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BI 101 General Biology I
This course provides the general foundation in biological science necessary for further study in the life sciences and allied health fields; it also serves to introduce the nonscientist to major areas of interest in the biological sciences. Topics include: the scientific method, cell structure, function and metabolism, introductory genetics, and ecology. A laboratory component supports the lecture material and allows students to perform simple experiments. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 102 General Biology II
This course presents an introduction to modern biology with a survey of the diversity of life. Greatest emphasis will be on the structure and function of Eukarya, specifically animals, plants, fungi, and protists. A laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to perform simple experiments. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I
The course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology. This will be followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II
The course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 204 Human Genetics
This course is designed to teach Mendelian and modified Mendelian inheritance including: genotypic and phenotypic variability, DNA replication, protein synthesis and genetic abnormalities.
BI 206 Nutrition Through the Life Span
This course consists of the study of the nutrients required by the human body, the foods from which they are obtained, their utilization by the body and their importance for the maintenance of optimal health throughout the life span. 3 credit hours
BI 210 Zoology
This course is designed to provide an overview of invertebrate and vertebrate zoology including: classification, development, morphology, anatomy, and physiology of the animal phyla. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 211 Botany
This course consists of the study of the structure, physiology, histology, ecology, and economic importance of plants. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to study live and preserved specimens. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises and quizzes. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 215 Controversies in Science and Medicine
Exploration of current concerns, debates and novelties in science and medicine including: ecology, application of the scientific method, DNA technology, scientific models and medical technologies. 3 credit hours
BI 303 Microbiology
General, medical, ecological, and applied microbiology including: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminthic organisms. Prerequisites: BI 101 and BI 102 or BI 201 and BI 202 or equivalent (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 306 Biochemistry
Fundamentals of modern biochemistry including such topics as molecular biology, the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, the study of energy metabolism, enzymes, genetic coding, and other current topics in the field. (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 310 Immunology
Cellular and humoral mediated immunology mechanisms including: structure of immunoglobulins and cellular mediators, autoimmunity, tissue transplantation, tumor immunology, and the immunological basis of diagnosis and therapeutics. Prerequisite: BI 101 or permission of instructor—BI 303 recommended
BI 320 Environmental Science
Interrelationships of matter, energy, living organisms, ecosystems, and the biosphere with emphasis on ecological principles, environmental problems, and the effect of human activity. 3 credit hours
BI 323 Evolution
Operating principles and processes of organic evolution; includes natural selection, macro and micro evolution, the phylogeny of major life forms, with an emphasis on vertebrates and humans. Prerequisite: BI 101 and BI 102, or permission of instructor
BI 335 Ecology
Interrelationships of organisms with their living and nonliving environment; includes populations, communities, ecosystems, and biomes. Prerequisite: BI 101 or permission of instructor (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 340 Biology of Women
The anatomy and physiology of women throughout their life span including issues relating to their health, nutrition, healthcare, and specific disorders and diseases relating to women.
BI 390 Problems in Biology
Provides the opportunity for a student to do in-depth library research in a particular area of biology of interest to the student. Prerequisites: Minimum of 12 credit hrs in Biology (1 to 3 credit hrs)
BI 399 Topics in Biology
An experimental course covering topics not considered elsewhere in the Biology Area of Study. Specific titles of courses offered under this heading will be listed in the course schedule for the sessions in which they are offered. Not offered every year.
BI 410 Developmental Biology
Embryological development including: fertilization, cellular division, early development, differentiation, and precocious growth of multicellular organisms. Prerequisites: BI 101, BI 210, junior or senior standing (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
BI 480 Senior Thesis in Biology
A project developed by student and instructor culminating in a written and oral report to the faculty. Project may involve lab and/or field research and/or an extensive investigation of current scientific literature in a specified area of Biology. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor
CH 115 General Chemistry I
Studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, measurements, the periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
CH 116 General Chemistry II
Continuation of CH 115. Includes the study of acids, bases, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, hydrogen and its compounds, nonmetals, metalloids, and metals and their compounds. Prerequisite: CH 115 (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
CH 210 Organic Chemistry I
This course includes a study of the structure and functions of the many functional groups of organic chemicals includes: hydrocarbons, hybridization, nomenclature, N and O-containing organic compounds, stereochemistry, infrared, UV and light spectroscopy, NMR, mechanisms of reaction. Prerequisites: CH 115 and CH 116 or instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
CH 211 Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of CH 210. Includes a study of addition, elimination, and substitution reactions, carbon-skeletal rearrangements, multi-step synthesis, polymers, SN1, SN2, E1, E2 mechanisms, biological molecules, noncovalent interactions between organic molecules, catalysis, and the molecular basis of drug action. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
CH 306 Biochemistry
Fundamentals of modern biochemistry including such topics as molecular biology, the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, the study of energy metabolism, enzymes, genetic coding, and other topics in the field. Prerequisites: CH 210 and 211 or equivalent (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
GL 105 Physical Geology
Development of a model of Earth’s internal structure and evolution through time, as well as the theory of plate tectonics (the unifying theory in geology), through geochemical and geophysical principles, the study of minerals and rocks, and the analysis of external and internal Earth processes.
GL 204 History of the Earth
Investigation of chronology of biological and geological events comprising 4.6 billion years of Earth history; discussions of the nature of the fossil record, development of the geologic time scale, interpretation of sedimentary rocks and their structures, and the evolution of life.
IGEN 206 The Anatomy of Health
This course will be a survey of basic anatomy and physiology in health and illness with practical tips on prevention and first aid.
IGEN 223 Nature, Ecology, and Environment
This course studies current relevant topics and problems in ecology, exploration of nature and the environment and various diverse aspects of the living components of the natural environment.
PC 101 Introduction to Physics
This course is designed to teach mechanics, properties of matter, temperature and heat, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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