2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biological Sciences (BIO)

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300
Ph: 716-645-2525
F: 716-645-2975
W: www.biology.buffalo.edu
Stephen Free
Chair
Denise M. Ferkey
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Molecular Evolution and Genomics, Sensory Transduction and Development. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty; no TAs or adjunct faculty contribute to departmental instruction. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Faculty List Directory

The department faculty for Biological Sciences is available on their website.

Courses


  • BIO 101LEC Licit & Illicit Drugs
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 129LAB Perspectives in Human Biology
    Laboratory

    This Lab is a one credit non-majors course which supplements and complements BIO 129 Lecture which is focused on human biology. This is an online life lab which is designed to aid students in developing skills for researching, obtaining, and evaluating information on topics relevant to human health and disease. Enrollment in BIO 129 LAB does not assure enrollment in BIO 129 LEC. BIO 129 cannot be used as credit toward a Biological Sciences major

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
    Corequisites: BIO 129LEC
  • BIO 129LEC Perspectives in Human Biology
    Lecture

    This is a non-majors course focusing on human biology. The course consists of a three credit lecture. The course will provide fundamental information on how the body works at a level appropriate to non-scientists. Emphasis will be placed on human disease/drug treatments. The role of stress in health and disease will be emphasized. The effects of recreational drugs will also be discussed. At completion of the course, students should have assimilated a general understanding of how various organ systems of the body function together to maintain health. In addition, they should have a basic understanding of how malfunctions in various organ systems cause disease, as well as possible medical interventions to treat diseases. Enrollment in BIO 129 LEC does not assure enrollment in BIO 129 LAB. Please note that credits for BIO 129 do not fulfill requirements toward a Biological Sciences major.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
  • BIO 130LAB Perspectives in Human Biology
    Laboratory

    This course is designated as a laboratory because it emphasizes scientific method/hypothesis testing, evaluation of quantitative data and interactive learning in small groups. It uses a case study approach in which the laboratory methods in the cases are demonstrated and/or explained. The overall aim is to strengthen both awareness and understanding of the importance of scientific literacy among students not majoring in the sciences. Topics covered will be in the fields of genetics and biotechnology, and they may vary from semester to semester, in order to keep topics current and relevant. Enrollment in BIO 130 LAB does not assure enrollment in BIO 130 LEC. Please note that credits for BIO 130 do not fulfill requirements toward a Biological Sciences major.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
    Corequisites: BIO 130LEC
  • BIO 130LEC Perspectives in Human Biology
    Lecture

    A course that covers the chromosomal basis of human heredity. It introduces principles of Mendelian genetics, DNA as genetic material, expression of genes, genetic mutation, and transmission of genes from generation to generation. Enrollment in BIO 130 LEC does not assure enrollment in BIO 130 LAB. Please note that credits for BIO 130 do not fulfill requirements toward a Biological Sciences major.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
  • BIO 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • BIO 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • BIO 200LLB Evolutionary Biology
    Lecture

    Evidence for evolution; principle of genetics; population genetics; selection (natural, sexual, and kin); evolution of major groups of organisms; speciation; adaptation; coevolution; and sociobiology. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
  • BIO 201LLB Cell Biology
    Lecture

    Lectures emphasize experimental foundations of our understanding of cells and cell organelles and cover the mechanisms underlying cell reproduction, cell motility, and cell energetics. Laboratories provide practice in quantitative analysis emphasizing pipetting, pH, spectrophotometry, and centrifugation. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
  • BIO 203LEC General Physiology
    Lecture

    Covers general physiology principles, using cells, plants, and animals as models to illustrate mechanisms by which living organisms maintain internal function and adapt to their external environment. Replaces BIO 328.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 200 and BIO 201
  • BIO 205LEC Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
    Lecture

    Basic course in the fundamentals of biological chemistry for students majoring in biological science and non-majors with an interest in the subject.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: CHE 201 Or CHE 203 Or CHE 251.
  • BIO 211LR Cell Bio Honors Enrichmnt
    Lecture

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 213LBR General Physiology Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Computer lab experience to familiarize students with the types of experiments used to demonstrate physiological principles developed in BIO 203. Replaces BIO 338.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 203 Or (
    Corequisites: BIO 203 And Co-Requisite BIO 213)
  • BIO 215LLB Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Introductory laboratory course in biological chemistry. Experiments deal with the basic methods of isolation, measurements, and characterization of macromolecules.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 216LEC HEREDITY
    Lecture

    HEREDITY

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 301LEC Intermediate Cell Biology
    Lecture

