May 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 

Art History

  
  • ARH 3500 - Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    A survey of art and architecture in Italy from the early fourteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century. The veneration of classical antiquity and the development of naturalistic representation are examined. Issues of patronage, artists’ training, and technology are also addressed.

  
  • ARH 3600 - Baroque Art and Architecture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    A survey of major movements, artists and themes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and architecture in Europe and the Americas.

  
  • ARH 3700 - Nineteenth-Century Art and Architecture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    This course is a survey of major developments and trends in nineteenth-century painting, sculpture, and architecture. It reviews major aesthetic theories and non-western art forms that shaped nineteenth-century art.

  
  • ARH 3750 - History of American Art and Architecture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    This course is a survey of the styles and movements of art and architecture in the United States from colonial times to present.

  
  • ARH 3850 - Art Since 1900

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Art majors: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1101. Non art majors: ENGL 1101 and permission of the instructor.
    This is a lecture/discussion course in which students study major developments and trends in visual arts since 1900. Students become familiar with the dominant artistic practices and critical theories that defined “modernism,” and with the social, political, and cultural changes that initiated the shift in visual art from modernism to post-modernism.

  
  • ARH 3990 - Research Methods in Art History

    3 Class Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2750 and ARH 2850.
    This is a lecture/discussion course in which students are introduced to the main methodologies of art historical research and learn to apply them to the analysis of artistic practice. Lectures and discussions focus on how works and styles of art are looked at and studied, rather than the meaning/significance of the works or styles of art themselves. Students become familiar with the contributions of the most important art historians who have shaped the discipline of art history. During the semester we examine traditional as well as postmodern methodologies including formalism, biography, iconology, Marxism and feminist deconstruction, psychoanalytic and semiotic approaches (including structuralism and post-structuralism).

  
  • ARH 4000 - Historical Studio Practices

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850; ART 1100 or ART 1150.
    This course examines one of four art historical periods by combining lecture/discussion with practical applications. The first week explores the character of the period as it developed according to historical, social, cultural and artistic trends, while the second week involves the practical application of painting techniques that were developed in the Italian Renaissance and applied by academics of art until the beginning of the twentieth century.

    Notes: May be repeated for credit when topics vary; BFA students may use this course for only one of their 3000-4000 level art history requirements.
  
  • ARH 4150 - African-American Art

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    An introduction to African-American art designed to explore the diverse aesthetic expressions of African-American artists from colonial times to the present. Through an examination of aspects of the religious, social, cultural and creative history of Black Americans, students will develop an understanding of the wealth of contributions made by people of African descent to the development of American art and culture.

  
  • ARH 4400 - Directed Study

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department chair.
    Selected topics of an advanced nature, which may include original research projects.

    Notes: Can be used in upper-level course requirements only twice with no more than 3 hours credit given each time.
  
  • ARH 4490 - Special Topics in Art History

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850, ENGL 1102, and approval of the instructor and department chair.
    Selected special topics and seminars of interest to faculty and upper-level students interested in art history.

  
  • ARH 4500 - Women in Art

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850.
    This course introduces students to the history of women in the visual arts, particularly as artists, but also as subjects, focusing on western Europe and the Americas. It also considers the evolution of feminism and its applications in art history.

  
  • ARH 4700 - Victorian Art and Culture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    This course is in a seminar format. Unlike the straightforward lecture approach of survey courses, a seminar is a forum for open discussion of pertinent topics. The Victorian Period covers the reign of Queen Victoria of England, who sat on the throne from 1837 to 1901. An initial overview will touch on several different topics that define the Victorian era, and subsequent classes will consist of student presentations and in-depth class discussions based on assigned readings.

  
  • ARH 4750 - American Landscape Painting

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850 and ENGL 1102.
    This course consists of an in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of American landscape painting. It traces the development of this discipline in the United States and explores the artistic, social, political and historical implications of the images within the context of American Romanticism, Impressionism and Realism from its beginnings in the early eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.

  
  • ARH 4820 - History of Printmaking

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102, ARH 2850.
    This course introduces students to the rich and varied art history of prints in relief, intaglio, serigraphy, lithography and other graphic media. From the early Renaissance in Europe, to Edo Japan, to the 21st century, a variety of major artists have engaged in this challenging art form. This course covers the evolution of print processes and meanings through the centuries.

