Boilogy Coursework

Approved Advanced Biology Courses

Biology majors take a total of 21 advanced biology coursework related to their interests.  Of those 21 credits, 9 credits must be taken from BIOL, EEOB, or GDCB course offerings, and 2 courses need a laboratory/field component.  A printer-friendly, downloadable list of approved advanced biology courses can be found here: Approved Advanced Biology Courses 2017-2018 (PDF)

Courses offered by the Biology Program for undergraduates:

Course #Course NameCreditsLab?Example Syllabus
BIOL 322Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology3  
BIOL 328Molecular and Cellular Biology of Human Diseases3 BIOL 328 F14
BIOL 334Metabolic Physiology of Mammals3 BIOL 306 S15
BIOL 335Human and Other Animal Physiology4YBIOL 335 F14
BIOL 336Ecological and Evolutionary Animal Physiology3  
BIOL 334Human Reproduction3  
BIOL 349The Genome Perspective in Biology2  
BIOL 350Comprehensive Human Anatomy3 BIOL 350 F14
BIOL 351Comparative Chordate Anatomy5YBIOL 351 S15
BIOL 352Vertebrate Histology4YBIOL 352 S15
BIOL 353Introductory Parasitology3 BIOL 353 S15
BIOL 354Animal Behavior3 BIOL 354 F14
BIOL 354LAnimal Behavior Lab1YBIOL 354L F14
BIOL 355Plants and People3 BIOL 355 S15
BIOL 356Dendrology4YBIOL 356 F14
BIOL 357XBiology of Plants3  
BIOL 364Invertebrate Biology3-4 BIOL 364 F14
BIOL 365Vertebrate Biology4YBIOL 365 F14
BIOL 366Plant Systematics4YBIOL 366 S15
BIOL 370GIS for Ecology and Environmental Science1-6YBIOL 370X S15
BIOL 371Ecological Methods3YBIOL 371 S15
BIOL 381Environmental Systems I3 BIOL 381 F14
BIOL 382Environmental Systems II3YBIOL 382 S15
BIOL 393North American Field Trips1-4YBIOL 393 S15
BIOL 394International Field Trips1-4YBIOL 394 S15
BIOL 402Introduction to Pathology3 BIOL 402 S15
BIOL 414Life History and Reproductive Strategies3 BIOL 414 F14
BIOL 423Developmental Biology3 BIOL 423 S15
BIOL 423LDevelopmental Biology Lab1YBIOL 423L S15
BIOL 428Topics in Cell Biology3  
BIOL 430Principles of Plant Physiology3 BIOL 330 F14
BIOL 434Endocrinology3  
BIOL 436Neurobiology3 BIOL 436 F14
BIOL 439Environmental Physiology3-4  
BIOL 444Bioinformatic Analysis4 BIOL 444 F14
BIOL 451Plant Evolution and Phylogeny4YBIOL 451 F14
BIOL 454Plant Anatomy4Y 
BIOL 455Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity3YBIOL 455 S15
BIOL 456Principles of Mycology3YBIOL 456 F14
BIOL 457Herpetology2 BIOL 457 F14
BIOL 457LHerpetology Lab1Y 
BIOL 458Ornithology2 BIOL 458 S15
BIOL 458LOrnithology Lab1Y 
BIOL 459Mammalogy2 BIOL 459 S15
BIOL 459LMammalogy Lab1Y 
BIOL 462Evolutionary Genetics3  
BIOL 464Wetland Ecology3  
BIOL 471Introduction to Conservation Biology3  
BIOL 472Community Ecology3 BIOL 472 S15
BIOL 474Plant Ecology3 BIOL 474 S15
BIOL 476Functional Ecology3 BIOL 476 S15
BIOL 480Studies in Marine Biology1-8Y 
BIOL 481Summer Field Studies1-8Y 
BIOL 482Tropical Biology1-4Y 
BIOL 483XEnvironmental Biogeography3  
BIOL 484Ecosystem Ecology3  
BIOL 486Aquatic Ecology3 BIOL 486 F14
BIOL 486LAquatic Ecology Lab1YBIOL 486L F14
BIOL 487Microbial Ecology3 BIOL 487 F14
BIOL 488Identification of Aquatic Organisms1YBIOL 488 F14
BIOL 489Population Ecology3YBIOL 489 F14
BIOL 490Independent Study1  
BIOL 491Undergraduate Teaching Experience1-2Y 
BIOL 492Preparing for Graduate School in Biology1  
BIOL 494Biology Internship1-2Y 
BIOL 495Undergraduate Seminar1-3 Biol 495 S15 Biol 495A S15
BIOL 498Cooperative EducationR  
BIOL 499Undergraduate Research1-3Y 