    This course is designed for students who want to extend their knowledge of cell biology beyond introductory cell biology (Bio 201). A wide range of topics will be covered with emphasis on the basic concepts and the experimental approaches that support these concepts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 201 and BIO 205 or BCH 403
  • BIO 302LEC Introduction to Molecular Biology
    Lecture

    Structure and function of molecules, such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Enzymes and energetics. Nucleic acid synthesis, replication, transcription, protein synthesis, and the genetic code.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 205 Or BCH 403
  • BIO 306LEC Cytogenetics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 309LEC Ecology
    Lecture

    Processes that control the abundance and distribution of organisms in their natural environments; emphasizing population, community and evolutionary ecology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 200.
  • BIO 310LLB Ecological Methods
    Laboratory

    Field exercises to illustrate major concepts of modern ecology, and the techniques and procedures used in ecological research.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 317LAB Medical Entomology/Parasitology
    Laboratory

    The course will relate to latest scientific advances in medical entomology, and vector ecology. It will synthesize information gathered about arthropod-borne disease from a variety of research areas, such as evolutionary biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, and ecology. The course will involve field trips and experiments in the Greater Buffalo Region and/or adjacent states. The course is especially suited for students planning a career in the medical, veterinary and public health/ epidemiological sciences.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 200 with a minimum grade of C-
  • BIO 317LEC Medical Entomology/Parasitology
    Lecture

    The course will relate to latest scientific advances in medical entomology, and vector ecology. It will synthesize information gathered about arthropod-borne disease from a variety of research areas, such as evolutionary biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, and ecology. The course will involve field trips and experiments in the Greater Buffalo Region and/or adjacent states. The course is especially suited for students planning a career in the medical, veterinary and public health/ epidemiological sciences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 200 with a minimum grade of C-
  • BIO 318LEC Plant Biology
    Lecture

    This course focuses on land plants and algae. Topics include photosynthesis, water relations, plant nutrition, reproduction, development, ecology, economic botany, and others, depending on student interest. Topics will be covered from molecular to organismal levels.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 200 And BIO 201
  • BIO 319LEC Genetics
    Lecture

    Basic genetic principles emphasizing the molecular basis of heredity. Structure, replication, and function of the genetic material, regulation of gene expression, and genetic recombination.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: BIO 201 And (BCH 403 Or BIO 205)
  • BIO 329LLB Genetics Laboratory
    Laboratory

    A semester-long series of experiments planned to simulate an actual research project. Students generate a mutation and isolate the normal gene to complement it. The normal and mutant genes are analyzed using techniques from molecular biology and bioinformatics.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 319 Or Co-Requisite BIO 319
  • BIO 330LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 332LAB Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Hands-on experience with cellular and molecular techniques used in today's research environment. These techniques include the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and recombinant protein purification.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 302 Or BIO 319 and BIO 215 Or BIO 329, Or permission of instructor. Minimum Grade C- in all Pre-Requisites
  • BIO 332REC Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Recitation

    Hands-on experience with cellular and molecular techniques used in today's research environment. These techniques include the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and recombinant protein purification.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 344LEC Neuroethology
    Lecture

    Neuroethology is the evolutionary and comparative approach to the study of animal behavior and its underlying mechanistic control by the nervous system.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 201 & BIO 203
  • BIO 367LEC Developmental Biology
    Lecture

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in growth and differentiation in animal development.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 319
  • BIO 369LEC Biology of the Microbes
    Lecture

    This course gives an overview of the cell biology, genetics, development, physiology, ecology, and pathology of a wide variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes. The course also includes information about the immune system and its interactions with microbes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 205 or BCH 403
  • BIO 370LBR Developmental Biology Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Studies the morphological aspects of vertebrate development as seen in the chick embryo. Presents various techniques used to study developmental processes.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 215 Or BIO 329 And BIO 367
    Corequisites: If BIO 367 was not previously taken, student must register for BIO 370LBR And BIO 367 in the same term. Minimum grade C in BIO 215 or BIO 329
  • BIO 387LEC Communicating in Biological Sciences
    Lecture

    This course is designed to introduce students to the ways that biologists communicate, both with each other and with the broader public. The focus will be threefold: 1) Describing data, 2) Describing process & product, and 3) Presenting biology. There will be assignments in each of these sections of the course that allow students to gain skills with scientific styles and modes of expression. The aim will be to foster confidence in a scientific style of communication, one which is often quite different from that taught in the humanities. Conciseness, clarity, and exactness will be the hallmarks of successful written and oral products in the course. At the completion of Communicating in Biological Sciences students should have developed each of these traits in their written and oral expression.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 200 and BIO 201 and (BIO 203 or BIO 205) and (completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)).
  • BIO 400LLB Bioinformatics / Genome Analysis
    Lecture

