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Donna M. Howell, Ph.D.
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Phone: (973) 290-4094
Email: dhowell@cse.edu
Office: Henderson Hall - Room 115

Biology

Program Overview

The Biology Program provides a rigorous and solid foundation to the principles of all important areas of modern biology. In the training of a biology major, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and investigative skills. The program also provides ancillary courses for students majoring in biochemistry, and foods and nutrition. It also offers courses for non-science majors in an effort to increase the science literacy of all students and to provide a foundation for extending their understanding of science in daily life. The College of Saint Elizabeth is a member of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society.

Students fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in biology are prepared for professional or graduate school. Students may also choose a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology which will prepare them in science related careers, outside of biology, such as business, health services, medical law and ethics, public health, science journalism, and science/health reporting.

Students can also obtain a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science by completing three years of course work in the Biology department of the College of Saint Elizabeth followed by 15 months at Rutgers University and its affiliated laboratory facilities. Options at Rutgers include medical technology or cytotechnology. Following completion of the three years plus 15 months, a student will obtain a joint degree from the two institutions. A complete description of the programs at Rutgers can be found at http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/CLS/.

The College of Saint Elizabeth and Seton Hall University have developed a 3+3 program for qualified students interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as the requirements in general education. Following the successful completion of the requirements at CSE, a student then attends Seton Hall University (SHU) for three years to complete their training as a physician assistant. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at SHU and her M.S. in Physician Assistant at the completion of the program. A complete description of the PA program at SHU can be found at http://www.shu.edu/academics/gradmeded/ms-physician-assistant/.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) have developed a 3+4 program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of all course requirements at CSE, a student will then attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine for four years and complete training in podiatric medicine. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at NYCPM and her D.P.M. at the completion of the program. A complete description of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine program can be found at http://www.nycpm.edu/.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy have developed a joint program for qualified students interested in pursuing a B.S./Pharm.D degree. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of required biology and general education courses at CSE, a student will then attend Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy for three years and complete training in pharmacy. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at Saint Joseph College and her Pharm.D at the completion of the program at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy. A complete description of the Pharm.D program at Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy can be found at http://www.sjc.edu/academics/schools/school-of-pharmacy/.

American University of Antigua College of Medicine will offer admission to the educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree to graduates (B.S. in biology) of the College of Saint Elizabeth. The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) have developed a B.S./M.D. program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for four years and complete their B.S. in Biology at CSE. Following the successful completion of a B.S. in Biology at CSE, the student will then attend AUA for four years and complete training in medicine. A student receives her M.D. at the completion of the program at AUA. A complete description of AUA medical program can be found at http://www.auamed.org/.

Compatible with the Mission and Values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the mission of the Biology Program is to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the principles in biology. Our program emphasizes the application of the scientific process and practical skills necessary to be successful in attaining different career choices, and to be able to communicate the impact and significance of biology to society. The Biology Programs goal is to create a teaching and learning environment which:

  • Provides students the breadth of knowledge in the biology discipline
  • Provides students with investigative skills and promotes critical thinking
  • Teaches and fosters ethical behavior and professional integrity
  • Prepares students for admission into professional and graduate degree programs as well as the ability to be competitive in the science industry market and in science related careers.
  • Prepares students to be informed and to communicate the major issues at the forefront of the biology discipline

Outcomes

Completion of biology coursework and the capstone experience students in the B.A./B.S. biology degree program will demonstrate their competence in the major by being able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key biological principles in the general and sub-branches of the biology discipline*
  • Demonstrate how the scientific process is applied
  • Access and effectively utilize current biological literature and communicate effectively in a variety of methods, including written papers, as well as oral presentations. Students will also be proficient in the use of modern technologies which facilitate communication (B.A./B.S. program)
  • Demonstrate the integration of biology and the impact of science and their roles as biologists in society (B.A./B.S. program)

*Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consists of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.A. program and B.S. program.

Graduates

Students who have graduated from the Biology Program have followed numerous career paths. Recent graduates have been accepted and/or entered professional schools in veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State Veterinary School and Ross University Veterinary School.

Students have been accepted in medical schools such as Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA). Other students have entered Ph.D. programs in various areas of science and Physician Assistant programs. Recent graduates are attending programs at Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University.

Other graduates of the program have chosen other career paths. For example, careers in pharmaceutical research, state public health/environmental and clinical laboratories, biostatistical analysis, documentation management and privately owned pet stores.

