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2014–2015

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

Bidisciplinary Courses
Biology Courses

Bidisciplinary Courses

BID 100 Water and Energy: Resources for a Sustainable Future
Biological and chemical relationships between living and non-living components of the natural world and the significance to humans as members of natural ecosystems are studied through the themes of water and energy. Alterations of environmental systems due to water use and energy production have profound global consequences including: global climate change, air and water pollution, acid rain, unsafe drinking water and water shortages. This course will explore these environmental changes and explore options available for creating a sustainable future. Relevant political, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.  Includes laboratory.

BID 103 Ocean Studies
This is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the ocean realm. The biological and geological processes of the oceans mediate global cycles. This course will present the principles of physical and chemical oceanography as well as a survey of ocean ecosystems. Topics will include plate tectonics and ocean basin formation, sea water chemistry, ocean circulation, nutrient cycles in the ocean, diversity of marine organisms, and the environmental issues related to marine systems. This course will provide an introduction to quantitative analysis of oceanographic data sets and oceanographic computer modeling methods. Includes laboratory.

BID 106 Forensic Science
An introductory course that will discuss the chemical and biological basis of forensic science. Course will include instruction on assays routinely performed by forensic scientists, theories behind these assays, and discussion of the quality of forensic evidence. Includes laboratory.

BID 109 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe
Key concepts in biology and physics are used to understand life in its possible forms within the context of the Universe. Major topics include the study of how life began and evolved on Earth, the conditions necessary for life, where those conditions may be found in the Universe and how to locate them. Includes laboratory.

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Biology Courses

BIO 100 Principles of Biology
Life, its origin, chemistry, energy transformations, reproduction, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Design and execution of experiments using the scientific method. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.

BIO 104 Human Biology
Anatomy, physiology, development, genetics, evolution, and ecology of humans, including current topics. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.

BIO 105 Environmental Biology
Biological relationships between living and nonliving components of the natural world, and the significance to humans as members of natural ecosystems. Biological and environmental consequences of technological, political, legal, and ethical issues will be discussed. Not applicable for a biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.

BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Structure and function of the human body, and of underlying biological principles. Designed for students in nursing, physical education, and health sciences. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory with human cadaver.

BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Continuation of BIO 107. BIO 107 is not a prerequisite for this course. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory with human cadaver.

BIO 200 General Biology I
Introduction to biological concepts, including origins of life, biochemical principles, energetics, cellular organization, mechanisms of heredity, and evolution. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Includes laboratory.

BIO 201 General Biology II
Introduction to biological concepts, including classification and levels of organization, organismal biology including surveys of plant biology and zoology, ecology and conservation biology. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Includes laboratory.

BIO 202 Introduction to Biological Research
.25 credit
Introduces the methods and elements of biological research to students who transfer BIO 200 credit from another institution. Instructs students in the process of writing a scientific paper including instruction into the library resources available to biology majors as well as how  to access them to produce a scientific research paper. Prerequisite: BIO 200 transfer credit.

BIO 221 Microbiology for Health Professionals
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa, and multicellular parasites in relation to health and disease, plus immunological concepts and environmental microbiology. Not applicable to biology major or minor. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 107, BIO 108, CHM 101 or CHM 211, CHM 103.

BIO 300 Human Genetics and Society
Principles of human genetics. Topics include basic cell function, patterns and mechanisms of inheritance, the causes of genetic abnormality, issues related to new genetic technology, and
the principles of population genetics and human evolution. Not applicable to the biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.

BIO 315 Genetics
Molecular and classical concepts of heredity in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 321 General Microbiology
Morphology, physiology, taxonomy, genetics, and culture of prokaryotes. Emphasizes microbial metabolism plus pathogenic, food, industrial, and environmental microbiology. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315, CHM 311.

BIO 322 Virology
The study of viruses and their hosts. The nature, replication, classification, cultivation, and  assay of viruses are included. The response of hosts to viruses, as well as molecular, clinical, symbiotic and evolutionary aspects of viruses are also explored. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315, CHM  211, CHM 212.

BIO 330 Comparative Chordate Anatomy
Integrated comparative examination of the evolution of organ systems of animals in the Phylum Chordata. Detailed dissection of shark, mud puppy, cat and other chordates. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 331 Developmental Biology
Physiology, genetics, and morphology of development from gamete production to organ formation in animals. Developmental anatomy of the sea urchin, frog, and chick. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 332 Plant Anatomy and Morphology
Anatomy and functions of cells and tissues that make up the vascular plant body. Physiology, ecology, and evolution of major plant divisions will be considered. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 334 Invertebrate Zoology
Evolution and structure of invertebrates. Observation and dissection of representative forms. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 341 Immunology
Study of the structure and function of the human immune system. Detailed discussion of the innate and adaptive immune systems as well as the cells and molecules which make up the immune system, specifically B & T cells, and problems that occur when the immune system malfunctions. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 342 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer
Study of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. This course focuses on cancer cell structure and function, including cancer genes, cell signaling, tumorigenesis, tumor progres- sion, treatment and related topics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 350 General Ecology
Exploration of the interactions and relationships of animals and plants to the living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) components of their environment. Emphasis on ecosystem, community, and population ecology, and their relationship to evolutionary biology. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 351 Conservation Biology
Conservation biology is the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity while including aspects of ecology, environmental science, ethics, economics, and politics. Emphasizes the impacts of human activity on various ecosystems with strategies for preserving and restoring global ecosystems. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 352 Special Topics in Biology
.25 to 1.00 credit
See BIO 452.

