Acadia University Online Course Catalog

2009 - 2010

Biology

Department School Year


Course Title Offered in 2009
F/W INT COR Last Offered
BIOL 1113 ORGANISMS & THEIR ENVIR 1 Yes Yes   2017-F/W
An introduction to ecology, and to the foundations of genetics. (3h lab)
BIOL 1123 ORGANISMS & THEIR ENVIR 2 Yes Yes   2017-F/W
An introduction to molecular genetics and evolution. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113
BIOL 1813 HUMAN BIOLOGY 1 Yes     2017-F/W
The fundamental principles of biology with emphasis on humans. Topics include molecular and cell biology/evolution, mechanisms of inheritance, basic ecology and humans in their environment. This course is not recommended for biology majors.
BIOL 1823 HUMAN BIOLOGY 2 Yes     2017-F/W
The fundamental principles of biology with emphasis on humans. Topics include reproduction and development, disease and the immune system, evolution, and homeostatis of human organ systems. This course is not recommended for biology majors. Prereq: Biol 1813
BIOL 2013 CELL BIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to the principles of cell biology with an emphasis on the organization of cells and the structure and function of cellular constituents. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 or 1813, and Chem 1023
BIOL 2023 PRINCIPLES OF HEREDITY Yes     2016-F/W
Concepts of genetics, including recombinant DNA techniques, and their application to biological problems, medicine and agriculture. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 or Biol 1813
BIOL 2033 PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY Yes     2010-F/W
Principles of ecology provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of ecology at the individual, population, community, ecosystem and landscape levels of organization. Emphasis is placed on both developing the theory behind the concepts, and on the application of this theory to environmental issues. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 or permission of dept.
BIOL 2043 BIODIVERSITY PLANTS & ALGAE Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to the structure, function, evolution and diversity of plants and algae. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113
BIOL 2053 MICROBIAL BIODIVERSITY Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
An overview of the diversity of microorganisms including bacteria, archaea, and protista. The course will focus on the unique and vital roles that these organisms play in nature. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 or Biol 1813
BIOL 2073 ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to the diversity, evolution, structure, and function of vertebrates, invertebrates, and non-photosynthetic protista. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to major groups and demonstrate the variety of relationships within, as well as between, these groups or organisms. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 (can be taken concurrently with these with departmental permission)
BIOL 2123 COMPARATIVE CHORDATE ANAT       2007-F/W
Comparative anatomy of chordates with emphasis on the higher vertebrates and the development and function of organ systems. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123 or Biol 1823
BIOL 2406 FIELD BIOLOGY       2005-F/W
(Summer course) Designed to acquaint students with the local fauna and flora daily lectures and frequent excursions to a variety of nearby environments: seashore, freshwater, and terrestrial. Emphasis is on identification and natural history. (3h lab) Prereq: A university biology course or permission of dept.
BIOL 2553 PLANTS IN THE MODERN WORLD Yes     2017-F/W
The role played by plants in everyday life is investigated. Both historical and social developments caused by plants are explored. Current topics may include genetic manipulation of plant material, Monoculture and deforestation.
