University of Wisconsin–Madison

Courses

The Department of Integrative Biology has all of its courses listed under Zoology.

Animal Biology (Biology/Zoology 101)

General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans.

Pre-Reqs: Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoology/Biology/Botany 151 or 152

Animal Biology Lab (Biology/Zoology 102)

General concepts of animal biology at an introductory level. The general body plans and strategies used to accomplish the basic tasks of staying alive of 9 major animal groups are studied using preserved and live animals. The diversity within each group of animals is studied by integrating the body plans with the lifestyle and ecology of the animals. The evolutionary relationships between the animals is a major part of the course. Dissections of earthworm, freshwater mussel,squid, sea star, and rat also aid the study of these general principles.

Pre-Reqs: Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoology/Biology/Botany 151/152

Introductory Biology (Biology/Botany/Zoology 151)

First semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Topics include: cell structure and function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics and selected topics in Animal Physiology. HS chem or concurrent registration in college chemistry strongly advised.

Pre-Reqs: Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoo/Bio 101, 102 or Botany/Bio 130

Introductory Biology (Biology/Botany/Zoology 152)

Second semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Continuation of 151. Topics include: selected topics in plant physiology, a survey of the five major kingdoms of organisms, speciation and evolutionary theory, and ecology at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Botany/Zoology 151. Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoology/Biology 101,102 or Botany/Biology 130

Introductory Biology (Zoology 153)

One-semester course designed for engineering majors including chemical and biological engineering. Meets with Zoology/Biology/Botany 151. Engineering students who need a biology course with a lab component should enroll in Zoology/biology/Botany 151. Topics include: cell structure and function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics, and selected topics in Animal Physiology. Concurrent registration in college chemistry strongly advised. Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoo/Bio 101, 102 or Botany/Bio 130.

Pre-Reqs: Enrollment in an undergrad engineering degree program

Directed Study (Zoology 199)

Recommended for Fr and So.

Pre-Reqs: Written cons inst. Open to Fr

Introductory Ecology (Botany/Envir St/Zoology 260)

For nonbiology students: the relationships of organisms and the environment. Population dynamics and community organization, human-environment relationships, action programs.

Pre-Reqs: Open to Freshmen. Does not count toward Botany or Zoology major

Directed Studies in Zoology (Zoology 299)

Intermediate level directed study/independent research. The purpose of this course to introduce undergraduate students to research questions and, facilitate their learning in the field of biology by providing them with guidance and mentorship in a research environment.

Pre-Reqs: Need consent of instructor

Invertebrate Biology and Evolution (Zoology 300)

Provides an introduction to invertebrate diversity and biology, with emphasis on anatomy, development, and systematic relationships of the main animal phyla. Phyla are discussed in the context of major themes in animal evolution, such as the origin of tissue layers, the diversity of feeding mechanisms, the evolution of terrestrialization, patterns of diversification through time, and the conservation of transcriptional circuitry. The aim of this course is to understand animal diversity from a phylogenetic and developmental perspective.

Pre-Reqs: BIOLOGY/ZOOLOGY 101 and 102; or BIOLOGY/BOTANY/ZOOLOGY151 and 152; or BIOCORE 381

Invertebrate Biology and Evolution Lab (Zoology 301)

Provides an introduction to invertebrate diversity and biology, with emphasis on anatomy, development, and systematic relationships of the main animal phyla, in parallel with the Invertebrate Biology and Evolution lecture course. Phyla are discussed in the context of major themes in animal evolution, such as the origin of tissue layers, the diversity of feeding mechanisms, the evolution of terrestrialization, patterns of diversification through time, and the conservation of transcriptional circuitry. The aim of this course is to understand animal diversity from a phylogenetic and developmental perspective.

Pre-Reqs: Concurrent enrollment in ZOOLOGY 300

Introduction to Entomology (Entom/Zoology 302)

Principles including morphology and classification; a general collection of insects required of each student.

Pre-Reqs: An elem course in zoology

Aquatic Invertebrate Biology (Zoology 303)

This course focuses on the form, function, development, basic physiology and ecology of the freshwater and marine invertebrates in the context of their environment. As a lecture and lab combination students will get a chance to study live invertebrate specimens, their habitat selection, adaptation and diversity.

Pre-Reqs: Zoology 101 and Zoology 102 OR Biology 151 and/or Biology 152

Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources (Envir St/Zoology 315)

General limnology. Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and processes of lakes. Environmental problems and rehabilitation of lakes.

Pre-Reqs: Intro course in biol; intro course in chem recommended

Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources Lab (Zoology 316)

Biological, physical, and chemical characteristics and their interrelationships in Wisconsin lakes and streams.