BIO 353 Animal Behavior
Animal behavior is the study of the biological basis of the activity patterns and mechanisms in animals in the context of evolutionary biology. The study of animal behavior includes the examination of animal locomotion, communication, social behaviors, and behavioral ecology. Laboratories include analyses of behavior patterns and mechanisms in the laboratory and field. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 355 Evolution of Vertebrates
Evolution and diversification of the vertebrates examined through multiple perspectives including paleontology and modern zoology. Exploration of the cycle of speciation and extinction and major trends in vertebrate evolution, such as the transition of life onto land. Field trips and species identification. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.

BIO 356 Evolution and Population Genetics
The theory of evolution by natural selection with an emphasis on the genetics of populations, including adaptation, speciation, and systematics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 411 Behavioral Genetics
A study of the genetic basis of complex behaviors. This course focuses on the genes and molecular mechanisms that influence normal and abnormal complex behaviors in animal models and examines complex behaviors of relevance to human health and disease. Advanced topics, new ideas, and unsolved problems in behavioral genetics will be discussed by reading original research articles. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 413 Molecular Genetics
Study of the structure and function of biological macromolecules, especially DNA and RNA, and manipulation of these macromolecules through modern molecular genetic techniques. Students will acquire hands on experience in molecular genetic techniques by manipulating DNA extracted and/or amplified from prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 430 Advanced Human Anatomy
A detailed study of the microscopic and gross structure of the human body. Includes the study of cell and tissue structure, and a detailed study of gross body structure. Laboratories include a study of human cadavers, microscope slides, and model human structures. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315. 

BIO 441 Plant Physiology
Vascular plants from seed to death. Includes water relations, photosynthesis, respiration, growth, photoperiodic responses, nutrition, and flowering. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 442 Animal Physiology
Addresses the principles that underlie function in humans and other animals. The course includes basic biological, chemical, and physical processes in animal tissues, detailed consideration of organ systems, and an integrative approach to understanding how animals meet the demands placed upon them. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 443 Advanced Cell Physiology
Study of the structure, organization, and function of cells individually and in their environment. Includes studies of membrane function, transport, communication, motility, and related topics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.

BIO 449 Pathophysiology
Physiological basis and mechanisms of disease in humans using systems theory. Not applicable to biology major or minor. Prerequisites: BIO 107 and 108, or 442; and CHM 101 or CHM 211 and CHM 103 or equivalent.

BIO 451 Microbial Ecology
Applied and environmental microbiology examining the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling in nature, mechanisms of nutrient turnover, and evaluation of remediation possibilities. Emphasis on the interrelatedness of ecology and microbiology and the essentiality of microorganisms in shaping global ecosystems. Field trips and sample collection. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 211, CHM 212, CHM 311, BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 321 strongly recommended.

BIO 452 Special Topics in Biology
.25 to 1.00 credit
Variable experiences in biology including international courses and study under outside organizations, e.g. ACCA,  Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Morton Arboretum, Chicago Academy of Science, or individually designed programs. Grading optional. Includes laboratory or fieldwork. Prerequisite: biology major or departmental consent.

BIO 468 Biology Internship
.25 to .50 credit
Provides selected biology students with an opportunity to obtain career experience through involvement with biology-related businesses, health care organizations, government agencies, or institutions. Approved internships may meet the biology capstone requirement upon completion. Applications should be made early in the term preceding registration and are reviewed on the basis of grade-point average, faculty recommendations, professional progress, and demonstrated interest. Offered on a Pass/No Pass basis. Not repeatable for credit. Does not fulfill a requirement for an upper-level elective biology course for the major. Prerequisites: biology major, BIO 200, BIO 201, junior or senior standing, and GPA of 2.5 or higher.

BIO 475 Research Proposal Writing
.25 credit
Preparation and formalization of a research proposal under the guidance of a faculty member. Students will conduct extensive literature review on the proposed subject. Course fulfills the prerequisite for BIO 498, Capstone Seminar. Prerequisite: consent of faculty member.

BIO 492 Independent Research
.50 credit
Student-originated, faculty-guided investigations for majors or minors in biology. This research will build upon previous course work taken within the major or minor and a final research paper is required. Course fulfills the prerequisite for BIO 498, Capstone Seminar. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of the faculty member.

BIO 493 Research Experiental Learning
.25 credit
Provides an opportunity for students wishing to earn their experiential learning credit through an independent research project involving off-campus constituencies. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 492 or BIO 495.

BIO 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a signifi- cant research project in the field of biology culminating in an appropriate public dissemi- nation of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. This course fulfills the prerequisite for BIO 498 Capstone Seminar. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

BIO 498 Capstone Seminar
.25 credit
A course required of all majors in the Department of Biology. In addition to journal article
discussions, students will summarize and share their research experiences in a professional pre- sentation suitable for scientific meetings or conferences. The presentation will provide evidence of what the student has learned by having been a biology major in terms of knowledge, skills, and insights. To be taken in the first or second term of the senior year. Prerequisites: BIO 468, BIO 475, BIO 492, or BIO 495.

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