BIOL 2813 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANAT 1 Yes     2017-F/W
The basic anatomical and physiological principles of the human body. Major topics covered include: levels of organization, muscle-skeletal systems, neuroanatomy and physiology, and the integument. Prereq: Biol 1813 or Biol 1113/1123
BIOL 2823 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANAT 2 Yes     2017-F/W
Major topics covered include the endocrine, cardio-vascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Prereq: Biol 2813
BIOL 3013 NATURAL HIST & FIELD BIOL Yes Yes Yes 2017-F/W
Hands on experience in any or all of terrestrial, fresh water, brackish water, intertidal, and marine-pelagic ecosystems. Relationships among the biota and the physical environment. Sampling design and techniques, data analysis. Field work, labs, lectures, discussions, projects. Presented at the Richardson Field Station in Biology, Bon Portage Island. To get on waiting list, visit http://ace.acadiau.ca/~dshutler/PCourse
BIOL 3063 INTRODUCTORY NEUROSCIENCE Yes     2017-F/W
A lecture and laboratory course that covers cell biology of neurons, electrical and biochemical signalling, motor control, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and anatomy of the brain and spinal cord. Additional topics include special senses and diseases of the nervous system. Complementary to Psyc 3383. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013 or Psyc 2133 or Chem 2713
BIOL 3073 PLANT ANATOMY       2011-F/W
Development, anatomy, and basic function of plant cells, tissues, organs, and mature structures. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2043
BIOL 3113 VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY Yes     2017-F/W
Evolution and diversity of the subphylum vertebrata, including a study of representative species and their morphological and phylogenetic relationships. Emphasis placed on the pivotal role of the dinosaurs in the evolution of tetrapods. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2073
BIOL 3123 PARASITOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
Diversity, morphology, and life cycles. Origins of parasitism, parasite strategies to enhance transmission including virulence, manipulation of host behaviour, and changing host sex. Communities of parasites and predictors of diversity. Anti-parasite behaviour, immunity, selectivity in mate choice. Cospeciation. Darwinian medicine and emerging diseases. Conservation and parasites. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1123
BIOL 3143 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR Yes     2017-F/W
Why animals do what they do from an evolutionary perspective, and the mechanics of how they do it. Optimality, evolutionarily stable strategies, foraging, escaping predators, communication, sexual reproduction and sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, group- living, territoriality, altruism, genetics of behaviour, sensory processing, hormones and control of behaviours, development, bird song, biological clocks. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1123 or Psyc 3133
BIOL 3153 PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENT Yes     2017-F/W
The early developmental patterns of animals. Topics include: fertilization; mosaic and regulative development; cell differentiation; cell migration, recognition and assembly; histogenesis; and regeneration. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013
BIOL 3163 COMPARATIVE EMBRYOLOGY       2015-F/W
A continuation of Biol 3153, plus a discussion of the developmental patterns as exhibited by the major vertebrate and invertebrate groups. Topics include pattern formation and genetic regulation of development. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3153
BIOL 3173 VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY 1 Yes     2017-F/W
The basic physiological principles of the vertebrates. Major topics covered include ion regulation, respiration and circulation. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113, 1123, 2013, 2073
BIOL 3183 VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY 2 Yes     2016-F/W
Topics covered include endocrinology, muscle physiology, basic neurophysiology, receptor physiology and thermoregulation. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3173; Coreq: Chem 2513
BIOL 3233 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY       2001-F/W
An introduction to the physiology of vascular plants, emphasizing the relationship between form and function. Topics include plant cell structure, water relations, transport processes, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis and carbon metabolism. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2043
BIOL 3243 PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Yes     2017-F/W
The factors and mechanisms involved in the regulation of plant growth and development. Topics include phytohormones, differential growth responses, dormancy, photomorphogenesis and photoperiodism. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013, 2043 or permission of dept.
BIOL 3253 PHYCOLOGY       1997-F/W
A survey of the marine macrophytic algae, their comparative morphology, taxonomy, and ecology. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123
BIOL 3273 MYCOLOGY 1       1997-F/W
Morphology and taxonomy of basidiomycete fungi with emphasis on the Agaricales (mushrooms). (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113
BIOL 3293 FLORA OF NOVA SCOTIA Yes     2014-INT
A survey of the autumn flowering plants and ferns of the province. Identification by technical keys; important plant families; field recognition of common species; habitat preferences; collecting methods. A collection of 50 plants, properly annotated, must be prepared. Lecture and Field work. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113 or permission of dept.
BIOL 3363 BIODIVERSITY Yes     2010-F/W
Global patterns of biodiversity and the underlying processes generating them. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2033
BIOL 3373 AQUATIC ECOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to freshwater and marine ecosystems emphasizing the relationships between structure and function, human activities that impact natural processes and procedures for assessing the health of aquatic ecosystems. Field and laboratory work required. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2033
BIOL 3413 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
Laboratory or field investigations into some particular problem in biology. The work must be sponsored by a member of the department. Students participate in planning the experiments and developing suitable procedures and techniques. Prereq: Permission of dept.
