ACADEMICS

  • Biotechnology Graduate Courses

    BI 905 Historical Perspectives in Biology
    The nature, processes, and research approaches of the major biological discoveries and emerging
    new paradigms from the 17th century to present.
    3 credits

    BI 910 Public Health Parasitology
    Biology, epidemiology, disease processes, control and prevention of human parasites. Concentrates
    on selected protozoan, helminth, and arthropod organisms. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 915 Topics in Advanced Botany
    Explores and reviews specialized topics in the life of plants. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 920 Population Biology
    Analyzes population density, growth, regulation, and energy relationships. Population interactions,
    organization, and evolution are stressed.
    3 credits

    BI 921 Biotechnology and DNA
    Applications of recombinant DNA technology, together with business and industry information and
    government regulation. Includes a three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 923 Fermentation Technology
    The growth of microorganisms in bioreactors under sterile conditions and the production of useful
    products.
    3 credits

    BI 924 Recombinant DNA
    A theoretical course covering the basic concepts of DNA structure, the role of DNA in cells and how
    genes are isolated and cloned.
    3 credits

    BI 925 Cell Physiology
    Examines the cellular mechanisms involved in maintaining homeostasis in response to changes in
    the cellular environment. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 927 Tissue Culture Techniques
    Prerequisite: B.S. in a biological science
    Presents the most important techniques used for mammalian tissue culture by lecture and laboratory
    demonstration and practice. The course also includes topics in plant tissue culture.
    3 credits

    BI 930 Biological Chemistry
    Concerns the physical, chemical, and biological properties and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, DNA, and RNA.
    3 credits

    BI 935 Biochemical Techniques
    Prerequisite: BI 930
    Topics include the isolation and characterization of biochemical compounds with emphasis on nucleic acids and proteins. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory.
    3 credits

    BI 936 Immunology
    Prerequisite: B.S. in a biological science
    Recent advances in understanding the immune system will be covered.
    3 credits

    BI 937 Molecular Virology
    Prerequisite: B.S. in a biological science
    A study of virus families with emphasis on replication and regulation of gene expression.
    3 credits

    BI 938 Toxicology
    A theoretical course presenting the principles and mechanisms of toxic damage to cells, organs and organisms.
    3 credits

    BI 940 Reproductive Physiology
    Concerns the influence of sex hormones on the reproductive system, beginning with embryogenesis and early maturation and extending into the areas of fertilization, pregnancy, gestation, parturition, and lactation. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 945 Neuroendocrinology
    Emphasizes the hypothalamo-hypophysial system in mammals together with its influence on the central nervous system.
    3 credits

    BI 950 Physiological Ecology
    Considers the physiological adjustments which animals make in response to environmental factors; emphasizes the physiological basis of animal evolution and distribution.
    3 credits

    BI 955 Herpetology
    Concerns the structural and functional characteristics of amphibians and reptiles, their origin and evolution, their ecological relationships, and their distribution and natural history. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 960 Biology of Symbiosis
    Nutritional, metabolic, and evolutionary mechanisms of partnerships in nature with emphasis on the universality of symbiosis. Includes three hour laboratory.
    4 credits.

    BI 980 Selected Topics in Advanced Biology
    Each topic is a timely and exciting new lecture and/or laboratory course. Topics will be announced in advance and will service needs in growth areas; e.g., biotechnology.
    3-4 credits.

    BI 981 Independent Study in Biology/Biotechnology
    Prerequisite: Consent of department and instructor.
    Independent study or directed study on a topic of interest to both the student(s) and the instructor.
    1-6 credits.

    BI 985 Graduate Internship in Biology/Biotechnology
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of a minimum of 12 graduate credits toward the degree and
    approval of the Biology faculty. Provides M.S. candidates the chance to gain practical experience at off-campus agencies where technical and analytical skills can be gained.
    3-4 credits.

    BI 990 Seminar in Biology/Biotechnology
    Study and discussion of current researches, books, and periodicals in the field of biology; includes reports of research in progress. Required of all graduate degree candidates.
    3 credits

    BI 995 Research in Biology/Biotechnology
    Original research in biology under faculty supervision. Requires an acceptable thesis or paper in publishable format. Required of all degree candidates. May be repeated.
    1-6 credits.

    Chemistry Graduate Courses
    CH 941 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
    Prerequisites: Biochemistry I, Modern Biochemistry, or Biological Chemistry
    The structure and function of DNA and RNA. Topics include bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic nucleic acids.
    3 credits

    CH 942 Structure and Function of Proteins
    Prerequisites: Biochemistry I, Modern Biochemistry, or Biological Chemistry
    The biochemistry of proteins. Particular emphasis is given to enzymes and the kinetics of enzymecatalyzed reactions.
    3 credits

    CH 943 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
    Prerequisites: Biochemistry I, Modern Biochemistry, or Biological Chemistry
    This course includes the isolation and characterization of biochemical compounds with emphasis on nucleic acids and proteins, including enzymes.
    3 credits

    CH 990 Special Problems in Chemistry
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    A laboratory or library research project conducted in consultation with a faculty member.
    3 credits

    CH 991 Directed Study
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Designed for the student who wishes to undertake an individualized study in chemistry on a topic mutually agreeable to student and instructor.
    1-4 credits.

    CH 996 Internship in Chemistry
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Research project completed at an institution other than WSU by a student with a non-WSU sponsor and WSU liaison.Requires a final typewritten report.
    3 credits