Course Descriptions

Biology Course Descriptions

BIO-designated courses except BIO160, BIO435, and BIO498 qualify as General Education Science electives.

BIO120

Concepts of Biology - 3 Credits

This survey course assists students in understanding the basic and unifying principles of life. Students focus on a wide variety of topics including structure and function, organization, diversity, biochemistry, evolution, behavior, ecology, and population dynamics.



BIO121

Human Biology - Health and Disease - 3 Credits

This one-semester course focuses on the human systems (integument, nervous, muscular, skeletal, digestive, circulatory, excretory, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, and immune). Students learn about normal structure and function, and then they apply these concepts and principles to a study of major abnormalities in each system (skin cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, palsy, seizure activity, acromegaly, Addison's Disease, etc.).



BIO143

General Biology I - 3 Credits

General Biology I is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a foundation for all other biology courses. Discussions will focus on the nature of science in general, bimolecular, origin of life, cells and their components, energy and metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction and division, inheritance, taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, protists, vascular and non-vascular plants, and a survey of the animal kingdom (excluding vertebrates). Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133.



BIO143L

General Biology I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO143 General Biology I.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133 Lab.



BIO144

General Biology II - 3 Credits

General Biology II is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a continuation of the foundation established in BIO143. Discussions will focus on DNA, gene structure, function and expression, biotechnology, developmental biology, evolution, population genetics and dynamics, species interactions, biological communities, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO143, or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO134.



BIO144L

General Biology II Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO144 General Biology II.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO134 Lab.



BIO150

Nutrition - 3 Credits

This course presents a scientific study of the basic principles of nutrition. Nutrient requirements, diet, biochemistry, diseases, and socio-economic concepts are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on changes throughout the human life cycle.



BIO160

Medical and Scientific Terminology - 3 Credits

An essential part of learning biology or almost any other science is the mastery of the terminology used. This task may be made easier if one becomes more aware of the meaning and derivation of the word elements (parts) that form these technical terms. By becoming familiar with the word elements, technical terms become easier to remember, and newly encountered words are easier to understand. Students in this course learn (in both group and individual competitions) to establish a personal database of these word elements so that they can more accurately understand novel scientific and medical terminology.



BIO180

Forensics - 3 Credits

This course begins with a basic overview of forensic science from the "science" viewpoint. Scientific principles and practices will be applied to specific examples within the following: drug analysis, paternity, DNA fingerprinting, hair/fiber analysis, blood identification, microscopy, spectrophotometry, and chromatography.

Prerequisites: BIO143 or ENV121 and permission of the instructor.



BIO180L

Forensics Laboratory - 1 Credits

Students will have the opportunity to learn about several forensic techniques and increase their skill at each technique in a hands-on format. Each student will perform experiments and analyze evidence with techniques including, but not limited to, the following: density determination, measurement and accuracy, statistical analysis, microscopy, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprint analysis, impression lifting and analysis, DNA fingerprinting and gel electrophoresis, thin layer chromatography, light spectrophotometry, glass fragment analysis, soils, ballistics, spatter patterns, and gas chromatography.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: FRS180 or CHM116 or BIO144 or permission of the instructor.



BIO203

Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 Credits

This is a study of the organization of the human body from the atomic level to the entire individual. The focus of this course includes biochemistry, cytology, histology, and the following: integument, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. The laboratory portion of this course will allow students to learn structures and relationships in a self-paced fashion.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144, or permission of the instructor.



BIO203L

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO203 Anatomy and Physiology I.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144L, or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO201 Lab.



BIO204

Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 Credits

This is a continuation of the study of the organization of the human body from the atomic level to the entire individual. The focus of this course includes the following: endocrine, reproductive, immune, digestive, urinary, cardio-vascular, excretory, and respiratory systems. The laboratory portion of this course will allow students to learn structures and relationships in a self-paced fashion.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisites: One of the following BIO120, BIO121, BIO143, or BIO203.

This class was previously called BIO202.



BIO204L

Anatomy and Physiology II Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO204 Anatomy and Physiology II.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO202 Lab.



BIO226

Botany - 3 Credits

Botany is a study of vascular and nonvascular plants. In this course, students will focus on the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of vascular and non-vascular plants as well as the physiology and ecology of representative species from the major plant phyla (divisions).

Prerequisite: BIO144.



BIO230

Microbiology - 3 Credits

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms. The focus of this course will be on bacteria, yeast and viruses. Discussion will concentrate on the role of microbial communities that live in and around humans, their metabolism, growth, and reproduction as well as their position in the food web and species interactions. Special attention will be given to microbes used for food production. The laboratory portion of this course will focus on standard microbiological techniques and use of these techniques in a student designed experiment.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115 or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO220.



BIO230L

Microbiology Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO230 Microbiology.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO220 Lab.



BIO235

Zoology - 3 Credits

Zoology is the study of the anatomy, physiology, evolution and ecology of members of the animal kingdom. In this course, students will survey members of the major invertebrate and vertebrate animal phyla and in an evolutionary context. Special attention will be paid to the anatomical features of each major animal phyla and their classes. The laboratory portion of this course will involve observation and dissection of representative members from most of the animal phyla.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144 or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO225.



BIO235L

Zoology Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO235 Zoology.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO225 Lab.



BIO280

Forensic Science II - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of several aspects of forensic science including crime scene processing, evidence collection, chain of evidence (with associated paperwork), motor vehicle accidents, blood spatter, and ballistics. Students will be asked to analyze evidence, participate in case 144 studies, and utilize databases for both ballistics and blood spatter.

