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BIOL 1040 Biology of the Environment (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Non-science students who have a keen interest in the environment focus on the underlying ecological principles that shape our world. They examine evolution and the ecological diversity to which it leads. Students consider the effects of the tremendous increase in human population growth on renewable and non-renewable resources, acid rain, climate change, toxins in the environment, and the biodiversity crisis. At the end of the course, students discuss ecologically sustainable development. Labs and field trips enhance students' learning experience.
Prerequisite: 1st year standing Required Lab: BIOL 1040L
Note: Science students do not receive credit for BIOL 1040
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BIOL1050 Biology of Humans (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1050 Biology of Humans (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed as a science elective for Arts and Education students, or others interested in Human Biology; no previous background in biology or science is required. Students learn about the molecules, cells and tissues that comprise the human body, selected body systems, and diseases that affect them. Cell division and cancer is discussed, as well as the structure and function of DNA. Inheritance, genetic diseases and genetic engineering are also considered. Labs contribute to the understanding of this material by providing hands-on experience. Students participate in a group project to research a topic of their choice in relation to any human disease.
Prerequisite: 1st year standing
Note: Science students do not receive credit for Biology 1050 Required Lab: BIOL 1050L
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BIOL1110 Principles of Biology 1 (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1110 Principles of Biology 1 (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed for biology or science majors. Students examine the molecular basis of cellular processes including energy transfer and the storage and use of genetic information.
Prerequisite: Biology 11 or 12 with a C+ or better, Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500 Required Lab: BIOL 1110L
Note: Students repeating a course may be exempt from the laboratory component of that course if they took the course within two years and obtained a grade of at least 70% in the laboratory component of the course. The grade they previously obtained in the laboratory component of the course will be used in the calculation of their course grade.
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BIOL1210 Principles of Biology 2 (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1210 Principles of Biology 2 (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a survey of the kingdoms of life, while emphasizing their ecology and evolutionary relationships.
Prerequisite: Biology 11 or 12 with a C+ or better, Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500 Required Lab: BIOL 1210L
Note: Students repeating a course may be exempt from the laboratory component of that course if they took the course within two years and obtained a grade of at least 70% in the laboratory component of the course. The grade they previously obtained in the laboratory component of the course will be used in the calculation of their course grade.
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BIOL1592 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1592 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is intended primarily for students taking the Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs. However, space is also available for Academic students. Students examine the anatomy and physiology of human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: Biology 12 with a C+ minimum or BIOL 0600 and Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1592 and BIOL 1593 or BIOL 3540
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BIOL1692 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1692 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the anatomy and physiology of the human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1592 or BIOL 1593
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1692, BIOL 1693 or BIOL 3550
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BIOL2130 Cell Biology (3,1*,3*)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2130 Cell Biology (3,1*,3*)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine eukaryotic cells, while relating structure to function. Topics include instrumentation and techniques used for studying cells and their inner workings; molecules common in various cellular structures; the structure and function of the plasma membrane, cytoplasm and organelles; transport of materials within the cell and secretion; intercellular communication and programmed cell death (apoptosis); and the medical implications of understanding cellular and molecular biology.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110 (C minimum), CHEM 1500/1510 or CHEM 1500/1520. CHEM 2120 recommended
Note: Labs and seminars are offered in alternate weeks Required Lab: BIOL 2130L Required Seminar: BIOL 2130S
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BIOL2160 Introductory Microbiology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2160 Introductory Microbiology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the world of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and viruses, and the important roles they play in ecosystem health. Focusing on the principles and applications of microbiology, course topics include microbial physiology; growth and growth control; gene transfer; gene expression and environmental sensing; disease; and environmental biotechnologies such as wastewater treatment, bioremediation and industrial microbiology. Laboratory sessions provide hands-on training in cell culture techniques, applied microbiology, and manipulation of DNA.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/1210, CHEM 1500/1510 or CHEM 1500/1520 Required Lab: BIOL 2160L
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BIOL2170 Introduction to Ecology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2170 Introduction to Ecology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Ecology can be described as the scientific study of the natural world. Students are introduced to the basic principles of ecology, and examine relationships among organisms and their environment: from the level of the individual up through populations, communities and ecosystems.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/1210 Required Lab: BIOL 2170L
