Students interested in biological research, the environmental sciences, the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.), and a host of other fields in the life sciences often major in biology. Recent senior research projects completed by biology students cover a diverse range of topics, including investigations of neural pathways in mammals, turtle nesting ecology, fish distribution in Florida springs, the effects of chemicals on amphibian development, pollination of an endangered species, the impact of UV light on DNA, and the molecular ecology of freshwater invertebrates.
The Biology Department offers three majors (Biology, Aquatic and Marine Biology, and Molecular Biology). Students may not obtain multiple majors within the Department.
More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/biology.php.
Aquatic and Marine Biology
This major is designed for students interested in a scientific understanding of life in both aquatic (freshwater) and marine (saltwater) environments. Senior research projects in this field have included studies of lateral line development in salamanders, the nesting ecology of freshwater and sea turtles, the impact of artificial reef design on fish abundance, the population biology of an endangered species of snail, spring fish ecology, and manatee distribution and mortality.
Majors may also take advantage of Stetson's membership in the Marine Science Education Consortium for a summer or semester of study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.
More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/aquatic-and-marine-biology.php.
This major is designed for students interested in the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences. It is administered through the Biology Department. Course descriptions can be found under the respective departments offering these courses.
More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/molecular-biology.php.
Majors in Biology
Minor in Biology - 5 units
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|Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics|
|Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology|
|Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution|
|Three BIOL courses at the 300 or 400 level (not to include independent study or JS courses)||3|
Advising Course Plans
Aquatic and Marine Biology
- Aquatic and Marine Biology Major
- Aquatic and Marine Biology Major - Plan for Transfer Students
- Aquatic and Marine Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Veterinary School
- Biology Major
- Biology Major - Plan for Transfer Students
- Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Dental School
- Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Medical School (MD, DO)
- Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Medical School (MD, DO)-Chemistry First Plan
- Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Veterinary School
- Biology Major - Plan for Students Interested in Study Abroad
Barkalow, Derek T.
Associate Professor of Biology, 1978
B.S., University of Wisconsin
M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers University
Bennington, Cynthia C.
Professor of Biology, 1996
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., West Virginia University
Crowder, Roslyn N.
Assistant Professor of Biology, 2013
B.S., Florida A and M University
Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Farrell, Terence M.
Professor of Biology, 1989
Brown Faculty Fellow
B.S., Bucknell University
Ph.D., Oregon State University
Gibbs, Melissa A.
Professor of Biology, 1998
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., San Jose State University
Ph.D., University of Delaware
King, Michael S.
Professor of Biology, 1993
B.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., University of Virginia
May, Peter G.
Professor of Biology, 1988
B.S., M.S., George Mason University
Ph.D., University of Florida
Slater, Alicia A.
Professor and Chair of Biology, 2002
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Stock, David A.
Professor of Biology, 1970
B.S., Michigan State University
M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Work, Kirsten A.
Professor of Biology, 2000
B.S., University of Wisconsin
M.S., University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
BIOL 100. Current Perspectives Biology. 0.0 Units.
This course encourages students to think critically about current issues in biology while they consider their own future in the life sciences. Classroom discussions, field trips, and experiential exercises led by different faculty each week will provide an overview of biology that spans the breadth of expertise in the department. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 142P.
BIOL 111P. The Human From Cell to Organism. 1 Unit.
The biological study of the human using cellular, genetic, organismal, and environmental approaches. Laboratory exercises will allow students to investigate a range of topics in human biology through both observation and manipulation.
BIOL 112P. Environmental Biology. 1 Unit.
Survey of the interrelationships of humans and their environment emphasizing a basic knowledge of ecology to understand environmental problems. Laboratory exercises will allow students to investigate the natural world through both observation and manipulation. Offered at least once a year.
BIOL 113P. Human Food and Nutrition. 1 Unit.
This course offers an in-depth examination and analysis of the nutrient and chemical composition of food and its relationship to the health and well-being of the individual. The course employs an interdisciplinary approach to gain a working knowledge of the science of nutrition and explores food choices and the behaviors associated with making those choices.
