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Biology Course Descriptions

16 credits:

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 CHE 105
A second-semester 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
3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 102
(Corequisite in CHE 251 recommended)
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
3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 201
(Corequisite in CHE 252 recommended)
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.

28 credits:

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.  (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

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.  (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

BIO 101   Biological Principles I
4 credits
(Required for Biology majors and minors)
A lecture–laboratory course for science majors 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 231   Botany
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 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 BIO 020
A seminar based on the reading of current biological literature and the presentation of research seminars. In addition, students will prepare and present senior research proposals for a senior research project.

BIO 301   Genetics and Lab
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO102and 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 BIO 102 and 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 311   Molecular and Physiological Microbiology
4 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 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 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 department faculty.  Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest.  In this course the student will refine 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 department faculty.  Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest.  In this course the student will collect and analyze data, finish  and submit  a written report, and do a public presentation of his or her research.

4-8 credits from the following:

BIO 201   Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 102; CHE 101 or CHE 103 or CHE 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 310   Invertebrate Zoology and Lab
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 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 in order that a clear understanding of each taxonomic phylum may be attained.

BIO 312   Developmental Biology and Lab
4 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 102
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 322   Vertebrate Zoology and Lab
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 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.

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Fun Fact

The most requested student favorites in the cafeteria are Tabasco Chicken and Mac and Cheese (Source: Sodexo Sales as of June 2014).

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