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101

Animal Biology hide description

3 cr (B-E). General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans. P: Open to Fr. Not for credit for those who have taken Zool 151 or 152 or equiv.

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102

Animal Biology Laboratory hide description

2 cr (B-E). P: Zool 101 or con reg. Open to Fr.

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Introductory Biology hide description

(Crosslisted with Botany) I, SS; 5 cr (B-E). First semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Topics include: cell structure and function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics and a survey of the five major kingdoms of organisms. P: Open to Fr. HS chem or con reg in coll chem strongly advised. Not for full credit for those who have taken Bot 100, 130; Zool 101, 102, 120; or equiv.

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Introductory Biology hide description

(Crosslisted with Botany) I, SS; 5 cr (b-B-E). Second semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Continuation of 151. Topics include: a survey of the five major kingdoms of organisms, selected topics in plant and animal physiology, the structure and dynamics of selected ecosystems, speciation and evolutionary theory. P: Botany/Zoology 151. Not for full credit for those who have taken Bot 100, 130; Zool 101, 102, 120; or equiv.

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160

Heredity hide description

(Crosslisted with Genetics, Botany) I; 3 cr (B-E). Heredity; genetics for students not specializing in life sciences; principles of heredity; current advances in genetics applied to humans, animals and plants with their impact on life sciences and society. Lectures and discussion. P: crse open to all So; Open to Fr with cons inst; HS or college crse in biol recommended; not open to pre-med or sci major without cons inst.

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199

Directed Study hide description

1-3 cr (E). Recommended for Fr and So. P: Writtem cons inst. Open to Fr.

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200 Level Courses
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260

lntroductory Ecology spring/fall hide description

(Crosslisted with Botany) I, SS; 3 cr (B-E). For nonbiology students: the relationships of organisms and the environment. Population dynamics and community organization, human-environment relationships, action programs. P: Open to Fr. Does not count toward Botany or Zoology major.

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300 Level Courses
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Introduction to Entomology hide description

(Crosslisted with Entom) I, SS; 4 cr (B-I). Principles including morphology and classification; a general collection of insects required of each student. P: An elem course in zoology.

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315

Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources hide description

(Crosslisted with Envir St) I, II; 2 cr (B-I). General limnology. Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and processes of lakes. Environmental problems and rehabilitation of lakes. P: Intro course in biol; intro course in chem recommended.

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316

Laboratory for Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources hide description

2 cr (B-D). Biological, physical, and chemical characteristics and their interrelationships in Wisconsin lakes and streams. P: Zool 315 or con reg.

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335

Human/Animal Relationships: Biological and Philosophical Issues hide description

(Crosslisted with Wl Ecol) II; 3 cr (B-I). An interdisciplinary approach to our complex and often contradictory relationships with non-human animals, including information about the nature, needs and behavior of human and non-human animals in relation to our personal and professional interactions with them. P: So st.

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350

Parasitology hide description

(Crosslisted with MM&I, Ahabs) II; 3 cr (B-I). General biology, ecology and phylogeny of animal parasites, including those of humans; host-parasite interactions; general epidemiological principles of parasitic infections. P: Intro course in biology, So st.

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360

Extinction of Species hide description

(Crosslisted with Wl Ecol, Envir St) I; 3 cr (B-I). A comprehensive treatment of the ecology, causes, and consequences of species extinction. Ecology and problems of individual species, habitat alteration and degradation, socio-economic pressures and conservation techniques and strategies. P: So st. An intro biology course strongly recommended.

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371

Medical Entomology hide description

(Crosslisted with Entom, Ahabs) Even yrs.; I; 3 cr (B-I). Arthropods of medical and veterinary importance, how they affect their hosts and transmit diseases. P: Intro course in zool or vet sci.

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400 Level Courses
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400

Topics in Biology:
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Museum Studies hide description

This course will provide a general background of natural history museum work including, history, collections, field collecting, specimen preparation, ethics, laws and education. It will also introduce students to a variety of natural science, humanities (as they apply to natural science), and library collections located on the UW-campus.


