Biology Undergraduate Upper-Division Courses

An introduction to the principles, concepts, and processes involved in scientific research, with emphasis in biology. This includes study design, basic data analyses, data interpretation and evaluation of the scientific literature. Satisfies the LAS and Compass Curriculum Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning requirement as a statistics course when taken by a student who has either 1) successfully completed MATH 1040 (or a mathematics course that has college algebra as a prerequisite), OR 2) scored 87% or higher on the College Algebra placement test and scored 50% or higher on the Business Calculus placement test. Prer., BIOL 3830 and MATH 1350 or consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5020..

Study of the structural and functional aspects of cellular life with emphasis on biological macromolecules, organelles, membranes, and cellular processes including respiration, photosynthesis, mitotic division and signal transduction. Prer., BIOL 3830.

Lecture and lab course using a systemic approach to human anatomy, focusing on musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360. 

This course will replace Biol 4350 fall semester of 2018.

Lecture and laboratory. Integrative study of major organ systems, including nervous, endocrine, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, digestive, and reproductive functions of the human body. Prer., BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, MATH 1350. 

This course will replace Biol 4360 fall semester 2018.

Bacteriology/Mycology is an upper division, advanced study of the metabolism, physiology, and genetics of bacteria, yeast and fungus. Prer., BIOL 3020.

Laboratory course to accompany BIOL 3100. Prer., BIOL 3100 concurrently or preceding.

An introduction to the identification of plants and the study of vegetation of Colorado. Emphais will be on the vascular flora. Lecture, lab and field trips. Summer.

Virology is an upper division course covering the molecular genetics of viruses and their interactions with living organisms. Prer., BIOL 3020. Meets with BIOL 5140.

Research-oriented microbiology lab course. Prer., BIOL 3100 and BIOL 3140.

An examination of how invertebrates and vertebrates have met the problems of survival through physiological adaptations. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360, and BIOL 3020..

A comprehensive study of the physiology of photosynthetic organisms emphasizing molecular and cellular biology. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360; prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3101.

Lecture/lab. Examines the conservation movement in American literature and current issues in global and local sustainability. Intended for non-majors. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Navigate; Sustainability; Writing Intensive.

A comprehensive, introductory course describing the effect of exercise on normal, physiological function. The course will describe the long-term benefits of exercise training, training adaptations and control mechanisms for these adaptations. Fall. Summer online. Prer., BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020.

Examines the conservation movement in American literature and current issues in global conservation ecology. Students will analyze the use of the scientific method in conservation. Emphasis is on hands-on interdisciplinary group work on a significant conservation project. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Navigate; Sustainability; Writing Intensive.

Course integrates musculoskeletal anatomy and scientific principles of relevant sport science disciplines (biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology and technology), in a lecture/lab setting, to provide PGM and Exercise Science students a comprehensive understanding of exercise science applications to golf. Meets with BIOL 5450. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., PGA Management students only; Biology students by instructor consent.

Course integrates musculoskeletal anatomy and scientific principles of relevant sport science disciplines (biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology and technology), in a lecture/lab setting, to provide PGM and Exercise Science students a comprehensive understanding of exercise science applications to golf. Spring. Meets with BIOL 5450. 

Lecture. Examines cellular development with emphasis on vertebrate systems and experimental analysis. Prer., BIOL 3020.

A comprehensive study of basic tissue type stressing the structural and functional interrelations of these tissues within organs. Treatment of cellular ultrastructure and development as it relates to tissues. Emphasis on vertebrates, including human beings. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310 and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360.

A survey of environmental relationships of plants and animals. Topics include speciation, abiotic, and biotic limiting factors, population, community and ecosystem dynamics, and terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Spring (even years). Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Sustainability. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310 and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360.

The major focus is the application of biological and ecological principles to preserve biodiversity. Ultimate sources and current worldwide losses of biological diversity are emphasized. Because conservation biology demands multidisciplinary approaches, historical, legal, economic, and ethical issues are also included. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Navigate; Sustainability; Writing Intensive. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, BIOL 3700 recommended. Meets with GES 3750 and BIOL 5700.

