Biology Course Descriptions

Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on individual college placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by the college’s placement test.

BIO 111 General Biology I

This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture topics and include microscope techniques. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2
Corequisite: None
BIO 111 Course Outline


BIO 112 General Biology II

This course is a continuation of BIO 111. Emphasis is on organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of life at the organismal and ecological levels. Laboratory exercises include microscope observations and dissections to reinforce topics discussed in lecture. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics. Select sections of this course are eligible for Honors (look for section numbers with an "H”).

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: BIO 111 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
BIO 112 Course Outline


BIO 140 Environmental Biology

This course introduces environmental processes and the influence of human activities upon them. Topics include ecological concepts, population growth, natural resources, and a focus on current environmental problems from scientific, social, political, and economic perspectives. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of environmental interrelationships and of contemporary environmental issues. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090, or DRE 098; and MAT 070 or ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2
Corequisite: BIO 140A
BIO 140 Course Outline


BIO 140A Environmental Biology Lab

This course provides a laboratory component to complement BIO 140. Emphasis is placed on laboratory and field experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of environmental interrelationships and of contemporary environmental issues. This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Natural Science.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090, or DRE 098; and MAT 070 or ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2
Corequisite: BIO 140
BIO 140A Course Outline


BIO 155 Nutrition

This course covers the biochemistry of foods and nutrients with consideration of the physiological effects of specialized diets for specific biological needs. Topics include cultural, religious, and economic factors that influence a person's acceptance of food, as well as nutrient requirements of the various life stages. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the functions and sources of nutrients, the mechanisms of digestion, and the nutritional requirements of all age groups. This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090, or DRE 098; and MAT 070 or ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1
Corequisite: None
BIO 155 Course Outline


BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory exercises include specific organ dissections and observations of physiology. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: RED 090 or ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: None
BIO 163 Course Outline


BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I

This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3. Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites:

  • ENG 090 and RED 090 or ENG 002 Tier 1 or college level English composition with a grade of C or above
  • MAT 070 or MAT 003 Tier 2 or a college level algebra (or higher) with a grade of C or above
  • CHM 094 or biology and chemistry in high school not older than 10 years or college biology and chemistry with a lab with a grade of C (70%) or above in both the lecture and lab

Corequisite: None
BIO 168 Course Outline


BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II

This course provides a continuation of the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism, nutrition, acid-base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement. Select sections of this course are eligible for Honors (look for section numbers with an "H”).

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3. Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 168 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
BIO 169 Course Outline


BIO 250 Genetics

This course covers principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell genetics. Emphasis is placed on the molecular basis of heredity, chromosome structure, patterns of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, evolution, and biotechnological applications. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and describe genetic phenomena and demonstrate knowledge of important genetic principles. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 112 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
BIO 250 Course Outline


BIO 271 Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of human pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. Emphasis is on interrelationships among organ systems in deviations from homeostasis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of pathophysiology. Course topics include the etiology, physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, and complications of commonly occurring diseases and their management. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: BIO 169 or BIO 163
Corequisite: None
BIO 271 Course Outline

BIO 275 Microbiology

This course covers principles of microbiology and the impact these organisms have on man and the environment. Topics include the various groups of microorganisms, their structure, physiology, genetics, microbial pathogenicity, infectious diseases, immunology, and selected practical applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills, including microscopy, aseptic technique, staining, culture methods, and identification of microorganisms. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 168 OR BIO 163 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
BIO 275 Course Outline


BIO 280 Biotechnology

This course provides experience in selected laboratory procedures. Topics include proper laboratory techniques in biology and chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to identify laboratory techniques and instrumentation in basic biotechnology. This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Take One: BIO 111, CHM 131, or CHM 151 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
BIO 280 Course Outline