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410

Evolutionary Biology hide description

(Crosslisted with Anthro, Botany) II; 3 cr (B-I). Evolutionary biology, emphasizing how modern scientists study evolution. Topics include: nature and mechanisms of microevolution, macroevolution, adaptation, speciation; systematics and taxonomy; quantitative genetics and measurement of natural selection; phylogenetic analyses of behavior, physiology, morphology, biochemistry; current controversies in evolution. P: An elem course in zool or botany & So st; Genetics/Botany/Zool 160 or 466 recommended.

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Behavioral Ecology hide description

II, 3 cr (B-I). How natural, sexual, and kin selection shape animal behavior, including communication, mating, cooperation, parental care, and social behavior. Approaches studied include behavioral genetics, quantitative genetics, optimality and game theory models, the comparative method, and cultural evolution.

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Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates hide description

I, 5 cr (B-I). Basic vertebrate anatomical systems and a consideration of variations, using functional embryological and evolutionary approaches. Lab dissection and study of representative vertebrate material. Two evening practical exams. P: Intro crse in zool & So st.

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General Ecology hide description

(Crosslisted with Botany, Forest) I, SS; 4 cr (r-B-I). Ecology of individual organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere. The interaction of organisms with each other and their physical environment. These relationships are studied, often in quantitative terms, in both field and laboratory settings; lecture and lab. P: Intro crse in botany & zoology, or Bot/Zoo 151-152, or Biocore 301 or 333; for biol sci majors only.

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General Genetics hide description

(Crosslisted with Genetics, Botany) I, II, SS; 3 cr (B-I). Genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Includes Mendelian genetics, mapping, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, cytogenetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. Illustrative material includes viruses, bacteria, plants, fungi, insects, and humans. P: Algebra, 1 yr chem & 1 yr biology or cons inst.

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Introduction to Animal Development hide description

3 cr (B-I). This course introduces students to the major features and mechanisms of early embryonic development in animals, including (1) the major stages of early development, (2) how form arises in the embryo (morphogenesis), (3) how differences arise between cells in the embryo, and (4) how specific genes control these processes. P: Zool 101 or Zool 151/152.

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Plant-Insect Interactions hide description

(Crosslisted with Entom, Botany) Alt yrs.; II; 3 cr (B-I). Multiple ways in which arthropods exploit plants, plant traits that deter or augment insects, environmental mediation of these interactions, effects on population dynamics, community ecology and co-evolution, and implications to natural resource management, environmental quality, and sustainable development. P: One of the following: Bot/For/Zoo 460, Ent/Pl Path/For 500, Pl Path/Bot 505, Forestry 550, or Entom 342.

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500 Level Courses
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Modeling Animal Landscapes hide description

3-5 cr (B-A). This course uses computer and GIS-based modeling to explore how climate, topography, vegetation type, and key animal properties all interact to specify from first principles the energetics and activity constraints of animals on any landscape. It links individual, population and community variables at landscape scales. P: Jr st.

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510

Ecology of Fishes hide description

(Crosslisted with Envir St) II; 3 cr (B-I). Interactions of fishes with their physical, chemical, and biotic environment; physiological ecology, community ecology and fisheries sciences. Lake Mendota perch fishery and Shedd Aquarium field trips. P:1 yr biol & chem & Jr st.

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511

Ecology of Fishes Lab hide description

(Crosslisted with Envir St) II; 2 cr (B-A). Anatomy and taxonomy of Wisconsin fishes and projects in fish ecology. P: Zool 510 or con reg.

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520

Ornithology hide description

2 cr (B-I). Evolutionary biology of birds. Functional morphology, aerodynamics, feeding ecology, migration, social systems, communication, reproductive strategies, maintenance, and speciation. P:2 semesters of biological science.

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521

Birds of Southern Wisconsin hide description

2 cr (B-I). Field lab in the identification, ecology, and behavior of Wisconsin's birds. Lab demonstrations, field observations, and habitat censuses. Saturday field trips throughout southern Wisconsin. P: Zoology 520 taken previously or con reg.

