Department of Biological Sciences
Chairperson and Professor Seeley
and Professor Bowmer
Professors J. Anderson, R. Anderson, Farrell, Griffith, Holte, House, Keller, J. McCune, R. McCune, W. Minshall, Scalarone, Spall,Stephens Streubel, Trost, Tullis, Winston Associate Professors D. Bunde, Huntly, Rose Assistant Professors Fehrer, Hand, Hill, Inouye, Peterson, Smith Adjunct Faculty Apel, Bechard,
Chapman, Clark, Colwell, Connelly, Corsini, Johnson, Laundre, Markham, Mickelson, J. Minshall, Perotto, Platts, Reynolds, Roberts,
Rosentreter, Torma, Ward, Wolfram
Affiliate Faculty C. Bunde, Kritsky, Urfer Auxiliary Faculty Akersten
Philosophy in Biology
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is granted for proven ability and scholarly attainment in a special field, including recognized ability for independent investigation. It is primarily a research degree and is not granted solely on the completion of a certain number of credits. There are no fixed credit requirements for this degree at Idaho State University. The credits for the dissertation and the research on which it is based should comprise a substantial portion of the program and involve original and/or creative work. The program of study shall consist of courses in the major field as determined by an advisory committee and shall include a minor of at least 12 credit hours. Up to four credit hours of the minor may be selected from the complementary sub-discipline in biology. The research and writing connected with the thesis is understood to require the equivalent of at least one year of full-time work. Requirements
At least two full-time consecutive semesters taken in residence after the first 30 hours of graduate work; at least 3.0 GPA for last two years of undergraduate work; GRE scores above the 50th percentile; and successful completion of a Master of Science degree; qualifying examination during the first semester of program; comprehensive examination when course work is essentially complete; final defense of dissertation. Language Requirements
Those students whose native language is English must satisfy at least one of the following:
g452 Population Ecology 3 credits. Study of the forces that
determine the composition, density, and distribution of
terrestrial animal populations; including natality, mortality,
dispersion, and environment, knowledge of which is applicable to
game management. Field trips. PREREQ: BIOS 203 or permission of
g454 Advanced Immunology 3 credits. Detailed study of selected areas of immunology. Course content will vary with current demand. Students will lead discussions and present current literature. PREREQ: BIOS g351 and permission of the instructor. g456 Human Physiology II 4 credits. Physiology of gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Includes studies of acid-base balance, peripheral circulation, shock, and temperature regulation. PREREQ: BIOS g449 or equivalent. g459 Ecology; Biology of Fishes 3 credits. Study of the anatomy, ecology, and management of fishes of economic importance. Field trips. PREREQ: BIOS 203 or permission of the instructor. g460 Neuroanatomy 2 credits. Comprehensive presentation of the anatomy of the central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord. Combined lecture and laboratory demonstration. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.
g461 Advanced Genetics 3 credits. Detailed and critical consideration of selected genetic topics with emphasis of recent advances. PREREQ: BIOS g358 and permission. g462 Freshwater Ecology 3 credits. Study of the interaction of physical and biotic factors in aquatic communities. Field trips. PREREQ: BIOS 203.
g463 Human Pathophysiology 5 credits. The study of basic processes underlying diseases with an emphasis on correlating anatomical, functional, and biochemical alterations with clinical manifestations. PREREQ: BIOS g425 one year of physiology, and biochemistry, or approval of instructor. g465 Microbial Genetics 3 credits. Principles of heredity and variation with application of these principles to bacteria and viruses. PREREQ: BIOS 236; CHEM 302.
g466 Medical Mycology 3 credits. Lecture/laboratory course addressing medically important fungi. Taxonomy, clinical disease, pathogenesis, immunological diagnosis and laboratory identification of contaminants, opportunists, superficial, cutaneous, subcutaneous and systemic mycoses. PREREQ: BIOS 221 or 235.
g467 Microbial Genetics Laboratory l credit. Laboratory investigations of the principles of heredity, variation and genetic exchange in bacteria and bacterial viruses. PREREQ: BIOS 235 or BIOS 221 and 223.
g468 Oral Microbiology 1 credit. Study of microbiology of plaque, caries, periodontal disease, immunobiology of oral disease and control of microorganisms with antimicrobial agents. Four periods devoted to laboratory study of medically important oral microbes. PREREQ or CO-REQ: BIOS g355.
g469 Special Topics in Microbiology 1-4 credits. Study of selected topics in microbiology. Course contents will vary with topics selected. May be repeated with departmental approval for nonrepetitive course content. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor.