  
  • ARH 4840 - History of Graphic Design

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850.
    This is a lecture/discussion course in which students will study the major developments in graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. This course will familiarize students with major trends in European and American design, with a particular focus on graphic design in the context of art history and the history of material culture. Organized as a survey course, the class will focus on key examples of styles and innovations in graphic design, as they developed in relationship to their times and places. Students will recognize similarities and differences between the work of significant designers, and contemporary developments in modernist visual art, and the theoretical underpinnings of major design movements.

  
  • ARH 4870 - History of Photography

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850.
    A selective survey of nineteenth and twentieth century photography, primarily in Europe and America, emphasizing photography’s development as an artistic medium. Focus is on major practitioners of the medium, and on photography’s relationship to historical events, psychology, sociology and the development of art and architecture.

  
  • ARH 4900 - Contemporary Art

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 2850.
    This course begins with a consideration of the general reaction to Western Modernism that began in visual art after the 1950s and has come to be known as the period of “Postmodernism,” and proceeds to examine issues that define art and challenge artists today. Themes include but are not limited to originality, appropriation, deconstruction, identity politics, post-feminism, commodity critique, installation and performance, digital media, activism and globalism. Students become familiar with the key artists and critics whose ideas informed postmodernism and continue to inform artistic practice today, and the class examines art and critical theory associated with major themes that have emerged in recent art locally, nationally, and globally.

  
  • ARH 4990 - Senior Capstone Project

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ARH 3990; ENGL 1102; declared major in art history; senior status.
    This senior capstone course completes the curriculum of the art history major by requiring students to write a substantial paper and to give a presentation.


Asian Studies

  
  • ASIA 1102 - Introduction to Asian Cultures

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None.
    This course provides an overview of key concepts, themes, strategies, and methods in Asian Studies. This course focuses on traditional and contemporary cultures of East and South Asia, especially those of Greater China, Japan, Korea and India. The cultural investigation of Asia is infused with the historical, geographical, economical, political, and religious study of this region. This course also explores the identities of people in Asia and Asian Americans.

  
  • ASIA 3001 - Understanding Asia

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: English 1102.
    This is the introductory course to KSU’s Asian Studies Program. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand Asia’s ever-changing contexts. With emphasis on greater China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, the course provides the foundation for further studies of Asia including an overview of the region, connecting past influences to the present. Students examine the origins and development of Asian civilizations from the aspects of geography, people, society, history, philosophy, religion, politics, economy, literature and arts.

  
  • ASIA 3309 - Survey of Chinese Literature and Culture

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    ASIA 3309, cross-listed as FL 3309, is a survey of Chinese literature and culture, examining major works and literary and artistic movements as well as cultural issues. Readings and discussion in English; some readings in the original for Chinese language students.

  
  • ASIA 3340 - Contemporary South Asian Literature

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 2110.
    This course explores South Asian experiences by examining diverse aesthetic and cultural perspectives from 20th and 21st century diasporic South Asian literature. In order to familiarize students with the diverse South Asian population, this course introduces students to a variety of South Asian experiences through literary works from diasporic writers in this demographic. Through critical reading and analysis, reflection, discussion, and research, students discover how similar the South Asian experience is to other familiar communities.

  
  • ASIA 3355 - Cultures and Capitalisms in Asia

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANTH 2201 and ENGL 1102.
    This course compares and contrasts various forms of capitalisms and cultures in Asia to understand the dynamics of society and political life. This course enables students to develop a global perspective on critical issues that concern policymakers, business-strategists, development-workers, and academics from an anthropological perspective. Students compare and contrast various forms of capitalism in Asia from an anthropological vantage point for understanding dynamics of society and political life in Asia.

  
  • ASIA 3670 - Survey of Asian Art

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
    ASIA 3670 is a lecture/discussion course to survey the art of India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Korea from prehistory to the present. Students in this course study the chronological developments of the major styles of painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from these regions. This course highlights important examples of works of art to discuss the artistic achievements and the aesthetics of these regions, and to explore how cultural, political, religious, and social climates have shaped the visual arts in Asia from the beginnings of its civilization to the 21st century.

  
  • ASIA 3950 - Technology Strategy in Asia

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: One of the following: ASIA 3001, IS 2101, BISM 2100, or permission of the instructor.
    This is a case study course that looks at organizational approaches to the integration of technology in multiple cultures. In this course, students will look at the international high-tech mindset, from business, social, financial markets, and personal life.