Graduate-level courses open to qualified upperclass students in Biology:

Course #Course NameCredits
EEOB 507Advanced Animal Behavior3
EEOB 514Life History and Reproductive Strategies3
EEOB 531Conservation Biology3
EEOB 534Endocrinology3
EEOB 535Restoration Ecology3
EEOB 539Environmental Physiology3-4
EEOB 544Introduction to Bioinformatics4
EEOB 551Plant Evolution and Phylogeny4
EEOB 553Agrostology3
EEOB 555Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity3
EEOB 559Mammology3
EEOB 560Resource Ecology3
EEOB 561Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics3
EEOB 562Evolutionary Genetics3
EEOB 563Molecular Phylogenetics3
EEOB 564Wetland Ecology3
EEOB 566Molecular Evolution3
EEOB 567Empirical Population Genetics3
EEOB 568Advanced Systematics3
EEOB 569Biogeography3
EEOB 570Landscape Ecology3
EEOB 573Techniques for Biology Teaching1-2
EEOB 576Functional Ecology3
EEOB 577Concepts in Theoretical Ecology and Evolution1
EEOB 578Foundations of Theoretical Ecology and Evolution3
EEOB 581Environmental Systems I3-4
EEOB 582Environmental Systems II3-4
EEOB 584Advanced Ecosystem Ecology3
EEOB 585Advanced Community Ecology3
EEOB 586Aquatic Ecology3
EEOB 586LAquatic Ecology Lab1
EEOB 587Microbial Ecology3
EEOB 589Population Ecology3
EEOB 590Special Topics1-3
EEOB 596Ecology and Society3
GDCB 505Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology3
GDCB 510Transmission Genetics3
GDCB 511Molecular Genetics3
GDCB 513Plant Metabolism2
GDCB 528Advances in Molecular Cell Biology3
GDCB 533Advances in Developmental Biology3
GDCB 536Statistical Genetics4
GDCB 542Intro to Molecular Biology Techniques1
GDCB 444Introduction to Bioinformatics4
GDCB 545Plant Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology3
GDCB 556Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience3
GDCB 557Advanced Neuroscience Techniques3
GDCB 568Bioinformatics II (Statistical)3
GDCB 569Bioinformatics III (Structual)3
GDCB 570Bioinformatics IV (Systems Biology)3
GDCB 590Special Topicsvariable

Courses offered by other departments on campus with a biological science focus:

(note that these courses may have pre-requisites that do not count towards advanced biology coursework)

