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graduate Program 

Welcome, to the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences. Our department offers a varieity of graduate degrees to meet your needs. We have a variety of courses that can be taken to make your graduate experience the best it can be. There are two LISTSERVs that can be of use to graduate students. All graduate students in the department should add themselves to the first LISTSERV (see below). If you have questions, please contact the graduate school or Dr. David Hicks (graduate program director, Biology).

Admissions Requirements

Application

Graduate Catalog

DEGREES

Our department offers four graduate degrees:

  1. Master of Science (with thesis)
  2. Master of Science (without thesis)
  3. Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in biology, with thesis)
  4. Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in biology, without thesis)

LISTSERVS

BIOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM: This is an e-mail list specifically for biology graduate students and is intended to alert participants to curriculum and policy revisions, program deadlines (e.g., timelines for theses applications, comprehensive exams, etc.), assistantships, and new course offerings. Membership in the list is public and unrestricted.

OPPORTUNITIES BIOLOGY: This is an e-mail list for both graduate and undergraduate students of biology that sends e-mail notifications regarding jobs, internships, summer research programs, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, new course offerings, and upcoming seminars and conferences.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in biology.

To sign up for either of these lists, go to http://listserv.utb.edu

COURSES

BIOL 5170 Laboratory Topics in Biology

Specialized laboratory content and/or field experiences not available in other courses. May be repeated for credit as laboratory content and/or field experiences change. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Lec. 0, Lab 3, Cr.

BIOL 5301 Evolution

A study of organic evolution with emphasis on mechanics, especially genetics and modern theories. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in genetics and ecology. Lec. 3, Lab 0, Cr. 3.

BIOL 5370 Topics in Biology

Specialized lecture content not available in other courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Lec. 3, Lab 0, Cr. 4.

BIOL 5402 Marine Zoology

A study of the common marine animals, especially invertebrates in coastal waters. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for BIOL 4402. Graduate students must complete an independent project. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Lec. 3, Lab 3, Cr. 4.

BIOL 5414 Plant Taxonomy

Principles of plant classification, identification of vascular plants with emphasis on native flowering plants. Credit will not be given for both BIOL 4414 and BIOL 5414. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Lec. 3, Lab 3. Cr. 4.

BIOL 5422 Conservation Biology

Focus on the biological problems at multiple scales (e.g., genetics, populations, ecosystems) due to both anthropogenic and natural stressors. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Lec. 3, Lab 3. Cr. 4.

BIOL 5427 Texas Coastal Ecology

Lecture, lab, and field study of the major near-shore habitats and communities of the western Gulf of Mexico including: beaches, sand dunes, estuaries, salt marshes, mud flats, sea grass meadows, and rocky shores. Emphasis is placed on directed, field-oriented, group and/or individual research projects. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Lec. 3, Lab 1, Cr. 4.

BIOL 5455 Biostatistics

This course introduced methods for the collection and statistical analysis of biological data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, regression and non-parametric methods. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, computer literacy. Lec. 3. Lab 3. Cr. 4.

BIOL 6101 Biology Graduate Seminar

Independent scholarly review of topics of current research interests, reporting and discussion with faculty and other students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Lec. 1, Lab 0, Cr. 1.

BIOL 6102 Final Research Seminar

Presentation of the student's Thesis or Graduate Biological Research Problem to the assembled Graduate Faculty, students and guests. Prerequisite: Final semester enrollment, approval of committee. Lec. 1, Lab 0, Cr. 1.

BIOL 6301 Molecular Techniques and Laboratory Instrumentation

A study and application of laboratory techniques, with an emphasis on molecular techniques. This course may be team taught by various members of the graduate faculty as expertise dictates. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Lec.2, Lab 3, Cr. 3.

BIOL 6303 Evolutionary Ecology

The role of genetics and evolution in ecology at the individual, population, and community levels. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, BIOL 3303, 3409 or equivalent. Lec.3, Lab 3, Cr. 4.

BIOL 6312 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology

An in-depth study of physical and molecular activity at the cellular level. Topics to be emphasized include: nucleic acid structure and organization, gene expression and its regulation, protein structure and recombinant DNA techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Lec. 3, Lab 0, Cr. 3.

BIOL 6330 Molecular and Cellular Evolution

Study of the appearance of life on earth and its subsequent evolution at the molecular and cellular levels. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Lec. 3, Lab 0. Cr. 3.

BIOL 6350 Bioenergetics

The use of quantitative analysis of energy resource partitioning to study the evolution of adaptational strategy at the biochemical, cellular, individual, population and ecosystem levels, including quantitative analysis of physiological processes and life history adaptations in terms of energetic efficiency. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in physiology or comparative physiology. Lec. 3, Lab 0, Cr. 3.

BIOL 6365 Graduate Biological Research Problems

Supervised research involving identification and definition of a problem, preparation of a proposal, collection and analysis of data, writing and submission for faculty approval of a report in standard scientific form. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and advisor. Lec. 0, Lab 8, Cr. 3.

BIOL 6385 Special Graduate Research

Research problems supervised by a faculty member. Offered for students who desire research experience prior to beginning BIOL 6365 or Thesis. May include library and laboratory work, or library work only. The final research product may vary, but always will include a written report of results. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission Supervised work as needed. Cr. 3.

BIOL 6390 Biology Internship

Paid or volunteer work in an industrial, educational, private agency, or government facility, under the general supervision of collaborating personnel. The student must secure the appointment for such work, but faculty will assist in finding opportunities. The collaborating personnel and the student must agree to written terms required by the Biological Sciences Department and UTB/TSC. Successful completion requires a letter from the collaborating personnel detailing the student's qualifying experience, an acceptable scholarly report, and a seminar presentation. The instructor must be a full-time member of the Graduate Faculty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, permission of the instructor and Department Chair. Lec. 6, Lab 8, Cr. 3.

BIOL 6400 Neuroscience

This course studies the integrated function of the animal nervous system from molecules in behavior. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and course in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Lec. 3, Lab 3, Cr. 4.

BIOL 7300 Thesis

Supervised research, and will include design of an original research problem with a written proposal, collection, and analysis or original data, and writing of a scientific report in acceptable publication format. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Cr. 1-6 (variable).

BIOL 7301 Thesis

Continuation of BIOL 7300. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission and graduate standing. Cr. 1-6 (variable).

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