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  • Department of Biology
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry
    Credits: 3; Prereq: CHM 2046 or CHM 2047.
    Elementary organic chemistry and biochemistry for students in the agricultural technical curricula. This is a terminal course and is not part of any sequence.
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    BOT 2010C Introductory Botany
    Credits: 3.
    Structures and functions of cells, tissues and organs of flowering plants. Students with credit in APB 2150, BSC 2005 or BSC 2010 cannot register for this course; they should take BOT 2011C. (B)
    BOT 2011C Plant Diversity
    Credits: 4; Prereq: introductory college biology/botany course or the equivalent.
    Survey of major plant groups with regard to structure, life histories and uses accompanied by a laboratory showing the diversity of plants in the world. (B)
    BOT 2710C Practical Plant Taxonomy
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces plant taxonomy including principles of systematic botany, nomenclature and classification, but emphasizing identification. Student will be able to identify the common ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms and flowering plants of field and garden.
    BOT 2800C Plants in Human Affairs
    Credits: 3.
    The role of plants in the development of civilization and the influence of plants on world history, politics, economics and culture. A survey of useful and harmful plants and plant products. (B)
    BOT 3151C Local Flora of North Florida
    Credits: 3.
    Laboratory observation of the gross features of vascular plants and practice in the use of keys to identify plants. Elementary ecology of principal types of plant communities in northern Florida. Field trips.
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    BOT 3503 Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BOT 2010C or BSC 2005 or BSC 2010; and CHM 2046C. Coreq: BOT 3503L (laboratory may be taken in subsequent term).
    The chemical organization, cellular organization, metabolism, nutrition, growth and molecular biology of the higher plants.
    BOT 3503L Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants Laboratory
    Credits: 2; Coreq: BOT 3503.
    Laboratory experiments to accompany BOT 3503.
    BOT 4053 Practical Experience in Teaching Botany
    Credits: 2; can be repeated with change in content or course up to 4 credits; Prereq: generally, senior standing with recommendations from two faculty members, including the course instructor.
    Participation in teaching one 3000-level botany course with practical experience in instructional procedures, testing and grading, course and laboratory preparation and laboratory assistance.
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    BOT 4621 Plant Geography
    Credits: 2; Prereq: BSC 2010/2010L and BSC 2011/2011L with minimum grades of C, or instructor permission.
    Patterns in the distribution of plants around the earth and factors that influence plant geography. Topics include similarities of plant communities in different parts of the world, common distribution patterns among individual taxa, and methods for inferring biogeographic history and predicting future changes in plant distribution.
    BOT 4650 Plant Symbiosis
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010/2010L and BSC 2011/2011L with minimum grades of C.
    Examines the crucial role of symbioses in shaping the diversity of life. Topics include generalities among symbioses, origins and establishment of symbioses, and coevolution and cospeciation, as well as specifics of well-studied exemplars of bacterial, fungal, animal, and plant symbioses with plants.
    BOT 4905 Individual Studies in Botany
    Credits: 2 to 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 8 credits; Prereq: 8 credits of botany.
    Qualified students and an instructor choose a particular problem for study.
    BOT 4911 Undergraduate Research in Botany
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Botany. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Botany.
    BOT 4935 Special Topics
    Credits: 1 to 4.
    Special topics in botany.
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    BSC 1920 First Year Introduction: Biology at UF
    Credits: 1; Prereq: biology, botany, zoology or exploring science and engineering majors only.
    Introduces the field of biology and the academic resources specific to this discipline at UF. Discussions of the nature and practice of scientific research, laboratory safety, advising and career resources for biologists. Developments in the instructor's area of expertise are used to illustrate key subjects. (S-U)
    BSC 2005 Biological Sciences
    Credits: 3.
    A comprehensive introduction to living systems, including the scientific basis of biology, cell structure and function, genetic mechanisms, animal and plant anatomy and physiology, and ecology and evolutionary processes. Recommended for students not majoring in the natural sciences. (B)
    BSC 2005L Laboratory in Biological Sciences
    Credits: 1.
    A laboratory for students who need experience in a nonprofessionally oriented laboratory or for those who need laboratory experience to satisfy requirements for graduation. (B)
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1
    Credits: 3.
    General Biology Core: the first of a two-semester sequence that prepares students for advanced biological sciences courses and allied fields. Studies the origin of life systems; of biological molecules and organization of living things at the subcellular, cellular and organismic levels; and of the activities of living forms in obtaining and utilizing energy and materials in growth, maintenance and reproduction. (B)
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
    Credits: 1; Coreq: BSC 2010 or the equivalent.
