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Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 1. EM / MSE 550 Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation 4
Agronomy 2. Agron / EnvSci 473 Soil Genesis and Landscape Relationships 4
  3. Agron 502 Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Soils 2
  4. Agron / Geol 555 Soil Clay Mineralogy 3
  5. Agron / Geol 555L Soil Clay Mineralogy Lab 1
Animal Science 6. AnS 551 Animal Molecular Biology 3
  7. AnS 561 Population and Quantitative Genetics for Breeding 4
Anthropology 8. Anthr 519 Skeletal Anthropology 3
  9. Anthr 524 Forensic Anthropology 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology 10. BBMB 411 General Biochemical Research Techniques 3
  11. BBMB/FSHN/BMS/GDCB 542 Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques 1 per time
Biomedical Sciences 12. BMS / Tox 554 General Pharmacology 3
Chemistry 13. Chem 510 Advanced Survey of Analytical Chemistry 3
  14. Chem 511 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 3
  15. Chem 513 Analytical Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy 3
  16. Chem 516 Analytical Separations 3
  17. Chem 572 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 3
  18. Chem 577 Mass Spectrometry 2
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology 19. EEOB 565 Morphometric Analysis 4
Entomology 20. Ent / Tox 675 Insecticide Toxicology 3
Genetics 21. Gen 411 Molecular Genetics 3
  22. Gen 462 Evolutionary Genetics 3
  23. GDCB/MCDB 511 Molecular Genetics 3
  24. GDCB 508 Biotechnology in Agriculture, Food and Human Health 3
  25. GDCB/Micro 679 Light Microscopy 5
  26. GDCB/Micro 680 Scanning Electron Microscopy 5
Materials Science & Engineering 27. MSE 533 Characterization Methods in Materials Science 3
  28. MSE 534 Scanning Electron Microscopy 3
  29. MSE 535 X-Ray, Electron and Neutron Diffraction 3
Sociology 30. Soc 584 Issues in Crime and Justice 3
Statistics 31. Stat 401 Statistical Methods for Research Workers 4
  32. Stat 415 Adv. Statistical Methods for Research Workers 3
Toxicology 33. Tox / VDPAM / 501 Principles of Toxicology 3
  34. Tox / VDPAM 546 Clinical and Diagnostic Toxicology 1 to 3
Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine 35. VDPAM / VMPM 522 Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health. 3
Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine 36. VMPM 586 Medical Bacteriology 4
Veterinary Pathology 37. V Pth 542 General Pathology 2


E M 550. Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation.
(Same as M S E 550.) (3-2) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 324,Math 385.
Principles of five basic NDE methods and their application in engineering inspections. Materials behavior and simple failure analysis. NDE reliability, and damage-tolerant design. Advanced methods such as acoustic microscopy, laser ultrasonics, thermal waves, computed tomography, and thermoelectrics are analyzed. Laboratory experiments on all basic methods: ultrasonics, eddy currents, x-ray, liquid penetrants, magnetic testing, and visual inspection are performed.


Agron 473. Soil Genesis and Landscape Relationships.
(Same as EnSci 473.) (2-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 154or 402.
Relationships between soil formation, geomorphology, and environment. Soil description, classifi cation, geography, mapping, and interpretation for land use. Two weekend fi eld trips. Credit for only 473 or 473I may be applied for graduation, not both. Nonmajor graduate credit


Agron 502. Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Soils. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.
Prereq: 114, 154, Biol 101, Chem 163, and Math 140.
Soil chemical, physical, and biological properties that control processes within the soil, their influence on plant/soil interactions, and soil classification. Basic concepts in soil science and their applications. Required course for the Master of Science in Agronomy degree program. Restricted to graduate students enrolled in degree programs at Iowa State University.


Agron 555. Soil Clay Mineralogy.
(Same as Geol 555.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2005. Prereq: 473,Chem 164. Recommend: Geol 311.
Structure and behavior of clay minerals in soil environments, with emphasis on layer silicates and on Fe, Mn, and Al oxides.


Agron 555L. Soil Clay Mineralogy Laboratory.
(Same as Geol 555L.) (0-3) Cr. 1. Alt. F., offered 2005.
Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 555. Thompson. Application of X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and chemical analyses to identification and behavior of clay minerals in soils.


