Biology

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

BIO 131 : Life Science

Life Science is the basic course for beginning college students that are non-science majors. The course deals with basic life processes and how the contemporary issues of health and environment impact the living organisms. The course provides information and knowledge on the scientific approach to interpreting and solving contemporary problems.

Credits 3

BIO 141 : General Biology for Majors I

General Biology I is the basic course for beginning college students majoring in biology. The course assists the students in acquiring a knowledge base about history, development, and significant moments and people in the discipline, the organization, characteristics, diversity and interrelationship of living things, bioenergetics, electromagnetic radiation and wave theory. The course presents key concepts and selected topics that reflect current research in all fields of biological sciences. The course provides examples of problem solving and experiments to provide familiarity with a scientific approach to interpreting living organisms. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

BIO 142 : General Biology for Majors II

General Biology II is a continuation of BIO 141 which is the basic course for beginning college students majoring in biology. The course assists the students in acquiring a knowledge base about history, development, and significant moments and people in the discipline, the organization, characteristics, diversity and interrelationship of biotic and abiotic systems. Evolutionary and ecological concepts including characteristics of various land biomes, populations, atmosphere, weather interactions and effects, and ocean systems are covered. The course presents key concepts and selected topics that reflect current research in all fields of biological sciences. The course provides examples of problem solving and experiments to provide familiarity with a scientific approach to interpreting living organ-isms. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

Prerequisites

BIO 141

BIO 143 : Biology for Education Majors I

This course is designed for students majoring in education. The course will assist students in understanding fundamental biological concepts and the nature of science. In addition, this course provides examples of problem solving and experiments to provide familiarity with a scientific approach to interpreting the world. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

BIO 144 : Biology for Education Majors II

This course is a continuation of BIO 143 which is designed for students majoring in education. The course will assist students in understanding fundamental biological concepts and the nature of science. In addition, this course provides examples of problem solving and experiments to provide familiarity with a scientific approach to interpreting the world. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

Prerequisites

BIO 143.

BIO 231 : Zoology

This course is a comparative study of the morphology, anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy of the various animal phyla along with the molecular basis for evolutionary theory and classification. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 142

BIO 232 : Plant Organization

This course is a comparative study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy with special emphasis on life cycles of algae, fungi, non-vascular, and vascular plants. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 142.

BIO 332 : General Ecology

This course is a study of the interactions between organisms and their surroundings. The course will also emphasize the distribution and abundance of organisms within the environment. This will allow the student to understand where organisms are found and why they are found there. This distribution and abundance will be studied at the levels of the population, community and ecosystem.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 142.

BIO 334 : Principles of Genetics

Principles of Genetics is an introduction to the history, development, and significant moments and people in the discipline, principles of inheritance, functions of genes, gene organization, genetic regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes, and applications of genetics such as genetic modification, uses and effects of biotechnology, and cloning. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 142

BIO 335 : Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is a study of the human body on both the microscopic and macroscopic levels, to assist the student in comprehending the interrelationship of the various organ systems of the body. The course includes a study of the anatomical structures and physiological processes of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 142.

BIO 336 : Human Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a study of the anatomical structures and physiological processes of the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 335.

BIO 343 : Biochemistry I

This course is a study of amino acids, proteins, pH effects, nucleic acids, protein synthesis, and enzyme kinetics. Three hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

Prerequisites

BIO 142 and CHM 344.

BIO 349 : Microbiology

Microbiology is an introduction to the morphology, anatomy, physiology, and classification of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria. The course also addresses the history, development, and significant moments and people in the discipline, causes, characteristics, and avoidance of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases. Three hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

Prerequisites

BIO 142 and CHM 142

BIO 420 : Senior Seminar in Biology

This course will emphasize undergraduate research projects, research techniques, use of technology, and presentation of research to peers and faculty. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of fields within the area of biology that provide career opportunities.

Credits 2

Prerequisites

Senior classification.

BIO 431 : Special Topics in Biology I

This course is a study of specialized topics related to biology and biomedical research, as determined by the needs of the students majoring in Biology or by the expertise of the Biology Faculty.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

Junior classification.

BIO 432 : Special Topics in Biology II

This course is a study of specialized topics related to biology and biomedical research, as determined by the needs of the students majoring in Biology or by the expertise of the Biology Faculty. Topic and presentation must be different from what is completed in BIO 431.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 431.

BIO 433 : Environmental Science

This course will provide a framework for an interdisciplinary analysis of environmental issues. The fundamental principles presented permit the student to apply their understanding to the environment. Scientific, social, political, and economic issues that arise as a result of environmental problems will also be addressed. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

Junior classification.

BIO 448 : Cell Physiology

This course is a study of essential interrelationships of the chemical and physical aspects within the living cell in the micro and macro environment through a unified approach combining biology and chemistry. Included are a review of the molecular structures of biological molecules, bioenergetics and thermodynamic relations in terms of biochemical activity, survey of the ultrastructures, enzymes structure and function, membrane structure, the molecular biology of the gene, and the history, development, and significant moments and people in the discipline. Three hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week.

Credits 4

Prerequisites

Senior classification and CHM 343

Corequisites

CHM 343.

BMS 430 : Public Health

This course is designed to introduce students to community health and examines the underlying determinants of current health policy issues. The course is intended to increase the awareness of issues, which include significant changes occurring in the organizational structure of community health, improvements of community health, and health quality. It will also provide students with the knowledge and analytical skills of how health care policies are formulated. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 349 and CHM 344.

BMS 434 : Biochemistry II Metabolic Pathways & Clinical Applications

This course is a study of detailed metabolic processes that includes lipids, amino acids, carbohydrates, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation. Throughout the course, the emphasis is placed on the regulation of metabolic pathways and on their interrelationships in health and disease. A number of disease states are used to illustrate selected principles in clinical and research settings. Three hours of lecture per week.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

BIO 343.

BMS 435 : Medical Terminology

Designed for Senior Biology majors, especially those preparing for health care professionals programs (i.e. medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research, etc.) to give students the opportunity to systematically build their medical vocabulary. Emphasis on Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combining forms. In addition, it includes exercises relating to diagnostic and laboratory test, abbreviations, and case study vignettes that provide an opportunity to relate the medical terminology to a precise patient care presentation. practical application exercises include a variety of medical record analyses and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) terminology.

Credits 3

Prerequisites

Senior classification.

Corequisites

BIO 335 or BIO 336.