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BIO 100 BIOLOGY IN CONTEXT / 4 credits

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 and cannot be counted toward the biology major. 

BIO 101 SHORT TOPICS IN BIOLOGY / 1 credit

Study of current topics in biology appropriate for all students. Elective credit. May be taken more than once for credit with permission of instructor. 

BIO 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I / 4 credits

Study of the integrated principles of biology with emphasis on 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

Study of the integrated principles of biology with emphasis on 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.

BIO 205 BIOMEDICAL TERMINOLOGY / 1 credit

A detailed introduction to the terminology used in health professions.

BIO 220 GENERAL BOTANY / 4 credits

An introduction to the structure and life processes of plants, including 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

A survey of the phyla from Protista through Animalia, emphasizing 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, including 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 

The first of a two-part sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components and cannot be counted toward the biology major. Prerequisite: BIO 110.

BIO 262 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II / 4 credits

The second of a two-part sequence dealing with the structure and function of the human body. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components and cannot be counted toward the biology major. Prerequisite: BIO 110.

BIO 280 INTERNATIONAL ECOSYSTEMS CLASSROOM / 1 credit

Study 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. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: BIO 110, CHM 110, and permission of instructor.

BIO 310 HEALTH COACHING / 1 credit

An introduction to a wide array of topics on healthcare and healthcare systems in preparation for a practicum as a health coach. Topics include but are not limited to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, organization of healthcare systems, ethical considerations, and strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles. The course is discussion-based and requires active student engagement. Prerequisites: Junior standing with focus on a career in the healthcare industries (sophomores may petition to register for the class), minimum GPA of 3.0, and permission of instructor.

BIO 311 HEALTH COACHING PRACTICUM / 1 credit

The second in a series of health coaching classes. Students who successfully complete BIO 310 will enter the practicum class directly. Students will be assigned a patient in the Batesville area and assist them in selected aspects of healthcare. Prerequisites: Completion of BIO 310 with a B or better 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 will attend each laboratory section, assist in teaching the lab, give and receive feedback on lectures, and write a teaching philosophy.

BIO 340 ECOLOGY / 4 credits

An introduction to the 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 345 SPELEOLOGY / 3 CREDITS

An introduction to the study of caves. Students will learn about the formation, ecology, evolution, and inhabitants of caves in the Ozarks and elsewhere. Prerequisites: BIO 112 and CHM 110.

BIO 350 INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY / 4 credits 

Examination of the 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 with an 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, 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

In-depth study of the physiological systems that maintain homeostasis in animals with emphasis on the design and function 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 the form and function of multicellular organisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 252 or permission of instructor.

BIO 366 HISTOLOGY / 4 credits

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. Students will examine the breadth of evolutionary biology from the origins of life and investigation of fossil records to the study of 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. 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 

Study of varying topics in biology. Includes a two-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

BIO 420 ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY / 3 credits 

Advanced study in a specific area of biology. 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

In-depth study of selected biochemical reactions and pathways of major biological and physiological significance, including synthesis and breakdown of important biomolecules, cell signaling pathways, and second messengers. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: CHM 356 or 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.