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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Humanities and Natural Sciences

BIOL A106 Cells and Heredity 3 crs.

This course emphasizes the principles and concepts of chemical, cellular, and genetic processes common to all life. Topics include the scientific method, basic chemical concepts, macromolecules, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, membrane structure, energy and metabolism, meiosis, mitosis, Mendelian inheritance, and the Central Dogma.

Prerequisite:  Eligibility to enroll in MATH A257, evidenced by completion of MATH A118, or Prerequisite ACT/SAT test scores.
Co-requisite: BIOL A107

BIOL A107 Cells and Heredity Lab 1 cr.

Students investigate the scientific method, basic chemical concepts, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, Mendelian inheritance, and the structure, function, and technological uses of DNA.  This laboratory course emphasizes student-designed experiments, data collection and analysis, oral and written presentation, and the use of the scientific literature.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite:  Eligibility to enroll in MATH A257, evidenced by completion of MATH A118, or Prerequisite ACT/SAT test scores.
Corequisite:  BIOL A106

BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms 3 crs.

This course compares the biology of microbes, plants, and animals focusing on morphology, physiology, reproduction, and natural history.

Prerequisite: BIOL A106, BIOL A107

Co-requisite: BIOL A109

BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab 1 cr.

This course examines the diversity of life through field trips, demonstrations, dissections, and experimental activities. Form and function of microbes, plants, and animals will be compared to demonstrate how organisms have adapted to their environments. Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: BIOL A106.

Co-requisites: BIOL A108, A110.

BIOL A118 Tropical Ecology 3 crs.

Two weeks will be spent in the field in Belize, Guatemala, or Trinidad studying the plants and animals in several different ecological zones: coral reefs, pine savannah, rain forest, and mangrove swamps. A paper on the ecology of the area will be written after returning from the expedition.

BIOL A208 Ecology and Evolution 3 crs.

This course introduces current concepts and principles of ecology and evolution. Animal behavior, populations, communities, ecosystems, biogeography, natural selection, speciation, the history of life, human evolution, and other topics will be studied through lectures, readings, discussion, and a field trip.

Prerequisites: BIOL A106 — A109.

BIOL A300 Microbiology 3 crs.

Bacteriological technique, the classification and study of the properties of important protists, fungi, and bacteria, will be discussed. The principles of immunity, serology, and virology are also considered. Prerequisites: completion of biology core courses; two years of chemistry including Organic Chemistry.

Prerequisites: completion of biology core courses; two years of chemistry including Organic Chemistry.
Co-requisite: BIOL A301.

BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab 1 cr.

Laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A300.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisites: completion of biology core courses; two years of chemistry including Organic Chemistry.

Co-requisite: BIOL A300.

BIOL A303 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates 2 crs.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and dissections, vertebrate structure is analyzed in terms of phylogeny and function.

Prerequisites: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A304.

BIOL A304 Comparative Anatomy– Vertebrate Lab 2 crs.

Laboratory experience that meets four hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A303.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A303.

BIOL A305 Histology 2 crs.

The study of the microscopic structure of tissues and organs of the mammalian body and the study of the fundamentals of hematology will be the focus of this course. Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A306.

BIOL A306 Histology Lab 2 crs.

Laboratory experience that meets four hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A305.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A305.

BIOL A308 Developmental Biology 3 crs.

Events and mechanisms of developmental genetics, gametogenesis, fertilization, morphogenesis, and organogenesis in selected vertebrates and invertebrates will be examined. The laboratory includes experimental approaches to the study of development.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A309.

BIOL A309 Developmental Biology Lab 1 cr.

Laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A308.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A308.

BIOL A310 General Physiology 2 crs.

This course is an introductory study of physiochemical processes in cells, tissues, and organs.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A311.

BIOL A311 General Physiology Lab 2 crs.

Laboratory experience that meets four hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A310.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A310.

BIOL A312 Anatomy and Physiology 4 crs.

Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the interrelationships of the structural components of the human body to their function at the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ system level. Particular emphasis is placed on study of mechanisms responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the human body. Designed for allied health and other pre-health professional students.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A313.

BIOL A313 Anatomy and Physiology Lab 2 crs.

Laboratory experience that meets four hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A312.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A312.

BIOL A322 Population Genetics 3 crs.

This is an advanced course dealing with methods of measuring and expressing the genetic variation within and among natural populations. The course focuses on the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and how various factors modify it including selection, inbreeding, genetic drift, migration, and mutation.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A324 Evolutionary Biology 3 crs.

This course for majors addresses topics in Darwinian evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change and speciation, life history characters, and others. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of how evidence from various disciplines such as morphology, genetics, ecology, development, and geology supports the evolutionary synthesis.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A326 Molecular Genetics 3 crs.

