Biology

Biology Course Descriptions

BIOL 100 Science and Society
Credit Hours:
3

Intended for non-science majors, although a total of two credit hours from this course or Biology 106 may be applied toward the biology major. Offerings focus on an area of the biological sciences which has an impact on society. Discussions include the impact this area has on society and include an exploration of the use of scientific method. Each offering focuses on one primary topic area. Examples of a primary topic area include environmental science, conservation science, or human health.

BIOL 106 Contemporary Biologic Issues
Credit Hours:
4

Intended for non-science majors, although two credit hours from any one of the following classes may be applied toward the biology major. In addition, more than one course may be taken for graduation credit, but only one counts for the gen ed requirement. Topical offerings provide students with current content knowledge within important fields of biological science and also serve as a platform for illustrating how scientific inquiry develops and addresses scholarly questions. Following are descriptions of the different course offerings:

a. Environmental Science examines the basic principles of evolution, ecology, and population biology. These principles lay the groundwork for a detailed look at world biodiversity, conservation, sustainable resource use, and anthropogenic-based water and air pollution. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

b. Conservation Science deals with the threats facing the Earth’s biological diversity such as habitat destruction, overexploitation, and exotic species introductions. In addition, practical approaches to maintaining and managing biological diversity are examined and the critical linkages 130 / Course Offerings between ecology, economics, and politics are emphasized. Possible weekend field trips included. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

c. Concepts in Evolution provide an introduction to fundamental principles underpinning contemporary evolutionary biology. In addition to lecture and text readings, weekly discussion meetings provide a forum for evaluating the extent to which evolutionary principles may provide a contextual framework for understanding a number of contemporary social issues. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

d. Genetic Frontiers and Biotechnology surveys the scientific principles, applications and social implications of genetic engineering. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

e. Human Biology surveys basic biological chemistry, scientific method, tissues and organ systems and applies this to demonstrate how biology influences our quality of life. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

f. Human Diseases surveys microbes and disease with special emphasis on infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses. The characteristics of microbes, interaction between microbes and host, immunity to disease, and treatment are also emphasized. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included.

 

BIOL 107 Biology Laboratory I
Credit Hours:
1

A laboratory course that utilizes observation and experimentation to explore the principles of evolution and the defining characterstics of several of the major animal phyla. Co-requisite: BIOL 111.

BIOL 108 Biology Laboratory II
Credit Hours:
1

A laboratory course that utilizes observation and experimentation to study the structure and function of various organs and organ systems in vertebrates.  Co-requisite: BIOL 112.

BIOL 111 Organismal Biology I
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the principles of biological evolution; examines the defining characteristics of all of the major animal phyla and introduces the major principles of ecology. Co-requisite: BIOL 107.

BIOL 112 Organismal Biology II
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the structure and function of various organ systems in vertebrates. Examples from invertebrates are frequently used to emphasize diversity, adaptability, and evolution. Corequisite: BIOL 108.

BIOL 121 Anatomy & Physiology I
Credit Hours:
4

Focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  This is the first part of a two-course offering in human anatomy and physiology which covers how the body is organized, support, and regulated.

BIOL 122 Anatomy & Physiology II
Credit Hours:
4

Focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is the second part of a two-course offering in human anatomy and physiology and primarily focuses on the maintenance and continuity of the human body.

BIOL 213 Functional Histology
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the structure and function of animal tissues and the methods used in preparing them for microscopic examination. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 108.

BIOL 221 Vascular Plant Systematics
Credit Hours:
4

Deals with the classification, evolution, and natural history of selected families of vascular plants with emphasis on the regional flora. Students are required to develop their own plant collection. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 107.

BIOL 226 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on cell structure and function, membrane structure and function, cellular energy, photosynthesis, glycolysis, cellular respiration, DNA, gene activity, the regulation of gene activity, recombinant DNA, and biotechnology. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and 108 or 121 or 122.

