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Fall 2017 Course Offerings

DepartmentCourseCourse DescriptionDays & TimesInstructor
AnthropologyANTH 501Adaptation and Human Behavior: Theories and methods used to address questions related to the proximate (structure of adaptations) and ultimate (adaptive significance) causes of human behavior. Processes occurring on generational and evolutionary time scales with emphasis on procurement, mating, parenting, social exchange and distribution, demographic transition, human universals, and cultural diversity.We 1:30PM - 4:15PMJohn Ziker
AnthropologyANTH 502Human Evolutionary History and Development: Theories and methods used to address questions related to the ontogenetic (developmental) and phylogenetic (evolutionary) history of humans. Evolutionary time scales with an emphasis on variation within and between human populations and other primates over time, and the interaction of human populations to environmental stress.Th 1:30PM - 4:15PMKristin Snopkowski
AnthropologyANTH 503History and Theory of Anthropology: A reading-intensive survey of history and theory in anthropology from classical times through the 20th century. A review of history and philosophy of science with emphasis upon innovations in 19th and 20th century theory relevant to current issues and debates.Tu 1:30PM - 4:15PMMark Plew
AnthropologyANTH 597Special Topics: Public Lands Policy and Administration
Examines the major issues, laws, controversies, and actors involving the public lands of the United States. Special attention is paid to the tension between science and policy making.
MoWe 3:00PM - 4:15PMJohn Freemuth
Biological SciencesBIOL 531Pharmacology: Basic pharmacological principles including mechanisms of drug action in relation both to drug-receptor interactions and to the operation of physiological and biochemical systems. Pharmacokinetics, metabolism, receptor theory and an examination of major classes of therapeutic agents used in humans. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228 or BIOL 191-192, and BIOL MoWe 12:00PM - 1:15PMTroy Rohn
Biological SciencesBIOL 533Behavioral Ecology: This course focuses on the evolutionary significance of animal behavior in relation to the ecology of the organisms. Using theoretical background and recent empirical evidence, mating systems, foraging, parental care, selfishness and altruism, competition, territoriality, and other behavioral patterns will be assessed in relation to the survival and reproduction of animals. PREREQ: Graduate standing or PERM/INST.TuTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMSarah Dalrymple
Biological SciencesBIOL 540General and Molecular Toxicology: General and molecular principles of mammalian toxicology including toxicant disposition, mechanisms of toxicity, target organ toxicity, and major classes of toxic agents. PREREQ: BIOL 320 or PERM/INST.MoWe 12:00PM - 1:15PMKristen Mitchell
Biological SciencesBIOL 541Molecular Biology of Cancer: A treatment of the basic biology of cancer and the process of tumor progression. Topics examined will include oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and the causes of cancer. PREREQ: BIOL 310, BIOL 320. *Service Learning Component Available - See BIOL 541SLMoWe 12:00PM - 1:15PMCheryl Jorcyk
Biological SciencesBIOL 541Molecular Biology of Cancer: A treatment of the basic biology of cancer and the process of tumor progression. Topics examined will include oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and the causes of cancer. PREREQ: BIOL 310, BIOL 320. *Service Learning Component Available - See BIOL 541SLMoWe 12:00PM - 1:15PMCheryl Jorcyk
Biological SciencesBIOL 541LSL Molecular Biology of Cancer: Service Learning Component. COREQ: BIOL 541.TBACheryl Jorcyk
Biological SciencesBIOL 542Molecular Neurobiology: Emphasis will be on the molecular aspects of neurobiology. Topics will include: cells of the nervous system, neurochemical transmission, nerve terminals, membrane structure and function, electrical signaling, neural development, process outgrowth and myelination and glia, and specific neural diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. PREREQ: BIOL 320 and PHYS 112, or PERM/INSTMoWe 9:00AM - 10:15AMTroy Rohn
Biological SciencesBIOL 547Forensic Biology: Analysis and interpretation of biological evidence in forensic contexts. Topics include entomology, botany, fingerprints, toxicology, DNA, pathology, anthropology and odontology. PREREQ: BIOL 310.Mo 4:30PM - 7:15PMGregory Hampikian
