General Education Courses (Math. Science, & Technology)
Course Number
Course Title
Course Description
Prerequisites
Credit

Bio 1
Contemporary Topics in Biology
Recent developments in biology pertinent to concerns about the nature of life, health and related social issues
None
3

Undergraduate Courses
Course Number
Course Title
Course Description
Prerequisites
Credit

Bio 11
Fundamentals of Biology I
The fundamentals of biology from the molecular and cellular levels up to organ systems of organization
Chem 16
5

Bio 12
Fundamentals of Biology II
The fundamentals of biology including reproduction and development, genetics, systematics, evolution and ecology
Bio 11
5

Bio 101
Plant Morphoanatomy
Morphology & anatomy of vascular plants
Bio 12
3

Bio 102
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Functional & comparative morphology of various classes of vertebrates from in an evolutionary perspective
Bio 12
5

Bio 111
Phycology
Taxonomy, morphology & phylogeny of algae
Bio 12
4

Bio 112
Mycology
Taxonomy, morphology & phylogeny of fungi & lichens
Bio 12
4

Bio 113
Fundamentals of Virology
Viral taxonomy, structure, replication, and pathogenesis; virus-host interactions
Bio 120, Bio 150
3

Bio 114
Mosses, Hepatics & Ferns
Evolutionary morphology, classification and ecology of mosses, hepatics and ferns
Bio 12
4

Bio 115
Taxonomy of Angiosperms
Introduction to the principles and methods on the description, identification, nomenclature and classification of angiosperms (flowering plants); survey of selected flowering plant families with a discussion on phylogenetic relationships
Bio 12
4

Bio 116
Invertebrate Biology
Taxonomy, phylogeny, systematics based on molecular data, and selected aspects of physiology, reproduction, and ecology of invertebrates
Bio 12
4

Bio 117
Vertebrate Biology
Biology of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
Bio 102
4

Bio 118
Insect Biology
Structure, function, development, taxonomy & distribution of insects & aallied forms. Methods of collection for study.
Bio 12
4

Bio 119
Fish Biology
Morphology, physiology, ecology, behavior, genetics and taxonomy of fish
Bio 102
4

Bio 120
General Microbiology
Biology of microorganisms and introduction to applied microbiology
Bio 12, Co-req: Chem 40 & 40.1
4

Bio 121
Plant Physiology
Fundamental aspects of plant vital fuctions, including nutrition, photosyntesis, absorption & translocation of materials, growth & development
Bio 101, Chem 40 & 40.1
4

Bio 122
Animal Physiology
Principles of animal functions with emphasis on physiological regulations & adaptations
Bio 102, Chem 40 & 40.1
4

Bio 123
Fundamentals of Microbial Physiology
Composition and structure of microbial cells; regulation of biochemical activities associated with cellular metabolism
Bio 120 or equivalent
3

Bio 125
Medical Microbiology
Survey of various microorganisms associated with human health and description of host-pathogen interactions
Bio 120 or equivalent
3

Bio 133
Developmental Biology
Developmental biology of selected plants and animals with emphasis on basic similarities in mechanisms that regulate plant and animal development occurring at the molecular level and in the generation of patterns; fundamental differences in modes of development between plants and animals
Bio 101, Bio 102
5

Bio 134
General Animal Histology
Microscopic structures and functional significance of animal tissues using an organ system approach
Bio 102
3

Bio 140
Fundamentals of Genetics
Genetics from Mendel to the present; basic principles, concepts and mechanisms of genetics and modern developments in the field with their theoretical and practical implications
Bio 12, Chem 40, Chem 40.1, Bio 180
5

Bio 141
Fundamentals of Microbial Genetics
Structure, expression, and applications of exchange of genetic materials in bacteria, fungi, and bacteriophages
Bio 120 or equivalent
3

Bio 150
Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Biology
Study of living processes at the cellular and molecular levels of organization
Bio 12, Chem 40 & 40.1
5

Bio 151
Fundamentals of Immunobiology
Structure and function of the immune system; antigen-antibody interactions; genetic control of the immune system; basic immunological techniques
Bio 120, Bio 140, Bio 150
4

Bio 160
Fundamentals of Ecology
Principles and concepts pertaining to ecosystem structure and function, properties and interactions of populations, species adaptations and environmental influences, and organization and dynamics of terrestrial and aquatic communities
Senior standing
5

Bio 161
Field Biology
Plants & animals in their natural environment; their preparation for laboratory study
Senior standing
5

Bio 162
Limnology
Physical, chemical and biological aspects of freshwater habitats
Senior Standing
1

Bio 163
Fundamentals of Microbial Ecology
Ecology and evolution of microorganisms, microbial interrelationships and biogeochemical cycles
Bio 120 or equivalent
3

