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Biology
CourseTitleCredits
BIO 501Advanced Cellular Biology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. Structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Topics include architecture of the cell and function of cellular components, mechanisms of gene expression, the cytoskeleton, interactions between the cell and the extra-cellular matrix, regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and division, and mechanisms of cellular transport.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 341 and six hours of general chemistry.
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BIO 502Aquatic Vascular Plants.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Identification and ecology of aquatic and wetland plants. Emphasis will be placed on identification of native wetland plants, characteristics of wetland communities, adaptations of wetland plants to the wetland environment, and wetland management. Lab fee required.

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BIO 503Plant Ecology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. The study of plant communities and the factors governing their composition and distribution. Field trips required. Lab and travel fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology.
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BIO 504Animal Ecology.

Two hours lecture, Three hours lab per week. Studies concerned with the relationship of animals to their environment. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology.
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BIO 507Behavioral Ecology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. The study of how behaviors influence survival and reproduction of individuals in different ecological settings.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
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BIO 508Microbial Ecology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Microbes in the ecosystem, including their relationship to soil, water, sewage, air, and food. Lab and travel fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology including Biology 309 or equivalent.
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BIO 509Comparative Animal Physiology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. A comparative examination of basic physiological principles common to all animals. The course will include basic physical and chemical processes, detailed consideration of organ systems, and an integrative approach to understand how animals meet the demands placed upon them. Physiology at the level of the organism, its evolution, and its interactions with the surrounding environment will be emphasized.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 342 and graduate standing.
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BIO 510Cytogenetics.

A study concerned with chromosome behavior, changes in chromosome numbers and structure and their genetic implications.

  • Prerequisite(s): Biology 341 or 320.
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BIO 511Phylogenetics.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. Examination of the logic, assumptions and methods used to reconstruct and evaluate the strength of evolutionary trees (phylogenies). Examination of the methods used to test evolutionary hypotheses using phylogenies.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in biology or permission of instructor.
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BIO 512Field Biology.

Six semester hours, five-weeks summer field trip. Quantitative studies of ecological communities. Analysis of biodiversity and ecological relationships through participation in field research projects. Possible topics include population, community, ecosystem, evolutionary, and/or behavioral ecology. Student will learn to analyze data using proper statistical design and appropriate computer software. Transportation expenses will be required. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 18 hours of biology.
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BIO 513Organic Evolution.

A study of the philosophy, methodology and application of phylogenetics to studies of evolutionary relationships among taxa and analyses of evolutionary patterns and processes.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 514Zoogeography.

The influence of ecology, climate and geography on the distribution of animals during geologic and present times; emphasis on the continental and worldwide distribution of major vertebrates and its relevance of phylogeny.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology.
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BIO 516Plant Anatomy.

Two hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Study of plant cells, tissues, tissue systems, and development of seed plant stems, roots and leaves.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in biology and permission of instructor. Lab fee required.
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BIO 522Plant Geography.

Three hours lecture per week. Reproduction, dissemination, migration and the uneven distribution of plants in North America.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology forestry or agriculture.
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BIO 523Advanced Plant Physiology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Advanced study of plant metabolic processes with emphasis on respiration, photosynthesis and plant-water relations. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in biology and permission of instructor.
  • Co-requisite(s): BIO 523L.
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BIO 524Advanced Studies in Plant Pathology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. The principles of plant pathology. A survey of fungal, bacterial, nematode and viral diseases of plants with an emphasis on current research methods in plant pathology. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Three semesters of biology forestry or horticulture and permission of instructor.
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BIO 525Industrial Microbiology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. The study of microbial organisms in industrial processes. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology including Biology 309 or equivalent.
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BIO 526Pathogenic Bacteriology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, four hours lab per week. Advanced survey of medically important bacteria. Includes pathogenic mechanisms, collection and transport of specimens and identification by classical, automated and molecular techniques. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 309.
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BIO 527Advanced Immunology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, four hours lab per week. Advanced survey of the immune system with focus on the human and mouse models. Covers the origin and dirrerentiation of the hematopoietic system, antibody structure and function, basic serologic techniques such as ELISA, fluorescence microscopy, agglutination, precipitation and gel diffusion. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 309 and BIO 341.
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BIO 528Advanced Virology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, four hours lab per week. Advanced study of viruses with laboratory. Covers viral structure, genome organization, replication strategies and medical implications of infections. Laboratory includes bacteriophages, animal and plant viral propagation, basic tissue culture, PCR for viral detection and fluorescent and electron microscopy for viral identification. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 309 and BIO 341.
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BIO 530Advanced Techniques in Immunology.

