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LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)

This course provides an overview of the vertebrate fossil record, focusing on paleontology methods, vertebrate

relationships, and paleoecology. Through the duration of this course, students will learn about how vertebrate fossils

change through the geologic column, and they will learn about the major groups of extinct and extant vertebrates

including dinosaurs. Lab involves observing and handling fossils.

Prerequisite: LS151.

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. (Lab fee: $75.)

Prerequisite: Junior



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.

LS392 Bioinformatics (4)

Statistics and computer analysis tools and their application to molecular data analysis. (Lab fee: $75.)

Prerequisites: LS342

and MA262


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, Michigan, Whidbey Island,

Washington, and other locations). The numbers below are from the Au Sable catalog.


Biol/Geol/Geog 301 Land Resources (4)


Biol 360 Applied Biodiversity Genetics (4)


Biol/EnvSt/Geog 362 Environmental Applications for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4)


Other course listed in the Au Sable catalog

Certifications are available to TMU biology majors through Au Sable: 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. (Lab fee possible.)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered upon demand. May be repeated for

credit with varying topics.

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 TMU 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.