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BIL410 - Marine Conservation Science (3 credits)
Marine populations and ecosystems; threats to marine biological diversity; place-based maanbgement of marine ecosystem; human dimensions of marine conservation. Prerequisite: One year of biology for majors with laboratory

BIL415 - Coral Reef Science and Management (3 credits)
Coral reefs as biophysical and socioeconomic systems. Coral reef typology, geomorphology; biotic and abiotic components of coral reef ecosystems. Prerequisite:One year of biology for majors with laboratory

BIL424 - Reef Fish Identification and Survey Techniques (2 credits)
Basic ecology of reef fishes, field identification of tropical Atlantic coral reef fishes, analyses of fish survey data, and use of statistics software packages to detect difference in fish assemblages. Prerequisites: one year of biology for majors with laboratory, two semesters of Calculus, MSC 230, and statistics course approved for the B.S. in Biology

BIL435 - Field course in the Solomon Islands  (1-3 credits; Summer Session Only)
With the Solomon Islands as a backdrop, this course will link students with the activities and intellectual foundations of a long-term biodiversity research and community-driven protected areas program. This course will provide student with hands-on experience in the development and implementation of field research and conservation initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on providing sufficient context in the presentation of scientific concepts so as to give students an ability to function as informed citizens of the biosphere, both within and outside the halls of academic science. All of the field components of the course will take place in remote localities across the Solomon Islands (primarily in Makira Province). Prerequisites: one year of biology for majors with laboratory, two semesters of Calculus, MSC 230

BIL441 - Animal Behavior (3 credits)
Mechanistic and evolutionary aspects of animal behavior. A survey of systems that illustrate the control, development and function of behavior in a variety of animals.
Prerequisites: One year of biology for majors with laboratory.

BIL442 - Animal Behavior Laboratory (2 credits)
This laboratory and field based course will explore the amazing behaviors of animals from an explicitly evolutionary perspective. In particular, we will explore how the diversity of behavior in nature is shaped by natural and sexual selection. Because the field of animal behavior is broad and diverse, this course will cover only a representative sampling of topics. Topics we will explore include: resource acquisition and defense, predator avoidance, mate choice and competition for mates, and cooperative behavior. Labs will be inquiry based, with students designing, conducting and analyzing experiments to test hypotheses.
Pre- or corequisite: One year of biology for majors with laboratory.

BIL481 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Biology (1 credit)
Teaching assistance for undergraduate workshops or laboratories under the direct supervision of faculty. Specific topic is indicated by coures subtitle. This course may be taken no more than twice for credit in the Biology major or minor, and if taken twice, teaching assistance must be for two different BIL courses. May be taken multiple times for general elective credit only. Prerequisite: minimum grade of "B" in the course in which student is to assist; permission of instructor

BIL484 - Special Laboratory Topics in Biology
(1-3 credits) Topics relevant to the biological sciences, listed as subtitle. May be co-listed with other departments or programs.
Prerequisite: will vary with topic

BIL485 - Special Topics in Biology (2-6 credits)
Topics relevant to the biological sciences, listed as subtitle. May be co-listed with other departments or programs. Prerequisite: will vary with topic

BIL491 - Departmental Seminar in Biology (Fall semester)
(1 credits) Research seminars by distinguished biologists.
Prerequisite: 24 credits in biology

BIL492 - Special Topics in Biology (Spring semester) (1 credits)
Research seminars by distinguished biologists.
Prerequisite: 24 credits in biology

BIL495 - Projects in Biology I (2 credits)
Individual, original laboratory or field research supervised by a member of the department faculty and concluded by a foraml, written report.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing, permission of instructor

BIL496 - Projects in Biology II (2 credits)
Individual, original laboratory or field research supervised by a member of the department faculty and concluded by a foraml, written report. Follows BIL 495.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing, permission of instructor

BIL497 - Projects in Biology III (2 credits)
Individual, original laboratory or field research supervised by a member of the department faculty and concluded by a foraml, written report. Follows BIL 495 and 496.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing, permission of instructor

BIL498 - Senior Thesis (2 credits)
Formal thesis praparation supervised by a member of the departmental faculty. Includes a public oral defense and submission of the written document to the department.
Prerequisite: Four credits of "Projects in Biology" or equivalent

BIL499 - Research Colloquium (1 credit)
Discussion of current research of Biology undergraduate students.
Prerequisite: BIL 495, junior or senior standing, and permission of the Departmental Honors Director. Corequisite: BIL 496 or 497