Three semester hours, nine hours laboratory per week. A laboratory-only course covering state-of-the-art and emerging methods and techniques in immunology. Includes vaccine and monoclonal antibody production, assays for cytokines, cell immortalization, antibody engineering, genetic manipulation of cell lines, and flow cytometry. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 341 and 410 or equivalent.
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BIO 531Advanced Techniques in Virology.

Three semester hours, nine hours laboratory per week. A laboratory-only course covering more advanced and involved methods, as well as some state-of-the-art and emerging techniques. Includes in vivo methods such as egg culture, PCR amplification of both DNA and RNA viral genomes, vector design and engineering, and genome sequencing. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 341 and 420 or equivalent.
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BIO 532Advanced Molecular Biology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. The structure, function, and organization of DNA. Mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription and translation. Processes involved in regulating gene expression and protein modification and routing. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 341 two semesters of chemistry and permission of instructor.
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BIO 533Advanced Ornithology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology and evolution of birds. Emphasis on identification of local species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings and/or research projects. Travel fee required. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Three semesters of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 535Graduate Plant Systematics.

Three semester hours, two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Introduction to the science of naming, classifying and identifying plants. Emphasis on collecting and identifying plants, plant family characteristics, current thought in classification and systematics, and species as indicators of natural habit types. Students will develop an independent field-based research project as part of the course. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 18 hours of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 536Advanced Mammalogy.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology and evolution of mammals. Emphasis on natural history and identification of regional species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings, papers and/or research projects. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 537Advanced Herpetology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Emphasis on natural history and identification of regional species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings, papers and/or research projects. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Three semesters of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 538Advanced Ichthyology.

Three semester hours, two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology and evolution of fish. Emphasis on natural history and identification of regional species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings, papers and/or research projects. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Three semesters of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 539Advanced Parasitology.

Four semester hours, three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Advanced survey of parasites primarily from the human pathogen perspective. Includes identification and pathogenesis of protozoan, cestode, trematode and nematode parasites. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 309.
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BIO 540Clinical Pathology Laboratory Operations.

A survey of the technical and managerial aspects of running a medical laboratory in clinical pathology. This includes quality control and improvement, CLIA 88 and other legislative concerns, workload accountability, accreditation, federal and state inspections, personnel management and ISO 9000 standards.

  • Prerequisite(s): Two upper-division biology courses with labs.
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BIO 545Advanced Developmental Biology.

Three semester hours, three hours lecture per week. Fundamental mechanisms of embryonic development. The molecular, cellular and tissue interactions that direct development of vertebrate and invertebrate embryos.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 241 and permission of instructor.
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BIO 549Advanced Histology.

Four semester hours, two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. The microscopic structure of vertebrate tissues and organs, and correlation with their origin and function in the adult body. Offered in fall only. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BIO 241 and permission of instructor.
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BIO 550Advanced Limnology.

Three semester hours, two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Study of the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of the freshwater environment. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of biology and permission of instructor.
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BIO 552Experimental Design and Analysis.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Includes experimental design, sampling techniques, data presentation and analysis applicable to biological research. Emphasis will be placed on the application of statistical methods to biological problems and technical writing associated with experimentation. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 220.
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BIO 555Biological Ultrastructure.

