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Biology Course Descriptions

BIO 1010 - The Biological World
4 credits
A study of the human being as a living organism in relationship to the physical and biological world. This course is designed to enable non-science majors to have a sufficient grasp of basic biological concepts to enable them to operate intelligently in modern society. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered every Term II.

BIO 1020 Biological Concepts I
4 credits
An introductory course presenting fundamental ideas about biomolecules and energetics, the structure and function of cells and Mend Elian and molecular genetics. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered every Term I.

BIO 1022 Biological Concepts II
4 credits
An introductory biology course primarily for science students. Fundamental concepts about animal diversity, structure and function are presented, as well as unifying themes of evolution and ecology. Labs explore diversity of animals using experimental methods as well as some dissections and field experience. Prerequisite: BIO 1020. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered every Term II.

BIO 1030 Biology by Inquiry
4 credits
Explores the biological principles underlying the science of life. Uses scientific methodology to investigate major biological processes and concepts. A broad overview of life from cells to ecosystems. Distribution Requirement: PLS.

BIO 1056 Plants and Peoples
4 credits
This course will provide a brief overview of the fungal, protist, and bacterial kingdoms with an emphasis on how these organisms affect our lives. Plant kingdom diversity and its impact on humans will be discussed. Agriculture, textiles, medicines, lumber, spices, oils, and other plant uses will be covered. No prerequisites. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term I.

BIO 1071 Human Biology
4 credits
The impact and the influence of the physical and physiological development of the human being and the way the environment, family and health may impinge upon this will be emphasized. Background information as well as laboratory experiences will be used to emphasize one’s functional role in the world. Distribution Requirement: PLS.

BIO 1110 Introduction to Microbiology
4 credits
A study of the morphology, physiology, biochemical processes, growth patterns, and control of the major groups of bacteria and viruses. Specially considered is their relationship to health and disease, infection and the immunologic response. Prerequisites: CHE 1010. Offered every Term II.

BIO 1210 Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credits
A study of human anatomy, histology, and physiology designed for pre-clinical and physical education students. The laboratory includes dissection, study of microscope slides, human skeletons, models, and plastic embedded demonstrations. Successful completion of BIO 1210 is required to register for BIO 1211. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term I.

BIO 1211 Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credits
A study of human anatomy, histology, and physiology designed for pre-clinical and physical education students. The laboratory includes dissection, study of microscope slides, human skeletons, models, and plastic embedded demonstrations. Successful completion of BIO 1210 is required to register for BIO 1211. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term II.

BIO-CHE 1850 Biological and Chemical Principles of Fermentation
4 credits
This course initiates non science students to basic chemical and biological processes involved in fermentation. The historical aspects of fermentation will give students a perspective on the way in which fermentation has influenced Science as well as Society. Students are expected to gain and eventually demonstrate proficiency in the subject in the classroom as well as in the laboratory. Prerequisite: None. Offered alternate years.

BIO 1859 Introduction to Paleobiology
6 credits
An introduction to the science of paleobiology. A study of fossils as evidence of geological, ecological, and evolutionary events during Earth’s prehistoric past. Numerous labs devoted to fossil preparation, identification, and interpretation. Several field trips to nearby fossil collecting sites and science museums that maintain fossil collections and use them for research. Distribution Requirement: PLS.

BIO 2010 Comparative Anatomy
4 credits
Study of the evolutionary process through structural similarities and differences of vertebrates during lectures and dissections. Prerequisites: BIO 1020 and 1022 or equivalent. Offered Term I.

BIO 2015-4015 Research in Biology
1 credit
Theoretical aspects of scientific method supplied to practical scientific problems. Observations, descriptions from scientific literature, formulation of hypotheses, and testing hypotheses in the laboratory or field. Analysis of data and oral and written presentation of results. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Open to students at any level.

BIO 2030 Pharmacology
3 credits
The chemistry of the mechanisms of action of drugs. Prerequisites: BIO 1210 , BIO 1211, and CHE 1010. Offered as needed.