  
  • ASIA 4422 - Archaeology of Asia

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ANTH 2201 or ASIA 3001 or permission of the instructor.
    This course examines cultural and historical developments in Asia from approximately 10,000 BCE through 1600 CE. Students learn about the rise of complex societies, cities, and states; early economies; empires; and the role of archaeology in modern Asia. Along the way, students engage in major debates that have arisen from competing interpretations of the archaeological record.

  
  • ASIA 4457 - South Asian Politics: A Comparative Perspective

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ASIA 3001.
    This course is an overview of the main issues that overlay politics in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. It covers the common historical background and the development of political institutions across the region. The course highlights the main cleavages along which politics are organized and related political, social, and economic outcomes, including the political party system, economic development, social movements, and ethnic conflict.

  
  • ASIA 4490 - Special Topics for Asian Studies

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
    Selected special topics of interest to faculty and students working in Asian Studies.


Astronomy

  
  • ASTR 3320 - Astronomy and Cosmology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in any core lab science sequence.
    An introduction to stellar Astronomy and Cosmology. Topics include stellar structure and evolution, end states of stars such as white dwarfs and black holes, active galaxies and quasars, the large-scale structure of the universe, and theories for the origin and evolution of the Universe. This course will emphasize physical principles and conceptual understanding.

  
  • ASTR 3321 - Solar System Astronomy

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in any core lab science sequence.
    An introduction to Solar System Astronomy. Topics include planetary motion and its role in the scientific revolution, theories for the origin of the solar system, the history and evolution of the Earth, comparative planetology and the origin of life. This course will emphasize physical principles and conceptual understanding.


Biology

  
  • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: CHEM 1211/1211L.
    This course introduces students to molecular and cellular concepts in biology. Students will learn the relationships between structure and function of biologically important molecules and cells and their relationship to enzymes and metabolism. Students will explore cell reproduction, including the transmission of genetic information, and be introduced to population genetics.

    Notes: For science majors.
  
  • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: BIOL 1107.
    This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and principles used in the study of the cellular level of biology. Laboratories employ principles of spectophotometry, centrifugation, microscopy, and enzyme kinetics in the context of key biological concepts. Students will utilize hands on activities to better understand the relationship between chemical processes, cellular respiration, photosynthesis and population genetics. The emphasis is placed on science as a process using data collection and analysis.

  
  • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and CHEM 1211/1211L.
    This course introduces students to organismal concepts in biology. Students will learn about the evolution and ecology of the biodiversity on the planet. Students will also explore behavioral patterns and structure and function relationships among organismal groups.

    Notes: For science majors.
  
  • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: BIOL 1108.
    This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and principles used in the study of organismal biology. Students will learn to collect and analyze data. In addition, experiments will allow students to explore phylogenetic and ecological relationships among organisms. Students will be required to dissect fetal pigs to elucidate structure and function relationships.

    Notes: For science majors.
  
  • BIOL 2221 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Corequisite: CHEM 1151/1151L or CHEM 1211/1211L.
    The course begins with cellular chemistry and function, tissues, and continues through the nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. Homeostasis and structural and functional relationships will be emphasized. Primarily recommended for students interested in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, and sports management. Cannot be used for credit toward a degree in Biology.

  
  • BIOL 2221L - Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 2 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Corequisite: BIOL 2221.
    Basic anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems as well as basic histology. Structural and functional relationships will be emphasized.

  
  • BIOL 2222 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2221.
    A continuation of Biology 2221. Emphasizes homeostasis and structural and functional relationships in the study of cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Primarily recommended for students interested in nursing, physical therapy and health, physical education, and sports science. Cannot be used for credit toward a degree in Biology.

  
  • BIOL 2222L - Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 2 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2221/2221L; Corequisite: BIOL 2222.
    Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary endocrine, and reproductive systems. Structural and functional relationships will be emphasized.

  
  • BIOL 2261 - Fundamental Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2221/2221L.
    This course will explore basic principles and techniques of microbiology. Students will learn about the various morphologies and metabolic processes within microbes and their relationships to humans.

    Notes: Primarily for nursing majors; cannot be used for credit toward a degree in Biology.
  
  • BIOL 2261L - Fundamental Microbiology Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 2 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2221/2221L. Corequisite: BIOL 2261.
    This course teaches the basic principles and techniques of microbiology emphasizing fundamental isolation, identification, and culture techniques.

