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Biology Courses

BI 101. Biological Vocabulary. 1 hour credit. This course will enable the student to gain knowledge of common biological terminology by pronouncing, spelling and defining approximately 300 general biology words.

BI105. Chemistry Review (BIO). 1 hour credit. Highly recommended for BI240 and BI250 students. Lecture/discussion. Scheduled to be completed prior to traditional semesters. This course reviews the major chemical concepts needed for the 200 level biology courses BI240 and BI250.

BI 106. Critical Concepts in Biology. 2 hours credit. This course will enable the student to understand basic biological principles and apply these to topics covered in anatomy and physiology, and microbiology courses. This course is intended for the student who needs preparatory work before taking anatomy and physiology, or microbiology courses.

BI 110. General Biology. 5 hours credit. This course will enable the student to apply basic biological principles to relevant situations in his/her daily life. The student will apply the scientific process to problem solving and deductive reasoning to analyze and interpret observations. This course is not intended for biology majors.

BI 120. Majors Biology I (Animal). 5 hours credit. This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of basic molecular chemistry, cell structure and function, molecular and classical genetics, main concepts in animal physiology, and animal behavior. The student will also understand the diversity of life through a survey of the animal kingdom. This course includes 2 one-and-a-half hour lecture periods and 2 two-hour laboratory periods per week.

BI 130. Majors Biology II (Plant). 5 hours credit. This course will enable a student to develop an understanding of the relationship between cell respiration and photosynthesis, biology of plants, principles of ecological interactions and basis of the evolutionary process. This is a part of a two semester course for perspective biology major. This course includes 2 one-and-a-half hour lecture periods and 2 two-hour laboratory periods per week.

BI 218. Spring Wildflower and Weed Identification. 2 hours credit. This course will enable the student to recognize and identify by common and scientific name many local species of "wildflowers and weeds" that only bloom during the spring season. The student will accomplish this by sensorial observation of each plant's unique physical appearance, habitat, and range, and using appropriate field guides and dichotomous identification keys. The student will also learn the ecological role various spring wildflowers and weeds play in their local biome and how native and pioneer Americans used these spring wildflowers and weeds as sources of food, medicines, fabrics, building materials, etc.

BI 222. Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: CH 110, BI 106 or equivalent, MA 120 or above with a C or better, and previous or concurrent enrollment in AJ 121. This course will enable the student to apply the principles and techniques of the physical and natural sciences to the analysis of various types of crime scene evidence. This will include evidence collection, identification and analysis using microscopy, PCR, GC and spectrometry

BI 226. Anatomy and Physiology with Review I. 4 hours credit. This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of the principles in structure and function of the human body systems. This course is an intermediate study designed primarily for pre- professional students in health-related fields. The student will study basic chemistry, cells, tissues, and the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine. The student will participate in three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This is one semester of a two-semester course. This course must be taken in addition to BI 227 to be equivalent to BI 240Anatomy and Physiology. Highly recommended AH 201.

BI 227. Anatomy and Physiology with Review II. 4 hours credit. This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of the principles in structure and function of the human body systems. This course is an intermediate study designed primarily for pre- professional students in health-related fields. The student will participate in three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. The student will study basic chemistry, cells, tissues, and these body systems: integumentary, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive. This is one semester of a two-semester course. This course must be taken in addition to BI 226 to be equivalent to BI 240 Anatomy and Physiology. Highly recommended AH 201.

BI 228. Summer Wildflower and Weed Identification. 2 hours credit. This course will enable the student to recognize and identify by common and scientific name many local species of "wildflowers and weeds" that only bloom during the summer season. The student will accomplish this by sensorial observation of each plant's unique physical appearance, habitat, and range, and using appropriate field guides and dichotomous identification keys. The student will also learn the ecological role various summer wildflowers and weeds play in their local biome and how native and pioneer Americans used these summer wildflowers and weeds as sources of food, medicines, fabrics, building materials, etc.

BI 238. Fall Wildflower and Weed Identification. 2 hours credit. This course will enable the student to recognize and identify by common and scientific name many local species of "wildflowers and weeds" that only bloom during the fall season. The student will accomplish this by sensorial observation of each plant's unique physical appearance, habitat, and range, and using appropriate field guides and dichotomous identification keys. The student will also learn the ecological role various fall wildflowers and weeds play in their local biome and how native and pioneer Americans used these fall wildflowers and weeds as sources of food, medicines, fabrics, building materials, etc.

BI 240. Anatomy and Physiology. 5 hours credit. This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of the principles in structure and function of the human body systems. This course is an intermediate study designed primarily for pre-professional students in health-related fields. The student will study basic chemistry, cells, tissues, and these body systems: integumentary, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, reproductive, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine. The student will participate in three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Highly recommended BI 105 and AH 201 with a C or better.

BI 245. Cadaver Dissection. 2 hours credit. Prerequisite: BI 240 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. This course will enable the student to prepare and dissect a human cadaver and to identify the major visceral organs and structures. It provides practical hands-on experience in the dissection of the whole body and in fine dissection of a specific region or organ. All major anatomical structures will be located and identified.

BI 250. Microbiology. 5 hours credit. Prerequisite: BI 240 (or BI 226 and BI 227) or BI 110 or CH 105 with a C or better. This course will enable the student to identify disease causing microorganisms or agents and their role in the disease process, including principles of microbial cell structure, genetics, metabolism, immunity, and control. The student will also be able to demonstrate proficiency in standard laboratory techniques used in inoculation, isolation, incubation, inspection and identification of bacteria which include the examination of fungi, protists, and parasitic worms. In addition, the course will enable the student to demonstrate mechanisms in the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. The student will participate in three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week.

BI 252. Biotechnology Skills. 2 hours credit. Prerequisite: CH 105 or higher, or BI 110 or BI 120 or BI 130 or BI 250, all with a C or better, or instructor approval. This course will enable the student to use technical skills to perform safe and effective biotechnology procedures. The student will be able to use equipment and perform procedures used in modern biotechnology laboratories. This class requires high-speed internet access to accomplish online learning. This course is intended for biology majors and/or other students interested in technical career paths in biotechnology.