Pre-Reqs: Zool 315 or con reg

Parasitology (Entom/MM&I/Path-Bio/Zoology 350)

The biology of water-borne, food-borne, soil-borne and vector-borne parasites of animals including humans. Parasites are explored in the context of transmission, associated disease, diagnosis and treatment options, and environmental, cultural and socioeconomic drivers of disease epidemiology.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101 and 102, or Biology/Botany/Zoology 152 or Zoology 153, or Biocore 381

Extinction of Species (Envir St/F&W Ecol/Zoology 360)

A comprehensive treatment of the ecology, causes, and consequences of species extinction. Ecology and problems of individual species, habitat alteration and degradation, socio-economic pressures and conservation techniques and strategies.

Pre-Reqs: So st. An intro biology course strongly recommended

Medical Entomology (Entom/Zoology 371)

Arthropods of medical and veterinary importance, how they affect their hosts and transmit diseases.

Pre-Reqs: Intro course in zool or vet sci

Topics in Biology (Zoology 400)

Subject matter, credits and prerequisites vary.

Pre-Reqs: Varies

Introduction to Museum Studies in the Natural Sciences (Zoology 405)

Provides an overview of natural history museums, including history, field collecting, specimen preparation, collection preservation, ethics, education and employment opportunities. At the same time, it introduces students to the natural science museums and library collections located on the UW campus.

Pre-Reqs: Open to Jr, Sr, Grads, Adv special stdts

Evolutionary Biology (Anthro/Botany/Zoology 410)

Evolutionary biology, emphasizing how modern scientists study evolution. Topics include: nature and mechanisms of microevolution, macroevolution, adaptation, speciation; systematics and taxonomy; quantitative genetics and measurement of natural selection; phylogenetic analyses of behavior, physiology, morphology, biochemistry; current controversies in evolution.

Pre-Reqs: An elem course in zool or botany & So st; Genetics/Botany/Zool 160 or 466 recommended

Behavioral Ecology (Zoology 425)

Designed to explore how organisms make decisions and how these decisions affect their survival. These decisions are key aspects of an organism?s life, e.g. foraging behavior, mating behavior, anti-predator behavior, and habitat selection. The course approaches these questions with the perspective that understanding the proximal and ultimate basis of behavior requires understanding the ecological and evolutionary context of behavior.

Pre-Reqs: Intro biology (Zoology/Botany 151 & 152 or Zoology 101 & Botany 130 or Biocore 301 & 302). Evolution, ecology, genetics recommended

Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (Zoology 430)

Basic vertebrate anatomical systems and a consideration of variations, using functional embryological and evolutionary approaches. Lab dissection and study of representative vertebrate material. Two evening practical exams.

Pre-Reqs: Intro crse in zool & So st

Midwestern Ecological Issues: A Case Study Approach (Botany/Zoology 450)

This web course explores how ecological principles can be used to address contemporary environmental issues such as water quality, invasive species, and population growth. Emphasis on midwestern issues, practical approaches, the role of history, and geographic context.

Pre-Reqs: Intro biology crse, interest in solving problems

General Ecology (Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460)

Ecology of individual organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere. The interaction of organisms with each other and their physical environment. These relationships are studied, often in quantitative terms, in both field and laboratory settings; lecture and lab.

Pre-Reqs: Intro course in botany & zoology, or Bot/Zoo 151-152, or Biocore 301 or 333; for biol sci majors only

Introduction to Animal Development (Zoology 470)

This course introduces students to the major features and mechanisms of early embryonic development in animals, including (1) the major stages of early development, (2) how form arises in the embryo (morphogenesis), (3) how differences arise between cells in the embryo, and (4) how specific genes control these processes.

Pre-Reqs: Zool 101 or Zool 151/152

Plant-Insect Interactions (Botany/Entom/Zoology 473)

Multiple ways in which arthropods exploit plants, plant traits that deter or augment insects, environmental mediation of these interactions, effects on population dynamics, community ecology and co-evolution, and implications to natural resource management, environmental quality, and sustainable development.

Pre-Reqs: One of the following: Bot/For/Zoo 460, Ent/Pl Path/For 500, Pl Path/Bot 505, Forestry 550, or Entom 342

Undergraduate Neurobiology Seminar (Zoology 500)

Neurobiology seminar for undergraduates. A faculty lead lecture/discussion about a wide range of topics in neurobiology research from molecular neurobiology to integrative systems. Topics discussed by invited UW-Madison faculty researchers in any given semester can include: ion channels and synaptic plasticity, neural development, sensory and cognitive physiology, biological basis of behavioral disorders and cognitive decline.