    Notes: Primarily for nursing majors. Cannot be used for credit toward a degree in Biology.
  
  • BIOL 3110 - Directed Methods

    0 Class Hours 3-9 Laboratory Hours 1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 1107/1107L and permission of the instructor.
    This course will allow students to gain in-depth skills with a specific set of research methodologies through direct involvement in faculty-led research or scholarship. Course content and instructional methodologies will be identified by the faculty’s needs and expectations.

  
  • BIOL 3300 - Genetics

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and CHEM 1211/1211L.
    This course presents fundamental principles and applications in genetics. Students will learn how genetics relates to reproduction and chromosome transmission and how that influences inheritance. Students will also explore eukaryotic genetic mapping and the structure of nucleic acids and chromosomes. Finally, students will be introduced to how DNA replicates and the possible routes of mutation and how that relates to gene expression, regulation, molecular genetic analysis, and genomics.

  
  • BIOL 3300L - Genetics Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: BIOL 3300.
    This course is designed to reinforce principles and applications of transmission genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics. Students will learn to use problem-solving, data analysis and quantitative methods to explore genetic science. Exercises in molecular genetics will expose students to methods of recombinant DNA technology.

  
  • BIOL 3301 - Introduction to Biotechnology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and BIOL 3300/3300L.
    This course introduces students to the concepts, methods, and equipment currently associated with the field of biotechnology. Students learn the applications of microbes, plants, and animals in the context of food, medical, environmental, and forensic biotechnology. Students gain practical, hands-on experience with a variety of techniques commonly used in biotechnology.

  
  • BIOL 3310 - Invertebrate Zoology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and CHEM 1212/1212L.
    This course is an examination of invertebrate animals. Students will explore the varied range of anatomical, physiological, and ecological relationships among these organisms. Students will also explore the evolution of invertebrates to understand modern phylogenies. In lab, students will observe and identify selected groups of invertebrate organisms as well as design and conduct studies of invertebrate physiology, diversity, distribution, and behavior.

  
  • BIOL 3315 - Vertebrate Zoology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L.
    This course is an examination of the phylogenetic relationships, evolutionary origins, and life history traits of vertebrate organisms. In laboratories, students will explore the identification of North American vertebrates and examine the relationship between morphology and taxonomy. Two day-long field trips outside of regularly scheduled lab hours are required.

  
  • BIOL 3317 - Pathophysiology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 2222/2222L or 4431.
    Examines the biological basis of common, clinical disease states. Pathophysiology is treated as a disruption of normal homeostatic mechanisms that progresses beyond the normal compensatory capabilities of the human body.

    Notes: Offered as an online course.
  
  • BIOL 3320 - Plant Morphology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L.
    This course explores the evolutionary trends and relationships of major groups of non-vascular and vascular plants. Students will explore vegetative and reproductive morphology across varied life cycles and through paleobotany. In lab, students will learn to dissect selected groups of non-vascular and vascular plants to elucidate evolutionary relationships.

  
  • BIOL 3327 - Medical Genetics

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 3300 or consent of the instructor.
    An introduction to the principles of medical genetics and the application of these principles to human genetic disorders. Topics include inborn errors of metabolism, cytogenetic anomalies, neural tube defects, and application of molecular genetics to the diagnosis of specific disorders. Genetic counseling procedures, prenatal options and the ethical dilemmas generated as a result of these options will also be discussed.

  
  • BIOL 3335 - Natural History of Georgia

    2 Class Hours 6 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3370.
    This course examines the flora, fauna, geology, and environments of selected Georgia ecoregions. Students will learn the historical and geological development of the state’s major habitats and landforms, which are examined by way of two four-day, overnight field trips during the Maymester term.

  
  • BIOL 3338 - Histology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L.
    This course is an investigation of structural and functional relationships in animal tissues. Students will learn to identify functional groups of tissues and relate them to organ functionality. In laboratory studies, students will practice the microscopic analysis of cells, tissues and organs to understand their structural organization from normal animal specimens.

  
  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L.
    This course is a study of prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes and viruses. Students will learn about the nature of microorganisms and the techniques used to study microbes. Students will explore the morphology, metabolism, growth, and genetics of various microbes. In the laboratory, students will learn to culture, identify and quantify microorganisms.

  
  • BIOL 3341 - Advanced Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3340.
    This course explores microbial evolution, ecology and diversity. Students will explore infectious diseases and epidemiology to learn the applied uses of microorganisms in industry, agriculture and medicine. The laboratory exercises will help students learn the natural occurrences and processes of microbes in the environment and gene transfer in bacteria along with techniques for the isolation and identification of pathogens, and the use of microbes in industry.

  
  • BIOL 3370 - Ecology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and STAT 3125.
    Relationships among living organisms and their environments at the individual, population, community and ecosystem level.

  
  • BIOL 3370L - Ecology Laboratory

    0 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: BIOL 3370.
    In laboratory and field activities students will utilize inquiry-based activities that emphasize environmental sampling procedures and statistical analysis of data to explore the role of variability and uncertainty in scientific decision-making as related to ecological processes.

  
  • BIOL 3371 - Limnology

    2 Class Hours 4 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L.
    Students will develop a comprehensive and integrated understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring in lakes, streams, and estuaries. Students will generate hypotheses from an initial collection of data and from lectures on various limnologic parameters and will test these hypotheses by developing and implementing field surveys and experimental manipulations.

  
  • BIOL 3372 - Aquatic Biodiversity

    2 Class Hours 4 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3370/3370L or permission of the instructor.
    This course is an introduction to the major plant and animal taxa found in aquatic ecosystems. Students will develop field and laboratory identification and collection skills while examining major ecological and biogeographical factors influencing distribution and abundance of aquatic organisms.

    Notes: A series of three weekend field trips are required.
  
  • BIOL 3373 - Methods in Aquatic Ecology

    2 Class Hours 4 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and STAT 3125.
    This course provides students experience in design and execution of studies in aquatic ecology. Students will gain experience with field and lab techniques to conduct aquatic research in various aquatic assessments and wetlands delineation. Students will learn techniques for sampling fish, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic plants as well as techniques in aquatic toxicology. Field experiences are an integral part of the course.

  
  • BIOL 3375 - Behavioral Biology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1107/1107L and BIOL 1108/1108L or comparable research methods course.
    Students will explore the major concepts in behavioral biology. Students will relate neurophysiology to ethology and ecology, and will include a look at the behavior of social organisms. In the laboratory, students will use a quantitative approach to test hypotheses while observing the behavior of animals.

  
  • BIOL 3380 - Evolutionary Biology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300.
    Principles of evolutionary biology including discussions of natural selection, adaptation, population genetics, speciation, and phylogeny reconstruction. The applications of evolutionary biology to areas such as conservation biology, medicine, and agriculture are discussed.

  
  • BIOL 3390 - Developmental Biology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Corequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300/3300L.
    Students will explore the developmental process of animals and plants from formation of gametes through embryonic stages, birth, maturation, and aging. Students will use experimental embryology to understand the molecular mechanisms of cellular differentiation and anatomical development. In the laboratory, students will learn developmental biology techniques for culturing plant and animal cells and tissues.

  
  • BIOL 3396 - Cooperative Study

    1-2 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of Biology/Physics Department Chair and Coordinator of Cooperative Education/ Internships (Career Services).
    A supervised work experience program for a minimum of two academic semesters at a previously approved site in business, industry or government or a private agency. For sophomore, junior or senior level students who wish to obtain successive on the job experience in conjunction with their academic training.

    Notes: Can be applied to free electives only.
  
  • BIOL 3398 - Practical Internship

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of major area committee and Biology/Physics Department Chair prior to registration.
    This course is a supervised, credit-earning, academic experience of one academic semester with a previously approved business firm, private agency or government agency.

    Notes: Credit is allowed only in elective areas.
  
  • BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L, BIOL 3300, and BIOL 3300L.
    Modern cell biology is a unifying subject that describes the structure and function of cells in genetic, biochemical, biophysical, developmental and pathophysiological contexts. Students will learn a contemporary view of cell structure and function, including the relationship between membranes, organelles, transporters, and signaling components during the life of a cell, with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems.

  
  • BIOL 3720 - Sustainability at KSU

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108/1108L or GEOG 1113.
    The course includes an in-depth survey of Sustainability efforts in the areas of campus facilities and curriculum at Kennesaw State University and is especially relevant for students with interest in the area of Environmental Studies. The course has a service-learning component in which teams of students examine aspects of KSU’s sustainability activities and develop proposals to improve or enhance ongoing efforts or introduce new ones.

    Notes: This course is cross-listed with ENVS 3720.
  
