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Biology Course Descriptions

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements.

Other Requirements

CHE 101 Principles of Chemistry I

4 credits

An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry, including modern concepts of atomic and molecular theory, physical states of matter, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, gas laws, equilibria, and reactions of inorganic compounds.

CHE 102 Principles of Chemistry II

4 credits

Prerequisite: CHE 101 or 105

A general chemistry course that introduces the topics of equilibrium, kinetics, ionic equilibria of weak electrolytes, solubility product, coordination compounds, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Qualitative analysis is included in the laboratory portion of this course.

CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I – Lecture

3 credits

Prerequisite: CHE 102  

(Recommended corequisite of CHE 251)

An in-depth study of the chemistry of organic compounds. This course includes nomenclature, structure, reactions, stereochemistry, an introduction to absorption spectroscopy, and uses and reaction mechanisms of organic molecules.

CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II – Lecture

3 credits

Prerequisite: CHE 201  

(Recommended corequisite of CHE 252)

A continuation of CHE 201.

CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I – Lab  

1 credit

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 201

An introduction to the techniques and methods of the organic chemistry laboratory. This course includes the synthesis of various classes of compounds, determination of properties and structures, product evaluation, introduction to various instruments, and identification.

CHE 252 Organic Chemistry II – Lab

1 credit

Prerequisite: CHE 251 or corequisite: CHE 202  

A continuation of CHE 251.

Major Requirements

BIO 010 Biology Seminar I

0 credits

Research seminars, reviews of professional biology literature, and research proposals presented by biology majors, faculty members, and/or guest speakers.

BIO 020 Biology Seminar II

0 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 010

Research seminars, reviews of professional biology literature, and research proposals presented by biology majors, faculty members, and/or guest speakers.

BIO 100 Life Systems

3 credits

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150).

BIO 101 Biological Principles I

4 credits

A lecture–laboratory course stressing the nature of science and scientific methodology. Basic ecological concepts and human impact on the environment are studied. The chemistry of life, the cellular basis of life, genetics, energy relationships, and metabolism are presented. Both the classical aspects and the areas of recent research are included.

BIO 102 Biological Principles II

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 101

A continuation of BIO 101. Major topics covered include plant and animal biology. Structural and functional relationships are stressed. Major structures, adaptations, and evolution of Monera, Protista, and Animal kingdoms are surveyed. Current areas of research are included. Dissection of representative organisms including the fetal pig is required.

BIO 104 Environmental Science and Lab

4 credits

A study of the organization of ecosystems and human use of natural resources, including problems and opportunities generated by human interaction with the environment. Basic ecological principles are applied to current environmental issues and topics. Environmental case studies and current environmental literature are employed. Laboratory activities include field trips, simulations, and other activities designed to enhance lecture topics.

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO 100 or 102; CHE 101 or 103 or 104  

An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of cellular structure and physiology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. A strong background in biology and basic knowledge of physiological systems is assumed. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 251 is recommended.

BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 201

Continuation of BIO 201. An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 252 is recommended.

BIO 231 Botany

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 102

An extensive study of the plant kingdom and related organisms. Major topics include taxonomy, structure, morphology, development, physiology, reproduction, and evolution of plants. Ecological awareness is encouraged.

BIO 300 Biology Literature and Seminar

2 credits

Prerequisites: BIO 010 and 020

A seminar based on the reading of current biological literature and the presentation of research seminars. Students prepare and present proposals for a senior research project.

BIO 301 Genetics and Lab

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 102; CHE 201

An in-depth study of classical and molecular genetics. Students see how the science of genetics has emerged from its infancy to present-day molecular aspects of inheritance, including recombinant DNA technology. Both lecture and laboratory stress cytological, biochemical, and evolutionary aspects of gene action.

BIO 302 Cell and Molecular Biology

4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO 100 or 102; CHE 201

A lecture/laboratory course designed to shed light on the considerable research directed at understanding the chemical reactions occurring in the cell and the relationships they bear on cellular structure and function.

BIO 310 Invertebrate Zoology and Lab

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 102  

A study of the biology and taxonomy of major invertebrate groups with special emphasis on structure-function relationships: their life histories, evolution, ecology, and economic importance. Laboratory sessions involve the observation and dissection of representative invertebrate organisms so that a clear understanding of each taxonomic phylum may be attained.

BIO 311 Bacteriology and Lab

4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO 100 or 102; CHE 201  

An introduction to bacterial structure, metabolism, growth principles, genetics, and identification. Other topics covered include antibiotics, bacteriophage, and infectious diseases caused by bacteria. (Students may not take both BIO 210 and BIO 311 for credit.)

BIO 312 Developmental Biology and Lab

4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO 100 or 102; CHE 201  

A study of progressive changes that occur within cells, tissues, and organisms during their life span. Development at the molecular, biochemical, genetic, morphological, and physiological levels are examined through lecture, discussion, and laboratory exercises.

BIO 315 Ecology

3 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 102

A lecture course involving study of populations, communities, and individual organisms in relation to their environment. Abiotic and biotic factors, chemical cycles, population and community ecology, and succession are studied in depth. Interaction of organisms with physical and chemical components of the environment is stressed. Use of statistical methods in ecology is covered.

BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology and Lab

4 credits

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 102

A study of the evolution and comparative structure and function of the organ systems in all major groups of the phylum chordata. Laboratory work requires dissection of lamprey, shark, mud puppy, and cat with frequent reference to other representative vertebrates, especially humans.

BIO 425 Biology Senior Research I

1 credit

Prerequisite: BIO 300  

The first of two courses that comprise an individually arranged research project under the guidance of faculty. Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest. In this course the student refines research methods and experimental design, including data collection, and complete initial sections of the final written report.

BIO 426 Biology Senior Research II

1 credit

Prerequisite: BIO 425

The second of two courses that comprise an individually arranged research project under the guidance of faculty. Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest. In this course the student collects and analyzes data, finishes and submits a written report, and does a public presentation of his or her research.

Other Math and Science Courses outside Biology Requirements:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics

5 credits

Prerequisite: MAT 111 with a grade of C or higher

A study of topics including set theory, relations, functions, analytic geometry, synthetic division, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, and graphing techniques.

MAT 122 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  

4 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher

A study of topics including descriptive statistics and data analysis; elementary probability; binomial, hyper geometric, and normal probability models; the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; elementary hypothesis testing; linear regression; and correlation. Students apply these topics to problems arising from the natural sciences, social sciences, health industry, and business environment. (This course does not fulfill the statistics requirement of mathematics majors and minors.)

PHS 203 University Physics I

5 credits

Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 201

This lecture and laboratory course stresses the fundamental principles of mechanics, momentum, work and energy, rotational motion, and fluid statics and mechanics. The course uses calculus in derivation of the laws of physics and in problem solving.

PHS 211 Elementary Physics

5 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 or MAT 114 with a grade of C or higher

This lecture and laboratory course addressing topics including the fundamentals of kinematics, dynamics, statics, oscillation, electromagnetism, and optics.

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