BIOL 116P. Aquatic and Marine Biology. 1 Unit.
Selected readings from authors such as William Bartram, Archie Carr and John James Audubon will be used as a starting point for in-depth study of the ecology and biology of anything from alligators to coral reefs to the St. Johns River to sharks. The course topics will vary somewhat from year to year, but will focus on Florida organisms and environments.
BIOL 118P. The Natural World: Systems and Processes of Science. 1 Unit.
This is a survey course designed to introduce students to major scientific concepts from chemical, physical, earth and life sciences. With an emphasis on the ways in which scientific method is used to address questions about the natural world, the course will encompass the breadth of science from atoms and elements to ecosystems and solar systems. The laboratory portion of the course will include opportunities for students to design and execute original experiments. This course is appropriate for any student interested in gaining a broad understanding of scientific principles and practice, and will also incorporate all of the science knowledge areas required for K-6 education majors.
BIOL 121P. The Biological Basis of Behavior. 1 Unit.
The study of behavior at all levels; from cellular processes to human cognition. Specifically, this course will cover the cell biology, genetics, organ systems, and physiology underlying animal behavior. Evolutionary and ecological influences on behavior also will be addressed. The laboratory exercises will provide hands-on experiences to reinforce the concepts covered in lecture and expose students to the use of the scientific method.
BIOL 141P. Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. 1 Unit.
The first course in a four-course introductory sequence (BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q and BIOL 244) that meets the introductory Biology requirement for science majors and satisfies the Genral Education 'P' requirement. Primary topics include the molecules of life, organelle function, mitosis and meiosis, and DNA function and repair. There are three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level biology courses except BIOL 310 and the Junior Seminars.
BIOL 142P. Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology. 1 Unit.
The second course in a four-course introductory sequence (BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q and BIOL 244) that meets the introductory Biology requirement for science majors and satisfies the General Education ‘P’ requirement. Primary topics include the structure and function of organ systems in animals, and plant growth and reproduction. There are three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is prerequisite for all upper-division biology courses except BIOL 310 and the Junior Seminars.
BIOL 185. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
BIOL 190. Special Topics in Biology. 1 Unit.
BIOL 222W. Current Issues in Food and Nutrition. 1 Unit.
Designed to introduce non-science majors to basic concepts and contemporary research in nutrition. The course emphasizes the relationship of food consumption with the development of inherited predispositions for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other disorders associated with dietary choices.
BIOL 243Q. Biostatistics. 1 Unit.
Required for the Biology major, this class will provide students with direct experience in the process of doing science, from study design to writing and publication. We will focus on the basics of hypothesis generation, experimental design, data analysis, and the interpretation and presentation of data. The class emphasizes a variety of techniques used in both descriptive and inferential statistics. The presentation of biological research in written and oral presentations will be covered. We will strongly stress using computers to manage, analyze, and present data. Prerequisite: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. This course is offered every fall.
BIOL 244. Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution. 1 Unit.
This course provides an overview of the ecology and evolution of plants and animals. Emphasis is on models that explain the way organisms evolve and interact with one another and the environment. The process of science is emphasized through the use of examples of current research in the area of evolutionary ecology. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to increase student understanding of experimental design, and data analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: BIOL 243Q. This course is offered every spring.
BIOL 285. Independent Study. 1 Unit.
Study of a topic not covered in other courses under the guidance of a professor.
BIOL 290. Special Topics in Biology. 1 Unit.
BIOL 298. Pre-Medical Student Clinical Experience. 1 Unit.
A concentrated experience designed to expose students to actual clinical conditions and techniques. Limited to pre-med students; selection of participating students will be made by the University Health Professions Advisory Committee.
BIOL 301. Microbiology. 1 Unit.
Survey of prokaryotic organisms, especially bacteria, and their roles in various ecosystems and disease. In the laboratory students isolate and identify bacteria, construct recombinant DNA, and create a genomic library. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. This course is usually offered every fall.
