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Adv. Cell Biology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
470
Course Credits:
3

Recent advances in molecular cell biology and molecular genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes including control of gene expression, RNA processing, oncogenesis and other relevant topics. Prerequisites: BI 270 and CH 214 or the equivalent.

Animal Behavior

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
322
Course Credits:
3

A study of functional behavior of animals, such as mate choice, feeding, parental care, predation, communication and social behaviors. Discussions of journal articles dealing with current research in these areas are a major part of this class.

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
230
Course Credits:
3

A study of the structure and function of the systems of the human body; designed for students in elementary education, psychology and to fulfill the General Education Requirement in Science.

Basic Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
231
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly, emphasizing human organ systems, their locations and functions.

Cell Biology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
270
Course Credits:
3

An introduction to eukaryotic cell morphology and function with special emphasis on membrane-bound organelles. Topics in macro-molecular synthesis and bioenergetics will also be covered. Prerequisite: BI 112 or CH 114 or the equivalent.

Cell Biology Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
271
Course Credits:
1

This laboratory includes studies in cell morphology, growth of cell populations and assays for macromolecules and selected metabolic pathways.

Comparative Anatomy Laborator

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
331
Course Credits:
1

Emphasis is on surveying and comparing the actual structures discussed in lecture. Organ and organ system similarities and differences are compared among the major vertebrate classes within the unifying concept of homology and evolutionary modification.

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
330
Course Credits:
3

A study of major vertebrate groups emphasizing structure, function, and evolution. Variations on the vertebrate body plan and functional morphology of anatomical systems are used as a basis for understanding major adaptive changes in vertebrate evolution. Prerequisite: BI 112.

Cooperative Education

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
295, 395, 495
Course Credits:
1-3

An opportunity for on-the-job experience in a hospital or laboratory supervised by a professional in the area. Hours and credits arranged by the Division. Sophomore status and permission of faculty sponsor required.

Coordinating Seminar

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
481, 482
Course Credits:
1, 1

An in-depth study of some current aspects of biology not covered in the required courses, including discussion of recent journal articles plus an oral presentation of student research papers.

Coordinating Seminar for Exercise Science Concentration

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
483
Course Credits:
1

An in-depth study of some current aspects of biology related to exercise science not covered in the required courses, including discussion of recent journal articles plus an oral presentation of student research papers.

Developmental Biology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
420
Course Credits:
3

A comparative study of patterns (embryology) and process (genetic regulation) leading from fertilized egg to adult organism. Prerequisite: BI 270.

Developmental Biology – Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
421
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Laboratory studies including embryogenesis in chordates and invertebrates; organogenesis in vertebrates.

Ecology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
310
Course Credits:
3

This course provides an overview of the science of ecology. Traditional topics of ecology such as energy flow, nutrient cycling, population growth and interactions and community dynamics are treated as a background from which to approach mathematical concepts and emerging areas of ecology. The latter include behavioral, physiological and evolutionary ecology. Current and controversial topics in ecology will be discussed. Prerequisites: BI 112, CH 114.

Ecology Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
311
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Topics will parallel those discussed in lecture. Laboratory focus will be on experiments that exemplify ecological concepts and on the methodology ecologists use to obtain information on populations and communities. Assumptions, limitations and interpretation of information thus gained will be discussed.

Endocrinology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
460
Course Credits:
3

A systems approach to the study of the role hormones play in controlling and coordinating organ development and function. Prerequisites: BI 270 and CH 214. Recommended: BI/CH 305, 306.

Environmental Science

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
200
Course Credits:
3

A study of the natural environment from the perspective of biology, chemistry and physics including studies of ecosystems, energy, pollution and its consequences in a technological society. Recommended for elementary education students or for any student to fulfill the General Education Requirement in Science.

Environmental Science Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
201
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly that includes the field study of ecosystems and stresses the scientific method applied to biological, chemical, and physical investigation.

Evolution

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
320
Course Credits:
3

A study of the evidence, processes and paths of evolution. Areas of emphasis include gradualism, punctuated equilibrium, mass extinctions, endosymbiosis, molecular genetics and population genetics. Prerequisites: BI 112, 113 or equivalent.

Exercise Physiology for Majors

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
325
Course Credits:
3

A study of the physiological responses to exercise as related to human performance limitations, training effects and health related benefits. The relationships between various organ systems, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems, during exercise will be examined. Prerequisites: BI 300, 302.

General Biology – Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
111
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly investigating concepts covered in the lecture material.

General Biology I

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
110
Course Credits:
3

An introductory course for biology majors. The topics covered include evolution, a survey of the taxonomic and phylogenetic organization of life with attention given to each of the biological Domains and an introduction into ecology and ecosystems. Prerequisite for all biology courses numbered 260 or higher. Prerequisite: EN 100 or equivalent; MA 100 or equivalent. Not recommended for non-science majors. recommended for non-science majors.

General Biology II

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
112
Course Credits:
3

An introductory course for biology majors. The topics covered include basic chemistry as it applies to biological systems, cell structure and division, an introduction to classical and molecular genetics and bioenergetics. Prerequisite for all biology courses numbered 260 or higher. Prerequisite: EN 100 or equivalent; MA 100 or equivalent.

General Biology II Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
113
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly investigating concepts covered in the lecture material.

