Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens State Natural Area, Murfreesboro, TN
FALL SEMESTER ONLY
BIOL 4090 / 6090 - Forest Ecology (4 credit hours) Ecological form and function of forested systems with a particular emphasis on communities of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee. Topics include dendrology, community assembly and disassembly over time, abiotic and biotic drivers of forest community succession, phylogeography and biogeography, and threats and sustainable practices. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. A grade of C or better in BIOL 3250/BIOL 3251, BIOL 3400, and BIOL 3500 or permission of instructor. This course is offered odd years only.
BIOL 4060 / 6060 - Dendrology (3 credit hours) Woody plants with emphasis on important timber trees of North America. Five hours of combined lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites include BIOL 1120 and BIOL 1121. Note: This course was replaced by Forest Ecology in Fall 2017.
BIOL 4120 / 5120 - Flowering Plants (4 credit hours) Structure and classification of seed plants. Six hours combined lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites include BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 or BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 with minimum grade of A and BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Note: This course was last offered in Spring 2016, and it will be replaced by a new course called Plant Diversity to be offered even years only.
SPRING AND FALL SEMESTERS
BIOL 3250 - Genetics (4 credit hours) An introductory course in genetics. Surveys and explores the sub-disciplines of genetics, including classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics. Emphasis on the experiments, techniques, and theories forming the foundation of modern genetic research and its applications. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisites include BIOL 1110/1111 and BIOL 1120/1121. Corequisite: BIOL 3251.
BIOL 3251 - Genetics Lab (Coordinator) This lab is a co-requisite to BIOL 3250 Genetics Lecture and is designed to reinforce concepts introduced there through hands-on research experiences. We will undertake two research projects each semester: (1) Determining inheritance patterns of pairs of phenotypic traits in Drosophila melanogaster through experimental crosses; and (2) Determining our own deep ancestry through mitochondrial DNA sequencing and haplotype analysis.
BIOL 4280 - Undergraduate Research (1-4 credit hours) Selection, design, and conduction of projects typically allied with an instructor's research program. May be repeated for a total of four credits. Requires permission of faculty and department.
*NOTE: This is not a typical course. This is an opportunity for students to gain credit for research experience. Any student interested in pursuing this course must discuss options with the sponsoring faculty member prior to enrollment.