Bio 164
Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
Study of species assemblages, their distribution and ecosystems with particular reference to mechanisms of change and human impact
Junior Standing or COI
3

Bio 165
Biogeography
Ecological and historical aspects of spatial distribution of plants and animals
Junior Standing or COI
3

Bio 170
Animal Behavior
Causes & basis of comparative animal behavioranimal behavior with emphasis on the adaptive survival & reproductive mechanisms
Bio 116, Bio 122
3

Bio 171
General Parasitology
Biology, morphology, life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis, epidemiology, and control of parasites including experiments involving cellular and molecular mechanisms of host-parasite interactions
Bio 102, Bio 116
4

Bio 180
Statistical Methods in Biology
Introduction to statistics with applications in the biological sciences
Math 17
3

Bio 191
Systematics & Evolution
Introduction to biological systematics and evolution covering the fundamental theory, methods, and purposes of biosystematics and the events and processes of organic evolution
Junior Standing or COI
3

Bio 196
Undergraduate Seminar
 
Senior Standing or COI<
1

Bio 200a
Undergraduate Thesis I
 
Senior Standing
2

Bio 200b
Undergraduate Thesis II
 
Bio 200a
2

Graduate Courses
Course Number
Course Title
Course Description
Prerequisites
Credit
Semester Offered

Bio 210
Advanced Systematics
Advanced principles and methods in phylogenetic systematics
Bio 191 / COI
3
2nd Sem

Bio 220
Chemical Physiology
Integrative approach to plant and animal physiology, with focus on the molecular and cellular bases
Bio 121/122 or COI
3
2nd Sem

Bio 221
Advanced Plant Physiology
Advanced concepts of plant physiology; plant-water relations, inorganic nutrition, metabolic systems, hormonal regulation and environmental control of growth and development, and plant movements
Bio 121/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 224
Stress Physiology
Physiological responses of plants & animals to environmental stress
Bio 121 & Bio 122 or equivalents
3
1st Sem

Bio 230
Differentation in Embryonic Systems
Concepts & mechanisms underlying specialization of cells during early development
Bio 133/equiv./COI
3
1st Sem

Bio 232
Advances in Plant Developmental Biology
Current topics on key areas of plant development; i.e. embryonic development, meristem activity during post-embryonic development, cytological features of developing structures, and genetic control of plant development
Bio 133/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Bio 233
Advances in Animal Developmental Biology
Analysis of current concepts on the underlying principles of animal development
Bio 133/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Bio 234
Developmental Morphology of Vascular Plants
Developmental morphology and anatomy of vascular plants at different stages of their vegetative and reproductive growth
Bio 133/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 240
Advanced Genetics
Advanced principles and methods of genetics
Bio 140/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 241
Advanced Molecular Genetics
The principles of heredity elucidated at the molecular level
Bio 240/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Bio 242
Cytogenetics
Cytology & genetics of induced chromosomal aberrations
Bio 240 or COI
3
2nd Sem

Bio 243
Population Genetics
Analysis of gene frequencies & their alteration in a population
Bio 140 or COI
3
1st Sem

Bio 244
Advanced Evolutionary Genetics
Mechanisms of evolution using advanced principles of molecular and population genetics
Bio 240/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Bio 250
Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology
Advanced study on current topics in cell & molecular biology
Bio 150
3
1st & 2nd Sem

Bio 251
Advanced Immunobiology
Advanced concepts and methods in immunobiology
Bio 151/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 260
Advanced Ecology
Principles & concepts underlying ecosystem structure & function in natural environments
Bio 160 or COI
3
2nd Sem

Bio 262
Freshwater Ecology
Compostion & dynamics of freshwater communities
Bio 160 or COI
3
2nd Sem

Bio 263
Terrestrial Ecology
Compostion & dynamics of terrestrial communities
Bio 160 or COI
3
1st Sem

Bio 265
Advanced Biogeography
Current concepts on plant & animal distribution
Bio 160/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 271
Advanced Parasitology
Current trends & concepts in host-parasite relationships
Bio 171/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Bio 281
Experimental Design & Statistical Analysis
Design and analysis of experiments and application of non-parametric and multivariate methods in the life science
Bio 180/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Bio 296
Seminar
 
Completion of 12 units of graduate courses
1
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Bio 299
Research in Biology
Conceptualization, conduct of actual research and preparation of scientific manuscript on a biological research problem
Completion of 12 units of graduate courses
2
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Bio 300
M.S. Thesis
 
Completion of course requirements
6
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Bio 322
Advanced Animal Physiology
Advanced concepts of animal physiology; analysis of adaptive functions and mechanisms in various animal groups
Bio 122/equiv.
3
1st & 2nd Sem

