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AUBIO108 Introduction to Marine Biology Course Page

Description: Introduction to the diversity of marine ecosystems and the adaptations of marine organisms to their environment. Notes: The course does not count toward the major, concentration, or minor in Biology. The course is available only as part of the Augustana-in-Cuba Program.

AUBIO110 Evolution of Biological Diversity Course Page

Description: Examination of the evolutionary mechanisms and history that have produced the earth's biodiversity. Prerequisite: Biology 30. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO111 Integrative Biology I Course Page

Description: An introduction to functional and developmental biology from molecules to systems, focusing on how organisms integrate different levels of organization in order to live and reproduce. This course covers key topics of biochemistry (metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis), molecular biology (replication, transcription, translation), cell biology (organelles, membranes, cell cycle), physiology (gas exchange, circulation, locomotion) and development (fertilisation, gastrulation, differentiation). Prerequisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 111 and 130 (2014).

AUBIO112 Integrative Biology II Course Page

Description: An introduction to the biology of organisms, focusing on the evolution of biological diversity, including the mechanisms responsible for evolutionary change and the adaptations associated with the evolution of the major groups of organisms. Prerequisites: AUBIO 111 or AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 112 and 110 (2014).

AUBIO130 Cell Biology Course Page

Description: Study of the ultrastructure and function of plant and animal cells. Topics include membrane models, cytoplasmic organelles, the cell cycle, and nucleocytoplasmic interactions. Dynamic processes at the cellular level, such as cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and motility, and function of plant, animal, and prokaryote cells, are also examined. Prerequisites: Biology 30 or AUBIO 093, and Chemistry 30.

AUBIO210 Biological Science and Information Literacy Course Page

Description: Introduction to library research skills in the biological sciences. Prerequisite: Second- year standing in a Biology or Environmental degree program. Corequisite: Any senior course in Biology that requires library research. Notes: The corequisite must be taken concurrently. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 210, AUCHE 210, AUENV 210 and AUGEO 210.

AUBIO219 Research Experience in Biology Course Page

Description: Research experience in a faculty research project. Normally taken in addition to a full course load after the successful completion of at least *24 but not more than *60 in a program in the Augustana Faculty. Prerequisites: AUBIO 111 and 112 and consent of the Department. Notes: This course is offered on a pass/fail (credit/no-credit) basis. An "Application for Individual Study", normally requiring a minimum GPA of 2.5 in Biology, must be completed and approved before registration in the course. Credit may be obtained twice.

AUBIO222 Plant Diversity Course Page

Description: Comparative survey of the morphology, life cycles, and evolutionary features of algae, fungi, and non-vascular and vascular plants. Taxonomic and environmental considerations are also presented. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

AUBIO230 Molecular Cell Biology Course Page

Description: The composition, structure and function of cell membranes including membrane transport, cell signalling and cell-cell interactions. Protein sorting and cytoskeletal function is integrated with their membrane interactions. The social context of cells is also considered. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111. Corequisites: AUBIO 260; AUCHE 250.

AUBIO253 Ecological Interactions Course Page

Description: An exploration of basic concepts and methods in ecology and of the relevance of ecological thinking in the life sciences. Emphasis is on interactions at the level of the organism, including physiological and evolutionary perspectives, and on their consequences on the composition and diversity of ecological communities. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110 (2014) or 112.

AUBIO260 Principles of Genetics Course Page

Description: Mendelian inheritance and its cytological features including the molecular and cellular basis for the transmission of hereditary characteristics. Topics that are emphasized include microbial genetics, cytoplasmic inheritance, linkage and genetic mapping, DNA as genetic material, gene action, and the genetic code. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111.

AUBIO274 Microbiology Course Page

Description: Introduction to the prokaryotic and eukaryotic members of the microbial world. Microbiological diversity will be examined by comparing cellular morphology, structure and metabolism. Topics include how to grow and study microbes, classification approaches and problems, control of microbial growth, pathogenesis and microbial ecology. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111 and 112.

AUBIO275 MICROBIOLOGY OF EUKARYOTES Course Page
No description available for this course.
AUBIO280 Biochemistry: Proteins, Enzymes and Energy Course Page

Description: The structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates. The structure and function of lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids are introduced. The course focuses on how enzymes catalyze the oxidation of carbohydrates and how the cell conserves this energy in a useful chemical form. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and AUCHE 250. Notes: Formerly part of AUBIO 380. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 280 and AUCHE 280.

