Biology Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (BIOL)
(Textbook Information)

BIOL 1101 General Biology I.
(3) Fall
This is the beginning biology course for non-majors. General Biology deals with the phenomenon of life as is manifested in all types of living organisms. The origin of life, chemistry of life, cellular and tissue organization, metabolism, cell division, genetics, gene action, and functioning of the organ systems are among topics covered in General Biology.
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisite: BIOL 1101 L

BIOL 1101 L General Biology I Laboratory.
(1) Fall
This laboratory course is designed to complement and to provide experiential learning for General Biology I.
Prerequisite: none
Co-requisite: BIOL 1101

BIOL 1102 General Biology II.
(3) Spring
This course is a continuation of General Biology I.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1101
Co-requisite: BIOL 1102 L

BIOL 1102 L General Biology II Laboratory.
(1) Spring
This laboratory course is designed to complement and provide experiential learning for General Biology II and is a continuation of General Biology I Laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1101
Co-requisite: BIOL 1102

BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I.
(3) Fall
An introductory biology course for science majors that includes biological chemistry, cell structure and function, energy transfer, cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis.
Prerequisite: MATH 1101 placement or completion of MATH 1101
Co-requisite: BIOL 1107L

BIOL 1107 L Principles of Biology I Laboratory.

(1) Fall
Laboratory experience for science majors to accompany topics from BIOL 1107. This course focuses on the scientific method, data acquisition, manipulation and analysis, and presentation of results.
Prerequisite: MATH 1101 placement or completion of MATH 1101
Co-requisite: BIOL 1107

BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II.
(3) Spring
A continuation of introductory biology for science majors. Topics include Mendelian and molecular genetics, gene expression, evolution, biodiversity, physiology, and ecology.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1107
Co-requisite: BIOL 1108L

BIOL 1108 L Principles of Biology II Laboratory.
(1) Spring
Laboratory experience for science majors to accompany topics from BIOL 1108. This course focuses on the scientific method, data acquisition, manipulation and analysis, and presentation of results.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1107
Co-requisite: BIOL 1108

BIOL 2148 Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
(4) Fall
A study of the structure and function of the human body. Designed for pre-nursing majors.
Prerequisite: none

BIOL 2149 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
(4) Spring
A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Prerequisite: BIOL 2148

BIOL 3320 Medical Microbiology.
(4) Spring
A study of human disease caused by pathogenic microbes and helminthes. Designed for pre-nursing majors. Laboratory activities focus on bacteria as model organisms.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2148 and 2149 (may be concurrent) or permission of instructor

BIOL 3321 Microbiology.
(4) Fall (odd years)
A study of the morphology, physiology, classification, ecology, and economics of microbial forms, especially bacteria and fungi.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3322 Immunology.

(4) Spring (even years)
A study of the fundamentals of immunology, with an emphasis on tissues of the immune system, control and cellular interactions of the healthy immune system.  Topics of study will include dynamics of B cell and T call interactions with pathogens.  The mechanisms of the hallmarks of the immune system, including memory, diversity and specificity are also discussed.
Prerequisites: BIOL 3360 or BIOL 3372 or BIOL 3374 or permission of instructor

BIOL 3334 General Ecology.
(4) Spring
An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of ecology with emphasis on environmental sampling, analysis and characterization.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3335 General Zoology.
(4) Fall (even years)
A phylogenetic approach to the Animal kingdom following cladistic principles. Emphasis will be placed upon representative animal groups and the position of Animalia within the domains of life. Studies of local faunae will be highlighted.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3336 General Botany.
(4) Fall (odd years)
A phylogenetic survey of the kingdom Plantae. Cladistic principles will be followed while discovering the position of plants among the other forms of life. Certain plant-like protists will also be covered in the course. Characteristics, contributions, and life cycles of major groups will be emphasized. Lab work will be strongly oriented toward the local florae.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3351 Vertebrate Embryology.
(4) Spring
A study of the embryological development of representative vertebrates, with laboratory emphasis upon the chick and pig.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L or BIOL 2148 and 2149

BIOL 3353 Fundamentals of Evolutionary Theory.
(4) Fall
A balanced survey of the present-day concepts of the processes and products of evolution with emphases on 1) contrasting models and their consequences, 2) mass extinctions, 3) evolution of man, 4) methods of science and pseudoscience, and 5) philosophical considerations.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L or BIOL 2148 and 2149

BIOL 3360 Histology.
(4) Fall (odd years)
A study of the microscopic features of vertebrate cells, tissues, and organs. Lectures correlate cell structure with tissue or organ system function. Laboratory experiences include the microscopic identification of major tissues and organs at the cellular level.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3370 Toxicology.
(4) Fall (even years)
An introduction to the principles of toxicology and the cellular, physiological, and ecological effects of toxicants, with an emphasis on the environmental and physiological effects of toxicants on different populations.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3372 Molecular Biology.
(4) Spring (odd years)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1102, CHEM 1102 L, and BIOL 3321 or BIOL 3322 or BIOL 3370 or BIOL 3373 or BIOL 3374 or permission of instructor

BIOL 3373 Genetics.
(4) Fall
This course includes topics in both classical and molecular genetics. Topics of study may include but are not limited to Mendelian and non-Mendelian transmission of genes, sex-linked traits, chromosomal genetics and genomes, DNA structure, replication, mutation and repair, gene expression and its regulation, recombinant DNA technology, cancer, and population genetics. The laboratory will evaluate wild-type and mutant model organisms using classical and molecular genetic approaches.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3374 Cell Biology.
(4) Spring (odd years)
An advanced study of the structure and functions of the eukaryotic cell. Emphasis will be on the role of cellular membranes and proteins as they relate to cellular activities such as intracellular communication, secretion, and recognition.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L

BIOL 3376 Virology.
(4) Fall (even years)
This introduction to virology will focus on animal viruses that are important for basic science and human and animal diseases. The topics in this course may include viral taxonomy, structure, entry/exit, replication, quantitation, genetics, pathogenesis, and virus-host interaction. The laboratory will study nonpathogenic model viral systems.
Prerequisites: BIOL 3321 or BIOL 3322 or BIOL 3370 or BIOL 3372 or
BIOL 3373 or BIOL 3374 or permission of instructor

BIOL 3384 Neurobiology.
(4) Fall
An integrated study of the human nervous system correlating neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with fundamentals of clinical neurology.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, 1107 L, 1108, and 1108 L or BIOL 2148 and 1149

BIOL 4470 Senior Seminar.
(1) Spring
Senior seminar is a thematic capstone course that is a broad, integrative experience in biology. The course promotes independent thinking, develops analytical skills, and provides practice in group discussion and in written and oral presentation.
Prerequisites: senior standing, Biology major

BIOL 4495 Independent Study.
(1-4) on demand
Although not required as part of the Biology major, this course provides an opportunity for students, on an individual basis, to pursue in-depth study of a particular biology topic. Up to 4 hours of BIOL 4495 may be counted toward the major.
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor, the department chair, and the Provost

BIOL 4496 Internship.
(1-3) on demand
An opportunity for students to gain added experience and insight in approved off-campus settings. The internship cannot be counted as one of the courses required for the major or minor in Biology.
Prerequisites: consent of the supervising instructor, department chair, and the Career Development Center