Undergraduate

Courses

BIO-S110 Biology, Service Learning
In conjunction with General Education and major course offerings, students will engage in service learning experiences that develop a clear link between the study of biology in the classroom and real issues that affect one's community. This course includes a separate discussion and reflective writing exercise. 1 credit.

BIO-0115 Science for Life
A non-majors scientific literacy course that explores the science behind important issues facing society today. Discover “your inner scientist” by reading and understanding science articles in the popular press and learn how to make informed decisions about everyday situations. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

BIO-0130 Science Issues (Biology)
A study of the biological principles, concepts, and related current scientific issues that will offer the opportunity to develop an understanding of science in relation to technological advances and effects on society. Emphasis will be placed on health-related topics. Students who would like to major in Biology, Nursing, or a related health field, and who do not place into College Algebra, MAT-0115, must first take this course and its associated one credit laboratory and earn a B or higher grade before enrolling in BIO-0150 and BIO-L150. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program. 

BIO-0131 Science Issues Laboratory (Biology)
Laboratory to accompany Science Issues lecture, BIO-0130. Includes the studies of cells, metabolism, Mendelian genetics, animal development, and plant diversity. Students who would like to major in Biology, Nursing, or a related health field, and who do not place into College Algebra, MAT-0115, must first take this course and its associated one credit laboratory and earn a B or higher grade before enrolling in BIO-0150 and BIO-L150. 1 credit.

BIO-0150 Life Science I (Cell Biology)
Introductory course into the cellular structure with emphasis on the cell cycle, genetics, and cellular metabolism. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: High School Biology, High School Chemistry, and Placement into MAT-0115 or a higher level math class, or a grade of B or higher in BIO-0130. Offered fall semester. 4 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

BIO-0155 Life Science II (Organismal Biology)
Insights into the phenomenon of life through the examination of the basic problems of plant and animal biology, with special emphasis on organ systems, anatomy, physiology, plant biology, ecology, and evolution. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: AP Biology score of 4, BIO-0150, or its equivalent. Offered spring semester. 4 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

BIO-0200 Microbiology
A study of the structure, life cycles, physiology, nutrition, metabolism, and genetics of the major groups of microorganisms, as well as microbe-human interactions, infection, disease, and immunity. The laboratory component emphasizes methods in culturing, staining, and determining physiological reactions of representative organisms. Prerequisites: AP Biology score of 5 or BIO-0150, BIO-0155, and BIO-0220 or Permission of Instructor. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0220 Genetics and Laboratory
A study of elementary principles governing Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance as they pertain to chromosomes, mapping, recombination, and mutation in eukaryotic organisms. The laboratory component includes experiments dealing with Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, probability, Chi-square testing, mutation, karyotyping, and molecular genetics. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150 and BIO-0155 or Permission of Instructor. Offered fall semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0230 Ecology and Laboratory
A study of the fundamental inter-relationships between plants and animals and their living and non-living environment. Includes laboratory and field experience. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150 and BIO-0155 and CHE-0140, CHE-0145 or Permission of Instructor. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0235 Nutrition
This course is a study of food and its importance for sustaining life as well as its impact on health. Students will develop an understanding of the various nutrient classes and their actions within the human body for the maintenance of homeostasis. Case study analysis of diseased states resulting from nutritional imbalances will be employed to further emphasize the role of nutrition in normal physiological functioning. Students will use their newly acquired nutritional knowledge to evaluate their own diets as well as physical activity levels and then make recommendations for improvement. Additional topics to be covered include: nutrition throughout the life cycle, food safety, and global nutrition. No Prerequisite. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

BIO-0240 Evolution
An introduction to modern evolutionary theory, emphasizing speciation in general and in humans in particular. Supporting evidence derived from paleontology, biogeography, taxonomy, embryology, comparative anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150 and BIO-0155 or Permission of Instructor. Offered every other year, spring semester. 3 credits.

