Course Descriptions


BIO101 - Introduction to Biological Science I Credits: 3
Structure, metabolism, development, reproduction and evolution of plants and animals; for students in non-technical fields.

BIO102 - Human Genetics and Ecology Credits: 3
This course emphasizes the role genetics and ecology has in everyday life. Some important topics to be covered include: parts and function of the cell; human reproduction; role of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis; Mendelian genetics; chromosomal abnormalities; birth defects; and biogeochemical cycles.
Prerequisite: College-level Biology Course.

BIO110 - Biological Food Science Credits: 3
The course is designed to introduce culinary students to scientific fundamentals and apply them to culinary study. This course will meet the science requirements for the culinary arts program. Materials covered in this course will include the metric system, scientific method basic laws of chemistry and biology, plant and animal cellular and tissue structure, chemical reactions and basic organic structure.
Prerequisite: MAT-050

BIO120 - Anatomy/Artists Credits: 3
The student will study the anatomical construction of the human form. Both the inner and surface anatomy will be studied as a unit. Emphasis will be placed on the skeletal, muscular and integumentary systems. Laboratory work will include a detailed examination of disarticulated bones, complete skeletons and models of the muscular arrangements in the limbs.

BIO121 - General Biology Credits: 4
An introduction to the chemistry of living things is studied. Emphasis is given to the hierarchy of biological organization, genetics and the systematic arrange­ment of living things with emphasis on the plant kingdom. Laboratory work in­cludes use of the compound light microscope, study of cells and tissues, plant anatomy and reproductive patterns.

BIO122 - General Biology II Credits: 4
This course is concerned with anatomy and physiology of the Kingdom Animalia (Metazoa) with an emphasis on humans. Selected invertebrate and vertebrate speci­mens are dissected.
Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 121 with a grade of C or better.

BIO125 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 4
The study of the human body in relation to its component parts, the study of the function of the human system, such as the digestive, respiratory, nervous, muscu­lar, endocrine, excretory, reproductive, skeletal and integumental systems. A one semester course surveying the basics of anatomy and physiology. Some dissection performed in lab.

BIO130 - Basic Anatomy Credits: 4
A one-semester lab course focusing on the practical and fundamental knowledge of the anatomy of the human body and the related terminology used in the health care fields. Emphasis being placed on the understanding and proper utilization of the prefixes, suffixes and root words used in the health care fields. The basic components and functions of the bodyís organ systems will be discussed in conjunction with related diseases and medical procedures. Lab work will include bones, models and presentations to reinforce understanding and application of terms and concepts.

BIO135 - Anatomy & Physiology I Credits: 4
First semester of a one-year sequence. Emphasis is placed on basic cellular structure; cell types; tissue; cell division and physical-chemical events in the living cell; skeletal system, reproductive system and endocrine system. Wherever possible, clinical aspects will be stressed.

BIO136 - Anatomy & Physiology II Credits: 4
Second semester of a one-year sequence. Emphasis is placed on the study of gross structure and physiology of: muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system and fluids & electrolytes. Whenever possible, clinical aspects will be stressed.
Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 135 with a grade of C or better.

BIO151 - Principles of Biology I Credits: 4
This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology.  Emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. Laboratory work includes use of the compound light microscope, study of cells and cellular transport, chemical energy processes, enzymatic function, and genetics.

BIO152 - Principles of Biology II Credits: 4
This course is designed to cover the evolution of the major organ systems of the Kingdom Animalia to include invertebrate and vertebrate species. The development of comparative structures as influenced by natural selection will be emphasized. The anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems will be stressed. Laboratory will include gross dissection and microscopic analysis of selected specimens.

BIO225 - Plant Biology Credits: 4
This course deals with plant form and function from an evolutionary point of view and is intended for majors in all fields of biology. Emphasis is placed on understanding basic processes of metabolism, evolution, reproduction, growth, development, and physiology of nonvascular and vascular plants. These processes are considered within the context of the environments, plants inhabit and human activities that affect or depend upon plants. Plant biotechnology and genetic engineering and their role in production of new food crops are also discussed
Prerequisites: BIO-151

BIO230 - Genetics Credits: 4
The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of genetics. Topics of investigation include principles of Mendelian genetics, chromosomal theory, DNA structure, gene structure and expression, and population genetics. Lab investigations will utilize various methods of genetic analysis including the extraction and manipulation of DNA, gel electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reactions (PCR).
Prerequisites: BIO-151 and CHE-152

BIO251 - General Microbiology Credits: 4
A study of basic structure, chemical nature, growth, nutrition, metabolism, genetics and classification of bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae and fungi. Includes a discussion of immunology and effects of chemical and physical agents on the growth of these microorganisms. Lab involves manipulation, cultivation and iden­tification of microorganisms. Designed for students pursuing a career is the sci­ence or related fields.
Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 121 or BIO 135 with a course grade of a C or better.

BIO290 - Research for Natural Sciences Credits: 3
This course is a capstone of your experiences in science courses. The course is designed to prepare the student for higher level courses upon transfer which require research project skills.
Prerequisite: BIO 151.