BIOL 232 Vertabrate Natural History
Credit Hours:
4

Deals with the identification, classification, and natural history of vertebrate animals of the local region. Lecture, laboratory, field experiences, and possible Saturday field trips are included. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 107.

BIOL 240 Animal Behavior
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the basic principles of animal behavior as derived from evolution, ecology, ethology and development. The course focuses on important biological activities, such as communication, mating, foraging, migration, predator-prey interactions, and parental care. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 107, 112, 108.

BIOL 304 Evolution
Credit Hours:
4

Provides an in-depth exposure to contemporary evolutionary biology through lectures and selected readings from the primary literature. The course not only emphasizes information germane to the theory itself, but also important questions currently facing researchers in the field. Course requirements include three exams and a semester-long writing project. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 107, 112, 108.

BIOL 305 Human Genetics
Credit Hours:
3

Provides an overview of fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge in the field of genetics. The course places particular emphasis on those aspects of genetics that are germane to human heredity and health. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Does not count toward the biology major.

BIOL 306 Genetics
Credit Hours:
4

Surveys the fundamental principles of heredity and variation. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisite: BIOL 112 and 108 or 121 and 122.

BIOL 308 General Ecology
Credit Hours:
4

Examines the interrelationships between organisms and the environments in which they live. Lecture, laboratory, extensive field work, and possible Saturday field trips are included. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 107.

BIOL 312 Microbiology
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the relationship between microorganisms and our lives. The course explores the nature of microorganisms with special emphasis placed on bacteria of importance to medicine and industry. The course also explores body defense mechanisms. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and 108 or 121 and 122, CHEM 111, 112.

BIOL 321 Advanced Botany
Credit Hours:
4

An evolutionary study of the evolution, morphology, and life-history traits of the major plant and algae groups. Lab emphasizes anatomy. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 107.

BIOL 336 Cellular Physiology
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the cellular processes involved in membranes, bioenergetics, control systems, neurochemistry, muscles, and glands. Laboratory emphasizes basic techniques used in cell biology and biochemistry. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 108, 226, CHEM 111, 112.

BIOL 346 Pathophysiology
Credit Hours:
3

Provides an understanding of how physiological changes manifest themselves under altered health states. Upon completion of the course students will possess an understanding of how altered health states change normal physiological conditions. Additionally, students will understand basic methods of detection and putative treatment strategies. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 or 121 and 122.

BIOL 368 Fundamental Neuroscience
Credit Hours:
4

Emphasizes basic neurophysiology, neurochemistry, synaptic function, coordinated organismal functions, and common neurological disorders. Laboratory emphasizes neuroanatomy. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 108, 226. Cross listed as NRSC 368.

BIOL 373 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the origin, relationships, and comparative morphology of a representative series of chordates. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 108.

BIOL 375 Molecular Biology
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the biochemical and molecular interactions within living cells with special emphasis placed on protein structure, gene structure and expression, gene regulation, and genetic engineering. Lecture and laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 108, 226, CHEM 111, 112.

BIOL 376 Pathophysiology II (MAP)
Credit Hours:
3

Provides an understanding of how physiological changes manifest themselves under altered health states.  Upon completion of this course, students will possess an understanding of how altered health states change normal physiological conditions.  Additionally, students will understand basic methods of detection and putative treatment strategies.  This is one of two-course offerings in pathophysiology and primarily focuses on neurological, musculoskeletal and integumentary pathologies.

BIOL 385 Topics in Biology
Credit Hours:
1-4

Provides an opportunity to study areas of biology not covered by the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

BIOL 420 Senior Seminar
Credit Hours:
3

Involves a discussion of a series of scientific papers covering a biological topic. In addition, students search the biological literature related to the topic and prepare an oral presentation as well as a written paper. Prerequisite: biology major and junior standing.

BIOL 421 Biological Research
Credit Hours:
2

Involves laboratory and/or field research on a biological problem. Prerequisite: BIOL 420 and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 422 Biological Research
Credit Hours:
2

Involves laboratory and/or field research on a biological problem. Prerequisite: BIOL 421 and permission of the instructor.

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