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

Core courses provide a broad foundation in biology and include: Foundations, Functioning, and Diversity of Living Systems; Biological Literature and Research Methods; Genetics; Ecology; Cell and Molecular Biology; and Evolution. Additional courses include Environmental Science, Forensic Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology.

 


 

+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 107. Plants and Civilization 3 credits
The use of plants by humans from botanical, economic and cultural perspectives. For non-science majors.

+BIOL 108. Principles of Evolutionary Change 3 credits
Introduction to Darwinian evolution and mechanisms generating the diversity of life, and an introduction to human biological and cultural evolution. Lecture and laboratory.

+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 110. Natural History for Poets 3 credits
Students learn local flora and fauna as a tool for understanding basic ecological principles. Lecture and field study. 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 and Physiology 4 credits
Systems-based introduction to the human body with study of both normal structure and functioning of all human organ systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: One of the following: BIOL 101, 112 or 199; CHEM 103 or 105.

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. Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
Regional-based study of the human body with an emphasis on certain significant regions. A more detailed examination of some bodily systems than in BIOL 202. Survey of clinical applications of some injuries/diseases. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: a C or better in BIOL 202.

BIOL 211. Microbiology 4 credits
Survey of the microbial world with emphasis on human infectious disease. Laboratory focuses on techniques for the isolation, cultivation, and identification bacteria. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or 199.

BIOL 221. Invertebrate Zoology 4 credits
Phylogenetic study of invertebrate animals, emphasizing functional morphology and systematics. Laboratory includes dissection and study of representative types. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199; 200 or 201.

BIOL 231. Vertebrate Zoology 4 credits
Survey of the natural history and evolution of vertebrates including discussion of major extinct groups. Laboratory includes study of structure of representative vertebrates and experimental work with vertebrate animals. Lecture and laboratory.Prerequisites: BIOL 199; 200 or 201.

BIOL 241. Plant Taxonomy 4 credits
Principles of plant classification. Identification of Midwest vascular flora. Prerequisites: BIOL 199; 200 or 201.

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 302. Embryology 4 credits
Study of early development of animals, with particular emphasis on amphibian, avian, mammalian and human development. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 200.

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 304. Animal Histology 4 credits
Microscopic study of tissues and organs including laboratory techniques involved in preparation of slides. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 200.

WI-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 310. Midwestern Ecosystems 3 credits
A field-oriented examination of regional ecosystems and how they have changed through geological and historical time. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 201.

BIOL 314. Animal Physiology 4 credits
Study of mechanisms of animal function. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 199, 200; CHEM 105, 106, 207, 209; MATH 151 or equivalent.

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.

+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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