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BIOL2280 The Evolution and Ecology of Land Plants (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2280 The Evolution and Ecology of Land Plants (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through an evolutionary perspective, students examine solutions to the difficulties of life on land that are inherent in the biology of land plants. The course spans groups of plants ranging from miniscule bryophytes to gargantuan trees, both extant and extinct. A weekend field trip is included.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/1210 Required Lab: BIOL 2280L
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BIOL2290 Evolution of Animal Body Plans (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2290 Evolution of Animal Body Plans (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the spectacular diversity of animal body plans, and examine the sequence of events that lead to this diversity. Lectures and laboratories emphasize the link between body form, function and phylogeny. The course highlights the diverse roles animals play in natural ecosystems as well as their implications for humans, and examines how animal morphology, development, and molecular biology allows us to reconstruct the phylogenetic tree of the Animalia.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110, BIOL 1210 Required Lab: BIOL 2290L
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BIOL2340 Introduction to Genetics (3,1*,3*)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 2340 Introduction to Genetics (3,1*,3*)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a general survey of basic concepts in genetics, with particular emphasis on classical Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and cytogenetics, bacterial genetics with an introduction to gene cloning methods, and the structure, regulation and mutation of genes.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/1210 (C minimum)
Corequisite: BIOL 2130 (recommended)
Note: Labs and seminars are offered in alternate weeks Required Lab: BIOL 2340L Required Seminar: BIOL 2340S
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BIOL3000 Biometrics (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3000 Biometrics (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to statistical procedures for biological research. Topics include the nature of data, probability, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression. The computer lab laboratory provides students with hands-on computer experience in graphical and statistical analysis.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1110 or BIOL 1113 and BIOL 1210 or BIOL 1213 and MATH 1140 or MATH 1141 or MATH 1150 or MATH 1130
Note: Students may normally receive credit for only one of the following: PSYC 2100, PSYC 2101, STAT 2000, STAT 1200, STAT 1201, ECON 2320 Required Lab: BIOL 3000L
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BIOL3030 Population Biology (3,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3030 Population Biology (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the study of plant and animal populations and their physical and biological environments. Topics include natural selection and microevolution, demography, population dynamics, competition and predation.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2170 or NRSC 2100 (C minimum) Required Seminar: BIOL 3030S
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BIOL3110 Field Ornithology (1,1,4)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3110 Field Ornithology (1,1,4)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an introduction to the study and identification of birds, with a major emphasis on the birds of British Columbia. By the end of the course, students should be able to recognize most of the birds found in the Kamloops area and be familiar with basic aspects of the ecology and behavior of these species. In addition, this course is designed to help students develop the skills needed to work with birds in the field. To this end, various aspects of bird biology are studied in the lab and the classroom, as well as in the field.
Prerequisite: Third year standing or permission of the instructor Required Lab: BIOL 3110L Required Seminar: BIOL 3110S
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BIOL3130 Introduction to Biochemistry (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3130 Introduction to Biochemistry (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine cellular chemistry and the structure and function of biological molecules including nucleic acids, enzymes and other proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and vitamins. The course also provides an introduction to metabolic pathways and bioenergetics including DNA synthesis, transcription and translation, glycolysis, fermentation and respiration, oxidation of fatty acids, and photosynthesis.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 (C minimum), CHEM 2120 and 2220
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BIOL3200 Immunology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3200 Immunology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course addresses the underlying physiological functions of immunology, including tissues, cells, and molecules of the immune system; innate immunity and complement; adaptive immunity-cellular and humoral immune responses; cytokines; T cell activation; the major histocompatability complex; antibody structure and genetics; the immune system and cancer; AIDS; autoimmunity; and hypersensitivity.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 (C minimum)
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BIOL3210 Microbial Ecology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3210 Microbial Ecology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course addresses the importance of microorganisms in nature and societies. The interrelationship between microorganisms, plants, animals and their habitats and the role of these relationships in the maintenance of ecological balance is emphasized.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 (minimum C), BIOL 2160 (minimum C), BIOL 2170 (minimum C) and CHEM 2220. Recommended - BIOL 3130.
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BIOL3220 Natural History (2,0,4)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3220 Natural History (2,0,4)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Defined as "the direct knowledge of organisms in their environments," natural history remains a critical link between science and society. In this course, students learn to identify the dominant flora and fauna, as well as their patterns of distribution, in key ecosystems throughout southern British Columbia (or another regional location). Students synthesize key climatic, geological and biotic processes responsible for the observed patterns. Through close reading and emulation of writer-naturalists, students relate the science of natural history to a larger human truth or societal concern. In addition, students evaluate the changing relationship between humans and their inhabited landscapes by considering such topics as invasive species, habitat fragmentation and climate change.
Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits or permission of the instructor Required Lab: BIOL 3220L
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BIOL3230 Biochemistry (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3230 Biochemistry (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a series of comprehensive lectures on the structure, function, synthesis and degradation of macromolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates). In addition, the regulatory mechanisms involved in these processes are addressed.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3130 (C minimum)
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BIOL3260 Field Botany (1,1,4)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3260 Field Botany (1,1,4)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is an introduction to flowering plant identification and taxonomy of the flora found within a given region. This field-trip based course emphasizes the descriptive morphology and technical identification of the local flora. Students are required to submit a plant collection of twenty-five specimens.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2280 or BIOL 3430 or permission of the instructor Required Lab: BIOL 3260L Required Seminar: BIOL 3260S
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BIOL3290 Ichthyology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3290 Ichthyology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course educates students in the systematics, anatomy, physiology, life history, and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Students learn to identify local freshwater fishes, and salmon species.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2170 (C minimum)
Note: This course is a cross-listing of NRSC 3170 Required Lab: BIOL 3290L
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BIOL3310 Developmental Biology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3310 Developmental Biology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore animal development and its underlying principles, including an introduction to embryology.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 and 2340 (C minimum)
Corequisite: BIOL 3130 and 3350
Note: BIOL 3310 is offered on alternate years Required Lab: BIOL 3310L
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BIOL3350 Molecular Genetics (3,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3350 Molecular Genetics (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The discipline of molecular genetics focuses on the structure, organization and regulated expression of heritable information molecules. A significant segment of the course is devoted to the molecular tools used to query and manipulate biological systems. Students also read and discuss current literature on molecular genetics in Seminars.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 and 2340 (C minimum)
Corequisite: BIOL 3130 Required Seminar: BIOL 3350S
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BIOL3430 Plants and People (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3430 Plants and People (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the human use of plants in the past, the present, and the future, including the origins, evolution and dispersal of plants important to humankind (such as food crops, herbs and spices, medicinal and drug plants, and ornamentals). The social and economic implications of biotechnology and the ecological impact of our current loss of plant biodiversity is also examined.
Prerequisite: 3rd year standing
Note: BIOL 3430 is offered on alternate years Required Lab: BIOL 3430L
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BIOL3510 Plant Physiology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3510 Plant Physiology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the mechanisms and regulation of functional processes within plants that contribute to their growth, assimilation, transport and utilization of water, nutrients, and carbon.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2280 (C minimum)
Note: BIOL 3510 is offered on alternate years Required Lab: BIOL 3510L
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BIOL3520 Cell Physiology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3520 Cell Physiology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the physiochemical basis for cellular activity, with emphasis on energy relationships, functions of cell parts, integration and internal control of cellular activities, and the mechanisms of influence of external factors. Laboratory work provides hands-on experience with the techniques and apparatus used to study cell function.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3130 (C minimum) Required Lab: BIOL 3520L
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BIOL3540 Human Physiology 1 (3,0,3*)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3540 Human Physiology 1 (3,0,3*)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, and mechanisms that underlie our current understanding of vertebrate physiology. Students explore the components of homeostatic control systems and investigate the integration of these components into functional systems that maintain the steady state in the internal environment.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 (C minimum)
Corequisite: BIOL 3130
Note: Labs are run alternate weeks
Note: Students do not receive credit for both BIOL 3540 and BIOL 1590 Required Lab: BIOL 3540L
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BIOL3550 Human Physiology 2 (3,0,3*)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3550 Human Physiology 2 (3,0,3*)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the systems that allow animals to maintain homeostasis under a variety of environmental conditions and levels of activity. Topics include gas exchange, regulation of water balance and inorganic ions, digestion and absorption of food, and the regulation of metabolism.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3540 (C minimum)
Note: Labs are run alternate weeks
Note: Students do not receive credit for both BIOL 3550 and BIOL 1690 Required Lab: BIOL 3550L
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BIOL3800 Fermentation Processes in Food and Pharmaceutical Production (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3800 Fermentation Processes in Food and Pharmaceutical Production (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of fermentation technology and knowledge of various factors that have a great impact on the biochemical and physiological basis of fermentation processes. Particular emphasis will be given to those processes that are relevant to the production of food and pharmaceutical products. The course will involve case studies and field trips to local wineries, cheese factories and/or microbreweries.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2160 and BIOL 3130
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BIOL3980 Introduction to Research (0,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 3980 Introduction to Research (0,1,0)

Credits: 1 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is available to 3rd year students contemplating entry into the Honours program or undertaking a Directed Studies research project in their 4th year. The seminar focuses on formulation of a research hypothesis and production of a research proposal in preparation for application to do an Honours or Directed Study research project. Honours students are expected to take this course, although the learning objectives may be completed under the supervision of an individual faculty member.