Molecular basis of heredity, gene expression and mutation with emphasis on meiosis and Mendel’s laws, linkage and recombination, chromosomal structure and aberrations, human genetics and quantitative approaches. Prer., BIOL 1300/1310 (formerly BIOL 1200), BIOL 1350/1360 (formerly BIOL 1210), CHEM 1401/1402 (formerly CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1030), CHEM 1411/1412 (formerly CHEM 1311 or CHEM 1060).

Laboratory course designed to illustrate concepts of genetics as described in lecture (BIOL 3830). Spring. Prer., BIOL 3830 or concurrent enrollment. Meets with BIOL 5440.

A basic study of immunity which treats the biochemical, physiological, and genetic aspects of the immune response, particularly in humans. Prer., BIOL 3020.

Specialized topics and current issues are considered. Subject matter will change depending upon individual instructors. The topic in any given semester will be specified in the semester class schedule. May be repeated for credit more than one semester. Spring. Meets with BIOL 5000.

This capstone course centers around the review and discussion of pertinent research subjects. Students will present seminars based on current research in the field. Fall, Spring. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Summit. Prer., BIOL3020 and Senior standing.

A review of exercise prescription and health evaluation techniques including a special section on nutrition. Prer., BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020. Meets with BIOL 5030.

An instructor training course for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in biology education. This course is required for teaching lab courses in the general biology lab series. Approved for LAS Oral Communication area requirement. Prer., BIOL 1300/1310 (formerly BIOL 1200), BIOL 1350/1360 (formerly BIOL 1210), CHEM 1401/1402 (formerly CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1030), CHEM 1511/1513 (formerly CHEM 1311 or CHEM 1060). Meets with BIOL 5040.

Topics include plant life cycles, systematics, life zones, and the use of field guides for identifying lichens, bryophytes, seedless vascular plants, vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms in Colorado foothills, montane, subalpine and alpine life zones. Class meets once for lecture, then field study, sometimes including long hikes in difficult, mountainous terrain. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310. Meets with BIOL 5150.

Lecture. This course focuses on recent advances in understanding the molecular genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying nervous system development. This course introduces students to contemporary approaches for the study of neural development, emphasizing genetic and molecular techniques. Prer., BIOL 3020 and BIOL 3830. Meets with BIOL 5200.

An introduction to the basic principles and methods for studying human disease and improving public health. Prer., Open to Juniors/Seniors only. Meets with BIOL 5220.

A survey of typical sports-related injuries, their causes, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Prer., BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020, or consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5230 and HSCI 4610.

An introduction to evolutionary biology focusing on the principle of common descent and mechanisms responsible for generating the amazing diversity of life. Prer., BIOL 3830.

Lecture, lab, and field studies. Origin, evolution and adaptation, geographic distribution, ecology, and taxonomy of mammals. Fall. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360. Meets with BIOL 5280

n examination of plant assemblages in Colorado. Major plant communities will be examined in the context of environmental factors such as climate and landforms. Required field trip. Prer., GES 4260 or consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5290, GES 4290 and GES 5290.

A comprehensive study of the energy-providing nutrients and how they are metabolized within the human body. This course will provide students with a firm basis of the biochemistry of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Fall. Prer., BIOL 2050, BIOL 3020, CHEM 3300 or CHEM 3310, CHEM 3320. Meets with HSCI 4430.

An advanced course in immunology to follow a junior- senior-level introductory immunology course. Prer., BIOL 3910. Meets with BIOL 5310.

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of the cardiovascular system. Students will learn principles of human cardiovascular regulation upon exposure to physiological stress and observe this regulation in lab activities. Participation in laboratory experiences is required. Prer.; BIOL 2020. Meets with BIOL 5370.

This course explores the relationships between cellular structure & skeletal muscle function, examines skeletal muscle tissue histology & organization, and studies the functional properties of skeletal muscle while discussing the impacts on health, disease, and aging. Prer., BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020 or Biology Major with Junior standing. Meets with BIOL 5380.

