Academic Catalog

Biology (BIO)

BIO 099  Biology for Allied Health  (3 credits)  

This preparatory course is designed for students who plan to enroll in BIO 203, Anatomy and Physiology I. The course examines fundamental principles in general, organic, nuclear and biochemistry, cell biology and genetics. The development of academic skills required for the study of the sciences is emphasized throughout the course. May not be used to meet the graduation requirements. A qualifying score on the Biology for Allied Health Assessment Test also meets the prerequisite requirements of BIO 203, Anatomy and Physiology. The course meets for a total of 30 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course Fee.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 010

BIO 100  Fundamentals of Biology (GL)  (4 credits)  

In this introductory course for nonscience majors, a general survey of the characteristics of life is presented, including such topics as cellular biology, metabolism, organ systems, genetics, development, evolution, behavior and ecology. A brief examination of both the plant and animal kingdoms is presented. NOTE: BIO 100 will not satisfy the science requirement for science majors. The course meets for a total of 90 contact hours per semester.Course fee.

BIO 107  General Zoology  (4 credits)  

This introduction to the animal kingdom includes a survey of the taxonomy, morphology, anatomy and physiology of animals using selected organisms. Primary laboratory emphasis is concerned with physiological processes, survey of phyla and field studies. The course meets for a total of 30 lecture hours and 60 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 120

BIO 108  Human Body in Health and Disease (GS)  (3 credits)  

Designed for nonscience majors, this course includes a survey of the structure and function of human body systems and the disorders in those systems which result from disease processes.

BIO 109  Human Genetics (GS)  (3 credits)  

This is an introductory genetics course for nonscience majors emphasizing the fundamental genetic concepts and how they affect humans. Topics such as genetic engineering, genetic diseases and gene repair are discussed.

BIO 110  Introduction to Plant Sciences (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course investigates the fundamentals of plant science. Included topics are plant anatomy and physiology, classification, genetics, ecology, and the importance of plants to society. Students conduct laboratory investigations, observe local plant communities, examine the relationships between plants and animals and evaluate the relationships between soil and plant health. The course meets for a total of 45 lecture and 45 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee. Field trips may be required.

BIO 116  Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory (GL)  (1 credit)  

This laboratory course provides hands-on learning using dissection, physiology exercises, models and slides, science technology, computer activities, and experimentation to reinforce the concepts in BIO 108, Human Body in Health and Disease. The course meets for a total of 30 laboratory hours per semester. Co-requisite: BIO 108. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 108

BIO 119  Biology for Health Professionals (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course is intended for students who plan to enroll in BIO 203, Anatomy and Physiology I. This course is not for biology majors. This course examines fundamental principles in general, organic, nuclear and biochemistry, cell biology, metabolism, development, molecular biology, epigenetics, biotechnology, and inheritance. The application of these topics in the health science field is stressed. The development of academic and reasoning skills required for the study of the sciences are emphasized throughout the course. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 010) or (ENG 003 or (ENG 003 and CHEM 010) or (ENG 018 or (ENG 018 and CHEM 010)

BIO 120  General Biology I (GL)  (4 credits)  

An introduction to biology (cellular/molecular) for the science major. Basic biological principles common to plants and animals, cell structure and function, biochemical processes, heredity, cell reproduction, and gene expression are presented. Laboratory emphasizes open-ended experimental methods of inquiry. The course meets for 45 lecture/discussion hours and 45 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 010 or (CHEM 111)

BIO 121  General Biology II (GL)  (4 credits)  

An introduction to biology (organismic/evolutionary) for the science major. This course emphasizes basic biological principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior. Laboratory emphasizes open-ended experimental methods of inquiry and field studies. The course meets for 45 lecture/discussion hours and 45 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 010 and (BIO 120 or BIO 100)

BIO 124  Foundations of Biotechnology  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of biotechnology. Included are overviews of the history and development of biotechnology, applications of DNA and protein technology in the biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical industries, bioinformatics, and bioethics.

