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Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree

Gain insight into a broad spectrum of study in the natural sciences, including multiple facets of scientific inquiry to prepare you for work in the allied health fields, or for graduate studies. This degree meets most entry requirements for professional degree programs in medical and other related health science fields. With this degree the learning is enhanced by hands-on laboratory experiences taught by faculty (not graduate students). Ask how to apply the chemistry courses in this major to a Chemistry Minor.

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Courses in the major include:

This course introduces core concepts of biology, including: information flow, structure-function relationships, transformation of energy and matter, biological systems, and evolution.
This course is an introduction to biological inquiry, including: biological laboratory procedures and techniques, applying the process of scientific investigation to biological systems, quantitative reasoning and analysis, and communication of biological findings. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BI 100 or instructor permission
This course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology, followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 100 is required for Biology majors, strongly recommended for Health Science majors.
This course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
This course examines the flow of biological information at the molecular, cellular, organismic, and population level. This course also explores the relationships between biological information and cellular structure and function. The associated laboratory investigates questions related to information systems and cellular function and develops techniques relevant to these research areas. Prerequisites: BI100, BI 105
This course explores biological inquiry as well as technical and analytical skills critical for student senior thesis projects, including: analysis of scientific literature, experimental design strategies, laboratory techniques, and use of laboratory equipment. Prerequisites: BI 105
This course is designed to provide an overview of invertebrate and vertebrate zoology including: classification, development, morphology, anatomy, and physiology of the animal phyla. Prerequisites: BI 100
This course consists of the study of the structure, physiology, histology, ecology, and economic importance of plants. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to study live and preserved specimens. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises and quizzes. Prerequisites: BI 100
This course concentrates on refining the analytical and technical skills required for completion of the senior thesis project, including: laboratory techniques, analysis of published literature, experimental design, and communication of experimental findings. This course will culminate in a proposal for the student's senior thesis project. Prerequisites: BI 205
This course focuses on general, medical, ecological, and applied microbiology including: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminthic organisms. Prerequisites: BI 100, BI 105 required for Biology Majors, strongly recommended for Health Science majors.
This course examines the cellular and humoral mediated immunology mechanisms including: structure of immunoglobulins and cellular mediators, autoimmunity, tissue transplantation, tumor immunology, and the immunological basis of diagnosis and therapeutics. Prerequisite: BI 201, BI 203
This course investigates advanced concepts of modern molecular biology in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems including such topics as transcription, translation, DNA replication, DNA repair, post-translational control, regulation of genetic information flow, and bioinformatics techniques. Prerequisites: BI 203 or instructor permission
This course examines embryological development including: fertilization, cellular division, early development, differentiation, and precocious growth of multi-cellular organisms. Prerequisites: BI 203
A project developed by the student and instructor culminating in a written and oral report to the faculty. The project may involve lab and/or field research and/or an extensive investigation of current scientific literature in a specified area of Biology. Prerequisites: Senior level and BI 305

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