UCF Biology

Course Information

**Courses are ordered by their course number


Ethnobotany - BOT 3802

Historical and modern uses of plants economically important in various cultures. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC 2011C and BSC2011C, or C.I.

Plant Anatomy - BOT 4223C

Astudy of development, structure and function of the principal organs and tissue of vascular plants. Even Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,3)
Prerequisites: BOT 3802, or C.I.

Plant Kingdom - BOT 4303C

A survey of the plant kingdom utilizing comparative morphology, structure and functions to demonstrate relationships among extant and extinct forms. Even Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 5(3,6)
Prerequisites: BOT3802, or C.I.
Fee: $40.00

Plant Physiology - BOT 4503C

A Study of mechanisms used by plants to cope with the environment. Odd Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,2)
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC2011C and BOT3015 Principles of Plant Science, and a grade of "C" or better in either PCB3044 or PCB3063, or permission of course instructor.
Fee: $45

Plant Taxonomy - BOT 4713C

Systematic classification and identification of vascular plants, with emphasis on the flora of peninsular Florida. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 5(3,6)
Prerequisites: BOT3015, or C.I.
Fee: $45.00

Principles of Plant Science - BOT3015

Introduction to core botanical concepts: plant biodiversity, structure and function, growth and development, photosynthesis and water relations and ecology. Fall, Spring, Summer.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: BSC 2011C

Culinary Botany Across the Cultures - BOT3018C

Cultural food traditions and the connections between plants, people and health; examines the preparation methods that enhance the nutritional values. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(1,2)
Prerequisites: BOT3802, Junior standing, or C.I.
Fee: $10

Plant Microtechniques - BOT4282L

Introduction to techniques used in the preparation of microscope slides/specimens of vascular plants, including infecting organisms. Even Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 2(0,6)
Prerequisites: BOT4223C - Plant Anatomy OR Instructor Approval

General Mycology - BOT4434C

This course is a survey of the Kingdom Fungi, covering the major topics of fungal diversity, structure, genetics, physiology, practical applications and pathogenicity. Even Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,1)
Prerequisites: BSC2010C, MCB3020C or BSC2011C.
Fee: $42

Medicinal Botany - BOT4850

The medicinal properties of plants and their role in both traditional and modern medicine; history of herbal medicine and alternative medicinal practices around the world. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: PCB3522 or a "C" (2.0) or better in PCB3023, or C.I.

Plant Science Capstone - BOT4922

To acquire integrative experiences from internships, interviews, research experiences, ePortfolios to help build career readiness or to apply for higher studies. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 2(2,0)
Prerequisites: Must be Biology Major- Plant Science Track and in Senior Year. PR/CR: BOT4303C, BOT4503C and/or BOT4713C.

Biological Principles - BSC 1005

A study of various biological factors which affect the health and survival of man in modern society. Designed for non-majors. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)

Biological Principles Laboratory - BSC 1005L

The laboratory to accompany BSC 1005. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,2)
Prerequisites: CR: BSC 1005
Fee: $15.00

Biology I - BSC 2010C

Open only to students whose major requires this specific course. Cellular and chemical basis of life, genetics, and the theory of evolution. Emphasis on problem solving, analysis, synthesis of information, and applying data effectively. Fall, Spring, Summer    

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,2)
Prerequisites: High school biology or C.I.
Fee: $2.00

Honors General Biology - BSC 2010H

Priority given to students whose major requires this course. Basic principles and unifying concepts of modern biology. Introduction to quantitative experimentation using intensive, open-ended labs. Fall, Spring.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,3)
Prerequisites: Permission of Honors.
Fee: $24.00

Biology II - BSC 2011C

Preference will be given to students whose program requires this course. Continuation of BSC 2010C. Organismal anatomy and physiology as it relates to biodiversity, ecology and evolution. Emphasis on problem solving, analysis, synthesis of information, and applying data effectively. Fall, Spring, Summer  

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,3)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in BSC 2010C or C.I.
Fee: $2.00

Advanced Marine Biology - BSC 4312C

An advanced treatment of current issues in marine biology, emphasizing biodiversity and marine conservation through research, service-learning and field experiences. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,3)
Prerequisites: BSC3312 and a "C" (2.0) or better in PCB3044.
Fee: $45.00

Programming for Biologists - BSC 4434C

Basic concepts in biological software applications and will cover multiple computer languages and biological topics. Fall

Credits: COS_BIOL 3(2,1)
Prerequisites: STA 2023, BSC 2011C, MAC 2311C, and PCB 3063.

