Biology student and teacher
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Pre-Professional concentration prepares graduates for admission into professional-level health and medical programs with terminal degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, and physical therapy, among others.

Senior teacher teaching biology to high school students
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Biology majors may select from academic coursework appropriate to their interests and career goals and in preparation for additional post-graduate or professional education.

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BI100 -

Credits:
3
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BI101 - Introduction to Biology I

Course Description
An introduction to the basic concepts in biology, covering the chemical basis of life, the cell, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis, basic concepts of genetics, evolutionary concepts, and biological diversity. Laboratory required. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Note: This course may not be taken as a coordinated study.
Credits:
4
Prerequisites
EN100
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BI102 - Introduction to Biology II

Course Description

A continuation of BI 101, covering evolution, animal and plant form and function, and ecological concepts. Laboratory required. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Note: This course may not be taken as a coordinated study.

Credits:
4
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BI108 - Environmental Science (w/Lab)

Course Description
Presents an overview of ecological concepts, but emphasizes the dependence of humans on the biosphere and the impact of human population growth and human activities such as industrialization and agriculture on the ecology. Issues such as individual and cultural accountability and sustainability are examined. Not applicable to Biology major. Includes one two-hour lab per week.
Credits:
4
Prerequisites
EN100
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BI110 - Fundamentals of Biology

Course Description
An overview of the underlying chemical and cellular principles of biology, including chemical structures and bonding, the chemistry of water, structure and function of biomolecules, cellular structure and organization, membrane function, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, cellular reproduction, basic genetics, evolution & diversity, and ecology. Laboratory required. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. This course is an acceptable prerequisite for Biology 210, and is appropriate for Athletic Training, Physical Education Elementary Education and other non-science majors.
Credits:
4
Prerequisites
EN100
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BI114 - Human Biology (w/lab)

Course Description
Presents fundamentals of cell biology, body organization, genetics, nutrition, anatomy, and physiology of body systems with an examination of human development, reproduction, disease, aging, behavior, and therapy. Current topics in human biology are explored in discussion and student assignments. This course is designed to meet the needs of the non-science major.
Credits:
4
Prerequisites
EN100
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BI203 - Botany

Course Description

An introduction to the structure and function of plants, including plant cells and tissues, photosynthesis and respiration, growth, reproduction, ecology, evolution, and classification of plants. Laboratory required. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits:
4
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BI210 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Description
This survey of human anatomy and physiology will include integument, skeletal, bone growth and repair, joints, muscles and muscle tissue, nerves and the nervous system and sensory systems. Cellular analysis and the aging process will be discussed with each system. Continued in BI211. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Credits:
4
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BI211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Course Description
A continuation of BI210. The following organ systems and concepts will be covered: endocrine, circulation, coagulation, lymphatics, immunity, respiratory, electrolytes, cellular metabolism, reproduction, and the process of aging. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Credits:
4
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BI220 - Ecology and Experimental Biology

Course Description

An examination of the interactions between organisms and their environment at the individual, population, community and ecosystem levels. Laboratory and field exercises will emphasize population sampling and quantitative analysis of data and environmental parameters. Students will design and complete independent research projects using the scientific method. One three-hour laboratory per week, possibly with off-campus trips for field study.

Credits:
4
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BI282 - Genetics

Course Description
Explores the mechanisms of inheritance that underpin our understanding of biology. Topics include the history of genetics, mitosis, and meiosis, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, probability, sex determination, pedigree analysis, DNA and RNA structure, causes and impacts of mutation, environmental and epigenetic impacts on phenotype and natural selection. A required three-hour weekly laboratory emphasizes data collection and statistical analysis. Note: This course may not be taken as a coordinated study.
Credits:
4
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BI285 - Medical Terminology

Course Description
Presents a review of human anatomy and physiology through the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, diagnostic and symptomatic terminology, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Students will learn to interpret, pronounce, and utilize appropriate medical terminology and documentation in a variety of formats. This course is not applicable for Athletic Training Majors.
Credits:
3
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BI302 - Zoology

Course Description

A comprehensive study of all the major phyla in the animal kingdom; emphasizing relationships of various groups to each other, their evolution, morphology, and ecological relationships. Use of both live and preserved material will be used to teach concepts. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits:
4
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BI303 - Comparative Anatomy

Course Description

Presents a comparative and comprehensive study of the anatomy and development of the phylum Chordata with emphasis on the subphylum Vertebrata. Phylogeny, evolutionary relationships, and anatomy by a system are emphasized. Laboratory studies are designed to refine dissection skills while illustrating lecture topics.

