Biology Course Descriptions


BIOLOGY COURSES. (The course descriptions, numbers and titles are taken from the 1998-99 catalog.)

BIOL 1100: Unifying Concepts in Biology, 4 credits

Introductory course designed to teach the process of science as it applies to biology today.  Topics in biology that will be covered include heredity, evolution and ecosystems.   Three lecture hours per week and ten three-hour labs during the semester.  This course is not intended for science or allied health majors.

BIOL 1103: Environmental Science, 3 credits

Introduction to basic characteristics of the ecosystems and an exploration of how they are affected by the technological and social environments in which humans live.   Three lecture hours per week.  An optional one-credit laboratory is also offered.

BIOL 1103: Environmental Science Lab, 1 credit

Prerequisite: BIOL 1103 or concurrent enrollment.

Investigative, problem-solving lab extensions of the topics covered in BIOL 1103.   Investigations include field studies, experiments, and analyzing and reporting outcomes.  Three laboratory hours per week.  This course can be used, with
BIOL 1103, to satisfy a general education lab course requirement.

BIOL 1104: The Human Body - Structure and Function, 4 credits

Introduction to how the human body is constructed and how it operates.  Areas of study include human organization, support and movement, integration and coordination, maintenance of the body, body defenses, reproduction and development.  Four lecture hours per week.

BIOL 1106: Principles of Biology I, 4 credits

Introduction to the science of biology. This course includes topics in chemistry, metabolism, cell processes, inheritance patterns, the molecular basis of inheritance, evolution, and the process of science.  Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 1107: Principles of Biology II, 4 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1106 and a course in college chemistry.

Continuation of the introduction to the science of biology.  This course includes topics in the molecular basis of inheritance, evolutionary origins of life's diversity, the diversity of protista, fungi, plants, and animals, and basic concepts in ecology.   Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 1108: The Biology of Women, 3 credits

Study of the biological aspects of being a woman. Analysis of assumptions concerning women's biology and women's health care. Emphasis on importance of taking a responsible role in personal health care. Explores female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexual development, issues related to women's health and disease, pregnancy and birth, contraception and infertility, menopause, and other topics.  Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 1110: Field Biology, 4 credits (Offered at the ARCC Cambridge campus)

Introduction to field characteristics and ecological relationships of various organisms, including plants, animals, fungi and protozoans, in local study areas and in a selected study area. Includes natural history, identification and collection of representative species. The basics of aquatic ecology are discussed along with water quality analysis in the field.

This course is sometimes offered as a package with co-requisite HPER courses such as canoeing, camping, and/or backpacking.  This would involve off-campus time of a week or more in an area such as a mountain wilderness or the MN-BWCA.  Additional fees may then be required.

BIOL 1140: Human Diseases, 3 credits

Prerequisite:  A course in human anatomy and physiology prior to enrollment is strongly recommended.

Survey of the causes, nature and treatment of selected human diseases.  Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 1189: Topics course, 1/2-5 credits

Current topics or trends in biology.  For more information refer the ARCC catalog and semester schedule.

BIOL 2113: Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credits

Prerequisite:  BIOL 1106, or BIOL 112 , or BIOL 101 if taken before 1995,   or successful completion of the biology advanced placement test.

Intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. Includes the following body systems:   integumentary, skeletal, articulations, muscular, nervous, special senses, and endocrine.  Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.

BIOL 2114: Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credits

Prerequisite:  BIOL 2113.

Intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology.  Includes the following body systems:  circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive.   Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week

BIOL 2201: Microbiology, 4 credits

Prerequisite: Biol. 1106, or BIOL 112, or BIOL 101 if taken prior to the start of Fall Quarter 1995, or biology advanced placement test. Instructor's permission required for concurrent registration with BIOL 2113 or 2114.

Study of general microbiology including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and immunology. The course emphasis is on bacteria: principles of microbial control and culture, metabolic processes, and microbiological techniques.  Environmental and chemical influences on microorganism growth and reproduction including host-pathogen interactions. Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.

BIOL 2202: Genetics, 3 credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1106.

Study of the storage, transfer, and expression of hereditary information. Topics range from Mendelism to molecular manipulation. Emphasis is placed on human examples. Two lecture hours and one two-hour lab per week.

BIOL 2206: Animal Biology, 4 credits

Prerequisite: Biol. 1106 and a college course in chemistry.

Survey of the major animal phyla and how they solve the central physiological problems necessary for life.  Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 2207: Plant Biology, 4 credits

Prerequisite: Biol. 1106.

Introduction to plants including structure, function, growth, development and reproduction. Laboratory includes a survey of major plant groups. Three lecture hours and one-three hour laboratory per week.

BIOL 2299 Independent Study, 1/2-3 credits

Prerequisite: Two courses in biology successfully completed.

Designed to offer students the opportunity to do extensive reading or research on a specific topic in biology.