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Telephone: 256.824.6260
Email: biology@uah.edu

The Biological Sciences department offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Program Objectives

The UAH Department of Biological Sciences aspires to provide one of the best programs in the southeastern U.S. for both undergraduate and graduate students in terms of both quality and efficacy. Our goal is to provide forward-looking, comprehensive curricula that includes both instruction and laboratory experience for our undergraduates and meets the highest national standards.

Learning Outcomes

Biological Sciences graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • Correctly use and apply key words, concepts, and theories from the biological sciences
  • Write in a scholarly manner
  • Engage in effective oral presentation of scientific topics or research results

Minor in Biological Sciences

BYS  202 - STATISTICS MICROBIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 100 - INTRO HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Semester Hour: 1

Career options for undergraduate students interested inhealth professions. Basics of health-care delivery systemsand terminology of health care. No BYS major or minor credit. Primarily for freshman and sophomores.

BYS 103 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY/CALHOUN

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 111 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I/OAKWOOD

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 112 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II/OAKWOO

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 112A - HUMAN ANATOMY-PHYS II/OAKWOOD

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 112L - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II/OAKWOO

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 119 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab/Recitation. Introduction to biological principles of cell structure, function, metabolism and reproduction. One two hour lab and a one hour recitation per week.

BYS 119L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 119R - BYS 119 RECITATION

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 120 - ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab/Recitation. Discussion of biological function with special emphasis on contrasting strategies employed by organisms in meeting similar biological needs. One two-hour lab and a one hour recitation per week. Prerequisite: BYS 119.

BYS 120L - ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 120R - BYS 120 RECITATION

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 202 - HUMAN ANAT & PHYS II/CALHOUN

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 214 - INFECTION & IMMUNITY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. Two 2-hour labs a week. Principles of microbiology with emphasis on infectious disease of humans; epidemiological and immunological aspects. No credit for students who have credit for BYS 321 or advanced microbiology courses. Recommended for students in the College of Nursing. Prerequisites: BYS 119 and either CH 101 or 121.

BYS 214L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 215 - HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Semester Hours: 4

Structure and function of the human body with emphasis on their relationship to disease. Part 1 of a two course sequence. Anatomy and physiology of major organs and organ systems and their relationship to each other. Emphasizes relationships of human systems to applications and simulations. Prerequisites: BYS 119, CH 101 and CH 105.

BYS 215L - HA&P I LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 216 - HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

Semester Hours: 4

Structure and function of the human body with emphasis on their relationship to disease. Part II of a two course sequence. Anatomy and Physiology of major organs and organ systems and their relationship to each other. Emphasizes relationships of human systems to applications and simulations. Prerequisite: BYS 215.

BYS 216L - HA&P II LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 219 - GENETICS AND EVOLUTION

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab/Recitation. Two labs and one recitation per week. Hereditary basis of organisms; genes as the discrete units of inheritance and genes in organisms and populations. Medelian principles and evolutionary processes. Replication, transcription and translation of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and (CH 101 or CH 121) and (MA 107 or 112).

BYS 219L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 219R - BYS 219 RECITATION

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 220 - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY/CALHOUN

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 221 - HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY/A&M

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 221L - A & P I LAB/A&M

Semester Hour: 1

BYS 241 - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY/OAKWOOD

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 281 - INTRO TO FORESTRY/A&M

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 292 - INTRO TO BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to the principles and practices of biological research. Covers experimental design, statistical analysis, critical review of journal articles, responsible conduct of research, and writing for the biological sciences. Recommended for students planning to do undergraduate research. Prerequisites: BYS 119, MA 112, EH 101.

BYS 300 - CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab per week. Introduces the student to topics in cell and developmental biology. Subjects include cell structure, organelles, cytoskeleton, secretory pathway, cell division, cell cycle, cell interaction and control of differentiation. Prerequisites: BYS 219 and either CH 123 or 201.

BYS 300L - CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 301 - ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY

Semester Hours: 3

Biochemistry and energetics of living cells, metabolism, structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acid. Enzymes, coenzymes, vitamins, blood, endocrine glands, DNA synthesis and gene expression. Same as CH 301. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and either CH 201 or 331.

