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Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Bulletin 2012-2014

Graduate Courses: Biological Sciences

BIOL 501 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY2-4; 8
Individual work in a topic of original research carried out under the direction of one of the instructors. Two to four hours per quarter. Maximum of eight credits.
BIOL 510 GRADUATE SEMINAR1; 6
Involves presentation of topics and discussion of current research in specific areas of biology. Spring quarter normally involves a research plan and progress report for first year students. One credit each quarter. Maximum of six credits.
BIOL 530 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES4 or 5
Introduction to the theory and practice of modern molecular techniques. The laboratory will include techniques such as the purification and analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein, recombination DNA procedures, mutagenesis, hybridization methods, PCR, and DNA sequencing technology. Two laboratories per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 393, CHEM 323, 326. (College Place campus - 4 quarter hours; Marine Station - 5 quarter hours.)
BIOL 540 READINGS IN BIOLOGY2; 10
Analysis of classical and current literature in specific areas of biology. Areas of concentration may include disciplines such as biostatistics, development, ecology, ethology, genetics, natural history, philosophy of biology, or physiology. Requires reports and conferences with a staff member. A maximum of four credits in any one area.
BIOL 544 THESIS PROPOSAL2
Preparation and approval of the master's thesis proposal. A research topic is selected and a formal research proposal is written in consultation with the student's major professor and graduate committee. A final grade is given after proposal revisions have been completed and proposal cover sheet is signed by the student's committee members.
BIOL 545 THESIS RESEARCH1-8; 8
Collection and analysis of data for master's thesis. A grade of IP is given until completion of all credits, at which time the same grade is given for all credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 544 or permission of the instructor.
BIOL 546 THESIS2
Writing, presentation, defense, and revision of the master's thesis based upon original biological research. A final grade is given after revisions have been completed, thesis cover sheet signed by committee members, and final thesis copies submitted to the department. Prerequisite: BIOL 545 or permission of the instructor.
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