Four semester hours, two hours lecture, six hours lab per week. Theory and practical application of transmission electron microscopy. Emphasis on the ultrastructure of plant and animal cells. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor for graduate biology majors only.
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BIO 556Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Four semester hours, two hours lecture, six hours lab per week. Theory and practical application of scanning electron microscopy. Emphasis on specimen preparation and operation of the microscope. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor for graduate biology majors only.
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BIO 560Aquatic Ecology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Current topics in basic and applied limnological research with emphasis on aquatic communities, analysis of aquatic productivity and water quality. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor for graduate biology majors only.
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BIO 561Waste Water Analysis.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Analysis and biological treatment of domestic and industrial water and wastewater. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor for graduate biology majors only.
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BIO 571Special Topics In Biology.

Three hours lecture per week. Special studies in the biological sciences. May be repeated in a different topic.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology.
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BIO 572Special Topics in Biology.

Three semester hours, two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Special studies in the biological sciences. May be repeated in a different topic. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor for graduate biology majors only.
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BIO 575Advanced Graduate Studies.

One hour lecture, six hours lab per week. Individual conference, field or laboratory studies in advanced biological subjects. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology and approval of the department chair.
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BIO 576Advanced Graduate Studies.

One hour lecture, six hours lab per week. A continuation of 575 in a different area of study. Open only to students in Option 2. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology and approval of department chair.
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BIO 581Problems In Teaching College Biology: Internship.

Nine hours lab per week. The supervised teaching of biology at the college level. Required of all graduate assistants in biology during their first semester. Weekly consultations concerning teaching, grading, advising, and related matters. Taken in addition to basic requirements for the M.S. in biology.

  • Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department chair.
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BIO 589Thesis Research.

Three to nine semester hours. Research should be planned and initiated at least two semesters before the thesis is to be completed. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of biology and approval of the department chair.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

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BIO 590Thesis Writing.

One to nine semester hours. Student must be enrolled in this course the semester he/she graduates. The first time a student enrolls in 590, it must be for three credit hours; only these three credit hours will count toward the degree.

  • Prerequisite(s): Biology 589 and approval of department chair.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

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Biotechnology
CourseTitleCredits
BTC 503Introduction to Biotechnology.

Three semester hours. A graduate-level course designed especially for high school and college instructors of biology and chemistry. The course presents topics of biotechnology, as well as textbooks, journals, lab kits and other resources available to teachers. The curriculum enables participants to either integrate the techniques and issues of biotechnology into a traditional science course, or to develop a new applied science program. Participants gain valuable hands-on experience with up-to-da

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BTC 513Fundamentals of Biomedical Research.

Three semester hours (two hours lecture, plus one three-hour lab). Designed for students desiring research projects directed by UTHSCT faculty members, to provide an orientation into the research laboratory workplace, to master fundamental laboratory techniques, to develop skills in planning a laboratory project and to present their work in both an oral and written context. Lab fee required.

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BTC 548Bioinformatics I.

Three semester hours. This course is offered to any student interested in combining computer applications with the life sciences. An introduction to database management, data base mining, DNA sequence analysis and alignment, PERL, and LINUX will be described. Lecture will be integrated with a laboratory.

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BTC 549Bioinformatics II.

Three semester hours. This course is offered to any student interested in combining computer applications with the life sciences. An introduction to database management, data base mining, protein structure analysis and alignment, PERL, and LINUX will be described. Lecture will be integrated with a laboratory.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 548.
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BTC 550Scientific Discovery.

Three semester hours. An overview of the major discoveries of the last and current century in biotechnology-related fields of science. Students will study and present the accomplishments of Nobel laureates in the biological, medical and chemical sciences.

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BTC 551DNA Forensics.

Three semester hours. This class will present an overview of the history, techniques and applications of DNA typing in the area of forensics. Other investigative, non-forensic applications utilizing DNA technology will be presented. Forensics involvement in civil and criminal cases will be discussed.

  • Prerequisite(s): With permission of instructor only.
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BTC 552Concepts in Laboratory Analysis.

Three semester hours. This course will provide practical experience with biochemical calculations and concepts used in the science lab. Fundamental mathematical, algebraic, analytical, and calculus concepts in a laboratory format.

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BTC 553Critical Reading I.

One semester hour. This course exposes students to current research published in major scientific journals. Students will learn how to read and interpret methodologies and results published by other scientists. This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of the strengths and limitations of scientific writing.

