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(BIO) Biology

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BIO 100 - Introductory Biology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 034
Corequisite: MAT 037 or MAT 042 or proficiency in basic algebra
Selected fundamental principles of biology for students who have not had high school biology or who need a review before taking other courses in biology, horticulture and the life sciences. Topics include scientific inquiry, chemistry of living organisms, techniques of observation, data gathering and analysis. [Does not fulfill any requirements for the Biology A.S. degree.] 3 lecture hours
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BIO 101 - General Biology I (4 credits)
Prerequisites: high school biology or BIO 100; high school chemistry or CHE 100; MAT 135 or equivalent
Corequisite: ENG 101
Introduces fundamental concepts and principles of biology. Topics include biological chemistry, cell biology, metabolism and energy, cell reproduction, molecular biology, and inheritance. Investigative laboratory exercises develop skills in basic techniques and reinforce lecture material. Required for biology majors. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 102 - General Biology II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 with a minimum C grade
Introduces fundamental concepts, principles, and applications of biology. Topics include photosynthesis; plant structure, growth and reproduction; animal diversity, form and function; evolution; population ecology; community ecology; and ecosystem dynamics. Investigative laboratory exercises develop skills in basic techniques and reinforce lecture material. Required for biology majors. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 103 - Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: proficiency in basic algebra
Corequisite: ENG 101
Systematic approach to the structure and function of the human body; general terminology and organization; cells and tissues; integumentary, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Lab involves microscopy, the study of human anatomy via computer software and preserved specimens, and studies of physiological processes. [Does not fulfill any requirements for the Biology A.S. degree.] 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 104 - Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 103 with a minimum C grade or permission of course coordinator
Continuation of BIO 103, covering digestive, circulatory, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and endocrine systems. Lab includes cat dissection, human anatomy study via computer software, and quantitative studies of physiological processes. [Does not fulfill any requirements for the Biology A.S. degree.] 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 106 - Human Anatomy (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MAT 037 (or MAT 037A and 037B)
Introduction to the human body with emphasis on terminology and body organization from the cellular level to organs systems. Topics include histology and skeletal, muscular, nervous, integumentary, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, circulatory and endocrine systems. (Designed for programs requiring a one-semester human anatomy course; does not satisfy requirements in biology or health programs.) 3 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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BIO 113 - Biological Science Concepts (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MAT 037 (or MAT 037A and 037B)
Survey of fundamental concepts, principles, and phenomena in biology. Provides a solid scientific basis on which opinions relating to issues in biology can be developed. Topics include diversity of life, cell biology, inheritance, biotechnology, and body processes. Lab exercises employ the scientific method and reinforce lecture concepts. Designed for the non-science major or as a foundational course. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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BIO 114 - Environmental Science Concepts (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 024 or equivalent proficiency
Exploration of the fundamental concepts of our local, regional, and global environment for the non-science major. Topics include aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, biological and chemical principles relating to current environmental issues, basic ecological relationships which include plants and animals, ecological and technological concerns and advances as well as scientific analysis and solutions to current and future environmental problems. 3 lecture hours
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BIO 115 - Microbiological Science Concepts (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of instructor
Based on the Unseen Life on Earth series developed in conjunction with the American Society of Microbiology. Topics include microbial cell biology, biotechnological uses of microbes, and microbial evolution and ecosystems. Also explores the control of microorganisms and relationships between microbes and higher organisms. [Meets science and technology general education requirement.] 3 lecture hours
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BIO 201 - Microbiology (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 103 with a minimum C grade or permission of course coordinator
Explores morphology, taxonomy, and metabolism of microbes with emphasis on fungi, protozoa, helminths, viruses and bacteria. Covers the role of microbes in nature, including biotechnology applications and medical importance; human defense mechanisms; and immunology. The lab develops techniques, reinforces certain lecture content, and introduces new material. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 202 - Woody Plants (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or OHT 101 or permission of course coordinator
Designed for ornamental horticulture, plant science, and biology majors. The lab consists of field studies stressing sight identification of both native and ornamental species. Covers the use of keys, as time permits. [Spring offering] 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 203 - Entomology (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 102 or permission of course coordinator
Intensive survey of the orders of insects, covering comparative anatomy, life cycles, physiology and economic importance. Includes management, preservation and identification methods. [Fall offering] 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 204 - Ecology (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 with a minimum C grade
Corequisite: BIO 102
Fundamental concepts, theoretical principles, and practical applications of modern ecology: the study of the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. Laboratory classes of this introductory course involve field work and research projects geared towards ecological application. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 208 - Genetics (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 101 with a minimum C grade or permission of course coordinator
Explores gene activity at the molecular and organismal levels. Topics include inheritance, chromosome structure and function, gene mapping, genomics, prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression, molecular biology, and population genetics. Includes lab exercises in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and classical genetics. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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BIO 215 - Principles of Microbiology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CHE 100 and BIO 103, BIO 104 or BIO 106
Designed for funeral education students, an introduction to the morphology, taxonomy, physiology, and control of microbes. Emphasizes those microbes which cause disease in humans and presents elements of organic chemistry and biochemistry. 3 lecture hours
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BIO 217 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: RN licensure or BIO 103 and BIO 104 or permission of course coordinator
Study of the fundamental changes in body physiology due to disease. Covers the basics of cell biology, inflammation, mechanisms of body defense, specific body systems, and common disorders, with emphasis on disease processes, manifestations, and treatment. 3 lecture hours
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BIO 293 - Honors Research in Biology I (2 credits)
Prerequisites: BIO 102 and CHE 102, minimum 3.0 GPA in biology and chemistry courses, and faculty approval
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BIO 294 - Honors Research in Biology II (2 credits)
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BIO 295 - Honors Research in Biology III (2 credits)
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BIO 296 - Honors Research in Biology IV (2 credits)
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Under the guidance of an area sponsor in an industrial or academic environment, students participate in a biology research project. Requires a written report and oral presentation to students and faculty at the conclusion of the project period. [Fulfills a technical elective requirement in the Biology and Chemistry programs.] 5 laboratory hours per week

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