Course Descriptions - Biology
BIO110 The Human Body (3-0-3)

This course is an introduction to general principles of biology through the study of the human body. Two-thirds of the course covers basic topics in scientific inquiry, chemistry, structure and function of cells and cellular processes, and one-third of the course covers topics in selected human organ systems. This course is intended for non-science majors requiring a non-lab science.

BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology (3-2-4)

This course is a survey of the fundamentals of biology with emphasis on humans. It will examine both the internal systems of humans and the relationship of humans as organisms to the physical and biotic environment. This course is designed for students in services related fields. This course does not satisfy any requirement for the Math/Science, Computer Science, or Science degrees. PR: Two years of high school science F, S

BIO112 Human Biology (3-2-4)

This course is an introduction to general principles of biology through the study of the human body. Two-thirds of the course covers basic topics in scientific inquiry, chemistry, structure and function of cells and cellular processes, and one-third of the course covers topics in selected human organ systems. The laboratory portion of the course complements lecture topics and includes dissection.

BIO115 Current Topics in Biology (3-0-3)

This is a one-semester course which will address some of the major problems and issues in biology. Cell structure and function, the nutritional needs of cells and organisms, the universal nature of the genetic code which allows genetic engineering, the effects of pollutants and the basic concepts of ecology are among the topics which will be covered. An appreciation of the scientific method and the types of questions science can answer will be fostered.

BIO141 Biology I (3-3-4)

This is the first semester of a one-year course exploring the principles of modern biology. This course focuses on the development of molecular biology and its impact on modern concepts of cell structure and physiology, cell reproduction and energy transfer. In addition, this course covers genetics, the structure of DNA, and evolution. The laboratory portion of the course consists of topics correlating with lecture and includes dissection. Prior course work in biology and chemistry is required.

BIO142 Biology II (3-3-4)

This second semester of a one-year course explores in depth the principles of molecular, cellular, and organismal biology. Topics include the molecular basis of inheritance, evolution, population genetics, six-kingdom analysis, and the systems of the human body. The laboratory portion is designed in three parts. Part one consists of learning techniques in molecular biology. Part two involves learning characteristics of the six-kingdom system and the dissection of the fetal pig for different body systems. Part three consists of conducting a laboratory research project with a formal presentation of the results. PR: BIO 141 S

BIO149 Introduction to Biotechnology (3-0-3)

This course is a general overview of the various fields in biotechnology. Topics include current career opportunities, biotechnology research, methodologies used in biotechnology, and bioethics.

BIO150 Intro to Biotechnology Lab (0-3-2)

This laboratory covers basic protocols and techniques essential to work as a technician in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and related industries. Labs include basic procedures, instrumentation, solution chemistry, and performing assays. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are covered. PR/CR: BIO 149

BIO151 Anatomy and Physiology I (3-3-4)

This is the first course of a lecture-laboratory sequence for the students of the allied health fields. The lecture topics include anatomical medical terminolgy, cell structure, tissue, the skin, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. The laboratory topics include cells, tissues, and an examination of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on both gross and microscopic work. Prior course work in biology, with particular emphasis on cell biology and biochemistry, and chemistry required.

BIO152 Anatomy and Physiology II (3-3-4)

This is the second course of a lecture-laboratory sequence designed for the students of the allied health fields. The lecture topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, immune, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive systems, and in addition, metabolism, and fluid and electrolyte balance. The laboratory work covers the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on both gross and microscopic work. PR: BIO 151

BIO154 Introduction to Pharmacology (3-0-3)

This course is a survey of the fundamentals of pharmacology and is designed for students in nursing or other health related fields. It will examine the basic understanding of drug actions, drug absorption, bioavailability, distribution, metabolism and excretion; the administration of therapeutic drugs; drugs that affect the nervous, cardiovascular, and renal systems; drugs with actions on smooth muscle; endocrine drugs; chemotherapeutic drugs; antimicrobials; cancer chemotherapy; immunopharmacology; special aspects of pediatric, geriatric, dermatologic and gastrointestinal pharmacology. PR: BIO 151 and 152 and high school chemistry or CHM 113 or equivalent; higher level of chemistry preferred. S

