101 General Biology I. (4)

Cellular metabolism; structures and functions of of cells; anatomy and physiology of humans including other animals and plants; characteristics of scientific thought. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. (F)

 

102 General Biology II. (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL 101 recommended but not required.

Mitosis, meiosis, transcription, translation; basic genetics; evolution; ecology. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. (S)

 

201 Ecology and Field Methods. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102, Math 103 (or equivalent) previously or concurrently.

Taxonomy, ecological principles, major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, fundamentals of human ecology, quantitative field study techniques. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. This course cannot be used to fulfill a General Studies requirement. (F)

 

202 Animals as Organisms. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and .CHEM 101.

Form, function, behavior, development, and classification in the major animal groups. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (S)

 

205 Tropical and Marine Biology. (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and/or 102 and permission of instructor.

Introduction to tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Will include a one- to two- week field study.

 

215 Medicinal Plants andEthnobotany. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 102, or consent of instructor.

The use of plants as medicines, poisons, and hallucinogens which provide the basis for modern medicine and pharmacology.  Examines the interactions of plants and traditional peoples. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

220 Biology and Cultures of Belize. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and/or 102 and permission of instructor.

A comprehensive study of Belize, Central America, including a one to two week expedition to the country to investigate the coral reefs, tropical rain forests, and indigenous cultures.

 

225 Special Topics. (1-5)

Prerequisites: To be specified by instructor.

Courses in diverse areas of biology.  Specific topics to be announced; these indicated by appropriate title on student transcript. May be taken for credit repeatedly.

 

230 Ornithology. (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 102, or consent of instructor.

Anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, biogeography, flight, migration, behavior, reproduction, and field identification of birds. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

 

231 Herpetology. (3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 101, 102, or consent of instructor.

Anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, life history, biogeography, physiology, and identification of amphibians and reptiles.  Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

234 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102. Not open to biology majors; cannot be used to satisfy requirements in biology program

Structure and function of cells and tissues. Anatomy and physiology of the human integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.  Relationship of homeostasis to health.  Laboratory includes applied physiology exercises as well as essential macroscopic and microscopic anatomy. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

235 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102. Open to biology majors only.

Structure and function of cells and tissues. Anatomy and physiology of the human integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.  Relationship of homeostasis to health.  Laboratory includes detailed study of macrosopic and microscopic anatomy as well as physiology activities and case studies. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

236 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102. BIOL 234 recommended but not required. Not open to biology majors; cannot be used to satisfy requirements in biology program.

Anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Relationship of homeostasis to health. Laboratory includes applied physiology exercises as well as essential macroscopic and microscopic anatomy. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

237 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102. BIOL 235 recommended but not required. Open to biology majors only.

Anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Relationship of homeostasis to health. Laboratory includes detailed study of macroscopic and microscopic anatomy as well as physiology activities and case studies. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

240 Parasitology. (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL 101.

General principles of parasitology, including morphology and life histories of animal parasites. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

Entomology. (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 102, or consent of instructor.

Biology of insects, including morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, and classification.  Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

260 Local Flora. (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 102, or consent of instructor

Principles of identifying, classifying, naming, and preserving plants, with emphasis on the local flora.  Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

 

301 Plants as Organisms. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 102, CHEM 101, 102, Junior standing or higher

Form and function in the major plant groups, with emphasis on evolutionary trends. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (F)

 

302 Cell and Molecular Biology. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, CHEM 101, 102 and 107, 331 or junior standing.

Biology, chemistry, and physics of living systems at the cellular and molecular levels. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (S)

 

330 Microbiology. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, CHEM 102, 107; CHEM 331 recommended.

The biology of micro-organisms and of the immune system, applied microbiology, laboratory procedures. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (F)

 

355 Histology. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101and CHEM 101; BIOL 102 recommended.

A detailed study of the tissues of vertebrate animals, with emphasis on functional anatomy and tissue preparation.  Recommended for students planning a career in medicine or medical technology. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

 

360 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. (4)

Prerequisite: BIOL 202 or consent of instructor.

Anatomy of the chordates as related to evolution and function. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

 

365 Developmental Biology. (3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 202, 302 (concurrent or prior registration)

Morphogenesis and molecular mechanisms in animal development; laboratory includes both invertebrate and vertebrate embryology. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

 

370 Evolution. (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102; BIOL 401 recommended .

Modern theories of chemical and organic evolution: evidence, processes, results. Philosophical, religious, and educational implications. (S)

 

372 Introduction to Research. (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 201 and Junior standing.

The nature of science and scientific research, research design, analysis of research reports, philosophy and ethics of scientific investigations. (S)

 

373 Research. (3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 372 or consent of Department Chairperson.

This course is the first part of a twosemester research project providing experience in searching out and reviewing pertinent literature, preparing a research proposal, doing the research, and presenting both oral and written research reports, the latter subject to rigorous editing.  Publication of the results of outstanding projects is encouraged. A grade for this course is not given until completion of BIOL 374. (F,S)

 

374 Research. (3)

Completion of work begun in BIOL 373. (F,S)

 

401 Genetics. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, 302, or consent of instructor; BIOL 102 recommended; CHEM 331

Mendelian, cytological, microbial, molecular, and population genetics. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (F)

 

410 Neurobiology. (4)

Perquisites: BIOL 101, 102, 302 (prior or concurrent registration).

Organization of the nervous system, neural signaling, sensory and motor systems, neural basis of behavior, development, learning and memory. Laboratory exercises include neuroanatomy studies and neurophysiology experiments. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

 

420 Immunology. (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, BIOL 302, CHEM 331 recommended, or consent of instructor.

Immunochemistry of antigens and antibodies, serological reactions, chemistry of complement, control of immunity, and the host immune response. Lab will consist of serological and immunobiological techniques. Three hours lecture, three hourslaboratory.

 

425 Special Topics. (1-5)

Prerequisites: To be specified by instructor.

Courses in diverse areas of biology. Specific topics to be announced; these indicated by appropriate title on student transcript. May be taken for credit repeatedly.

 

430 Recombinant Gene Technology (4)

Prerequisites: BIOL 302, CHEM 331, 332, PHYS 101, 102

Emphasis is placed on the experimental approach to many different techniques of molecular biology. Techniques include: DNA isolation, cloning, sequencing, nucleic acid and protein hybridizations, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and expression and detection of recombinant proteins. Application of these techniques in areas of genetics, cell biology, medicine, and biochemistry will also be discussed. The course is set up to allow the student to design a research project where they will use the techniques to better understand a gene. Two hours lecture, six hours laboratory.

 

450-451 Biology Seminar. (1,1)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Either course may be taken first.

Detailed reports on specific topics in Biology and related fields. Emphasis on justification of assertions. Topics that involve controversy help illuminate the nature of science. In each semester of enrollment, each student will present one seminar and lead the discussion. Some seminars by guest speakers. Visitors are welcome. (Both courses can be repeated for credit.)

 

480-481 Honors Courses. (3,3)

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the Department Chairperson for further information. (F,S)