Requirements

B.A. in Biology

Core Requirements

  • BIO111* Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113* Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO431 Senior Seminar (1)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 300/400 Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)

Total: 33 credits

*A grade of C+ or better is required.

**Research and non-major courses cannot be used to fulfill Requirements for the major.

Related Requirements

  • CHEM151 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH119  Elementary Statistics (3)

Total credits for Bachelor of Arts in Biology: 44

Capstone Requirement

Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consist of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.A. program.

B.S. in Biology

Core Requirements

  • BIO111* Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113* Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO431 Senior Seminar (1)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)

Total: 37 credits

*A grade of C+ or better is required.

**Research and non-major courses cannot be used to fulfill Requirements for the major.

Related Requirements

  • CHEM151 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153* Calculus II (4), or
  • MATH119* Elementary Statistics (3)
  • Phys149 General Physics I (4)
  • Phys153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 31 or 32 credits

*With approval of major advisor.

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biology: 68-69

Capstone Requirement

Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consist of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.S. program.

Sufficient Progress in the Major

  • Students must have passed BIO 111 and BIO 113 with a grade of C+ or better in order to continue as a biology major in their sophomore year.
  • Students must pass, with a grade of C or better, BIO 209, BIO 251, CHEM 151, CHEM 153 (and all of their respective labs), MATH 151 and Math 153 or Math 119 prior to the start of fall semester of the junior year to continue as a biology major.
  • Students in the B.A biology degree program must have passed all of the above courses as well as BIO303 and at least one upper level biology elective – all with a grade of C or better – prior to the start of the fall semester of the senior year to continue as a biology major.
  • In addition, students in the B.S. biology degree program must have passed all of the above courses as well as BIO 303, CHEM 211 and CHEM 213 and at least one upper level biology elective – all with a grade of C or better – prior to the start of the fall semester of the senior year to continue as a biology major.

B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

During the first three years at the College of Saint Elizabeth, a student must fulfill all of the general education requirements of the College. The student must also complete the following science and mathematics courses required by both institutions prior to admission to Rutgers University:

Medical Technology

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO415 Immunology (4)
  • BIO417 Physiology (4)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • MATH149 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) if needed
  • MATH151 or Calculus I (4)

Total: 51 credits

An overall grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) and grades of C or better are required in all of the above courses.

In addition, the following science courses are recommended:

  • BIO413 Molecular Biology Techniques (4)
  • CHEM317 Theory of Analytical Chem (3)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Cytotechnology

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO309 Histology (4)
  • BIO321 Comparative Anatomy (4)
  • BIO417 Physiology (4)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • MATH149 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) if needed
  • MATH 151 or Calculus I (4)

Total: 55 credits

An overall grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) and grades of C or better are required in all of the above listed courses.

In addition, the following science courses are recommended:

  • BIO415 Immunology (4)
  • CS115 Intro to Computer Science I (3)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

Minor in Biology

  • BIO111 Fundamental of Biology I (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • Two 300 or 400 level electives (8)

Total: 20 credits

B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) Dual Degree Program

A joint program leading to a Bachelor in Science in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing ailments and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Podiatrists are trained in surgery, management of wound care and radiology. In addition, podiatrist can prescribe orthotic devices to assist in aligning the feet, knees and hips properly to relieve pain. The number of diabetic patients is rapidly increasing in the United States. Podiatrists play a critical role in the management of diabetic foot care. The need for foot and ankle care will become increasingly important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) have developed a 3+4 program for qualified students. CSE has four seats available for each entering class at NYCPM. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of all course requirements at CSE, a student will then attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine for four years and complete training in podiatric medicine. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at NYCPM and her D.P.M. at the completion of the program.

Combined Degree Program Requirements

Admission to combined degree program:
Applicants will be evaluated based on high school record (completion of high school English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics). Grade point average, satisfactory SAT scores, high school math/science teacher recommendations.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113. A grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.2 (on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Shadowing a podiatrist (minimum of 60 hours).

Qualifying for enrollment at NYCPM:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to NYCPM.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.
  • Three letters of recommendations. Two letters must be from faculty in the biology program.
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by NYCPM interviewer.
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application.

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO300/400 Level Course (8)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3), or
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 55-56 credits

Other Requirements

  • Completion of all General Education requirements
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Summer) (8)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

Affiliation Agreement Saint Joseph College and CSE

B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Dual Degree Program

A joint program leading to a Bachelor in Science (B.S.) in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J./Doctoral level degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut. Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy will give priority admission to dual degree program applicants from the College of Saint Elizabeth and other dual degree program schools when those applicants have completed the first three years in the dual degree program, satisfied admission requirements of the Pharm.D program and are otherwise competitive with other applicants competing for admission to the Pharm.D program.

