Courses

2020-2021 Academic Year

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BIOL 1114

Human Reproduction, Growth and Maturation

0.5 unit
An examination of the human life cycle. Students will investigate the biological understanding of typical and atypical development, environmental and hormonal influences, brain development, reproductive maturity, and physiological changes over life. Note: This course may not be counted towards a major in biology.

BIOL 1152

Introductory Biology I

0.5 unit
An introduction to the important elements of life. Topics include the definition of life, the scientific method, natural selection, covalent bonding, biomolecules, macromolecules and intermolecular bonds, water and pH, cell biology, cellular energy, reactions and enzymes, metabolism, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, genes and gene expression. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 1153
Introductory Biology II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1152
A course about the diversity, evolution and ecology of organisms. Topics include the system used to classify organisms, the major groups of organisms and their evolutionary relationships, populations, and the interactions of communities of organisms with their physical environment to form ecosystems. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2202

General Microbiology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: Grade XII Biology and 1.0 unit of a 1000-level university science course or BIOL 1152
A lecture and laboratory course providing an overview of the microbial world, including classification, genetics and metabolism. The focus will be on the importance of microorganisms in human affairs, such as preparation and storage of food, agriculture and historic and emerging diseases. Note: This course may not be counted towards the units of Biology required for a major or concentration, but may be counted for a minor or a general elective.a biology major.
Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2203

Plants: Form and Function

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A study of the evolution of plants and the structure and development of plants in relation to function.
Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2204

Animals: Form and Function

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A comparative study of invertebrate and vertebrate body plans and the phylogenetic origins of living animal taxa. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2205

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: BIOL 1153 or Grade XII science, biology preferred and 1.0 unit of a 1000-level university course
An introduction to the principles of the human body’s structure and functions. Topics covered will include: organization of the body, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Note: Students who have received credit for BIOL 2201 may not take this course for credit.

BIOL 2206

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2205
A continued study of the principles of the human body’s structure and functions. Topics covered will include: cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. Note: Students who have received credit for BIOL 2201 may not take this course for credit.

BIOL 2207

Microbial Diversity

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A lecture and laboratory course providing an overview of the diversity of the microbial world. This course includes the classification, metabolism, genetics, ecology and evolution of microorganisms. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2213

Environmental Science

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 1.0 unit of any 1000-level university course
An examination of our environment and the myriad factors that affect its quality. Important ecological concepts are introduced and our roles and responsibilities regarding current environmental issues are examined. The field is highly interdisciplinary, integrating information from many areas, including biology, chemistry, geography, sociology and engineering.

BIOL 2214

Plants for People

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 1.0 unit of any 1000-level university course
Plants are the mainstay of traditional and modern-day societies. This course will investigate the origins of economically valuable plants and will describe their structure, cultivation, preparation and uses.

BIOL 2217/PSYC 2217

Brain and Behaviour

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153 or PSYC 1110
A study of the neural basis of human behaviour. Topics will include development of the nervous system, brain plasticity, and the biological basis of sensory and perceptual processes, consciousness and sleep, attention, learning, emotion, motivation, psychopharmacology, and disorders of the nervous system.

BIOL 2222

Introduction to Vertebrate Histology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1152 (Introductory Biology I)
An introduction to the microscopic structure of tissues and organs of the vertebrate body. Topics covered will include organs from all major systems of the body. This course will complement  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2205, BIOL 2206).

BIOL 2240

Cell and Molecular Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: BIOL 1153 and CHEM 1012
A detailed consideration of the fine structure of eucaryotic and procaryotic cells (and viruses), the chemical composition and organization of cells, cell metabolism and bioenergetics; and for each major cell organelle or structural component, its particular molecular and supermolecular organization and its function. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2250/PSYC 2250
Animal Behaviour

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and 1120 or BIOL 1153
An introduction to the biological bases of behaviour in animals, covering genetic, developmental, neural, ecological and social aspects.

BIOL 2260/PSYC 2260

Fundamentals of Neuroscience

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1152 or PSYC 1110
A course about the physiological and biophysical mechanisms that enable the nervous system to receive, process and transmit information on the molecular, membrane, cellular and system levels.

BIOL 3260

Advanced Neuroscience

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2260
Advanced topics in neuroscience such as the sensory systems of animals and humans and cellular mechanisms of memory and learning.

BIOL 3302

Microbial Interactions

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2207
A study of further topics in microbiology, with a focus on microbial interactions. This includes microbial diversity and function in natural environments, as well as the relationships between microbes and plants, animals and other microbes. Students will conduct a term research project.