Prerequisites: FRS180, FRS180L or permission of instructor.



BIO290

Chemistry and Physics in Forensics - 3 Credits

To analyze many crimes, one needs to have a good understanding of both chemistry and physics. Students will learn about the fundamentals of organic and inorganic chemistry (titration, precipitation, color metric tests) and apply them to forensic uses. Students will also apply the basic physical principles (one dimensional and two dimensional analysis, kinematics, motion and gravitation, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, solids and fluids, and heat and thermodynamics).

Prerequisites: MAT130, FRS180, or PHY115 and CHM115, or permission of instructor.



BIO305

Endocrinology - 3 Credits

Chemical messengers participate in communication, regulation, and development of living organisms. A general survey of these messengers, their sites of production, and mechanisms of action will be discussed. While the major emphasis of this course will be on animal systems and their physiological responses, hormones and biochemical communication in plants will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115.



BIO306

Genetics - 3 Credits

Genetics is not only the study of inheritance patterns, but also the study of chromosomal structure, mutational events, population genetics, and molecular genetics. During the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to learn—in correct historical time line—about the development of this discipline and the basic principles that are used in many other areas of biology.

Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115, or permission of the instructor.



BIO307

Experiments in Molecular Biology - 3 Credits

Experiments in Molecular Genetics is a laboratory course that builds on the theoretical knowledge established in previous courses. In this course, students engage in hands-on learning in the areas of molecular biology and biotechnology. Laboratory activities will include restriction digests, PCR, DNA Sequencing, Northern, Southern, and Western Blots, DNA Finger Printing, cloning and use of expression vectors, ELISA, and immunoblots.

Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115, CHM116 or permission of the instructor.



BIO310

Developmental Biology - 3 Credits

When comparing members of the animal kingdom, individual species may appear to be very different. The developmental stages of vertebrates and invertebrates including changes in morphology, physiological alterations, genetic regulation, and evolutionary relationships do, however, provide a link that connects members of the animal kingdom. While this link may no longer be visible in the adult form, it is clear during embryological development. These connections can provide meaningful information to help understand adult anatomy, physiology and evolutionary relationships.

Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115.



BIO311

Cell Biology - 3 Credits

This is a study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell anatomy and physiology. Topics include cell communication, responses to environmental change, metabolic processes, and cell culture systems. Laboratory activities will promote the development of culture technique and hands-on learning to support the principles discussed in lecture.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144, CHM115, CHM116 or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO301.



BIO311L

Cell Biology Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO311 Cell Biology.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO301 Lab.



BIO313

Biochemistry - 3 Credits

Biochemistry comprises a survey of basic principles of organic and biological chemistry as well as molecular biology with an emphasis on broad understanding of chemical events in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biologically important molecules.  Topics include organic functional groups, reactions, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, metabolism, and neurochemistry.



BIO315

General Physiology - 3 Credits

General Physiology is the study of how creatures function and what factors affect those functions. Topics of discussion include basic biochemistry, homeostasis, communication, energy production, equilibrium, electrical signals, locomotion, reproduction, and transport and gas exchange.

Prerequisite: BIO144.



BIO315L

General Physiology Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO315 General Physiology.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144L



BIO320

Evolution- 3 Credits

In recent years, evolution has come to be the unifying theme for all biological disciplines. This course will focus on the basic evolutionary principles including, but not limited to: speciation, natural selection, molecular clocks, adaptation, mimicry, co-evolution, origin of life, and evidence in support of evolution. Students will be expected to draw upon information obtained from lecture, texts, and primary articles.

Prerequisite: BIO144 and CHM115 or permission of the instructor.



BIO330

Molecular Biology - 3 credits

This course examines the principles and ethical implications of molecular biology and biotechnology. Molecular biology is the study of the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. Biotechnology is the application of molecular biology and underlines recent innovations in medicine, agriculture, and other fields. Applications include genetic engineering, therapeutic cloning, genetically modified organisms, gene therapy,and genetic testing.

Prerequisite: BIO144 and CHM115 (or permission of the instructor)



BIO330L

Molecular Biology Lab - 1 credit

This course is offered as part of BIO330 Molecular Biology.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: BIO144L and CHM115L (or permission of the instructor)



BIO350

Pharmacology - 3 Credits

Many students within the Biology program are interested in working in the medical field.  Advance Pharmacology is part of the graduate curriculum for Pharmacy Schools, Medical Schools, Veterinary Schools, Physician Assistant Programs etc.  This course will provide individuals with basic knowledge of medications in order to make educated decision related to drugs and health, and prepare students for more vigorous graduate studies if they choose to go that route. 

This class was previously called BIO315.



BIO360

Ecology - 3 Credits

Ecology is the study of how living creatures interact with the living and non-living components of their environment. Topics in this course include population dynamics, energy flow, biological and geochemical cycles, decomposition, community structure and composition, plant and animal defenses, pest management, and environmental factors that may disrupt the global or local community.

Prerequisite: BIO134.

This class was formerly called BIO260.



BIO435

Independent Study 1-- 3 Credits

Students engage in independent research in either a laboratory or field setting. Students may also elect to complete a literature review. Results of this work are presented at the end of the semester. Application, proposal submission and registration policies should be discussed with the faculty mentor prior to registration.



BIO498

Internship 1 - 3 Credits

Students engage in independent research in either a laboratory or field setting. Students may also elect to complete a literature review. Results of this work are presented at the end of the semester. Application, proposal submission and registration policies should be discussed with the faculty mentor prior to registration.

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Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.