AUBIO294 Survey of the Invertebrates Course Page

Description: Functional anatomy and life cycles of the major invertebrate taxa. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

AUBIO295 The Vertebrates Course Page

Description: Study of the structure, function, and diversity of vertebrates. Prerequisite: AUBIO 110.

AUBIO315 ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS Course Page
No description available for this course.
AUBIO318 Directed Reading I Course Page

Description: Supervised library research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO319 Directed Studies I Course Page

Description: Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO320 Plant Autecology Course Page

Description: Study of plant species' population dynamics; interrelationships with biotic and abiotic components of the environment and ecophysiological adaptations. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253.

AUBIO321 Plant Synecology Course Page

Description: Study of plant communities and their formation, maintenance, distribution, and interaction with the abiotic environment. Consideration is also given to plant succession, fire ecology, and global vegetation patterns. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253.

AUBIO322 Economic Botany Course Page

Description: Biological properties, geographical distribution, applications/utilization, and history of vascular and nonvascular plants economically important in agriculture, industry, and medicine. Prerequisites: AUBIO 110 and *6 of 200-level AUBIO. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 322 and AUENV 322.

AUBIO323 Plant Biology Course Page

Description: Comparative survey of the anatomy, morphology, function, life cycles, and evolutionary features of algae and non-vascular and vascular plants. Taxonomic and environmental considerations are also presented. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 323 and AUBIO 222 (2014).

AUBIO326 Drug Plants Course Page

Description: Survey of historical and current use of important drug-producing plants. Evaluation of the chemistry and physiology of biologically active compounds from poisonous, analgesic, and hallucinogenic plants, and the current uses of such plant products. Use of plant biotechnology to develop drug-producing plants. Prerequisite: 200-level Biology course.

AUBIO334 Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology Course Page

Description: A 3-week field course that provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research and study design in the field of Environmental Science and Ecology. Students will live in a field camp to allow them to fully immerse themselves in their research projects, which could cover the range of ecology, botany, geography, environmental science, and/or environmental studies. Course content also includes instruction in key aspects of conservation biology and resource management. Prerequisites: AUSTA 215 and AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120 and one of AUGEO 218, AUGEO 230, AUENV 252, AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 334, AUENV 334 and AUGEO 334.

AUBIO336 Histology Course Page

Description: Systematic and sequential consideration of fundamental cytology, the normal histology of the basic tissues, and the embryological development and microscopic organization of the major mammalian organs and organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the light- and electron-microscopic features of cells and tissues with direct correlation of structure and function. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230. Notes: AUBIO 395 is recommended as a pre or corequisite.

AUBIO338 Developmental Biology Course Page

Description: Development of complex organisms. Emphasis is on the interactions between cells and their environment that determine cell survival, gene activation and deactivation; and how specific cell and tissue structures and functions are selected. Developmental processes common to plants and animals are identified. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and 260; one of AUBIO 222 (2014), 294 (2014), 295 (2014), 323, 394, or 395; and third year standing.

AUBIO341 Entomology Course Page

Description: Examination of the world of insects from the point of view of major areas of entomological study including life histories, taxonomy, phylogeny, physiology, development, morphology, and behaviour. Emphasis is given to the study of insects as animals, not as pests. Prerequisite: AUBIO 294.

AUBIO343 Insect Ecology Course Page

Description: Relationships of insects to their environment, including the roles of insects in energy flow, biogeochemical cycling, and ecological succession. Evolutionary relationships also receive attention. Prerequisites: AUBIO 253 and 294.

AUBIO350 Conservation Theory and Biodiversity in Tropical Systems Course Page

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of conservation biology. The scope of conservation biology and levels of biodiversity are explored, as are aspects of tropical ecology related to conservation. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, 294, or 295, and consent of the instructor(s) based on successful completion of the selection process. Note: This course is intended to be taken in sequence with AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 350, 450, AUENV 350, 450.