BYS 302 - PEOPLE, PLANTS & ENVIRONMENT

Semester Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students from multiple departments to the vital roles that plants have in our ecosystems through the study of basic plant and soil science. Special attetion is placed on the impact that plants have on our technology-based society.

BYS 311 - INTRO MOLECULAR UNDST BIO SYST

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to a molecular understanding of genes, gene expression and genetic engineering in selected procaryotic and eucaryotic systems. Includes examples of biotechnology applications. Prerequisites: CH 331.

BYS 312 - PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab a week. Population structure and growth, competition, predation, symbiosis, biogeochemical cycling and energy flow, disturbance and community dynamics, biodiversity and conservation. Field trips required. Prerequisites: BYS 120, and BYS 219.

BYS 313 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab a week. Structure and function of the human body. Anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems, physiology of membranes, cellular and epithelial transport and nervous system function. Appropriate preparation forprofessional schools/graduate study in biologcal sciences. Prerequisites: BYS 119. Prerequisites with concurrency: BYS 300, and eithe CH 201 or 331.

BYS 313L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 314 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture and one lab a week. Continuation of BYS 313 stressing structural and functional relationships of major organ systems, focusing on heart, brain, lungs, kidney and the gastrointestinal tract. Appropriate for students preparing for professional schools or graduate study in biological sciences. Prerequisites: BYS 313.

BYS 314L - ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY II LAB

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 315 - ICHTHYOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Classification, anatomy, physiology, and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Emphasis fishes of north Alabama. Laboratory and field trips required. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 317 - VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY

Semester Hours: 5

Lecture/Lab. Two three-hour labs a week. Morphology of vertebrate animals. Relationship of organs and systems and their phylogenetic significance. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 318 - VERTEBRATE REPRODUCTION

Semester Hours: 3

General treatment of the major concepts and controversial areas of comparative vertebrate reproduction: ecological and evolutionary aspects, development of reproductive functions and sexual behavior, seasonal breeding and other topics of current interest. Prerequisites: BYS 120 and BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 320 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

The meaning, spelling, etymology and pronunciation of major medical terms related to anatomy, pathology, medical professions, procedures and pharmaceuticals; body systems, their associated diseases and disorders. Correct uage of terms and interpretation of documents containig these terms. Hybrid course with online and in-class portions. Prerequisites: BYS 300 or BYS 215 & 216.

BYS 321 - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I

Semester Hours: 4

Structure, biochemistry, and genetics of microorganisms, control of microbial growth, and microorganisms as pathogens. Lab covers basic and diagnostic methods in microbiology, environmental factors controlling microbial growth and survival, and characteristics of medically important microorganisms. Prerequisites: BYS 120, BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 321L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 322 - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY II

Semester Hours: 4

Emphasizes diversity of microorganisms with respect to ecology, physiology, and phylogeny. Prerequisites: BYS 321.

BYS 322L - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY II LAB

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 325 - KINESIOLOGY/ATHENS

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 347 - BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

Semester Hours: 3

First and second laws of thermodynamics. Free energy and equillibrium. Colligative properties of solutions. Ionic equilibria. Electrochemistry. Reaction kinetics. Enzyme catalysis. Adsorption and surface tension. Same as CH 347. Prerequisites: CH 332, PH 112/115 and MA 172.

BYS 348 - BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

Semester Hours: 3

Viscosity, diffusion, sedimentation, electrophoresis, determination of molecular weight by osomotic pressure. Light scattering and photochemistry. Elementary IR, UV-VIS, ESR, NMR spectroscopy. Fluorescence. Optical rotation. Same as CH 348. Prerequisites: BYS 347 or CH 347.

BYS 351 - NUTRITION & METABOLISM/ A&M

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 361 - GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

Semester Hours: 3

Biochemical structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; Enzyme catalysis and kinetics; major catabolic pathways, their integration and control mechanisms: Glycolysis, Citric Acid Cycle, Fatty Acid Oxidation and Oxidative Phosphorylation. Same as CH 361 Prerequisites: BYS 120, CH 223, CH 224, CH 332, CH 335 OR BYS 311, CH 332, CH 335.

