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Graduate Courses


Graduate Courses


V0503: Evolution: Study of the mechanism and processes of evolution. Theory, laboratory experimental results and the phenomena found in natural populations are described and discussed in relation to population genetics, speciation and megaevolution. Prereq: course in genetics, vertebrate or invertebrate zoology, botany or permission of instructor. 3 LECT. HR./WK.; 3 CR.

V0901/02: Population Genetics: Lecture and laboratory on the Hardy-Weinberg law, gene pools, gene frequencies, and gene migration. Prereqs: a course in genetics, a course in organic chemistry. 3 LECT. HR./WK., 3 CR.; 6 LAB HR./WK., 3 CR.

V6003/04: Community Ecology: Lecture and laboratory on Structural attributes, growth, and regulation of plant and animal communities. Prereq: a course in either ecology or field biology. 3 LECT. HR./WK., 3 CR.; 6 LAB HR./WK., 3 CR.

V6005/06: Population Ecology: Lecture, laboratory. An analysis of the structure and dynamics of plant and animal populations. Topics include density, growth, regulation, fluctuation of numbers, niche, dispersal systems, dispersion patterns, demographic techniques, and interactions between populations. 3 LECT. HR./WK., 3 CR.; 6 LAB HR./WK., 3 CR.

V9001: Seminar in Evolution: Topics relating to the general subject of evolution. 2 HR./WK., PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

V9006: Seminar in Ecology: The conservation ecology seminar will focus on genetic problems and implications of wildlife management programs. Prereq: permission of the instructor. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.

V9012: Seminar in Zoogeography: Special topics are discussed and reviewed. Prereq: permission of the instructor. 2 HR./WK., PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

V9030: Seminar in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior AMNH: (Alternate weeks). 2 HR./WK.; 1 CR.



V0005: Genetics: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics; organization of DNA, replication, repair, mutagenesis, recombination, control of gene expression, genetic engineering and molecular techniques. Prereq: undergraduate genetics and molecular biology or biochemistry. 4 LECT. HR./WK.; 4 CR.
V0803: Molecular Evolution: Principles of evolution at the level of DNA  and proteins; gene families, concerted evolution  of genes, codon bias, and other  genetic processes will be discussed. 3  LECT. HR./WK.; 3 CR.   

V1401: Cell Biology: Cells will be studied with special emphasis  placed on organization, molecular structure/  function relationships of organelles,  and energetics and metabolism. Prereqs: a  course in organic chemistry and a course  in biochemistry or permission of the  instructor. 4 LECT. HR./WK.; 4 CR.  



V2301: Neuroscience I: This course and V2302 comprise an introduction to the neurosciences. The first semester covers neuronal cell biology (structure and trophic functions), cellular neurophysiology (membrane physiology, action potentials), synapses (neurotransmitters and physiology), neuroendocrine mechanisms, local neuronal circuits (integrative anatomical organization of the vertebrate nervous system). The second semester will cover the sensory and motor systems, as well as neurochemical pathways. Receptor physiology and information processing are discussed in brief for the somatosensory system and in detail for the visual and auditory systems. The vertebrate motor systems are discussed with respect to spinal, supraspinal and cortical mechanisms. Prereq: students with no background in physiology must meet instructor before course begins. 4 LECT. HR./WK.; 4 CR.

V2302: Neuroscience II: Building upon materials covered in Neuroscience I, this course provides an introduction to sensory processing for several sensory systems, outlines the important developmental processes with a specific focus on the functional differentiation of the brain. 3 LECT., 1 CONF. HR./WK.; 4 CR.

V2403: Animal Behavior I: Lectures and discussions of selected major areas in modern animal behavior research. Included among the topics are conceptual issues in methodology, orientation and navigation, and development of behavior. A modern eclectic approach is emphasized. Students read and lead discussion of papers from the original literature. Prereq: an undergraduate course in animal behavior/ comparative psychology or permission of the instructor. 3 LECT. HR./WK.; 3 CR.

V2407: Animal Behavior II: Lecture and discussion of the selected major areas in modern behavioral research. Topics include behavioral genetics, the evolution of behavior, and behavioral ecology. Prereq: an undergraduate course in animal behavior, evolution or ecology. 3 HR./WK; 3 CR.

V9101: Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior AMNH: (Alternate weeks). 2 LECT. HR./WK.; 1 CR.



B9700: Special Topics: 3 LECT HR./WK., 3 CR.; 6 LAB HR./WK., 3 CR.

V8101: Mathematical Biology: 3 LECT. HR./WK.; 3 CR.

V8201: Biostatistics I: Univariate statistics of biological systems (theory and application). Topics include: probability, descriptive statistics, correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Prereq: permission of instructor. 3 LECT., 6 LAB HR./WK.; 6 CR.

V9100: Colloquium: Recent developments and trends in the field of biology. Required of all candidates for the M.S. degree. 2 HR./WK.; 1 CR./SEM.

V9200: Tutorial 1-4 CR. V9201: Advanced Study Study in an area where formal course work is not given. Subject matter may vary from assigned current readings in a specialized area with reports to special laboratory or field work. Prereq: permission of instructor. 1-4 CR.

V9302: Molecular Biology Journal Club 1 CR. V9303: Seminar Special Topics Specialized seminars in diverse fields, depending upon the needs of specific students. 2 HR./WK., PLUS CONF.; 3 CR. GRADUATE

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