Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (SBL 100)

Students participate in an inquiry-based, authentic research experience while developing basic core competencies needed for success in the life sciences, including written scientific communication, experimental design, and use of basic lab equipment. Emphasis is placed on the process of science, establishment of professional identity, and making connections to the liberal arts, such as ethics and the role of science in society. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Organismal Biology (SBL 160)

Study of the evolution of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and the diversity of plants and invertebrate animals. Corequisite: SBL161. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organismal Biology Laboratory (SBL 161)

Laboratory study of the diversity of plants and invertebrate animals. Corequisite: SBL160. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Plant Biology and Ecology (SBL 162)

Study of form and function of vascular plants and basic ecological concepts. Prerequisites: SBL160 and SBL161. Corequisite: SBL163. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Plant Biology & Ecology Laboratory (SBL 163)

Laboratory study of anatomy and physiology of vascular plants and basic ecological concepts. Prerequisites: SBL160 and SBL161. Corequisite: SBL162. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Genetics (SBL 212)

Study of the basic principles of genetics. Topics include the molecular basis of heredity, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, structure and function of chromosomes, and biotechnological applications. Prerequisites: SBL100 and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL213. Spring semester. 3 credits.

Genetics Laboratory (SBL 213)

Investigative laboratory in which students gain practical experience in molecular genetic laboratory techniques. Prerequisites: SBL100, and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL212 or SBL238. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Microbiology (SBL 218)

A survey course exploring such topics as microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, the interaction of microbes and hosts in symbiotic and pathogenic relationships, the role of microbes and the environment, microbial diversity, microbial evolution, and applied microbiology (including antibiotic resistance, bioremediation, and food microbiology). Primarily for majors in biology and nutrition and dietetics. Prerequisites: SCH100, SCH110, or one semester of college-level chemistry; and SBL160, SBL162, or SHL214. Corequisite: SBL219. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Microbiology Laboratory (SBL 219)

A survey course of the laboratory methods for studying microbes. Students explore the physiology, ecology, evolution, and diversity of microbes from both general and human-related standpoints. Students identify one unknown bacterial strain and maintain a laboratory notebook. Emphasis on skill development of techniques used by microbiologists. Primarily intended for majors in biology and nutrition and dietetics. Prerequisites: SCH101 or SCH111; and SBL161 or SBL163 or SHL 215. Corequisite: SBL218. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (SBL 220)

Anatomical features of vertebrates compared within the contexts of both function and evolutionary adaptation to different environments. Corequisite: SBL221. Prerequisites: SBL162 and SBL163. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab (SBL 221)

A fundamental knowledge of gross anatomy through the careful dissection of selected vertebrates. Corequisite: SBL220. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 1 credit. Fee.

Medical Microbiology (SBL 222)

Study of the basic concepts of microbiology from a human health and disease perspective. Topics include: basic microbial cell biology and genetics, immunology, virology, pathogenicity, antimicrobial therapeutics, epidemiology and public health, and disease transmission. Primarily for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: SCH100, SCH110, or one semester of college-level chemistry; and SBL160, SBL162, or SHL214. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Medical Microbiology Laboratory (SBL 223)

This laboratory course introduces students to the study of clinically relevant microbes. Particular emphasis is placed on the practice and development of skills needed by those working in medical microbiology settings. Students identify one unknown bacterial strain, present a written scientific communication on the identification process and results, and maintain a clinical laboratory notebook. Primarily for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: SCH101, SCH111, or one semester equivalent of college-level chemistry; and SBL161, SBL163, or SBL215. Corequisite: SBL222. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Animal Physiology (SBL 229)

An investigation of the integrated function of animals and their component organs and organ systems. While taking a comparative approach in the study of functional adaptations to different environments, similarity of function on the cellular level is also emphasized. Prerequisites: SBL162 and SBL163. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Animal Physiology Lab (SBL 230)

Employs a team-investigative approach to study the physiology of specific invertebrates. During the second half of the semester, information literacy guidelines are used to evaluate controversial topics in biomedicine. Prerequisites: SBL162 and SBL163. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 1 credit. Fee.