Fundamentals of molecular genetics such as: transcription, DNA synthesis and repair, and RNA processing will be discussed. Through review and discussion of scientific literature and laboratory experience, students will learn the process of scientific investigation, recent findings, and new technologies in the field of molecular genetics.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A327.

BIOL A327 Molecular Genetics Lab 1 cr.

Laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A326.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A326.

BIOL A328 Genetic Analysis 3 crs.

This course for majors addresses advanced topics in transmission genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, and mutagenesis. Emphasis is placed on development of quantitative skills and written and oral communication.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A330 Ecology 3 crs.

Basic ecological principles and concepts are considered including the nature of the ecosystem, energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, and the ecology of populations and communities.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A331.

BIOL A331 Ecology Lab 1 cr.

Field and laboratory experience that meets four to five hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A330.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A330.

BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes 3 crs.

This course examines phylogenetic relationships, functional morphology, physiology, sensory biology, reproduction, behavior, ecology, biogeography, and conservation of fishes. Special emphasis will be placed on identification and natural history of Louisiana’s freshwater and marine fishes through field trips and laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A335.

BIOL A335 Biology of Fishes Lab 1 cr.

Field and laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A334.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A334.

BIOL A336 Animal Behavior 3 crs.

This course examines behavioral adaptations of animals and critically evaluates hypotheses to account for the evolution of these adaptations. Student activities emphasize field observation of animal behavior, experimental design, and scientific communication.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A338 Plant Ecology 3 crs

An introduction to the quantitative study of plants and their environment.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the functional ecology of individual plants and vegetation in terrestrial ecosystems.

 Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses, co-requisite BIOL A339

BIOL A339 Plant Ecology Lab 1 cr

Laboratory course accompanying BIOL A338, will expose students to modern field and laboratory techniques in plant physiological ecology.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses, co-requisite BIOL A338

BIOL A345 Herpetology 2 crs.

Introduction to the study of morphology, adaptation, classification, distribution, and ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Field work and identification of North American groups and field studies of local fauna. Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A346.

BIOL A346 Herpetology Lab 2 crs.

Field and laboratory experience that meets six hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A345.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A345.

BIOL A355 Conservation Biology 3 crs.

The study of the conservation of biodiversity based in the principles of ecology, evolution, and genetics. The primary goal is to understand natural ecological systems in the context of a human dominated world to learn to best maintain biological diversity in concert with an exploding human population. This is accomplished through lecture, socratic discussion, and videos.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology 3 crs.

An introduction to the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes as well as viruses in the aquatic environment. The course emphasizes the functional role of microbes in aquatic habitats, the relationship of microbial biodiversity to environmental gradients and the interaction of aquatic microbes with human affairs.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.
Co-requisite: BIOL A357.

BIOL A357 Aquatic Microbiology Lab 1 cr.

Field and laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A356. Students are exposed to modern field and laboratory techniques used with prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes from aquatic habitats. Field trips will emphasize local freshwater and estuarine environments.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.
Co-requisite: BIOL A356.

BIOL A360 Cell Biology 3 crs.

An analysis of cell structure and function. Topics to be discussed include protein synthesis, the nucleus, cytoplasmic organelles and bioenergetics, endomembrane systems, vesicular transport, the cytoskeleton, cell signaling, cell cycle control, and cancer.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A361.

BIOL A361 Cell Biology Lab 1 cr.

Laboratory experience that meets three hours per week in conjunction with BIOL A360.  Lab fee $100.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

Co-requisite: BIOL A360.

BIOL A363 Virology 3 crs.

Virology will cover cell and molecular biology of animal virology in detail. Topics to be addressed include virus structure, replication, pathogenesis, taxonomy, viral transformation, and cancer with specific virus families explored in depth. Some epidemiology, including recent research of specific viruses in the news, will be explored.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A365 Immunology 3 crs.

The field of experimental cellular and molecular immunology will be explored in this course. Clinical immunology will not be emphasized. Topics include: organization of the immune system, structure and function of antigen recognition molecules, immune cell interactions, and regulation of the immune system and immunity-related diseases.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A370 Introduction to Marine Science 4 crs.

This course is an introduction to physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes in the oceans and coastal environments and their interactions. Interrelationships of man and the marine environment. Five-week summer course at LUMCON in Cocodrie, La.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A375 Introduction to Marine Zoology 4 crs.

This course is a field and laboratory survey of marine animals, particularly those of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, including classification, morphology, physiology, and ecology. Five-week summer course at LUMCON in Cocodrie, La.

Prerequisite: completion of biology core courses.