Biogeography - BSC 4821

Study of geographic variation in nature, ranging from past to present and from genes to ecosystems. Even Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(4,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both PCB 3044 and PCB 4683, or C.I.
Fee: $15.00

Scientific and Public Engagement for Biology Majors - BSC 4927

Practical experience and training disseminating biological research to a variety of audiences. Build skills in written, verbal, and visual representation of scientific or biological information. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS_BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: ENC 1102, Biology major, junior standing, one of the following: PCB3063L, or PCB3044L, or PCB4683L, and by instructor consent

Conservation Biology - BSC3052

Science, history and principles of conservation biology. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: PR or CR: a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in PCB3044 or C.I.

Principles of Marine Biology - BSC3312

Provides students with a foundation in the field of marine biology using a global perspective. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in both BSC2010C and BSC2011C.

Research Methods & Experimental Design - BSC3453

An introduction to research methods in biology, with specific focus on critical thinking, scientific skepticism, experimental design, and working with data relevant to biological questions. Students will learn the philosophy of the scientific method, how biological research is commonly conducted, and develop a skillset of data analysis techniques in relation to biological experiments and hypotheses. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(2,1)
Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in both BSC 2011 and STA 2023, and a grade of “C” or better in either PCB3044 or PBC 3063, or consent of the instructor.

Invasion Biology - BSC4330

General principles of invasion ecology. The study of addition of species into ecosystems as it provides insights into basic ecological and evolutionary questions. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in PCB 3044, or C.I.

Biology Laboratory Techniques - BSC4422L

Individual and small group instruction in current laboratory techniques beyond the scope of typical Biology laboratories. Graded S/U. May be repeated for credit. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1-4 (0,3-12)
Prerequisites: CHM2210 and a "C" (2.0) or better in PCB 3044, or C.I.

Genomics Lab: Methods in Data Collection and Analysis - BSC4445C

Hands-on approach to understanding how genomic databases are generated in the lab, and how they are analyzed computationally using bioinformatics pipelines. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(1,3)
Prerequisites: A grade of "B" (3.0) or better in PCB 3063 and completion of EHS Lab Safety Training online course and practical by end of add/drop, or instructor consent.

Urban Ecological Field Studies - BSC4861L

A service-learning course utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to developing models and implementing programs designed to result in environmental sustainability. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(0,3)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in BSC2010C or C.I.

Instructional Experiences in Undergraduate Biology - BSC4937

Preparation of undergraduate students to more effectively learn biological concepts by facilitating learning in a variety of university biology labs. Graded S/U. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 2(0,2)
Prerequisites: PCB3063, Biology major with 80 semester hours and 3.0 GPA

Marine Conservation Biology - BSC5316

Examine human impacts in marine ecosystems and how humans can become better stewards of these habitats. Even Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: Undergraduates: BSC 4312C , graduate standing or C.I.

Graduate Students: Admission to the M.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Certificate in Conservation Biology, PSM in Conservation Biology, or C.I.

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping - ENY3XXXC

Comprehensive overview of honey bee biology and practical introduction to the art and science and beekeeping. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,2)
Prerequisites: BSC2010C, BSC2011C or C.I.

General Entomology - ENY4004C

Biology of insects: identification, taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(2,6)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC2010C and BSC2011C, or C.I.
Fee: $15

Introduction to Environmental Science - EVR1001

Environmental science and environmental systems in the context of real places, real people, real problems and real data. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)

Honors Introduction to Environmental Science - EVR1001H

Environmental science and environmental systems in the context of real places, real people, real problems, and real data. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: Permission of Honors.

Oceanography - OCE3008

Biological, physical and chemical oceanography. Even Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM 2045C and CHM2046, and a "C" (2.0) or better in BSC2010C, or C.I.

Zoo and Aquarium Management - PAZ4234

Conservation, propagation and exhibition of wild animals in captivity. Summer.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both PCB3044 and PCB3063, or C.I.

Molecular Cell Biology - PCB 3023

Structure and function of eukaryotic cells including bioenergetics, protein structure and function, chromosome structure, DNA repair and recombination, membrane structure and transport, intracellular vesicle trafficking, cell signaling, apoptosis and cell cycle control and organization and functions of the cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix. Fall, Spring, Summer  

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM2210 and a "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC 2010C and PCB 3063, or C.I.

Principles of Ecology - PCB 3044

Elements of ecosystems, biogeochemical cycling, environmental factor interactions, population dynamics, and community development. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM 2045C or CHM 2041, and a "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C, or C.I.

Principles of Ecology Laboratory - PCB 3044L

Field and laboratory investigations of natural ecosystems, with emphasis on current methodology in ecology. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,3)
Prerequisites: PR: or CR: PCB 3044 or C.I.
Fee: $15.00

Genetics - PCB 3063

Basic principles of heredity as applied to prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Fall, Spring, Summer  

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM2046 and a "C" (2.0) or better in BSC 2010C, or C.I.