Pharmacists are health practitioners who specialize in dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians and communicate with patients and other healthcare providers about drug information and patient care. Pharmacists who are trained in the United States must earn a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree has been replaced by the Pharm.D. degree. A Pharm.D can seek employment in retail pharmacies (privately owned or in retail drugstore chains), hospital/nursing home pharmacies, and pharmaceutical industries, which includes companies that research drugs, manufacture, or sell drugs.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy have developed a joint program for qualified students interested in pursuing a B.S./Pharm.D degree. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of required biology courses and general education courses at CSE, a student will then attend Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy for three years and complete training in pharmacy. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at Saint Joseph College and her pharm.D at the completion of the program at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses in the biology major. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113; a grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.25(on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses, and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Evidence of understanding of the profession as demonstrated by experience in health profession.
  • Demonstrated integrity.

Qualifying for enrollment at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses for biology major (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • Satisfactory scores on the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy interviewer and recommendation for admission by Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy Admission Officer who has interviewed the applicant in person.

Course Requirements

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO300/400 Level Course (8)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3), or
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Summer)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

**Students must also fulfill all requirements for General Education.

B.S. in Biology/M.D. Dual Degree Program

American University of Antigua College of Medicine will offer admission to the educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree to graduates (B.S. in biology) of the College of Saint Elizabeth. The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) have developed a B.S. / M.D. program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for four years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of a B.S. in biology at CSE, a student will then attend the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) for four years and complete training in medicine. A student receives her M.D. at the completion of the program at AUA.

CSE Degree Program Requirements

Admission to Program:
Applicants will be evaluated based on high school record (completion of high school English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics). Grade point average, satisfactory SAT scores, high school math/science teacher recommendations.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses in the biology major. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113; a grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses, and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Completion of B.S. in Biology.

Qualifying for enrollment at AUA:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses for biology major (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to AUA.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • A score of 24 or higher on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by AUA interviewer and recommendation for admission by an AUA Admission Officer who has interviewed the applicant in person.
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application.

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

BIO-101
Biology in Society*
Credit Hours: 3

A course designed for the non-science major. This course will include lectures on scientific topics such as basic genetics, human disease, current medical topics in the news and environmental issues. Oral presentations and class discussions will also be integrated into this course. Satisfies Cluster 3 General Education requirement.

SHUPA-101
Seton Hall Un Physicians Asst. Program
Credit Hours: 0

A collaborative program leading to a Bachelor in Science in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth/Master of Science in Physician Assistant from Seton Hall University. Physician assistants are health care providers that carry out many of the same services and have many of the same responsibilities as the medical doctors for whom they work. Physician assistants can specialize in any area of medicine and are found in settings ranging from pediatrics, surgery, primary health practices, and research. They work independently with their patients and make medical decisions based on their findings. An increasing number of medical practices are now comprised of medical doctors and physician assistants working side by side to provide quality health care for their patients. The College of Saint Elizabeth and Seton Hall University have developed a 3+3 program for qualified students interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as the requirements in general education. Following the successful completion of the requirements at CSE, a student then attends Seton Hall University (SHU) for three years to complete their training as a physician assistant. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at SHU and her M.S. in Physician Assistant at the completion of the program. To top

BIO-103
Concepts of Biology*
Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to biology for the non-science majors. Concepts covered will include such topics as the principles of evolution, taxonomy and speciation, evolution of plant life cycles, diversity of animals and their evolutionary relationships, fundamental properties of the cell, basic principles of heredity, cytogenetics and gene expression. Applications for everyday life and selected activities based on these concepts will be included. Satisfies Cluster 3 General Education requirement.

BIO-105
Human Genetics*
Credit Hours: 4

A course designed to introduce the non-major student to basic concepts in human genetics. Topics include the cell, meiosis and development, transmission genetics, DNA and chromosomes, and an overview of current genetic technologies. Oral presentations and class discussions will also be integrated into this course. Satisfies Cluster 3 General Education requirement.

BIO-109
Microbes & Society*
Credit Hours: 3

Explore the diversity of life not visible with the naked eye. This course will study the role and significant impact that microscopic organisms such as bacteria and viruses have on our lives and the world as a whole. Learn the positive impact they have on the food industry and agriculture, in the biotechnology and health industry, and in the environment. Learn of their negative role in disease and their threat as weapons in bioterrorism. This course will consist of lectures, lab demonstrations, class discussions and student presentations. Satisfies Cluster 3 General Education requirement.

