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Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 1106:    Biology I Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1308 or 1322.
Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three lab hours each week.

BIOL 1107:    Biology II Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s):  BIOL 1307 or 1309.
Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of diversity, ecology, and evolution. Three lab hours each week.

BIOL 1306:    Biology I for Science Majors

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300.
Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. This class is designed for science majors. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1106 recommended.

BIOL 1307:    Biology II for Science Majors

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300.
Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. This class is designed for science majors. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1107 recommended.

BIOL 1308:    Biology I for Non-Science Majors

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300.
Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1106 recommended.

BIOL 1309:        Biology II for Non-Science Majors

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300.
Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1107 recommended.

BIOL 1322:         Nutrition

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300.
Introduction to nutrition for students of science and non-science majors. Topics include fundamentals of nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, nutrient storage and drug/nutrient interactions.

BIOL 1409:        Life on Earth

Cr. 4. (4-3-1). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing
Introductory survey of living organisms for science and non-science majors.  Emphasis on evolutionary and natural history, structural and behavioral adaptations, biological diversity and co-evolution.

BIOL 1410:        Environmental Chemistry

Cr. 4. (4-3-1).Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111 and TSI complete in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
A discussion of key element cycles in the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere as related to functioning of biological systems. Major environment issues, such as acid rain, sewage treatment and eutrophication will also be considered.

BIOL 2101:    Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1106, BIOL 1306; Co-Requisite: BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture
Lab practicum for Anatomy and Physiology I.  In this laboratory students will learn hands-on the anatomy of each organ system.     

BIOL 2102:    Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2101, BIOL 2301; Co-Requisite: BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture
Lab practicum for Anatomy and Physiology II.  This laboratory is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I laboratory (BIOL 2101).   

BIOL 2120:    Elementary Microbiology Lab

Cr. 1.0 (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1106, 1107; Corequisite BIOL 2320
Laboratory course to accompany BIOL 2320 designed to train students in basic microbiological techniques and to support classroom learning with hands-on applications.

BIOL 2301:    Anatomy and Physiology I 

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1106, BIOL 1306; Co-Requisite: BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
This course explores the human body as an integrated functional complex of systems. Terminology, structure and function of each organ system and the interrelationships between system are emphasized.     

BIOL 2302:    Anatomy and Physiology II

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 201, BIOL 2301; Co-Requisite: BIOL 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I; includes the study of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive system.

BIOL 2303:        Physiology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1308 or 1322 and BIOL 1106 and TSI complete in Reading and Writing.
Introduction to bodily function and regulation, including all major organ systems. Class intended for non-science majors. BIOL 1306 or 1308 preferred.

BIOL 2306; 2406:  The Living Planet 

Cr. 3; 4. (3-3-0); (4-3-1).  Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 1307 or 1309 and TSI complete in Reading and Writing.  Note:  Students cannot receive credit for both BIOL 1307/1407 General Biology II and BIOL 2306/2406 The Living Planet.
Overview of world ecology to students of science and non-science majors. Includes a survey of major biomes of the world, environmental interactions of species, populations and community dynamics and impact of humans on world ecology.  BIOL 2406 includes a laboratory component.

BIOL 2320:    Elementary Microbiology 

Cr. 1.0 (1-0-3). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306, 1307; Corequisite BIOL 2120
Fundamental microbiology course designed to give a student basic training in microbiology, with a survey of relevant microbes and microbial processes.

BIOL 2420        Elementary Microbiology (with Laboratory)   

Cr. 4. (4-3-1). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322 and BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307 and BIOL 1107 and TSI complete in Reading and Writing.  
Fundamental microbiology course designed to give a student basic training in microbiology, with a survey of relevant microbes and microbial processes. Laboratory portion of the course is designed to train students in basic microbiological techniques as well as to support classroom learning with hands-on applications.

BIOL 3122:    Human Physiology Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisites or Co-requisite:  BIOL 3322
Lab practicum for Human Physiology.   

BIOL 3126:    Plant Biology Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 3326
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in plant morphology, plant tissue culture and plant physiology.

BIOL 3130:    Histology Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 3330
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in preparing tissue biopsies for microscopic staining procedure.

BIOL 3226:    Laboratory for Plant Biotechnology

Cr. 2. (2-0-6).  Prerequisite(s):  General Biology, Co-requisite: BIOL 3326.
An introduction to genetic engineering of plants with an emphasis on phytochemicals and plant physiology.

BIOL 3230:    Lab for Histology and Immunology

Cr. 2. (2-0-5). Prerequisite or Corequisite:  BIOL 3330.Lab lecture and lab practicum of 5 hours per week.  Lab practicum in histochemistry and immunology through various staining procedures.

BIOL 3320:    Human Genetics

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106
Study of the basic principles of inheritance and human genetics.

BIOL 3322:    Human Physiology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
A systems approach to the study of basic physiology and biochemistry of the vertebrates using the human as the main focus.

BIOL 3323:    Comparative Anatomy

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
The organ systems of various vertebrate animals with a concentration on human anatomy.

BIOL 3324:        Human Reproduction

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106
Overview of the human reproductive system. Includes such diverse topics as sexual differentiation, fertilization, endocrinology, infertility, and brain sex.

BIOL 3326:    Plant Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1307
Analysis of the biology of plants and phytochemicals.

