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Biology

BIO 095   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 250A/250B). 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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

BIO 105   Essentials of Biology (3)

Corequisites: Recommended (not required) BIO 106

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Hybrid

BIO 106   Essentials of Biology Laboratory (1)

Corequisites: BIO 105

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

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

BIO 113   Human Biology Laboratory (1)

Corequisites: BIO 110

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

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.)

Course Type(s): On-Campus Hybrid

BIO 121   Introduction to Ecology Laboratory (1)

Corequisites: BIO 120

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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)

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online Hybrid

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.)

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 242   Anatomy and Physiology Supplement (1)

Corequisites: BIO 250A(240) and 250B(243)

Supplement and reinforcement of concepts presented in BIO 250A and 250B. Strongly recommended for students who have failed or received a "W" in BIO 250A or its equivalent; recommended for all students in BIO 250A.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 250A   Anatomy and Physiology I (4 (3))

Prerequisites: High school biology or its equivalent within the last five years with a grade of C or better and CHM 101/103 or CHM 106 or its equivalent with a grade of a "C: or better within the last five years.

Corequisites: BIO 250B

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

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 250B   Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (0)

Corequisites: BIO 250A

Activities to enhance study of topics covered in the lecture section (BIO 250A). Use of models, charts, and both microscopic and gross specimens to illustrate various systems.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 251A   Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

Prerequisites: BIO 250A (previously BIO 240) and BIO 250B (previously BIO 243) with a grade of C or better.

Corequisites: BIO 251B (previously BIO 244)

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

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 251B   Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II (0)

Prerequisites: BIO 250B (previously BIO 243) with a grade of C or better, BIO 250A (previously BIO 240)

Corequisites: BIO 251A (previously BIO 241)

Continuation of BIO 250B (previously BIO 243). Use of laboratory activities to enhance study of human body structure and function.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 265   Pathophysiology (3)

Prerequisites: BIO 250A (240), BIO 251A(241), BIO 250B(243), BIO 251B(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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

BIO 270   Kinesiology (3)

Prerequisites: BIO 250A(240)/250B(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. Fall

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 280   Nutrition Pathways (3)

Prerequisites: BIO 250A(240)/250B(243) with a grade of C or better, BIO 251A(241)/251B(244) 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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

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.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 295   Topics in Biology (1-4 hrs)

Corequisites: BIO 297

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)

Course Type(s): On-Campus

BIO 297   Topics in Biology Laboratory (1-2 hrs)

Corequisites: BIO 295

Experimental component of Biology 295 if appropriate for the topic.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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