General Microbiology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
240
Course Credits:
3

Introductory microbiology that introduces basic concepts and applications of medical microbiology. Includes morphology, immunology and physiology of microorganisms. Designed for students in nursing and the health sciences. Prerequisites: BI 204/5 and BI 206/7.

General Microbiology – Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
241
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly. Includes staining and culture techniques used for the identification of unknown microorganisms. Designed for students in nursing and the health sciences. Prerequisites: BI 204/5 and BI 206/7.

Genetics

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
350
Course Credits:
3

A study of the chemical nature of the genetic material, Mendelian genetics, population genetics and current genetic research. Pre- or Co-requisite: BI 270.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
204
Course Credits:
3

A study of normal structure and function of major body systems primarily designed for students in nursing and health sciences; also includes content related to cellular biology and basic principles of genetics.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
205
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly. Includes laboratory experiences that investigate concepts presented in Human Anatomy and Physiology I.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
206
Course Credits:
3

A continuation of human Anatomy and Physiology I; furthers the study of normal structure and function of major body systems. Prerequisites: BI 204/5

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
207
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly. Includes laboratory experience that investigate concepts presented in BI 206, Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Prerequisites: BI 204/5.

Immunology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
430
Course Credits:
4

A comprehensive study of the fundamental principles and recent advances in immunology. Topics include the cellular and molecular control of the immune response, antibodies and immunogenetics, immune system dysfunction and methods of immunoassay and diagnosis. Prerequisite: BI 270 or equivalent.

Independent Research

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
486, 487, 488, 489
Course Credits:
1-3

An opportunity for qualified and capable students to do independent research in the life sciences. Hours and credits arranged with faculty advisor. Prerequisites: BI 465, BI 466 and permission of faculty sponsor.

Independent Study

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
491, 492, 493, 494
Course Credits:
1-3

An opportunity for qualified students to pursue independent literature surveys of topics in the biological sciences. Hours and credits arranged with faculty sponsor. faculty sponsor.

Intro to Biological Science

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
105
Course Credits:
3

An introductory course designed for NON-SCIENCE majors to fulfill the General Education Requirement in Science or as an elective. Topics addressed include cell structure and function, genetics (including transmission of traits, genetic diseases and genetic engineering), evolution, cell metabolism, diversity of life and ecology and environmental concerns.

Intro to Biological Science – Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
106
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly, which investigates the topics covered in the lecture.

Limnology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
418
Course Credits:
3

An interdisciplinary course dealing with physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes, rivers, reservoirs and wetlands. Prerequisite: one semester of introductory chemistry or biology. Prerequisite: BI 310 or permission of the instructor.

Limnology in the Field

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
419
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Application and investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of aquatic habitats; provide training in basic limnological methods for data collection and analysis.

Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I, II

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
300, 302
Course Credits:
3, 3

A study of mammalian anatomy and physiology with emphasis on how these two interrelated concepts contribute to homeostasis. Topics covered in part I include cells, tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Systems covered in part II include the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I, II

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
301, 303
Course Credits:
1, 1

Laboratory studies will parallel the various systems covered in the lecture. The students will study these systems using dissections, 3-D models, computer simulations, microscope slides and experimentation

Microbial Ecology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
365
Course Credits:
3

A study of the interactions between microbes and their environment, the ecology of microorganisms, the dispersal of microbes into the environment and the effects of these microbes have on other organisms in the environment. Prerequisite: BI 310 or BI 360.

Microbial Ecology Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
366
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Laboratory studies involve the practical applications of concepts learned in lecture. Some methods employed in this lab will include observing the organisms in their respective environments and the effects microbes have on other organisms found in their same ecosystem.

Microbiology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
360
Course Credits:
3

The morphology, nutrition, reproduction and growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Topics in medical and applied microbiology are also covered. Recommended prerequisite: BI 270 or CH 214 or equivalent. BI

Microbiology Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
361
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Laboratory includes the methods of culture, various staining techniques and methods of identifying bacteria.

Ornithology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
440
Course Credits:
3

The morphology, anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, life histories, distribution and adaptations of birds. Prerequisites: BI 112.

Ornithology Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
441
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. Topics will include structural features, identification and classification of the different families of birds. The lab will include many off campus field trips.

Parasitology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
340
Course Credits:
3

A study of the morphology, life history, host-parasite relationships, and control of protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites as well as the evolution of parasitism. Prerequisite: BI 110, 111 or equivalent.

Parasitology Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
341
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory period weekly learning techniques of identifying parasites throughout the phases of their life cycles using living specimens, prepared slides, kodachromes and Internet sites.

Plant Ecology

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
315
Course Credits:
3

The course will deal with the development, structure and function of plant tissues and organs. Primary emphasis will be placed on anatomical, morphological and physiological features of various plant types. Prerequisites: BI 310 or Permission of the Instructor.

Plant Ecology Lab

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
316
Course Credits:
1

One three-hour laboratory weekly. The lab will examine the development, structure and function of plant tissues and organs. Primary emphasis will be placed on the plant structures.

Research Methods

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
465
Course Credits:
1

Lecture covering critical topics in the proper design and execution of scientific research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor(s).

Research Methods Laboratory

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
466
Course Credits:
2

Laboratory course covering application of research design, execution, data analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor(s).

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
291, 292, 293, 294
Course Credits:
1-3

Special Topics

Course Prefix:
BI
Course Number:
391, 392, 393,
Course Credits:
1-3 cr.