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523

Neurobiology hide description

(Crosslisted with Neurosci, Psych) I; 3 cr (B-I). Basic mechanisms in cellular neurophysiology: electrophysiology and chemistry of nerve signals, mechanisms in integration, simple nervous pathways and their behavioral correlates. P: Biocore 323 or Zool 151/152 or Zool 101 plus an additional zool crse & a yr each of chem & physics.

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524

Neurobiology II: An Introduction to the Brain and Behavior hide description

(Crosslisted with Neurosci, Psych, Neurophy) II; 3 cr (B-I). An introduction to studies of the human nervous system covering neuroanatomy of the brain, neuronal coding, sensory and motor systems, biological rhythms, arousal, attention, physiological regulation, reward, aversion, learning and memory. P: Zool 523, equiv crse in physiol, or cons inst.

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530

Insect Behavior hide description

(Crosslisted with Entom) Odd yrs.; II; 3 cr (A). Comparative behavior of insects. Function and evolution. P: Entom 302 or equiv; Zool 330 or cons inst.

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535

Ecosystem Analysis hide description

3 cr (D). Introduction to current quantitative approaches for analyzing ecosystems. Includes hand-on experience with ecosystem modeling and parameter estimation. P:1 yr calculus & a majors course in ecology; or Grad st.

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540

Theoretical Ecology hide description

(Crosslisted with Entom) Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (B-D). Introduction to theoretical ecology, including hands-on experience in computer modeling. For students with ecology background; does not require a strong math background. 3-credit option requires project and consent of instructor. P:1 year calculus, Zoo/Bot 260, Zoo/Bot/For 460 or equiv, & Jr st.

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Paleobiology hide description

The evolutionary process as interpreted from the fossil record. Topics include: the study of form; tempo and mode of evolution; levels and mechanisms of evolutionary change; extinction in the fossil record; trends and patterns in the history of life; macroevolution. Pre-Reqs: Geosci 304 or 540 or course in introductory biology

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542

Invertebrate Paleontology hide description

TThe evolutionary history, morphology, and ecology of fossil invertebrates. Labs emphasize fossil identification and recognition of basic morphological features. Pre-Reqs: Geosci 107, 110, 204, or a course in introductory biology

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548

Ecology of Rivers and Streams hide description

4 cr (B-A). Physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. Consideration of scientific aspects of current river management issues. Field and laboratory methods commonly used by stream ecologists and investigation of southern Wisconsin streams and rivers. P: Chem 103, 104 or equiv; Zool 315 or equiv; Zool 460 or equiv strongly recommended.

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550

Animal Communication and the Origin of Language hide description

(Crosslisted with Psychology) I or II or SS; 3 cr (B-A). Signals, contexts, and mechanism of social communication in animals. Speech and non-verbal communication in human beings and possible arguments for the evolution of speech and language. P: Psych 449 or 450 or Zoology 531 or 532.
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555

Lab-Developmental Biology hide description

3 cr (B-D). Developmental anatomy and laboratory manipulations of representative animal embryos used extensively for analysis of developmental phenomena (sea urchins, amphibia, annelids, molluscs, ascidians, insects, chicks, fish, mice). P: Prev or con reg in either Zoo 440, 470, 625, or Biocore 333, or cons inst.

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Human Cytogenetics hide description

(Crosslisted with Md Genet, Genetics) Even yrs.; II; 2 cr (B-I). Fundamental principles of cytogenetics and special problems of human cytogenetics for biology and medical students. P: Genetics/Bot/Zool 160 or 466 or Med Genet 721 or cons inst.

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565

Principles of Landscape Ecology hide description

(Crosslisted with Forest, Land Arc) Odd yrs.; II; 2 cr (B-D). Landscape ecology emphasizes the importance of spatial patterns at broad scales. Concepts and applications are emphasized, especially for seniors and graduate students in applied natural resource fields. The course is also a prerequisite for Zoology/Forest Ecology 665, Advanced Landscape Ecology. Lecture format with discussion. P: Botany/Zoology/Forest 460, or Forest 550, a crse in stats, & cons inst.

