Zoology  

ZOOL 400 - Professional Perspectives in Zoology
Credits: 1.00
Presentations by departmental faculty provide an informal overview of various zoological topics and professional opportunities. The course acquaints students with faculty, provides information on departmental research projects, and facilitates early research involvement for students. Required for all first-year zoology majors. (Fall only). Cr/F.

ZOOL 401 - Human Biology
Credits: 4.00
Elementary study of structure, function, and development of all systems of the body. No credit toward major or minor. Cannot be taken for credit after BMS 507-508. Special fee. Lab.

ZOOL 410 - Marine Immersion
Credits: 2.00
An intensive 2-credit course for incoming freshmen, surveying a range of marine-related fields (with an emphasis on biology and ecology), research approaches, and organisms. The course is based at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, where students. and some faculty, will be in residence. "Marine Immersion" introduces students to the breadth, excitement, and challenges of marine sciences through lectures, demonstrations, and field experiences offered by a cohort of UNH faculty, and through short research projects carried out on the island. It also introduces them to resources and opportunities available at UNH, provides an opportunity to get to know some of their professors, and lets them begin building a network among their peers even before they arrive in Durham. Special fee.

ZOOL 412 - Biology of Animals
Credits: 4.00
Fundamentals of modern animal biology from cells to organisms, including structure, function, genetics, development, ecology, and the diversity produced by animal evolution. Weekly demonstrations and virtual e-labs provide a hands-on introduction to the animal kingdom. Special fee. Lab. (Fall semester only.)

ZOOL #444 - Dogs to Dragons: Origins of Species
Credits: 4.00
A freshman "inquiry" seminar introducing fundamental evolutionary concepts and mechanisms, as well as examining the nature of science, and the ways in which scientists use imagination and inference to better understand the natural world. Through evolutionary case studies ranging from the very real to the purely imaginary, students learn to compare and assess explanatory hypotheses, and to use creative, scientifically-disciplined inference as working scientists do. They also develop their abilities to decide what is or isn't science, and to judge the relevance and adequacy of evidence claimed to support hypotheses. The course begins by introducing the mechanism of natural selection through the engaging example of dog domestication, move from there to broader discussions of speciation (including species definitions, and case studies of speciation in progress). The central portion of the course focuses on issues of definitions (what is a "hypothesis" anyway?), and developing increasingly sophisticated and well-informed judgments about different sorts of biological information. In the final section, we explore proper and improper roles of imagination and creativity in science: how (and why) real scientists use fictional species, and how to tell the difference between fictions and frauds while leaving room for humor and invention. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 444A - Introduction to Aquatic Invasive Species
Credits: 4.00
This is an inquiry course for first-year students interested in issues relating to the management of aquatic invasive plants and animals based on an understanding of the ecology and biology. Course is a combination of lectures, laboratory and field exercises and discussions focusing on the selected freshwater and marine invasive species and their management. Special fee.

ZOOL 503 - Introduction to Marine Biology
Credits: 4.00
Organization of marine biological communities in various marine environments pelagic, benthic, temperate, tropical. Major emphasis on the approaches (e.g., analysis of energy flow and predator-prey interactions) used to analyze marine communities and on the sampling techniques employed for each approach and the habitat type. Prereq: BIOL 411-412. (Also offered as PBIO 503.) Special fee. Lab.

ZOOL 518 - Vertebrate Morphology
Credits: 5.00
Evolutionary and comparative examination of vertebrate anatomy. Covers the structure of the major systems at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Special fee. Lab.

ZOOL 529 - Developmental Biology
Credits: 4.00
Introduces developmental biology, examining basic developmental mechanisms and their evolutionary contexts. Principles and tools of the trade, overview of major developmental events in various phyla, current areas of research and other special topics. Labs include different ways to observe development (from low- to high-tech), and work with selected live material. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. No credit if credit earned for ZOOL 729. Special fee. Lab.

ZOOL 542 - Ornithology
Credits: 4.00
Identification and biology of birds, especially those of northeastern United States. Involves field trips, laboratory work, and lectures. Prereq: one semester of biology. (Spring semester only.)

ZOOL 547 - Wildlife Photography
Credits: 2.00
Introduction to nature photography emphasizing macro- and telephoto techniques, and photo enhancement using Photoshop Elements. Cr/F.

ZOOL 600 - Field Experience
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
A supervised experience providing the opportunity to apply academic experience in settings associated with future professional employment and/or related graduate opportunities. Must be approved by a faculty advisor selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credit hours. Prereq: permission. Cr/F.

ZOOL 600W - Field Experience
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
A supervised experience providing the opportunity to apply academic experience in settings associated with future professional employment and/or related graduate opportunities. Must be approved by a faculty advisor selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credit hours. Prereq: permission. Cr/F. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 610 - Principles of Aquaculture
Credits: 3.00
Introduces the culture practices employed for production of aquatic organisms. Topics include ecological and environmental considerations, selective breeding, nutrition, diseases, processing, and marketing. Emphasis on finfish. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent.