BYS 362 - GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB

Semester Hour: 1

One 3-hour lab a week. Practical experience in isolation, qualitative identification, and quantitative estimation of biomolecules. Same as CH 362. Prerequisites: CH 335 and CH 336. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 361.

BYS 363 - GEN BIOCHEMISTRY II

Semester Hours: 3

A continuation of BYS 361 to include amino acid oxidation, biosynthesis of biomolecules, integration of metabolism, DNA and RNA metabolism, protein biosynthesis, and gene structure. Same as CH 363. Prerequisites: BYS 361.

BYS 364 - BIOGEOGRAPHY

Semester Hours: 3

Why plants and animals live where they do. Principles governing plant and animal distribution and dispersal, using the communities of North America as prime examples. Strongly recommended: BYS 312. Prerequisites: BYS 120, BYS 219. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 365 - GEN BIOCHEMISTRY LAB II

Semester Hour: 1

Experimental course illustrating the topics in BYS 363. Prerequisites: BYS 361 and BYS 362. Prerequisite with concurrency: BYS 363.

BYS 401 - EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab per week. Basic human physiology asdifferentitated by the effects of exercise. Physiology ofmajor systems of the body that may act as a limiting factor,or enhance the performance, of human movement. Strongly recommended: BYS 301 or CH 301. Prerequisites: BYS 215 & BYS 216 OR BYS 313 & BYS 314.

BYS 401L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 402 - KINESIOLOGY & BIOMECHANICS

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab per week. A study of the structural and functional relationships of the human skeletal, muscular and neural systems as they relate to movement of the human body. Prerequisites: BYS 215 & BYS 216 OR BYS 313 & BYS 314.

BYS 402L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

BYS 403 - ADV EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One lab per week. Human physiology, addressing the effects of environmental variables such as altitude, thermal stress and terran on the major physiological systems of the body; in-depth analysis of resistance training, aerobic and anaerobic training; intergration of multiple systems. Prerequisites: BYS 401, and BYS/CH 301 or 361.

BYS 405 - PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to drug classification and action with emphasison physiological and psychological interactions.

BYS 408 - BIOCHEMISTY II /A&M

Semester Hours: 3

BYS 411 - CELL BIOLOGY/A&M

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 419 - MICROBIAL GENETICS

Semester Hours: 3

Transmission, expression, and evolution of genes in microorganisms. Studies of chromosomes, plasmids, transporons, bacteriophages, and other genetic elements. Prerequisites: BYS 219, BYS 300 and BYS 321.

BYS 430 - IMMUNOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab. One 3-hour lab per week. Innate, humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Immune deficiencies and hypersensitivities. Autoimmunity, transplantation, and tumor immunology. Prerequisites: BYS 219, BYS 300 and BYS 321. Prerequisite with concurrency: CH 361.

BYS 431 - PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY/A&M

Semester Hours: 4

BYS 436 - BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Functional analysis of neural and endocrine systems underlying behavior. Same as PY 436. Prerequisites: (either a or b): (a) 15 hrs of PY or approval of instructor; (b) BYS 120 or BYS 313, and 6 hours of PY.

BYS 437 - PSYCHOBIOLOGY STRESS & ILLNESS

Semester Hours: 3

Overview of psychological stress responses and their influence on health, behavior and illness. Same as PY 437. Prerequisites: approval of instructor.

BYS 464 - EVOLUTION

Semester Hours: 3

Principles of evolution and speciation. Nature of species, selection and adaptation, divergence and cladogenesis, isolation, hybridization, and phylogeny. Prerequisites: BYS 120, 219. Prerequisites with concurrency: BYS 300.

BYS 465 - MOLECULAR MTHDS ECLGY & EVOLU

Semester Hours: 4

This lecture and laboratory course is intended as an intense introduction to modern molecular methods in biological research. Topics include: genetic variation, evolutionary genetics, ecological genetics, genomics, gene expression, phylogenetics, and bioinformatics. Prerequisites: BYS 464.