BIO-111
Fundamentals of Biology I
Credit Hours: 4

The first semester of a two-semester introductory course for biological science majors. Basic principles of modern biology will be presented. Major topics include the scientific method, chemical organization of life, structure, function and metabolism of the cell, photosynthesis, genetic basis of life, evolution, animal behavior and ecology. Lecture and investigative based experiments are incorporated into this course. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab 3 hours.

BIO-111L
Lab:Fund of Bio I
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-113
Fundamentals of Biology II
Credit Hours: 4

The second semester of a two-semester introductory course for biological science majors. This course is a continuing study of living organisms and processes. Emphasis will be on the diversity of life, morphology, phylogeny and physiology of plants and animals. Lecture and investigative based experiments are incorporated into this course. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab 3 hours.

BIO-113L
Lab:Fund Bio II
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-117
Human Physiology
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body and the mechanisms which control them. Topics include energy conversions in living cells, enzyme catalysis, metabolic pathways; and digestive, cardiac, respiratory, urinary and immune function. Lecture and investigative based experiments are integrated. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab: 2 hours.

BIO-117L
Lab:Human Physiology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-119
Current Topics in Science
Credit Hours: 1

An examination of current areas of interest in science based on current issues in the news or various discoveries in science. Students will be challenged to examine the subject areas from a scientific, cultural, ethical, and moral standpoint. Prerequisite: First-year students only; permission of Department Chair required.

BIO-125
Women & Science:History,Health & Hope*
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses issues in science of importance to women. The role of women as scientists, both historically and currently; women's health-the science involved as well as the social and political issues associated with women's health; and the importance of the involvement of women in all aspects of science. The course will develop critical thinking skills for application to relevant science-related issues of importance to women at the individual to the global level. Satisfies Cluster 3 or Cluster 5 General Education requirement.

PHYS-149
General Physics I*
Credit Hours: 4

First part of a two-semester course in general physics. The laws of motion, vectors, work, energy, power, conservation laws, linear and angular momentum, and simple harmonic motion are covered. Lecture: 3 hours; laboratory: 3 hours. Prerequisite: Math 149.

PHYS-149L
Lab:General Physics I
Credit Hours: 0

PHYS-153
General Physics II*
Credit Hours: 4

Continuation of General Physics I. Wave motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, optics, and heat are covered. Lecture: 3 hours; laboratory: 3 hours. Prerequisite: Math 149.

PHYS-153L
Lab:General Physics II
Credit Hours: 0

Course Level: 2

BIO-209
Microbiology
Credit Hours: 4

A comprehensive introduction to the biology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. A survey of systematics, serology, immunology, ecology, genetics, and representative diseases of microbial origin together with the mechanisms for pathogenicity.will be studied. Fundamental microbial laboratory techniques will be integrated into this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab 3 hours.

BIO-209L
Lab:Microbiology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-251
Cellular Biology
Credit Hours: 4

Advanced exploration of the morphology, physiology and biochemical aspects of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Discussion includes organelle structure and function, cell membranes, the cytoskeleton, extracellular matrices, enzymes, metabolic pathways, cell division, gene expression, cell movement, and inter- and intra- cell signaling. Fundamental cell biology techniques are incorporated into this course. Students will also use problem-based laboratory examples to learn the required calculations and practical laboratory practices required for bench laboratory research. This course is intended for the biological science major. Prerequisite: BIO 111 and 113. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151 and CHEM 153. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab 3 hours.

BIO-251L
Lab:Cellular Biology
Credit Hours: 0

Course Level: 3

BIO-303
Genetics
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the principles of both modern and Mendelian genetics and theories including the chemical nature, location, organization, mechanisms of transfer, expression, and evaluation of the information encoded in nucleic acids. Theories of genetic engineering will be introduced. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153 Lecture: 4 hours.

BIO-305
Embryology
Credit Hours: 4

A study of major developmental stages and processes with an emphasis on vertebrate embryos. Topics include gametogenesis, primary germ layer formation, and organogenesis. Concepts of differentiation, tissue induction, and morphogenesis will be included. Experimental experiences include work with both vertebrate and invertebrate living organisms. Lecture and investigative based experimental activities are incorporated into this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab 4 hours.

