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Biology (BIOL)

College of Natural Sciences

Courses for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 101 Biology and Society (3) Characteristics of science, historical development of scientific concepts, and interaction of society with science illustrated by topics from biological science. DB

BIOL 101L Biology and Society Laboratory (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Lab experiments illustrating topics and methods in the biological sciences. DY

BIOL 104 Marine Option Program Seminar (1) Statewide overview of ocean issues and organizations involved with marine activities, management, education, research, and business. Exploration of opportunities for internships, research projects, study and careers. Proposal writing, project implementation, and report preparation guidelines. Orientation to the Marine Option Program. (Cross-listed IS 100)

BIOL 123 Hawaiian Environment Science (3) Characteristics of science and interaction with society illustrated by topics in geology, astronomy, oceanography, and biology of Hawaiian Islands. DB

BIOL 310 Environmental Issues (3) Global environmental problems in historical perspective; physical, biological, sociocultural views. Pre: one of 101, 123, or GEOG 101; or consent. DB

BIOL 320 The Atoll (3) Atoll as ecosystem and as human environment. Formation, structure, distribution, biota. Pre: two semesters of introductory science or consent. DB

BIOL 340 Genetics, Evolution and Society (3) The role of genetics in evolution, medicine, behavior, plant and animal breeding and technology; its impact on today's society. Pre: one semester of biological science at college level or consent. (Cross-listed as CMB 351) DB

BIOL 350 Sex Differences in the Life Cycle (3) Human sex differences, their biological basis and significance; genetic, hormonal, and behavioral determinants of sexual differentiation; biology of gender, sexuality, parenting, menopause, and aging. Pre: one semester of biological science. (Cross-listed as WS 350) DB

BIOL 360 Island Ecosystems (3) Characteristics of island biota; examples from Hawai'i and the Pacific. Impact of island and continental cultures; policy and ecosystem endangerment; contemporary legislation, policy, and management practices. Pre: one semester of biological science or consent. DB

BIOL 410 Human Role in Environmental Change (3) Human impacts through time on vegetation, animals, landforms, soils, climate, and atmosphere. Special reference to Asian/Pacific region. Implications of long-term environmental change for human habitability. Pre: one of 101, GEOG 101 or 123 and either 310 or GEOG 326; or consent. (Cross-listed as GEOG 410) DB

BIOL 440 Psychoactive Drug Plants (3) Taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, distribution, cultural history, and contemporary use of mind-altering drug plants; examples from primitive, traditional, and modern societies. Pre: junior standing, one semester of biological science, and either ANTH 200 or GEOG 151; or consent. DB

Courses for Life Science Majors

BIOL 171 Introduction to Biology I (3) Introductory biology for all life science majors. Cell structure and chemistry; growth, reproduction, genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria, and simple eukaryotes. Pre: CHEM 131 (or concurrent), CHEM 151 (or concurrent), 161 (or concurrent), CHEM 171 (or concurrent), CHEM 181A (or concurrent); or consent. Co-requisite: 171L. DB

BIOL 171L Introduction to Biology I Lab (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory to accompany 171. Pre: CHEM 131 (or concurrent), CHEM 151 (or concurrent), 161 (or concurrent), CHEM 171 (or concurrent), CHEM 181A (or concurrent); or consent. Co-requisite: 171L. Co-requisite: 171. DY

BIOL 172 Introduction to Biology II (3) Continuation of 171. Anatomy, physiology, and systematics of plants and animals; behavior; ecosystems, populations, and communities. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L. DB

BIOL 172L Introduction to Biology II Lab (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory to accompany 172. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L. DY

BIOL 265 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (3) Principles of ecology and evolution for life science majors stressing integrated approach and recent advance. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 172/172L. DB

BIOL 265L Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lab (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory to accompany 265. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 172/172L. DY

BIOL 275 Cell and Molecular Biology (3) Integrated cell and molecular biology for life science majors. Modern advances in recombinant DNA technology. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L and CHEM 272/272L, or consent. DB

BIOL 275L Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1) (1 4-hr Lab) Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L and CHEM 272/272L, or consent. DY

BIOL 295 Service Learning for Biology Majors (V) Directed participation on tutorials and related activities in public schools and approved community and UH Mânoa organizations. A-F only. Repeatable one time. Pre: 265/265L, 275/275L, and consent.

BIOL 301 Marine Ecology and Evolution (3) Functional, ecological, and evolutionary problems faced by life in the sea. Draws from major marine habitats and associated communities, from the deep sea to the plankton. Impacts of overfishing, marine pollution, and land development on the ecology and evolution of marine organisms. Emphasis on developing problem solving and quantitative skills. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 265/265L, 275/275L (or concurrent), and OCN 201; or consent. DB

BIOL 301L Marine Ecology and Evolution Lab (2) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory to accompany 301. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 265/265L, 275/275L (or concurrent), and OCN 201; or consent. DY

BIOL 304 Biotechnology: Science and Ethical Issues (3) Introduction to the concepts, goals, ethical issues and consequences of biotechnology using real-life case studies of cloning, DNA fingerprinting, gene therapy and genetical engineering. Pre: 171 or consent. (Cross-listed as MBBE 304)

BIOL 331 Marine Mammal Biology (3) Overview of marine mammal science, significance and roles of marine mammals in their ecosystems, and marine conservation issues. Current research topics in marine mammal science will also be covered. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L, 172/172L, and 265, 265L; or consent. DB

BIOL 331L Marine Mammal Biology Lab (2) Laboratory to accompany 331. Activities will include taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, necropsy, hematology, population estimating methods, tracking, field distribution surveys, stranding response, and energetics, and/or similar depending on field access and availability of specimens. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L and 172/172L and 265/265L and 331 (or concurrent), or consent. DY