BIOL 302. Genetics. 1 Unit.
Introduction to genetics including Mendelian and population genetics, cytogenetics, and the nature of gene action. In the laboratory students make and examine slides of mitosis and meiosis, study Mendelian inheritance by breeding mutant fruit flies, isolate and clone a gene, and sequence the cloned gene. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
BIOL 303. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. 1 Unit.
Structure and function of the vertebrate body is explored in depth by comparative analysis of the major organ systems and their functional morphology among the vertebrate classes (Jawless Fish, Cartilaginous Fish, Bony Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals). The laboratory component includes dissections of representative vertebrates (lamprey, shark, mudpuppy, rabbit) as well as study of skeletal components and skin-derived structures. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered every other year.
BIOL 305. Flora of Florida. 1 Unit.
Identification, classification, and evolution of the vascular plants of Florida. Laboratory exercises will include field trips that provide a chance for students to identify plants in a variety of Florida ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered evey other year.
BIOL 306. Invertebrate Zoology. 1 Unit.
Morphology, natural history, and evolutionary relationships of the invertebrate phyla with special emphasis on aquatic and marine invertebrates. The laboratory portion includes field trips to sandy beaches, mangrove forests, saltmarshes, seagrass beds, ponds, forests, and freshwater marshes. Lab work also includes observation and dissection of representative invertebrates. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q, and BIOL 244.
BIOL 310. Ornithology. 1 Unit.
This course includes broad coverage of the biology of birds, including topics such as evolution and classification, anatomy and physiology, flight and aerodynamics, and selected aspects of behavior and ecology. Laboratories are spent in the field learning Florida birds and how they cope with their environment. Bird skins may be prepared from salvaged bird carcasses. No prerequisites. Offered every other year and some summers.
BIOL 312. Marine Vertebrate Biology. 1 Unit.
An in-depth exploration of the systematics and biology of and issues facing marine fish, sharks, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Labs will include field trips to local beach habitats and dissections of preserved specimens. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, and BIOL 244. Offered every other year.
BIOL 313. Oceanography. 1 Unit.
The study of ocean dynamics and how they influence marine ecosystems. A special emphasis is placed on practical applications and modeling. Topics will include plate-tectonics, properties of seawater, wind & ocean circulation, waves, tides, biological productivity, and ocean ecosystems. Students will be expected to become proficient at mathematical problem solving and interpreting data sets. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, and BIOL 244. Offered every other year.
BIOL 314. Immunology and Hematology. 1 Unit.
Study of defense systems of mammals and birds, particularly inducible systems leading to antibody formation and study of the components of blood and how they are measured. In the laboratory, students perform assays of blood components and do serological tests, including inducing an immune response in experimental animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P and BIOL 301.
BIOL 315. Endocrinology. 1 Unit.
A study of the synthesis, release, and action of hormones. Endocrine disorders are discussed to help understand homeostasis and its disruption. Experiential exercises include observing endocrine gland histology, measuring glucose and cortisol levels, and case studies. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered every third year.
BIOL 316. Animal Behavior. 1 Unit.
Topics covered include the genetic, neural, and physiological processes underlying behavior, and the evolution and ecology of behavior. Scientific literature is used to supplement the textbook and gain an appreciation of the approaches to the study of animal behavior. Laboratory exercises are open-ended with student groups designing experiments to investigate speci¿c behaviors. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered every third year.
BIOL 320. Cell Biology. 1 Unit.
An in-depth course on cellular structure and function. Focus will be primarily on eukaryotic cells, but prokaryotic examples will also be discussed. A strong component of molecular biology is included to elucidate experiments designed to better understand cellular components and structural interactions, regulation of cell function and cell interactions with other cells and the local environment. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
BIOL 333. Limnology. 1 Unit.
