Biological and Physical Sciences
The numbers below are from the Au Sable catalog.
A. Biol/Geol/Geog 301 Land Resources (4)
B. Biol 360 Molecular Tools for the Field
C. Biol/EnvStGeog 362 Environmental
Applications for Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) (4)
D. Other course listed in the Au Sable catalog
Certifications are available to TMC biology majors
through Au Sable as Naturalist, Land Resources
Analyst, Water Resources Analyst, Environmental
Analyst and Stewardship Ecologist. See Dr. Englin
for more information.
LS418 Tutorial Studies (1)
This course will consist of topics not included in
the regular curriculum. This course may be based
upon independent studies, conferences, and the
preparation of a term paper. The topic of the course
will be announced prior to the term in which it is to
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered
upon demand. May be repeated for credit with varying topics.
(Lab fee possible.)
LS420 Senior Seminar in Biology (1)
Designed to give students the experience in presenting
a scientific study to an audience of their peers.
Students prepare and present two professional oral
presentations to students and faculty. Presentations
can include topics of chemistry, biochemistry, cell
biology, molecular biology, ecology, population
biology, evolution, origins, or wildlife biology.
Information for the presentation is derived from
reading the primary literature in these areas and
choosing a primary research paper as the focus of
the presentation. Alternatively, a student may present
original laboratory research they have done at TMC
or during a summer research project. The presenter
must do background literature research for their topic
and be able to address questions asked by the class
Prerequisite: senior status.
LS422 Senior Capstone (1)
Designed to review major concepts that are
foundational to the life sciences. It also serves as a
prelude to the major field exam given toward the end
of the semester.
LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)
Library and laboratory study on various topics
involved in immunity, immunogenetics, antibody
structure-function, immunotechniques, complement,
autoimmunity, tolerance and tumor immunology. 3
hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
(Lab fee $75.)
LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
The classification, cultivation, physiology, growth,
morphology, genetics, and economic significance
of microorganisms, with special emphasis on
the pathogenic bacteria. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
laboratory. (Lab fee $75.)
LS372 Origins (3)
An introduction to the classical and modern concept
of evolution with critical discussion of proposed
mechanisms involved and with evaluation of special
creation and other alternative origins positions.
LS387 Special Topics in Plant Sciences (2-4)
Basic principles, processes, and theories of the topic
being presented. Possible topics include medicinal
plant biology, economic botany, herbaceous plants,
or specific taxonomic plant groups. Instruction is by
lecture, laboratory, class project, or combination. This
course may be repeated for credit with varying topics.
Prerequisite: Junior standing
. (Lab fee $75.)
LS388 Mathematical Ecology (3)
Organisms in dynamic relationships to their
ecosystems over successive generations are studied
in the context of mathematical models. Principles of
ecology are interwoven throughout the course. This
is a first course in a series in mathematical biology.
Prerequisites MA121 and LS151.
LS398 Plant Science (4)
A study of plant biology with emphasis on growth,
development, and physiology in an ecological and
agricultural context, including the study of soils, plant
pathogens, and pests. A lab provides opportunities
for hands-on application of concepts through the
use of basic plant science research and production
practices. (Lab fee $75.)
LS399 Au Sable Institute Field Biology Courses
These courses are taken in the summer and winterim
at the Au Sable campuses (Mancelona, Mighican,
Whidbey Island, Washignton and other locations).