Biology

*BIOL 1101 – Principles of Biology I

5 credits | Prerequisite: high school biology within last 3 years or BIOL 1104 within last 3 years

Students will be exposed to modern concepts of the chemical, cellular, bases of life. Topics include: scientific methodology; chemistry of life; structure and function of cells; energy transformations; cellular reproduction; Mendelian genetics; DNA structure, function, replication; and the processes involved in protein synthesis; the influence of genetic material in life systems, human manipulations of DNA, fundamental concepts of the theory of evolution; biological diversity and evolutionary adaptations of organisms; bacteriology; and protists diversity. Laboratory sessions emphasize experimental design and critical thinking. This course is for the Associate of Science degree or for pre-professional students wishing to transfer as biology majors.

BIOL 1102 – Principles of Biology II

5 credits | Prerequisites: BIOL 1101 and BIOL 1111

The major focus in this course is on the organism through biosphere levels of life. Topics include: diversity of plants, fungi, and animals; plant structure and function; the biology of animal systems; fundamentals of ecology and the biosphere. Laboratory sessions emphasize experimental design and critical thinking. This course is for the Associate of Science degree or for pre-professional students wishing to transfer as biology majors.

*BIOL 1104 – Human Biology I

4 credits

A course on the basic biology of the human organism. Topics include simple chemistry, cell and tissue structure and function, structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, cell division, basic genetics, DNA biology, reproduction and aging. Laboratory sessions emphasize and reinforce major concepts covered. For non-science majors.

*BIOL 1105 – Human Biology II

4 credits | Prerequisite: BIOL 1104

A continuation of BIOL 1104. Human systems examined include cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, muscular and immune. The course also includes an examination of the DNA to protein connection and discusses the basics of biotechnology. Laboratory sessions emphasize and reinforce major concepts covered. For non-science majors.

*BIOL 1125 – Environmental Science

4 credits

This is an introductory course to environmental science. Topics include environmental systems, evolution, biodiversity, population ecology, species interactions and community ecology, human population, soil and agriculture, biodiversity and conservation biology, cities, forests and parks, geology, minerals and mining, fresh water, oceans and coasts, air pollution, global climate change, nonrenewable and renewable energy sources and waste management. Laboratory exercises will complement the concepts taught in the lecture.

BIOL 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

*BIOL 2205 – Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits | Prerequisite: high school biology within last 3 years or BIOL 1104 within last 3 years

This course begins with an introduction to the basics of human anatomy and physiology, evolution, human related anatomical terms and reference points. The course is also an examination of simple chemistry, cell and tissue structure and function, and basic metabolic processes including mitosis. The class will begin the study of human systems including the integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations associated with the skeletal system, muscular system and the nervous system including somatic and special senses. Laboratory exercises are designed to complement topics covered in lecture.

*BIOL 2206 – Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits | Prerequisite: BIOL 2205

Topics cover the structure and function of the human: endocrine system, cardiovascular system including blood, lymphatic system including immunity, digestive system including nutrition, respiratory system, urinary system including fluid balance, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive system including development, and basic genetics including human inheritance. Laboratory exercises are designed to complement topics covered in lecture.

*BIOL 2210 – Microbiology

4 credits | Prerequisites: BIOL 1101 or BIOL 2205

This course covers the morphology and physiology of microorganisms and selected human parasites. Topics covered include basic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, biotechnology, growth and control of microbes, normal human microflora, mechanisms of disease production, transmission of infectious diseases, immune responses, and the action of specific pathogens in the production of human infectious disease. There is also a brief introduction to environmental microbiology and various career options in microbiology. There is also a laboratory component that exposes students to biosafety and the practice of good aseptic technique.