An S 551. Animal Molecular Biology.
(Dual-listed with 451.) (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 352, BBMB 221 or organic chemistry, Biol 313.
Introduction to use of molecular biology techniques in domestic animal research and production. Restriction endonuclease mapping, gene mapping, gene cloning, DNA sequencing and amplification, and analysis of genetic differences at the molecular level.


An S 561. Population and Quantitative Genetics for Breeding.
(Same as Agron 561.) (4-0) Cr. 4. F.Prereq: Stat 401.
Population and quantitative genetics for plant and animal breeding. Topics include: forces that change gene frequency, covariance between relatives, response to artificial selection, inbreeding depression, heterosis, cross-breeding, genotype-byenvironment interaction, linkage analysis, mapping of quantitative trait loci, and marker assisted selection.


Anthr 519. Skeletal Biology. (Dual-listed with 319.)
(2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2006. Prereq: 307 or college level biology recommended.
Comprehensive study of the skeletal anatomy, physiology, genetics, growth, development and population variation of the human skeleton. Applications to forensic anthropology, paeopathology, and bioarchaeology are introduced.


Anthr 524. Forensic Anthropology. (Dual-listed with 424.)
(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2006. Prereq: 319.
Comprehensive study of forensic anthropology, a specialized subfield of biological anthropology. Emphasis is placed on personal identifications from extremely fragmentary, comingled, burnt, cremated and incomplete skeletal remains. All parameters of forensic study are included as they pertain to anthropology, including human variation, taphonomy, entomology archaeology, pathology, epidemiology; genetics and the non-biological forensic disciplines. An appreciation for the wide range of medicolegal and bioethical issues will also be gained.


BBMB 411. Techniques in Biochemical Research.
(1-8) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 404 or501,Chem 210 or 211.
Introduction to laboratory techniques for studying biochemistry, including: chromatographic methods; electrophoresis; spectrophotometry; enzyme purification; enzyme kinetics; and characterization of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Nonmajor graduate credit.


BBMB/FSHN/BMS/GDCB 542 Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques.
Cr. 1 per module. F.S.SS. Prereq: Graduate classification.
Workshops in basic molecular biology techniques and related procedures. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.
A. DNA Techniques. (See Genetics, Development and Cell Biology)
B. Protein Techniques. Includes fermentation protein isolation, protein purifi cation, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, NMR, confocal microscopy and laser microdissection, immunophenotyping, and monocional antibody production. (S.SS.)
C. Cell Techniques. (See Genetics, Development and Cell Biology)
D. Plant Transformation. (See Genetics, Development and Cell Biology)
E. Proteomics. Includes two-dimensional electrophoresis, laser scanning, mass spectrometry, and database searching. (F.)


B M S 554. General Pharmacology. (Dual-listed with 354; Same as Tox 554.)
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 549 and552; BBMB 404, 405.
General principles; drug disposition; drugs acting on the nervous, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems.


Chem 510. Advanced Survey of Analytical Chemistry.
(2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: 316 and 316L.
Selected topics in modern quantitative analysis including analytical separations, titrimetry, spectroscopy, and other instrumental methods.


Chem 511. Advanced Quantitative Analysis.
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 316 and 316L.
General methods of quantitative inorganic and organic analysis. Aqueous and nonaqueous titrimetry; selective reagents; sampling and sample dissolution; modern instrumentation; sensors; atomic and molecular microscopy; bioanalytical methods; data evaluation; chemometrics; and analytical literature.


Chem 513. Analytical Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy.
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 316 and 316L,322, 322L.
Introduction to physical optics and design of photometric instruments. Principles of absorption, emission, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy. Error and precision of optical methods. Ultraviolet, visible, and infrared methods of qualitative and quantitative organic and inorganic analysis.


Chem 516. Analytical Separations.
(3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 316 and 316L, 322, 322L.
Principles and examples of inorganic and organic separation methods applied to analytical chemistry. Solvent extraction, volatilization, ion exchange, liquid and gas chromatography, and electrophoresis.


Chem 572. Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds.
(2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 332.
Principles of infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy as applied to organic chemistry.


Chem 577. Mass Spectrometry.
(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2007. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
Basic physics, instrumentation, chemical and biological applications of mass spectrometry.


EEOB 565. Morphometric Analysis. (Dual-listed with Biol 465.)
(3-2) Cr. 4. Alt. S., offered 2006. Prereq: Stat 401.
A comprehensive overview of the theory and methods for the analysis of biological shape with emphasis on data acquisition, standardization, statistical analysis, and visualization of results. Methods for both landmark and outline data will be discussed.