BIO 2050 General Botany
4 credits
Introduction to the bacterial, protist, fungal, and plant kingdoms, with an emphasis on the latter. The evolutionary range from simple to advanced plants will be covered. Other topics will include physiology, morphology, and life cycles. Prerequisite: BIO 1020. Offered Term II.

BIO-PSY 2141 Animal Behavior
4 credits
Study of the behavior of non-human species, and influence of genetics, evolution, physiology, environment, and learning in determining those behavior patterns. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term I.

BIO 2220 Ornithology
3 credits
Study of bird anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, behavior, ecology, and evolution. Some field-trip activity required. Offered as needed.

BIO 3000 Epidemiology
3 credits
A study of health related states and the biological, social and economic factors involved. Emphasis is placed on the integration of biological and statistical elements in the causes of disease, both infectious and noninfectious. Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and either MAT 2090 or SSC 2502. Offered Term I.

BIO 3010 Invertebrate Zoology
4 credits
A lecture-laboratory course surveying in detail the major invertebrate phyla and some minor phyla with respect to their morphology, physiology and ecological importance. Prerequisites: BIO 1020 and 1022 or equivalent. Offered Term I odd years.

BIO 3042 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
4 credits
A course focusing on the structure and function of proteins, polynucleic acids and biological membranes. The course examines enzymes and their inhibition and regulation. It involves the study of metabolism emphasizing anabolic processes. Some of the major topics will be cellular signaling, glycolysis, the TCA cycle, lipid and carbohydrate biosynthesis. Prerequisites: BIO 1020 and CHE 2020. Offered Term I.

BIO 3050 Microbiology
4 credits
A study of the morphology, physiology, biochemical processes, growth patterns, and genetics of the major groups of bacteria and viruses, and their relationships to other organisms. Basic processes of infection and the immunologic response to infection. Laboratory, standard microbiological techniques, experimentation, and diagnostic procedures. Prerequisites: BIO 1020, BIO 1022 and CHE 2020. Offered every Term I.

BIO 3055 Molecular Biology
4 credits
Introduction of molecular genetics emphasizing the use of biochemical, and recombinant DNA techniques. Topics include DNA structure and organization; replication, repair and recombination; transposable elements and transcription; RNA processing and degradation; and translation and protein biochemistry. Prerequisites: BIO 3050 and CHE 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II odd years.

BIO 3060 Animal Physiology
4 credits
A study of the physiology of animals. Clinical and environmental applications are examined. A systems approach is taken. Prerequisites: BIO 2010 and CHE 2010. Offered every Term II.

BIO 3075 Plant Physiology
4 credits
The primary topics covered are: (a) Function of plant cells; (b) Photosynthesis and respiration; (c) Control of growth by interaction of plant hormones and the environment; (d) Water and mineral nutrition of plants; (e) Metabolism of plants; (f) Photo morphogenesis; (g) Plant growth and development. Prerequisites: BIO 2050, CHE 1511 or CHE 1925. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II odd years.

BIO 3080 Cell Biology
4 credits
Study of the growth, physiology, biochemistry, reproduction and molecular biology of the cell with emphasis on the relationship of structure and function. Lab includes cytochemical studies, cell fractionation, cell culture procedures, and fluorescence microscopy. Prerequisites: BIO 1022 and CHE 2010 or permission of instructor. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II even years.

BIO 3110 Genetics
4 credits
An introduction to principles of heredity. Emphasis will be split between molecular genetics and classical aspects of mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomal and extra chromosomal inheritance and population genetics. The laboratory integrates with lecture. Prerequisites: Bio 1020 and CHE 1511 or CHE 1925. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.

BIO 3120 Ecology
4 credits
A study of the interactions and interrelationships between organisms and the physical and chemical properties of the environment. There will be both laboratories and field trips. Prerequisites: BIO 1022 and CHE 1511 or CHE 1925. Offered Term I odd years.

BIO 3121 Plant Ecology
4 credits
Plant ecology will study relationships among plants and their interactions with their biotic, chemical, and physical environment. Concepts and examples will be explored at the individual, population, and community levels. Lectures, laboratories, and field trips will be included. Prerequisites: BIO 1020, 1022, and 2050. Distribution Requirement: LAS. Offered Term I even years.