Prerequisite: 3rd year standing in a Bachelor of Science degree program or Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program
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BIOL4020 Limnology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4020 Limnology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers theoretical and applied aspects of limnology. Students consider the ecology of inland water organisms in relation to the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect their interactions and production. One weekend field trip is required.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000, BIOL 2170 (C minimum)
Note: This course is cross-listed as NRSC 3260 Required Lab: BIOL 4020L
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BIOL4090 Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology (125 hours)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4090 Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology (125 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students participate in an intensive two-week exploration in the field methods used to study terrestrial ecosystems. The course is typically offered immediately after exams in the Winter semester (usually late April or early May). Students learn the field techniques needed for studies of terrestrial ecosystems and carry out individual projects of their own design. Facilities such as the Wells Gray Education and Research Centre are used anda fee is required to meet living expenses.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000, 3020, 3030 (C minimum). BIOL 3100 recommended.
Note: BIOL 4090 is offered on alternate years
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BIOL4100 Field Methods in Marine Ecology (125 hours)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4100 Field Methods in Marine Ecology (125 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students participate in an intensive two-week exploration in the field methods used to study marine ecosystems. The course is typically offered immediately after exams in the Winter semester (usually late April or early May). Students learn field and laboratory techniques for sampling, experimentation, and analysis of marine organisms and ecosystems, and carry out individual projects of their own design. Facilities such as the Bamfield Marine Station are utilized, and a fee is required to meet living expenses.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3030 or BIOL 2170 and BIOL 2290 (C minimum)
Note: BIOL 4100 is offered on alternate years
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BIOL4110 Advanced Microbiology Lab (1,1,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4110 Advanced Microbiology Lab (1,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students apply theories learned in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology in a hands-on laboratory environment. Emphasis is placed on gaining a deeper understanding of microbial physiology and ecology, and harnessing the diversity of the microbial world to produce value-added products. Students are involved in all aspects of the scientific process including designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing formal written reports.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2160, BIOL 2130, CHEM 2120/2220, BIOL 3210 recommended Required Lab: BIOL 4110L Required Seminar: BIOL 4110S
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BIOL4120 Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4120

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The evolution of flowers has been described as an "abominable mystery." This course examines the evolutionary processes responsible for the extraordinary diversity of flowers. Students consider important trends in floral evolution including variation and speciation, plant mating systems, hybridization and polyploidization, as ·well as the co-evolutionary processes between flowers and their animal pollinators.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2280 or BIOL 3430 and permission of the instructor
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BIOL4130 Molecular Evolution (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4130 Molecular Evolution (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The theory of evolution is the single thread that binds together the diverse disciplines that make up the biological sciences. The development of DNA sequencing methodologies since the turn of the century has had an enormous impact on our understanding of the process of evolution. Students focus on how DNA sequence informs us about evolutionary processes.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3350 (C minimum)
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BIOL4140 Evolution (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4140 Evolution (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a critical appraisal of the evidence for evolution. Students consider the basic principles of natural selection, and the nature and origin of species and higher categories.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2280 or BIOL 2290 (minimum C) and BIOL 2170 or BIOL 3030 (minimum C)
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BIOL4150 Biochemical Techniques 1 (1,1,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4150 Biochemical Techniques 1 (1,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this laboratory-based course, students are introduced to the techniques used to isolate and study enzymes and other proteins. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic laboratory skills in the context of isolating, purifying and analyzing an enzyme, and lactate dehydrogenase.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3230 (C minimum) Required Lab: BIOL 4150L Required Seminar: BIOL 4150S
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BIOL4160 Principles of Conservation Biology (2,2,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4160 Principles of Conservation Biology (2,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the theory and practice relating to the conservation of threatened organisms and their habitats. Topics include the genetics and demography of small and fragmented populations; global and local conservation problems; and case histories of the conservation of endangered animals and plants. The course includes two compulsory weekend field trips.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3030 (C minimum)
Note: Students do not receive credit for both BIOL 4160 and NRSC 3220 Required Seminar: BIOL 4160S
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BIOL4210 Microbial Physiology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4210 Microbial Physiology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the diversity and complexities of the biochemistry and physiology of microbes. The emphasis is on bacterial growth and its modifications in different environments.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2160, BIOL 3230 and BIOL 3350 (minimum C grades). Recommended - BIOL 3520.