BYS 490 - SENIOR CAPSTONE

Semester Hours: 2

Discussions, readings, and presentations of topical biological subjects using scientific literature. Capstone course emphasizing refinement of oral and written communication skills and critical thinking. All students will take ETS Major Field Test in Biology as part of the course grade. Prerequisites: BYS 119, 120, 219, and 300. Senior standing.

BYS 491 - SP TOPICS BIOLOGICAL SCI

Semester Hours: 1-4

Directed readings and/or written reports on topics of interest to individual students carried out under supervision of an instructor. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required before registration.

BYS 492 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Semester Hours: 2-4

For advanced-level biological sciences students with biological sciences GPA of 3.5 or above. Individual investigations into biological problems under direct supervision of instructor. May also be taken at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, Dauphin Island, Alabama. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required before registration.

BYS 499 - UNGRAD HONORS RES & THESIS

Semester Hours: 2-4

Individual investigations into biological problems under direct supervision of instructor. For honors students majoring in the biological sciences. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor, chair, and director of honors program; Senior Standing.

Marine Sciences

Select courses in marine sciences, available through the Marine Sciences Consortium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, may be taken for credit at UAH toward a biological sciences major or minor, a minor in marine sciences, or a Master of Science degree in biological sciences. Marine sciences coursework must be approved by the Marine Sciences Consortium UAH liaison officer in the Biological Sciences Department prior to enrollment in the courses.

MS 202 - MARINE BIOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Survey of invertebrates, vertebrates, and marine plants as communities with local examples. Examination of marshland, estuarine, beach, dune, inlet and neritic habitats, and niches. Lecture/Lab/field work. Offered only at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Sea Lab at Dauphin Island, AL. Prerequisites: BYS 119 and BYS 120.

MS 204 - COM MARINE FISHERIES/ALA

Semester Hours: 2

Biology, harvesting technology, and processing of commercially valuable fish and shellfish species of Alabama. Offered only at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Sea Lab at Dauphin Island, Alabama. No credit for biological sciences major or minor; can be used for marine science minor.

MS 301 - MARINE TECH METHODS I

Semester Hours: 2

Marine science research equipment, methods, and techniques. Operation and field maintenense of major sampling gear. Only at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Sea Lab at Dauphin Island, Alabama. No credit for biological sciences major or minor; can be used for a marine science minor. Prerequisites: BYS 119 and BYS 120.

MS 303 - COASTAL CLIMATOLOGY

Semester Hours: 2

Physical factors resulting in climactic conditions in and near coastal region. Emphasis on northern Gulf of Mexico. Only at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Sea Labat Dauphin Island, Alabama. No credit toward a biological sciences major or minor; can be used for a marine science minor.

MS 304 - COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT

Semester Hours: 2

Examination of ecological features and physical management policies design for coastal communities and a review of the federal and state programs that impinge upon coastal ecological communities. Only at the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Sea Lab at Dauphin Island, Alabama.

MS 491 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN MARINE SCIEN

Semester Hours: 1-4

Cruz-Vera, Luis, Associate Professor, Biology, 2007, PhD, Center for Research and Advanced Studies.

Cseke, Leland, Assistant Professor, Biology, 2002, PhD, University of Michigan.

Leahy, Joseph, Associate Professor, Biology, 1997, PhD, University of Maryland.

MacGregor, Gordon, Assistant Professor, Biology, 2010, PhD, University of Dundee, Scotland.

Magnuson, Roy, Associate Professor, Biology, 1999, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matzkin, Luciano, Assistant Professor, Biology, 2011, PhD, SUNY Stony Brook.

Mendenhall, Eric, Assistant Professor, Biology, 2013, PhD, University of Minnesota.

Moriarity, Debra, Professor, Biology, 1984, PhD, Temple.

Ng, Joseph, Professor, Biology, 1998, PhD, University of California, Riverside.

Stallsmith, Bruce, Assistant Professor, Biology, 1999, PhD, University of Massachusetts.