ZOOL 611 - Principles of Aquaculture Lab
Credits: 2.00
Laboratory exercises in aquaculture covering the use of chemical reagents to monitor water quality; brood stock feeding and management; use of anesthesia and fish handling; spawning marine finfish; culturing algae, rotifers and artemia for marine larviculture; larviculture of marine finfish; assessing fish growth; hatchery hygiene. Includes site visits to local production facilities. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Coreq: ZOOL 610.
Co-requisites: ZOOL 610

ZOOL 625 - Principles of Animal Physiology
Credits: 3.00
Introduces the principles of animal function. The major systems (digestion, metabolism, respiration, circulation, osmotic and ionic regulation, nerve-muscle function, endocrine control) are covered with emphasis on functional mechanisms at the cell and tissue levels. Prereq: two years of the biology core curriculum.
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ZOOL 626 - Animal Physiology Laboratory
Credits: 2.00
Basic training in the measurement of function in animals, data analysis and expression, and the development of scientific communication skills. Special fee. Writing intensive.
Co-requisites: ZOOL 625

ZOOL 628 - Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
Credits: 5.00
Stresses the rich diversity of marine invertebrates by integrating phylogenetic trends with physiological and behavioral adaptation, and with ecological and symbiotic interactions. Offers a comparative survey of invertebrates from protozoans to protochordates; deals with aspects of form and function, development, evolution, classification, ecology, and natural history. Students work with live and preserved animals. Extensive dissections and a field component are required. Prereq: BIOL 411-412. Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 675 - Field Marine Biology and Ecology
Credits: 8.00
Introductory marine science course emphasizing field work in natural habitats with a focus on marine ecology. Examines the ecology of the intertidal zone and the ecological, evolutionary, and physiological adaptations of marine organisms. Course includes lectures; discussions; field work, including quantitative field sampling methods; experience aboard a coastal research vessel; and excursions to distinctive habitats. Offered in cooperation with Cornell University. Students may not take this course after taking Field Marine Science. Prereq: one full year of college-level biology. (Summers only at Shoals Marine Lab.)

ZOOL 690 - Evolution
Credits: 4.00
Biological evolution is the changes within populations of organisms that extend beyond the lifetime of individuals. Darwin's mechanism of evolution by natural selection, and other evolutionary forces, explain the diverse adaptations of organisms to different environments. Topics include principles of heredity, sources and maintenance of variation, adaptation, speciation, classification, development, the history of life and the earth, and current controversies. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 708 - Stream Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Ecological relationships of organisms in flowing water; streams as ecosystems. Lectures on physical and chemical features of streams, floral and faunal communities, and factors controlling populations and behavior of stream organisms. Lab exercises employ both field and laboratory experimental techniques. Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 710 - Ichthyology
Credits: 4.00
Introduces the evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology, and ecology of fishes, with emphasis on New England species. Prereq: principles of biology or equivalent. Lab. (Offered in alternate years.)

ZOOL #711 - Zooplankton Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Methods of sampling populations, factors regulating temporal and spatial distribution, trophic interactions of communities, role of zooplankton in the food web of lakes. Experimental techniques employed in field trips to freshwater habitats; seminars examine current research. Prereq: general biology. Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 712 - Mammalogy
Credits: 4.00
Evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and diversity of mammals. Focuses on conceptual issues such as the relations of structure, function, physiology, and ecology of species; reproductive physiology and life history strategies; and the evolution of mating systems and social structure. Requires familiarity with mammalian groups to the family level and identification of local fauna to species. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Lab. (Not offered every year.) Special fee.

ZOOL 713 - Animal Behavior
Credits: 4.00
Introduces the naturalistic study of animal behavior. Emphasizes the evolution, development, physiology, and ecology of behavior. Topics include the genetic and acquired bases of behavior, neuroethology and behavioral endocrinology, communication, orientation, foraging strategies, reproductive ecology, and the evolution of altruistic behavior. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Lab. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 717 - Lake Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Introduces the ecology of freshwater systems, with emphasis on lakes. Origins of lakes and the effects of watersheds on lake chemistry, nutrient cycling, and the lake food web are explored. Other topics include the impact of human disturbances on productivity and aquatic food webs and methods used for the management and restoration of lakes. Comparisons are made of the structure and functions of lake ecosystems found in temperate, tropical and arctic regions. Prereq: general biology. (Also offered as PBIO 717.