Bio 395
Advanced Studies in Biology
Conduct of actual research, preparation of scientific manuscript on an advanced research problem in Biology, and submission of manuscript in a highly reputed journal (e.g. Thomson Reuters indexed) journal for peer review.
None
4
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Bio 397
Current Topics in Biology

Specific Current Topics:

Discussions on current and emerging issues in the biological sciences
COI
3
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

 
Biodiversity Science
Exploring, quantifying, and understanding global biodiversity – its distributions and the various factors and processes that influence past and current biodiversity trends on earth, for the advancement of biodiversity conservation.
COI
3
2nd Sem

 
Bioenergy Technology
The course presents the fundamental aspects of the technology to produce energy and energy source using microbes and biotechnology. It deals with the energy production system that can convert (waste)biomass into energy, such as bioethanol, biogas, bioelectricity and biochemical feedstocks.
COI
3
2nd Sem

 
Cell Cycle Control
This course will discuss current and emerging issues in the biological sciences with an emphasis on cell cycle control. Topics will include signaling mechanisms of cell cycle regulation in senescent cells, stem cells, and cancer.
COI
3
1st Sem

 
Food and Feed Safety
The course presents the fundamental aspects of the role of Microbiology in the production of safe food and safe feed for animals and humans. The continuum from pre-harvest to post-harvest food and feed safety will be covered in this course, with emphasis on the biological aspects of food safety. Principles of cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and radiation as it applies to food production, as well as medical significance and consequences will also be discussed.
COI
3
1st Sem

 
Forensic Anthropology
This is a course to introduce one of the applications of physical anthropology. To be a proficient forensic anthropologist, one must have a proficient knowledge on human anatomy, osteology, and odontology. This knowledge will be one of the foundations for evaluation and analysis of future works dealing with the identification of the “missing, unidentified or the disappeared.” The second part of the course deals with the application of the discipline to facilitate the solution of crimes by providing vital information to facilitate identification of unknown individuals. This would entail proper field and laboratory skills.
COI
3
1st Sem

 
Forensic Biology
Topics in Forensic Sciences, particularly Forensic Biology
COI
3
2nd Sem

 
Immunotoxicology
Comparative approach to immune dysfunction resulting from exposure of an organism to a xenobiotic, with emphasis on cellular and molecular bases of immune mechanisms and regulations.
COI
3
1st Sem

 
Molecular Ecology
Molecular approaches to the analysis of populations and their geographic distributions, to conservation, and to the understanding of behavior, microbial communities, ecologically important traits, and of ecological processes.
COI
3
2nd Sem

 
Molecular Phylogenetics
Methods in molecular systematics and evolution
COI
3
1st Sem

 
Restoration Ecology
Ecological theory and practice in the restoration of populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes, with an emphasis on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.
COI
3
1st Sem

Bio 399
Independent Doctoral Research in Biology
Conceptualization, conduct of actual research and preparation of scientific manuscript on an advanced biological research problem
Completion of 18u of graduate courses
2
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Bio 400
Ph.D. Dissertation
 
For PhD Options 1and 2 (PhD regular and straight PhD), passing of candidacy examination and completion of course requirements. For Option 3 (PhD by Research), completion of course requirements.
12
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Microbio 211
Microbial Systematics
Microbial diversity, phylogeny, and modern approaches to microbial classification and identification
Bio 120/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Microbio 212
Ultrastructure of Microorganisms
Basic electron microscopy with emphasis on cytochemistry and various labelling techniques as applied to microorganisms
Bio 120/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Microbio 221
Advanced Microbial Physiology
Advanced concepts of microbial nutrition and metabolism; microbial physiology mechanisms applicable to food, industrial, medical and environmental microbiology
Bio 123/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Microbio 241
Advanced Microbial Genetics
Advanced genetic analysis of microbial systems; molecular mechanisms of gene regulation and gene transfer in microorganisms
Bio 141/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Microbio 251
Microbial Pathogenisis
Molecular mechanisms of virulence and host-pathogen
Bio 125/Bio 151/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Microbio 261
Advanced Microbial Ecology
Advanced concepts of microbial ecology; microbial diversity and its relationship to environmental quality and sustainability
Bio 163/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Microbio 262
Soil Microbiology
Systematics and ecology of soil microorganisms; techniques of studying growth and control of soil microflora
Bio/equiv.
3
2nd Sem

Microbio 271
Protozoology
Biology of representative protozoa
Bio 116/Bio 171/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Microbio 281
Industrial Microbiology
Economically important microorganisms and their application to industry
Bio 120/equiv.
3
1st Sem

Microbio 296
Seminar
 
Completion of 12 units of graduate courses
1
1st & 2nd Sem

Microbio 299
Research in Microbiology
 
Completion of 12 u of graduate courses
2
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear

Microbio 300
M.S. Thesis
 
Completion of all course work
6
1st, 2nd Sem & Midyear