Course Catalog

Biology Course Descriptions

BIO 120 Principles of Biology I

4 Hours

Students will examine concepts and theories in the following areas: the philosophy and methods of science; ecology; cell structure and function; genetics; and evolution. Three lectures, one laboratory. This course is intended to primarily serve those majoring in the Biological Sciences. General Education: Natural Science and its Methods–Life Science (effective by 2009)

BIO 122 Principles of Biology II

4 Hours

This course includes the philosophy and methods of science, nutrition, gas exchange, internal transport, osmoregulation, chemical control, nervous control, reproduction, development, diversity and classification of organisms. Three lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO121

BIO 315 Genetics

4 Hours

This is an introduction to the study of genetics using classical and molecular approaches. Topics covered include transmission genetics, replication of DNA, gene expression and control, and population genetics. Three lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102.

BIO 316 Evolutionary Biology

3 Hours

The history, genetic basis, and products of evolutionary forces, including understanding the factors that affect evolutionary change, and the modes of evolutionary change. This course is designed to present the evidence for evolution and its effects on populations from the molecular to the community and ecosystem level. Three lectures. Prerequisite: BIO315

BIO 319 Animal Development

4 Hours

Students will study the development of animals through an integration of descriptive, experimental and biochemical approaches. Topics include gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation and formulation of organ rudiments. Two lectures, two laboratories. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102.

BIO 346 Intro to Molecular and Cell Biology

4 Hours

Study of the structure and function of the cell and its subcellular components. Provides an understanding of membrane and cellular physiology from a molecular aspect. Prerequisites: BIO 315, BIO 341, BIO 342 or consent of instructor.

CHM 341 Biochemistry I

4 Hours

First semester of a comprehensive biochemistry course providing an introduction to the chemical and physical properties of biologically important molecules. Topics include carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and enzymes. Prerequisites: CHM331, BIO 101, BIO 102 or consent of instructor.

CHM 164 University Chemistry

3 Hours

A one-semester course covering the core concepts of general chemistry, maintaining the depth and relevance of a two semester sequence. Topics covered include: bonding, equilibrium, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, and oxidation-reduction. Prerequisite: None, but MTH 120 or equivalent is recommended. CHM 166 is not a required co-requisite.

CHM 174 University Chemistry II

4 Hours

A study of the fundamentals of organic chemistry (nomenclature, functional groups, reactions) with an emphasis on compounds of biological interest (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, nucleic acids and the metabolic cycles). Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite CHM164

CHM 323 Qualitative and Quantitative Analy

4 Hours

Students will study quantitative analytical methods, principles, details and applications, including the statistical treatment of data. Lab exercises cover the qualitative analysis scheme in the first half of the semester and more specific analytical problems in the second half. Three lectures, one three hour laboratory plus extra lab hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: CHM 164/166 or CHM 174

CHM 331 Organic Chemistry I

4 Hours

This is an introduction to the nomenclature, structure, properties, reactions and uses of the compounds of carbon. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 164/166 or CHM 174.

CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II

4 Hours

This course is a continuation of CHM 331. Students will study the structure, properties, reactions and uses of the compounds of carbon. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM160 and CHM 331.

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

MTH 210 Calculus I

5 Hours

This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Students will learn to calculate the rates of change of functions including trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions and how to solve initial value and optimization problems. Students will learn the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration techniques. Prerequisite: MTH 128 or math placement. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

PHS 260 University Physics I

4 Hours

This is a calculus-based course in the fundamental laws of physics as applied to mechanics, heat and sound.

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