BIO-305L
Lab:Embryology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-309
Histology
Credit Hours: 4

The microscopic study of tissues and the tissue organization of organs in relation to their function using light and electron microscopy. Tissue preparation for microscopic study, histochemistry, stains and stain technology will be included. Lecture and investigative based experimental activities are incorporated into this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab 4 hours.

BIO-309L
Lab:Histology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-311
Environmental Science
Credit Hours: 4

A course examining the various forces, both natural and man-made, affecting our environment. Scientific principles and concepts that form the knowledge base for an understanding of our interactions with the natural environment will be explored. Integrated field study activities that illustrate crucial environmental issues and relevant topics are investigated. Class meets 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab 4 hours.

BIO-311L
Lab:Env Science
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-313
Principles of Electron Microscopy
Credit Hours: 4

An integrative course studying theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy. Fundamental techniques in electron microscopy will be introduced, emphasizing specimen preparation and interpretation of micrographs. A survey of biological ultrastructure will be offered. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab 4 hours.

BIO-313L
Lab:Elect Micro
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-321
Comparative Anatomy
Credit Hours: 4

A comparative anatomical study including embryology, changes and adaptations found in the major vertebrate classes. This course will incorporate dissection of typical vertebrates. Class meets 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab: 4 hours.

BIO-321L
Lab:Comparative Anatomy
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-333
Research I
Credit Hours: 1

Research on one aspect of a biological problem under the supervision of the staff. Projects will involve library and laboratory work. Approval of the Program Chairperson required. Variable Credit, students can register 1 or 2 credits.

Course Level: 4

BIO-409
Virology
Credit Hours: 4

An introduction to the structure, of viruses, the organization of their genomes.and replication. An emphasis on viruses that infect vertebrates will be studied. Students will be required to present an oral presentation on current research of viruses. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 4 hours.

BIO-411
Pathogenic Microbiology
Credit Hours: 4

A survey of biologic basis of infectious disease associated with human microbial illnesses will be examined. Topics will include the mechanisms by which they cause diseases and how the body fights the microorganisms. Common microbial techniques such as isolation, detection and identification of human pathogenic microorganisms will be incorporated into this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113, 209 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab: 3 hours

BIO-411L
Lab:Pathogenic Microbiology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-413
Molecular Biology Techniques
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the concepts of molecular biology with emphasis on theory and laboratory techniques. Students engage in hands-on learning activities of molecular biology and biotechnology. Techniques include electrophoresis affinity, chromatography, peptide mapping and western blotting, restriction nuclease mapping, southern blot hybridization and various DNA cloning techniques. BIO 303 can be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 2 hours; Lab: 4 hours.

BIO-413L
Lab:Molecular Biology Techniques
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-415
Immunology
Credit Hours: 4

A study of several topics including cellular and humoral responses, immunoglobulins, antigen-antibody reactions, immunopathology, tissue transplantation, blood transfusion, and vaccines. Experimental activities of basic immunological techniques will be incorporated in this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab: 3 hours.

BIO-415L
Lab:Immunology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-417
Physiology
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the dynamics of basic functional activities of tissues, and vertebrate organs systems. An emphasis is placed on metabolism, homeostasis, concepts pertaining to physiological regulation, muscle and nerve physiology. Inquiry-based activities utilizing computer simulations, invertebrate models, and human physiology are integrated into this course. Prerequisite: BIO 111, 113 and 251. Pre-corequisite: CHEM 151, 153. Lecture: 3 hours; Lab: 3 hours.

BIO-417L
Lab:Physiology
Credit Hours: 0

BIO-431
Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 1

A course for seniors intended to extend the capacity of the biology major to understand advanced research literature, citations, review articles, and research papers. Emphasis will be placed on understanding advanced molecular methods and techniques and on data analysis. Each student will be required to write a research paper and present the results of her research. Lecture: 1 hour.

BIO-433
Research II
Credit Hours: 1

A continuation of BIO 333. Students will continue to research one aspect of a biological problem under the supervision of the staff. Projects will involve library and laboratory work. In addition, students will gain actual experience in preparing, writing, and presenting a scientific paper. Papers may be submitted for publication. Prerequisite: BIO 333 or approval of chairperson.

BIO-441
Special Topics
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to allow the study of emerging and/or significant areas relevant to biology. Topics may include areas of biology not offered on a regular basis in the department curriculum.

BIO-491
Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior biology majors. Approval of the chairperson required. Variable credit. Can be taken for 2, 3, or 4 crs.

BIO-495
Internship
Credit Hours: 3

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