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BIOLOGY 101

This course is designed for science majors and for those students in other majors with a laboratory science requirement. Through laboratory exercises and classroom experiences, the student will demonstrate the ability to identify and interpret basic biological concepts. These concepts include the chemical basis of life, metabolism, reproduction, and development, genetic continuity, and heredity as they pertain to the cellular through organismic levels of organization in living organisms.
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BIOLOGY 102

Through laboratory exercises and classroom experiences the student will demonstrate the ability to identify and interpret basic biological concepts related to the evolution, behavior, unity, and diversity, and ecology of living organisms. This course, together with BIOL 101, serves as an initial sequence for further studies in the biological sciences.

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BIOLOGY 105

This course is intended to meet a laboratory science requirement for the non-science major. Through laboratory exercises and classroom experiences, the student will demonstrate an appreciation of life phenomena and the diversity of living organisms. Topics include basic metabolic functions that create and sustain life, reproduction, growth, development, behavior and adaptation of selected life forms, and the interactions among living organisms.

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BIOLOGY 108

This survey course is intended to meet a laboratory science requirement for non-science majors. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of how the human body functions in healthy and diseased states. Included in the course is a broad overview of human anatomy, physiology and organization. Course lectures and discussions also include ethical biomedical issues.

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BIOLOGY 111

This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of health sciences programs, the needs of the pre-professional student and those who desire a deeper understanding of the human body. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will be able to identify and describe the anatomy, and demonstrate an understanding of the physiology of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ system levels. Covered in this course are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and digestive systems of the human body.

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BIOLOGY 112

As the second course in the Anatomy and Physiology sequence, this course is designed to satisfy the requirements of health sciences programs, the needs of the pre-professional student and those who desire a deeper understanding of the human body. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will be able to identify and describe the anatomy, and demonstrate an understanding of the physiology of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ system levels. Covered in this course are the cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, urinary, respiratory, endocrine and reproductive systems of the human body.

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BIOLOGY 125

This course is intended to meet a laboratory science requirement for the non-science major. The student will become familiar with the structure and function of plant roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. An understanding of plant diversity develops through the study of plant evolution and classification. A variety of interesting plants native to various parts of the world will be observed and discussed with emphasis on their structure, growth requirements, propagation, and ecological role in the natural landscape. Laboratory activities include greenhouse projects and several field trips.

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BIOLOGY 126

Exploring Biology: Cycles of Life is a general study of the basic concepts of biology for the non-science major. Topics include: chemistry of life, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, diversity of life and ecology. Topics are covered at an introductory level to provide students an overview of biological science and its relevance in the world.

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BIOLOGY 205

This course is designed for science majors. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will demonstrate an understanding of taxonomy, morphology, structure, function and evolution of the various invertebrate phyla of animals. Laboratory experiences will include field collection, identification, taxonomy and description of fundamental anatomical traits found within representative phyla. This course is offered only in the Fall term.

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BIOLOGY 206

This course is designed for the science major, pre-professional or advanced health science student. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the probable origins of, and be able to identify in detail, the anatomical characteristics of organisms of the phylum Chordata. Starting with the primitive Amphioxus and progressing to the complex mammals, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the ontogenic and phylogenic relationships of the three chordate subphyla and seven vertebrate classes. Laboratory experiences include detailed dissection of representative organisms. Note: This course is offered only in the Spring term.

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BIOLOGY 207

This course is designed for the student majoring in biology, marine studies or ecology. Through classroom and laboratory experiences, the student will be able to identify the environmental parameters of marine habitats and their effect on the distribution of marine flora and fauna. Students will collect and identify numerous representatives of local marine forms, both in the laboratory and field settings. The student will also demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of various types of equipment used to complete such tasks, and demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of marine organisms. This course is offered only in the Summer I and III terms.

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BIOLOGY 208
This course is designed for science majors and for students enrolled in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Option. Through laboratory exercises and classroom experiences, the student will investigate and demonstrate an understanding of the processes regulating the distribution and abundance of living organisms. Topics include interactions among organisms and their environment, population ecology, community ecology, and the energy flow and trophic structure of ecosystems. Lecture, laboratory experiences and field trips are designed to introduce qualitative and quantitative methods for the measurement of factors and populations in field situations, procedures for recording and analyzing data, and coverage of current topics and trends in ecology.
This course is offered only in the Fall term.

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BIOLOGY 213
The biology of pathogenic microorganisms will be stressed, emphasizing their microscopic and molecular aspects. Students will describe, in detail, the relationship existing between the host-parasite complex during the diseased state. They will also become acquainted with those characteristics which endow certain microbes with a pathogenic nature. Students will be able to list and characterize various pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoan parasites. Isolation and identification techniques in microbiology will be mastered by the student in the laboratory. The role of chemotherapy, immunology, and serology used to combat pathogens will be examined thoroughly. Finally, the homeostatic defense mechanisms of the body, especially those against invading microorganisms, will be discussed in great detail.

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BIOLOGY 215

Microbiology-related Reading ListBIOL 215 is a 200 level course that will survey contemporary understandings of the cellular and molecular basis of living things and the biological laboratory techniques available to gain these insights. Topics include the structure and functioning of proteins, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA technology, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, cell reproduction,  cell communities, stem cells and cancer.

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