Pre-Reqs: Declared in Neurobiology or Biology with the neurobiology option and Zoology/Psych 523 or concurrent enrollment

Modeling Animal Landscapes (Zoology 504)

This course uses computer and GIS-based modeling to explore how climate, topography, vegetation type, and key animal properties all interact to specify from first principles the energetgics and activity constraints of animals on any landscape. It links individual, population and community variables at landscape scales.

Pre-Reqs: Jr st

Ecology of Fishes (Envir St/Zoology 510)

Interactions of fishes with their physical, chemical, and biotic environment; physiological ecology, community ecology and fisheries sciences. Lake Mendota perch fishery and Shedd Aquarium field trips.

Pre-Reqs: 1 yr biol & chem & Jr st

Ecology of Fishes Lab (Envir St/Zoology 511)

Anatomy and taxonomy of Wisconsin fishes and projects in fish ecology.

Pre-Reqs: Zool 510 or con reg

Ornithology (An Sci/F&W Ecol/Zoology 520)

Introduction to bird biology, ecology, and behavior. Topics include the evolutionary origin of birds and flight, anatomy and physiology, functional morphology, migration, communication, reproductive strategies, ecological adaptations and roles, and biogeographical patterns.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101 and 102, Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152 or Biocore 381 and 382

Birds of Southern Wisconsin (An Sci/F&W Ecol/Zoology 521)

Outdoor and indoor labs/lectures emphasizing identification of southern Wisconsin birds by sight and vocalization. Two required Saturday field trips in Southern Wisconsin.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101 and 102 or Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152 or Biocore 381 and 382

Neurobiology (NTP/Psych/Zoology 523)

Basic mechanisms in cellular neurophysiology: electrophysiology and chemistry of nerve signals, mechanisms in integration, simple nervous pathways and their behavioral correlates.

Pre-Reqs: Biocore 323 or Zool 151/152 or Zool 101 plus an additional zool crse & a yr each of chem & physics

Tropical Herpetology (Zoology 525)

This course introduces students to perhaps the least known but most threatened groups of tropical vertebrates, the amphibians and reptiles (“herps”). The course consists of a series of eight two hours lectures that introduce students to the range of tropical habitats and the amphibians and reptiles to be found there, using the current extinction crisis among these animals as an underlying theme.

Pre-Reqs: Zoology 101 and Zoology 102 or Biology 152 or equivalent

Theoretical Ecology (Entom/Zoology 540)

Introduction to theoretical ecology, including hands-on experience in computer modeling. For students with ecology background; does not require a strong math background. 3-credit option requires project and consent of instructor.

Pre-Reqs: 1 year calculus, Zoo/Bot 260, Zoo/Bot/For 460 or equiv, & Jr st

Paleobiology (Geosci/Zoology 541)

The evolutionary process as interpreted from the fossil record. Topics include: the study of form; tempo and mode of evolution; levels and mechanisms of evolutionary change; extinction in the fossil record; trends and patterns in the history of life; macroevolution.

Pre-Reqs: Geosci 304 or 540 or course in introductory biology

Developmental Biology Lab (NTP/Zoology 555)

Developmental anatomy and laboratory manipulations of representative animal embryos used extensively for analysis of developmental phenomena (sea urchins, amphibia, annelids, molluscs, ascidians, insects, chicks, fish, mice).

Pre-Reqs: Prev or con reg in either Zoo 440, 470, 625, or Biocore 333, or cons inst

Human Cytogenetics (Genetics/MD Genet/Zoology 562)

Fundamental principles of cytogenetics and special problems of human cytogenetics for biology and medical students.

Pre-Reqs: Genetics/Bot/Zool 160 or 466 or Med Genet 721 or cons inst

Principles of Landscape Ecology (F&W Ecol/Land Arc/Zoology 565)

Landscape ecology emphasizes the importance of spatial patterns at broad scales. Concepts and applications are emphasized, especially for seniors and graduate students in applied natural resource fields. The course is also a prerequisite for Zoology/Forest Ecology 665, Advanced Landscape Ecology. Lecture format with discussion.

Pre-Reqs: Botany/Zoology/Forest 460, or Forest 550, a crse in stats, & cons inst

Cell Biology (Zoology 570)

Comprehensive course on modern aspects of cell biology.

Pre-Reqs: One yr college biol, one yr chem

Endocrinology (Zoology 603)

An introduction to the role that hormones play in a variety of physiological pocesses and behaviors from a molecular to a systems level. Topics include hormonal involvement in growth, development, homeostasis, reproduction, and behavior, with an emphasis on vertebrate systems.

