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BIO 105 - Nutrition (3 credits)

This course will focus on the functions of Macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) and Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and how they are digested, absorbed, and metabolized. The relationships between nutrition and wellness/disease, energy intake and energy expenditures, weight control, physical activity and diets will be examined. Food safety and food biotechnology will also be covered in this course. Students will analyze their own diets based on the material covered in the course. PowerPoint software may be required for group projects. Recommended Prerequisite(s): High school Biology.

BIO 110 - Biology 1 with Lab (4 credits)

This course will focus on a survey of the foundations of biological diversity. It is intended for non-science majors. The student will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of in biology such as Mendelian inheritance, evolution, genetic engineering, information flow from DNA to RNA to protein, the relationships among organisms, and how they interact with the environment. This course cannot be used toward Biology concentration, and cannot be taken by students who have taken a biology course at another institution.

BIO 120 - Genetics with Lab (4 credits)

This course will focus on human genetics. The student will acquire an understanding of the basic concepts in inheritance in order to solve simple genetic problems and recognize common misconceptions regarding human heredity. The student will be able to describe the structure and replication of DNA and its role in protein synthesis in order to understand the chemical basis of genetics and the use of DNA in genetic engineering and biotechnology. Recommended Prerequisite(s): High school Biology or BIO 110.

BIO 130 - Human Biology with Lab (4 credits)

This course will focus on the structure and function of the human organism and the issues facing humans in today's world. It is intended to give students a better understanding of our place in nature. Emphasis will be placed on the biochemical, cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels of development. The online lab emphasizes the application of scientific method, basic laboratory methods, and principles of human anatomy and physiology. This lab component will parallel the lecture content and use cooperative learning and technology in laboratory activities. This course cannot be used towards the Biology concentration.

BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

This course will focus on the structure and functions of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body. The human body organ systems covered in the course are integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Diseases and disorders of the organ systems and their treatments are also emphasized. Prerequisite(s): BIO 130.

BIO 215 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course will focus on a basic study of the functioning of human body organ systems, their disorders, and diseases. This includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, diagnostic tests, treatment and management, and invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques. Other topics include pharmacology and commonly used drugs, the genetic basis of diseases and disorders, and the use of gene therapy in curing them. The role of nutrition as a cause and treatment of diseases is also highlighted. (Formerly: BIO 414.) Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, & BIO 212.

BIO 311 - Cell Biology (3 credits)

This course will focus on both the structural and physiological aspects of normal and abnormal cell functioning. Students will investigate key specialized molecular functions that cells perform, such as metabolism, growth, communication, replication, dysfunction, and death. Current research methods and technology will also be investigated. Prerequisite(s): BIO 110, CHE 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102.

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