Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Course Descriptions

EEB 240 – Human Anatomy
4 Credit Hours
Gross and microanatomy of the human.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab.
Credit Restriction: May not be applied toward the ecology and evolutionary biology concentration.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): One of the following: BIOL 101, 102, 130, or 140.

EEB 304 – Socio-Economic Impact of Plants
3 Credit Hours
Significance of plants in origin and development of human cultures, evolution of cultivated plants, and role of plants in present civilization.
Contact Hour Distribution: Includes occasional field trips.
Credit Restriction: May not be applied toward the ecology and evolutionary biology concentration.

EEB 305 – Evolution and Society
3 Credit Hours
Issues and controversies surrounding the teaching and learning of evolution in America today. Writing-emphasis course.
(Same as Anthropology 305.)
Credit Restriction: May not be applied toward the ecology and evolutionary biology concentration.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 130 or Biology 101-102 or Biology 111-112 or Anthropology 110.

EEB 306 – Ecology and Society
3 Credit Hours
Issues and controversies in ecology and their biological, social, and economic significance.
Credit Restriction: May not be applied toward the ecology and evolutionary biology concentration.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 130 or Biology 101-102 or Biology 111-112.

EEB 309 – Biology of Human Affairs
3 Credit Hours
Current topics in biology and their public relevance, especially the interaction between biology and government. Issues include conservation, health, agriculture, national parks, population, etc.

EEB 330 – Field Botany
3 Credit Hours
Principles of taxonomy, basic ecological concepts and identification, recognition, collection and preservation of local, native and naturalized plants.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 140.

EEB 351 – Biodiversity of Fungi
4 Credit Hours
Evolution, classification, collection, preservation and morphological and molecular identification of fungi with emphasis on aquatic and terrestrial flora of east Tennessee.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 2 two-hour labs.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 102 or 111 or 130.

EEB 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Biology
4 Credit Hours
Study of vertebrate animals, including identification, phylogeny, ecology and structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations. Lab emphasizes local diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and freshwater fish.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and a 3 hour lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 130 or Biology 101-102 or Biology 111-112.

EEB 370 – Ethology and Sociobiology
3 Credit Hours
Basic concepts in the evolutionary approach to behavior, including applications to psychology, the social sciences, and the humanities.
(Same as Psychology 370.)

EEB 400 – Undergraduate Research
1-2 Credit Hours
Research projects under supervision of faculty.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 8 hours.
Credit Restriction: Maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the biological sciences major.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

EEB 404 – Ecosystem Ecology
3 Credit Hours
Integrated study of biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and their interactions with emphasis on southeastern ecosystems and current topics such as global change and species invasions.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

EEB 405 – Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory
2 Credit Hours
Introduction to observational and experimental research in ecosystem ecology including field measurement of components of the carbon and nitrogen cycle, field and green house experiments, and laboratory manipulations. Requires periodic field trips to research sites and at least one overnight field trip.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 404.

EEB 406 – Models in Biology
3 Credit Hours
(See Mathematics 405.)

EEB 407 – Senior Honors Thesis
3 Credit Hours
Written preparation and oral presentation of faculty-supervised student research.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 400.
Registration Restriction(s): Biological sciences major/honors ecology and evolutionary biology concentration.

EEB 409 – Perspectives in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
3 Credit Hours
Forefront considerations of ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology. Emphasis on current developments for applications, including societal and economic impacts and moral and ethical implications. An oral presentation and a referenced library-research essay are required. Writing-emphasis course.
Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)

EEB 413 – Art and Organism – Integrative Biology of Aesthetic Experience
3 Credit Hours
An integrative approach to fundamental concepts of developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and physiology applied to culture, art and aesthetic experience.
(Same as University Studies 413.)

EEB 414 – Plant Anatomy
3 Credit Hours
Cells, tissues, and organs. Their development in vegetative and reproductive structures of vascular plants. Emphasis on seed plants.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 111-112 or Biology 130-140.

