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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

Biologist (4)

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

be offered.

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

or professor.

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.

Prerequisite: LS252.

(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.

Prerequisite: LS252.

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).