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BIO 131: Biological Science
3 Credits
A survey course introducing principles of biology through a study of the plant and animal kingdoms. Emphasis will be placed on cellular biology, gross anatomy, reproduction, heredity, and ecology. This course is designed to meet the needs of non- science majors. Three lectures per week. This class is unsuitable for STEM majors.
Offered: F/S

BIO 141/142: General Biology I, II
4 Credits
A study of the fundamental principles of biology, followed by a survey of the animal and plant kingdoms. Emphasis is on the chemical basis of life, morphology, physiology and reproduction. The two semesters must be taken in sequence. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Offered: F/S

BIO 225 Scientific Writing
2 credits
A course to develop students’ skills in the specific task of scientific writing. The students will write intensively on scientific topics and receive detailed feedback on their grammar and clarity in conveying information.


BIO 241: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
4 Credits
A study of the evolutionary development of organ systems of vertebrates. Complete dissection of representatives of the major vertebrate groups. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. Offered: F

BIO 242: Vertebrate Embryology
4 Credits
A descriptive approach to the formation of germ cells, fertilization and the development of organ systems, with some reference to experimental morphogenesis. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142. Offered: S

BIO 243 Molecular Biology
4 Credits
Molecular biology is a rapidly growing field that deals with the interactions of proteins and DNA to control cell growth, division, and development.  Topics covered focus on the organization of genomes and the molecular mechanisms controlling DNA replication and repair, transcription, and protein synthesis in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. There is an emphasis on experimental design and data analysis with appropriate readings from the primary literature.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142. Offered: F/S (O)

BIO 315, BIO 316, BIO 415, BIO 416: Biology Seminars I-IV
1 Credit
Students will present oral and written reports on recent advances and problems in biology. One hour per week. These classes must be taken in sequence, one per semester.
Prerequisites: BIO 142 and junior status. Offered: F/S

BIO 330: Teaching Elementary Science
3 Credits
Current developments in both process and content. Examination of new curriculum materials and involvement in learning experiences appropriate for elementary grades. Includes experience in working with audio-visual materials in presenting basic science concepts.
Prerequisites: BIO 131, PHY 131 (or equivalent), and EDU 230. Offered: S

BIO 331: Methods of Teaching Natural Science
3 Credits
Designed for students who plan to certify in secondary education. Focus on methods, materials, use of technology in creating and using those materials, and concerns related to one of the sciences.
Prerequisites: EDU 230, PSY 131 and 16 hours of science Offered: S

BIO 341: Ecology and Environmental Biology
4 Credits
A study of the environment from the ecological point of view, showing the inter-relations of organisms to their environment, both physical and biological. Four lectures per week.
Prerequisite: BIO 131 or BIO 142. Offered: F

BIO 342: Histology and Histo-Technique
4 Credits
A study of the structure, function and distribution of animal tissues, and the routine methods of preparation of animal tissue slides. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142. Offered: F

BIO 343: Genetics
4 Credits
A study of the fundamental principles of heredity, with emphasis on Mendelian genetics, Genetics of sex and recent developments in the field. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142. Offered: S

BIO 344/345: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
4 Credits
A study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is designed to meet the needs of majors in Biology and Health and Physical Education. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week. These classes should be taken in sequence, with BIO 344 being a prerequisite for BIO 345.
Prerequisites: BIO 141/ 142. Offered: S/F .

BIO 346: Parasitology
4 Credits
A study of the morphology, life cycle and distribution of parasitic protozoa, helminths and arthropods. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141/142. Offered: S

BIO 347: General Microbiology
4 Credits
A study of micro-organisms morphology, classification, physiology, and their relationship to fermentation, food, soil fertility, disease and industry. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: CHE 141/142 and BIO 141/142. Offered: F

BIO 348/ BIO 348L Evolution
4 credits
Evolution helps students to make sense of biology and to explain the natural world. Topics include: the basic mechanisms of microevolution— selection, inheritance, and development; how natural selection has resulted in organisms with reproductive success; macroevolutionary processes, such as speciation and extinction; key events in evolution throughout the geological record; and coevolution and evolutionary medicine, which integrate and contrast micro- and macroevolution.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and BIO 142 or BIO 131 with the permission of the instructor. Offered:

BIO 442: Cell Physiology
4 Credits
A study of the physiochemical properties of protoplasm, the chemical dynamics of life, and energy transformations. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141/142 and CHE 243/244. Offered: S

BIO 443: Biochemistry
4 Credits
The course will include the chemistry of amino acids, peptides, proteins, lipids, steroids, nucleic acids, nucleoproteins, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrate, amino acid and lipid metabolism will be discussed with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. Three lectures and one laboratory experience per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 141/142; CHE 243/244. Offered: S

BIO 444: Contemporary Issues in Experimental
Biology
4 Credits
This course will acquaint students with methods, techniques, and responsible conduct of biological research. It will develop the student’s basic research ability, with emphasis on data collection, organization, interpretation, and evaluation of research. Particular current issues in the biological sciences may be selected and explored at the discretion of the instructor.

Prerequisites: BIO 141/142 or equivalent. Senior status or consent of the instructor. Offered: F


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