Course Descriptions

Description

BIO 118     Medical Terminology                                           2 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: Fall, Winter
This course is designed for students with an active interest in the medical and paramedical fields. The course provides the student with the fundamental principles needed to understand medical vocabulary. The student will learn to use the techniques of word building with an emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and the meanings of medical terms.

BIO 139     Principles of Biology                                           4 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of developmental and foundation courses; Term: Winter, Summer; Fee: yes. General Education option – not for science majors.
This course is a survey of the major generalizations of biology with an emphasis on molecular and cellular mechanisms, organismic structures and functions, basic concepts in genetics, the principles of evolution, and the interdependence of all living things with the environment. The laboratory exercises introduce the student to the process of scientific investigation and laboratory technique. Students will examine various biological structures and survey representatives of the five kingdoms of living organisms. Laboratory included.

BIO 141      Nutrition Through the Life Cycle                        3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099; Term: Fall, Winter
Fundamentals of nutrition and its effect on the individual’s growth, development, and total health; related topics of current concern, including weight control, dietary fats, fiber, and world health; impact of culture and environment on food choices. Computer nutrition analysis.

BIO 150     Biology I: From Molecules to Cells                     4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Fall, Winter Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only
Biology 150 is a course which, together with Biology 151, is designed to give the student a broad experi¬ence in the biological sciences. This course empha¬sizes the cellular and molecular aspects of biology. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 151     Biology II: Unity & Diversity of Life                     4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Winter, Fee: yes
This course is designed to give the student a broad experience in the biological sciences. In this course we deal mainly with the organismal and supra-organismal levels of biological organization. Evolution will be the unifying theme. The diversity, form, function, and ecology of organisms will be covered, with particular emphasis on plants and animals. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 201     Ecology and the Environment                             4 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107; Term Fall, Summer. Fee: yes.  General Education option. Cross-listed with ENV 201
This course is a survey of the basic concepts of ecology, natural resources and ecosystems, relationships between humans and their natural environment, and the magnitude and scope of global environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and use of the scientific method. Laboratory is included.

BIO 226     General Zoology                                                    4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, BIO 151. Term: Fall; Fee: yes. Offered alternate years
This course deals with the general principles of zoology. Beginning with an introduction to the classification of the animal kingdom, the major groups of invertebrate and some vertebrate animals will be surveyed. Emphasis will be placed on development, structure, function, reproduction, and evolution. Laboratory exercises will enable the student to directly observe internal and external morphology of selected animal groups and will provide for observations and experiments with various living organisms.  Laboratory included.

BIO 234     General Botany                                                      4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150; BIO 151, Term: Fall; Fee: yes. Offered alternate years
This course deals with a survey of the plant-like protists, the fungi, and members of the plant kingdom. Students study the process of photosynthesis and its relevance to life on our planet. They then study the life cycles and reproduction of plants. Transport systems of vascular plants are covered in detail. In addition the anatomy and physiology of all plant-like organisms, their growth and development is studied. The current success and diverse numbers and species of plants are related to their evolutionary success and role in the earth’s ecosystems. Laboratory exercises enable the students to directly observe the structure of botanical organisms and provide for observations and experiments with living organisms. A field collection of leaves is required.  Laboratory included.

BIO 257     Human Anatomy and Physiology                         4 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of developmental and foundation courses, BIO 118 recommended; Term: Fall, Summer; Fee: yes. General Education option – not for science majors.
A survey of human anatomy and physiology with selected labs. Topics include cells, metabolism, tissue and skin. Also includes the skeletal and articular, mus¬cular, digestive, circulatory and lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems. .  Laboratory included.

BIO 267        Clinical Anatomy and Physiology                     4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150;  BIO 118 recommended; designed for science majors and minors - not for general education; Term Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course is a study of human anatomy and physiology with virtual human cadaver labs as well as other hands on selected labs. Topics include: tissues and the following systems: integumentary; skeletal and articular, muscular, digestive; blood, cardiovascular and lymphatic circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, nervous, and their major diseases. This class is not for general education, it is specifically for science majors and minors. .  Laboratory included.

BIO 321        Microbiology                                                       4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150 and one semester of chemistry; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.
Microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, form, structure, reproduction, genetics, physiology, me¬tabolism and identification, disease, transmission and control.  Written lab reports required.  Laboratory included.

BIO 347        The Teaching of Biology                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: Admittance into Phase III Teacher Certification Candidate; Term: Winter. Offered as needed
Philosophical basis for science teaching; survey of special programs in biology; specific objectives, materials and curriculum planning for biology; emphasis on role of laboratory in biology teaching. Observations of classroom/laboratory teaching.

BIO 360        Biochemistry                                                       4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 140, CHM 325, Term: Fall; Fee: yes. Offered alternate years; Cross-listed with CHM 360
Biochemistry 360 is an advanced-level course for students majoring in chemistry or biology. This course provides an overview of fundamental concepts in biochemistry which focuses upon the major macromolecules and chemi¬cal properties of living systems. Topics include the structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; the physical properties of water, pH, and buffers; enzyme kinetics and regulation. The principles of bioenergetics and the integration of metabolic control will be developed. Laboratory included.

BIO 388        Cooperative Field Experience                            1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, biology major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

BIO 410       Special Topics in Biology                                    3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior status in the major;  Term: TBA
Selected topics and issues in biology as chosen by the instructor.  

BIO 485        Genetics                                                               4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, BIO 151, CHM 140, CHM 325; Recommended MTH 325. Term: Winter; Fee: yes.  Offered alternate years
Study of hereditary material, its chemical and physical nature. Transmission and function will be emphasized. Mendelian inheritance, human genetics and evolution.  Written and oral lab reports required. Laboratory included.

BIO 488        Cooperative Field Experience                            1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, biology major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

BIO 490        Cell and Molecular Biology                                4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, BIO 151; BIO 321 recommended, one semester of general college chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry; Term: Winter; Fee: yes. Offered alternate years
Cell doctrine, genes, cell metabolism, biosynthesis, photosynthesis, molecular replication, transcription, mutation and regulation of cell processes, biochemistry. Lab included. Formal lab reports and oral presentation required.

BIO 491        Independent Study                                            1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; biology major or minor; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 312        Junior Seminar                                                        3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter;
Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS.  Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work.  In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports.  The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one.  A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity.  This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 496A        Science Senior Seminar: Library Research         2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter;
This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project.  Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B.  Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B        Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research   2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member.  The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

 

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