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

 

The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2014/2015 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Introduction to Marine Biology
AUBIO 108

Introduction to the diversity of marine ecosystems and the adaptations of marine organisms to their environment. Notes: The course does not count toward the major, concentration, or minor in Biology. The course is available only as part of the Augustana-in-Cuba Program.

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.

Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology
AUBIO 334

A 3-week field course that provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research and study design in the field of Environmental Science and Ecology. Students will live in a field camp to allow them to fully immerse themselves in their research projects, which could cover the range of ecology, botany, geography, environmental science, and/or environmental studies. Course content also includes instruction in key aspects of conservation biology and resource management. Prerequisites: AUSTA 215 and AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120 and one of AUGEO 218, AUGEO 230, AUENV 252, AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 334, AUENV 334 and AUGEO 334.

Histology
AUBIO 336

Systematic and sequential consideration of fundamental cytology, the normal histology of the basic tissues, and the embryological development and microscopic organization of the major mammalian organs and organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the light- and electron-microscopic features of cells and tissues with direct correlation of structure and function. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and 295.

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.

Conservation Theory and Biodiversity in Tropical Systems
AUBIO 350

Introduction to the basic concepts of conservation biology. The scope of conservation biology and levels of biodiversity are explored, as are aspects of tropical ecology related to conservation. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, 294, or 295, and consent of the instructor(s) based on successful completion of the selection process. Note: This course is intended to be taken in sequence with AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 350, 450, AUENV 350, 450.

Biogeography
AUBIO 351

Analysis of the spatial patterns of biotic systems and species. The course examines their past and present distribution patterns in the context of biological and ecological processes and human impacts. The course employs several methods of analysis, including geographic information systems. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 351 and AUGEO 351. 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.

Biochemistry II
AUBIO 381

Structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids at the level of the cell and organs. Prerequisites: AUBIO 380 or AUCHE 380. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 381 and AUCHE 381.

Vertebrate Physiology
AUBIO 397

Review of the general concepts in animal physiology with an emphasis on structure and function and their adaptive significance to the animal in its environment. Physical, chemical, and functional aspects of animal cells and cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, osmoregulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems are considered. Bioelectric and contractility phenomena are also included. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and 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.

Evolutionary Development Biology
AUBIO 438

Comparative study of the developmental processes of different organisms in an attempt to determine their ancestral relationships and how developmental processes evolved. Topics include the origin and evolution of embryonic development; how modifications of development and developmental processes lead to the production of novel features; the role of developmental plasticity in evolution; the origin of biodiversity; and the developmental basis of homology. Prerequisites: AUBIO 338 or 389.

Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation
AUBIO 459

Field course that addresses problems of biodiversity and conservation in tropical environments. The student participates in field workshops, and designs and conducts his or her own field project to answer questions related to ecological and biological conservation. Prerequisite: AUBIO 350 or AUENV 350, and consent of the instructors based on successful completion of the selection process. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 459 and AUENV 459. Students who have received credit for AUBIO 359 or AUENV 359 may enrol in AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459 in a subsequent year based on successful completion of the selection process. 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.