Department of Life & Physical Sciences

Biology Courses

BIO 103 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY. (3, fa, sp, su). Introduction to basic concepts
that are foundations of the life sciences. Three one-hour lectures. No
laboratory. (Students needing a biology lab course should enroll concurrently
in BIO 104L.)


BIO 104L PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY. (1, fa, sp, su, LF). Hands-
on investigations designed to reinforce basic concepts and principles common
to the life sciences. Fulfills general education lab requirement. One two-hour
laboratory. Prerequisite: Previously taken or concurrent enrollment in BIO
103 (or equivalent).


BIO 105 ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY. (4, sp, LF). Overview of 5 major kingdoms,
with major focus on structural and functional relationships and phylogeny.
Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L. Two one-hour lectures and two, two-hour
laboratories.


BIO 106 GENERAL BOTANY. (4, fa, LF). Fundamental facts and principles of plant
life. Form, structure, reproduction and life processes are emphasized. Three
one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory.


BIO 175 SPECIAL TOPICS. (1-5). Topic to be listed in course schedule. May enroll
again as topic changes. May not be used as a general education requirement.


BIO 208 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. (3, fa, sp, su). An integrated
study of morphological and functional aspects of the human body.
Prerequisite: BIO 103 and 104L. Corequisite: BIO 209L. Three one-hour
lectures.


BIO 209L HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LAB. (2, fa, sp, su, LF).
Laboratory observations that are designed to supplement lecture material
presented in BIO 208. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous
completion of BIO 208. Two, two-hour laboratories.


BIO 301 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY. (4, fa, sp, su, LF). Morphology,
classification, physiology, and cultivation of microorganisms. Prerequisites:
BIO 103 and 104L. Two one-hour lectures and two, two-hour laboratories.


BIO 305 HISTOLOGY. (4, LF). A microscopic study of animal tissues. Prerequisites:
BIO 103 and 104L. Two one-hour lectures and two, two-hour laboratories.


BIO 310 GENERAL GENETICS. (4, fa, LF). The chemical, molecular, and
cytological basis for inheritance. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L, CHM 101
and 102 or CHM 103 and 205. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour
laboratory. This course is designated writing intensive.


BIO 312 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. (4, sp, LF). A course relating
structure and function of cells at subcellular and molecular levels.
Prerequisites: BIO 103, 104L, 105 and CHM 101 and 102. Three one-hour
lectures and one three-hour laboratory.


BIO 314 GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY. (4, sp, LF). A study of the theoretical and
applied concepts of animal physiology. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L and
CHM 101 and 102. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory.


BIO 326 ORNITHOLOGY. (3, sp, odd, LF). An overview of the biology of birds,
including anatomy, physiology, taxonomy and distribution, behavior,
population community dynamics, ecology, origin, and evolution; emphasizes
unique attributes of birds as animals. Prerequisite: BIO 103 and 104L. Two
one-hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory.


BIO 400 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY. (1-4, LF may be required). Topic to be
listed in course schedule; may or may not include laboratory, may re-enroll as
topic changes. Prerequisite: BIO 103 and 104L or consent of instructor.


BIO 401 IMMUNOLOGY. (3, fa, odd). Basic concepts inherent to field of
immunology; antigens, antibodies, cells of the immune system; complement;
immune reactions; host defense mechanisms; allergies; clinical implications.
Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L; one semester of General Chemistry (CHM
101 or equivalent). Three one-hour lectures.


BIO 403 PARASITOLOGY. (4, LF). A survey of parasitism in various animal phyla
with emphasis on host-parasite relationships and vector associations.
Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L and 105. Two one-hour lectures and two,
two-hour laboratories.


BIO 404 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY. (1-3, fa, sp, su, LF, may re-enroll, maximum 6
credits towards major). Individual research involving a survey of biological
literature, experimental design, collection, analysis and reporting of data. Open
to junior and senior biology majors. Prerequisite: Biology majors, written
consent of instructor, see department head for further information.
BIO 406 EVOLUTION. (3). Analysis of the theories of the origin of living organisms
and mechanisms of evolutionary change. Prerequisite: A minimum of twelve
hours credit in biology. Three one-hour lectures.


BIO 409 CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF SCIENTIFIC WRITING. (1, fa).
Critical reading and discussion of scientific literature. Prerequisite: Eight hours
300-400 Biology credits.


BIO 410 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY. (1, sp). Oral and written reports of selected
topics in biology. This course is designated writing intensive. Prerequisites:
BIO 409.


BIO 416 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. (4, LF). Fundamental principles of
embryonic development. Prerequisites: BIO 103, 104L and 105. Two one-
hour lectures and two, two-hour laboratories.


BIO 422 REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY (3, fa, odd, LF). Anatomy and function
of the male and female reproductive systems. Prerequisite: AGR 201A and
BIO 103 and 104L. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.


BIO 423 ECOLOGY. (4, fa, even). This course will present the dynamics of
coexistence among species and their interactions with the physical
environment. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L. Four one-hour lectures.


BIO 425 MAMMALOGY. (3, fa, even, LF). The scientific study of mammals,
including anatomy, physiology, taxonomy and distribution, behavior,
population and community dynamics, ecology, origins, and evolution;
emphasizes unique attributes of mammals as animals. Prerequisites: BIO 103
and 104L. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory.


BIO 426 TAXONOMIC BOTANY. (4, fa, even, LF). Historical surveys of various
systems of classification, the principal groups being studied by collection of
representative specimens. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L, and BIO 105 or
106 or AGR 107. Two one-hour lectures and two, two-hour laboratories.


BIO 429 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. (4, fa, odd, LF). A study of the physiology of
living plants. Prerequisites: BIO 103 and 104L, BIO 105 or 106 or AGR 107,
CHM 101 and 102 or 103 and 205. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour
laboratory.