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.

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.

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.

Medical Technology Clinical Educ. I (SBL 402)

The student studies medical technology for 6 months in an affiliated hospital school. Fall semester. 16 credits. Pass/Fail only. Fee.

16 Credits.

Medical Technology Clinical Educ.II (SBL 403)

Second 6 months of study. Offered as needed. Prerequisite: SBL402. 16 credits. Pass/Fail only. Fee.

16 Credits.

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.

Biochemistry (SCH 325)

Chemical structures and biological functions of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Survey of major metabolic pathways involving carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids. Structure-function relationships of biological membranes. Nucleic acid metabolism and protein synthesis. Recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Biochemistry Laboratory (SCH 326)

Introduction to basic biochemical laboratory techniques such as spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrophoresis. Enzyme kinetics and isolation, purification, and characterization of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids are emphasized. Prerequisite: SCH213. Corequisite: SCH325. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I (SHL 214)

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Anatomical studies include gross, histological, and cytological perspectives and are correlated with physiology. Functional studies emphasize homeostatic, regulatory, and integrative mechanisms. Pathophysiological processes are compared with normal anatomy and physiology. Course is designed to meet the requirements for dietetics, exercise science, health science, medical technology, and physician assistant. Prerequisite: at least one semester of college chemistry or one year of high school chemistry. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (SHL 215)

Designed to reinforce concepts learned in SHL214. Topics include: histology and the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Lab activities include dissections of animal specimens with anatomy comparable to humans and computer simulated physiology experiments. Corequisite: SHL214. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Human Anatomy & Physiology II (SHL 216)

Continuation of topics begun in SHL214. Prerequisite: SHL214. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (SHL 217)

Continuation of topics begun in SHL214, reinforcing topics covered in SHL216. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab activities include dissections of animal specimens with anatomy comparable to humans and computer simulated physiology experiments. Prerequisite: SHL215. Corequisite: SHL216. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

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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