AUBIO351 Biogeography Course Page

Description: Analysis of the spatial patterns of biotic systems and species. The course examines their past and present distribution patterns in the context of biological and ecological processes and human impacts. The course employs several methods of analysis, including geographic information systems. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 351 and AUGEO 351. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO354 Freshwater Ecology and Management Course Page

Description: Introduction to the biological, chemical and physical features of freshwater ecosystems, and how they relate to ecological processes in and adjacent to aquatic systems. The course will examine the role of ecological patterns in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, with an emphasis on freshwater systems and their management in western Canada. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 354, AUENV 354, and AUGEO 354. The course requires participation in a field trip. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO355 Ecological Dynamics Course Page

Description: Addresses ecological processes at different spatial scales. Includes demography, population and meta-population dynamics of plants and animals across a broad range of ecosystems, community ecology and ecosystem functioning. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253.

AUBIO359A Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Course Page

Description: Field course that addresses problems of biodiversity and conservation in tropical environments. The student participates in field workshops, and designs and conducts his or her own field project to answer questions related to ecological and biological conservation. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructors based on successful completion of the selection process. Corequisite: AUBIO 350 or AUENV 350. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 359 and AUENV 359. A *3 course over the full year. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO359B Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Course Page

Description: Field course that addresses problems of biodiversity and conservation in tropical environments. The student participates in field workshops, and designs and conducts his or her own field project to answer questions related to ecological and biological conservation. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructors based on successful completion of the selection process. Corequisite: AUBIO 350 or AUENV 350. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 359 and AUENV 359. A *3 course over the full year. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO371 Immunology Course Page

Description: An introduction to the structure and function of the immune system. Topics will include the generation of B and T cell receptor diversity, antigens and antibodies, clonal selection and expansion, MHC restriction, self tolerance, cytokines and leukocyte trafficking. Discussion of infectious disease, vaccines, and immunity will be used to synthesize these topics into a unified conceptual framework. Prerequisites: AUBIO 274.

AUBIO380 Biochemistry I Course Page

Description: The structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates. The structure and function of lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids are introduced. The course focuses on how enzymes catalyze the oxidation of carbohydrates and how the cell conserves this energy in a useful chemical form. Prerequisite: AUCHE 252. Corequisite: AUBIO 230. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 380 and AUCHE 380.

AUBIO381 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism Course Page

Description: Structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids at the level of the cell and organs. Prerequisites: AUBIO 280 or 380 or AUCHE 280 or 380, and AUCHE 252. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 381 and AUCHE 381.

AUBIO389 Molecular Biology of the Gene Course Page

Description: Survey of current knowledge and approaches in the area of structure, expression, and regulation of prokaryote and eukaryote genes. Topics include gene isolation and characterization, gene structure and replication, and transcription and translation processes and their regulation. Recombinant DNA technology and its applications are also introduced. Prerequisite: AUBIO 260.

AUBIO390 Animal Behaviour Course Page

Description: Introduction to key concepts and methods in animal behaviour. Both mechanistic and evolutionary points of view are considered. The student's understanding of scientific thinking is deepened. Topics include instinct, learning, orientation, communication, mating and territoriality, foraging, and social behaviour. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112.

AUBIO394 Comparative Invertebrate Zoology Course Page

Description: Functional anatomy and life cycles of the major invertebrate taxa. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 394 and AUBIO 294 (2014).

AUBIO395 Vertebrate Form and Function Course Page

Description: Study of the structure, function, and diversity of vertebrates. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 395 and AUBIO 295 (2014).

AUBIO397 Vertebrate Physiology Course Page

Description: Review of the general concepts in animal physiology with an emphasis on structure and function and their adaptive significance to the animal in its environment. Physical, chemical, and functional aspects of animal cells and cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, osmoregulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems are considered. Bioelectric and contractility phenomena are also included. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230. Note: AUBIO 395 is recommended as a pre or corequisite.

AUBIO411 History and Theory of Biology Course Page

Description: Overview of historical progression in the biological sciences and their associated development in relation to prevailing philosophical, social, and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: AUBIO 260; one of AUBIO 338, 438: one of AUBIO 323, 394, 395; fourth-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 411 and AUBIO 311.

AUBIO412 Selected Topics in Biological Science Course Page

Description: In-depth study of an advanced topic in Biology. Prerequisites: Vary according to topic; third-year standing.

