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 092 Basics of Cell Biology

This course covers basic cell biology. Emphasis is on biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, genetics, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate preparedness for college-level biology courses. Laboratory exercises focus on basic biological principles and microscope techniques.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: MAT 060 or DMA 010, 020, 030; and RED 080 or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: RED 090 or satisfactory score on placement test.
BIO 092 Course Outline

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 DRE 098; MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050,060; or satisfactory score on placement test.
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.

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
Corequisite: None
BIO 112 Course Outline

BIO 120 Introductory Botany

This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of plants. Topics include reproduction and development of seed and non-seed plants, levels of organization, form and function of systems, and a survey of major taxa. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of plant form and function, including selected taxa of both seed and non-seed plants. The laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics and may include field exercises. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 111
Corequisite: None
BIO 120 Course Outline

BIO 130 Introductory Zoology

This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of major animal phyla. Emphasis is on levels of organization, reproduction and development, comparative systems, and a survey of selected phyla. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of animal form and function, including comparative systems of selected groups. 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.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 111
Corequisite: None
BIO 130 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 DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060; or satisfactory score on placement test.
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 DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 60; or satisfactory score on placement test.
Corequisite: BIO 140
BIO 140A Course Outline: Not Available

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 DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, or satisfactory score on placement test.
Corequisite: None
BIO 155 Course Outline: Not Available

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.

anatomy classCourse Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: RED 090 or DRE 098 or satisfactory score on placement test.
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 DRE 098; MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060. In addition, students who have not had high school biology and chemistry within the past ten years or college level biology and chemistry with no time limit, will need to take either BIO 092 and CHM 094or CHM 130 and CHM 130A as prerequisites to BIO 168.
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.

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

BIO 175 General Microbiology

This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of microorganisms and the disease process as well as aseptic and sterile techniques. 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, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 163
Corequisite: None
BIO 175 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
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
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; Completion of the General Education Core. Permission to register for this capstone is required. Contact Ms. Kara Battle, 919-536-7223, ext. 8002.
Corequisite: None
BIO 280 Course Outline

 

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