This course examines the processes that create and regulate our wonderful variety of freshwater resources, including lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. We investigate 1) the physical processes that underlie all life in water, 2) the chemical interactions between the organisms and their wet habitat, 3) the diversity of life in freshwater, and 4) ways to manage water bodies to our water resources and ecological systems. In particular, we highlight the unique qualities of Florida water bodies in discussion and in hands-on field trips. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P and BIOL 244. Offered every other year.
BIOL 371R. Ecology of our Changing Earth. 1 Unit.
Study of ecological principles with emphasis on the relationship between humans and their environment. Topics explored include population growth, global climate change, biodiversity, species interactions, and environmental resource management. Students will use mathematical models, computer simulations, and observations of nature to generate a deep understanding of our dependency on the natural world. We will focus on both the causes of environmental problems and potential solutions with a strong emphasis on sustainable interactions with the biosphere. Junior Seminar.
BIOL 372W. Microorganisms: A Bane or a Boon?. 1 Unit.
This course is a seminar course exploring the ways that microorganisms impact our lives, our nutrition, and our health by using case studies. Junior Seminar.
BIOL 373W. A Bionic Human? The Future of Human Health and Wellness. 1 Unit.
This seminar is open to anyone interested in the future of Human Health and Wellness. We will consider both individual and societal perspectives. While our focus will be future technology – we will encourage critical analysis from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including ethics, the law, business, government regulation, biomedical and drug discovery & clinical testing, economics, global dynamics, genetic engineering, “orphan” diseases, and more. Junior Seminar.
BIOL 374R. Water Wars. 1 Unit.
What will be the future of conflict? Many ecologists, environmental biologists, sociologists, and political scientists, agree that future conflicts are likely to be waged over water scarcity and the quality of water resources. Historians can point to many examples of conflicts in decades past that appear to have been purely political, but in fact were waged over water sources. Tearing apart the many angles of a water conflict provides a broader prospective of the workings of the natural world and human society. This course will examine the potential causes of water conflict through geographical studies of water distribution, hydrological studies of water movement, and sociopolitical studies of different regions of the globe. Junior Seminar.
BIOL 375R. Looking for Longleaf and other Botanical Adventures. 1 Unit.
This course examines the ways in which plants are directly and indirectly important to humans, as components of natural systems and as sources of food and medicine, using in-depth examples from several dynamic species. With a focus on Florida, students will visit local natural areas and participate in restoration of a longleaf pine community on campus. Junior Seminar.
BIOL 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
Study of a topic not covered in other courses under the guidance of a professor. Prerequisites: 2 units advanced biology and permission of faculty member.
BIOL 390. Special Topics Biology. 1 Unit.
May be repeated for credit. Focused study of a contemporary issue in the life sciences. Topics vary according to interests of faculty members coordinating this class. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
BIOL 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.
Pass/Fail only. This course provides an opportunity for select Biology majors to work closely with a faculty member in planning, teaching, and assessing an introductory-level course in their major. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status and permission of the instructor. May be repeated once.
BIOL 397. Internship in Biology. 0.5 or 1 Units.
Pass/Fail only. Through placement in an approved setting, students will have an opportunity to enrich their classroom knowledge with experience in the field of biology. Typically, full unit internships require approximately 120 hours for the semester. Specific requirements will be presented by way of a contract signed by the students. Basic expectations include a journal, research paper, or appropriate work product, and a letter of evaluation from the site supervisor. Pre-requisites: permission of department head and instructor, major or minor status, and successful completion of BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Credit may not be applied toward the major.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-822-7315.
BIOL 398. Internship in Aquatic/Marine Biology. 0.5 or 1 Units.
Pass/Fail only. An opportunity for Aquatic & Marine Biology majors to apply disciplinary specific knowledge to practical situations through an internship. Students must complete a 120 hour internship with a professional outside Stetson. In addition, students will submit a written description of their accomplishments, a paper that reflects on their experiences and how well they were able to apply the concepts they learned at Stetson to their internship, and a letter of evaluation from the site supervisor. All students planning internships must obtain prior approval of the internship from the AQBY Program Director, attend pre-internship programming on campus, and sign a contract that lays out internship expectations. Pre-requisites: Permission of Program Director, major status, and successful completion of BIOL141, BIOL142, BIOL243, and BIOL244.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at email@example.com or 386-822-7315.