BIOL 3423 HISTOLOGY 1 Yes     2017-F/W
The structure and function of the cells, tissues and organs of vertebrate animals. Histology 1 emphasizes the primary tissue types, the circulatory and nervous systems. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013
BIOL 3433 HISTOLOGY 2       2017-F/W
Emphasizes the structure and function of organ systems in vertebrates, including digestive, endocrine, reproductive and sensory systems. This course is offered in a learner centred format and is based on collaborative learning. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3423
BIOL 3513 BACTERIAL GENETICS       2005-F/W
The molecular details of prokaryotic gene structure, expression and transfer. Applications in recombinant DNA technology. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013, 2053
BIOL 3523 PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
An two part examination of microbial diseases predominantly in humans. The pathogenic attributes of various types of infectious disease agents and the host's response to them will be considered. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2053
BIOL 3533 ADVANCED ECOLOGY 1 Yes     2009-F/W
This course will lay a strong foundation for upper level courses in ecology. Students will be exposed to theory in ecology, and in particular how empirical work deepens theoretical understanding. In-class topics will include experimental design, data analysis and modelling - with a focus on critical evaluation of ecological processes. Labs will focus on empirical approaches to ecology. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2033
BIOL 3553 IMMUNOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of the defences of mammals and other organisms at the molecular, cellular and system levels. Topics include the organization and regulation of the immune system, cellular interactions among immune system components, immune dysfunction, and specific immune responses against pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoan and metazoan parasites. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2013, 2053 with C- or better in both
BIOL 3563 VIRUSES:BIOLOGY & EVOLUTION Yes     2009-F/W
Introduction to virology in terms of structure and function of all of the major know classes of viruses. Includes viruses and subviral particles that affect hosts in all domains. Aspects of medical virology will be explored, as will the ecology and evolutions of viruses. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2053 with C- or better
BIOL 3573 APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
The applicationss of microorganisms to human society. The course will study microorganisms in the food industry, industry in general, pollution and bioremediation. Examples where possible will be taken from operations in Nova Scotia. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2053 with C- or better
BIOL 3583 EUKARYOTIC MICROBIOLOGY       2017-F/W
An introduction to the structure, function, evolution biodiversity of unicellular eukaryotic organisms, including protozoa, microbial fungi and unicellular algae. The ecology of free-living eukaryotic microbes and the immune responses of humans and other animals against pathogenic species will be discussed in detail. Laboratories include experiments with live protozoa and microscopical observations of prepared microbes. Prereq: Biol 1113/1123, 2053
BIOL 3613 GENETICS 1 Yes     2017-F/W
The study of DNA and how it can be used to help understand gene expression, and genetic mechanisms in evolution, and gene organization. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2023
BIOL 3623 GENETICS 2       2017-F/W
The study of DNA and how it can be used to help understand gene expression, and genetic mechanisms in evolution, and gene organization. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3613
BIOL 3633 TOPICS IN CELL BIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
Major topics to be covered include cell junctions, the extracellular matrix, cellular communications, signal transduction, and the structure and function of the cytoskeleton. (3h tutorial) Prereq: Biol 2013 or Chem 2713
BIOL 3843 MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY Yes     2012-F/W
A survey of the major invertebrate phyla, their morphology, taxonomy and evolutionary relationships. Local marine species are emphasized and studied from both living and preserved materials. Field trips required. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2073
BIOL 4023 INTELL ORIGINS MODERN BIOL Yes     2017-F/W
A brief survey of major developments in biological thought. The philosophical basis of modern biology will be examined with emphasis on the development of the scientific method. The development of evolutionary thinking and the other major concepts in biology will be traced. May not be used by arts students as a science credit. Prereq: 12h in biology above the 1000 level
BIOL 4113 ICHTHYOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
The evolution and biology of fishes. Topics include functional morphology, adaptive radiation, ecology and zoogeography. Labs emphasize morphology and identification. Field trips required. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3113
BIOL 4123 MAMMALOGY       2017-F/W
Evolution, functional morphology, reproduction, physiology, evolutionary and behavioural ecology of mammals. Labs stress classification, anatomy and functional morphology. Field trips. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3113 recommended
BIOL 4153 ENTOMOLOGY Yes     2016-F/W
An introduction to the structure, function, evolution and taxonomy of the insects, the most diverse and abundant group of animals. Topics also include the ecology, behaviour, and impact, both in medical and economic terms, of these animals. A collection of insects gathered on field trips during regularly scheduled laboratories is required. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123, 2073
BIOL 4163 ORNITHOLOGY       2016-F/W