BIO-0243 Forensic Anthropology
Theories, research, and methods/practices of Forensic Anthropology will be discussed. Topics include crime detection; forensic context and recovery methods; initial treatment and examination of evidence; forensic attributions (ancestry, age, and sex); trauma study; pathological conditions and skeletal malies; post-mortem analysis and other aspects of individualization; record keeping and utilization; forensic ethics; testimony (preparation/presentation of evidence in legal and other settings). This course is cross-listed with BIO-0243. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

BIO-0245 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
A comparative systematic study of vertebrate anatomy and physiology with laboratory focusing on form through individual gross dissection of major anatomical systems in representative specimens, and lecture emphasizing integration and function of body systems. The origin of vertebrate classes will be discussed, highlighting homology, and the interplay of anatomical form and physiological function. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150 and BIO-0155 or Permission of Instructor; AP Chemistry or CHE-0100 and CHE-0105. Offered fall semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0250 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
A continuation of Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I. This course is a comparative systematic study of the following vertebrate anatomy and physiology organ systems: endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, and the urinary system. The lab will involve dissection of all of the above organ systems. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: BIO-0245 or Permission of Instructor; AP Chemistry or CHE-0100 and CHE-0105. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0305 Vertebrate Embryology
A study of the basic principles of vertebrate developmental anatomy, physiology, and molecular genetics. The laboratory component includes studies of sections of frog, chick, and pig embryos and of living chick embryos. Prerequisites: AP Biology, BIO-0150, BIO-0155, or Permission of Instructor. Offered every other year, spring semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0335 Immunology
A course providing a basic understanding of cellular and humoral immunity, theories of the structure and the function of antibodies, antibody formation, antibody specificity, active and passive immunity, and hypersensitivity. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150, BIO-0155, BIO-0200, BIO-0220 or Permission of Instructor; AP chemistry or CHE-0100, CHE-0105. Offered every other year, fall semester. 3 credits.

BIO-0340 Virology
An examination of the structure and replication of viruses, the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral infections, and their diagnosis and control. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150, BIO-0155, BIO-0200, BIO-0220 or Permission of Instructor; AP Chemistry or CHE-0100, CHE-0105. Offered every other year, fall semester. 3 credits.

BIO-0400 Molecular Genetics and Laboratory
A review of the history, scientific methodology, and principles of molecular genetics. Topics will include DNA (replication, mutation, and recombination), RNA (transcription, translation, genetic code, and protein-synthesizing apparatus), gene regulation, and molecular evolution. The laboratory includes experiments dealing with cloning, gel electrophoresis, Southern and Western blotting, PCR, and ELISA. Prerequisites: AP Biology or BIO-0150, BIO-0155, BIO-0220 or Permission of Instructor; AP Chemistry or CHE-0100 and CHE-0105. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

BIO-0420 Special Topics in Biology
This course covers current issues and hot topics in the biological sciences. Prerequisites: Senior Biology Major Status or Permission of Instructor. Offered as needed. 1, 2 or 3 credits.

BIO-0421 Senior Seminar
A seminar based on the presentation of papers on current biological topics followed by discussion. Prerequisite: Senior Biology Major Status. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

BIO-0450 Undergraduate Research
This course provides an opportunity to participate in various research projects under the direction of a member of the biology faculty. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Biology Major Status and Permission of Discipline Chair. 1, 2 or 3 credits. This course fulfills the Enacting the Core/Experiential Learning requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

BIO-0455 Independent Study
This course provides an opportunity for students to study current topics in biology under the direction of a member of the biology faculty. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Biology Major Status and Permission of Discipline Chair. 1, 2 or 3 credits.

BIO-0460 Internship
This course involves supervised work experience, usually at a research site or university research laboratory. The type and period of work as well as the means of evaluation will be arranged by the on-site research supervisor in consultation with the student’s mentor. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Biology Major Status. 1 to 3 credits.