BIOL 401. General Physiology. 1 Unit.
An in-depth course on mechanisms of body function. The course is structured from a systems approach (cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, etc.) and will be focused on human physiology. Cross-disciplinary perspectives from molecular biology to space biology to pathology and disease mechanisms show the integrative nature of physiology as a discipline. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
BIOL 405. Ecology. 1 Unit.
The study of the relationship between organisms and their environment, with a focus on the factors that influence the abundance and distribution of organisms. In the lab sessions students conduct independent investigations of ecological principles in local habitats. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q, and BIOL 244.
BIOL 409. Neurobiology. 1 Unit.
Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system with particular emphasis upon cellular and molecular processes. The laboratory is designed to emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of neuroscience by having students design and complete experiments using anatomical, behavioral and physiological techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered every other year.
BIOL 410. Developmental Biology. 1 Unit.
An interactive exploration of the processes (genetic, chemical and evolutionary) that shape the embryonic development of model animal systems (plants, fruit flies, salamanders, fish and chickens). Labs will consist of a variety of experiments that allow students to gain hands-on experience with developing organisms and the chemical and environmental factors that influence them. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, and BIOL 243Q. Usually offered every other year.
BIOL 415. Cancer Biology. 1 Unit.
This course explores the cellular and molecular hallmarks of cancer. Topics will include oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, DNA damage and repair, angiogenesis, invasion, metastasis and current cancer treatments. Student will learn how mutagens and carcinogens contribute to the development of cancer and explore the various differences between malignant and non-malignant cells. Prerequisite: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q and either BIOL 302, BIOL 320, or BIOL 420.
BIOL 420. Molecular Biology. 1 Unit.
Molecular biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, and practical applications (e.g, disease research and experimental therapeutics). The laboratory introduces students to nucleic acid isolation, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and PCR primer development. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, and BIOL 243Q.
BIOL 422. Molecular Ecology. 1 Unit.
This course explores the use of molecular genetic markers to study the ecology and evolution of natural populations. Includes an introduction to population genetics, phylogenetic theory and computer analysis of molecular data. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q, and BIOL 244.
BIOL 444R. Conservation Biology. 1 Unit.
This course provides an interdisciplinary look at the causes of conservation problems, such as species extinctions and loss or degradation of ecosystem function. Once defined, we analyze an array of approaches to rectifying or minimizing these problems. During the first half of the semester, laboratory exercises focus on techniques for studying species diversity and distributions. During the second half of the semester, we attack a real, local conservation problem using community-based research. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q, and BIOL 244. Offered every other year.
BIOL 450. Plant Ecology. 1 Unit.
This course investigates principles of plant growth, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology as they relate to whole plant adaptation. We will use evolutionary principles to understand adaptation to the environment and to elucidate strategies for maximizing reproductive success, avoiding predation, and maximizing carbon gain while avoiding water loss. Lectures and laboratory sessions will complement the study of basic botanical concepts with an emphasis on the ecological and evolutionary implications of plant structure and function. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q and BIOL 244.
BIOL 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
Study of a topic not covered in other courses under the guidance of a professor. Prerequisites: 2 units advanced biology and permission of faculty member.
BIOL 490. Special Topics in Biology. 1 Unit.
BIOL 497. Research Proposal. 0.5 Units.
BIOL 498. Senior Project. 1 Unit.
Initiated with a proposal in the junior year (BIOL 497), the senior research project is completed by December of the senior year. This is the capstone of the undergraduate experience in biology in which students are trained to become research colleagues. Most projects are completed in a faculty member’s laboratory, but off-campus mentors also are acceptable. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P, BIOL 142P, BIOL 243Q, and BIOL 497.