Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

BIOLOGY

The Biology Graduate Program provides training in three areas of contemporary biological research: Environmental and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular and Cellular Biology; and Organismal and Integrative Biology. These areas correspond to three areas within Biology around which faculty research programs are clustered:

Environmental and Evolutionary Biology -- Evolution of life histories, growth strategies, mating, social and predator-prey behavior; effects of these traits on population and community ecology. Organisms studied include: birds, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, woody and herbaceous vascular plants as well as non-vascular plants such as bryophytes.

Molecular and Cellular Biology -- Biological sciences have been revolutionized in recent years by studies and applications at the cellular and molecular levels. The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) area provides graduate training in fields at the forefront of this discipline such as gene expression, cell division, and developmental regulation. Emphasis is placed on the application of molecular genetic and biochemical tools to genetically tractable systems including viruses, fungi, cultured cells, and insects. The graduate course work and laboratory experiences prepare MCB students for scientific careers in high demand areas of basic and applied research.

Organismal and Integrative Biology -- Behavioral, anatomical, physiological and molecular techniques are applied to questions of animal development and function. Students entering this area receive training and select a dissertation topic in one or more of the following areas: neurobiology, environmental physiology, neurophysiology, endocrinology, and metabolism.

The primary emphasis of our Graduate Program is on doctoral training, however, we also provide training towards the Master's of Science (both Plan A and Plan B).

Admission Requirements

All students admitted to one of the graduate degree programs in Biology must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School.

Although we welcome applications from students who have completed (or are nearing completion of) a Master's degree, Master's training is not a prerequisite for admission to our doctoral program.

As preparation for graduate work in Biology, students generally have completed one year of physics, two years of chemistry, one semester of calculus, one year of general biology, and upper-level courses providing a working knowledge of contemporary biology.

Currently, all students admitted to the program are financially supported through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Course work and research projects in the program are tailored to the background and interests of each student, under the guidance of the student's committee.

Requests for application forms and inquiries about the Biology Graduate Program should be directed to:

Staff Coordinator
Biology Graduate Program
10 1 Morgan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0225
(859)257-2729 or 1-800-313-2465
E-mail bgp@uky.edu
biology.uky.edu/sbs/gradprog.htm

GRADUATE COURSES

BIO 430G PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (3)

BIO 452G LABORATORY IN ECOLOGY (2)

BIO 494G IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 494G) (3)

BIO 502 PRINCIPLES OF SYSTEMS, CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS PGY 502) (5)

BIO 508 EVOLUTION (3)

BIO 510 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNIQUES LABORATORY (4)

BIO 520 BIOINFORMATICS (SAME AS INF 520) (3)

BIO 529 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3)

BIO 530 BIOGEOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION (SAME AS GEO 530) (3)

BIO 535 COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR (SAME AS PGY 535) (3)

BIO 542 HISTOLOGY (5)

BIO 550 COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY (3)

BIO 551 PLANT AUTECOLOGY (4)

BIO 553 FISH BIOLOGY (4)

BIO 555 VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (5)

BIO 556 COMMUNICATION BIOLOGY (3)

BIO 559 ORNITHOLOGY (4)

BIO 560 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY (SAME AS TOX 560) (4)

BIO 561 MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 561) (4)

BIO 564 INSECT TAXONOMY (SAME AS ENT 564) (4)

BIO 565 LIMNOLOGY (4)

BIO 567 APPLICATIONS OF GENETICS (SAME AS ENT 567) (4)

BIO 568 INSECT BEHAVIOR (SAME AS ENT 568) (3)

BIO 570 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4)

BIO 571 ALGOLOGY (4)

BIO 573 MYCOLOGY (4)

BIO 575 PLANT ANATOMY AND MORPHOLOGY (4)

BIO 582 VIROLOGY (3)

BIO 595 IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 595) (2)

BIO 601 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (SAME AS BCH/MI/PLS/PPA 601) (1)

BIO 605 EMPIRICAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 605) (2)

BIO 606 CONCEPTUAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 606) (3)

BIO 607 ADVANCED EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 607) (2)

BIO 608 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE HISTORIES (SAME AS ENT/FOR 608) (2)

BIO 609 POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (SAME AS ENT/FOR 609) (2)

BIO 611 BIOPATHOLOGY (SAME AS MI 611) (3)

BIO 612 BIOLOGY OF AGING (SAME AS ANA/GRN/PGY 612) (3)

BIO 613 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS PSY/ENT/PGY/ANA 613) (2)

BIO 614 TECHNIQUES IN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (2)

BIO 615 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS MI/BCH 615) (3)

BIO 618 MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI/ANA/PGY 618) (4)

BIO 620 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS PLS 620) (3)

BIO 621 TOPICS IN MODERN BIOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

BIO 622 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS I (SAME AS PLS/FOR 622) (3)

BIO 623 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS II (SAME AS PLS/FOR 623) (3)

BIO 625 INSECT-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (SAME AS ENT 625) (3)

BIO 632 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY I (3)

BIO 633 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY II (3)

BIO 635 INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND INTERNAL MORPHOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 635) (4)

BIO 638 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS ANA/PGY/PSY 638) (3)

BIO 650 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY (SAME AS PGY 650) (2)

BIO 665 INSECT ECOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 665) (3)

BIO 684 PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS (SAME AS ENT 684) (3)

BIO 685 ADVANCED IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 685) (3)

BIO 707 CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN IMMUNOLOGY (2)

BIO 720 MICROBIAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (SAME AS MI/OBI 720) (4)

BIO 740 MAMMALIAN RADIATION BIOLOGY (SAME AS RM 740) (2)

BIO 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

BIO 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

BIO 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

BIO 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

BIO 770 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1)

BIO 772 SEMINAR IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 772) (0-1)

BIO 773 SEMINAR IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS PLS 773) (1)

BIO 782 ADVANCED VIROLOGY (SAME AS VS 782) (3)

BIO 790 MENTORING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (1)

BIO 795 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (1-9)

BIO 798 RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 798) (1-9)

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