Course Descriptions
2021-2022 School Year
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BSC1001  Introduction to Biology  3.0   P
This course is a one-semester introduction to the biological sciences for the non-science major. It is intended to help the student construct a framework for the interpretation of interrelationships between all living systems and place events in biology in context with other developments in mathematics, chemistry, and cultural history. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data. There is no laboratory associated with this course.... Full Description

BSC1030  Biology and Human Values  3.0   P
This course introduces some of the basic concepts of biology to the student and illustrates how these concepts apply to various aspects of contemporary life in global, national, and regionally diverse societies. The concepts covered are discussed in terms of the interrelatedness of diverse cultures and include methods of science, technology, genetics, evolution, reproduction, development, health, diseases and ecology as they relate to the global impacts of humans on the world as well as the unifying effects of biology on all humans. These topics address the outcome of global problem solving as it relates to societies world views, values, social institutions, economics and politics. The importance of diversity in cultural belief systems as. Full Description

BSC2011L  General Core Biology 2 Lab  1.0   P
The lab experience is an integral part of the course and will consist of weekly experiences paralleling the topics covered in the lecture.... Full Description

BSC2050  Energy and Ecology  3.0   P
This non-major course offers the student a study of biology and ecology. It emphasizes energy concepts, cause and effect relationships, and the flow of information and/or materials in both human and natural systems. Natural processes that occur in systems locally and that are also in action globally are explored, as are current environmental problems and issues affecting both local and global societies. Students will examine regions throughout the world and build a global perspective of life beyond the borders of the United States of America. This course also includes modeling of systems and/or computer simulations and a project that is research based. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for whi Full Description

BSC2005L  General Biology Lab  1.0   P
Lab for General Biology.... Full Description

BSC2010L  Core Biology 1 Lab  1.0   P
The lab experience is an integral part of the course and will consist of weekly experiences paralleling the topics covered in the lecture.... Full Description

BSC2250  Florida Flora and Fauna  3.0   P
This course will enable the student to recognize common species of local plants and animals in the field. The student will also acquire an understanding of basic morphological characteristics of the organisms studied and should be able to use keys and guides in the identification of local herbaceous and woody plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data.... Full Description

ZOO2010  General Zoology  3.0   P
A one semester course intended for life-sciences majors; it is a survey of the Kingdom Animalia, including the history, evolutionary relationships, form, function, and natural history of members of the various phyla. The laboratory is an integral part of the course and deals with selected representatives of the groups discussed. It is recommended that students have a one-term biology course or the equivalent as background. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data.... Full Description

WIS2930  Special Topics - Coastal Disturbance Ecology  3.0   P
Coastal Disturbance Ecology is open to graduate and undergraduates who are interested in immersing themselves in an intensive 10-day field course in a remote setting. Students will need instructor permission to enroll in class.... Full Description

WIS2931  Special Topics - Conservation Biology  3.0   P
Coastal Conservation Biology is open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in immersing themselves in an intensive 10-day field course in a remote setting. Students will need instructor permission to enroll in class.... Full Description

EVR1001  Introduction to Environmental Science  3.0   P
This course discusses current global environmental concerns and their management. Topics include basic ecology and ecosystems, population growth, agricultural systems, energy resources, environmental economics and regulations, water and air pollution and atmospheric change. Emphasis is on application of biological, physical and chemical methods used to understand and solve international and domestic environmental problems in the context of economic and multicultural settings. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types o Full Description

ISC2931  Careers in Biomedical Sciences  1.0   P
A seminar course with learning activities focused on understanding the process and culture of scientific research, including examples presented by University of Florida research faculty and staff in the biomedical and behavioral sciences fields. The course will include training in the Responsible Conduct of Research and provides students with presentations from research-active University of Florida faculty illustrating opportunities for undergraduate student research.... Full Description

BSC2311C  Introduction to Marine Biology  4.0   P
This course is designed as an introduction to the saltwater biological systems that cover seventy percent of planet Earth. The physical and chemical factors that affect marine organisms are examined and the resulting biological and ecological interrelationships are emphasized. An organismal survey of marine microbes, plants and animals gives students an appreciation for biological organization and evolution in the context of the history of marine science and present-day research techniques. The lab component of the course gives students direct experience with organisms and systems studied. Experimental design and use of the scientific method are emphasized. This lecture and lab course is designed to meet 4 credit hours of general education Full Description

BOT2010L  General Botany Lab  1.0   P
Lab for General Botany 1.... Full Description

BSC2011  General Core Biology 2  3.0   P
This course is part of a two-semester general biology course intended for students majoring in one of the life sciences or pre-professional majors. Topics include plant anatomy and physiology, embryology, evolutionary theory, ecology, ethology, and human evolution.... Full Description

PCB2610  General Genetics and Evolution  3.0   P
This is a basic course in genetics and evolution intended for all students. It will stress the basic concepts in genetics and discuss more recent advances in the field. The course will also consider the concepts in population genetics and evolution. Some hands-on experiences are included. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data.... Full Description

BOT2010  General Botany  3.0   P
This course is designed for science majors or pre-professional students and includes the anatomy, physiology, and development of the higher plants and their importance. The successful student will have a strong high school background in chemistry and biology, or a college level course in biology. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data. The laboratory consists of selected experiments which correlate with the lecture.... Full Description

BOT2011L  General Botany Lab  1.0   P
Lab for General Botany 2.... Full Description

BSC2010  Core Biology 1  3.0   P
This is the first course of a two-semester core biology sequence designed to fulfill the needs of the student interested in a career focusing on the life sciences. It includes a study of the origins of life; cell chemistry, structure and function; energy and metabolism; genetics; and taxonomy. A basic knowledge of atomic structure and bonding is helpful and successful completion of the first term of the chemistry sequence is suggested. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data.... Full Description

ZOO1503C  Animal Behavior and Ecology  3.0   P
This course is a basic study of the factors governing animal ecology, behavior and the relationships between them. Basic principles, developments and research in Ethology, Behavioral Ecology (the study of animal behavior), and Ecology (the study of relationships between organisms and their environments) are presented and examined. Some field projects and/or laboratory experiences are included. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data.... Full Description

ZOO2010L  General Zoology Lab  1.0   P
Lab to support General Zoology.... Full Description

BOT2011  General Botany: Plant Diversity  3.0   P
This course is intended for science majors and is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of plant evolution, taxonomy, and phylogeny to help them to appreciate the large diversity of plants. It will provide a study of the divisions of the plant kingdom with emphasis on morphology and taxonomy. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various types of data. The laboratory includes some field work emphasizing the identification of local flora and ecological relationships. The successful student will have a strong high. Full Description

BSC2005  General Biology  3.0   P
This course is intended as a one-semester biology experience for the student whose career emphasis is not focused on the sciences. It is intended to help the student construct a framework for the interpretation of interrelationships between all living systems. It includes the cell concept, multicellular organization and reproduction; the taxonomy, morphology and physiology of important groups of the animal and plant kingdoms; and the study of the organism-environmental relationships. The course earns General Education credit under the Biological Sciences category for which successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning, including the analysis and interpretation of various. Full Description

BSC2862  Global Change Ecology and Sustainability  3.0   P
This course examines key issues in sustainability and global environmental change from an ecological perspective. Major themes include impacts of development and environmental change on terrestrial and aquatic ecological communities and interactions between terrestrial and aquatic systems and the atmosphere. Sustainability in this course (and by the EPA) is defined as the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. The concepts addressed in this course apply broadly to the biological sciences. In addition, the role of global policies, economics, agriculture, and population impacts related to global change will be discussed in terms of sustainability and ecology. This course earns General Education credit u Full Description