Medical Genetics (SBL 238)

Study of the structure and function of chromosomes and genes with an emphasis on the medical relevance of genetics. Topics include: gene and chromosome structure and function; clinical cytogenetics; genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors in disease; patterns of inheritance; genetic engineering and genome analysis; pharmacogenomics to develop therapies (both personalized and predictive) for treating hereditary disorders; and other competencies in genetics necessary for health professionals. This course is intended for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: SBL160 and SBL161, or SBL162 and SBL163, or SHL214 and SHL215, or SHL216 and SHL217, or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: SBL213 (excluding physician assistant majors). Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Cell Biology (SBL 247)

An intermediate-level study of the cell as the basic unit of life. Topics include cell organization, transmembrane events, intracellular trafficking, chemical mediators, cell cycle, electrical signaling, and bioenergetics. Writing Intensive course (with SBL248). Prerequisites: SBL100, and either (SBL160 and SBL161) or (SBL162 and SBL163) or SHL105, and (SCH110 and SCH111) or (SCH112 and SCH113) or (SCH120 and SCH121). Corequisite: SBL248. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Cell Biology Laboratory (SBL 248)

Inquiry-based, semester-long investigation of cell structure and function to complement topics in SBL247. Students gain first-hand experience with techniques commonly used in cell biological research including quantitative and fluorescent microscopy, cell culture, protein electrophoresis and qRT-PCR. Writing Intensive course (with SBL247). Prerequisites: SBL100, and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163 and SCH110 and SCH111 or SCH112 and SCH113 or SCH120 and SCH121. Corequisite: SBL247. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Biology Seminar (SBL 300)

Discussions of topics pertinent to the practice of biology. This course partially fulfills the biology capstone requirement. Prerequisites: SBL100 and one of: SBL212, SBL238, or SBL247. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Research (SBL 302)

The student, under supervision of a professor, applies theory and methodology of biology in a research experience. Fall and spring semesters. 2 credits. Fee.

Teaching Biology (SBL 311)

Primarily laboratory instruction, which includes lecturing and assistance under the supervision of a faculty member. It is not substitute-teaching, and is intended to give the student first-hand experience and involvement in the teaching process. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

Biotechnology (SBL 315)

Study of the advanced concepts and experimental techniques used in modern biotechnology, especially those commonly used by professionals in the areas of basic research, medicine, and bioremediation. Aspects of medical, animal, plant, and microbial biotechnology are explored. Students also critically evaluate the impact of modern biotechnology on society and its associated ethical considerations. Prerequisites: SBL100 and SBL212 or permission of instructor. Fall semester. 3 credits.

Endocrinology (SBL 322)

Study of endocrine physiology, with emphasis on mammalian function. Topics include hormone biochemistry, hormone-receptor interactions, signal transduction, integrated endocrine functions, regulation of reproduction, and endocrine pathology. Collaborative learning is emphasized. Prerequisite: SBL220, SBL229, or SHL216, or instructor permission. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Molecular Biology (SBL 325)

This course provides students with an understanding of macromolecular mechanisms found in living things. Lectures focus on the molecular nature of the gene and the regulation of its expression, methods of molecular biology, and the current state of molecular biology as well as its future. The investigation of cells and organisms at the molecular level is intended to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the processes of life. Prerequisites: SBL212, SBL213, SCH212, SCH213, and SBL247/SBL248 or SCH325/SCH326. Corequisite: SBL326. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Molecular Biology Laboratory (SBL 326)

Students in this course utilize laboratory skills to apply the knowledge and techniques learned in the lecture. Students are introduced to the techniques used by molecular biologists. Prerequisites: SBL212, SBL213, SCH212, SCH213, and SBL247/SBL248 or SCH325/SCH326. Corequisite: SBL325. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Fee. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Special Topics in Biology (SBL 405)

In-depth study of a specific topic in biological science. Prerequisite: SBL247 or permission of instructor. Variable credit. Offered as needed. Repeatable for credit.