    Computerized analysis of genetic information from a biological perspective. Lectures focus on assumptions, limitations, and strategies of bioinformatics algorithms and statistics. Labs use computers to address biological questions.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 319
  • BIO 401LEC Advanced Biological Chemistry
    Lecture

    Structure and function of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids; mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, energy transduction, and metabolic regulation.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 205 Or
  • BIO 402LEC Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 1
    Lecture

    Covers major topics in cell and developmental biology at the advanced textbook level. Emphasizes the experimental basis underpinning our current knowledge.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 201 and (BIO 205 or BCH 403)
  • BIO 404LEC Advanced Molecular Genetics
    Lecture

    Biological information flow, replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation and gene expression.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 319 with a minimum grade C
  • BIO 405LEC Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2
    Lecture

    An in depth coverage of recent advances in cell and developmental biology based on research articles in the field.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 402
  • BIO 406LEC Signal Transduction
    Lecture

    This course discusses how cells respond to stimuli, which encompasses the mechanisms that transmit signals, "crosstalk" between signaling pathways within a cell, and how these signaling pathways generate the multitude of output responses by the cells.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 205 Or
  • BIO 407LEC Advanced Ecology
    Lecture

    Advanced course in the foundations of ecology emphasizing population and community ecology. Supplements lectures on basic ecological principles and models with discussions of both current and historically important issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 410LEC Biophysical Aspects of Macromolecules
    Lecture

    Applications of spectroscopic techniques to determinations of kinetic, thermodynamic, and equilibrium constants characterizing interactions between biological macromolecules. Microtubule assembly, hormone/receptor interactions, and lac repressor binding to DNA.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 411LEC Tropical Marine Ecology
    Lecture

    Surveys tropical marine ecosystems, emphasizing coral reef communities. Examines processes controlling abundance and distribution of marine taxa using primary literature.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 412LAB Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
    Laboratory

    An intensive two week field course in the Bahamas focusing on coral reef communities. Combining lectures, fieldwork, and laboratory analyses, students conduct in depth studies of Caribbean marine habitats.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students must register for BIO 412LAB and BIO 412LEC in the same term.
  • BIO 412LEC Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
    Lecture

    An intensive two week field course in the Bahamas focusing on coral reef communities. Combining lectures, fieldwork, and laboratory analyses, students conduct in depth studies of Caribbean marine habitats.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students must register for BIO 412LAB and BIO 412LEC in the same term.
  • BIO 415LEC Virology
    Lecture

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 319
  • BIO 417LEC Neurobiology
    Lecture

    Lectures and class discussions concerning nervous systems and neural functions of humans and other organisms. Emphasizes the physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of motor functions, learning, and memory.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 205 or BCH 403
  • BIO 418LEC Integrative Neuroscience
    Lecture

    A continuation of BIO 417; examines the major functions of the nervous system, perception and motor control, at molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Covers the neural basis of behavior and the cellular and molecular basis of neural diseases.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 417
  • BIO 420LAB Cytogenetics
    Laboratory

    Cytogenetics is the study of the chromosomal basis of heredity. Emphasizes chromosome organization and the segregation of chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis. Hands-on experience in the laboratory through the study of a variety of model systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 319
  • BIO 425LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • BIO 426LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • BIO 432LEC Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics
    Lecture

    This is a lecture course based on cutting edge publications in the field of microbiology. While it will be advantageous for students already familiar with the microbial world, it can be taken by any undergraduate (or graduate) student in CAS and/or the medical and affiliated fields. In recent years, biological sciences (and microbiology) have been transformed by the ever increasing complete genome sequences and entire microbial community sequences (metagenomes). Thus, current molecular biology research is being driven more by genome sequencing and functional analysis than by research of individual genes. Because much of genomics depends on comparative sequence analysis, an understanding of evolutionary processes is also essential. BIO 432/532 deals with the basic findings and approaches in the field of microbial genomics and metagenomics using bacteria and viruses as examples. We will cover conceptual aspects as well as methodology and technical advances that are central to obtaining and exploring genome sequences. Specific areas and topics that will be discussed include bacterial and viral genome structure and evolution, genomic variation, impact of horizontal gene transfer on genome evolution, and other issues in comparative genomics. We will also examine the relatively new field of the microbiomes of humans and other animals, as well as environmental metagenomics

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pr-requisite: BIO 319 or BIO 369 and permission of instructor
  • BIO 437LEC Pattern & Process
    Lecture