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570

Cell Biology hide description

3 cr (B-I). Comprehensive course on modern aspects of cell biology. P: One yr college biol, one yr chem.

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600 Level Courses
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Endocrinology hide description

Even yrs.; I; 3-4 cr (B-A). An introduction to the role that hormones play in a variety of physiological pocesses and behaviors from a molecular to a systems level. Topics include hormonal involvement in growth, development, homeostasis, reproduction, and behavior, with an emphasis on vertebrate systems. P: Background in biochem & cell-molecular biol recommended, but not required.
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611

Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology hide description

3 cr (B-A). Variations of physiological mechanisms of animals as correlated with their ecology and phylogeny. P: Biocore 323 or Zool 151/152 or Zool 101 plus an additional zool crse, a yr each of chem & physics.

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612

Comparative Physiology Laboratory hide description

2 cr (B-A). Recommended for majors. P: Zool 611 or con reg.

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Biology of Mind hide description

(Crosslisted with Anthro, Neurosci, Psych) I; 3 cr (B-D). Evolution of mind. Transitions from primate through early hominid to modern human intelligence. Modern studies of brain mechanisms underlying vision, emotions, language, memory and learning. Models of the brain as a "Darwin Machine" generating the narrative self. P: Jr st; college level elem crse in biology or psych.

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Development of the Nervous System hide description

2 cr (B-D). Survey of the principles guiding neuronal development. Course will cover descriptive and experimental analyses of developmental mechanisms underlying the formation of both vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems. P: One intermed level crse in biol; background in development & neurobiol recommended.

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Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms hide description

(Crosslisted with Biochem, Phmcol-M) Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (B-D). Lecture-discussion. Comprehensive coverage of human hormones, growth factors and other mediators; emphasis on hormone action and biosynthesis, cell biology of hormone-producing cells. P: Intro biochem (Biochem 501 or 507 & 508) & cell biology (Biocore 303 or Zool 570 or Path750) or cons inst.

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635

Neurobiology of Disease hide description

(Crosslisted with Neurosci) Alt yrs.; I; 2 cr (B-A). Seminar course relating major categories of human neurological and opthalmological disease to fundamental topics in neurobiology. P: Zool/Neurosci 523 & 524 or cons inst.

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Conservation Biology hide description

(Crosslisted with Botany, Envir St, Wl Ecol) II; 3 cr (r-D). The application of ecological and genetic principles to problems concerning genetic, species, and community diversity. Topics include the hazards of rarity, choice and monitoring of indicator species, population viability analysis, habitat fragmentation, reserve design, and population recovery programs. P: An ecology crse (eg, Botany/Zool 460) and genetics (eg, Genetics/ Zool 466).

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Internship in Ecology hide

2 cr (D). A seminar course to provide support and structure for undergraduates interested in gaining hands-on experience working as a volunteer with local environmental, ecological or conservation groups. P: Recommended for Jr & Sr; graded on a letter basis; requires written cons inst.

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681

Senior Honors Thesis

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682

Senior Honors Thesis

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691

Senior Thesis

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692

Senior Thesis

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698

Directed Study

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699

Directed Studies in Zoology

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700 Level Courses
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Ecosystem Concepts


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Problems in Oceanography

800 Level Courses
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900 Level Courses
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Oceanography and Limnology Seminar


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lnterdisciplinary Seminar in Animal Behavior


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Seminar in Endocrinology- Reproductive Physiology

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Seminar-Limnology

  956 Seminar-Ecology
Professional Development

957

Ecol. & Evol. Genetics of Colonizing Populations

 

960

Seminar in Cellular Biology

962

Behavior, Brain, and Evolution Seminar

 

965

Seminars in Developmental Biology

969

Colloquium on Teaching College Biology


990

Research



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