Pre-Reqs: Background in biochem & cell-molecular biol recommended, but not required

Computer-based Gene and Disease/Disorder Research Lab (Zoology 604)

In recent years, a large number of open access biological and biomedical databases have become available for on-line, computer based research. Among these databases are the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Allen Brain Atlas, NIH DAVID, Genemania, ToppClusterPhenopedia, GeneNetwork, GWAS Central, and Broad Institute’s MSIgDB. Within these and other sites is a wealth of information regarding genes, gene expression, gene pathways, behavioral characteristics, and disorders or diseases, such as autism, arthritis, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Learning to navigate the various sites to take advantage of the information and push scientific discovery forward is a valuable skill to develop for any student interested in a career in science or medicine. In the early part of this laboratory course, students will be guided through a range of databases and shown how to extract information to develop new ideas. A key part of the course is that each student will pick a disease or disorder of interest (e.g., autism, arthritis, epilepsy, schizophrenia) and use multiple databases to develop new ideas on which genes may be playing important, but previously underappreciated or unknown roles.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101 or Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 or Biocore 381

Neurobiology and Behavior Lab (NeuroDPT/NTP/Physiol/Zoology 616)

Students will do three independent experimental modules exploring neurophysiology and behavior, each taking 4-5 weeks. Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 and will learn techniques and then develop their own short investigations into each of three separate areas of neurobiology. There will be continual interaction between students and faculty.

Pre-Reqs: Zoology/Psych 523 and Physio /Psych/Zoology 524 or NTP/Phmcol-m/Physiol 610 and Anatomy/NTP/Phmcol-m/Physiol/Psych 611

Molecular Ecology (Entom/Genetics/Zoology 624)

Basic principles of molecular ecology. Lecture topics include population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, rates and patterns of evolution, genome evolution, and molecular ecology.

Pre-Reqs: Botany/Genetics/Zoology 466, Genetics 467 or Biocore 383 or graduate student standing

Development of the Nervous System (Zoology 625)

Survey of the principles guiding neuronal development. Course will cover descriptive and experimental analyses of developmental mechanisms underlying the formation of both vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.

Pre-Reqs: One intermed level crse in biol; background in development & neurobiol recommended

Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms (Biochem/Phmcol-M/Zoology 630)

Lecture-discussion. Comprehensive coverage of human hormones, growth factors and other mediators; emphasis on hormone action and biosynthesis, cell biology of hormone-producing cells.

Pre-Reqs: Intro biochem (Biochem 501 or 507 & 508) & cell biology (Biocore 303 or Zool 570 or Path750) or cons inst

Neurobiology of Disease (NTP/Zoology 635)

Seminar course relating major categories of human neurological and opthalmological disease to fundamental topics in neurobiology.

Pre-Reqs: Zool/Neurosci 523 & 524 or cons inst

Conservation Biology (Botany/Envir St/F&W Ecol/Zoology 651)

Application of ecological principles and human dimensions to the conservation of biological diversity. Topics: biodiversity science; conservation planning; population ecology; habitat loss, species exploitation, invasive species, pollution; human attitudes and activities as they affect the biosphere; approaches to monitoring interventions.

Pre-Reqs: An ecology crse (eg, Botany/Zoology 460)

Modeling Neurodevelopmental Disease (NTP/Zoology 655)

This course will systematically explore current animal models of human diseases that affect the central nervous system. Topics will include birth defects that disrupt normal brain architecture (holoprosencephaly and neural tube closure defects), birth defects affecting the visual system, and postnatal disease, e.g. neurodegeneration and stroke. This course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Pre-Reqs: Graduate standing or BOTANY/GENETICS/ZOOLOGY 466, ZOOLOGY 470, NTP/PSYCH/ZOOLOGY 523, or ZOOLOGY 570

Climate Change Ecology (F&W Ecol/Zoology 660)

The evidence that the Earth’s climate is changing at unprecedented rates is now overwhelming. Environmental tipping points are being crossed and many species are adapting or failing to adapt. Climate change poses a significant problem for conserving and managing wildlife and their habitats. In this class, students will be introduced to climate change and its ecological impacts through engaging class discussions, online climate exercises, and group projects aimed at developing climate change adaptation plans.

Pre-Reqs: Junior or Senior standing as a Forest Science or Wildlife Ecology major; graduate student standing; F&W Ecol/Zoology/Botany 460; or consent of instructor

Historical Ecology (Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 672)

Historical Ecology is an area of ecology that considers the importance of past events for current ecosystems. Concepts and applications are emphasized. Multidisciplinary emphasis, for seniors and graduate students in biological sciences, social studies, and humanities. Discussion format.