BIO 3125 Ecology of Freshwater Ecosystems
4 credits
An introduction to freshwater ecology (limnology), encompassing systematic study of physical, chemical, and biological components and processes of freshwater ecosystems. Field sampling and testing of standard water quality parameters. Laboratory analysis of water quality, structure and function of watersheds, streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Assessment of human impacts on freshwater ecosystems, ranging from water pollution to water resource management of conservation. Prerequisites: BIO 1022 and CHE 1511 or CHE 1515. Offered every other Term I.

BIO 3150 The Biology of Cancer
3 credits
Studies the effects and advances in science on cancer and its resulting pathological conditions. An exploration of cancer growth, control, genetic changes, cell progression, invasion, metastasis and tumor immunobiology. Prerequisites: Completion of a 3000 level Biology course. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II even years.

BIO 3250 Fundamentals of Clinical Immunology
3 credits
Introductory human immunology for junior-senior level undergraduates. We examine the role of the immune system in fighting infection, its potential to prevent cancer, and describe how through the use of vaccines we can avoid disease. Autoimmunity, allergy, and transplant rejection will be examined. Prerequisites: BIO 3050 and CHE 2020. Offered Term II.

BIO 3310 Human Physiology and Pharmacology
3 credits
An advanced course to correlate knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Prerequisites: BIO 1210 and 1211 or permission of the instructor. For Nursing majors BIO 3310 must be taken concurrently with or prior to NSG 3110. Offered every Term I.

BIO 3400 Topics in Bioethics
3 credits
This class is intended for Science students. It studies Bioethics, its definition, theory and applications to the various fields of modern Biology. The course requires students to master the biological principles studied (stem cell research, cloning, steroid effects on human biochemistry, gene therapy, HIV, etc…) and opens the discussion on ethical issues deriving from the technology studied. Prerequisite: Junior class standing or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: GN. Offered Term II alternate years.

BIO 500 Developmental Biology
4 credits
A lecture-laboratory course exploring the development of invertebrates and vertebrates from gamete production through the differentiation of tissues, organs, and the complete embryo, including the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on the developing organism. Prerequisites: BIO 1020, 1022, CHE 2010, and 2020. BIO 2010 and BIO 3060 recommended. Offered Term I even years.

BIO 3590 Biology Junior Seminar
1 credit
Prepares students for graduate or professional work in the biological sciences. Use of primary sources of information to prepare presentations on scientific research and portfolios of own work. Self-evaluation and preparation for upper-level work. Prerequisites: Biology, Biology-Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, or Environmental Studies major in the Junior year, or permission of instructor. Offered Term I.

BIO 4015-2015 Research in Biology
1 credit
Theoretical aspects of scientific method supplied to practical scientific problems. Observations, descriptions from scientific literature, formulation of hypotheses, and testing hypotheses in the laboratory or field. Analysis of data and oral and written presentation of results. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Open to students at any level.

BIO-CHE 4020 Principles and Clinical Applications of Immunology
3 credits
Recommended to students pursuing careers in health related sciences. This course is designed to acquaint the student with concepts involved in the immune response, including antigen-antibody interaction, antibody synthesis human leukocyte antigens and tumor immunology. Prerequisites: One term of chemistry including organic and biochemistry. Offered as needed.

BIO 4596 Colloquium in Clinical Laboratory Science
1 credit
Provide students with an avenue to relate their previous course work in the various fields of Biology and Chemistry with the current developments in the Clinical Laboratory sciences. Senior standing in the Clinical Laboratory Science major is required. Offered as needed in Term II.

BIO 4605 Evolution
3 credits
To synthesize the information from Biology and Chemistry in understanding the principles and mechanism of the evolutionary process. Students will study recent research in molecular evolution, along with the classical evidence in morphology, anatomy, physiology and the fossil record. Prerequisites: BIO 1022 and CHE 2020. Co-requisites: BIO 3110 and one of the following: BIO 3050, 3055 or 3080 or permission of instructor. Offered Term II.