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300 Level Courses

More course information is available from the U of R online course catalog. To find a course, select any term, then select the subject Biology.


BIOL 302 - Food Microbiology
Description Students will be introduced to the importance of microbes in foods. Topics will include: microbial ecology in food environments, survey of microbes important in food spoilage and food borne illness, food fermentations, and control and detection of detrimental microbes with special emphasis on novel or emerging techniques.
Prerequisite Prerequisite BIOL 310
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Fall 2018

Lab Fall 2018

Usually offered Fall  
BIOL 303 - Medical Microbiology
Description Aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and epidemiology of infectious diseases of humans, caused by bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic organisms.
Prerequisite Prerequisites BIOL 205 and BIOL 288
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Winter 2020

Usually offered Winter 
BIOL 305 - Genetics
Description This course covers the evolution of concepts of the gene. Topics will include: bacterial and viral genetics, genetic code and translation, transcription, processing of RNA and protein molecules, structural organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes, and regulation of gene expression.
Prerequisite BIOL 205 and CHEM 140, and one of BIOL 288 or BIOC 220
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Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 310 - Microbial Diversity & Cell Function
Description Students will be introduced to the tremendous diversity in microbial cell structure, function, and the environments they influence. Specific topics include: Microbial physiology, microbial symbionts, extremophiles, microbial cell sensing and adaptive responses, and viral diversity. 
Prerequisite BIOL 288 or BIOC 220
Note Credit cannot be received for both BIOL 220 and BIOL 310.
Syllabus

Fall 2019

Lab Fall 2019

Usually offered Fall
BIOL 316 - Conservation Biology
Description This course will examine processes that affect biodiversity. The goal of the course is to apply principles of ecology and evolution to understand the importance of biodiversity and the significance of recent human-induced changes.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, BIOL 275, STAT 100
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Syllabus Fall 2018
Usually offered Every 2nd Winter
BIOL 335 - Limnology
Description Physical and chemical characteristics of lakes and streams. Nutrient cycling. Ecology of aquatic organisms. Food-web interactions in lakes. Human impact on freshwater ecosystems. History of lakes. Includes field work.
Prerequisite BIOL 275 or BIOL 276
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Syllabus Fall 2018
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 341 - Biometrics
Description A practical and computer-assisted approach to the design of biological experiments and to multivariate analyses of discrete and continuous variables.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, STAT 100 and STAT 200
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Syllabus Fall 2018
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 356 - Ecosystems since Glaciation
Description Long-term ecosystem structure and dynamics provide the context for present day global change. This course examines ecosystem dynamics in the last 10,000 years, focusing on the last few centuries. Paleoecological methods and results of reconstructing such phenomena as acid rain, range changes, island biogeographies, and fire histories will be studied.
Prerequisite BIOL 275
Note Students will not be able to hold credit for both BIOL 356 and BIOL 476
Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Most Falls
BIOL 365 - Vascular Plants
Description Morphology and reproduction of vascular plants with particular reference to the interrelationships and evolutionary history of the major groups.
Prerequisite BIOL 275
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Usually offered Semi-regularly
BIOL 366 - Advanced Plant Physiology
Description Environmental, physiological and biochemical regulation of photosynthesis and respiration, plant energetics, acclimation to abiotic stress, interactions between photosynthesis and stress.
Prerequisite BIOL 266 and 288
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Syllabus Fall 2015
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 367 - Plant Taxonomy
Description This course covers plant classification and nomenclature with special emphasis on flowering plants. Techniques of identification and diagnostic features of selected groups of plants will be described.
Prerequisite BIOL 275
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Semi-regularly
BIOL 375 - Systems Ecology
Description An ecosystem approach to energy flow and nutrient cycling in Saskatchewan prairies, forests and lakes.
Prerequisite BIOL 275, STAT 160 and STAT 201 or higher
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Usually offered Some Fall terms
BIOL 376 - Population and Community Ecology
Description Explores the major processes governing population dynamics, species interactions, and community structure. Emphasizes a quantitative framework for understanding populations and communities using mathematical models and graphical analysis.
Prerequisite BIOL 275, CS 110, and one of Math 111 or Math 112.
Note This course can be included as part of the Environmental Biology BSc program, but this is not yet noted in the university calendar.  Please e-mail Science Student Services office if you plan on using this course for the Environ Biol program. They will place a note in your file.
Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 378 - Animal Physiology
Description This course covers the general principles of animal physiology and includes discussion of the major physiological systems, including nervous, sensory, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.
Prerequisite BIOL 288 or BIOC 220
Note Credit cannot be held for both BIOL 265 and BIOL 378.
Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter, beginning Winter 2017
BIOL 380 - Animal Behavior
Description An evolutionary approach to the study of the behaviour and ecology of individual animals. Compulsory field work for one week before lectures begin.
Prerequisite BIOL 275 and one of STAT 200, STAT 201 or higher or BIOL 341
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Fourth year students are eligible to take BIOL 380, even though the BIOL 380 laboratory is scheduled for Friday afternoons (and thus conflicts with BIOL 488 - "Seminars in Biology"). Most of the BIOL 380 lab work is done during the pre-semester field trip to the Cypress Hills; only the occasional Friday afternoon lab will actually be held. Thus, fourth year BIOL 380 students will miss only a handful of Friday afternoon seminars; this will not affect completion of the BSc.