  • BIOL 4000 - Service Learning in Biology

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 60 hours and permission of instructor and department chair/program director.
    A community activity that links learning to life by connecting meaningful community service activities with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. Activity will be designed with the instructor and approved by the chair/program director.

  
  • BIOL 4100 - Molecular Genetics

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300.
    This course covers molecular genetics theory and practice. Students will examine gene structure and function to learn about genetic engineering and bioinformatics. Students will explore DNA structure, replication, and manipulation to understand sequencing, gene expression, and gene cloning. In the laboratory, students will create recombinant DNA, isolate and purify DNA for mapping and sequence analysis and examine the applications of real-time polymerase chain reactions.

  
  • BIOL 4110 - Global Biotechnology-Study Abroad

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300.
    This course combines the best of both worlds - takes students beyond the typical tourist experience and requires students to immerse themselves in another culture and academic setting for a certain period of time. Students get the opportunity to engage in activities that increase their knowledge of and appreciation for global issues, languages, history, arts, literature, geography, and diversity of another country.

  
  • BIOL 4200 - Industrial Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3340.
    This course is a detailed survey of advanced microbiological methods used in industry. Students will learn to identify bacterial and fungal microbes found in biosafety and environmental monitoring. In laboratory, students will learn to validate appropriate methods and prepare sterile media for culturing aerobic and anaerobic microbes. Students will also use quantitative methods to produce fermentation in batch and continuous cultures.

  
  • BIOL 4242 - Ecological Genetics

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300 and BIOL 3300L.
    This course encompasses the fields of ecology and genetics as they apply to population genetics and conservation and management of natural resources. Students will explore the issues pertaining to the measurement and management of genetic diversity in wild and captive populations and will learn to apply evolutionary concepts to populations and population management.

  
  • BIOL 4300 - Chromosome Preparation & Analysis

    2 Class Hours 4 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300. Corequisite: BIOL 3327.
    This extensive preparatory course designed to give students hands-on experience with the methods used in the preparation of human chromosomes. Collection techniques, culture procedures, harvesting protocol and slide preparation will be followed by analysis and interpretation of karyotypes. Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) will be performed. Array comparative genoic hybridization (aCGH) theory and practice will be discussed. Proper use of various types of microscopes and image capture and analysis by computer will be performed.

  
  • BIOL 4322 - Plant Systematics

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L.
    This course explores the evolutionary relationships of land plants and how those relationships relate to modern and historic classification systems. Students learn the major orders and families of flowering plants along with the skills to identify plants to genus and species in the field and from preserved specimens. The course has a major lab and field component, and students are expected to attend two weekend field trips.

  
  • BIOL 4333 - WIKIed Biology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108/1108L.
    In this course students use the internet as a dynamic, participatory and collaborative medium to create new, scientifically valid, web based syntheses of biological concepts that may be used to disseminate information on the World Wide Web. Through this process, students learn to judge web sites, acquire a deeper understanding of biological concepts, develop skills of self-monitoring and reflection, and become more proficient in current advances in technology and communication

  
  • BIOL 4350 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and PHYS 1111 or PHYS 2211.
    This course is a survey of representative vertebrates and related chordates emphasizing phylogeny and anatomical adaptations. Students will explore evolutionary trends in the context of large-scale environmental changes that have occurred over geologic time. In the lab, students will learn to dissect selected vertebrate organisms and experimentally determine the physical forces acting on the evolution of vertebrates.

  
  • BIOL 4399 - Seminar

    1 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 3410 and 90 credit hours or permission of the instructor.
    Students will learn selected topics of current interest announced during registration.

    Notes: May be taken only one time for credit.
  
  • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, major area committee and Biology/Physics Department Chair prior to registration.
    Students will learn selected topics of an advanced nature and may include original research projects.

    Notes: Up to eight hours may be applied to the major area.
  
  • BIOL 4402 - Research Internship

    0 Class Hours 3-12 Laboratory Hours 1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 3300 and two BIOL 3000/4000 level biology lab courses; approval of the internship coordinator and Biology and Physics department chair prior to registration.
    This course is a supervised, credit-earning research-based experience of one academic semester with an approved business firm, private agency or government agency. The experience is academic in nature and students will learn to collect and/or manipulate scientific data to produce an academic presentation. The preparation of a research proposal prior to the experience is required.

