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Biology Courses

BIOL 100 Biology for Non-Majors
Biology for Non-Majors: An introduction to the principles of biology focused on evolution, ecology, modern genetics, and cell structure and function. Understanding the scientific method, the role of biology in modern society, and the application of biological knowledge in daily life will be emphasized throughout the course. This course fulfills the lab science requirement for graduation. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Lab fees apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 120 Microbiology for Health Professions
Microbiology for Health Professions: Principles of microbiology with emphasis on the pathogenic bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae and fungi. Laboratory includes methods for cultivation, isolation and identification of the above. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 101. Lab fees apply. May not be counted toward a major except in Nursing. 4 hrs.

BIOL 208 Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I: A study of general ecological and evolutionary principles, with emphasis on the origins and diversity of living organisms, their interactions, and their environment. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Lab fees apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 209 Principles of Biology II
Principles of Biology II: An introduction to the discipline of biology with a focus on molecular aspects. Topics will include cellular structure, division and metabolism, concepts of molecular biology such as DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, and genetic processes. Laboratory emphasizes the scientific method. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Lab fees apply. Recommended prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHEM 101 or CHEM 111. 4 hrs.

BIOL 213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology I: A study of the structure and function of the human body with focus on cells, tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, nervous and reproductive systems. Laboratory study is designed to demonstrate anatomical structures and basic physiological principles. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Recommended prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHEM 101 or CHEM 111. Lab fees may apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anatomy & Physiology II: A study of the structure and function of the human body with focus on the endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, respiratory and urinary systems. Laboratory study is designed to demonstrate anatomical structures and basic physiological principles. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Recommended prerequisites: BIOL 313 and CHEM 101. Lab fees may apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 304 Ecology
Ecology: Relationship of organisms to their environment; populations and communities; aquatic and terrestrial habitats; statistical methods. Laboratory includes both experimental and field studies. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: Biology 208. Also recommended BIOL 311 and 320. 4 hrs.

BIOL 305 Evolution
Evolution: An examination of the process of evolution from the level of molecules to macro-evolution. Among the topics to be covered are origins of life, the fossil record, human evolution, adaptation, mechanisms of speciation, co-evolution, and genetics as a means of understanding mutation, rates of evolution (clocks) and gene flow. Three hours of lecture each week. 3 hrs.

BIOL 307 Introduction to Microbiology
Introduction to Microbiology: Survey of microorganisms with emphasis on morphology, metabolism, genetics and identification of bacteria. Laboratory emphasizes basic skills and sterile techniques. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Lab fees may apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 309 Marine Biology I
Marine Biology I: Introduction to oceanography and marine biology emphasizing the ecology, distribution and classification of marine organisms. Three hours lecture and two required weekend field trips. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite/co-requisite: BIOL 208. 4 hrs.

BIOL 311 Botany
Botany: A study of the ecology, physiology, and evolutionary adaptations of plants, with emphasis on local flora. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 208. 4 hrs.

BIOL 313 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I: A study of the structure and function of the human body with focus on cells, tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, nervous and muscular systems. Laboratory study is designed to demonstrate anatomical structures and basic physiological principles. Students must complete a written assignment and give an oral presentation about current research on a topic related to course content. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Recommended prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHEM 101 or CHEM 111. Lab fees apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 314 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II: A study of the structure and function of the human body with focus on the endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, respiratory and urinary systems. Laboratory study is designed to demonstrate anatomical structures and basic physiological principles. Students must complete a written assignment and give an oral presentation about current research on a topic related to course content. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Recommended prerequisite: BIOL 313 and CHEM 101. Lab fees apply. 4 hrs.

BIOL 320 Zoology
Zoology: A survey of the various animal phyla from the protists through the vertebrates. Emphasis is on the phylogenetic history, evolutionary trends and the relationship between structure and function among animals. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 208. 4 hrs.

BIOL 322 Introduction to Immunology
Introduction to Immunology: This course will provide an introduction to the components of the immune system and how they work together in an immune response. Specific topics include innate and adaptive immune defenses, properties of antigens, development of immunity, the role of the immune system in transplantation, and how the immune system may respond incorrectly in cases of hypersensitivity and autoimmunity or may respond inadequately in cases of genetic or acquired immunodeficiency. Lecture. 3 hrs.

BIOL 330 Field Studies in Biology
Field Studies in Biology: Field studies in selected habitats or of particular groups of plants or animals. Lab fees may apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 208. 4 hrs.

BIOL 360 Biology Seminar
Biology Seminar: An introduction to reading and researching scientific literature and research proposal
writing. The course also addresses issues dealing with ethical conduct as a scientist. This course fulfills the writing intensive requirement. 3 hrs.

BIOL 390 Biol Lab Assistant
Biology Lab Assistant: Practical experience as a laboratory assistant in the department. Grading is
Pass/No Record. Prerequisite: 12 hours of biology with a grade of B or better and permission of the department. Pass/No Record. 0 hrs.

BIOL 391 Biol Lab Assistant
Biology Lab Assistant: Practical experience as a laboratory assistant in the department. May be repeated once for credit. Grading is Pass/No Record. Prerequisite: 12 hours of biologywith a grade of B or better and permission of the department. Pass/No Record. Repeatable for a total of 2 hrs. 1 hr.

BIOL 400 Cell Biology
Cell Biology: Study of cell structure and physiology. Laboratory emphasizes research methods, including instruments and techniques used in studying cells. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 209 and at least one year of college chemistry. 4 hrs.

BIOL 401 Comparative Physiology
Comparative Physiology: Study of the function of vertebrate systems. Comparisons made to invertebrate systems where appropriate. Includes lecture and laboratory experimentation. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 209 and 320. 4 hrs.

BIOL 402 Genetics
Genetics: Principles of heredity and variation in plants and animals. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: BIOL 209. 4 hrs.

BIOL 403 Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology: A study of the development of animals set within the framework of classical embryology and current molecular biology. Emphasis will be placed on the molecular events which govern the processes of fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, organogenesis and pattern formation. The laboratory will highlight experimental approaches to studying development. Lab fees may apply. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 209. 4 hrs.

BIOL 404 Current Issues in Biology
Current Issues in Biology: An investigation of current topics of interest in biology. Topics may include subject area content or noteworthy issues associated with the conduct of science and its impact on society. Repeatable for a total of 2 hrs. 1 hr.

BIOL 430 Topics in Biology
Topics in Biology: Selected topics based on faculty and student interest in subjects not offered as part of the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit with different subtitles. Lecture and lab hours may vary with the credit hours and the course taught. Lab fees apply when appropriate. Repeatable for a total of 8 hrs. 1-4 hrs.

BIOL 450 Independent Study in Biology
Independent Study in Biology: Research projects in the area of the student's interest; written report and/or oral examination may be required. Prerequisite: BIOL 208 and permission of the instructor. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-4 hrs.

BIOL 470 Biological Investigation
Biological Investigation: Research projects are completed in the area of the student's interest and draw upon laboratory, field and/or library investigations. A written report and oral presentation are required. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

GRADUATE COURSE

BIOL 510 Pathophysiology
Pathophysiology: This course covers the etiology and development of pathophysiological processes at the
cellular, tissue and systems levels. Knowledge of altered physiological mechanisms will be connected to analysis of the manifestations and treatment of disease processes. Prerequisites: BIOL 313 and BIOL 314. 3 hrs.

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