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Course Descriptions

  • Biology 111 - Biology 1: The Unity of Life. Fundamental principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic life. An examination of life processes from the molecular to the ecological. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 112 - Biology 2: The Diversity of Life. Evolutionary diversity of eukaryotes, with an emphasis on animals and plants. Animal and plant structure and function. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 216 - Cell Biology. A study of the structure and function at the molecular, organelle, and cellular levels of organization. The course will examine in detail the major cellular processes in eukaryotic cells. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 221 - Human Anatomy & Physiology. An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Designed for students in various fields, requiring a basic but comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 230 - Genetics & Evolution. An examination of the fundamentals of transmission, population and molecular genetics, and the principles of organic evolution. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 243 - Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates. Comparative structure of the vertebrates with emphasis on selected types. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 290 - Pathophysiology. This is a foundational course in the study of physiologic and pathologic concepts of human homeostasis and alterations in homeostasis. It focuses on rationales for adaptations of human functioning to stressors and altered health states. It provides a basis for understanding alterations in functioning imposed by diseases processes so that application to understanding clinical presentations can be made. Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and other supplementary science courses may provide a foundational knowledge bases for this course. Prerequisite: Biology 221. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 305 - Marine Biology. An introduction to the diverse array of marine organisms and marine habitats. Examination of the ecology of oceans from the intertidal to the deep sea. Emphasis upon adaptation to environmental factors and ecological relationships. Prerequisite: a college biology course or consent of instructor. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 310 - Developmental Biology. The study of patterns of development, mechanisms of cellular differentiation, and cellular interactions in development in animals and plants. Examination of the cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms governing these processes. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 321 - Cadaver Dissection. Advanced training in gross human anatomy and dissection techniques. Students will perform selected dissections on a human cadaver specimen. Prerequisite: 221 or 243 and consent of instructor. Graded S/U. Credit 1 or 2 hours.

  • Biology 322 - Animal Behavior. Examines the different philosophical approaches and experimental methodologies used to study animal behavior including ethology, comparative psychology, sociobiology, and behavioral ecology. The primary focus of these explorations will be to understand the proximate mechanistic causes and ultimate evolutionary explanations for the behavior of animals. A wide taxonomic spectrum of animals will be considered ranging from the simplest protozoans to guppies and human beings. Specific topics include communication, foraging, reproduction, and sociality. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

  • Biology 325 - Animal Physiology. A general and comparative examination of the major functional systems in animals. Emphasis upon regulatory mechanisms underlying physiological processes. Physiological adaptations at the cellular, molecular, and organ-system levels will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 330 - Systematic Botany. Field and laboratory work in the identification and classification of native flowering plants with consideration of their evolutionary relationships. Credit 1 to 3 hours.

  • Biology 331 - Principles of Nutrition. Utilization of basic nutrients throughout the life cycle. Emphasis on community nutrition and diet therapy. Prerequisites (or concurrent enrollment): Biology 221 and Chemistry 111, or faculty consent. Credit 3 hours.

  • Biology 334 - Microbiology. An introduction to the study of micro-organisms with emphasis on bacteria. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 336 - Ecology. The relation, formation, and associations of animal and plant communities. Prerequisites: Biology 121 and Biology 130. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 352 - Readings in Biology. An independent study course in the biological sciences for specific and advanced fields of study. Open to students of junior/senior standing with 8 or more hours in biology. Consent of instructor required. Graded S/U. Credit 1 or 2 hours.

  • Biology 353 - Problems in Biology. An independent study course in the biological sciences that utilizes one or more components of the scientific method in conducting field or laboratory research: literature review, development of methodologies, data collection, data analysis, and/or the writing of a scientific paper. Open to students of junior/senior standing with 8 or more hours in biology. Consent of instructor required. Graded S/U. Credit 1 or 2 hours.

  • Biology 430 - Biochemistry. An introduction to the structure and function of biomolecules. Emphasis on proteins and carbohydrates. Protein structure, enzyme kinetics, and regulation are studied as a carbohydrates and their metabolism. Structure of lipids, steroids, and nucleic acids are taught; a brief time is given to their synthesis and reactions within the cell. Prerequisites: Chemistry 111, 112, 221, and either 222 or permission from the instructor. Cross-listed with Chemistry. Credit 5 hours.

  • Biology 461 - Seminar in Biology. While content will vary from year to year, the general theme of this seminar will be evolutionary biology. Credit 1 hour.

  • Biology 463 - Research Design. This course will cover aspects of biological research including research opportunities, library and computer resources, data reduction and analysis, scientific writing, and illustration techniques. Each student will choose a research advisor or off-campus internship and submit a research proposal for departmental approval. Credit 1 hour.

  • Biology 464 - Senior Research. Library research, development of methodologies, data collection, data analysis, and writing of the scientific paper. Prerequisite: Biology 463. Credit 3 hours.

 

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