g470 Cross Sectional Anatomy 1 credit. Human gross regional anatomy in cross and sagittal sections. Designed to prepare students in radiographic sciences to understand structure depicted by various imaging techniques. PREREQ: BIOS 100 or 101; 301 and 302.
g471 Pathophysiology 4 credits. Focuses on the response of physiological systems to pathophysiological disruptions. The relationships between tissue, organ, and systemic physiology and pathological conditions will be emphasized. PREREQ: BIOS g301 and g302 or BIOS g303.
g473 Industrial Microbiology 4 credits. Microbiological and biochemical aspects of fermentative and oxidative processes of industrial importance such as yeast, mold, and bacterial fermentation. PREREQ: BIOS g433.
g474 Human Anatomy (Physical Therapy Emphasis) 5 credits. Human gross anatomy and histology for, but not limited to, physical therapy students emphasizing the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, peripheral nervous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. PREREQ: BIOS 301 and 302 or equivalent. g475 General Virology 3 credits. Introduction to the general principles of virology through consideration of structure, genetics, replication and biochemistry of animal and bacterial viruses. PREREQ: Completion of 90 credits. g476 Ecology of Water Pollution 3 credits. Study of the causes of pollution and their effects on the aquatic environment and its inhabitants. Special consideration will be given to the biological and chemical assessment of pollution in streams and to its control. Field work. PREREQ: BIOS g462 or permission of the department.
g477 Bacterial Virology Laboratory 1 credit. Designed to acquaint students with the techniques and experimental principles used in the study of bacterial viruses. Must be accompanied by BIOS g475. g478 Animal Virology Laboratory 1 credit. Introduces tissue culture methods and other techniques employed in the study of animal viruses. Must be accompanied by BIOS g475. g479 Survey of Electron Microscopy 2 credits. Introduction to the potentialities, theory, techniques, and limitations of electron microscopy. The field will be surveyed as a whole, but primary emphasis will be on biological applications. Lectures will include both formal presentations and demonstrations of selected techniques. The operation of the electron microscope also will be demonstrated. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. g481-g482 Independent Problems 1-4 credits. Individual problems will be assigned to students on the basis of interest and previous preparation. PREREQ: Senior standing in biology and permission of the instructor.
g485 Nutritional Biochemistry 3 credits. Human metabolism in health and disease. Emphasizes interrelationships among hormones, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals within tissues and organs. PREREQ: CHEM 107, 108; or CHEM 121 and 301. g486 Human Systemic Physiology 5 credits. One semester human physiology course emphasizing the function and regulation of the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and immune systems. PREREQ: CHEM 121 and 122; BIOS 301 and 302 or equivalent.
g489 Field Ecology 3 credits. An intensive field of study of at least one biogeographical region to increase students' knowledge of and skill with field sampling techniques, field-study design, data collection and analysis, and report preparation. PREREQ: BIOS 203.
g491-492 Seminar l credit. Review of current research and literature in the general fields of biological science. Open only to graduate students and seniors or by permission of the department.
g495 Ethology 3 credits. Behavior of animals and the evolutionary mechanisms that dictate behavioral patterns. PREREQ: upper division or graduate status.
521 Ecological Concepts 3 credits. Major concepts in ecology in relation to environmental degradation, pollution, hazardous materials, and environmental management. Credit may not be used for a graduate degree in biology.
587 Environmental Science and Pollutants 3 credits. Structure and function of ecosystems, sources and characteristics of hazardous materials, mechanisms and pathways of pollutant transport and degradation, mechanisms of pollutant impact on ecosystems and human health. PREREQ: BIOS 521, an undergraduate ecology course, or equivalent.
597 Professional Education Development Topics. Variable credit.
May be repeated. A course for practicing professionals aimed at
the development and improvement of skills. May not be applied to
graduate degrees. May be graded S/U.
601 Animal Behavior 3 credits. Behavior and social organization of animals with particular attention to the vertebrates. Lecture, laboratory, and field work. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of the department.
602 Advanced Plant Physiology 3 credits. Study of interrelationships of soil, water, and minerals in the nutrition of plants. PREREQ: BIOS g304.
603 Comparative Physiology 3 credits. Study of the ways in which organisms meet their functional requirements. Lecture and laboratory. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of the department.
604 Advanced Limnology: Streams and Biotic Production 3 credits. Study of the ecology of streams; chemical, physical, and geological aspects in relation to biota. The production of organic matter in flowing water is emphasized, including the tracing of food chains and food webs and the construction of energy budgets. Field trips. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor.
