Common Courses

Bio 201 General Botany 4 hrs.

A course designed to give a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of seed plants for students wishing to continue studies in biology and to give non-biology majors a general appreciation of plants. The relationships between structures and functions of the leaf, stem, root, flower, fruit, and seed are studied. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the basic principles of botany, the structure and functions of different parts of plants, and to identify certain genera and species.

BIO 211 General Zoology 4 hrs.

A survey course, including laboratory, designed to acquaint the student in the fundamental principles of animal life, with emphasis on the structure and function of selected cells, tissues, organs, systems, and organisms. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe basic principles of zoology, the structure and functions of cells and organelles, and the concepts of animal life.

Bio 302 Plant Morphology 4 hrs.

A lecture and laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with morphological and ecological relationships of representative members of the plant kingdom. Morphogenesis and evolutionary trends are emphasized. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe in depth the morphology and evolution of plants.
Prerequisite: BIO 201.

Bio 312 Animal Development and Diversity 4 hrs.

A lecture and laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the anatomical and ecological diversity of the animal kingdom. Comparative life cycles of representative members of the major animal groups are studied. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe various life cycles, anatomy, and evolution of animals.
Prerequisite: BIO 211.

Bio 355 Genetics 4 hrs.

An introductory course dealing with the principles of plant and animal inheritance. A basic study of the molecular structure and function of genetic material (DNA and RNA); basic cytology; and developmental, behavioral, and human genetics. Sex determination, linkage, chromosomal recombination, and recent discoveries and techniques in biotechnology are studied. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the basic concepts of inheritance, the structure of DNA, and their ability to perform techniques such as PCR and electrophoresis.
Prerequisites: 8 hrs. of biology, 8 hrs. of chemistry, MATH 171.

BIO 499 A Biology Seminar I 1 hr.

This course will involve student research on an approved Biology topic. Techniques of biological research, scientific writing, editing of scientific writing, and formal presentation of results will be discussed and analyzed. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to compose a professional document designed to disseminate a scientific report using proper format and style.
Prerequisite: Primarily for juniors and seniors in the major but open to others with consent of the instructor.

BIO 499 B Biology Seminar II 1 hr.

This course will involve a formal oral presentation of Biology research and techniques of critiquing oral and written scientific works. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to present the information from Biology Seminar I in a professional and persuasive manner. Must be taken consecutively with Biology Seminar I.

Field Experience: Minimum 6 hrs.

Bio 498 Biology Internship 4-6 hrs.

This internship allows for practical work experience in biology. Specific guidelines, which include prerequisites and application procedures, may be obtained from the Division chairperson. Each student’s individual internship must be approved by the Division before the student begins the internship or register. Upon successful completion, students will be able to describe their work experience in connection to their biology coursework, and express in writing what they l earned in their field placement.
Prerequisite: Senior standing in the major.

and/or

Bio 440, 441, 442, or BIO 398 (at most 2 sem. hrs. in BIO 398) 2 hrs.

BIO 440, 441, 442 Career Application
The Career Applications allows for practical work experience or research training for those students whose class schedule, course load or program design does not permit them to complete the Field Experience in one term. Speci fic guidelines, which include prerequisites and application procedures, may be obtained from the Division chairperson. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate preparation for entry and success in science related graduate and professional schools, industry, or teaching.
Prerequisite: Senior standing in the major.

Bio 398
This practicum allows for practical work experience on campus i n biology. Specific guidelines, which include prerequisites, and application procedures, may be obtained from the Division chairperson. Each student’s individual Practicum must be approved by the Division before the student begins the practicum or registers. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate preparation for entry and success in biology.

Required electives: choose four hours from each learning emphasis

Emphasis 1:

Bio 260 Ecology and Conservation 4 hrs.

A lecture, laboratory, and field study of ecological principles as they apply to plant and animal interrelationships in their environment. Natural systems analysis and natural resource conservation are studied. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the basic concepts and applications of conservation.

Bio 300 Ecosystems a total of 4 hrs.

Intensive studies of natural areas and their inhabitants with emphasis on the development and functioning of specific ecosystems. Taxonomic, anatomical and physiological information will be presented through lectures, l aboratory work and field experiences. The specific ecosystems will be selected with regard to student demand and faculty availability. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze and characterize specific ecosystems. May be rep eated for different systems. Not offered on a regular basis.

EVHL 330 Environmental Health 4 hrs.

A lecture, laboratory, field study of the important principles of environmental health. The environmental factors that affect human health and well-being are emphasized. This course provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify, evaluate, and communicate environmental conditions that have an impact on human health and to plan and/or implement strategies to control or manage environmental problems. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the principles of environmental health, the impact of environmental conditions, and management strategies for environmental problems.

Emphasis 2:

Bio 324 Taxonomy of Flora and Fauna 4 hrs.

A lecture, laboratory, and field study of the classification, nomenclature, identification, and documentation of plants and animals. Specific flora and fauna will vary. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and classify plants and animal using taxonomic keys. Prerequisite: BIO 201 or 211 or 260 or consent of instructor.

Bio 350 Microbiology 4 hrs.

An introductory course dealing primarily with the biology of bacteria, although other microorganisms are also studied. The importance of beneficial as well as disease- causing microorganisms is presented. Laboratory techniques for culturing and nutritional differentiation are studied and performed. Students will be able to isolate, culture, and identify various microorganisms. Prerequisites: 8 hours of biology, 4 hours of chemistry.

Emphasis 3:

Bio 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs.

This lecture/laboratory course introduces the student to the basic cell processes. It will also cover the anatomy and physiology of the tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology at the chemical, cellular, tissue, organ, system and organismal levels.
Prerequisite or corequisite: 4 hrs of chemistry

Bio 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hrs.

This lecture/laboratory course introduces the student to the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the anatomical and physiological interrelationships of these systems, and explain the components, structure and functions of the human body.
Prerequisite: BIO 241.

Required Support Courses:

Chem 175 Principles of Chemistry I 4 hrs.

A mathematically based introductory course in chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical relationships, quantitative relationships, and gas theories. Laboratory will emphasize concepts covered in lecture. Upon successful completion, students will be able to solve qualitative and quantitative problems involving stoichiometric relationships, will have an understanding of kinetic molecular theory and how it applies to the behavior of gases, and will possess the basic conceptual vocabulary necessary to understand chemical information. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment Math 162 or higher, or consent of instructor.

Chem 176 Principles of Chemistry II 4 hrs.

This course is a continuation of CHEM 175. Topics include kinetics, equilibria, acid-base concepts, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Students successfully completing this course will have an understanding of current and historical acid-base theory and how it is applied experimentally, an understanding of the basic concepts governing the rates of chemical reactions, and an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to chemical equilibria.
Prerequisite: CHEM 175.

Math 171 Elementary Statistics 4 hrs.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

Recommended Support Courses for All Pre-Professionals

4-8 semester hours of chemistry to include organic chemistry and biochemistry.
4-8 semester hours of physics and the physical sciences. Additionally, students are encouraged to consider to double major with chemistry when possible.