List of Courses
BIO 105 Exploring Biology (3 credits)
This one-semester course introduces students to the fundamental principles governing "how life works" including cellular functions, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of these principles to important social and personal issues such as disease and wellness, genetic technologies, and the use of environmental resources. This general education science elective is intended for students in non-science and non-health profession majors and does not fulfill a science elective for Math/Science or Computer Science majors. Three credit hours. Not open to students with credit in BIO 121 or any Biology course numbered 141 or higher. No prerequisite. Optional 1-credit laboratory is available (BIO 105L): it must be taken concurrently with BIO 105.
BIO 105L Exploring Biology Lab (1 credits)
This optional laboratory must be taken concurrently with the companion lecture, Exploring Biology (BIO 105). This course introduces students to the process of science inquiry, including both descriptive and hypothesis-driven approaches. Emphasis is on collecting evidence, making appropriate conclusions, and using inquiry techniques or modeling to explore fundamental biological principles such as cellular function, genetics, evolution and ecology. No prerequisite. Co-requisite: BIO 105. BIO 105L does not fulfill a general education laboratory requirement unless paired with Exploring Biology (BIO 105). One credit hour.
BIO 106 Human Biology (4 credits)
This one-semester course provides basic knowledge of the major organ systems of human beings. Emphasis is on how the body functions normally. It is intended for non-science majors and is inappropriate for students preparing for Nursing, Surgical Technology and Physical Therapy Assistant degrees. Does not fulfill the science requirement for Math/Science and Computer Science students. Three class hours, two laboratory hours. Not open to students with credit in BIO 152 or BIO 171.
BIO 111 Microbiology for Surgical Technology (1 credits)
This course provides an introduction to Microbiology, emphasizing aspects related to safe practice in the surgical field. The infectious process, infection control, and the role of the immune system in health and disease will be covered, in addition to the structure and properties of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes. Open only to students in the Surgical Technology program. No prerequisite; co-requisites: SGT 101, 102, and 103.
BIO 121 Introduction to Biology (4 credits)
This introductory one-semester biology course introduces some core concepts of biology. Topics include the molecular and cellular basis of life, energy flow in biological systems, gene expression and regulation, DNA technology, inheritance, and reproduction. This course is for students who need additional preparation before attempting BIO 151 (General Biology) or BIO 171 (Anatomy and Physiology I). This general education science elective is intended for non-science majors and those pursuing careers in nursing, surgical technology, or as physical therapist assistants. Does not fulfill the science elective but can fulfill a general education requirement for students in the Math/Science program who intend to pursue 4-year degrees. Three class hours and two laboratory hours per week.
BIO 121R Introduction to Biology Recitation (1EQ credits)
This course is an optional recitation for BIO 121 (Introduction to Biology). It provides students with the opportunity to learn new study skills and to further review course material with additional practice problems and exercises in a small group, activity-based, interactive format. Co-requisite: BIO 121.
BIO 131 General Ecology (3 credits)
A study of the principles of energy and material flow through ecosystems; includes the introduction of population dynamics and community organization. This class is available for MTS science elective credit and is also recommended for students in non-science majors seeking general education science elective credit. Three class hours. No prerequisite. Optional one-credit laboratory available (BIO 131L).
BIO 131L General Ecology Lab (1 credits)
A field and laboratory approach to ecological principles including energy and chemical flow through terrestrial and aquatic systems. Optional lab to be taken by current or former BIO 131 students. A Saturday field trip may be required, with an option for an equivalent Friday trip. No prerequisite.
BIO 147 Environmental Health (3 credits)
This course reveals how the sustained vitality of the planet is essential for maintaining the health of the societies and economies of the Earth. Major topics showing the mutual dependence of these realms of human existence (i.e., ecology, culture, and economics) are discussed. These topics include population forces, habitat alteration, pollution of air/soil and living species, water use and abuse, agricultural methods, and fuel (both fossil and renewable). Practical and attainable solutions to our current problems in these areas are emphasized. Solutions range from the personal through community, national, and global levels. No prerequisite. Suggested preparation: BIO 121, 131, 151, or 152. No laboratory. Can be used as a non-lab science elective for all students.
BIO 151 General Biology I (4 credits)
This course explores the molecular and cellular basis of life. Topics covered include the biochemical make-up of cells, membrane transport, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, cellular division, inheritance, and evolution. Plant structure and reproduction are also introduced. This course is intended for Math/Science majors, and is the prerequisite for BIO 152. Three class hours and two laboratory hours (hands-on, in presence of a mentoring instructor) per week. Successful completion of both high school biology and chemistry is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: ENG, RDG, and MAT placement must be at the college level.
