Biology

Learn the fundamental concepts in the field of biological science, apply that information to problem solving and explore the biological world in both laboratory and field.

Biology 120Q

Concepts in Biology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Principles of genetics, evolution, and physiology with special reference to contemporary life situations. Intended for non-science majors. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. This course does not fulfill requirements for medical and dental schools. Biology 120 is not open for students who have credit for Biology 141.

Biology 121 and Biology 122

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory and Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall, Spring. Credit, Four hours. Prerequisite: for Biology 122 is Biology 121. These courses emphasize the structure and function of the human body and use a systemic approach incorporating both anatomy and physiology. Biology 121 includes a survey of body tissues and the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Biology 122 continues with the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Labs in both courses involve dissection, study of human specimens, and basic experiments in physiology. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. These courses fulfill requirements for admission to nursing schools and many allied health programs. These courses do not fulfill requirements for medical and dental schools or the biology major.

Biology 141Q

Cell Biology and Genetics with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites; freshman placement required. The study of cell structure and function including cellular metabolism, fundamentals of genetics, evolution, and population genetics. Emphasizes scientific inquiry. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Biology 142Q

Advanced Topics in Genetics and Molecular Biology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Biology 141. Genetic mechanisms in bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotes including transmission of DNA, regulation of gene expression, gene interaction, mutations, and cancer. Emphasizes research questions, techniques, and applications. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Biology 155Q

Applications and Communications in the Biological Sciences with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall or Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites. Biological concepts in topics of public interest such as biotechnology, human health, evolution, and the environment. The variety of ways in which these topics are communicated to the public—scientific papers, news articles, films, and literature—will be examined. This course does not count toward the biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Biology 235Q

Field Botany with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: One biology course or ENVS 131. Study of plants in their natural habitats, including plant morphology, ecology, and ethnobotany. Students need to have a basic understanding of plant structure. This course counts toward the biology and environmental studies majors. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Biology 242Q

Animal Architecture and Physiology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisites: Biology 141 or permission of instructor. Architecture, physiology, behavior and evolution of major invertebrate phyla and the chordates. Course includes field and laboratory investigations with living organisms and dissections of preserved specimens. This course counts toward the biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory per week.

Biology 245Q

Freshwater Ecology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: one biology course or ENVS 131. The study of basic ecological processes and organisms present in freshwater ecosystems. This course counts toward the biology and environmental studies majors. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Biology 397R

Supervised Reading

On demand. Credit, variable. Prerequisites: One biology course and permission of instructor. Advanced study on a selected biological topic. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in natural science.

Biology 399R

Undergraduate Research

On demand. Credit, variable. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor (student will need to have basic research skills and an interest in the research topic under investigation) and a biology course. Research participation in biology. Requires an independent project with laboratory or field work. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in natural science.