Biology

Biology, the study of life and living organisms, is an exciting, dynamic field that offers the opportunity to study and explore animals, plants, and bacteria under a wide range of conditions in the laboratory and outdoors. Students will learn to use the scientific method to help understand the world around them. Biology is a key area of study for those going into STEM careers — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is vital for those interested in healthcare and medicine and much more.

Biology Courses

BIO 110 Introductory Biology (4 CR)

Students will investigate the nature of science and critically analyze scientific data. Basic biological concepts including cancer, biostatistics, organic molecules and nutrition, biotechnology, nutrient cycles, and evolution are presented in the context of current issues. This course includes a discussion component which involves reading, critically evaluating, and discussing scientific papers: thus, strong college reading and writing skills are recommended. The course is designed for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 031* or higher


BIO 132 Human Biology (4 CR)

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher


BIO 158 Environmental Science (4 CR)

This course serves as a foundation for environmental science majors. It is also suitable for non-majors interested in environmental topics. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience, environmental surveys, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Environmental case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to analyze quantitative environmental data through application. This class has a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher


BIO 161 General Biology I (4 CR)

Biology 161 is the first semester of a one-year general biology experience intended for science majors or pre-professional students. This course covers nature of science, a survey of the major groups of living organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants and animals), the process and evidence for evolution, and the fundamentals of ecology. It provides the foundation for upper level biology courses. This course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 090* and MAT 031* or higher


BIO 162 General Biology II (4 CR)

Biology 162 is the second semester of a one-year general biology experience intended for science majors or pre-professional students. This course covers the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, molecular and Mendelian genetics, cell division, gene regulation and biotechnology. It provides the foundation for upper level biology courses. This course includes a laboratory component. Successful completion of BIO 161 is recommended prior to enrollment.

Prerequisites: CEM 131 or higher


BIO 220 Microbiology (4 CR)

Basic structure and function of microorganisms with special emphasis on recent advances in microbiology, pathogens, disease, control and immunity. Strong biology background recommended. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher


BIO 231 General Botany (4 CR)

(Formerly BIO 151)

Emphasizes the development, anatomy, physiology and evolution of angiosperms. A survey of the plant kingdom with representative life cycles stresses relationships among plant groups. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: BIO 110, BIO 161 or BIO 162


BIO 232 General Zoology (4 CR)

(Formerly BIO 152)

A comparative study of the anatomical and evolutionary relationships of the major animal phyla with emphasis on development, structure and function of vertebrate systems. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: BIO 110, BIO 161 or BIO 162


BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 CR)

This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

Prerequisites: ENG 085*and MAT 020* or higher


BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 CR)

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

Prerequisite: BIO 253


BIO 258 Field Ecology (5 CR)

This course is designed to provide hands-on field research experiences in ecology and environmental science. Students will be introduced to quantitative field science methodology, natural history, current research issues, and will participate in data collection for ongoing research projects. The ecological concepts that underlie modern hypothesis tests in ecology will be explored through discussions, readings and field research activities. Conducting regionally based ecological projects with ecological mathematical methods are a major component of this course. People highly allergic to poison ivy, insects, molds or pollen need to take precautionary steps during field studies.

Prerequisite: ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MTH 031* or higher