COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: BIOL - Biology (Science Major)

Majors biology courses listed below satisfy degree requirements for a variety of science majors degrees. Nonscience majors desiring to fulfill the natural science core curriculum requirement with biology may take specific courses from the major's or Nonscience major's sequences. See Core Curriculum.

BIOL 1406. BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS I - CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR (3-3-4) 2601015103
Provides a foundation in biological concepts for students majoring in the sciences. Includes fundamentals of molecular biology, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, genetics and biotechnology. Students should take courses from the major's track sequence (BIOL 1406, 1407, 1411 and 1413) or the nonscience major's sequence (BIOL 1308/1408 and 1309/1409) but not both. Credit given for only one of BIOL 1308, 1406, or 1408. Prerequisite: One year each of high school biology and chemistry, or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 1411. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 1407. BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS II - EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY, STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND ENVIRONMENT (3-3-4) 2601015103
Provides a foundation in biological concepts for students majoring in the sciences. Includes evolution, origin and history of life, classification and diversity of life; plant and animal structures, functions and life cycles; behavior, ecology and global ecology. Recommended for students majoring in the biological sciences and related disciplines. Required instead of BIOL 1411 and BIOL 1413 for certain programs (see biology advisor for details). Credit given for only one of BIOL 1309, 1407, or 1409. Prerequisite: BIOL 1406 or equivalent, or instructor's permission. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 1411. GENERAL BOTANY (3-3-4) 2603015103
An introduction to the structure, function, diversity, evolution and ecology of plants; global ecology and ecosystems. Recommended for students majoring in the biological sciences and related disciplines. Required with BIOL 1413 instead of 1407 in some programs (see biology advisor for details). Prerequisite: BIOL 1406. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 1413. GENERAL ZOOLOGY (3-3-4) 2607015103
A panorama unveiling the diversity, evolutionary history, structure, function and reproductive processes of the major animal phyla. Emphasis on evolution and ecology and the dynamic ways in which species adapt to their environments. Recommended for students majoring the biological sciences and related disciplines. Required with BIOL 1411 instead of 1407 in some programs (see biology advisor for details). Prerequisite: BIOL 1406. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 2106. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY (0-3-1) 0301035101
Optional laboratory to accompany BIOL 2306, if a laboratory course is desired or required. Topics include those from BIOL 2306. Cannot be used to fulfill the laboratory requirement for any course except BIOL 2306. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 2306. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 2306. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY (OPTIONAL SEPARATE LABORATORY) (3-0-3) 0301035101
Study of humans and sustainability, ecological principles, sustaining biodiversity, natural resources, population ecology and environmental economics. Counts towards AA or AS degree in biology if accompanied by BIOL 2106. Prerequisite: BIOL 1309 or 1407. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 2416. GENETICS (3-4-4) 2608045103
Study of the principles of molecular and classical genetics and the function and transmission of hereditary material. Includes studies of the following topics: Mendelian Patterns of Inheritance, Molecular Genetics (including nucleic acid structure, replication and protein synthesis, gene and chromosomal mutations, gene expression, regulations of gene activity, genetic engineering, recombinant DNA and biotechnology) and Population Genetics. Recommended for students majoring in the biological sciences and related disciplines. Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412, or their equivalents, or instructor's permission. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M3.

BIOL 2418. INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (3-3-4) 2607015224
Survey of invertebrates; emphasis on phylogeny, morphology, life history and ecology of local forms. Prerequisite: Eight semester hours of General Biology or equivalent. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

BIOL 2421. MICROBIOLOGY (3-3-4) 2605035103
Foundations in microbiological concepts for students majoring in the biological sciences and others majoring in sciences that require an emphasis in biology (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy, etc.) are provided. Topics of study are the morphology, physiology, taxonomy, ecological associations, infection and immunity of bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses. Laboratory includes the handling and pure-culture techniques needed for the isolation, growth and taxonomic elucidation of various microbes. Students may take this major's track course (BIOL 2421) or the nonmajor's course (BIOL 2420) but not both. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 and CHEM 1412 or their equivalents or instructor's permission. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M3.

BIOL 2428. VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (3-3-4) 2607015303
Evolution of chordate structure as evidenced by comparative morphology and embryology of vertebrates; for biology majors, pre-medical and pre-dental students. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 or 1413, or equivalent. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M2.

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