Biology (BIO) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Biology Department

BIO 1003 Biological Science

Three hours

An introductory survey of biology designed for liberal arts students seeking to fulfill the life science Core Curriculum requirement. Topics addressed include the nature of science, cellular processes, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and the integration of the Christian faith and science. Laboratory experiences emphasize the scientific method and biological processes. Two hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets the Life Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

BIO 1093 Honors: Biological Science

Three hours

This course is designed especially for liberal arts students admitted to the Honors Program who are seeking to fulfill the life science Core Curriculum requirement. The focus of this course is to study the fundamental principles of biology while also applying knowledge to an ever-expanding suite of issues through creative projects. There will also be an emphasis on the integration of faith and science, especially as it relates to the diversification of life. Lab and lecture are combined into two 2-hour class sessions per week. Meets the Life Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered spring semester

BIO 1124 Cell Biology

Four hours

This course is an introduction to the study of living systems, beginning with the molecules of life and progressing to the cellular level of organization. Students are exposed to numerous topics including the nature of science, experimental design and inquiry, biochemistry, cell structure, energy processing, genetics, molecular biology, and the integration of the Christian faith and science. Laboratory exercises reinforce concepts and biological processes discussed in the lecture. This course is particularly designed for students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Nursing, or Kinesiology. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets the Life Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered fall semester

BIO 1144 Plant and Animal Diversity

Four hours

An introduction to the study of the plant and animal kingdoms, emphasizing adaptive aspects of anatomy, physiology, classification and relationships within plants and animals. Major taxa in each kingdom will be emphasized. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week.

Offered spring semester

BIO 2174 Genetics

Four hours

A study of basic concepts in transmission genetics and population genetics with an introduction to molecular genetics. Laboratory exercises illustrate principles of inheritance in selected model organisms. Two hours lecture-discussions and 2 two-hour laboratories per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: BIO 1124.

Offered spring semester

BIO 2184 Ecology and Evolution

Four hours

A study of the principles of ecology and evolution with an emphasis on the interrelationships between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments. The concepts and theoretical basis of evolution will be examined, including the processes that drive natural selection, population dynamics, and mechanisms of genetic variation. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 1144 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester

BIO 2514 Anatomy and Physiology I

Four hours

This is the first of a two-semester sequence studying the anatomy and physiology of human systems. Topics of study include the structure and function of tissues, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. The laboratory component includes microscopic studies, dissection, the use of models, and the study of physiological processes via experimentation. Three hours lecture-discussion and 1 two-hour laboratory per week. This course will not fulfill requirements for the Biology major or minor. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIO 1124.

Offered fall semester

BIO 2524 Anatomy and Physiology II

Four hours

This is the second of a two-semester sequence studying the anatomy and physiology of human systems. Topics of study include the structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. The laboratory component includes microscopic studies, dissection, the use of models, and the study of physiological processes via experimentation. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. This course will not fulfill requirements for the Biology major or minor. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: BIO 2514.

Offered spring semester

BIO 3101 Biology Teaching Practicum

One hour

Practical experience in lab preparation and instruction. Three hours per week. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

BIO 3144 Marine Biology

Four hours

A study of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that promote and maintain marine life, establishing links between marine systems, biological processes, and human activity. The laboratory portion of the course consists of an intensive spring-break study trip to the Florida Keys. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: BIO 1144 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-number years)

BIO 3174 Molecular Cell Biology

Four hours

An advanced study of structure-function relationships in eukaryotic cells. Emphasis on cell membranes, organelles, protein targeting, secretory pathway, bioenergetics, cytoskeleton, and cell motility. Regulation of the cell cycle, cell signaling, and recognition/adhesion are also examined, particularly as they relate to malignancy. Labs focus on experimental studies of cellular structure and function using techniques of modern cell and molecular biology. Three hours lecture-discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: BIO 1124 and CHM 1134.

Offered fall semester

BIO 3201 Cadaver Dissection

One hour

A practical study designed for transfer students who have successfully completed a college-level anatomy course that lacked cadaver dissection. An additional fee associated with this course. Offered concurrently with the BIO 3514 laboratory.

Offered fall semester

BIO 3302 Field Experience

Two hours

Job shadowing experience in a science- or health-related profession as approved by the Biology Department. A journal and/or paper is required. Prerequisites: junior standing and approval of major advisor.

Offered each semester

BIO 3314 Molecular Genetics

Four hours

A study of the molecules involved in heredity with an emphasis on regulatory processes. Topics include: DNA/RNA structure and topology, genome organization, chromatin structure, epigenetic modifications, mutations, DNA replication and repair, recombination, transcription, RNA processing, and protein translation. Genomic applications to modern medicine and studies of evolution are also explored. Lab experiments utilize several methods of recombinant DNA technology and bioinformatic analyses. Three hours lecture-discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. (Same as CHM 3174.) Prerequisite: BIO 2174 or CHM 3164.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

BIO 3334 Microbiology

Four hours

A study of the structure, function, control, physiology, and classification of prokaryotes and viruses. Two hours lecture and 2 two-hour laboratories per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: BIO 1124, and CHM 1124 or CHM 1014.

Offered spring semester

BIO 3514 Human Anatomy

Four hours

Description and discussion of basic tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human. The laboratory is a concentrated study of histology and gross human anatomic structure. Analysis of prepared slides, skeletal structures, and cadaver dissection are included. Three hours lecture-discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: BIO 1124.

Offered fall semester

BIO 3524 Human Physiology

Four hours

A detailed study of the basic human physiology, including muscle, neural, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Laboratories include surgical procedures and experimental manipulations of live non-human vertebrate specimens to observe and record various physiological functions. Three hours lecture-discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: BIO 1124, and CHM 1124 or CHM 1014; BIO 3514 recommended.

Offered spring semester

BIO 3614 Virology

Four hours

A study of the structure, classification, life cycle, and pathogenesis of viruses, and the immune response to virus infections of host organisms. Human viruses will be emphasized in the lecture. Viruses will be studied as pathogens and as tools for biomedicine and biological discovery. Labs focus on methods and experimental approaches for virus detection, isolation, and purification using modern techniques of biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology. Three hours lecture-discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: BIO 1124 and CHM 1134.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

BIO 4103 Bioethics

Three hours

A comparison of secular and Christian approaches to biomedical, environmental, and research ethics. Utilizes a highly interactive format to examine contemporary issues related to the beginning and end of human life, stem cells, cloning, genetic testing and manipulation, distribution of health care, experimentation on animal and human subjects, and care of the environment. Three hours of lecture-discussion per week. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

BIO 4121, 4122, 4123, 4124 Selected Topics in Biology

One to four hours

Topics are chosen from areas of life science such as anatomy, biotechnology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, genetics, histology, marine biology, microscopy, molecular biology, and physiology. May be repeated for credit when content differs. An additional fee may be associated with BIO 4124. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

BIO 4221, 4222, 4223 Biological Research

One to three hours

Field- and/or laboratory-based research projects in an area of biology of interest to the student and supervising faculty. May be repeated for credit for up to the maximum number of research hours allowed for majors in Biology or Biochemistry. An additional fee associated with each course. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

BIO 4501 Biology Capstone

One hour

Structured review of key concepts in multiple disciplines of biology to foster the development of cross-connections between these disciplines while aiding students in preparing for the standardized achievement test required for completion of the Biology major. One hour lecture-discussion per week. Prerequisites: senior standing and completion of, or current enrollment in, all (or most) biology courses specified by the department for the Biology major.

Offered spring semester