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BIOL 072 Fundamental Readings in Biology 3-0-3

Study-skills course for pre-nursing, pre-allied health, or pre-science majors who have limited background in biology. Covers basic concepts. Emphasizes reading and understanding scientific textbooks.
Cannot be used for degree credit.
Corequisite: READ 072. 

 

BIOL 095 The Human Body 3-0-3

 Elementary survey of structure and function of human body in health and disease. Includes cells and tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscles, the nervous system, and the circulatory system.
Cannot be used for degree credit. 
 

BIOL 101 Introductory Biology I 3-0-3

Life processes, the cell as a basic unit of life, major body systems, human development, and simple genetics. Suitable for non-science majors.
 

BIOL 102 Introductory Biology II 3-0-3

Evolution, origin of life, ecology, and impact of man on urban environment. Includes evaluation methods of environmental pollution and pest management.
Especially suitable for non-science majors.
Cannot be used as a required course by general science majors.
 

BIOL 107 Introductory Biology I Laboratory 0-3-1

Explores topics discussed in BIOL 101.
Corequisite: BIOL 101.

 

BIOL 108 Introductory Biology II Laboratory 0-3-1

Explores topics discussed in BIOL 102.
Prerequisite: BIOL 107 or permission of instructor.
Corequisite: BIOL 102.
 

BIOL 114 Nutrition 3-0-3  

Nutrients, including functions, factors affecting utilization, food sources, dietary allowances, food habits and special needs. Includes dietary calculations and evaluation and current issues in nutrition.

 

BIOL 120 Introductory Plant Biology 3-0-3 

Basic principles of biology of plants; interrelationships of structure and function at succeeding levels: cell, organism, population, community, and ecosystem. Anatomy and physiology of seed-producing plants and “lower plants” focusing on major organ systems.
Corequisite: BIOL 121.
 

BIOL 121 Introductory Plant Biology Laboratory 0-2-1

The use of microscopy systems to investigate the anatomy and physiology of plants, focusing on the identification and study of tissue and organ systems.
Corequisite: BIOL 120.

 

BIOL 141 General Biology I 3-0-3

Biochemistry, cell biology, cellular metabolism, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and tissue structure. For general science and health science majors.
First of two lecture courses covering the biological sciences.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 143 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 142 General Biology II 3-0-3

Genetics, population genetics, embryology, evolutionary theory, animal behavior, and ecology. Surveys the five kingdoms of life, with emphasis on evolutionary relationships. (For general science and health science majors.)
Second of two lecture courses covering the biological sciences.)
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143. 
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 144 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 143 General Biology I Laboratory 0-3-1

Use of the microscope, study of cell and tissue structure, osmosis and diffusion, genetics, photosynthesis, respiration, plant anatomy, and vertebrate anatomy. Dissection required.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 141 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 144 General Biology II Laboratory 0-3-1

Genetics, embryology, evidences of evolution, animal phylogeny with dissection of members of representative groups, plant phylogeny with emphasis on terrestrial adaptation, and characteristics of fungi.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 142 during the same semester.

  

BIOL 161 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 3-0-3

Overview of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, circulatory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Explores structure and function organs and their relationship to each other and to the total human organism.
Corequisite: BIOL 163.

 

BIOL 163 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 0-3-1

An anatomic survey of organs and structures covered in BIOL 161. Studies confined to the use of anatomically accurate models.
Corequisite: BIOL 161.

 

BIOL 180-184 Biological Issues 0-(2-4)-(2-1);(1-3)-0-(1-3)

Special topics course designed by individual faculty in order to allow interested students and faculty to explore areas of biology not covered by the usual offered courses. Students may receive up to 4 credit hours for each class.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143.
Corequisites: BIOL 142, 144 or permission of instructor and department chair.

 

BIOL 201 Botany 3-0-3

Plant cell, plant anatomy, plant morphology, plant physiology, plant ecology, and plant evolution. (For general science majors.)
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 142 and 144.
Corequisite: BIOL 203.
  

BIOL 203 Botany Laboratory 0-3-1

Plant cell, plant anatomy, plant morphology, plant physiology, photosynthesis, and plant taxonomy with emphasis on phylogeny.
Corequisite: BIOL 201.
 

BIOL 204 Plant Taxonomy 3-0-3

Introductory study of plant identification, naming and classification. Covers history of plant systematics and the role of evolution in plant taxonomy. Proper preparation and cataloging of museum specimens is also covered.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143, or BIOL 120, 121 or BIOL 209.
Corequisite: BIOL 205.

 

BIOL 205 Plant Taxonomy Laboratory 0-3-1

Basic techniques of plant collection and identification with emphasis on the local major plant families of vascular plants. Herbarium mounts will be prepared.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143 or BIOL 120,121.
Corequisite: BIOL 204.