Birds from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. The fossil record, hybrid zones, biogeography, classification. Flight and associated morphological and physiological changes. Brains and hormones, migration and navigation, song, territoriality, sexual selection, sperm competition, nests, eggs, incubation, parental care, sex ratio manipulation, cooperative breeding, brook parasitism, longevity, population monitoring. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3113 or permission of instructor
BIOL 4173 SPECIALIZED MICROSCOPY TECH Yes     2017-F/W
Sectioning, differential staining and SEM techniques. Prereq: permission of instructor
BIOL 4213 PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY Yes     2012-F/W
The physiological basis for the interaction of the individual species with its environment. Included are discussions of the energy environment of the plant and how temperature, light, water status, soil conditions, etc. affect plant function and distribution. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2043
BIOL 4333 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY       2006-F/W
The ecological importance of microorganisms in specific environments. The dynamics of microbial populations and interactions with other organisms. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2053; 3373 and 3513 recommended
BIOL 4423 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
Human impacts on the biosphere; historical and present worldviews of humans and nature; reserve design; landscape ecology; integrated forest wildlife management; minimum viable populations and species at risk. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2033
BIOL 4443 COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY Yes     2016-F/W
Lectures, research and student seminars emphasizing physiological similarities and differences of vertebrates and invertebrates. Prereq: Biol 3183
BIOL 4463 EVOLUTION Yes     2009-F/W
A critical analysis concepts and analytical methods in evolutionary biology. Topics include basic population genetics, the analysis of adaptations, natural and sexual selection, species and speciation, systematics and phylogenetic methods. Recent developments in evolutionary biology (e.g. Darwinian medicine, evolution of infectious diseases) are dicussed. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2023; 2033 recommended
BIOL 4473 ADVANCED PHYCOLOGY       -
Selected topics in algal culture, physiology, and ecology with emphasis on laboratory techniques. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2043, 3253 or permission of dept.
BIOL 4483 ADVANCED MYCOLOGY       1985-F/W
Examination of selected taxa through field work, experimental research and a study of pertinent literature. Attention is given to the identification and recognition of the local flora. Lecture, lab, field work. Prereq: Biol 3273
BIOL 4523 HISTOCHEMISTRY Yes     2014-F/W
Theory and application of the basic histological methods used in biology. (1h lec, 6h lab) Prereq: Biol 3433
BIOL 4543 ESTUARINE ECOLOGY       2017-F/W
The physical, chemical and biological features of estuarine waters. Uses, abuses and rehabilitation of estuaries will be discussed. Field work on nearby estuaries is required. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3373 or permission of dept.
BIOL 4613 TOPICS IN GENETICS Yes     2017-F/W
Selected current topics in the field of genetics/cell biology. Prereq: Biol 3613 and permission of instructor
BIOL 4653 ADVANCED ECOLOGY 2 Yes     2016-F/W
This project-based course will offer students an opportunity to synthesize previous learning and fully explore how to unify field data with theory. Using a project format, students will use existing data sets to directly test theory. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 3533
BIOL 4673 MARKERS:ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION Yes     2017-F/W
A hands-on introduction to the use of molecular tools to study questions in ecology and evolution. Students will be introduced to a variety of molecular techniques and analytical methods. Students will be required to complete an individual project using one or more molecular tools. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2023, 3613; prereq or coreq: Chem 2513, 2713 or permission of instructor
BIOL 4833 CONSERVATION GENETICS       2017-F/W
The application of principles from evolutionary and population genetics to the conservation of biodiversity. The lecture focuses on theoretical foundation of the field while the laboratory focuses on current methods of data analyses. Discussion groups will be formed to study prominent case studies for both plant and animal species. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 1113/1123, 2023 or permission of instructor
BIOL 4853 MOLECULAR EVOL & BIOINFO       2006-F/W
This class presents both the theoretical basis for and the application of computing in molecular biology and evolution. A wide range of topics are addressed including the estimation of rates and patterns of mutations, evidence of molecular adaptation, phylogenetic analysis of genes and genomes, genomics, proteomics. (3h lab) Prereq: Biol 2023 or permission
BIOL 4863 WILDLIFE BIOL/HABITAT MGMT       2012-INT
This course examines current approaches to wildlife and habitats management in Nova Scotia's coastal, urban, forested, agricultural, and industrial landscapes by focusing (1): on practices, guidelines, policies and laws and (2): on ecological principles through field labs and lectures, to support problem solving and decision making required for effective wildlife and habitat management. This course will benefit people currently working in resource management who are interested in staying current in wildlife and habitat management.
BIOL 4996 HONOURS THESIS Yes     2017-F/W
This course includes a written thesis and a thesis defense, an oral comprehensive exam and a short presentation to the biology department. Prereq: Permission of thesis supervisor and department

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