BIOL 363 Biological Field Studies (V) Biological survey, collection, and analysis techniques will be reviewed and applied through field studies. Students will be introduced to the uniqueness of the Hawaiian environment and its diversity of life. Emphasis on diversity, evolution and ecology. Repeatable up to six credits. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 265/265L (or equivalent), or consent. DB

BIOL 375 Concepts of Genetics (3) Genetic concepts at advanced undergraduate level; genetic transmission, recombination, gene action, mutation, population and evolutionary genetics. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L and 275/275L, or consent. DB

BIOL 375L Concepts of Genetics Lab (2) (1 4-hr Lab) Experiments with a variety of organisms to illustrate principles discussed in BIOL 375. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L and 275/275L, or consent. DY

BIOL 390 Communicating in Biological Sciences (3) Combined lecture/lab impart essential knowledge and skills in technical writing, poster design, and oral presentations for effective communication for life science majors. Research papers, lab reports, project proposals, conference presentations are covered. Life sciences majors only. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 171/171L, 172/172L, and ENG 100.

BIOL 395 Internship in Biology Teaching (2) Supervised laboratory internship in the preparation and demonstration of laboratory experiments in selected laboratory courses. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent.

BIOL 400 Ocean Internships and Research (V) Students carry out marine-related internships, practica, research projects or field experience on-or off-campus with faculty guidance. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: minimum cum GPA of 2.5, junior or senior standing in any field of study and IS 100/BIOL 104 or consent, project proposal. (Cross-listed as IS 400)

BIOL 401 Molecular Biotechnology (3) General principles, applications, and recent advances of the rapidly growing science of biotechnology. Topics include impact of biotechnology on medicine, animal sciences, environment, agriculture, forensics, and economic and socio-ethical issues. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 275 or consent. (Cross-listed as MBBE 401) DB

BIOL 402 Principles of Biochemistry (4) Molecular basis of living processes in bacteria, plants, and animals; emphasis on metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 275/275L, and CHEM 273; or consent. (Cross-listed as MBBE 402 and PEPS 402) DB

BIOL 403 Field Problems in Marine Biology (4) Integrated program of intensive lectures, laboratory experiments, and field research that focus on the biological processes that shape the lives of marine organisms. A-F only. Limited space; enrollment by consent; GPA considered. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 301/301L and consent. DB

BIOL 404 Advanced Topics in Marine Biology (3) Current themes in marine biology and experience in scientific assessment. Repeatable two times. A-F only. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 301/301L or consent. DB

BIOL 407 Molecular Cell Biology I (3) Relationship between structure and function at macromolecular level. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 275/275L and CHEM 273, or consent. DB

BIOL 408 Molecular Cellular Biology II (3) Cell structure and function. Structure, chemistry, and functions of organelles and macromolecules. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 407; or consent. (Cross-listed as MBBE 408) DB

BIOL 408L Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory (2) (2 3-hr Lab) A laboratory to accompany 407 and 408. Pre: 407 (or concurrent) or 408 (or concurrent). DY

BIOL 425 Wildlife and Plant Conservation (3) Principles of conservation biology and wildlife management techniques, illustrated with animal, plant, and ecosystem examples. Examination of ethical, cultural, legal, political, and socio-economic issues impinging on conservation policy and practice. Group project and field trips. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 265/265L or consent. DB

BIOL 483 Introduction to Bioinformatics Topics for Biologists (3) Focuses on the use of computational tools and approaches to analyze the enormous amount of biological data (DNA, RNA, protein) available today. A-F only. Pre: 171 (or equivalent), or consent. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as MBBE 483)

BIOL 490 Mathematical Biology Seminar (1) Reports on research in mathematical biology, reviews of literature, and research presentation. Required for Certificate in Mathematical Biology. Repeatable one time. Pre: junior standing or higher and consent. (Cross-listed as MATH 490)

BIOL 499 Biological Problems (V) Directed reading and research. For juniors and seniors majoring in life science 1-12 credits. Repeatable up to 12 credits. A-F only. Pre: 2.5 GPA minimum, written proposal and consent.

Professional Development Courses for Science Teachers

BIOL 501 (Alpha) Biology Workshop for Science Teachers (V) Principles taught in a conceptual and/or hands-on manner either in a laboratory setting or in the field. (B) biotechnology; (C) ecology, evolution and conservation; (D) marine biology; (F) general biology. A-F only. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: 171/171L, 172/172L, in-service teachers; or consent.

BIOL 601 Marine Biology-Environments and Organisms (4) (3 hr Lec, 3 hr Lab) Introduction to the diversity of marine organisms and the many specialized coastal, reef, and oceanic habitats in which they live. Lab and field research exercises will complement lecture subjects. Graduate standing in Marine Biology graduate degree program only. A-F only. Pre: consent. (Fall only)

BIOL 602 Marine Biology-Processes and Impacts (4) (3 hr Lec, 3 hr Lab) Investigation of biological phenomena and processes related to productivity and food webs, community structure and ecology, adaptations, and physiology, and impacts of human activities and fisheries. Graduate standing in Marine Biology graduate degree program only. A-F only. Pre: 601. Minimum prerequisite grade of B. (Spring only)

BIOL 603 Molecular Ecology (3) Practical introduction to molecular methods used to address ecological and evolutionary questions. Advanced undergraduate/graduate level. Focus on methods and application to independent research project. A-F only. Pre: 265/265L (or equivalent) or 275/275L (or equivalent), and 375/375L, and consent. (Alt. years)

See other science professional development courses NSCI 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 619 under the Natural Sciences (NSCI) course listing in this section of the Catalog.