  

BIOL 207 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 3-0-3

Vertebrate characteristics, vertebrate embryology, vertebrate taxonomy and phylogeny, and evolutionary development of vertebrate organ systems. (For general science majors.)
Prerequisite: “C” or better in BIOL 144.
Corequisite: BIOL 209.
 

BIOL 209 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory 0-3-1

Concentrates on dissection. Stresses vertebrate phylogeny and trends in the evolutionary development of vertebrate organ systems.
Corequisite: BIOL 207.
 

BIOL 210 Microbiology 3-0-3

Emphasizes human pathogens. Includes the prokaryotic cell, bacterial growth and reproduction, bacterial metabolism, bacterial genetics, pathogenic bacteria, and antimicrobial drugs. (For general science and health science majors.)
No credit for both BIOL 210 and BIOL 211.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or better; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 212 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 211 Microbiology of Human Pathogens 3-0-3

Pathogenic bacteria, fungi, protozoans, viruses, and helminths are characterized and etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of related infectious diseases are described. (For general science and health science majors.)
No credit for both BIOL 210 and 211.
Prerequisites:

  • “C” or better in BIOL 120, 121, or “C” or better in BIOL 201, 203.

  • “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or “C” or better in BIOL 161 and 163; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or higher; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.

  

BIOL 212 Microbiology Laboratory 0-3-1

Taxonomy of microorganisms, bacterial morphology and staining techniques, culture methods, identification of unknown bacteria using morphological, physiological, and serological techniques.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or “C” or better in BIOL 161 and 163; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or higher; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 210 or 211 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 231 Introduction to Biological Evolution 3-0-3

Concepts of evolutionary biology. Topics include development of the modern theory of evolution, heredity and genetics, natural selection, sexual selection, speciation, coevolution, extinction, life histories, population genetics, and human evolution.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143.
Corequisites: BIOL 142, 144 and permission of instructor and department chair.

  

BIOL 245 Genetics 3-0-3

Introduces principles of inheritance. Includes Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics, human genetics, and role of genetics in evolution.
Prerequisite: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143.
 

BIOL 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3-0-3

Systemic survey of human body. Emphasizes structure, function, and chemical mechanisms.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or better; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 253 during the same semester.

  

BIOL 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3-0-3

Continuation of systemic survey of human body.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 251 and 253.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 254 during the same semester.

  

BIOL 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 0-3-1

Hands-on experience in microscopy. Dissection required.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or better; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 251 during the same semester.

 

BIOL 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 0-3-1

Hands-on experience in microscopy. Dissection required.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 251 and 253.
Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 252 during the same semester.

  

BIOL 271 Pathophysiology 3-0-3

Alteration in biologic processes affecting the body’s dynamic equilibrium or homeostasis. Integrates knowledge from the basic and clinical sciences. Covers all major organ systems, with special attention to nervous and endocrine systems.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 252 and 254.

 

BIOL 272 Natural History of the Vertebrates 3-0-3

Introduction to the natural history of the vertebrates; their evolution, classification, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, and the impact that man has had on vertebrates. The focus for this course is on the extant species.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 142, 144.
Corequisite: BIOL 273.

 

BIOL 273 Natural History of the Vertebrates Laboratory 0-3-1

Survey of the general anatomy of representatives of the major vertebrate classes. Lab concentrates on vertebrate structure and identification of local fauna. Dissections, field trips, and handling of animal cadavers and museum preparations are required.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 142, 144.
Corequisite: BIOL 272.

 

 BIOL 281 Introduction to Ecology 3-0-3

Concepts of ecology, climatic adaptations, social relations among animals, population genetics, population dynamics, life histories, competition, predation, community ecology, and ecosystem function. Emphasis on keystone species and local examples of mesohabitats and microhabitats.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143.
Corequisites: BIOL 283 and 142, 144 or permission of instructor and department chair.

 

BIOL 283 Introduction to Ecology Laboratory 0-3-1

Field research in ecology. Emphasis on practical experiences in a field setting looking at organismal interactions at the local mesohabitats and microhabitats.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143.
Corequisites: BIOL 281 and 142, 144 and permission of instructor and department chair.

 

BIOL 296-299 Biological Internship 0-4-1

Internship service class involving handling,care and presentation of domestic and exotic animals at the various Audubon facilities. Class will present information covering basic animal biology, safe handling procedures and the natural history of specific species kept by the Audubon education department.

Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours. BIOL 296

Prerequisites:

  • “C” or better in BIOL 141, 143,

  • Departmental permission and Audubon staff approval.

 
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