BIO170 Tissue Culture (0-5-2)

This course is an introduction to the theory, standard practices, and methodologies of cell culture. Laboratory topics include sterile techniques, media preparation, cell growth, cell culturing, cell counting, maintenance and storage of cell lines, and scale-up. PR: BIO 142

BIO171 Recombinant DNA Techn (0-5-2)

This is a basic laboratory course in the theory and concepts of recombinant DNA techniques. Topics include restriction enzymes application, methods of cDNA and genomic cloning, analysis of molecular markers, extraction, purification and sequencing of DNA, RNA expression, polymerase chain reaction, production and purification of recombinant proteins and search of biological database and database analysis. PR: BIO 142

BIO172 General Toxicology (3-3-4)

This course provides students to a general overview of the field of toxicology covering the basic principles, target organ toxicity, toxicity of particular compounds, risk assessment as it applies to environmental and medical toxicology. Laboratory topics include application of these concepts through utilizing common analytical techniques used in environmental toxicology and examining case studies. PR: BIO 142

BIO173 Principles of Immunology (3-0-3)

This course introduces the basic concepts in immunology. The course covers the molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Antigen and antibody structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex will be emphasized. PR: BIO 142

BIO174 Immunohistochemistry (0-5-2)

This course introduces students to the various techniques used in the preparation, processing, detection, and evaluation of immunohistochemistry (IHC) slides. Techniques of histology, pathology, immunology, and enzymology will be applied to hands-on procedures of tissue processing and evaluation of data. PR: BIO 142

BIO203 General Ecology (3-3-4)

Through lecture and laboratory experiences, this course focuses on the study of major ecological principles including: population and community biology, competition and predation, physiological ecology and adaptations, ecosystems, nutrient cycles, energy flow, and ecological succession. The ecological basis of contemporary environmental problems is examined and related to human activities. Quantitative perspectives and analysis will be used throughout. Portions of the laboratory experience will occur outside the indoor laboratory space. External laboratory exercises will take place on campus property or immediately adjacent spaces, or may involve field trips. PR: BIO 142 and CHM 121

BIO241 Microbiology (3-3-4)

This is a course in the fundamental principles of the biology of microorganisms. The topics include the morphology, physiology, and disease production capacity of microorganisms, protective mechanisms of hosts, control of microorganisms, genetic engineering and biotechnology, industrial microbiology, and microbial ecology. PR: BIO 141 or 151 or permission of the department F, S

BIO250 Biotechnology Internship (1-8-3)

This course provides direct hands-on field experience in biotechnology, medical or research laboratories. Weekly progress reports are required. A minimum of 96 hours of internship-related activities is required at the placement site. PR: BIO 150 and minimum gpa 2.5

BIO261 Cell & Molecular Biology (3-3-4)

This course covers the principles of cell and molecular biology, including structure, function, and molecular relationships amongst the components of the cell. Major topics include macromolecules, organelles, biological membranes, cell metabolism, growth and replication, energy transformation, extracellular matrix, signal transduction, organization of the genome and regulation of gene expression. PR: BIO 142 (Biology II) and CHM 121 (General Chemistry I)

BIO262 Genetics (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the aspects of modern genetics. Topics include gene structure and function, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, gene expression, population genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and genome analysis with emphasis on human aspects and applications. PR: BIO 141 and CHM 121

BIO263 Biotechnology Techniques (0-6-3)

This course uses the laboratory setting to explore experimental and analytical techniques used in cell biology, molecular genetics and biotechnology to gain an understanding of cell and molecular processes. The course covers biotechnology laboratory skills applicable to research and industrial settings. PR: BIO 261 (Cell & Molecular Biology)

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