Honors Genetics - PCB 3063H

Basic principles of heredity as applied to prokaryotes and eukaryotes with honors content. Spring.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM2046 and a "C" or better in BSC 2010C, or C.I., and consent of Honors.

Genetics Laboratory - PCB 3063L

Introduction to laboratory techniques of genetics. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,3)
Prerequisites: PCB 3063 or C.I.
Fee: $28.00

Tropical Ecology and Conservation - PCB 3354

Geography, ecology, and environmental problems encountered in various tropical ecosystems with particular emphasis towards terrestrial systems in tropical rainforests. Even Fall.

Credits: COS_BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: PCB 3044 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better, or C.I.

Tropical Marine Biology - PCB 3355L

Intensive, one week field course at an institute of marine science. Diving/snorkeling will be used extensively to study organisms on pristine coral reefs. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 2(1,1)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C, or C.I.

Aquatic Ecology - PCB 3442

An introduction to aquatic ecology of Florida with emphasis on ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: BSC 2010C and a “B” or better in BSC 2011C
Fee: $20.00

Wetland Ecology and Biogeochemistry - PCB 4301C

Examination of wetland ecosystems, laws and policy, current research, global biogeochemical cycles, and relevant field and laboratory techniques. Even Spring

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(2,3)
Prerequisites: A grade of "B" (3.0) or better in PCB3044, or C.I.

Marine Ecology of Florida - PCB 4316C

Examine the physical and biological processes that impact coastal marine communities, focusing on the ecology of specific types of communities found in Florida’s coastal environment. Odd Spring.

Credits: 4 (3,3)
Prerequisites: OCE 3008 and BSC 3312 each with an "A" (4.0), or C.I.

Florida Ecology, Natural History and Conservation - PCB 4353

 General ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Florida. Odd Fall.    

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: PR: PCB 3044C, or C.I.

Genetics II - PCB 4514

Advanced topics in Genetics, including extra-nuclear inheritance, epigenesis, gene and chromosome mutation, genetics of development and behavior, and advanced genetic analytical techniques. Even Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in PCB3063, or C.I.

Wildlife Genomics - PCB 4575

Understanding how genomic methods are applied to problems in wildlife biology, with an emphasis on vertebrate animal species in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, including plants, microbes, and all forms of natural populations. Odd Fall.

Credits: COS_BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: "B" or better in PCB 4683

Evolutionary Biology - PCB 4683

Demographic and genetic structure of populations and their relationship to speciation, adaptation, and macroevolutionary processes in plants and animals. Fall, Spring, Summer  

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(4,0)
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" (2.0) in PCB 3063 and junior standing or C.I.

Evolutionary Biology Lab - PCB 4683L

Reading, problem solving and discussion on current topics in evolutionary biology. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,2)
Prerequisites: PCB 4683
Fee: $3.00

Population Genetics - PCB 4684

Field of population genetics and the study of various forces that result in evolutionary changes through time. Even Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both PCB3063 and PCB4683, or C.I.

Animal Physiology - PCB 4723

Functions of body processes occurring in animals, with emphasis on vertebrate physiology. Fall.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(4,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in PCB 3023, or C.I.

Ecosystems of Florida - PCB 5326C

Ecosystems of Florida will be discussed to include geography, geology, climate, energetics, nutrient cycling, community structure and conservation. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 5(3,2)
Prerequisites: Undergraduates: PCB 3044, PCB 3044L or equivalent, and graduate status or senior standing or C.I.

Graduate Students: Admission to the M.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Certificate in Conservation Biology, PSM in Conservation Biology, or C.I.
Fee: $15.00

Marine Ecology of Florida - PCB 5435C

Survey of experimental methods used in the study of marine communities in central and southern Florida, combining field manipulation and readings from primary literature. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(2,6)
Prerequisites: Undergraduates: BSC 4312C, graduate status or senior standing, or C.I.

Graduate Students: Admission to M.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, PSM in Conservation Biology, or Certificate in Conservation Biology, or C.I.

Models in Ecology - PCB 5485

A survey of how simulation models are applied to ecological questions of both a theoretical and managerial nature. Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Students: PCB 3044, MAC 2311 (or equivalent), and graduate status or senior standing or C.I.

Graduate Students: Admission to the M.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Certificate in Conservation Biology, PSM in Conservation Biology, or C.I.