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BTC 554Critical Reading II.

One semester hour. This course exposes students to current research published in major scientific journals. Students will learn how to read and interpret methodologies and results published by other scientists. This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of the strengths and limitations of scientific writing.

  • Prerequisite(s): Minimum of 12 biotechnology credit hours or permission of instructor.
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BTC 555Proteins and Nucleic Acids.

Two semester hours. A thorough study, at the molecular level, of protein and DNA structure and function.

  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 555L.
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BTC 555LProteins and Nucleic Acids Laboratory.

One semester hour. The laboratory introduces the student to fundamental techniques used in the biotechnology industry to purify, characterize and study proteins and nucleic acids. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 559L with C or better and GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 555.
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BTC 556Biotech Research Seminar.

One semester hour. Students will present their thesis research progress to faculty members and peers. Each student enrolled in BTC 575, BTC 576, BTC589 or BTC 590 must present his/her research each semester enrolled as scheduling permits. The student should have a committee meeting following the seminar. Seminars are formal PowerPoint presentations in preparation for thesis defense.

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BTC 557Advanced Metabolism.

Two semester hours. An in-depth look at the metabolic processes that occur in animals, plants and microbes with an emphasis on their regulation and enzyme kinetics and their utilization in the biotechnology industry.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 559 or equivalent with C or better.
  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 557L.
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BTC 557LAdvanced Metabolism Laboratory.

Two semester hours. The laboratory will consist of experiments that study metabolic regulation, enzyme kinetics and production of primary and secondary metabolites. Students will be expected to carry out an independent project during the semester, as well as structured laboratories. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 559L or equivalent with C or better.
  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 557L.
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BTC 558Biophysical Chemistry.

Two semester hours. Instrumental analysis of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Methods may include ultracentrifugation; gradient separation of proteins and nucleic acids; UV/Visible spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; X-ray diffraction of proteins and nucleic acids; HPLC of proteins.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 555 with C or better.
  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 558L.
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BTC 558LBiophysical Chemistry Laboratory.

Two semester hours. The laboratory provides hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment used in the biotech industry to separate, purify and characterize proteins and nucleic acids. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 555L with C or better.
  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 558.
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BTC 559Advanced Biotechniques.

Two semester hours. This course teaches the techniques that are fundamental to the biotechnology workplace. The techniques are taught within the scheme of prokaryotic gene manipulation and the expression of a protein product. Students become familiar with the theory, background and application of each technique. The topics covered in the course include an overview of the biotechnology industry, laboratory procedures and equipment, recombinant DNA and protein technology and biotechnology applicat

  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 559L.
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BTC 559LAdvanced Biotechniques Laboratory.

Two semester hours. Hands-on training in fundamental laboratory procedures and instrumentation used in recombinant DNA and protein technology. Practical lab-bench experience, record keeping and data presentation is emphasized. Lab fee required.

  • Co-requisite(s): BTC 559.
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BTC 563Molecular Biochemistry.

Three semester hours. Application of molecular genetics, transcription control mechanisms, gene expression, molecular cloning, and applications to biotechnology.

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BTC 575Advanced Graduate Studies.

One to three semester hours. Research hours spent under the supervision of a research adviser. The student begins an in-depth study of a particular scientific focus with a literature review of the area, a justification study of a project and mastery of fundamental laboratory techniques necessary for the research study. Students work with their research adviser to plan a thesis project and write a thesis proposal. Each hour of course credit translates into a minimum of three hours of lab work per

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BTC 576Continuation of BTC 575.

One to three semester hours. Continuation of research hours spent under the supervision of a research adviser.

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BTC 589Thesis Research.

Three semester hours. May be repeated. Must be taken in three-hour blocks. Research hours spent under the supervision of a research adviser. Students focus on their thesis research project. Each hour of course credit translates into three hours of lab work per week.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

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BTC 590Thesis Writing.

One to nine semester hours. Student must be enrolled in this course the semester he/she graduates. The first time a student enrolls in 590, it must be for three credit hours; only these three credit hours will count toward the degree.

  • Prerequisite(s): BTC 589 and approval of department chair.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

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