Biology Course Descriptions

Biology Courses

BIO 100 BIOLOGY IN CONTEXT / 4 credits
An in-depth study of a current topic in biology such as biotechnology, ecology, pharmacology or human biology. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Cannot be counted toward Biology major.

BIO 101 SHORT TOPICS IN BIOLOGY / 1 credit
A course on current topics in biology appropriate for all students. Elective credit. May be taken more than once for credit with permission.

BIO 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I / 4 credits
Integrated principles of biology emphasizing molecular and cellular aspects of organisms, genetics, and organismal homeostatic mechanisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

BIO 112 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II / 4 credits
Integrated principles of biology emphasizing the diversity of organisms in the world, their evolution, and their interactions with each other and the environment. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 110 or permission of instructor; prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 110 or permission of instructor.

BIO 205 BIOMEDICAL TERMINOLOGY / 1 credit
A detailed study of terminology used in the health professions.

BIO 220 GENERAL BOTANY / 4 credits
Emphasis on structure and life processes of plants with introduction to plant genetics, development, physiology, evolution, and distribution. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 112 or permission of instructor.

BIO 222 ZOOLOGY / 4 credits
Survey of the phyla from Protista through Animalia. Emphasis on the evolution, morphology, identification, and life histories of these organisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite BIO 112, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 250 CELL BIOLOGY / 4 credits
A detailed introduction to subcellular and cellular structure and physiology. Topics include membrane structure and function, bioenergetics, transport mechanisms, and intercellular communication. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 110 and CHM 110.

BIO 252 GENETICS / 4 credits
An examination of the principles of inheritance and the structure, function, and regulation of genetic material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 250.

BIO 260 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I / 4 credits
First of a two-part sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Cannot be counted toward biology major. Prerequisite: BIO 110.

BIO 262 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II / 4 credits
Second of a two-part sequence dealing with the structure and function of the human body. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Cannot be counted toward biology major. Prerequisite: BIO 110.

BIO 280 INTERNATIONAL ECOSYSTEMS CLASSROOM / 1 credit
Studies of varying topics in biology. This course is the classroom portion and corequisite to BIO 399.

BIO 290 INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH / 1-4 credits
An introduction to research including literature searches, experimental methods and proper recording and reporting of experimental results. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequiste: BIO 110, CHM 110, and permission of instructor.

BIO 320 TEACHING IN THE BIOLOGY LABORATORY / 1 credit
Upper-level students who plan to attend graduate school, particularly those who intend to teach at the college level, may take this course to obtain teaching experience. Students will teach alongside a faculty member in a laboratory course they have successfully completed at the 100 or 200 level. Students attend each laboratory section to assist teaching the lab, give and get feedback on lectures to introduce the lab and write a teaching philosophy.

BIO 340 ECOLOGY / 4 credits
Introduction to relationships between biota and their environment, with emphasis on limiting factors, competition, coevolution, energy flow, and population dynamics. (One Saturday field trip will be required.) Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.
Prerequisite: BIO 112, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 344 AQUATIC ECOLOGY / 4 credits
A study of basic principles and concepts of aquatic ecology. Emphasis will be placed on the interactions of aquatic organisms with each other and with their abiotic environment. Various aquatic systems in the area will be examined. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 340 or permission of instructor.

BIO 349 EARTH SYSTEMS / 4 credits
This course investigates the four major systems of the Earth – atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere – and their evolution and interaction. Course includes both lecture and lab components. Prerequisites: BIO 112, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 350 INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY / 4 credits
Structure, biochemistry, genetics, and physiology of microorganisms, with an emphasis on bacteria.
Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 252, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 352 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY / 4 credits
In-depth study of the structure and regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes. Emphasis on recombinant DNA techniques and applications. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 252 or permission of instructor.

BIO 356 BIOCHEMISTRY / 4 credits
Study of the chemical basis of life. The major biomolecules – proteins, carbohydrates, lipids 27 and nucleic acids – will be discussed, with emphasis on their reactions and roles in living cells. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 220 or permission
of instructor. (Same as CHM 356)

BIO 360 COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY / 4 credits
An in-depth study of the physiological systems that maintain homeostasis in animals. Emphasis on the design and functioning of these systems in different animals in response to the environmental pressures they face. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 250, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 364 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY / 4 credits
Study of the major processes, which lead to form and function in multicellular organisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 252 or permission of instructor.

BIO 366 HISTOLOGY / 4 credits
A study of the microscopic structure and function of animal tissues and organs. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 252 or permission of instructor.

BIO 370 EVOLUTION / 3 credits
Lectures and occasional field trips introduce students to classical biology concepts, modern evolutionary biology research, and specific examples of evolution in action. The course covers the breadth of evolutionary biology from the origins of life and investigation of fossil records to studying the precise mechanisms of evolutionary changes. Prerequisite: BIO 112 or permission of instructor.

BIO 382 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY / 3 credits
Study in a specific area of biology not covered by regularly listed courses. The course content
and structure will vary according to the interests of the instructor. Lecture, laboratory and field work may be included. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

BIO 399 BIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit
Studies of varying topics in biology, including a two-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary depending upon course topic.

BIO 420 ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY / 3 credits
Advanced study in a specific area of biology. The course content and structure will vary according to the interests of the instructor. Lecture, laboratory, and field work may be included. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

BIO 425 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY / 4 credits
Advanced Biochemistry is an in-depth study of selected biochemical reactions and pathways of major biological and physiological significance. Topics examined include synthesis and breakdown of important biomolecules, cell signaling pathways and second messengers. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 356 / BIO 356. (Same as CHM 425).

BIO 470 DIRECTED STUDY / variable credit
Independent study in a specific area of biology under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

BIO 480 DIRECTED RESEARCH / 1-4 credits
Independent research in approved areas of biology. Under direction of faculty, the student will define, design and complete an original research project and/or take part in a larger, ongoing research program. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: BIO 112, CHM 120,
BIO 290, Junior standing and permission of instructor.