Prerequisite(s): (BIO 120 and MATH 026 or (BIO 120 and CHEM 111), CHEM 111

BIO 125  Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology  (1 credit)  

This course allows students to gain practical knowledge of commonly used biotechnology laboratory techniques, including specialized laboratory instruments, preparation of common solutions and reagents, and methodology. The student learns techniques used in laboratory maintenance, equipment calibration, and laboratory safety. This laboratory-based course is designed to accompany Foundations of Biotechnology (BIO 124). The course meets for 45 laboratory hours per semester. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO 124. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 124

BIO 126  Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology  (4 credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the current methods used in the study and application of nucleic acids and proteins. Topics include an overview of the techniques used to manipulate DNA and RNA in industry and research, protein purification, and production of a biotechnology product. The applications of this technology in agriculture and medicine will be addressed. Laboratory techniques parallel lecture and expand on the topics addressed. The course meets for 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of laboratory per semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 124 and BIO 125

BIO 127  Biomanufacturing and Biosafety  (2 credits)  

Discoveries in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are being used to manufacture new products for the improvement of health and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This course provides an introduction to the processes involved in the development, manufacturing, and testing of biomedical products through the exploration of drug development. Safety, quality control, and compliance issues related to local, state, and federal refulations in biotechnology will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 124

BIO 191  Independent Study: Biology  (1 credit)  
BIO 192  Independent Study: Biology  (2 credits)  
BIO 193  Independent Study: Biology  (3 credits)  
BIO 202  Biodiversity  (3 credits)  

This course introduces the science major to the diversity, structure and function of organisms and the processes that generate diversity, emphasizing phylogeny and the evolution of major groups of organisms.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 120 and BIO 121

BIO 203  Anatomy and Physiology I (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body. This course focuses on the histology, gross anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Additional topics include special senses and human tissues. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of the organ systems and the maintenance of homeostasis for optimal functioning of the human organism. This course includes a total of 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of laboratory. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): (BIO 099) or (BIO 119) or (BIO 120)

BIO 204  Anatomy and Physiology II (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body. The course focuses on the histology, gross anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. It also provides students with an understanding of the crucial functions of energetics, thermoregulations, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance. Emphasis is placed on the physiology of the organ systems and the maintenance of homeostasis for optimal functioning of the human organism. The course includes a total of 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of laboratory time. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): (BIO 103) or (BIO 203)

BIO 205  Microbiology (GL)  (4 credits)  

This course is for those students requiring a college level microbiology course. The general characteristics of microorganisms are presented, emphasizing host-parasite relationships, details of morphology and physiology, methods of control and problems of virulence. Consideration is given to the nonpathogenic forms. The laboratory parallels the discussion and provides experience in microbial technique. The course includes a total of 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of laboratory. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 103 or (BIO 120) or (BIO 119) or (BIO 203) or (BIO 203)

BIO 208  Genetics  (4 credits)  

This course presents the principles of inheritance in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and the application of these principles to contemporary issues. Major topics include Mendelian inheritance, gene mapping, molecular genetics, regulation of gene expression, population genetics, and the applications of genetics in biotechnology. Upon completion, students demonstrate a broad understanding of genetics and the principles of heredity. Course meets for 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of laboratory per semester. Usually offered in the fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): (BIO 119 and MATH 026) or (BIO 119 or (BIO 120 or (BIO 120 and MATH 026) and (BIO 119) and (BIO 120)

BIO 210  Nutrition (GS)  (3 credits)  

This course is a basic nutrition course for biology or nursing students or those in related health fields. The functions of the nutrients, their utilization throughout the various stages of life, and the effects of nutrient excesses and deficiencies are studied. Current nutritional topics are discussed, including food fallacies, weight control, and cultural, social and psychological influences on food habits.

Prerequisite(s): (BIO 100) or (BIO 103) or (BIO 108) or (BIO 119) or (BIO 120) or (BIO 203)

BIO 271  Cooperative Education I: Biology  (1 credit)  
BIO 272  Cooperative Education II: Biology  (2 credits)  

Cooperative Education experiences are work-based learning experiences with an employer for a specific period of time. The experience may be paid and must be related to the career and specific curriculum in which the student is enrolled. It is an opportunity for the student to supplement/integrate classroom learning with learning from a related work setting. A student registers for one to four credits of Cooperative Education in the curriculum in which he/she is enrolled.

BIO 273  Cooperative Education III: Biology  (3 credits)  

Cooperative Education experiences are work-based learning experiences with an employer for a specific period of time. The experience may be paid and must be related to the career and specific curriculum in which the student is enrolled. It is an opportunity for the student to supplement/integrate classroom learning with learning from a related work setting. A student registers for one to four credits of Cooperative Education in the curriculum in which he/she is enrolled.

BIO 274  Cooperative Education IV Biology  (4 credits)