    Laboratory experiments designed to accompany BSC 2010. Students should register for BSC 2010 and 2010L concurrently. (B)
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    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010 or the equivalent.
    General Biology Core: the second of a two-semester sequence that prepares students for advanced biological sciences courses and allied fields. Examination in living things of the principles of information storage, transmission and utilization at the cell, organism and population levels; of the mechanisms of evolutionary change in the diversification of living things and their life styles; of population growth and regulation; and of energy flow and biogeochemical cycling in the biosphere. (B)
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
    Credits: 1; Coreq: BSC 2011 or the equivalent.
    Laboratory experiments designed to accompany BSC 2011. Students should register for BSC 2011 and 2011L concurrently. (B)
    BSC 2044L Accelerated, Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory
    Credits: 2; Coreq: BSC 2010 or the equivalent.
    A cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum that focuses on major themes and concepts in biology with an emphasis on their physical and chemical foundations and applications in quantitative research. Equivalent to BSC 2010L and BSC 2011L.
    BSC 2862 Global Change Ecology and Sustainability
    Credits: 3.
    Examines key issues in sustainability and global environmental change from an ecological perspective. Major themes include impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecological communities; feedback between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere; and implications of climate change for the sustainability of natural and managed ecosystems. (B)
    BSC 2930 Special Topics
    Credits: 1 to 4.
    Special topics in general biology. (B)
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    BSC 3096 Human Physiology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: CHM2046 and either BSC 2011 or APK 2105C.
    The functioning of human tissues, organs and organ systems, emphasizing the physical, chemical and mechanistic bases of normal physiology and the integrated function of the human body. Also introduces pathophysiological changes associated with human diseases.
    BSC 3307C Climate Change Biology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L with minimum grades of C.
    Climate change and its impacts on biological communities, feedbacks from the biosphere to the climate system and human impacts on the carbon cycle. Emphasis on the response of vegetation to climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the role of terrestrial ecosystems in regulating climate via the carbon cycle.
    BSC 3402 Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences
    Credits: 2.
    Presents the scientific method, in its many formulations, from historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives. Explores generation and presentation of data, formulation of hypotheses and theories and dissemination of results. Also examines the ethical implication of biological research.
    BSC 3911 Entering Research in Biology
    Credits: 1; Coreq: BSC 4910 or BOT 4905 or ZOO 4905 or IDH 4912
    A seminar course to complement a student’s mentored research experience. Must be taken concurrently with research credits. Students meet weekly to share their research experiences and to get feedback on the progress of their research projects.
    BSC 4821C Evolutionary Biogeography
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L with minimum grades of C.
    How to interpret biological data sets in a biogeographical context. Topics and methods in historical and ecological biogeography are discussed.
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    BSC 4910 Individual Mentored Research in Biology
    Credits: 1 to 3; Prereq: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L with minimum grades of C; Coreq: BSC 3911.
    Qualified students work with a supervising instructor on a research project in biology.
    BSC 4912 Advanced Mentored Research in Biology
    Credits: 0 to 4; Prereq: BSC 3911 and BSC 4910 with minimum grades of C.
    Advanced students work with a supervising instructor on a research project in biology. May be repeated for full credit.
    BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research
    Credits: 2. Prereq: senior standing in biology, botany or zoology.
    Critical analysis of current life sciences research through online discussions of research seminars and peer reviewed scientific publications.
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    ISC 2400L Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: high school algebra or equivalent.
    First course in a two-semester inquiry-based laboratory focusing on major themes and concepts in biology, chemistry and physics with an emphasis on their integrated applications in modern, quantitative research. Satisfies course requirements for BSC 2010L, CHM 2045L and PHY 2053L.
    ISC 2401L Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: ISC 2400L and MAC 1147 or equivalent; Coreq: BSC 2010 and CHM 2045 or CHM 2047 or CHM 2095.
    Second course in a two-semester inquiry-based laboratory focusing on major themes and concepts in biology, chemistry and physics with an emphasis on their integrated applications in modern, quantitative research. Satisfies course requirements for BSC 2011L, CHM 2046L and PHY 2054L.
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    PCB 3023 Essential Cell Biology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or equivalent.
    Introduces the basic concepts of molecular cell biology in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems including experimental strategies and methodology. This course is intended for those interested in plants.
