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Biology Courses

BIO 110 (3-0-3)

The Human Body

This course is an introduction to general principles of biology through the study of the human body. Two-thirds of the course covers basic topics in scientific inquiry, chemistry, structure and function of cells and cellular processes, and one-third of the course covers topics in selected human organ systems. This course is intended for non-science majors requiring a non-lab science. 

BIO 111 (3-3-4)

Fundamentals of Biology

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, principles, and phenomena in biology with emphasis on humans. Topics include biological chemistry, cell biology (eukaryotic and prokaryotic), genetics, metabolism and energy, plant diversity, cell reproduction, microbes, ecology, evolution, and forensic biology. Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture concepts employing diverse and modern techniques to perform investigative science, including dissection and online work. This course is designed for the non-science major.

BIO 112 (3-3-4)

Human Biology

This course introduces the structure and function of the human body. The course provides an overview of the major organ systems of the body including the integumentary, skeletomuscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune/lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. The course explores the human body as a biological system having a hierarchical organization. The laboratory complements the lecture topics and includes dissection. This course is not recommended for students pursuing science programs.

BIO 115 (3-0-3)

Current Topics in Biology

This course addresses some of the current major issues in biology such as environmental changes and the Anthropocene Epoch. Students identify components of the scientific method, classify different categories of scientific knowledge, develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature, and communicate rationally supported opinions about the material discussed during the semester.

BIO 117 (3-3-4)

Biology of the Cell

This course introduces the general principles of biology through the study of the cell. The course covers basic topics in scientific inquiry, chemistry, structure and function of cells, and cellular processes. This course also includes topics of anatomical terminology and tissues. The laboratory portion of the course complements the lecture topics. The course prepares students for advanced courses in the allied health fields. The course is recommended for students seeking an A.S. in either the Sciences or the Health Sciences.

BIO 141 (3-3-4)

Biology I

This is the first semester of a one-year course exploring the principles of modern biology. This course focuses on the development of molecular biology and its impact on modern concepts of cell structure and physiology, cell reproduction and energy transfer. In addition, this course covers genetics, the structure of DNA, and evolution. The laboratory portion of the course consists of topics correlating with lecture and includes dissection. Prior course work in biology and chemistry is required.

BIO 142 (3-3-4)

Biology II

This second semester of a one-year course explores in depth the principles of molecular, cellular, and organismal biology. Topics include the molecular basis of inheritance, evolution, population genetics, six-kingdom analysis, and the systems of the human body. The laboratory portion is designed in three parts. Part one consists of learning techniques in molecular biology. Part two involves learning characteristics of the six-kingdom system and the dissection of the fetal pig for different body systems. Part three consists of conducting a laboratory research project with a formal presentation of the results. 
PR: BIO 141 S

BIO 149 (3-0-3)

Introduction to Biotechnology

This course is a general overview of the various fields in biotechnology. Topics include current career opportunities, biotechnology research, methodologies used in biotechnology, and bioethics. Fall only

BIO 151 (3-3-4)

Anatomy and Physiology I

This is the first course of a lecture-laboratory sequence for the students of the allied health fields. The lecture topics include anatomical medical terminology, cell structure, tissue, the skin, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. The laboratory topics include cells, tissues, and an examination of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on both gross and microscopic work. Prior course work in biology, with particular emphasis on cell biology and biochemistry, and chemistry required.

BIO 152 (3-3-4)

Anatomy and Physiology II

This is the second course of a lecture-laboratory sequence designed for the students of the allied health fields. The lecture topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, immune, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive systems, and in addition, metabolism, and fluid and electrolyte balance. The laboratory work covers the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on both gross and microscopic work. 
PR: BIO 151

BIO 154 (3-0-3)

Introduction to Pharmacology

This course is a survey of the fundamentals of pharmacology and is designed for students in nursing or other health related fields. It will examine the basic understanding of drug actions, drug absorption, bioavailability, distribution, metabolism and excretion; the administration of therapeutic drugs; drugs that affect the nervous, cardiovascular, and renal systems; drugs with actions on smooth muscle; endocrine drugs; chemotherapeutic drugs; antimicrobials; cancer chemotherapy; immunopharmacology; special aspects of pediatric, geriatric, dermatologic and gastrointestinal pharmacology. 
PR: BIO 151 and 152 and high school chemistry or CHM 113 or equivalent; higher level of chemistry preferred.
Fall only