Ent 675. Insecticide Toxicology. (Same as Tox 675.)
(2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2005. Prereq: 555 or Tox 501.
Principles of insecticide toxicology; classification, mode of action, metabolism, and environmental effects of insecticides.


Gen 411. Molecular Genetics.
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 314.
The principles of molecular genetics: gene structure and function at the molecular level, including regulation of gene expression, genetic rearrangement, and the organization of genetic information in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Nonmajor graduate credit.


Gen 462. Evolutionary Genetics. (Same as Biol 462, Dual-listed with EEOB 562.)
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 315.
The genetic basis of evolutionary processes in higher organisms. The role of genetic variation in adaptation, natural selection, adaptive processes, and the influence of random processes on evolutionary change. Nonmajor graduate credit


GDCB 511. Molecular Genetics. (Same as MCDB 511.)
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 313 and BBMB 405.
The principles of molecular genetics: gene structure and function at the molecular level, including regulation of gene expression, genetic rearrangement, and the organization of genetic information in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.


GDCB 508. Biotechnology in Agriculture, Food, and Human Health.
(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Biol 211 and 212.
Scientific principles and techniques in biotechnology. Products and applications in agriculture, food, and human health. Ethical, legal, and social implications of biotechnology. A research paper is required for graduate credit.


M S E 533. Characterization Methods in Materials Science.
(2-3) Cr. 3. Prereq: Mat E 214 or equivalent.
Characterization of ceramic, metal, polymer and glassy materials using modern analytical techniques. Spectroscopic (IR, Raman, UV/VIS/NIR, and NMR), thermal (DSC, DTA/TGA, and DMA) methods, mechanical and rheological testing, magnetic and electrical characterization, and powder characterization.


M S E 534. Scanning and Auger Electron Microscopy.
(2-3) Cr. 3. Prereq: Phys 222.
Characterization of materials using scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron microprobe, and auger spectrometer. Compositional determination using energy and wavelength dispersive x-ray and Auger spectroscopies. Specimen preparation. Laboratory covers SEM operation.


M S E 535. X-Ray, Electron and Neutron Diffraction.
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Mat E 214.
Introduction to theory of X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction, symmetry operations, space groups, and reciprocal lattice. Laue and powder diffraction methods and their application to precise lattice parameters, determination of simple crystal structures, phase identification orientation, texture, grain size, strain, residual stress, and order-disorder.


Stat 401. Statistical Methods for Research Workers.
(3-2) Cr. 4. F.S.SS. Prereq: 101 or 104 or 105 or 226.
Graduate students without an equivalent course should contact the department. Methods of analyzing and interpreting experimental and survey data. Statistical concepts and models; estimation; hypothesis tests with continuous and discrete data; simple and multiple linear regression and correlation; introduction to analysis of variance and blocking. Nonmajor graduate credit.


Stat 415. Advanced Statistical Methods for Research Workers.
(2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2007. Prereq: 401.
Advanced statistical methods using modern computer methods for modeling and analyzing data. Examples from a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines. Nonmajor graduate credit.


Tox 501. Principles of Toxicology. (Same as VDPAM 501.)
(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: BBMB 404 or equivalent.
Principles of toxicology governing entry, fate, and effects of toxicants on living systems. Includes toxicokinetics and foreign compound metabolism relative to toxification or detoxification. Fundamentals of foreign compound effects on metabolism, physiology, and morphology of different cell types, tissues, and organ systems.


Tox 546. Clinical and Diagnostic Toxicology.
(Same as VDPAM 546.) (0-3 to 0-9) Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 526 or DVM degree.
Advanced study of current problems and issues in toxicology. Emphasis on problem solving utilizing clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory resources.


VDPAM 522. Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health.
(Same as VMPM 522.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Micro 310 or equivalent.
Epidemiology and ecology of disease in populations. Disease causality and epidemiologic investigations. Issues in disease prevention, control, and eradication.


V MPM 586. Medical Bacteriology. (Same as Micro 586.)
(4-0) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
Bacteria associated with diseases of vertebrates, including virulence factors and interaction of host responses.


V Pth 542. General Pathology. (Dual-listed with 342.)
(3-2) Cr. 2. S. 8 weeks, offered second half semester only. Prereq: Graduate classification and Biol 352 or equivalent for graduate credit; permission of instructor.
Basic pathology with emphasis on disease in animals.