic material, gene action, and the genetic code. Prerequisite: AUBIO 130.

Microbiology
AUBIO 274

Introduction to the prokaryotic and eukaryotic members of the microbial world. Microbiological diversity will be examined by comparing cellular morphology, structure and metabolism. Topics include how to grow and study microbes, classification approaches and problems, control of microbial growth, microbial ecology and industrial applications of microorganisms and their products. Prerequisite: AUBIO 130.

Survey of the Invertebrates
AUBIO 294

Functional anatomy and life cycles of the major invertebrate taxa. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

The Vertebrates
AUBIO 295

Study of the structure, function, and diversity of vertebrates. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

Directed Reading I
AUBIO 318

Supervised library research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies I
AUBIO 319

Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Drug Plants
AUBIO 326

Survey of historical and current use of important drug-producing plants. Evaluation of the chemistry and physiology of biologically active compounds from poisonous, analgesic, and hallucinogenic plants, and the current uses of such plant products. Use of plant biotechnology to develop drug-producing plants. Prerequisite: 200-level Biology course.

Developmental Biology
AUBIO 338

Development of complex organisms. Emphasis is on the interactions between cells and their environment that determine cell survival, gene activation and deactivation; and how specific cell and tissue structures and functions are selected. Developmental processes common to plants and animals are identified. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and 260; one of AUBIO 222, 294 and 295: and third year standing.

Freshwater Ecology and Management
AUBIO 354

Introduction to the biological, chemical and physical features of freshwater ecosystems, and how they relate to ecological processes in and adjacent to aquatic systems. The course will examine the role of ecological patterns in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, with an emphasis on freshwater systems and their management in western Canada. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 354, AUENV 354, and AUGEO 354. The course requires participation in a field trip. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Biochemistry I
AUBIO 380

The structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates. The structure and function of lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids are introduced. The course focuses on how enzymes catalyze the oxidation of carbohydrates and how the cell conserves this energy in a useful chemical form. Prerequisite: AUCHE 252. Corequisite: AUBIO 230. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 380 and AUCHE 380.

Molecular Biology of the Gene
AUBIO 389

Survey of current knowledge and approaches in the area of structure, expression, and regulation of prokaryote and eukaryote genes. Topics include gene isolation and characterization, gene structure and replication, and transcription and translation processes and their regulation. Recombinant DNA technology and its applications are also introduced. Prerequisite: AUBIO 260.

Animal Behaviour
AUBIO 390

Introduction to key concepts and methods in animal behaviour. Both mechanistic and evolutionary points of view are considered. The student's understanding of scientific thinking is deepened. Topics include instinct, learning, orientation, communication, mating and territoriality, foraging, and social behaviour. Prerequisite: AUBIO 294 or 295.

History and Theory of Biology
AUBIO 411

Overview of historical progression in the biological sciences and their associated development in relation to prevailing philosophical, social, and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: AUBIO 260; one of AUBIO 222, 274, 294, 295; *6 of Biology at the 300 level; fourth-year standing. AUBIO 338 is strongly recommended. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 411 and AUBIO 311.

Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Ecology
AUBIO 413

In-depth study of evolutionary processes in natural populations of plants and animals. Selected topics for lectures and seminars address contemporary questions about natural selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography and the evolution of interaction among species. Prerequisites: AUBIO 253 and *3 of AUBIO at the 300 level or a cross-listed AUENV or AUGEO equivalent.

Directed Reading II
AUBIO 418

Supervised library research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies II
AUBIO 419

Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Reading in Plant Ecology
AUBIO 423

Supervised and directed readings for developing written assignments in a specific subject area of plant ecology. The course may serve as a base for a complementary independent laboratory studies course. Prerequisite: AUBIO 320 or 321. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 423 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Reading in Entomology
AUBIO 448

Investigation of advanced topics in entomology. Prerequisite: AUBIO 341 or 343. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 448 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Pathogenic Mechanisms of Microorganisms
AUBIO 475

Examination of the pathogenic mechanisms used by bacteria, fungi, and protists that cause human diseases. Pathogens will be compared with a focus on the method of entry, colonization and invasion of host tissue used by various microbes and the microbial factors required to cause infection and disease. Epidemiological approaches, antimicrobials and antibiotic resistance will also be presented. Prerequisites: AUBIO 260, 274, 371.

Directed Reading in Lipid Biochemistry
AUBIO 489

Biochemistry of lipids, lipoproteins, and membranes. The course extends and deepens material covered in AUBIO 381 by examining some of the theories, experiments, and methods used to investigate lipid biochemistry. Prerequisite: AUBIO 381. Notes: It is strongly recommended that AUBIO 389 precede AUBIO 489. Admission to AUBIO 489 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 489 and AUCHE 489.

Directed Reading in Behavioural Ecology
AUBIO 493

Advanced topics of behavioural ecology. Functional questions in animal behaviour are explored within the framework of three conceptual issues: simple optimality, game theory, and stochastic dynamic modelling. Included are the theoretical foundations and a review of empirical studies to analyze the explanatory and predictive value of the models. Prerequisite: AUBIO 390. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 493 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.