    PCB 3034C Introduction to Ecology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: introductory college biology.
    Basic principles of ecology as they apply to environmental problems including major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Florida.
    PCB 3063 Genetics
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C and general chemistry.
    The fundamental properties of inheritance in eukaryotic organisms emphasizing examples in man. Basic concepts are developed for the nature, organization, transmission, expression, recombination and function of genetic materials and principles are derived for genetically characterizing populations.
    PCB 3601C Plant Ecology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: introductory college biology or botany.
    Principles of ecology at scales ranging from individual plants to landscapes. Emphasis is on species, ecosystems and environmental programs in Florida.
    PCB 3713C Cellular and Systems Physiology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2010 and CHM 2046, CHM 2047, CHM 2051, or CHM 2096 and PHY 2048, PHY 2054 or PHY 2061, all with minimum grades of C.
    How cells, organs and higher level systems are integrated and coordinated in the functions of humans and other animals. Emphasizes the use of model organisms, mathematical models and the physical sciences to understand the mechanistic basis of normal physiology and dysfunction.
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    PCB 4043C General Ecology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C.
    Ecological processes and organization in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Laboratory and field exercises emphasize techniques of ecological analysis.
    PCB 4553 Population Genetics
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C.
    Population and quantitative genetics, including the theory of gene frequency dynamics within and between populations, and deterministic and stochastic processes in evolution.
    PCB 4674 Evolution
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C; Coreq: one semester of calculus; PCB 3063 recommended.
    Processes and mechanisms of evolution, including population genetics, speciation, patterns of evolution and molecular evolution.
    PCB 4712 Comparative Biomechanics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C; PHY 2048, PHY 2053L, PCB 4674 and ZOO 3713C.
    Reviews physical principles governing the form and function of organisms.
    PCB 4723C Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals
    Credits: 5; Prereq: BSC 2011 and (CHM 2046 or CHM 2047); (PHY 2048 or PHY 2053 or PHY 2060) and (PCB 3063 and PCB 4674), all with minimum grades of C are also recommended.
    Discusses the processes and mechanisms of maintenance, activity and integration in animals with emphasis on vertebrates. Laboratory experience in quantitative methods and techniques of physiological investigation.
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    ZOO 3513C Animal Behavior
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C, and PCB 4674.
    The causes, origins and evolution of animal behavior emphasizing field observations and experiments on the behavior of a variety of animal groups.
    ZOO 3603C Evolutionary Developmental Biology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C.
    Analysis of embryonic development, underlying genetic mechanisms and how these processes have driven the evolutionary diversification of animal body plans.
    ZOO 3713C Functional Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C.
    The form and function of chordates accompanied by laboratory work dealing with a selected series of chordates.
    ZOO 4205C Invertebrate Biodiversity
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L with minimum grades of C and PCB 4674 with minimum grade of C (recommended).
    Comparative biology of invertebrates, emphasizing morphology, evolution, ecology and life history.
    ZOO 4307C Vertebrate Biodiversity
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L with minimum grades of C.
    Comparative biology of vertebrates, emphasizing morphology, evolution, ecology and behavior.
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    ZOO 4403C Marine Biology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C.
    Survey of major marine taxa, systematics of local marine fauna and flora, with familiarization of the marine environment. Laboratory emphasizes field work and independent projects.
    ZOO 4472C Avian Biology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C, and PCB 4674 (recommended).
    The basic biological characteristics of birds, which, as exceptionally unique flying vertebrates, are confronted with a spectrum of problems in terms of anatomy, physiology, behavior, migration and population ecology.
    ZOO 4905 Individual Studies in Zoology
    Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated for full credit; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C, and instructor permission.
    Qualified students and the instructor concerned may choose a particular topic or problem for study.
    ZOO 4911 Undergraduate Research in Zoology
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Zoology. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Zoology.
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    ZOO 4926 Special Topics in Zoology
    Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 8 credits; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C, and instructor permission.
    Lectures, conferences or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in zoology.
    ZOO 4940 Practical Experience in Teaching Zoology
    Credits: 2; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C, one zoology laboratory-based course, senior status and instructor permission.
    Participation in teaching approved zoology courses with practical experience in instructional procedures, testing and grading, course and laboratory preparation and laboratory assistance. Cannot be used to satisfy minimum hour requirement for zoology major. (S-U)
    ZOO 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 18; can be repeated with change in content up to 18 credits; Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C and undergraduate advisor permission.
    Provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
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