    This course is designed to explore the major theoretical underpinnings of evolution as a scientific field. The course will be divided into sections that focus on microevolution, macroevolution, and the evolution of intra and nterspecific behavior. Both theoretical and mathematical aspects of the topics will be explored, bringing a more advanced approach to topics that were introduced in Biology 200 as well as novel areas of study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 200
  • BIO 438LEC Evolutionary Ecology
    Lecture

    This course will explore the theoretical and practical interaction between the fields of ecology and evolution through the lens of optimality theory. Separate sections of the course will examine population and community processes, using both theoretical and mathematical perspectives. The course aims to concretely connect evolution and ecology, allowing students to understand that little ecology is done without reference to evolution and vice versa. All topics will be explored through the lens of current research.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: BIO 200
  • BIO 440LEC Experimental Endocrinology
    Lecture

    A course in current experimental research in endocrinology intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. An area of focus is chosen each year, with three recent examples being endocrinology of stress, endocrine responses to starvation, and relationships between endocrine and immune systems.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 448LEC Endocrinology
    Lecture

    Structure and function of the ductless glands as they coordinate physiological activities and influence animal behavior.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 203 Or PGY 300 Or Permission of Instructor
  • BIO 449SEM Comparative Genomics
    Seminar

    This course will examine the structure and dynamics of the genome from a comparative perspective. Architectural relationships among genomes can be studied in the context of an organismal family tree. Many other themes in genome science, such gene duplication, intron-exon structure, transposable elements, and regulatory DNA, will be discussed with reference to the evolution of genome complexity.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 450LEC Human Evolutionary Genomics
    Lecture

    This lecture/discussion course conveys genomics approaches to tackle the questions:What makes us human? and Why are we different from each other? Specifically, this course will introduce the state-of-the-art concepts and methodologies in human evolutionary genomics exploring topics such as `human genomic variation', `ancient admixture, `gene-phenotype-environment', interactions, `adaptive developmental evolution', `nature vs. nurture', `genetic bases of disease', and `experimental and statistical approaches to associate genotype to phenotype'. The course is aimed at students in biological sciences and related fields with a strong interest in evolutionary genetics and human genomic variation. Also, this course is of relevance to advanced students in a number of disciplines, including biomedical sciences and anthropology. After taking this course, each student will have the knowledge regarding the contemporary theoretical and methodological state of human evolutionary genomics.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 319 or permission of instructor.
  • BIO 456LEC Evolutionary Genetics
    Lecture

    Genetic and population-level processes that underlie evolutionary change; topics include population genetics, the effects of population size and selection, population structure, molecular evolution, intragenomic conflict, molecular phylogenetics, and evolutionary development.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: BIO 319 or BIO 337
  • BIO 458LAB Molecular Ecology
    Laboratory

    The use of molecular genetic markers is becoming a widespread and important approach to studying ecological phenomena, such as population structure, migration, mating systems, and natural selection. Students learn to isolate and use molecular markers for ecological and evolutionary studies.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 458LEC Molecular Ecology
    Lecture

    The use of molecular genetic markers is becoming a widespread and important approach to studying ecological phenomena, such as population structure, migration, mating systems, and natural selection. Students learn to isolate and use molecular markers for ecological and evolutionary studies.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • BIO 461LLR Basic Radiation Science
    Lecture

    Production, properties, interactions, dosimetry, detection, and instrumentation of radiation from radioisotopes, radiation-producing equipment and nuclear reactors, safe-handling procedures, and survey methods.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • BIO 467LAB Techniques in Immunology
    Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 467REC Techniques in Immunology
    Recitation

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 468LEC Molecular Immunology
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • BIO 487LEC Honors Research Methods
    Lecture

    This Course is designed to help our top students by introducing them to the world of laboratory research. While much of research is learning techniques specific to your own individual project, all lab students need to understand how to comprehend and communicate effectively (and with confidence!) about the primary literature. This course, thus, has three sections: understanding research, critiquing research, and presenting research. Through assignments in each section, students should gain confidence working with the primary literature that will allow them to better integrate their own novel research into a scientific context.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • BIO 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    Tutorial

    Enrollees participate as undergraduate teaching assistants under the supervision of faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • BIO 497TUT Honors in Biology
    Tutorial

    Research experience during the senior year. Enrollees are sponsored by a member of the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences. Upon completion of the requirements of an honors research project, recognition is noted on the student's transcript.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • BIO 498TUT Undergraduate Research
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • BIO 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    A program that may include laboratory experience, library research, or tutorial study arranged with a faculty sponsor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300
Ph: 716-645-2525
F: 716-645-2975
W: www.biology.buffalo.edu
Stephen Free
Chair
Denise M. Ferkey
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: June 23, 2017 10:19:42 AM