Biology Courses


For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

BIO 105-Biology Lab Workshop (1)

Specifically designed as a stand-alone series of labs to facilitate the need of students who need a 1-credit lab component. Students who have taken BIO107 may not take BIO 105.

BIO 107-General Biology I (4)

An introductory course that covers the basic principles of biology. Topics include a survey of the chemical, cellular, and genetic aspects of living organisms.  The relevance to man and the environment is emphasized.

BIO 108-General Biology II (4)

A survey of the protist and animal kingdoms in addition to an introduction to the eleven organ systems in animals with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. Students who take this course may not take BIO216. 

BIO 112-Ecology I (4)

A study of the relationships between organisms and their environment. Environmental influences such as climate, water, temperature, and light along with biotic factors such as predation, competition, and mutualism will be discussed. Ecosystem diversity, structure, and energy flow will be examined. The biblical basis for man’s role in the environment and the need for creation awareness will be emphasized.

BIO 115-Principles of Nutrition (3)

Survey of the major themes in nutrition including dietary sources, usefulness of the major classes of nutrients, and associated disorders. Personal nutritional assessment is performed. (No lab component: does not satisfy Core Curriculum Laboratory Science requirement.)

BIO 213-Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Examination of the structure of the human body and how it normally functions. Includes a study of the chemical, cellular, and tissue components of the body and four organ systems: the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Prominent disorders and current medical developments related to these topics will also be discussed. Laboratory components include microscopic work, dissection, and a field trip to a local health care facility or museum. The course includes lecture, laboratory and recitation components.  Pre-requisites: CHE103 or department permission.

BIO 214-Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

Study of seven organ systems in the human body: the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. A research paper is required to facilitate understanding of disorders and current medical progress. Microscope work, cat dissection, and a variety of physiological experiments will be conducted during laboratory sessions. A trip to a local hospital or medical institution is incorporated. The course includes lecture, laboratory and recitation components. Pre-requisites: BIO 213

BIO 216-Human Biology (4)

A survey and analysis of the eleven organ systems of the human body. Some topics covered include the structure and functions of the digestive, respiratory, structural, excretory, endocrine and nervous systems. Students who take this course may not take BIO 108.

BIO 217-Survey of the Life Sciences (4)

An introduction to biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and ecology. A hands-on approach will be used to prepare students for science instruction in the elementary school. Childhood Education majors only.

BIO 220-Microbiology (4)

A comprehensive study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and algae. Topics include microbial anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, taxonomy, methods of control, and the medical significance of microbiology. Laboratory exercises in basic microbiological techniques are designed to complement theories presented.  The course includes lecture, laboratory and recitation components.   Pre-requisites: CHE 103 or CHE 113

BIO 221-Microbiology Lab Workshop (1)

Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the principles of microbiology. This course is designed for transfer students who need a 1 credit microbiology lab component.

BIO222-Environmental Science (4)

Environmental Science is a four-credit lecture plus laboratory course.  This course is an introduction to topics and disciplines necessary to comprehend and evaluate current environmental issues and future challenges in balancing the demands of urbanization with the natural world.  A field trip will be planned to a local Wastewater/Sewage Treatment Plant or Wildlife Conservation site.

BIO 301-Genetics Seminar (3)

This seminar provides students a basic foundation in human genetics. It focuses on diseases and disorders with a genetic etiology. Social and ethical implications due to the advances in medical genetics will be explored and discussed.

BIO310-Genetics (4)

Genetics is a study of the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics. The course content will encompass Mendelian inheritance, chromosome function, linkage and recombination mapping, cellular processing of biological information, recombinant DNA technology, and genomics. The focus of the course is on the genetics of eukaryotes, with emphasis on medical and agricultural applications. The prokaryotic system will also be introduced and contrasted with eukaryotic genetics. Pre-requisites: BIO 107 and BIO 108.

BIO 315–Human Pathophysiology (3)

This course introduces the basic concepts of pathophysiology. Students will explore the concepts of disease and examine the effects of the alteration of normal physiological processes on the human body. The course builds on the foundation of normal physiological functions of human body systems explored in Anatomy and Physiology. Pre-requisites: BIO213 and BIO214.

BIO 340-Biochemistry (4)

The course is a survey of biochemical principles, the structure, function and metabolism of the constituents of life - water, protein, carbohydrates and lipids.  Other topics covered include enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways and integration of metabolism. Pre-requisites:  BIO 107, BIO 108 and CHE 113 or CHE 103

BIO 351-Molecular and Cell Biology (4)

This course covers the biological principles relating to cellular and subcellular levels of structure and function. Topics include introductory biochemistry and molecular biology as well as the fundamentals of cell structure and physiology. Pre-requisites:  BIO 107, BIO 108 and CHE 113 or CHE103

BIO 410-Senior Seminar

A capstone course designed to help senior biology majors integrate knowledge from different sub disciplines of biology using the skills learned during their undergraduate studies.  Students are prepared for advancement either to graduate school or in job seeking by conducting scientific research, public speaking and preparation of a CurriculumVitae.