Course #Agronomy Course NameCredits
AGRON 317Principles of Weed Science3
AGRON 338Seed Science and Technology3
AGRON 354Soils and Plant Growth3
AGRON 354LSoils and Plant Growth Laboratory1
AGRON 421Introduction to Plant Breeding3
AGRON 485Soil and Environmental Microbiology3
Course #Animal Science Course NameCredits
AN S 319Animal Nutrition3
AN S 331Domestic Animal Reproduction3
AN S 332Lab Methods in Animal Reproduction1
AN S 333Embryo Transfer and Related Technology3
AN S 334Embryo Transfer Laboratory1
AN S 337Lactation3
AN S 345Growth and Development of Domestic Animals3
AN S 352Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals3
AN S 419Advanced Animal Nutrition2
Course #Anthropology Course NameCredits
ANTHR 307Biological Anthropology3
ANTHR 319Skeletal Biology3
ANTHR 424Forensic Anthropology3
ANTHR 438Primate Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior3
Course #Biochemistry Course NameCredits
BBMB 405Biochemistry II3
BBMB 411Techniques in Biochemical Research4
BBMB 420Physiological Chemistry3
BBMB 430Prokaryotic Diversity and Ecology3
BBMB 440Microbial Physiology, Diversity, and Genetics Lab4
Course #Biomedical Studies Course NameCredits
B M S 329Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
B M S 335Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease1
B M S 401Introduction to Aquatic Animal Medicine1
Course #Community and Regional Planning Course NameCredits
C R P 451Introduction to GIS3
Course #Entomology Course NameCredits
ENT 370Insect Biology3
ENT 374Insects and our Health3
ENT 374LInsects and our Health Laboratory1
ENT 410Insect-Virus Interactions3
ENT 425Aquatic Insects3
ENT 471Insect Ecology3
Course #Food Science and Human Nutrition Course NameCredits
FS HN 360Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism3
FS HN 361Nutrition and Health Assessment2
FS HN 364Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Disease3
FS HN 367Medical Terminology1
Course #Genetics Course NameCredits
GEN 340Human Genetics3
GEN 409Molecular Genetics3
GEN 410Analytical Genetics3
Course #Horticulture Course NameCredits
HORT 321Horticulture Physiology3
HORT 322Plant Propagation3
Course #Kinesiology Course NameCredits
KIN 355Biomechanics3
KIN 363Basic Electrocardiography2
Course #Microbiology Course NameCredits
MICRO 302Biology of Microorganisms3
MICRO 302LMicrobiology Lab1
MICRO 310Medical Microbiology 3
MICRO 310LMedical Microbiology Lab1
MICRO 320Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology4
MICRO 402Microbial Genetics3
MICRO 408Virology3
MICRO 475Immunology3
Course #Natural Resource Ecology and Management Course NameCredits
A ECL 321Fish Biology3
A ECL 366Natural History of Iowa Vertebrates3
A ECL 415Ecology of Freshwater Invertebrates, Plants, Algae3
A ECL 418Stream Ecology3
A ECL 442Aquaculture3
A ECL 454Principles of Wildlife Disease3
FOR 302Silviculture3
NREM 301Natural Resource Ecology and Soils4
NREM 345Natural Resource Photogrammetry and GIS3
NREM 357Midwestern Prairie Plants1
NREM 358Forest Herbaceous Layer1
NREM 390Fire Ecology and Management3
NREM 407Watershed Management4
NREM 446Integrating GPS and GIS for Natural Resource Management3
NREM 452Ecosystem Management3
Course #Plant Pathology Course NameCredits
PL P 408Principles of Plant Pathology3
PL P 416Forest Insects and Diseases3
PL P 416LForest Insects and Diseases Laboratory1
PL P 477Bacterial-Plant Interactions3
PL P 494Seed Pathology2
Course #Psychology Course NameCredits
PSYCH 310Brain and Behavior3
PSYCH 315Drugs and Behavior3



If the osmotic potential of the solution is the SAME as the water potentialof the cell, which in my case, is where the sucrose and distilled water bothhave the concentration of 0.5M. The solution is called isotonic.


From my background research, I predict that the more concentrated thesolution (the more sucrose it contains), the lower the osmotic potential is. The plant cell (in this case potato cell) would become flaccid, as water hasmoved out of the cell causing the mass to have decreased. Asconcentration of sucrose decreases, and the concentration of dilute waterincreases, the mass of the potato cell will become turgid and strong. It willgain mass as water diffuses into the cell.At concentration 0.5M, the solution will be isotonic; therefore, the % masschange should be at zero as no net osmosis should occur, therefore nowater should diffuse in or out of the cell, and so should not affect the massof the cell at all.I have planned a simple procedure in order to carry out this investigation:Apparatus/Equipments:

Sucrose Solution and Water (two beakers to hold them)

Weighing machine

Year 11 Biology Coursework 3

In an isotonicsolution, no netosmosis occurs. The cell is notplasmolysed, butit’s neither fullturgid either.For Example:Water potential of cytoplasm=- 50Osmotic potential of solution=- 50

(This is the osmotic pressure)

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