Biology Courses

Students must take 34 hours of core courses, plus an additional 20 hours in either the biology or environmental biology concentration.

An additional 42 hours of professional education courses will earn Biology Teacher Licensure.

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BI 100-G Environmental Science/4
An integrated study emphasizing human conditions and the environment. Three laboratory hours per week. Spring semester.

BI 110-G College Biology/4
A concentrated study of the principles and fundamentals of biology. Basic biochemistry, cellular structure and function, energetics, concepts of basic molecular biology, and genetics are included. Readings on the integration of Christian faith and science will be considered. A course for science majors. Three hours of laboratory per week. Fall semester.

BI 207 Zoology/4
A survey of the major animal groups with coverage of taxonomic, evolutionary, ecological, anatomical, and physiological topics. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BI 110-G. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

BI 208 Botany/4
A survey of the major plant groups with coverage of taxonomic, evolutionary, ecological, anatomical, and physiological topics. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BI 110-G. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

BI 211-G Human Anatomy and Physiology I/4
A study of the structure and function of the systems that make up the human body. Three laboratory hours per week. (Same as PE 211-G) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Fall or Spring semester.

BI 214 Microbiology/4
A fundamental study of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms with an emphasis on those that affect human health. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BI 110-G, and CH 112 (can be concurrent). Spring semester.

BI 301 Medical Terminology/1-3
This course is an interactive lecture/discussion course in the fundamentals of Scientific Terminology. It explores the Greek and Latin base of scientific terms utilized in the medical field. The application of terminology, pathophysiology description and abbreviations in particular areas of the medical profession will be accentuated in each unit. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to break down terms into their meaning, know how the term is applied in each area of the medical field and communicate a basic understanding of general anatomy/physiology terms and concepts. This course is a requirement for PA/PT (Physician Assistance and Physical Therapy) Graduate Programs. There is no laboratory component to this course. Prerequisites: BI110-G or BI/PE211-G and Sophomore Standing. Fall/Interterm/Spring.

BI 311 Human Anatomy and Physiology II/4
Specific to vertebrate physiology and development. A study of human medical physiology dealing with the various systems and organs and how they function at the tissue, cellular, and molecular level to maintain life. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BI 211-G.

BI 315 Nature Study/1-4
A laboratory course emphasizing principles of systematics and identification of local animals and plants. Offered on demand during summer.

BI 319 Research Methods/.5 see NS 319

BI 321 Entomology/2-4
Biology, classification, and identification of insects. Offered on demand.

BI 327 Cell Biology/4
A study of the structure, chemistry, and functions of the cell, including metabolic pathways, cellular interactions, cell signaling pathways, and specializations. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites:BI 110-G, and CH 303 (can be concurrent), or consent of instructor. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

BI 328 Genetics/4
A study of classical, cytological, molecular, and population genetics. In addition, the course will emphasize the analysis of genes at the molecular level and the study of gene expression. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BI 110-G, and CH-112. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

BI 330 Animal Behavior/4
Study of the known behavior of the various animal phyla, including humans. Audiovisuals, laboratory work, and special problems. Prerequisite: BI 207 or equivalent. (Same as PY 330) Fall semester, even numbered years

BI 400 Ecology/4
An experimental study of the natural environment, particularly the inter-relationships between organisms and their surroundings. Field work and special problems. Prerequisite: BI 207. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

BI 403 Immunology/2-4
A study of the immune system covering such topics as immunopathology, antibodies, molecular recognition at cell surfaces, and cancer biology. Prerequisite: BI 327. Offered on demand.

BI 417 Molecular Biology/5
A detailed study of the structure, replication, mutability and recombination of DNA molecules. Transcription, translation, splicing and the regulation of gene expression will be covered. Laboratory will emphasize modern recombinant DNA techniques. Two, three hour lab sessions per week. Prerequisite: BI 327, BI 328; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 416 or consent of instructor. Offered on demand

BI 420 Biology Project/1-4 see NS 420

BI 450 Topics in Biology/1-3
Specialized topics, such as neuroscience, population biology, and others. Offered on demand.

(For program details, see current Au Sable Institute Bulletin.)