Credits:
4
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BI307 - Microbiology

Course Description

A comprehensive study of diagnostic microbiology with emphasis on the organisms that are associated with a disease. Laboratory exercises provide practice in the cultivation, examination, and identification methods. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Credits:
4
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BI308 - Molecular Cell Biology

Course Description
Present in-depth study of molecular processes and mechanisms in eukaryotic cells, emphasizing integration and coordination of diverse cellular processes. A weekly three-hour laboratory emphasizes aseptic molecular and cellular laboratory techniques.
Credits:
4
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BI309 - Exercise Physiology

Course Description

A study of the responses and adaptations of body systems to activity stress.

Credits:
3
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BI311 - Human Performance Laboratory

Course Description

Allows students to observe and participate in standard laboratory exercises for the sport and exercise sciences including exercise physiology, kinesiology, and motor learning.

Credits:
1
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BI315 - Principles of Biochemistry

Course Description
An introductory study of the major metabolic pathways in the eukaryotic cell, including the structure and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; enzyme kinetics; metabolic regulation; thermodynamics; and enzymatic mechanisms. Three lecture & three lab hours. Accepted in lieu of Chemistry 304 for Biology Major.
Credits:
4
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BI320 - Immunology

Course Description
Examines molecular and cellular basis of immune function including molecular and cellular components of immune responses; immunity to infectious diseases, allergy and tolerance, immunodeficiency; autoimmune disease; cancer immune- surveillance; transplantation immunology; and immunotherapy. Weekly three-hour laboratory emphasizes techniques used in clinical immunology studies and research.
Credits:
4
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BI322 - Introductory Entomology

Course Description

Presents a detailed study of insects and other important arthropods, including anatomy, physiology, behavior, development, classification, nomenclature, and identification. An order by order cladistic approach will be used to cover ecologically, economically, and medically important taxa.

Credits:
4
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BI324 - Forensic Biology

Course Description
Examines human anatomical and physiological factors and changes; blood typing, genotyping and PCR; microbiological, entomological, botanical and environmental agents and their role in the determination of cause, time, manner and mode of death as well as other forensic applications. A weekly three-hour laboratory is required.
Credits:
4
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BI333 - Advanced Environmental Science

Course Description

Presents an overview of ecological concepts, but emphasizes the dependence of humans on the biosphere and the impact of human population growth and human activities on the environment. Issues such as individual and cultural accountability and sustainability are examined. Students will complete projects on several topics. Includes one two hour lab per week.

Credits:
4
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BI406 - Pathophysiology

Course Description

Study of pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. Emphasis is pathophysiologic mechanisms, including etiology, physical signs and symptoms, progression, management, and prognosis of major human diseases. Three-hour weekly laboratory contrasts gross and histologic pathology with normal tissue.

Credits:
4
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BI415 - Advanced Biochemistry

Course Description
A more detailed study of some of the topics discussed in Principles of Biochemistry, including enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, lipid anabolism and catabolism, and regulation of metabolic pathways. Recent review and research articles will be utilized. Protein folding and binding studies will be investigated in the laboratory portion.
Credits:
4
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BI430 - Ecology

Course Description
Examines the interactions between organisms and their environment at the individual, population, community and ecosystem level. Laboratory and field exercises/trips will emphasize population sampling and quantitative analysis of data and environmental parameters and students will design and complete independent research projects. One three-hour laboratory per week, possibly with off-campus trips for field study.
Credits:
4
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BI459 - Biology Capstone

Course Description

Students will use their knowledge of biological molecules, structure-function relationships, genetics, and the interaction of organisms with their environments to explore how evolutionary forces have shaped the diversity of the biotic world. ALL other required biology courses must be completed or must be in the process of completion to enroll in this course. Assessment of biology program goals will occur in this course. Includes the required reading section. This course may not be taken as a coordinated study. Offered in Spring semesters.

Credits:
4
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BI480 - Undergraduate Research

Course Description

Allows students to carry out scientific research using current analytical procedures and techniques. Students will learn experimental design, literature review, and data analysis using a problem mutually agreeable to the student and faculty member. Students will present the final results in publication form.

Credits:
1-3