The study of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Examines the adaptive significance of behaviors involved in survival, foraging, habitat selection, reproduction, and social interactions in animals ranging from insects to humans. Prer., BIOL 3830. Meets with BIOL 5420.

Problems concerned with the distribution of animals and their relations to each other and to their environment are considered. Local ecosystems are visited and sampled with special attention to sampling the animal communities. Contact instructor for call number. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360. Meets with BIOL 5430.

An organismic/environmental course exploring the options available to organisms for surviving winter. Includes evolutionary, behavioral, and physiological adaptations involved in migration, hibernation, and temperate environments. Prer., BIOL 1200 or BIOL 1300/1310, and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1350/1360.

Wildlife diseases are examined with respect to causes, mechanisms of disease, epidemiology, pathobiology, population significance, and health issues to humans and livestock. Topics include viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents of disease. Prer., BIOL 1300, BIOL 1310, BIOL 1350, and BIOL 1360. Meets with BIOL 5445.

A Introduction to biological research on the interactions among organisms and their environments. This course emphasizes field work in a variety of systems including soils, plants, insects, vertebrates, and aquatic biology. Lecture and laboratory. Prer., BIOL 1300, BIOL 1310, BIOL 1350, BIOL 1360, or by permission of the instructor. Meets with BIOL 5460.

An introduction to the mechanics of human movement. Includes the application of kinematics and kinetics to the study of human movement. Biomechanics applications encompass orthopedic/clinical, sport and injury topics. Spring. Prer., PES 1010; BIOL 2010 or BIOL 4350. Meets with BIOL 5550.

A comprehensive survey of the biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury. The course explores the various bases of musculoskeletal injury to understand causal mechanisms, effects of injury on tissues, and how biomedical sciences contribute to injury management and prevention. Prer., BIOL 2010 (anatomy) or equivalent. Meets with BIOL 5600 and HSCI 5600.

This course is concerned with understanding evolutionary patterns and processes at the genetic level. Students learn principles behind methods used in the field and gain hands-on experience with techniques such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), gene sequencing, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics. Prer., BIOL 3830. Meets with BIOL 5610.

Learn how fundamental principles of chemistry and biology are applied to modern day biotechnologies. Examine the chemical and biological properties of nucleic acids, proteins and restriction enzymes and how they are used to clone genes, characterize proteins and discover drugs. Prer., BIOL 4840 or by consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5670.

A program of study and learning outside the classroom. Practical exposure to field of interest is intended to provide appropriate experience to a student’s career orientation. A variety of opportunities exists, and students may explore their own avenues as well. Some externships are in open competition. Students must have departmental permission and completed permission form to register. It is necessary for students interested in this program to plan their participation one semester before they plan to enroll. (Note: Externship is to be performed off campus at an institution performing biologically-oriented work, e.g., medical clinics and research laboratories.) Students must speak with faculty before registering for all externships. Fall, Spring.

An advanced course in exercise physiology/biochemistry. Topics will involve extensive review of the scientific literature. These topics involve a review of current trends in sport science and are designed to give the student a practical application and interpretation of the sports sciences. Spring. Prer., BIOL 3300. Meets with BIOL 5770, HSCI 4060, and HSCI 5060.

Lecture/Lab. Students will gain proficiency in clinical laboratory techniques for assessing human respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, and metabolic functions. Requires additional laboratory time each week. Prer., BIOL 3300 or BIOL 4360 or consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5790.

Extension of Exercise Physiology and Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology with specific attention to current topics and advances in the field. Prer., Consent of instructor. Meets with BIOL 5800.

Focuses on the biochemistry and techniques used to study prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression and regulation. Topics include transcription, translation, and transposition. Prer., BIOL 3020. Meets with BIOL 5840.

Laboratory course for advanced biology students and graduate students interested in research experience. Course includes experimental design, laboratory and/or field projects, and interpretation and presentation of data from individual projects. Meets with BIOL 6930.