Biological SciencesBIOL 564Advanced Topics in Molecular Ecology, Evolution and Phyogeography: Presentations and group discussion of molecular aspects of ecology, evolution, and phylogeography. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: BIOL 401 or PERM/INST.Fr 4:00PM - 5:00PMJames Smith, Stephen Novak
Biological SciencesBIOL 565Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology Techniques: Discussion of scientific literature with emphasis on modern molecular biology techniques. Students lead discussions and present articles from relevant primary literature. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: BIOL 310 and PERM/INST.Mo 3:00PM - 4:15PMCheryl Jorcyk, Julia Oxford
Biological SciencesBIOL 579Research in the Biological Sciences: Seminars by biologists on a wide range of subjects. Students will attend seminars, write summaries, and search for relevant literature. May be repeated once for credit. (Pass/Fail.)TuTh 3:00PM - 4:15 PMKevin Feris
Biological SciencesBIOL 579Intro to VIP - Plasma Medicine: Seminars by biologists on a wide range of subjects. Students will attend seminars, write summaries, and search for relevant literature. May be repeated once for credit. (Pass/Fail.)TBAJulia Oxford
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-001Special Topics - Foundations in HES Science:
Human-Environment Systems (HES) science is a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach to help solve complex environmental problems facing human society, such as global climate change and natural resource management. This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of the theories, methods, and applications of HES science. By synthesizing insights from both the biophysical and social sciences, student will learn the core concepts of complex systems. Through team exercises and case studies, students will also develop a deeper understanding of how to research and address real-world problems, like conserving endangered species in the US or decreasing the impacts of climate change on vulnerable human"
TuTh 12:00 PM - 1:15PMNeil Carter
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-003Special Topics - Ecology of Shrubs West North America:Sa 9:00AM - 4:00PMRoger Rosentreter
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-004Special Topics - Protected Areas Changing WorldTu 2:00PM - 2:50PMJesse Barber
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-005Special Topics - Ecology of Shrubs West North AmericaWe 6:00PM - 8:45PMRoger Rosentreter
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-006 Special Topics - Research Methods and Design:Human-Environment Systems (HES) Science is becoming increasingly important to address knowledge gaps about how to solve the most pressing environmental issues of our time. HES science integrates concepts and methods from biophysical, social, and computational sciences. The overarching objective of this course is to train graduate students to design HES research and introduce them to the variety of methods employed in HES science, including spatial analysis, social science approaches, and agent-based modeling. W 1:30PM - 4:15PMJodi Brandt
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-007 Special Topics - Intro to College Teaching
This course will provide an introduction to evidence-based instructional practices and how they can be applied in the college classroom. We will also discuss the unique challenges of being a graduate teaching assistant (TA), explore campus resources that can help support TAs, and reflect on our teaching practices.
Tu 12:00PM - 1:30PMSarah Dalrymple
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-008 Special Topics - Intro to Biomolecular NMR
This course will give a practical introduction to NMR spectroscopy and how it is used to obtain structural and dynamics data of proteins and nucleic acids.
Mo 1:30PM - 2:30PMJulia Oxford, Lisa Warner
Biological SciencesBIOL 597-009 Special Topics - Writing for Biolmedical Sci
This course includes examination and application of principles and practice of writing research manuscripts, articles, and abstracts in the biomedical field. Students will draft, critique, and revise manuscripts in preparation for submission for peer review publication.
Mo 9:00AM - 10:00AMJulia Oxford
Biological SciencesBIOL 598-001Seminar: Ecology Vector-Borne ZoonoticMo 3:00PM - 4:15PMJames Belthoff
Biological SciencesBIOL 598-002 Seminar: Spatial Analysis of Ecology
Provides practical experience with hands-on tools for cutting edge research into spatial problems in ecology. Topics will include remotely sensed data acquisition, land cover mapping, GIS programming, and spatial models for these data. Includes a project of students' choosing.