  
  • BIOL 4411 - Stem Cell Technology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300 and BIOL 3300L.
    Stem cells offer great promise for modern medicine. This course gives students hands-on experience in handling, differentiating, analyzing and purifying stem cells in culture. Students will also gain a broad understanding of in vivo stem cells, including the developmental aspects of cellular self-renewal and tissue regeneration. This is a lab intensive course and will feature in-lab lectures, a formal written component, and in-class presentations.

  
  • BIOL 4415 - Introduction to Bioinformatics

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in BIOL 3300; a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1190; pre- or co-registration in BIOL 3410; or permission of the instructor.
    Students use the fundamental concepts of biological sequence analysis, including information flow in biological systems and use of sequence and structure databases in research and drug discovery, which are the underpinnings of the genomic revolution. Students will: assemble sequencing reads into contigs; find and annotate protein coding genes; search biological databases; perform sequence alignments; analyse the phylogenetic relationships between sequences; assess the statistical significance of assembly, search and alignment results; and predict protein structure.

  
  • BIOL 4420 - Plant Physiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L, and CHEM 3361.
    Plant physiology is the study of plant function. Emphasis will be placed on photosynthesis, secondary metabolism, transport of water and solutes, plant defense against pathogens and herbivores, mineral nutrition, and environmental and hormonal control of growth and development. Each process will be examined at the biochemical, cellular and organismal level so as to provide a more complete understanding of the process. Laboratory studies will expose students to both current and classical approaches used to study plant physiology.

  
  • BIOL 4422 - Plant Ecology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L.
    Students will learn aspects of physiological responses of plants to their environment, methods to determine plant population growth and plant distribution patterns, as well as interactions among plants and other organisms. They will use science as a process and learn to argue scientific points of view persuasively. Students will also learn to use classical and modern technologies to address questions in plant ecology.

  
  • BIOL 4431 - Human Physiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 1108/1108L and PHYS 1111 or PHYS 2211, and a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division biology or chemistry courses.
    This is a course in human systems physiology in which the principle of homeostasis will be used to understand how function is integrated from the cellular to the organismal level. Students will learn the complex interactions within the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, and renal systems. Students will utilize critical thinking and quantitative methods in lecture and laboratory settings to explore physiological techniques.

  
  • BIOL 4440 - Toxicology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108/1108L, CHEM 3361.
    This course is an introduction to the principles and mechanisms of toxicology as applied to toxicants encountered in the environment. Students will learn how toxins are absorbed, distributed, stored, and eliminated across a range of organisms. Students will also explore the transport of environmental contaminants and the characteristic of specific classes of toxicants as they relate to testing and regulation.

  
  • BIOL 4450 - Team Research

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300 and permission of instructor.
    This course is a group experience in biological research in which class members form a research team to design, perform, analyze and write up for publication a single project or group of related projects under the supervision and direction of a faculty member.

  
  • BIOL 4455 - Case Studies in Forensic Science

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300; CRJU 3320 (recommended).
    This course will discuss the role and application of forensic science in criminal investigations and legal proceedings. Students will learn forensic DNA analysis and other aspects of forensic science as utilized in the modern US legal system.

  
  • BIOL 4460 - Medical Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3340.
    This course will explore the disease process of, the immune response to, and the prevention and treatment of the medically important Monera, Viruses, Fungi and some microscopic Protista with emphasis on emerging infections, including a laboratory experience that focuses on enhancing laboratory and investigative skills.

  
  • BIOL 4465 - Immunology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300; BIOL 3340 recommended.
    Immunology will explore current concepts of the immune system. Emphasis will be placed on the induction of the immune response, on the mechanism(s) of those responses, and on the mechanism(s) by which the immune system protects against disease. The development and the role of each of the components involved in the immune response as well as immunological applications will be discussed.

  
  • BIOL 4470 - Methods in Forensic DNA Analysis

    1 Class Hours 6 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300.
    This laboratory-intensive course will introduce students to the techniques currently used in Forensic DNA profiling by crime labs across the country. In laboratory activities students will extract and purify DNA and utilize PCR-based profiling methods. Students will also learn to interpret data and generate reports. Discussions will include the historical development of DNA profiling, and the development of new profiling methods. Legal issues associated with quality control, frequency estimates, chain of custody, and admissibility will also be explored by students in the class.

