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Biology Courses

NOTE: Prerequisites and transfer courses must be no older than 10 years and must have been passed with a grade of “C” or better. All biology courses require ENGL 101 placement.

BIOL 104 Forensic Biology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This is an introductory course in the field of forensic science with a focus on forensic biology. Little or no prior knowledge of science is required; lectures and assigned readings will supply enough background information to enable the student to understand topics and techniques used in forensic science. This course will cover several disciplines within forensic biology and expose the student to the breadth of the field of forensic science. In doing so, students will gain a basic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the forensic sciences as they are presently practiced in the field.
Prerequisites: MATH 118 (or higher) placement.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 106 General Biology I

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Introduction to the general principles of biology using the human organism as the model for study. Topics include structural organization, metabolism and energy, reproduction and inheritance, and evolution and ecology. This course is designed for non-majors, health career and transfer students.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 107 General Biology II

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the diversity of plant and animal life, and animal behavior. This is the second of two courses in the General Biology series. These courses are designed for the non-biology major.
Prerequisite: BIOL 106.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 108 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive one semester course on the structure and function of the human body. Basic anatomy and physiology of all major organ systems will be covered in lecture and laboratory settings. Lab includes dissection demonstrations by course instructor.
Prerequisite: MATH 118 (or higher) placement.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 109-110 Anatomy and Physiology I & II

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Human physiology and biochemistry are studied systematically in lectures while anatomy is stressed in laboratory experiences requiring extensive dissection. This two semester sequence follows the recommendations of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. BIOL 109 is designed for students who have had high school biology and chemistry within 10 years or who have passed BIOL 106. BIOL 109 is a prerequisite for BIOL 110.
Additional course fee (BIOL 109 and BIOL 110): $150.

BIOL 123 Cellular and Molecular Biology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Designed for majors in the sciences and students interested in careers in science and technology, this course is an introduction to the fundamentals of modern cellular and molecular biology.
Prerequisites: CHEM 121 or CHEM 110 and high school biology or permission of the department head.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 124 Organismal Biology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores the major groups of organisms with an emphasis on plant and animal structural, functional, ecological and evolutionary themes. Dissection required.
Prerequisite:BIOL 123.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 211 Genetics

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Basic principles of genetics using biochemical and molecular models are presented in lecture and laboratory experience. Collection and statistical analysis of data are an integral part of laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIOL 106 or BIOL 108 or BIOL 109 or BIOL 123 or permission of the department head.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 241 Principles of Microbiology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Bacteria and viruses are studied. An emphasis is placed on the growth, metabolism, physiology and genetics of bacteria and viruses in lecture and laboratory experiences. Clinical aspects of selected microbes are discussed.
Prerequisite: BIOL 106 or BIOL 108 or BIOL 109 or BIOL 123.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 255 Biotechnology I: Basic Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology

2-4-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on foundation knowledge and lab competencies that are critical to success in the biotechnology industry. Learning to perform lab functions, such as making solutions, performing serial dilutions, making buffers, balancing pH, performing gel electrophoresis, and packing liquid chromatography columns, requires that students develop an understanding of the concepts and mathematics involved, practice the procedures, and demonstrate the competency to execute them.
Prerequisites: MATH 118 or higher or MATH 161 placement; CHEM 110 or CHEM 121; BIOL 123 or BIOL 241
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 256 Fermentation, Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing

2-4-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course is primarily project-based. Working in teams, students use fermentation and bioprocessing technologies to produce recombinant proteins in a biomanufacturing industry setting. They are expected to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), utilize aseptic technique, properly document their activities and apply current good manufacturing practice (cGMP). They need to work effectively in their teams and demonstrate good time management. Students draw upon essential knowledge and skills developed in BIOL 255 to complete projects.
Prerequisite: BIOL 255 with a grade of “C” or better.
Additional course fee: $150.

BIOL 271 Pathophysiology I

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

Pathophysiology I offers an overview of abnormal physiological processes leading to human disease. Particular emphasis is placed on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic findings, and clinical manifestations of specified illnesses. Also included are general overviews of risk factors, disease incidences and therapeutic managements as they apply to each pathophysiological condition discussed.
Prerequisites: BIOL 110 and BIOL 241.

BIOL 272 Pathophysiology II

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an overview of abnormal physiological processes leading to human disease. Particular emphasis is placed on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic findings and clinical manifestations of specified illnesses. Also included are general overviews of risk factors, disease incidences and therapeutic managements as they apply to each pathophysiological condition discussed. Topics covered in this course include alterations in hematology, and diseases of the cardio-vascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.
Prerequisites: BIOL 271.

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.