BIO 170 (0-5-2)

Tissue Culture

This course is an introduction to the theory, standard practices, and methodologies of cell culture. Laboratory topics include sterile techniques, media preparation, cell growth, cell culturing, cell counting, maintenance and storage of cell lines, and scale-up. 
PR: BIO 142
Fall only

BIO 171 (0-5-2)

Recombinant DNA Techniques

This is a basic laboratory course in the theory and concepts of recombinant DNA techniques. Topics include restriction enzymes application, methods of cDNA and genomic cloning, analysis of molecular markers, extraction, purification and sequencing of DNA, RNA expression, polymerase chain reaction, production and purification of recombinant proteins and search of biological database and database analysis. 
PR: BIO 142
Fall only

BIO 172 (3-3-4)

General Toxicology

This course provides students to a general overview of the field of toxicology covering the basic principles, target organ toxicity, toxicity of particular compounds, risk assessment as it applies to environmental and medical toxicology. Laboratory topics include application of these concepts through utilizing common analytical techniques used in environmental toxicology and examining case studies. 
PR: BIO 142
Spring only

BIO 173 (3-0-3)

Principles of Immunology

This course introduces the basic concepts in immunology. The course covers the molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Antigen and antibody 
structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex will be emphasized. 
PR: BIO 142
Spring only

BIO 174 (0-5-2)


This course introduces students to the various techniques used in the preparation, processing, detection, and evaluation of immunohistochemistry (IHC) slides. Techniques of histology, pathology, immunology, and enzymology will be applied to hands-on procedures of tissue processing and evaluation of data. 
PR: BIO 142
Spring only

BIO 203 (3-3-4)

General Ecology

Through lecture and laboratory experiences, this course focuses on the study of major ecological principles including: population and community biology, competition and predation, physiological ecology and adaptations, ecosystems, nutrient cycles, energy flow, and ecological succession. The ecological basis of contemporary environmental problems is examined and related to human activities. Quantitative perspectives and analysis will be used throughout. Portions of the laboratory experience will occur outside the indoor laboratory space. External laboratory exercises will take place on campus property or immediately adjacent spaces, or may involve field trips. 
PR: BIO 142 and CHM 121
Spring only

BIO 241 (3-3-4)


This course covers the principles of microbiology. Topics include microbial diversity, cell structure and function, physiology, genetics, reproduction, microbial pathogenicity and immunology, host resistance and immunity. Also covered are concepts in genetic engineering and biotechnology, industrial microbiology, and microbial ecology. Basic techniques and procedures used by microbiologists are emphasized in the laboratory. 
PR: BIO 112 or BIO 141 or BIO 151 or Approval of the Dean. 

BIO 245 (3-3-4)

Exercise Physiology

Students evaluate the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the body to the stresses of exercise. Major topics include cellular and molecular physiology, histology with emphasis on myology, circulatory, respiratory, neuromuscular systems, and bioenergetics.  
PR: BIO 141 

BIO 261 (3-3-4)

Cell & Molecular Biology

This course covers the principles of cell and molecular biology, including structure, function, and molecular relationships amongst the components of the cell. Major topics include macromolecules, organelles, biological membranes, cell metabolism, growth and replication, energy transformation, extracellular matrix, signal transduction, organization of the genome and regulation of gene expression. 
PR: BIO 142 and CHM 121
Fall only

BIO 262 (3-0-3)


This course introduces students to the aspects of modern genetics. Topics include gene structure and function, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, gene expression, population genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and genome analysis with emphasis on human aspects and applications. 
PR: BIO 141 and CHM 121

BIO 263 (0-6-3)

Biotechnology Techniques

This course uses the laboratory setting to explore experimental and analytical techniques used in cell biology, molecular genetics and biotechnology to gain an understanding of cell and molecular processes. The course covers biotechnology laboratory skills applicable to research and industrial settings. 
PR: BIO 261
Spring only