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Students researching insect herbivory in tall bonset as part of the Foundations of Living Systems class (BIOL 199)

 

+BIOL 101. Principles of Biology 4 credits
Introduction to the science of biology including genetics, evolution, ecology, molecular biology, with special reference to human biology. Lecture and laboratory. For non-majors.

+BIOL 106. Human Genetics 3 credits
Introduction to principles of classical and molecular genetics and their application to human biology and society. Topics include human genetic disease, medical genetics and reproductive technology, biotechnology, and genetic engineering.

+BIOL 109. Environmental Science 4 credits
Application of basic ecological principles to human environment, including current and future energy sources, population growth and control, pollution, and world food supply. Lecture and laboratory. For non-science majors.

+BIOL 112. Humans and Disease 4 credits
An introduction to the biological sciences with a special focus on the functioning of the human body in health and disease. For non-science majors. Lecture and laboratory.

+BIOL 115. The Biology of Cancer 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce non-science majors to science in a specific context: cancer. It will examine what is currently known about the nature, origins, and treatment of cancer along with the impact of cancer on the individual and society. For non-science majors.

+BIOL 120. Forensic Biology 4 credits
Exploration of theory and application of scientific principles commonly used in solving crimes. Science comes alive as you learn how toxicology, serology, biological fluids, DNA, hairs, fibers, insects, bloodstain patterns, fingerprints, ballistics and other evidence is analyzed and interpreted. Lecture and laboratory.

+BIOL 123. Selected Topics in Biology 2-4 credits
Investigation of selected biological topics not treated in regular department course offerings.

BIOL 150. Career Orientation in the Biological Sciences 1 credit
Survey of careers in the sciences, particularly biological sciences and allied health science professions. Weekly discussions with practicing scientists and health professionals. Introduction to career decisions, opportunities, and development. Pass/No Pass only.

+BIOL 199. General Biology I: Foundations of Living Systems 4 credits
An introduction to the theory of evolution, basics of cell chemistry and functioning, and both classical and molecular genetics. Laboratory is inquiry based and concentrates on the development of hypotheses and experimental design. Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: MATH 151 or 171 or higher math.

BIOL 200. General Biology II: Functioning of Living Systems 4 credits
An introduction to the comparative anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. Laboratory is inquiry based. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, MATH 151 or 171 or equivalent.

BIOL 201. Diversity of Living Systems 4 credits
Study of classification and systematics of viruses, bacteria, fungi, plants, invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Exploration of ecological systems. Primary literature introduction and inquiry driven laboratory investigation. Prerequisite: BIOL 199.

BIOL 202. Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits
A systems-based introduction to the structure and function of the human body including the study of cell structure and organization, histology, the digestive system, metabolism, the skeletal system (including joints), muscle tissue and the muscular system, neural tissue, the spinal cord, and spinal nerves. Students are trained in critical thinking and application through the use of clinical case studies. The course comprises the first semester of a year-long sequence, including BIOL 204, and is intended to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate programs such as Occupational and Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: one of the following 6 courses: BIOL 101, 112, 199, 200, CHEM 103, or 105. Corequisite: BIOL 202L

BIOL 203. Cadaver Dissection Lab 1 credit
A regional approach to anatomy utilizing human anatomical specimens (cadavers)Students gain knowledge of human anatomy and dissection experience. Competitive enrollment. Applications are due March 1. Pass/No Pass course. Corequisite: BIOL 202. Offered fall semester.

BIOL 204. Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
A systems-based introduction to the structure and function of the human body including the study of the brain and cranial nerves, the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, the reproductive system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, and the urinary system. Students are further trained in critical thinking and application through the use of clinical case studies. The course comprises the second semester of a year-long sequence, including BIOL 202, and is intended to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate programs such as Occupational and Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 202 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: BIOL 204L.

BIOL 211. Introductory Microbiology 4 credits
Introduction to the cellular structures, genetic processes, metabolic activities, pathogenicity, and benefits of microorganisms with an emphasis on prokaryotes and their interactions with humans. Lecture and laboratory. May not be used to fulfill the diversity requirement of the BS Biology major. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or BIOL 199.

BIOL 251. Fundamentals of Microbiology 4 credits
Survey of the microbial world with an emphasis on evolutionary principles underlying microbial diversity. Microorganisms from each of the three domains of life will be examined with a focus on the evolutionary relationships among organisms and their impact on the ecology and evolution of the macroscopic world, including humans. Laboratory focuses on the use of microbiological techniques to address student-developed hypotheses. This course may be used to fulfill the diversity requirement of the BS Biology major. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIOL 199, CHEM 105 recommended.

WI-BIOL 300. Biological Literature and Communication 3 credits
Introduction to literature searching, critical reading and scientific writing in the biological sciences. Required for biology majors. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, a C or better in ENGL 101, BIOL 199; 200 or 201.

BIOL 301. Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
Introduction to principles of cell structure and function with emphasis on eukaryotic cells. Laboratory focuses on current techniques in cell and molecular biology. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199 and 200; CHEM 106, 207, 209; MATH 151 or 171 or equivalent.

BIOL 303. Genetics 4 credits
Principles of heredity including classical and molecular genetics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199; 200 or 201; CHEM 106.

BIOL 307. Ecology 4 credits
Principles of interactions of naturally occurring plant and animal populations with their physical/biological environments. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 200; CHEM 105; MATH 151 or equivalent; STAT 213.

BIOL 321. Special Topics in Field Biology and Ecology 2-3 credits
Extended field investigations of major world biomes. Field trip required. Prerequisites: One semester of college level biology and permission of instructor.

BIOL 323. Special Topics 2-3 credits
Investigation of selected biology sub-disciplines not treated in the department's regular offerings.

BIOL 330. Recombinant DNA Techniques 4 credits
Instruction and experience in the manipulation and study of genetic material. Introduction to some instruments and techniques used in a modern molecular biology laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 200 or instructor permission.

BIOL 348. Evolution 3 credits
Introduction to theory of organic evolution including discussion of mechanisms of evolutionary change and the history of life. Prerequisites: Two of the following: BIOL 301, 303, 307, or instructor permission.

BIOL 399. Internship in Biology 2-5 credits
Work experience with professional supervision in any field of biology or its allied health professions. Prerequisites: Junior standing in biology and permission of the internship director.

BIOL 401, 402. Biological Research 1-3 credits
Investigation of specific research problem. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and instructor.

BIOL 550. Human Gross Anatomy 5 credits
An intense, eight-week advanced course in the study of the human body involving cadaver dissection. A regional-based approach emphasizing the relationships of anatomical structures will be used. Students will apply knowledge of anatomy to clinical practice. Some discussion of embryonic development and how it relates to adult anatomy will occur. Also, students will be introduced to cross-sectional anatomy and radiology as it pertains to medical imaging. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: admission to MPAS program or permission of instructor.

+STAT 213. Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences 3 credits
Cross-disciplinary course on how and why scientists use statistics to describe and interpret information they gather. Topics include descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistics. Prerequisites: Introductory course in major; MATH 151 or passing grade on screening test.

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