1 Credit.

Independent Study (SBL 410)

Taught by arrangement with professor. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

Bioinformatics (SBL 415)

Study of the fundamental concepts of bioinformatics, computational tools used in data analyses, and advanced applications. Topics include but are not limited to genomics, sequence alignments, database searching, molecular phylogenetics, gene prediction, protein and nucleic acid structure prediction, and DNA sequencing. Perequisites: SBL100, SBL212 or SBL238, and SSS250. Spring semester. 2 credits.

Field Work (SBL 420)

Practical experience in a hospital, health,or conservation agency, or other area of applied biology. The work must be supervised and evaluated, and a paper submitted. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.

Internship (SBL 430)

An intensive field learning experience with a career focus. Activities involve the student in direct work responsibilities under the supervision of a recognized expert in a particular field. A contract must be developed by the student, faculty advisor, and field supervisor before the internship begins. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

General Chemistry I (SCH 110)

A study of the basic concepts and fundamental principles of chemistry, designed for science majors, with emphasis on atomic structure, periodic trends, bonding, ionic and molecular structures, and aqueous chemical reactions. Students access and review scientific information, learning to critique credibility and reliability. With SCH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Quantitative Analysis I Laboratory (SCH 111)

Laboratory work is primarily quantitative, including volumetric and gravimetric analyses. An introduction to instrumental techniques is presented including visible and atomic absorption spectroscopy. With SCH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Corequisite: SCH110. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

General Chemistry II (SCH 112)

Builds upon concepts from SCH110, with emphasis on gas laws, thermodynamics, properties of matter and solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Prerequisite: SCH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Quantitative Analysis II Lab (SCH 113)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH111. Corequisite: SCH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Organic Chemistry I (SCH 210)

A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds for science majors. Molecular structure, structure — property relationships, synthesis, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of the major classes of organic compounds. Examples of biological relevance are given. Prerequisites: SCH112 and SCH113. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (SCH 211)

Emphasis on learning common laboratory techniques involved in organic synthesis and purification, isolation of natural products, structure elucidation, and qualitative analysis. Classical and instrumental methods. Experiments coordinated closely with lecture presentations. For science majors. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH210. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Organic Chemistry II (SCH 212)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH210. Prerequisite: SCH210. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (SCH 213)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH211. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH212. Spring semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry (SMA 130)

Real numbers, sets, relations, and functions. The calculus of one variable. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Graphing calculator required. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Fall and spring semesters. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

College Physics I (SPH 106)

This course is a trigonometry-based physics course that covers all the topics in the mechanics of motion. The course covers linear and nonlinear approximations in motion, acceleration, Newton’s law, relativity, gravity, work, circular motion, momentum and fluids, graph analysis, and problem solving skills. Prerequisite: Appropriate level of high school mathematics as determined during advisement. Corequisite: SPH107. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

College Physics I Lab (SPH 107)

Laboratory course to complement topics covered in SPH106. Laboratory exercises are both on-line and in-lab (3 hours). Corequisite: SPH106. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

College Physics II (SPH 108)

This trigonometry-based physics course covers all the topics in electromagnetism from waves to the theory of light matter. The course covers wave theory, resonance, static electricity, DC and AC circuitry, magnetics, optics, and an introduction to quantum physics. The student gains a good foundation of the basic principles of graph analysis and problem-solving skills. Corequisite: SPH109. Spring semester. 3 credits.

College Physics II Lab (SPH 109)

Laboratory course to complement topics covered in SPH108. Laboratory exercises will be both on-line and in-lab (3 hours). Corequisite: SPH108. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

General Physics I (SPH 110)

A thorough introduction into physics for those majoring in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Topics include classical mechanics, heat, and electricity. With SPH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 3 credits.

General Physics I Laboratory (SPH 111)

Laboratory course to accompany SPH110. With SPH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SPH110. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

General Physics II (SPH 112)

A continuation of SPH110 with topics including magnetism, optics, and electricity. Prerequisite: SPH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.

General Physics II Laboratory (SPH 113)

The laboratory course to accompany SPH112. Corequisite: SPH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)

Designed to enable students to read as well as do research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics. Treats small and large samplings with such parametric and non-parametric probability distributions as Z, t, F, and chi-squared. Uses PSPP computer software. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. Must be at least a second semester freshman student. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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