BIOL 3309

Physiology of Plants

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2203
A course highlighting the basic physiological functioning of plants as seen in plant-water-mineral relations; metabolism and hormonal regulation. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3310

Physiology of Animals

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2204
A comparative study of invertebrate and vertebrate systems, including internal and external regulation, transport of substances and co-ordination of function. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3312

General Ecology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Two of BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
A course about organisms and their interactions with the environment. The main topics include the physical environment, individuals, populations, species interactions, communities, ecosystems, and global ecology. In this course, students learn techniques of ecological sampling and testing.(Also listed under Canadian Studies) Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3314

Evolutionary Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: one of BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
An in-depth examination of how life has diversified and adapted to change. This course will outline Darwinian natural selection and the major events in the history of life, from life’s probable origin in simple replicating molecules to the development of modern prokaryotes, viruses, selfish DNAs, protists, fungi, animals and plants.

BIOL 3322

Animal Developmental Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
An examination of embryology, the process by which animals develop from fertilized eggs to complex multicellular organisms. The focus is on how cells divide, differentiate and then assume their proper positions relative to one another within the embryo such that tissues and organs develop and grow correctly. This includes morphology, regeneration, and evolutionary-developmental biology. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3332/PSYC 3332

Human Neuropsychology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2260
A study of the neural bases of mental function. The neural mechanisms of complex cognitive processes such as object recognition, spatial processing, attention, language, memory, executive functions and emotion will be reviewed from the human clinical perspective.

BIOL 3370

Principles of Heredity

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A basic course on the principles of inheritance and the analysis of genetic systems in procaryotes and eucaryotes. Includes Mendelian genetics and extensions of Mendelian analysis, the chromosomal basis of inheritance with a detailed consideration of meiosis and mitosis, linkage, crossing-over, and some consideration of population genetics. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3372

Molecular Genetics

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A study of heredity in terms of molecular structure. Topics will include details of transcription and translation in both eucaryotes and procaryotes, recombination and other arrangements of DNA occurring both naturally and induced as in genetic engineering, control mechanisms operating during development, and gene expression and cancer. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3501/CHEM 3501

Introductory Biochemistry

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: CHEM 2401
The structure and chemistry of cellular molecules, dealing mainly with carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids and their components, aqueous solutions, pH, pKa, buffers, and colloidal dispersions. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3502/CHEM 3502

Intermediary Metabolism

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM3501
A study of the enzymes, energetics and intermediary metabolism of living cells, catabolic biosynthetic and regulatory processes affecting the metabolism of cellular molecules. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3999

Biology Colloquium

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level BIOL course
Development of skills in literature research, critical thinking, and evaluation of scientific presentations. Students will be required to make presentations using several different modes of communication.

BIOL 4400

Field Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 3312
An exploration of ecosystems. Students will observe organisms in their natural environments at publicly accessible sites around Halifax. Specimens and data will be analyzed in the laboratory. Students must complete six of eight field trips on Saturdays from May to December. A full report will be required for each trip.

BIOL 4444
Climate Change and Plants

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: normally completion of the 3000 level required courses in the major program or permission of the instructor.
A detailed study of climate change, its components and effects on plants in natural and agricultural ecosystems. Anthropogenic activities and natural processes that lead to climate change are discussed. The main topics include the evidence for climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, and plant responses to climate change.

BIOL 4450

Selected Topics in Biology

0.5 unit

BIOL 4451

Selected Topics in Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: will vary according to the topic offered
An opportunity for in-depth study of current topics in biology. These courses are open to senior biology majors or others with departmental approval.

BIOL 4453

Directed Studies

0.5 unit

BIOL 4454

Directed Studies

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: normally completion of the 2000 level required courses in the major program
A research problem that does not require laboratory or field work undertaken under the direction of members of the department. Offered for senior students majoring in biology and subject to departmental approval. Emphasis will be placed on learning new material through reading, critical thinking, and discussion.

BIOL 4460

Directed Research

0.5 unit

BIOL 4461

Directed Research

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: normally completion of the 2000 level required courses in the major program
A research project requiring laboratory or field work under the direction of members of the department. Offered for senior students majoring in biology and subject to departmental approval.

BIOL 4499

Honours Thesis

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 3999 (may be taken concurrently)
A required course for biology honours students to be taken in their final year. Students conduct independent research with a faculty member. Students will be required to produce an honours thesis and present their research.

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