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Ken Yasukawa Courses

BIOL 111: Zoology (1).  A survey of the animal kingdom emphasizing evolutionary relationships, structure and function, representative forms, adaptations, ecology, and behavior of invertebrates and vertebrates.  Laboratory work requires dissection.  For science and nonscience students.  Three two-hour lecture-laboratory periods per week.  Offered each spring.

BIOL 217: Evolution (1).  An exploration of descent with modification and the evolutionary history of life on earth.  The history and philosophy of evolutionary theory, the genetic basis of microevolution, contemporary hypotheses of speciation, and phylogenetic systematics comprise the major course material.  Three lecture-discussion class periods and one laboratory period per week.  Occasional Saturday field trips required.  (WL) Offered spring 2010.  Prerequisite: one of the following: Biology 289 or Anthropology 120, 324, or Geology 210 or consent of instructor.

BIOL 247: Biometrics (1).  The application of statistical methods to the solution of biological problems.  Experimental design, sampling methods, and statistical analysis of data using both parametric and nonparametric methods are introduced.  Computer-supported statistical packages are used in laboratory exercises.  Three two-hour lecture-laboratory periods per week.  (WL)  Offered each semester. Prerequisite: one college-level biology course or consent of instructor.

BIOL 337: Population Biology (1).  An investigation of the factors that determine the size of a population, its distribution, and the kinds of individuals that it comprises.  Population genetics, population ecology, ecological genetics, and evolutionary ecology will be introduced using observational, experimental, and theoretical analysis.  Laboratory exercises stress examination of natural populations in the field.  Three lecture-discussion class periods and one laboratory period per week.  (WL, LW)  Offered fall 2010.  Prerequisite: Biology 247 and 289, or consent of instructor.

BIOL 343: Animal Behavior (1).  The study of the development, causation, function, and evolution of behavior from a biological perspective.  The behavior of animals is viewed from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and observational and experimental methods are employed in field and laboratory exercises to test hypotheses for how and why animals behave as they do.  Three lecture-discussion class periods and one laboratory period per week.  (WL, LW)  Offered fall 2009, fall 2011.  Prerequisite from one of the following: one college-level biology course or one 200-level course in anthropology or psychology, or consent of instructor.  Recommended: Biology 247, or Anthropology 240, or Psychology 200, or any other statistics course.

BIOL 385. Current Research in Biology (12, 1).  This course explores an area of biology deeply through careful reading and analysis of the research literature and/or primary investigation.  This course includes oral presentations, writing, and peer review and culminates in the writing of a critical review or research manuscript.  The manuscript may be submitted for publication in the departmental journal, The Beloit Biologist.  This course may be used to satisfy the biology capstone requirement and may be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Offerings of this course include game theory in animal behavior, animal communication, and sexual selection and mating systems.  Offered each semester.  Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, Biology 247, and at least two additional biology courses numbered 201 or higher or consent of instructor.  Additional courses may be required based on the topic of the course.

BIOL 387: Manuscript Preparation for The Beloit Biologist (1⁄2, 1). Students prepare a primary research manuscript or critical review for submission to the departmental journal, The Beloit Biologist, under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Proposals for enrollment in this course are due on July 15 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester and are subject to approval by departmental faculty.  Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, Biology 247, 289, and at least 3 additional biology courses numbered 201 or higher, and an accepted proposal.  Course may be repeated for up to 1 unit of credit.