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Top Z 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graduate-level research completed under faculty supervision. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top Z 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Master's thesis, completed under faculty supervision. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top Z 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
For graduate students working toward a master's degree. After arrangements with individual faculty, readings and discussions on topics of mutual interest. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top Z 507 SEMINAR (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top Z 510 INTERNSHIP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top Z 522 COMPARATIVE/FUNCTIONAL VERTEBRATE ANATOMY (5)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Phylogenetically-based study of the form and function of vertebrate organ systems, including integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, digestive, and sensory. Lab emphasizes comparative form through dissection, and function through non-invasive experimentation. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H) and (CH 332* or CH 335* )

Top Z 523 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Comparative environmental physiology of animals with emphasis on adaptations to such aspects of the physical environment as temperature, water, ions, and gases. Consideration given to interactions between physiology and environment that influence the local and geographic distribution of animals. PREREQS: (((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H)) OR (BI 204 and BI 205 and BI 206)) and (CH 123 or (CH 233 or CH 233H) and (CH 263 or CH 263H))

Top Z 525 EMBRYOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT (5)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
An integrated molecular, cellular and whole organism approach. Comparative embryonic development from gametogenesis, body axis specification, pattern formation and organogenesis. Experimental approaches uncovering cellular interactions, regulation of gene expression, and cellular differentiation. Lab emphasizes experimental comparative developmental biology and embryology. Lab fee. Lec/lab. PREREQS: BI 311 and (BI 314 or BI 314H) and graduate or postbac standing.

Top Z 531 VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Systems/concepts covered include motor reflexes, autonomic nervous system, digestion/metabolism, renal and osmoregulatory, endocrine and reproductive systems. First in Z43X series, although courses may be taken in any order. Lec. PREREQS: (BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H) and (CH 332* or CH 335*)

Top Z 532 VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Systems/concepts covered include blood, immune, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary. Second in the Z43X series, although courses may be taken in any order. PREREQS: (BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H) and (CH 332* or CH 335*)

Top Z 537 VERTEBRATE ENDOCRINOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An exploration of vertebrate endocrinology that examines principles of hormone action, inter- and intracellular signaling mechanisms within endocrine axes, and comparative endocrine physiology, emphasizing concepts of homeostasis and methodologies for evaluating normal and pathophysiological function. Students are provided multiple forums for class participation, in the form of scientific presentations and PREREQS: (BI 314 or BI 314H) and graduate status or instructor approval required.

Top Z 538 BEHAVIORAL NEUROBIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to the neurobiological basis of animal behavior. Examines behavior in the context of sensory physiology, motor control, neural circuity, and cellular processes. Lec. PREREQS: (((BI 211 [C-] or BI 211H [C-] ) and (BI 212 [C-] or BI 212H [C-] ) and (BI 213 [C-] or BI 213H [C-] )) or BI 204 [C-] and BI 205 [C-] and BI 206 [C-] )) and CH 123 [C-] or ( (CH 233 [C-] or CH 233H [C-] ) and (CH 263 [C-] or CH 263H [C-] ))

Top Z 540 INSECT PHYSIOLOGY (3) 
Fundamentals of insect physiology from the behavioral to the molecular level. Cellular physiology and hormonal control of molting, metamorphosis and reproduction. Overview of body functions: respiration, circulation, digestion, metabolism, and osmoregulation. Physiological basis of behavior: muscles and flight, structure and functions of the nervous system, sensory physiology and chemical communication. The contributions of insect physiology to general physiological principles and biorational methods of insect pest control are discussed. PREREQS: (((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213)) or (BI 204 and BI 205 and BI 206)) and CH 123 or ((CH 233 or CH 233H) and (CH 263 or CH 263H))

Top Z 561 MARINE AND ESTUARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4) 
Comparative survey of eight major invertebrate phyla and many lesser-known phyla. Areas of emphasis will be 1) invertebrate identification, 2) natural history (diversity, habitat, feeding, behavior), and 3) comparative anatomy (adaptive significance of morphological structures). Laboratories and field trips will strongly supplement lecture material. Lec/lab. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. PREREQS: ((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H)) or (BI 204 and BI 205 and BI 206) and students should have: (1) at least one year of undergraduate-level biology, and (2) basic familiarity with major invertebrate phyla. Graduate standing.

Top Z 565 MARINE CONSERVATION SCIENCE AND POLICY (3) 
Introduces the science-policy interface of ocean resource management. Through discussions, lectures, and independent projects, students will learn how policy is formulated at the state and federal levels, and the role of science in that process. Emphasizes current topics, such as ecosystem-based management. Graded P/N. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. PREREQS: Graduate standing.

Top Z 573 HERPETOLOGY (3) 
World families and distribution of amphibians and non-avian sauropods; evolution, population biology, life histories, current literature. PREREQS: ((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H)) or (BI 204 and BI 205 and BI 206) and graduate or postbac standing.

Top Z 574 SYSTEMATIC HERPETOLOGY (2) 
A survey of the phylogenetic diversity of amphibians and reptiles of the United States. Identification through the use of keys will be stressed. Field trip fee. Lab fee. Lec/lab. PREREQS: Graduate or postbac standing.

Top Z 575 INSECT BIODIVERSITY SURVEY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Through lectures, laboratories and an intensive field survey, students learn about insect diversity, natural history and evolution as well as the important role of biological collections in modern biodiversity research. The survey takes place in the two weeks prior to fall term at a remote Pacific Northwest field station. Lec/lab. PREREQS: ((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H)) or (BI 204 and 205 and 206). Departmental approval required. Admission to Z 475/Z 575 is by application (application preceding Spring term).

Top Z 577 AQUATIC ENTOMOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Biology, ecology, collection, and identification of aquatic insects. Two required Saturday field trips. Lec/lab. PREREQS: ((BI 211 or BI 211H) and (BI 212 or BI 212H) and (BI 213 or BI 213H)) or (BI 204 and BI 205 and BI 206)

Top Z 585 GRANT WRITING AND ETHICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Participants will write and submit a grant proposal by the end of the term. We discuss the main components of a typical grant proposal. Participants read and critique proposal drafts written by participants in the workshop. Ethical issues are discussed as they are encountered. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Top Z 587 SCIENTIFIC WRITING & ETHICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Participants will write a scientific paper based on their own research and submit it for publication. Topics to be covered include writing skills (e.g., making a good argument, choice of a journal, reviewing the literature) and ethical issues (e.g., citation, plagiarism, disclosure, data archiving, and acknowledgment). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQS: Graduate standing.

Top Z 593 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY (5) 
Behavioral ecology with emphasis on both theoretical and empirical approaches. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: Graduate or postbac standing.

Top Z 594 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (5) 
Theory and analysis of multispecies associations. Emphasis on extent to which existing ecological theory is supported by natural phenomena. Course considers how biotic and abiotic mechanisms interact to regulate community organization and stability in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: Graduate or postbac standing.

Top Z 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
Topics and credits vary. Grading mode TBA. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center and Corvallis campus. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top Z 601 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Doctoral-level research under faculty supervision. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval.

Top Z 603 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Doctoral thesis completed under faculty supervision. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval.

Top Z 605 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
For graduate students working toward doctoral degree. After arrangements with individual faculty, readings and discussions on topics of mutual interest. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval.



 
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