Pre-Reqs: Graduate or senior standing and consent of instructor

Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Seminar (NeuroDPT/Psych/Zoology 674)

Behavior results from a complex interplay among hormones, the brain, and environmental factors. Behaviors and their underlying neural substrates have evolved in response to specific environmental conditions, resulting in vast species diversity in behavioral and neuroendocrine solutions to environmental problems. This seminar is designed to explore the primary literature on the neuroendocrine underpinnings of behavior spanning from feeding to sex differences in complex social behaviors. A range of taxonomic groups will be discussed, including (but not limited to) mammals, birds, and fish. A background in neuroscience and/or endocrinology is strongly recommended.

Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101 or Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 or Biocore 383

Senior Honors Thesis (Zoology 681)

Independent research. Topic selected, if possible, before the close of the junior year.

Pre-Reqs: Senior standing

Senior Honors Thesis (Zoology 682)

Independent research. Topic selected, if possible, before the close of the junior year.

Pre-Reqs: Senior standing

Senior Thesis (Zoology 691)

Independent research. Topic selected, if possible, before the close of the junior year.

Pre-Reqs: Senior standing

Senior Thesis (Zoology 692)

Independent research. Topic selected, if possible, before the close of the junior year.

Pre-Reqs: Senior standing

Directed Study (Zoology 698)

Selected research projects. Recommended for Jr and Sr.

Pre-Reqs: Requires written cons inst

Directed Studies in Zoology (Zoology 699)

Selected research projects. Recommended for Jr and Sr.

Pre-Reqs: Recommended for Jr & Sr; graded on a lettered basis; requires written cons inst

Ecosystem Concepts (Botany/Zoology 725)

Scope and objectives of ecosystem ecology; roles of theory, long-term studies, comparative studies, and large-scale experiments; scaling problems; ecosystem services and ecological economics; adaptive ecosystem assessment and management.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st. Experience in modeling, programming, or stats

Problems in Oceanography (Atm Ocn/Envir St/Geosci/Zoology 750)

Introduction to techniques used in the study of the biology, chemistry, geology, and physics of the marine environment.

Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Developmental Neuroscience (Anatomy/NTP/Zoology 765)

Analysis of neural development with emphasis on experimental approaches. Combination of lectures and discussions of primary literature. Topics include neural induction, patterning, mechanisms of axon guidance, neural crest cell migration and differentiation, cortical development, and synapse formation and elimination.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st in biol sci; undergrads with cons inst

Foundations of Evolution (Botany/Entom/Genetics/Zoology 820)

Through reading and analysis of the primary literature, this course will explore some of the most important themes and debates that have permeated evolutionary biology over the last 50 years. Students will read key papers related to each controversial topic, will debate the pros and cons of competing viewpoints, and will reflect on the relevance of the issues to contemporary evolutionary biology. Students will also write a paper that analyzes one topic in more detail. This course is intended for graduate students who plan to specialize in evolutionary biology, broadly construed.

Pre-Reqs: Graduate or professional standing

Advanced Landscape Ecology (Botany?F&W Ecology/Zoology 879)

Landscape ecology emphasizes spatial patterning–its development and importance for ecological processes–and often focuses on large regions. Concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology will be learned through lectures, readings, exercises in quantitative approaches, and an independent project.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst

Limnology and Marine Science Seminar (Atm Ocn/Botany/Civ Engr/Envir St/Geosci/Zoology 911)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st in limnology & marine sci grad prgm or cons inst

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Animal Behavior (Entom/Psych/Zoology 950)

Research methods in animal behavior studies in many disciplines.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st

Introduction to Ecology Research at UW-Madison (Agronomy/Atm Ocn/Botany/Entom/Envir St/F&W Ecol/Geog/Zoology 953)

This seminar course will introduce new graduate students to the diversity of ecologists across the UW-Madison campus. Course meetings will include discussions of key topics in professional development, research presentations by faculty members, and discussions of assigned papers with senior graduate students.

Pre-Reqs: None

Seminar in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology (An Sci/Obs&Gyn/Zoology 954)

Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Seminar-Limnology (Zoology 955)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st and cons inst

Seminar-Ecology (Zoology 956)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst

Seminar-Evolution (Zoology 957)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st or cons inst

Seminar-Biophysical and Physiological Ecology (Zoology 958)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Seminar in Cellular Biology (Zoology 960)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst

Seminar-Ethology (Zoology 962)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st & written cons inst

Seminars in Developmental Biology (Botany/Zoology 965)

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

Pre-Reqs: Grad st

Research (Zoology 990)

Pre-Reqs: Grad st

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