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BIOL4250 Biochemical Techniques 2 (Recombinant DNA) (1,1,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4250 Biochemical Techniques 2 (Recombinant DNA) (1,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this laboratory-based course, students practice the techniques used to isolate and manipulate nucleic acids. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic laboratory skills and their application to manipulate recombinant DNA molecules.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3130 and 3350 (C minimum). BIOL 3230/4150 recommended. Required Lab: BIOL 4250L Required Seminar: BIOL 4250S
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BIOL4260 Plant Ecology (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4260 Plant Ecology (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the ecology of plants at an individual, population, and community scale. The ecological physiological constraints of being a plant is reviewed before exploring species interactions with the natural environment and with other species. Students also consider plant community patterns in time and space. Topics include issues in plant conservation, community attributes such as productivity and diversity, and the influence of scale and heterogeneity on sampling design and analysis. Field trips may occur on weekends. This course is offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2170 and 2280 Required Lab: BIOL 4260L
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BIOL4270 Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology (2,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4270 Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology (2,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This advanced zoology course offers an examination of the origins, natural history and behavioral ecology of terrestrial vertebrates. Students construct hypotheses about the paleontological history of each living group of terrestrial vertebrates. Traits of extinct and living forms are used to analyze how adaptation to different environments has generated the diversity within each living group. Laboratory periods and field trips provide opportunities for students to observe the classification, life histories and ecology of species found in British Columbia.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in each of BIOL 2170; BIOL 2290
Note: Field trips may occur on weekends Required Lab: BIOL 4270L
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BIOL4350 Regulation of Gene Expression (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4350 Regulation of Gene Expression (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The heritable information stored in the genome of an organism is expressed in a highly regulated fashion to respond to changes in the environment (prokaryotes and unicellular eukaryotes), or to generate a diverse set of cell types (metazoans). Students examine the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Prerequisite: BIOL 3350 and 3130 (C minimum)
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BIOL4480 Directed Studies in Biology (L)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4480 Directed Studies in Biology (L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed to allow students to undertake an investigation on a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of the supervisor and co-supervisor required
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BIOL4490 ***Advanced Seminar - Selected Topics in Biology (1,2,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4490 ***Advanced Seminar - Selected Topics in Biology (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this advanced seminar course, students focus on recent developments in modern biology. Topics are selected from the instructor's area of expertise and vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: 4th year standing and permission of the instructor
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BIOL4600 Microscopy Techniques (1,2,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4600 Microscopy Techniques (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about basic optics as well as types of microscopy from compound light microscopes and fluoescence microscopes to transmission and scanning lectron microscopes. Students will be exposed to the basic methods of preparing samples for examination by light and electron microscopy.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 in addition to third-year standing
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BIOL4980 Honours Seminar in Biological Sciences (0,2,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 4980 Honours Seminar in Biological Sciences (0,2,0)

Credits: 2 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students enrolled in the Biology Honours program explore and discuss topics of particular relevance to the field of biological science with a focus on how scientific research is carried out and presented. Honours students are also provided with constructive criticism of their thesis research project. The seminars consist of readings, group discussions, and presentations by students, interested faculty and guest speakers.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Biology Honours program, upon completion of 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science program with a Major in Biology. General requirements for acceptance are: 4th year standing in the Bachelor of Science program, minimum GPA of 3.0, with at least a B- in all BIOL and required ENGL courses, and identification of a supervisor for the Honours Thesis (BIOL 4990).
Corequisite: BIOL 4990. This course is available only to students accepted into the Biology Honours program of the Bachelor of Science degree. It is taken at the same time as BIOL 4990 - Honours Thesis.
Note: (if applicable): Students register in this course in the Fall and Winter semesters of their last academic year of study.
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BIOL4990 Honours Thesis in Biological SciencesThompson Rivers University

BIOL 4990 Honours Thesis in Biological Sciences

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are required to conduct an original research project in the Biology Honours program of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree. The project is completed under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, or a scientist from outside the department with co-supervision by a Biology faculty member. Students accepted into the Biology Honours program register in this course in both the Fall and Winter semesters of their final academic year.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Biology Honours program, upon completion of 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science program with a Major in Biology. General requirements for acceptance are: 4th year standing in the B.Sc. program, minimum GPA of 3.0, with at least a B- in all BIOL and required ENGL courses, and identification of a supervisor for the Honours Thesis (BIOL 4990).
Corequisite: BIOL 4980
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