BIO 152 General Biology II (4 credits)
This course focuses on animals and systems biology, including a survey of animal types and of the organismal biology of animals. Organisms' methods of response and adaptation to the environment and to each other are also emphasized. Laboratory includes hands-on dissection of preserved animal specimens in a classroom setting, under the supervision of a mentoring instructor. Three class hours and 2 laboratory hours per week. BIO 152 assumes a basic knowledge of chemistry, cell structure and function, and the concepts explaining the genetic unity and evolutionary diversity of species. Prerequisite: BIO 151 or permission of instructor. The combination of BIO 121 and BIO 152 does NOT count as a sequence for the Math/Science degree.
BIO 161 Applied Environmental Biotechnology (4 credits)
Applied Environmental Biotechnology (BIO 161) will present the fundamentals of general, cellular, and molecular biology and then build upon these foundations in the context of applied chemistry, microbiology, and microbial ecology. This four-credit course has been developed to provide students with an understanding of the structural and metabolic characteristics of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, in order to then develop comprehensive descriptions of important cellular-, enzymatic-, and/or microbial-based environmental and industrial processes. Specifically, the course will highlight applied biotechnological topics including applied microbiology, biochemistry, enzymology, microbial nutrient-cycling, composting, wastewater treatment, industrial fermentations, and biodegradation of chemical contaminants. BIO 161 also includes a one-credit hour laboratory component which will provide opportunities for hands-on application of concepts presented in lecture and introduces scientific techniques relevant to the fields of biotechnology. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: CHE 171.
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
First part of a two-semester study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include homeostasis, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, and the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and urinary. The cat is the primary dissection specimen in the laboratory. This course is for students preparing for Nursing, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant, and other health-related professions. This course is inappropriate for students preparing for medicine or dentistry. It does not fulfill the lab science sequence requirement for most Math/Science students, but does fulfill the science elective requirement for Math/Science students. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours. Students are expected to have mastered high school-level biology, chemistry, and algebra, or the college equivalents.
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Second part of a two-semester study of the structure and function of the human body. The following body systems are covered: cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, immune, digestive, and reproductive. Cat is the primary dissection specimen in the laboratory. This course is for students preparing for Nursing, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant, and other health-related professions. This course is inappropriate for students preparing for medicine or dentistry. Does not fulfill the lab science sequence requirement for most Math/Science students, but does fulfill the science elective requirement for Math/Science students. Three class hours, two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: BIO 171.
BIO 205 General Microbiology (4 credits)
An introduction to the biology of microorganisms, with an emphasis on clinical relevance. Topics include the structure and function of microbes, including their metabolism and genetics. Infectious diseases and the interactions between microbes and their hosts are also considered. Laboratory exercises emphasize the isolation, identification, and control of microorganisms. Primarily intended for students entering health professions. Not recommended for students with credit in BIO 110 or (BIO 150 - no longer offered). Prerequisite: BIO 151, BIO 171, or permission of instructor. Prior completion of either BIO 152 or BIO 172 is recommended but not required.
BIO 221 Pathology (3 credits)
This course covers the nature, causes, and development of disease conditions, as well as the structural and functional changes that result from the disease process. The principal diagnostic tests and treatments used in the detection and control of diseases will also be considered. Open only to students in the Health Information Technology program. Prerequisites: BIO 171 and BIO 172 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II).
BIO 253 Genetics (4 credits)
This course covers the biological basis for patterns of inheritance, including the structure, function, and regulation of DNA, genes, and chromosomes. The biochemical nature of mutations will be discussed, along with the potential consequences, both harmful and beneficial. Methods of molecular genetic analysis also will be introduced. This class is intended for Math-Science majors, especially students interested in Biology, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Physician Assistant, or Pre-Dent. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIO 151 and BIO 152 (or equivalents) or permission of instructor.
BIO 290 Biology Research/Internship (1- 4 credits)
This course immerses students in the working environment of a biological research lab or similar professional setting. Internships and research opportunities are available at universities as well as at government, corporate, and independent research institutions. Additional opportunities are available for some students through the CSTEP/LSAMP and Bridges to the Baccalaureate programs. A learning contract containing specific educational objectives is developed between the student and the Biology Department Internship Coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 60 hours of work per credit hour. In addition, the maintenance of a work/research journal to record hours worked and duties performed and a final paper or project (such as a poster or PowerPoint presentation) are required. A letter grade will be awarded by the Biology Department Internship Coordinator on the basis of successful completion of the objectives in the learning contract and satisfactory evaluations by the on-site research supervisor. No experiential credit is given for previous research work. Number of credit hours must be determined at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA 2.8; sophomore standing; approval of Biology Department Internship Coordinator; successful completion (with a grade of "C" or higher) of at least three of the following courses: BIO 151, BIO 152, CHE 171 (plus CHE 171L), CHE 172 (plus CHE 172L); or permission of Biology Department Internship Coordinator.