Fr 1:30PM - 4:15PMTrevor Caughlin
Biological SciencesBIOL 601Biometery: An application of statistical methods to problems in the biological sciences. Basic concepts of hypothesis testing; estimation and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests. Linear and nonlinear regression theory and analysis of variance. Techniques in multivariate and nonparametric statistics.MoWe 9:00AM - 10:15AMAmy Ulappa
Biological SciencesBIOL 605Applied Raptor Biology: A study of the techniques appropriate to the study of the ecology, behavior, and physiology of raptors and other birds. Field trips will be taken in addition to regularly scheduled class. PREREQ: Graduate standing in Biology or Raptor Biology or PERM/INST.Fr 9:00AM - 10:15AMGregory Kaltenecker
Biological SciencesBIOL 617Species and Speciation: Species definitions are fundamental for all investigations in the biological sciences. This course will investigate the numerous species concepts proposed over the last 100 years with an emphasis on primary literature. Concepts to be discussed will include biological, phylogenetic, genealogical, and evolutionary species concepts. The second part of the course will emphasize the processes involved in speciation, looking at both micro- and macroevolutionary events. PREREQ: BIOL 400 or BIOL 500 or PERM/INST.TuTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMJames Smith
Biological SciencesBIOL 697Special Topics - Bioinformatics in Biomol Sci:Fr 1:30PM - 2:20PMEric Hayden
Biological SciencesBOT 330GMycology: A study of the biology of fungi with emphasis on their classification, morphology and development, identification, ecology, and economic significance. Laboratory work will include projects and field trips. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192 or PERM/INST.WeFr 3:00PM - 4:15PMMerlin White
Biological SciencesBOT 330G - LaboratoryMycology LabWeFr 4:30PM - 5:50PMMerlin White
Biological SciencesBOT 501Plant Physiology: A study of plant biophysical and biochemical processes. Includes coverage of cell, tissue, and organ function, photosynthesis, water relations, mineral nutrition, transport mechanisms, growth and development, secondary metabolites, and plant responses to the environment. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192 and BIOL 320.TuTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMMarcelo Serpe
Biological SciencesBOT 501 - LaboratoryPlant Physiology LaboratoryTu 10:30AM - 1:15PMMarcelo Serpe
Biological SciencesBOT 597-001 Special Topics in Plant Community Ecology:TuTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMStephen Novak
Biological SciencesBOT 597-002Ecology of Shrubs-West N Amer
The ecological characteristics of these shrubs, and physiological adaptation’s for their survival, will be covered in detail. Wildlife use, including forage value, palatability, importance for avian and invertebrate species, will be discussed for each shrub.
We 6:00PM - 8:45PMRoger Rosentreter
Biological SciencesBOT 597-002 LaboratoryEcology of Shrubs-West N Amer LaboratorySa 9:00AM - 4:00 PM
8/26/17 - 10/7/17
Roger Rosentreter
Biological SciencesZOOL 305GEntomology: The general anatomy, physiology, and developmental biology of insects, and ecological and evolutionary relationships and interactions of insects with humans. Field trips to collect and identify local species. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192 or PERM/INST.MoWe 12:00PM - 1:15PMIan Robertson
Biological SciencesZOOL 305G - LaboratoryEntomology-Lab: The general anatomy, physiology, and developmental biology of insects, and ecological and evolutionary relationships and interactions of insects with humans. Field trips to collect and identify local species. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192 or PERM/INST.We 1:30PM - 4:20PMIan Robertson
Biological SciencesZOOL 509General and Comparative Physiology: Physiological principles common to all forms of animal life are discussed. Physiological adaptations required to live in a variety of environments are presented. PREREQ: Graduate standing or PERM/INST.TuTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMAmy Ulappa, Jennifer Forbey
Biological SciencesZOOL 509 - LaboratoryGeneral and Comparative Physiology-Lab: Physiological principles common to all forms of animal life are discussed. Physiological adaptations required to live in a variety of environments are presented. PREREQ: Graduate standing or PERM/INST.Th 10:30AM - 1:15PMAmy Ulappa, Jennifer Forbey
Ecology, Evolution, and BehaviorEEB 601Principles and Processes in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 1: Discusses principal ecological processes and interactions, both biotic and abiotic, that organisms rely on and perform to acquire the necessary energy, water, carbon, and nutrients for growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Mechanisms driving evolutionary responses at the species and population levels are discussed in the context of how evolutionary processes influence ecosystem level responses to a variety of factors, including changing climate, anthropogenic use patterns, species invasions, and nutrient cycles.TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PMJulie Heath
GeosciencesGEOS 597-002Special Topics - Computation in the Geosciences: A selection of classes that deal with specialized topics and are designed for small groups of students.MoWe 12:00 - 12:50PM, Th 12:30 - 2:30PMThomas Mikesell, Zongbo Xu
GeosciencesGEOS 597-004Special Topics - Earth's Atmosphere:Earth’s atmosphere is the primary media through which we experience weather
and climate. This course is an introductory survey of the Atmospheric Sciences. Key course
learning objectives include: (1) diagramming vertical structure of Earth’s atmosphere, (2)
explaining the processes by which the atmosphere serves to redistribute heat and moisture
across the globe, (3) collecting meteorological data, (4) describing how weather and climate
models function, and (5) acquiring and analyzing weather and climate data from credible
sources. This course includes science communication components in which you will be asked to
create short pieces aimed at explaining a complex topic in the Atmospheric Sciences to a
general audience.