EEB 415 – Field Ecology
4 Credit Hours
Study of the field methods to examine fundamental concepts in ecology, including development of skills in hypothesis development, experimental design, field observation, plant, animal and microbial sampling techniques, data reduction and statistical analysis, and written and oral presentations.
Contact Hour Distribution: Lectures and field trips.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

EEB 421 – Community Ecology
3 Credit Hours
Interactions between individuals, species, communities and environments, including competition, coexistence, predation, herbivory. Causes and consequences of biological diversity; biological invasions. Application of advanced sampling and analysis techniques. Local to global environmental change. Includes periodic field trips or laboratories.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

EEB 424 – Plant Diversity and Evolution
3 Credit Hours
A survey of the evolutionary history of photosynthetic cyanobacteria and green plants (green algae, bryophytes, lycophytes, ferns and seed plants). A hands-on laboratory provides an in-depth understanding of major morphological and developmental features of each group.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture, 1 two hour lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 102 or Biology 111 or Biology 130.

EEB 426 – Plant-Animal Interactions
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to the evolutionary and ecological aspects of interactions between plants and animals, including herbivory, pollination, and seed dispersal. Emphasis is on historical development of the field, discussions of primary literature, design of experiments, and writing.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

EEB 433 – Plant Ecology
3 Credit Hours
Interactions between individuals, species, communities and their environments. Circulation of energy and matter in ecosystems. Includes weekly field trips or laboratory periods and at least two weekend field trips.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

EEB 450 – Comparative Animal Behavior
3 Credit Hours
Principles and methods of ethology with emphasis on ecological, developmental, physiological, and evolutionary aspects.
(Same as Psychology 450.)

EEB 454 – Animal Communication
3 Credit Hours
(See Psychology 454.)

EEB 459 – Comparative Animal Behavior Laboratory
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to observational and experimental research in ethology.
(Same as Psychology 459.)
(RE) Corequisite(s): 450.

EEB 460 – Evolution
3 Credit Hours
Principles, facts, and theories regarding biological evolution. Concepts, processes, and product in development of organic diversity. Historical development of ideas concerning biological evolution.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 240.

EEB 461 – Special Topics in Organismal Biology
3 Credit Hours
Evolution, ecology, biogeography, classification, and anatomy of selected animal and plant taxa.
Repeatability: May be repeated if topic differs. Maximum 12 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 240.

EEB 462 – Paleoecology
3 Credit Hours
An introduction to ecological function in deep time. The course develops an integrative geological and organismic framework for understanding the ecological drivers of biodiversity change through time.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 102 or 111 or 130 or Geology 102 or permission of instructor.

EEB 463 – Plant Ecophysiology
4 Credit Hours
An introduction to fundamental principles of biophysical function in plants in relation to structure from evolutionary and ecological perspectives. Laboratory involves experimental measurements of plant structure and function, including gas-exchange, xylem hydraulics, and chlorophyll fluorescence.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 1 lab.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 100 or 110 or 120; Biology 102 or 111 or 130 or permission of instructor.

EEB 464 – Macroevolution
3 Credit Hours
History of life, phylogenetics, trait evolution, levels of selection, speciation and extinction, coevolution, taphonomy, astrobiology.
Recommended Background: Biology 240.

EEB 470 – Aquatic Ecology
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to the physio-chemical nature of inland waters with description of biotic communities and their interrelationships.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 130 and Biology 250.

EEB 473 – Herpetology
3 Credit Hours
Classification, evolution, ecology, biogeography, and anatomy of amphibians and reptiles.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 240.

EEB 474 – Ichthyology
4 Credit Hours
Evolution, classification, collection and identification, distribution and biology of fishes with emphasis on freshwater fauna of eastern North America.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 2 labs.
Recommended Background: Biology 250.

EEB 484 – Conservation Biology
3 Credit Hours
Application of principles and techniques of ecological research to conservation of biological diversity at genetic, population, community, and ecosystem levels.
Recommended Background: Biology 250.

EEB 490 – Undergraduate Seminar
1 Credit Hours
Weekly departmental research seminar presenting current research in the areas of ecology, behavior and evolutionary biology by UT faculty and researchers from around the world.
Registration Restriction(s): Biological sciences major; minimum student level ? junior.

EEB 493 – Independent Study
1-9 Credit Hours
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
Credit Restriction: Maximum of 3 hours may be applied toward the major.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

EEB 495 – Evolutionary Ecology
3 Credit Hours
Basic concepts in evolutionary and ecological genetics. Biogeography, climate, population genetics, evolution and natural selection, population growth and regulation, competition, niche, experimental ecology, predation, phylogenetics in ecology, and biodiversity and conservation.
Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both 495 and 595.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Biology 250.

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