Honors Principles of Ecology - PCB3044H

Elements of ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical cycling, environmental and biotic interactions, population dynamics, and community change. With Honors Content. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: CHM2045 or CHM2041, and a "C" (2.0) or better in BSC2010C or BSC2011C. CR: PCB3044L (Honors Version)

Honors Principles of Ecology Lab - PCB3044L

Elements of ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical cycling, environmental and biotic interactions, population dynamics, and community change. With Honors Content. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,1)
Prerequisites: CHM 2045 or CHM2041 and a "C" (2.0) or better in BSC2010 and BSC2011C. Co-requisite: PCB3044H Ecology (Honors Version)

Genetics Laboratory - PCB3063L

Introduction to laboratory techniques of genetics. Fall, Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,3)
Prerequisites: PR or CR: PCB3063 or C.I.
Fee: $28

Principles of Field Ecology - PCB3343L

Applied study of biodiversity, ecology and conservation through field trips, field research and/or lectures. Emphasis and location varies by instructor. may be repeated for credit only when course content is different. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 2-5(0,6-15)
Prerequisites: BSC2011C, PCB3044 or C.I.

Disease Ecology & Ecoimmunology - PCB4402

Examination of how hosts, parasites and environment interact to shape organisms, populations and communities. Odd Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A grade of "B" (3.0) or better in PCB3063 and PCB3044, or C.I.

Urban Ecology - PCB4408

Urban ecosystems, urbanizing landscapes, and the impacts of urban areas on ecological pattern and processes at local, regional and global scales. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: PCB3044 with a "B" (3.0) or better, or C.I.

Evolutionary Ecology - PCB5687

Evolution of life history traits (e.g., propagule size/number, age/size at maturity, survivorship and senescence) examined using a quantitative genetic framework. Occasional.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: Undergraduates: PCB4683 or equivalent or C.I.

Graduate students: Admission to the M.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Certificate in Conservation Biology, PSM in Conservation Biology, or C.I.

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy - ZOO 3713C

The vertebrate animals, relationships of organs and systems, and their phylogenetic significance. Spring, Odd Falls.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 5(3,6)
Prerequisites: BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C, or C.I.
Fee: $65.00

Biology and Ecology of Metazoan Invertebrates - ZOO 4205C

Anatomy, ecology, taxonomy, behavior, evolution, and parasitological relations of the radiates, bilateria, acoelous, pseudocoelous, schizocoelous, and enterocoelous invertebrates. Even Spring.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,3)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in all of the following; BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C, and PCB 3044, or C.I.
Fee: $34.00

Ornithology - ZOO 4271

Comprehensive course in bird biology covering global diversity, evolution and systematics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Odd Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC 2010C and BSC2011C, or C.I.

Vertebrate Evolution & Ecology - ZOO 4310C

Vertebrate evolution and ecology, based on the paleontological and ecological literature. The laboratory places heavy emphasis on classification/identification and field work. Even Spring.

Credits: COS_BIOL 4(2,6)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in all of the following; BSC2010C, BSC2011C, PCB 3044, and PCB 3063, or C.I.
Fee: $65.00

Herpetology - ZOO 4462C

Introduction to the biology of the amphibians and reptiles, their classification, evolution, and life histories. Odd Spring

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(2,4)
Prerequisites: PR: C.I.

Mammalogy - ZOO 4480

Diversity and biology of mammals from an evolutionary perspective. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(4,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both BSC2010C and BSC2011C, or C.I.

Animal Behavior - ZOO 4513

Study of the current ideas in animal behavior, including the mechanism of behavior and evolutionary explanations. Fall/Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in PCB 3044

Embryology/Development - ZOO 4603C

Concepts of developmental processes. Emphasis on mechanisms underlying vertebrate development. Fall, Odd Spring.  

Credits: COS-BIOL 5(3,4)
Prerequisites: A "C" (2.0) or better in both PCB 3063 and PCB 3023, or PCB 3522 or C.I.
Fee: $22.00

Ichthyology - ZOO3454

This course provides an introduction to fish biology and covers (in varying amounts of detail) the following topics: diversity, systematics, functional anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolution and conservation. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 3(3,0)
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" (2.0) or better in PCB3063 and PCB3044, or C.I.

Mammalogy Lab - ZOO4480L

This lab will enhance topics covered in the lecture further exploring the anatomy and identification of mammals with hands-on experience. Spring.

Credits: COS-BIOL 1(0,3)
Prerequisites: CR: ZOO4480

Comparative Vertebrate Histology - ZOO4756

A comparison of vertebrate anatomy at the tissue level and its evolutionary and phylogenetic significance. Even Fall.

Credits: COS-BIOL 4(3,1)
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in ZOO3713 or similar course, or C.I.

Research Experience in Animal Behavior in a Zoo Environment - ZOO4910L

An advanced course where students will be observing, documenting, and analyzing animal behavior in a zoological setting. Fall, Spring, Summer.

Credits: COS_BIOL 3(0,3)
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of a "B" (3.0) in ZOO4513, or C.I.