ZOOL 719 - Field Studies in Lake Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Ecology of lakes and other freshwater habitats examined through field studies. Emphasizes modern methods for studying lakes; analysis and interpretation of data; and writing of scientific papers. Seminars on research papers and student presentations of class studies. Field trips to a variety of lakes, from the coastal plain to White Mountains to investigate problems, such as eutrophication, acidification, biodiversity and biotoxins. Capstone experiences include interaction with state agencies lake stakeholders, and the submission of written manuscripts for publication. Prereq: introductory biology. (Also offered as PBIO 719.) Special fee. Lab. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 721 - Aquatic Invasive Species
Credits: 4.00
Capstone course for a limited number of biological science majors to work closely with and help teach a Discovery course for non-majors in biology. Involves lectures, discussions, and laboratory and field exercises and write-ups focusing on managing aquatic invasive species based on an understanding of their ecology. Special fee.

ZOOL 725 - Marine Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Marine environment and its biota, emphasizing intertidal and estuarine habitats. Includes field, laboratory, and an independent research project. Prereq: general ecology; permission. Marine invertebrate zoology, oceanography, and statistics are desirable. (Also offered as PBIO 725.) Special fee. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 732 - Lake Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Credits: 4.00
Lectures and seminars on interpreting lake water quality, developing a natural history inventory for lakes, the process of creating a lake management plan, and resolution of conflicting uses of lakes. Students develop actual lake management plans in cooperation with government agencies and lake associations. Guest speakers from state agencies and non-governmental organizations. Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) methods for the analysis of lakes and watersheds. Present lake management issues from scientific and social science points of view. Open to students from all disciplines. (Also offered as PBIO 732.) Special fee. Lab.

ZOOL 733 - Behavioral Ecology
Credits: 4.00
Behavioral adaptations of animals to their environment, including the evolution of behavior and behavioral genetics; foraging and competition for resources; reproductive ecology, mating systems and parental care; and the evolution of cooperative behavior. Examples include both vertebrates and invertebrates. Emphasizes critical understanding of concepts as exhibited in oral and written exercises. Students conduct independent investigations. Prereq: ZOOL 713 or permission. Lab. (Offered in alternate years.) Writing intensive.

ZOOL 745 - Biology and Diversity of Insects
Credits: 4.00
Study of the biology of insects, the most diverse group of organisms, focusing on why they are unique, how they have become so diverse, and the basis of their success. The laboratory is designed to develop an understanding of insect diversity through utilization of different sampling techniques in several habitats, sorting to "morphospecies," and use of biodiversity indices. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Special fee. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 750 - Biological Oceanography
Credits: 4.00
Biological processes of the oceans, including primary and secondary production, trophodynamics, plankton diversity, zooplankton ecology, ecosystems and global ocean dynamics. Field trips on R/V Gulf Challenger and to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. Prereq: one year of biology or permission of the instructor. (Also offered as ESCI 750.) Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 772 - Fisheries Biology
Credits: 3.00
Principles of fisheries science, with emphasis on techniques used to assess the biological characteristics of exploited fish populations, and the use of such information for fisheries management. Prereq: ZOOL 710 or equivalent; permission. (Not offered every year.)

ZOOL 773 - Physiology of Fish
Credits: 4.00
Investigates the physiological processes responsible for maintaining homeostasis in fishes. Focuses on the function and regulation of the major organ systems during stress and environmental adaptation. Topics include reproduction, osmoregulation, digestion, endocrinology, and sensory perception.

ZOOL 777 - Neurobiology and Behavior
Credits: 4.00
Survey of fundamental concepts and recent discoveries in neurobiology. Topics include structure and function of neurons, development, cellular basis of behavior (sensory and motor systems), neuropharmocology, and neural plasticity (learning). Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or permission. Physiology (ZOOL 625) also desirable.

ZOOL 795 - Special Investigations
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Independent study in various areas including but not limited to animal behavior, developmental biology, ecology, endocrinology, evolution, ichthyology, genetics, history of biology, invertebrate biology, neurobiology and behavior, protozoology, teaching practices, underwater research, vertebrate biology, and biological techniques. Course sections for advanced work, individual or group seminar. May include reading, laboratory work, organized seminars, and conferences. Prereq: permission of department chairperson and staff concerned.

ZOOL 795W - Special Investigations
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Independent study in various areas including but not limited to animal behavior, developmental biology, ecology, endocrinology, evolution, ichthyology, genetics, history of biology, invertebrate biology, neurobiology and behavior, protozoology, teaching practices, underwater research, vertebrate biology, and biological techniques. Course sections for advanced work, individual or group seminar. May include reading, laboratory work, organized seminars, and conferences. Prereq: permission of department chairperson and staff concerned. Writing intensive.

ZOOL 799 - Honors Senior Thesis
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Working under the direction of a faculty sponsor, the student plans and carries out independent research resulting in a written thesis. Limited to students entering their senior year; required for students in the honors program or working toward honors-in-major. Prereq: permission. A two-semester sequence. 2-4 credits each semester; 8 credits maximum. IA (continuous grading) given at the end of the first semester. Writing intensive.