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BIO 95   Pre-A&P Foundations in Science ...   1

This course provides the foundations of scientific terminology and concepts useful for success in Anatomy & Physiology I (acceptable prerequisite for BIO 240/243). Topics include: scientific method, chemistry of life, cell biology, genetics, energetics, overview of human systems.  This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.   Offered online only.

BIO 100   Introductory Biology ...   3

Introduction to biology, the science of life. Includes origin and nature of life, from simplest single-celled forms to complex plants and animals and human beings. Appreciation of diversity and unity in living world by studying form and organization of the bacteria and other cells to specialization of structures in human body. Offered online only.

BIO 105   Essentials of Biology ...   3

Examines fundamental principles of biology. Includes organization of living things, scientific method, cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and relationship between biology and society. Suitable for non-science majors.

Corequisites: Recommended (not required) BIO 106

BIO 106   Essentials of Biology Laboratory ...   1

Emphasis on use of methodologies typical of biological studies. Compliments topics covered in BIO 105. Suitable for non-science majors.

Corequisites: BIO 105

BIO 110   Human Biology ...   3

Survey of human body structure and function for non-science major. Study of all organ systems of the body along with current topics in human biology.

BIO 113   Human Biology Laboratory ...   1

Use of models, specimens, and investigative activities intended to enhance study of human organism.

Corequisites: BIO 110

BIO 120   Introduction to Ecology ...   3

Explores structure and function of ecosystems. Study of general ecological principles in context of current problems in world's ecosystems.  Course includes field trips to off-campus locations.  Hybrid course.   (For non-science majors.)

BIO 121   Introduction to Ecology Laboratory ...   1

Ecological investigations in field and laboratory settings and procedures similar to those used by ecologists to study the natural world. Investigations will complement topics covered in BIO 120. Course includes field trips to off campus locations. Requires concurrent enrollment in BIO 120.

Corequisites: BIO 120

BIO 122   Environmental Sciences ...   3

Study of biological and physical characteristics and principles of nature. Deals with diverse topics such as ecology, endangered species, pollution, meteorology, earth studies, populations, etc. Occasional guest speakers or field trips included. (For non-science majors)

BIO 130   Human Sex and Reproduction ...   3

Human reproduction from biological point of view. Topics include human inheritance (from chromosomes to biotechnology), human reproduction (male and female anatomy and physiology), fetal development and birth, sexually transmitted diseases (emphasis on AIDS epidemic), and evolution of sexual reproduction. (For non-science majors.)

BIO 150   General Biology I ...   5

Prerequisites: MAT 121, One year of high school biology or equivalent with a C or better; One year of high school chemistry or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Basic principles of plant and animal biology, including cell biology, biochemistry, energetics, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Appreciation of scientific method in general and biological methodology. Lab component will emphasize the use of methodologies typical of biological studies. For science majors.

BIO 151   General Biology II ...   5

Prerequisites: BIO 150 with a grade of C or better

Continuation of General Biology I. Emphasis on botany, zoology, animal systems, behavior, taxonomy. Lab component will feature laboratory and field activities that complement studies in lecture. For science majors.

BIO 160   General Botany ...   4

Prerequisites: BIO 150

Introduction to diversity of plant kingdom. Topics include plant cell structure, physiology of plant cell, study of major groups of plants and their life cycles, and study of various biomes. Includes laboratory component. Spring only.

BIO 240   Anatomy and Physiology I ...   3

Prerequisites: High school biology or its equivalent within the last five years with a grade of C or better.

Structure and function of human body, with particular attention to cell biology, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and endocrine system.

Corequisites: BIO 243

BIO 241   Anatomy and Physiology II ...   3

Prerequisites: BIO 240 and BIO 243 with a grade of C or better.

Continuation of study of structure and function of human body. Topics include cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproduction.

Corequisites: BIO 244

BIO 242   Anatomy and Physiology Supplement ...   1

Supplement and reinforcement of concepts presented in BIO 240 and 243. Strongly recommended for students who have failed or received a "W" in BIO 240 or its equivalent; recommended for all students in BIO 240.

Corequisites: BIO 240 and 243

BIO 243   Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I ...   1

Activities to enhance study of topics covered in the lecture section (BIO 240). Use of models, charts, and both microscopic and gross specimens to illustrate various systems.

Corequisites: BIO 240

BIO 244   Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II ...   1

Prerequisites: BIO 243 with a grade of C or better, BIO 240

Continuation of BIO 243. Use of laboratory activities to enhance study of human body structure and function.

Corequisites: BIO 241

BIO 245   Microbiology ...   3

Prerequisites: High school biology or equivalent with a grade of C or better within the last five years.

Covers contemporary scene of microbiology for students interested in health-related sciences. Focus on microbes, especially bacteria, in terms of identification, genetics, cultivation, isolation, and destruction. Nature of various diseases along with chemotherapy and immunology (natural and acquired).

Corequisites: BIO 247

BIO 246   Microbiology ...   4

Prerequisites: High-school biology or equivalent and high-school chemistry or equivalent with a grade of a "C" or better within the last five years.

Basic concepts of microbiology including metabolism, genetics, and inhibition of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Emphasis on human pathogens, infection, resistance, and immunity. Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture concepts and teach fundamental skills in microscopy, aseptic technique, isolation, and identification of microorganisms.

BIO 247   Microbiology Laboratory ...   1

Hands-on experience with techniques of identification and manipulation of microbial organisms, reinforcing material covered in lecture session.

Corequisites: BIO 245

BIO 265   Pathophysiology ...   3

Prerequisites: BIO 240, BIO 241, BIO 243, BIO 244

Study of mechanisms of disease conditions. Working from foundation of normal function, exploration of what can go wrong and how. Emphasis on conditions most commonly encountered by today's health professionals. Combination of lecture, discussion, and seminar.

BIO 270   Kinesiology ...   3

Prerequisites: BIO 240/243 with a grade of C or better, and taken within the last 5 years.

Study of movement of the human body. Emphasis on elements of skeletomuscular system and how they produce movements. Examines role of nervous coordination of body movement. Combination of lecture and lab.

Corequisites: OTA 100 or permission of instructor

BIO 280(previously BIO 140)   Nutrition Pathways ...   3

Prerequisites: BIO 240 with a grade of C or better, BIO 241 can be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite

Scientific study of the essential nutrients and their function in the body. Recommended nutrient intakes, diet assessments and planning, relationships between diet and health will also be covered.

BIO 291   Natural History Field Studies ...   1-4 hrs

Prerequisites: 100 level biology course in the last five years or permission of instructor.

Field course covering topics in the natural history of a specific region of the world. Supervised on-site field studies and coursework in an individual learning agreement. Lectures, directed readings, writing, and other creative projects, or online/distance coursework. Approved academic study tour, study abroad, or field experience required.

BIO 295   Topics in Biology ...   1-4 hrs

Topics in biology presented as complete course. May be repeated for credit if the same topic is not repeated. (May require permission of the instructor)

Corequisites: BIO 297

BIO 297   Topics in Biology Laboratory ...   1-2 hrs

Experimental component of Biology 295 if appropriate for the topic.

Corequisites: BIO 295