Course Descriptions

BIO 102 Human Ecology 3 credits

This is an introductory course for majors in the BA track for Environmental Studies and for non-biology majors. In this course students are introduced to the fundamental principles governing the structure and function of ecological systems. Current environmental issues are examined, including critical analysis of the ecological and societal factors involved. Topics covered include: the structure of matter, energy principles, evolution and natural selection, a survey of ecosystems, human population dynamics, energy sources, water management, pollution, soil properties, agriculture, and waste disposal. Cycled as needed.


BIO 109 Human Genetics 3 credits

Genetics is the study of the inheritance of traits through examination of their variation. This course introduces the student to the application of the principles and practices of classical and post-genomic genetics to the study of human heredity. While studying the science of human genetics, students will encounter major issues of socio-political importance including the human genome project, genetic diversity, biotechnology, DNA profiling, genetic disorders and eugenics. Cycled as needed.


BIO 110 Concepts in Biology 3 credits

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classifications, cell biology, and human physiology. Offered both semesters


BIO 123/123L General Biology I/Lab 4 credits

An introduction to the processes of life. Basic biological concepts will be presented by examining model representations of the animal and plant kingdoms. Three class hours and two hours of laboratory. Offered every fall.


BIO 124/124L General Biology II/Lab 4 credits

A continuation of General Biology I. Prerequisite: BIO 123 or permission of instructor. Three class hours and two hours of laboratory. Offered every spring.


BIO 125/125L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 3.5 credits

Cell structure and function, tissues, and organ systems—skeletal, muscular, and nervous. This course is intended for the non-major. Two class hours and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 110. Offered both semesters.


BIO 126/126L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 3.5 credits (continuation of BIO 125)

Organ systems of the body—circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course is intended for the non-major. Two class hours and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 125. Offered both semesters.


BIO 190 Biology Colloquium I 1 credits

A discussion/presentation course in the biological sciences. Students will be exposed to current literature and knowledge in the many sub-disciplines of biology through a variety
of mechanisms—-lecture, seminar presentations, readings, and discussion. Biology will also be addressed in the context of its history and philosophy. Career and academic counseling information will be integrated into the course. Required of majors. Offered every fall.


BIO 207/207L Microbiology/Lab 3 credits

The general biology of micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa), their classification, structure growth, biochemistry, and genetics will be presented. The host-parasite relationship, emphasizing the parasite’s strategy of pathogenesis and the host’s immune response will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 125, BIO 126. Two class hours and two hours of laboratory. Offered both semesters.


BIO 213/213L Environmental Biology 4 credits

The basic principles needed to study individual environments, the dynamic interplay of the forces in the living community illustrated by field and laboratory work. Three class hours. Two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 123, BIO 124. Offered every year.


BIO 215/215L Environmental Impacts on Human Health 4 credits

An analysis of the impacts of the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of the environment on human health. It includes an examination of the primary causes of environmental degradation followed by an in-depth analysis of the direct and indirect effects that environmental conditions have on human health. Three class hours. Two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: one year of college biology. Cycled as needed.


BIO 216 Parasitology 3 credits

In this course, students will focus on the biology of medically important parasitic organisms. Discussions and laboratory assignments will emphasize the natural history of model parasites representing the various significant taxanomic groups. Offered as a tutorial as needed.


BIO 221 Nutrition Science 2 credits

Fundamentals of human nutrition in relation to individual health needs throughout the
life cycle will be the focus. The chemical composition, physiological role, and interrelationships among food nutrients will be considered. Diverse psycho-social influences upon food consumption patterns and consumer food choices will be evaluated in light of recent research findings. Prerequisites: BIO 123, BIO 124, one year of college chemistry. Offered both semesters.


BIO 224/224L Marine Biology 4 credits

The study of marine organisms and their adaptation to various habitats including intertidal, estuary, coral reef, shallow ocean, pelagic, and abyss. In the laboratory, students will examine or identify phytoplankton, zooplankton, seaweeds, and marine bacteria. They will examine and dissect lower marine invertebrates, marine mollusks, marine arthropods, echinoderms, cartilagenous fishes, and bony fishes. Three class hours and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: General Biology I and II (BIO 123/123L and BIO 124/124L). Cycled as needed.


BIO 242/242L Conservation Biology 4 credits

An analysis of the current topics and issues of conservation and preservation ans they pertain to the maintenance and management of major ecosystems. Fundamental ecological principles as well as applications and current technology will be critically examined. Three class hours and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: one year of college biology. Cycled as needed.


BIO 257/257L Immunology/Lab 4 credits

Study of immune response of vertebrates at both the molecular and cellular levels. Three class hours and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 124 and one year of college chemistry. Cycled as needed.


BIO 290 Biology Colloquium II 1 credit

A discussion/presentation course in the biological sciences. Students will be exposed to current literature and knowledge in the many sub-disciplines of biology through a variety of mechanisms — lecture, seminar presentations, readings and discussion. Biology will also be addressed in the context of its history and philosophy. Career and academic counseling will be integrated into the course. Required of majors. Offered every fall.


BIO 307/307L Advanced Microbiology/Lab 4.5 credits

The study of the biological diversity found in the microbial world, with emphasis on the mechanisms employed by these organisms for survival and success. This course builds on the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the introductory Microbiology course. Three class hours and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: General Biology I and II (BIO 123/123L and BIO 124/124L) and Microbiology (BIO 207/207L) or permission of the instructor. Cycled as needed.


BIO 352/352L Genetics/Lab 4 credits

A presentation of the elements comprising classical genetics emphasizing aspects which have led to the development of current trends in molecular genetics. Three class hours. Two hours of laboratory required for majors. Prerequisites: BIO 123, BIO, 124, CHM 221. Offered every fall.


BIO 353/353L Molecular Biology/Lab 4.5 credits

An integration of biochemistry and genetics examining cellular activities at the molecular level. Three class hour and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 352, CHM 222. Offered every spring.


BIO 394 Seminar in Bio-Communication 2 credits

Training in the techniques of communicating science. Methods of scientific oral and written presentation, literature search and evaluation, methods used in problem solving, and discussion of how gender has influenced the advancement of science and the image of the scientist. Open to juniors. Offered every fall.


BIO 485 Independent Study in Biological Sciences 3 credits

Independent investigation of selected topics under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Open to juniors and seniors only. Students earn a letter grade. Offered both semesters.


BIO 489 Special Topics in Biology 1-4 credits

Seminar in modern developments in biology and in topics of special interest to the advanced student; special emphasis on the use of the biological literature. Cycled as needed.


BIO 495 Internship in Biological Sciences 3 credits

Laboratory investigation of a modern biological problem conducted under the direction of an internship research supervisor. Offered both semesters.


BIO 499 Cooperative Education 3 credits

A cooperative educational experience in the field of biological research. Open to juniors and seniors. Offered both semesters.