MoWe 12:00 - 1:15PMLejo Flores
GeosciencesGEOS 597-006 Special Topics - Research Methods and Design:Human-Environment Systems (HES) Science is becoming increasingly important to address knowledge gaps about how to solve the most pressing environmental issues of our time. HES science integrates concepts and methods from biophysical, social, and computational sciences. The overarching objective of this course is to train graduate students to design HES research and introduce them to the variety of methods employed in HES science, including spatial analysis, social science approaches, and agent-based modeling. W 1:30PM - 4:15PMJodi Brandt
GeosciencesGEOS 597-007Special Topics - Foundations in HES Science:
Human-Environment Systems (HES) science is a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach to help solve complex environmental problems facing human society, such as global climate change and natural resource management. This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of the theories, methods, and applications of HES science. By synthesizing insights from both the biophysical and social sciences, student will learn the core concepts of complex systems. Through team exercises and case studies, students will also develop a deeper understanding of how to research and address real-world problems, like conserving endangered species in the US or decreasing the impacts of climate change on vulnerable human"
TuTh 12:00 PM - 1:15PMNeil Carter
GeosciencesGEOS 597-008Special Topics - Friends of the Pleistocene
Glacial to recent geology and geomorphology of central Idaho. Class contains readings and three day field trip Sept. 8-10th.
Mo 9:00AM - 9:50AMJennifer Pierce
GeosciencesGEOS 601Introduction to Research Program Development: Overview of requirements for research and development of technical writing skills through the preparation of abstracts, proposals for research funding, and thesis proposals. May be taken for GEOPH or GEOS credit, but not both. PREREQ: PERM/INST.Th 1:30PM - 4:15PMKaren Viskupic
GeosciencesGEOS 636Stable Isotope Geochemistry: Comprehensive overview of theory, methods, and applications of stable isotope geochemistry to a wide range of earth science problems. PREREQ: PERM/INST.TuTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMMatthew Kohn
GeosciencesGEOS 681Selected Topics in Remote Sensing: Theory and techniques of using remotely sensed data for mapping and analysis of the environment. Topics will vary within a focus on image processing techniques for selected hydrologic, biogeochemical, geomorphologic, and ecological processes. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST.TBANancy Glen
HistoryHIST 585 A History of Science, Technology, and the Environment:How do we produce knowledge about climate, energy, landscapes, and justice?
This course considers ways of looking at the past to understand the natural world in the Americas. We read good books to understand the scientific, technological, and environmental ways of viewing current and past topics. From scientific explorers to Mexican revolutionaries, melting glaciers, and nuclear families we will consider how people of the past have made sense of nature. We will discuss where current fascinations with STEM originate and investigate whether scientists or engineers have more indelibly shaped our landscapes. This is a reading, writing, and discussion intensive course aimed at honing transnational and transdisciplinary skills. Grading is based on participation, three short essays, a journal evaluation and a research proposal.
Mo 4:30PM - 7:15PMEmily Wakild
Human Environment SystemsHES 597Special Topics - Foundations in HES Science:
Human-Environment Systems (HES) science is a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach to help solve complex environmental problems facing human society, such as global climate change and natural resource "
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMNeil Carter
Human Environment SystemsHES 597 Special Topics - Research Methods and Design:Human-Environment Systems (HES) Science is becoming increasingly important to address knowledge gaps about how to solve the most pressing environmental issues of our time. HES science integrates concepts and methods from biophysical, social, and computational sciences. The overarching objective of this course is to train graduate students to design HES research and introduce them to the variety of methods employed in HES science, including spatial analysis, social science approaches, and agent-based modeling. W 1:30PM - 4:15PMJodi Brandt