BIOL A400 Research Proposal 1 cr.

Students work with a faculty research adviser to identify an original question in the biological sciences and develop and write a proposal/prospectus to investigate this question. This course is required of all biology honors students and students intending to complete a thesis in biological sciences.

BIOL A401 Independent Research 1 — 4 crs.

Students work with a faculty research adviser to conduct theoretical, field, and/or laboratory research. Students may register for one to four credit hours per semester and may enroll in this course in more than one semester, but the cumulative total credit hours earned may not exceed four.

BIOL A402 Research Thesis 1 cr.

Students work with a faculty research adviser to prepare a written thesis describing their original research and make an oral presentation at the undergraduate research symposium. This course is required of all biology honors students and students intending to complete a thesis in biological sciences.

Prerequisite: BIOL A400.

Co-requisite: BIOL A401.

BIOL A444 Marine Vertebrate Zoology 4 crs.

General study of the marine chordates with particular emphasis on the fishes, including classification, structure, function, and ecology will be the focus of this course. Five-week summer course at LUMCON in Cocodrie, La.

Prerequisite: BIOL A370 or A375.

BIOL A446 Marine Ecology 4 crs.

This course concerns the relationships of marine and estuarine organisms to environmental factors: interactions among organisms, ecological processes of energy and materials flow, communities, and ecosystems of the Louisiana Coastal Zone. Five-week summer course at LUMCON in Cocodrie, La.

Prerequisite: BIOL A370 or A375.

BIOL A448 Topics in Marine Science 1 cr.

This course is an advanced lecture, laboratory, and field work on a selected topic in the marine sciences. Two- to three-week summer course at LUMCON in Cocodrie, La.

Prerequisite: BIOL A370 or A375.

BIOL A499 Independent Study arr.

BIOL H233 Honors: Human Ecological Biology 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: University Honors Program

This in-depth course covering the ecological impact of humans on the biosphere is innovative in content, design, and topic. Through discussion, field trips, lab-setting demonstrations, films, debates, and readings, students learn the world of ecological science by active participation for application to issues of global, regional, and local concern.

BIOL T122 Cultural Biology 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Introductory

The range of subject matter for this course concerns survey of plant and animal taxonomic groups; survey of major organ and other structural systems in man; introduction to principles of genetics, ecology, and evolution. Not required of science majors.

BIOL Z230 Human Ecology 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course is a consideration of the basic concepts of ecology, including the nature of ecosystems, energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, and characteristics of populations and communities of organisms. The role of humans in the ecosphere will be emphasized, with particular attention to human population problems, food production, and pollution problems.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z232 Impact of Biology on Society 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course examines moral problems biology brings to society–e.g., abortion, "test-tube" babies, mouse with four parents, mouse-human cell hybrids, artificial life support for terminally ill, dangers and promise of recombinant DNA, building of artificial genes, and cloning. Effects of these areas on our lives will be considered.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z236 Evolution 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course examines the issues relating to the changes in life forms during the history of life on earth. Concepts are illustrated using examples from living systems and the fossil record. Human evolution also is considered. Designed for non-biology students.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites: 

Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z237  Marine Biology & Conservation   3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course examines diversity, physiology, ecology, and conservation of microbes, plants, and animals that live in the marine environment. Emphasis is placed on how marine organisms have adapted to living in their environment and how humans depend upon and affect marine ecosystems. Participation in a weekend fieldtrip is required.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z238 Genetics and Society 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course studies the basis of heredity and reproduction with a primary focus on human aspects. Recent genetic research and its application to medicine, industry, and agriculture. Social and ethical considerations of current genetic research and practices.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z242 Microbes: Friend or Foe? 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course is designed to relate daily living to the activities of the microbial world. Topics of discussion include: infectious diseases including sexually transmitted diseases, vaccines and immunity, antibiotics and disease treatment, pollution, food production and spoilage, viruses and cancer, and developments in biotechnology.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z244 Mississippi River Delta Ecology 3 crs.

This course is a basic study of the ecology of the Mississippi River deltaic plain. Emphasis is on the importance of coastal erosion, accompanied by study of the physical and biological aspects of the Mississippi River, its delta, estuaries, and their habitats, flora and fauna, and relevant environmental issues. The course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relevance of the ecology of the Mississippi River Delta to the activities of humans.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.

BIOL Z264  Global Ecology   3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern
This course is a consideration of the basic concepts of ecology, including the nature of ecosystems, energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, and characteristics of populations and communities of organisms. The role of humans in the ecosphere will be emphasized, with particular attention to human population problems, food production, and pollution problems.

Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites:  Sophomore standing or completion of an Introductory Common Curriculum course in the Natural Sciences is required.