  
  • BIOL 4475 - Virology

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300; BIOL 3340 recommended.
    This course will explore current concepts associated with the field of virology. The structure and genetic composition of viruses as well as strategies for replication and expression of viral genetic material will be explored. Mechanisms of viral pathogenesis will be presented. In addition, current methods for viral diagnostics, prevention of viral infection and treatment of infected individuals will be presented within the context of viruses of historical significance as well as newly emergent viruses of current medical concern. Novel infectious agents such as satellites, viroids and prions will also be discussed.

  
  • BIOL 4480 - Food Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 3340.
    This course covers various aspects of food microbiology. Students will learn the source of microbial contamination during food production, processing and storage and the factors influencing microbial growth in foods. Students will explore the role of microorganisms in food spoilage, illnesses, fermentation, and preservation. In the laboratory, students will learn the methods used to isolate, enumerate, identify, or control microorganisms in food. The laboratory is an integral part of the course, allowing students to apply microbiological concepts in laboratory exercises.

  
  • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3300, plus a minimum of 9 additional hours of 3000-4000 level Biology or Biochemistry or consent of instructor.
    This course will enable the student to think more critically about some of the difficult moral problems which arise in the practice of science and from our contemporary understanding of living systems and biotechnology. Readings and discussion will focus on issues of personal decision making and public policy regarding both biomedical and environmental issues.

  
  • BIOL 4490 - Special Topics in Biology

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Varies as to topic.
    Selected special or current topics of interest to faculty and students.

    Notes: See semester schedule.
  
  • BIOL 4610 - Advanced Topics in Anatomy & Physiology

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3410.
    This course covers advanced topics in physiology that may fit the needs and interests of highly select students. Students may learn advances in laboratory techniques or even microbial and cellular physiology.

    Notes: Can be taken only once for credit toward degree.
  
  • BIOL 4620 - Advanced Topics in Ecology & Evolution

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3370 or BIOL 3380.
    Advanced topics in ecology and evolution that may fit the needs and interests of students and faculty. Such topics might include advanced lab and field techniques, microbial ecology, evolution of specific taxa, biology of gender.

    Notes: Can be taken only once for credit toward degree.
  
  • BIOL 4630 - Advanced Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology

    1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3410.
    This course covers advanced topics in cell or molecular biology that may fit the needs and interests of highly select students. Student may learn such topics as advanced microbial genetics, or the biology of cancer.

    Notes: Can be taken only once for credit toward degree.
  
  • BIOL 4635 - Advanced Topics in Microbiology

    1-3 Class Hours 0-3 Laboratory Hours 1-4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: BIOL 3340.
    This course covers advanced topics in microbiology that may fit the needs and interests of highly select students. Student may learn topics like microbial ecology, mycology, or even protozoology.

  
  • BIOL 4800 - Diagnostic Microbiology

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL 3340 and BIOL 3301.
    Students will learn the design and application of advanced microscopy, antibiotic sensitivity testing, antibody-based assays and nucleic acid techniques for the detection and identification of infectious agents.


Biology Education

  
  • BED 4416 - Teaching Biology (6-12)

    6 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 6 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: EDUC 2130, 20 credit hours of upper-division major requirements completed, admission to Teacher Education, and permission of the program coordinator.
    An examination and application of learning theories, curricular issues, instructional design, and assessment strategies for teaching middle and secondary school biology in diverse classrooms. Candidates develop initial competencies for establishing a well-managed, productive learning environment, applying biology content knowledge to the task of teaching adolescents, and promoting an understanding of the nature of science through inquiry-based instruction. Emphasizes practices supported by science education research and endorsed by the NSTA. Proof of professional liability insurance is required prior to receiving a school placement in the corequisite practicum.

  
  • BED 4417 - Teaching Biology (6-12) Practicum

    0 Class Hours 9 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Admission to BED 4416.
    This course is a mentored teaching experience in middle school life science classes. Candidates spend approximately 150 hours in the placement school, where they demonstrate professionalism and competence for teaching science for early adolescents. The candidate must earn a satisfactory performance assessment to continue to student teaching.

    Notes: Proof of professional liability insurance is required prior to school placement.
  
  • BED 4475 - Student Teaching Biology (6-12)

    0 Class Hours 36 Laboratory Hours 12 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching.
    Full-time teaching experience in a life science learning environment under the supervision of a middle or high school mentor teacher and a college science education supervisor. Includes regularly scheduled seminars. Proof of professional liability insurance is required prior to receiving a school placement.

 

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