AUBIO413 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Ecology Course Page

Description: In-depth study of evolutionary processes in natural populations of plants and animals. Selected topics for lectures and seminars address contemporary questions about natural selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography and the evolution of interaction among species. Prerequisites: AUBIO 253 and *3 of AUBIO at the 300 level or a cross-listed AUENV or AUGEO equivalent.

AUBIO418 Directed Reading II Course Page

Description: Supervised library research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO419 Directed Studies II Course Page

Description: Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO423 Directed Reading in Plant Ecology Course Page

Description: Supervised and directed readings for developing written assignments in a specific subject area of plant ecology. The course may serve as a base for a complementary independent laboratory studies course. Prerequisite: AUBIO 320 or 321. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 423 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO430 Cell Physiology Course Page

Description: Current topics in energetics, excitable membranes, the cytoskeleton, cell dynamics, and regulation of cell function. Prerequisite: AUBIO 380 or AUCHE 380 plus one of AUBIO 327, 336, 338, 381, 389, 397, or AUCHE 381.

AUBIO438 Evolutionary Development Biology Course Page

Description: Comparative study of the developmental processes of different organisms in an attempt to determine their ancestral relationships and how developmental processes evolved. Topics include the origin and evolution of embryonic development; how modifications of development and developmental processes lead to the production of novel features; the role of developmental plasticity in evolution; the origin of biodiversity; and the developmental basis of homology. Prerequisites: AUBIO 338 or 389.

AUBIO448 Directed Reading in Entomology Course Page

Description: Investigation of advanced topics in entomology. Prerequisite: AUBIO 341 or 343. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 448 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUBIO450 Conservation Theory and Biodiversity in Tropical Systems Course Page

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of conservation biology. The scope of conservation biology and levels of biodiversity are explored, as are aspects of tropical ecology related to conservation. Prerequisites: AUBIO 253; one of AUBIO 320, 321, 341, 343, 353, 390, 393, AUENV 353. Corequisite: AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 350, 450, AUENV 350, 450.

AUBIO459 Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Course Page

Description: Field course that addresses problems of biodiversity and conservation in tropical environments. The student participates in field workshops, and designs and conducts their own field project to answer questions related to ecological and biological conservation. Prerequisite: AUBIO 350 or AUENV 350, and consent of the instructors based on successful completion of the selection process. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 459 and AUENV 459. Students who have received credit for AUBIO 359 or AUENV 359 may enrol in AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459 in a subsequent year based on successful completion of the selection process. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUBIO459A FIELD STDY TROPIC ECOL&CONSERV Course Page
No description available for this course.
AUBIO471 BASIC IMMUNOLOGY Course Page
No description available for this course.
AUBIO475 Pathogenic Mechanisms of Microorganisms Course Page

Description: Examination of the pathogenic mechanisms used by bacteria, fungi, and protists that cause human diseases. Pathogens will be compared with a focus on the method of entry, colonization and invasion of host tissue used by various microbes and the microbial factors required to cause infection and disease. Epidemiological approaches, antimicrobials and antibiotic resistance will also be presented. Prerequisites: AUBIO 274.

AUBIO485 Selected Topics in Biochemistry Course Page

Description: In-depth examination of biochemistry. Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing in the Biology program; AUBIO 381 or AUCHE 381; and an additional *3 of AUBIO at the 300-level. Note: Credit may only be obtained for one of AUBIO 485 and AUCHE 485.

AUBIO489 Directed Reading in Lipid Biochemistry Course Page

Description: Biochemistry of lipids, lipoproteins, and membranes. The course extends and deepens material covered in AUBIO 381 by examining some of the theories, experiments, and methods used to investigate lipid biochemistry. Prerequisite: AUBIO 381. Notes: It is strongly recommended that AUBIO 389 precede AUBIO 489. Admission to AUBIO 489 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 489 and AUCHE 489.

AUBIO493 Directed Reading in Behavioural Ecology Course Page

Description: Advanced topics of behavioural ecology. Functional questions in animal behaviour are explored within the framework of three conceptual issues: simple optimality, game theory, and stochastic dynamic modelling. Included are the theoretical foundations and a review of empirical studies to analyze the explanatory and predictive value of the models. Prerequisite: AUBIO 390. Notes: Admission to AUBIO 493 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.