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.
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.)
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
Prerequisites: MA121 and LS151.
LS392 Bioinformatics (4)
Statistics and computer analysis tools and their application to molecular data analysis. (Lab fee: $75.)
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.