605 Biometry 4 credits. Application of descriptive and analytical statistical methods to experimental design and biological research. PREREQ: Math 111 or equivalent or permission.
607 Environmental Physiology 3 credits. Study of the physiological mechanisms and interrelated behavioral patterns by which animals respond to environmental factors. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor. 610 Principles of Molecular Biology 3 credits. Introduction to subcellular biology and molecular genetics. DNA replication, cell division, the genetic code, transcription, translation, enzyme function, and control mechanisms in procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. PREREQ or COREQ: BIOS g332.
613 Biogeography 3 credits. Discussion of patterns of distribution of species and their historical and ecological causes. Includes research project.
621 Advanced Methods in Microbiology 3 credits. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor. 623 Soil and Ground Water Bioremediation 3 credits. Theoretical and applied aspects of biological treatment for contaminated subsurface systems. PREREQ: BIOS 587.
624 Microbial Ecology 3 credits. Ecological principles applied to microorganisms. PREREQ: Graduate standing and a course in microbiology.
628 Cytology and Cell Physiology 4 credits. Advanced study of the functions and structural components of cells. Lecture and laboratory. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.
629 Basic Concepts in Biology 3 credits. Considerations of fundamental concepts of biology, their origin and development. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor.
631-632 Advanced Systematic Botany 3 credits. Classification of plants as it rests on morphological, chemical, ecological, and genetics bases. PREREQ: BIOS g312.
633 Advanced Microbial Physiology 3 credits. Advanced topics in microbial physiology and biochemistry. PREREQ: BIOS g332 and permission of the instructor.
634 Intermediary Metabolism 3 credits. Theory, reactions, and methods pertinent to research in intermediary metabolism. PREREQ: BIOS g332 and permission of the instructor. 636 Experimental Intermediary Metabolism 2 credits. Must be accompanied by or preceded by BIOS 634. 648 Graduate Problems 1-9 credits per semester (may be repeated). Thesis related research. PREREQ: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. S-U grading.
650 Thesis 1-6 credits. S-U grading.
651 Advanced Studies in Ecology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with ecological relationships.
652 Advanced Studies in Physiology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in physiology.
653 Advanced Studies in Vertebrate Zoology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in vertebrate zoology.
654 Advanced Studies in Invertebrate Zoology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in invertebrate zoology.
655 Advanced Studies in Vertebrate Paleontology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in vertebrate paleontology. 656 Advanced Studies in Systematic Biology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in systematic biology.
657 Advanced Studies in Plant Biology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in plant biology.
658 Advanced Studies in Limnology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in limnology.
659 Advanced Studies in Genetics 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in genetics.
660 Selected Topics in Biochemistry 3 credits. Detailed study of selected areas of biochemistry. Course content will vary with current demand. PREREQ: BIOS g435 or permission of the instructor.
661 Advanced Studies in Environmental Physiology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in environmental physiology. 662 Advanced Studies in Developmental Biology 2-6 credits. Flexible use of seminars, lectures, and laboratory work dealing with problems in developmental biology. 670 Selected Topics in Microbiology 1-4 credits. Detailed study of selected areas of microbiology. Course content will vary with current demand. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. 675 Advanced Bacterial Virology 3 credits. Detailed study of selected areas of bacterial virology. Course content will vary with current demand. PREREQ: g475 and permission of instructor. 676 Advanced Animal Virology 3 credits. Detailed study of selected areas of animal virology. Course content will vary with current demand. PREREQ: BIOS g475 and permission of the instructor.
679 Electron Microscopy 5 credits. Introduction to uses of the electron microscope in biological research. Designed to develop proficiency in use and operation of the electron microscope, specimen preparation for electron microscopy, and photographic skills as applied to electron microscopy. In addition, students will develop a special project for individual study. PREREQ: BIOS g479, graduate standing, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to students who have a demonstrated need to learn electron microscopy techniques.
691 Seminar 1 credit. Review of current research and literature. May be repeated until a maximum of 4 credits is earned. S-U grading.
692 Seminar 1 credit. Review of current research and literature. May be repeated until a maximum of 4 credits is earned. S-U grading.
693 Seminar in College Teaching 1 credit. Doctor of Arts candidates. May be repeated once. S-U grading. 694 Advanced Studies in College Teaching 2-6 credits. Investigation into new approaches to the teaching of biology in community and junior colleges.
699 Doctor's Dissertation variable credit. S-U grading. 700 Supervised Teaching Internship variable to 9 credits per semester. S-U grading.