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Fall 2019

Usually offered Fall
BIOL 385 - Vertebrate Animal Biology
Description The anatomy, evolution, taxonomy, distribution, phylogeny and fossil history of vertebrate animals. Laboratories will involve dissections to illustrate diversity of body form and function.
Prerequisite BIOL 275
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 390 - General and Comparative Endocrinology
Description TPrinciples and concepts in vertebrate and invertebrate control systems including the principal actions of hormones, neurohormones, hormone interactions and the evolution of hormones and their action.
Prerequisite Biol 288
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Syllabus Winter 2018
Usually offered Semi-regularly
BIOL 395 - Animal Developmental Biology
Description Will provide an overview of the major cellular and molecular events during early embryonic development in animals. Following discussions from fertilization to an outline of the body plan, the development of selected organ systems will be studied in greater depth. The role of gene activity in development will be considered.
Prerequisite BIOL 288
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Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Semi-regularly
BIOL 396 - Independent Research in Biology
Description This course is intended as an introduction to independent research. Under the direct supervision of a Biology faculty member, students will undertake a well-defined research project suitable for completion in one semester. A written report with structure similar to a journal article within the discipline will be produced.
Prerequisite 60 credit hours and permission of course instructor.
Note The written report cannot incorporate material or data derived from paid employment.
Syllabus
Usually offered Every term
BIOL 399AB - Entomology
Description An introduction to insects. The course will introduce several topics in Entomology, including the evolutionary origins and relationships of the insects and their relatives, morphology, life history strategies, and an introduction to insect diversity, taxonomy and ecology.
Prerequisite One of BIOL 275, BIOL 276 or permission of the department head.
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New course - more information.

This course may be used as part of the Environmental Biology BSc and as part of the Ecology and Environmental Biology (EEB) Area of Concentration. If you plan to take this courses as part of either of these programs, please e-mail to the Science Student Services office at Science@uregina.ca so that they can place a note to that effect in your file.

Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered
BIOL 399AC - Terrestrial Ecosystems
Description This course will examine factors regulating distribution and functioning of major temperate terrestrial ecosystems, and some tropical ecosystems, as well as their ecosystem processes. Factors: climate, geology, surficial deposits, soils, microorganisms, flora, fauna. Processes: disturbances (fire, wind, anthropic), succession, productivity and biomass, carbon capture and sequestration. Two Saturday excursions. Laboratories.
Prerequisite BIOL 275 or permission of the department head.
Note There will be two full day field excursions, on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2019.

The purpose of these excursions is to visit 4 types of terrestrial ecosystems (conifer plantation (white spruce and Scots pine), aspen forest, ash forest, native prairie), to identify major plant and animal species, and discuss their ecology and role/importance to their ecosystem. Forest vegetation will be sampled (diameter at breast height of all tree stems within 10 x 20m plots) and soil samples collected (for further analysis in the lab sessions).

This course may be used as part of the Environmental Biology BSc and as part of the Ecology and Environmental Biology (EEB) Area of Concentration. If you plan to take this courses as part of either of these programs, please e-mail to the Science Student Services office at Science@uregina.ca so that they can place a note to that effect in your file.

Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered