Biology and Biological Sciences

Courses

BIO 103     Problems in the Environment
Credit Hours: 3
A study of ecological principles and current environmental problems including air, water, and noise pollution, population, energy, solid waste disposal, radiation hazards, inorganic contaminants, pesticides, soil conservation. Two lecture periods, two hours laboratory.

BIO 105     Human Biology
Credit Hours: 3
A nonmajor course to introduce the student to an understanding of the human body. Two lecture periods and two hours of laboratory.

BIO 111    Life Sciences
Credit Hours: 4
This course is designed to fulfill the science component of the general education requirements for non-science majors. The course is a combination of various introductory life-science courses and the integration of their contents, including: general biology, ecology, evolution, botany, zoology, and human biology. Three lecture periods, two hours laboratory.

BIO 150     Principles of Biology I
Credit Hours: 4
A study of the fundamental principles of biology for the biology major. Cell structure and function, genetics and evolution, and animal physiology and diversity are discussed. Three lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Strongly recommended: high school biology and chemistry.

BIO 151     Principles of Biology II
Credit Hours: 4
An introduction to the kingdoms of life (Monerans, Protists, Fungi, and Plants), evolution, natural selection, photosynthesis, plant structure and plant physiology. Three lecture periods, three hours laboratory.

BIO 221     Invertebrate Zoology
Credit Hours: 3
Morphology, physiology, life cycles and phylogeny of animal groups from poriferans through echinoderms. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 150.

BIO 232    Microbiology
Credit Hours: 3
This course acquaints the students with microorganisms and their activities. Topics include cell structure and function, metabolism, growth, the role of microorganisms in disease immunity, and other selected areas. The laboratory will stress aseptic technique, culturing methods, control of microbial growth and unknown identification. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 150 and 151.

BIO 270-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in biology in depth, depending on demand and staff.

BIO 282-283   Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Credit Hours: 4
Two-semester course sequence with a two-hour lab and three lecture periods. First semester, the lab covers anatomy; lectures include cells, tissues, skin, muscle, nerves, and circulatory system. Second semester, the lab covers physiology; lectures include respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, acid-base balance, and reproductive systems.

BIO 305     Genetics
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the principles of both classical and molecular genetics. Prerequisites: BIO 150 and 151.

BIO 321     Entomology
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the study of insects, with emphasis on evolution, classification, physiology and behavior. Prerequisite: BIO 150.

BIO 327     Ecology
Credit Hours: 3
Basic ecological principles with emphasis on the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory and field work. Prerequisite: BIO 150 or BIO 151.

BIO 328    Advanced Topics in Anatomy and Physiology
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines advanced topics in Anatomy and Physiology. It focuses on reading and analysis of literature and case studies. Three lecture periods. Prerequisites: BIO 282 and 283.

BIO 330     Developmental Biology
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the maturation of gametes, fertilization, the differentiation of germ layers, and the formation of fetal organ systems in selected vertebrate and some invertebrate types. Laboratory consists of an intensive, descriptive study of whole mounts and serial sections of starfish, amphioxus, frog, chick and pig. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Strongly recommended: BIO 282-283. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

BIO 340    Organic Evolution
Credit Hours: 3
Principles of the neodarwinian process, the central theory of biology.

BIO 350     Molecular Biology
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the fundamental concepts of structure and function of plants, animals, and microbial cells. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 305 and Junior standing.

BIO 354     Pathophysiology
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the disease process along with the normal physiology of the body systems and the clinical relationships which are appropriate. Three lecture periods. Prerequisites: BIO 282-283.

BIO 356     Ecology of the Galapagos
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of the factors affecting the distribution and abundance of organisms on the Galapagos Islands. Trip fee required. Prerequisite: BIO 151 or permission of instructor.

BIO 357    Environmental Science I
Credit Hours: 3
A study of ecological, economic, and social aspects of current environmental problems. Topics include the history of environmental problems, human population issues, global problems, soil conservation, and food resources. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory.

BIO 358    Environmental Science II
Credit Hours: 3
A continuation of BIO 357. Topics include water resources, biodiversity, wildlife resources, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, mineral resources, solid waste, air pollution, water pollution, and pesticides. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory.

BIO 360    Neurobiology
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the biology of the nervous system and its relationship to behavior and disease. The course covers topics ranging from neuronal structure and function, communication, the synapse, membrane receptors, and intra- and intercellular signaling systems, to the gross organization of the brain and spinal cord, the processing of sensory information, the programming of motor response, and higher functions, such as hearing, memory, cognition, and speech. While the course is introductory in nature, the level of instruction is rigorous and treats many of the topics in some depth. While this course will have a great degree of serious content, it will also be highly interactive both in the classroom and lab setting. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 150, 151, 232, 350 and Junior standing.

BIO 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in biology in depth, depending on demand and staff.

BIO 400     Methods of Teaching Biology
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to acquaint students with instructional strategies for teaching of biological sciences in the secondary school. Required for those seeking state certification. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program.

BIO 410     Immunology
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of the immunological system including both humoral and cellular immunological phenomena, immunochemistry, antibody production, immunogenetics, hypersensitivity, tolerance, and immunological reactions. Two lecture periods, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 232.

BIO 433     Endocrinology
Credit Hours: 3
A study of structure and function of the glands of internal secretion. This course will also focus on HPA, HPT, and HPG axes: Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal, Hypothalamic Pituitary Thyroid, and Hypothalamic Pituitary Gonadal and their importance to the normal functioning of the body. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory.

BIO 435    Plant Field Biology
Credit Hours: 3
Taxonomy, development and ecology of plants especially those of the region. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 151.

BIO 436    Vertebrate Field Biology
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of resources and methods for studying North American vertebrates including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory.

BIO 440    Bioinformatics/Genomics
Credit Hours: 2
In our lifetime Bioinformatics and Genomics will be a defining turn in our comprehension of how organisms work from the molecular level to organism level. These fields of study are at the cutting edge of science, especially for understanding human disease in the 21st century. Bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary field of biology and computer science, is based on garnering information from large biological databases using algorithms to mine data for relevant and meaningful genetic information. It especially relies on DNA, RNA, and protein sequence databases of organisms. Bioinformatics intersects with genomics, the genetic material of an organism, by utilizing genomic databases. In genomics, the genetic material of an organism is sequenced and patterns that dictate regulation, organizational patterns of gene expression, and how the genome functions as a whole, rather than at the discrete level of genes, is covered.

BIO 470-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
Special topics in biology in depth, depending on demand and staff.

BIO 480     Independent Research
Credit Hours: 1-3
Individual research performed in consultation with a biology teacher. Primarily for seniors majoring in Biological Sciences.

BIO 497    Coordinating Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Pertinent topics discussed by students. Required for all biology majors. One lecture period during which students present both written and oral papers.

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