ZOO: Zoology Courses

College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering

Courses

ZOO 3558   Coral Reefs

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Coral Reefs is a non-biology major course designed to provide a general overview of tropical and sub-tropical coral reefs to students with an interest in these fascinating ecosystems, but who lack a strong theoretical background in the biological sciences. Covers basic concepts dealing with the structure, formation, biology and ecology of Atlantic and Pacific coral reefs. Students will be presented with interactive exercises, projects, and module-assessments throughout the course that will reinforce major biological concepts and promote critical thinking.

ZOO 3905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

ZOO 4254C   Marine Invertebrate Zoology

4 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Survey of the invertebrates, with emphasis on systematics, morphology, physiology and ecology. Labs include detailed study of types and exposure to diversity, using live and preserved specimens, and exposure to techniques used in zoological research. Emphasis is on local marine species. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

ZOO 4304C   Marine Vertebrate Zoology

4 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Structure and function of chordates, especially those in water such as fish, whales and seals. Study of behavioral, ecological, physiological and structural adaptations to various modes of living, stressing local marine forms in lab. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab.

ZOO 4454   Elasmobranch Biology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: BSC 2011/L

Survey of current advances in the rapidly growing field of elasmobranch biology. Lectures promote an understanding of the interactive physiological, behavioral, and ecological components of adaptive life-history strategies seen in sharks, rays, skates and chimeras. Offered concurrently with ZOO 5452; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 4457   Ichthyology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: BSC 2011/L

Classic and contemporary topics in the study of fishes discussed within an ecological and evolutionary context. Emphasis is placed on understanding interactive physiological components of adaptive life-history strategies such as movement, feeding, reproduction, oxygen uptake, water balance, and excretion. Offered concurrently with ZOO 5458; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 4472   Avian Science

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: (BSC 2011/L AND STA 2023) OR MAC 1000

Avian Science is a course that describes and provides experience in the study of birds in order to answer questions about their basic ecology, with special emphasis on techniques for data collection and data management typically associated with research and monitoring of bird populations. Topics include species identification (visual and by song), movements and migration, habitat selection, foraging behavior, reproduction and nesting ecology, and demography (estimating survival, population size, nest success). Avian Science emphasizes S.T.E.M education, covering aspects of science, engineering, technology, and math important to many areas of ecology. Many of the techniques and concepts taught in this course, especially the sections on movements and spatial ecology, habitat selection, and demography, apply to fauna other than birds. Bird identification and survey experiences focus on species found on the UWF campus and on wintering waterfowl in local estuaries. The course consists of approximately 1/3 lectures and discussion, 1/3 laboratory exercise, and 1/3 field experiences. The class meets once per week for 2.75 hours. In addition, participation in one supervised day long (approximately12-hrs) bird survey is required outside of normal class time, and may need to take place on a weekend (depending on survey schedule and weather). A one weekend field trip is required in this course, and students are expected to have the ability to hike and do field work. Graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 4485   Marine Mammalogy

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: BSC 2011/L

Application of current mammalogy principles to the study of marine mammal biology and phylogeny. Emphasizes ecology, physiology and behavior of the sixteen marine mammal families. Offered concurrently with ZOO 5486; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 4513   Animal Behavior

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: BSC 2011/L

Contemporary view of animal behavior including discussion of sensory and neurobiology, biological rhythms, genetic and experiential influences on behavior, communication, orientation, migration, predator-prey relationships and social behavior. Offered concurrently with ZOO 5514; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 4905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

ZOO 5305C   Marine Vertebrate Zoology

4 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Structure and function of chordates, especially those in water such as fish, whales and seals. Study of behavioral, ecological, physiological and structural adaptations to various modes of living, stressing local marine forms in lab. Material and supply fee will be assessed for corresponding lab. Offered Concurrently with ZOO 4304; Graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5452   Elasmobranch Biology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Survey of current advances in the rapidly growing field of elasmobranch biology. Lectures promote an understanding of the interactive physiological, behavioral, and ecological components of adaptive life-history strategies seen in sharks, rays, skates and chimeras. Offered concurrently with ZOO 4454; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5458   Ichthyology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Classic and contemporary topics in the study of fishes discussed within an ecological and evolutionary context. Emphasis is placed on understanding interactive physiological components of adaptive life-history strategies such as movement, feeding, reproduction, oxygen uptake, water balance, and excretion. Offered concurrently with ZOO 4457; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5475   Avian Science

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Avian Science is a course that describes and provides experience in the study of birds in order to answer questions about their basic ecology, with special emphasis on techniques for data collection and data management typically associated with research and monitoring of bird populations. Topics include species identification (visual and by song), movements and migration, habitat selection, foraging behavior, reproduction and nesting ecology, and demography (estimating survival, population size, nest success). Avian Science emphasizes S.T.E.M education, covering aspects of science, engineering, technology, and math important to many areas of ecology. Many of the techniques and concepts taught in this course, especially the sections on movements and spatial ecology, habitat selection, and demography, apply to fauna other than birds. Bird identification and survey experiences focus on species found on the UWF campus and on wintering waterfowl in local estuaries. The course consists of approximately 1/3 lectures and discussion, 1/3 laboratory exercise, and 1/3 field experiences. The class meets once per week for 2.75 hours. In addition, participation in one supervised day long (approximately12-hrs) bird survey is required outside of normal class time, and may need to take place on a weekend (depending on survey schedule and weather). A one weekend field trip is required in this course, and students are expected to have the ability to hike and do field work. Graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5486   Marine Mammology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Application of current mammalogy principles to the study of marine mammal biology and phylogeny. Emphasizes ecology, physiology, and behavior of the sixteen marine mammal families. Offered concurrently with ZOO 4485; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5514   Animal Behavior

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Animal behavior including discussion of sensory biology and neurobiology, biological rhythms, genetic and experiential influences on behavior, communication, orientation, migration, predator-prey relationships and social behavior. Offered concurrently with ZOO 4513; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

ZOO 5905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

ZOO 6905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)