BIOL 3330:    Histology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3323 or BIOl 2303 or BIOL 3322
A study of animal and human tissues morphology and how they differentiate.

BIOL 3340:    Animal Behavior

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.
A study of behavioral adaptation of animals to their environments.

BIOL 3342:    Social Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.
A synthesis of scientific disciplines that attempts to explain behavior in all species by considering the evolutionary advantages of social behavior.

BIOL 3343:    Immunology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 3330.
The study of immunity and the response of the immune system to foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.

BIOL 3427:    Aquatic and Wetland Biology

Cr. 4 (4-3-1). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
Survey of freshwater ecosystems, their structure, function and role in the biosphere.

BIOL 3428:    Coastal Marine Ecology

Cr. 4. (4-3-1) Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
Review of coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems, their structure, function and the role in the biosphere and hydrosphere.

BIOL 4100; 4200: Selective Labs in Biology

Cr. 1; 2. (1-0-3);(2-0-6).  Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor.
May be repeated when topics vary.

BIOL 4102; 4302:  Independent Research in Biology

Cr. 1; 3 (1-0-3); (3-0-6) Prerequisite(s):  Approval of Instructor
Independent research study in biology.

BIOL 4110:    Biochemistry Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4310
Biochemical techniques in proteins, enzymology, chromatography, spectrometry and nucleic acids.

BIOL 4113:     Genetics Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4313
Molecular lab techniques in recombinant DNA, genetic engineering, PCR, DNA sequencing and biotechnology.

BIOL 4135:    Ecology Lab

Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4335
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in analysis of pond, lake and sea organisms and pollution.

BIOL 4203:    Biology Seminar

Cr. 2. (2-2-0). Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor.
Literature, surveys, presentations and research papers are required.

BIOL 4210:    Laboratory for Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Co-requisite: BIOL 4310.
Lab practicum for Biochemistry lecture. 

BIOL 4235:    Lab for Ecology and Toxicology

Cr. 2. (2-0-6) Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisite(s):  BIOL 4335 or BIOL 4345
Lab analysis of pond, lake air pollution and organisms.  Lab practicum for mercury, arsenic and lead poisoning to lab fish and shrimp.

BIOL 4237:    Cell and Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Prerequisite or Co-requisite(s): BIOL 3320, or BIOL 4337, or BIOL 4313.
Includes cell and genetic engineering, recombinant DNA technology, PCR, DNA sequencing and biotechnology.  Lab practicum for Genetics and Cell and Molecular Biology lecture.

BIOL 4300:    Selected Topics in Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor.
May be repeated when topics vary.

BIOL 4310:    Biochemistry

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107, CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112, CHEM 2323, CHEM 2123.  
Structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.  An introduction to enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioenergetics and protein chemistry.

BIOL 4313:    Genetics

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107, CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112
The study of inheritance and molecular mechanisms in genetics and DNA science.

BIOL 4320:    Embryology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4337 or BIOL 4313
A study of the events that occur prior to and during gestation, including developmental biology topics in differentiation, stem cells, cloning, developmental genetics, regeneration, cell-cell communication and environmental regulation of development.

BIOL 4325:    Introduction to Forensic Science

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306, BIOL 1106, CHEM 1311
An introduction to the basic principles of forensic science.

BIOL 4328:    Marine Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
Provides fundamental and comprehensive knowledge on latest awareness on marine ecology, marine microbiology and environmental impacts.

BIOL 4333:    Comparative Animal Physiology 

Cr. 3 (3-3-0)  Prerequisite(s):BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107
Study of organ function in major animal phyla with an emphasis on human physiology.

BIOL 4335:    Ecology

Cr. 3 (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 1306 or 1322, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307, BIOL 1107, CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111
The study of the interrelationships between organisms and the environment.

BIOL 4337:    Cell & Molecular Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1306 or BIOL 1307 and CHEM 1311 or 1312
Study of cell function at the molecular level including the fundamentals of DNA.  Recombinant genetic engineering of plasmid DNA, transfections, DNA cloning, eukaryotic cells, the manipulation of bacteria and virus in cell culture will be discussed.

BIOL 4338:    Cancer Biology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Senior standing.
Basic introduction to cancer biology, including prevention and various modes of treatments with special reference to personalized medicines in treating cancer using cancer genomics.

BIOL 4345:    Toxicology

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  BIOL 4333, or BIOL 3330, or BIOL 3320, or BIOL 4313, or BIOL 4310, or BIOL 4335, or BIOL 3326.
The study of harmful interactions between chemicals and biological systems, including man, animals and plants.

BIOL 4390:    Phytochemicals, Nutrition, and Disease

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  Senior standing.
Topics in nutrition, phytochemicals, antioxidants, cancer, plant biology and human disease.

BIOL 4437:        Environmental Microbiology

Cr. 4. (4-3-1). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2420
Discussion of structure and function of microbial communities and their role in a larger biological and geological context, including petroleum microbiology as related to prospecting and waste treatment.

BIOL 4438:    Limnology

Cr. 4. (4-3-1). Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1307 and BIOL 1107
Review of freshwater ecosystems, their structure, function and role in the biosphere and hydrosphere. Special attention will be paid to biological, chemical and physical processes occurring in freshwater environments.