Course Descriptions

BIOL110. General Biology (Laboratory)

This laboratory accompanies BIOL 130. Included in this class are exercises in quantitative methods, biochemical processes, organismal diversity, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. One and one half laboratory hours per week. Co- or prerequisite: BIOL 130 or equivalent. One laboratory hour per week. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL113. Intro to Population Biology Lab

This lab accompanies BIOL 133. This lab introduces students to the methods used by population biologists to obtain and analyze information regarding population genetics, natural selection, animal behavior and population ecology. Co- or prerequisite: BIOL 133 or equivalent. Three laboratory hours per week. Offered spring and fall semesters.



BIOL114. Intro. to Cellular Biology Lab

This is a hands-on laboratory course that provides an introduction to the methods by which cell biologists obtain and analyze information about the cell. Co- or prerequisite: BIOL 134 or equivalent. Three laboratory hours per week. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL116. Environmental Science Lab

This lab accompanies BIOL 231. Laboratory work includes study of ecosystems, biodiverstiy, principles of sampling and environmental monitoring, and other topical environmental concepts. Credit for this course may be used in partial fulfillment of the general education curriculum science requirement. Co- or prerequisite: BIOL 231 or equivalent. Three laboratory hours per week. Credit 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL130. General Biology (Lecture)

This course is intended for students who have a limited background in biology and related sciences and may not be used to satisfy hours for the biology major or minor. General biology is a survey of important concepts, principles, and processes of biological science. Course topics include the nature of scientific thought; biomolecules; cell structure and function; vertebrate anatomy and physiology; organismal diversity; evolution; and ecology. Students who did not have a chemistry or physical science class in high school are encouraged to complete a college level physical science class before taking General Biology. Three lecture hours per week. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL133. Introduction to Population Biology

Along with BIOL 113, this course provides a detailed introduction to evolutionary and ecological principles of biology. Course topics include inheritance, population genetics, natural selection, life histories, behavior, and population ecology. Three lecture hours per week. Offered spring and fall semesters.



BIOL134. Introduction to Cellular Biology

Along with the laboratory, BIOL 114, this course provides a detailed introduction to biochemical and molecular aspects of biology. Course topics include macromolecules, properties of water, cellular structure and organelles, enzymes, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, DNA replication, transcription, translation, mitosis, meiosis, and the cell cycle. Three lecture hours per week. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM 132 strongly recommended. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL231. Intro to Environmental Science

This course focuses on the ecological aspects of biology with special emphasis on the scientific principles that underlie current environmental issues. Topics will include the development of modern environmental ethics, fundamental concepts of ecology, the geophysical nature of the earth, and analysis of selected environmental problems. Special emphasis will be placed on climactic change, resource management, population growth, and preservation of biodiversity. This course may 37 not be used to satisfy the requirement for the biology major or minor. Three lecture hours per week. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL246. Biodiversity

This course provides a detailed introduction to the diversity of organisms. Course topics include taxonomy, natural history, structure, function, and ecological relationships of the major groups of organisms with particular emphasis on plants and animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 113 and 133 or BIOL 114 and 134. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Offered fall and spring semesters.



BIOL330. Selected Topics in Biology

This course allows the student to pursue an in-depth study of some topic that is not covered in the existing biology curriculum. This may include topics from biology history or current relevant topics in biology (e.g., medical and health issues, ethical issues, etc.). Three lecture hours per week. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.



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