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To see a list of all courses in each area offered by the Division of Science this semester, please consult the Schedule of Classes.

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Course Descriptions

BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.)   P: high school or college chemistry. An introductory course emphasizing the principles of cellular biology; molecular biology; genetics; and plant anatomy, diversity, development, and physiology.

BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 101. ]   An introductory biology course emphasizing phylogeny, structure, physiology, development, diversity, evolution and behavior in animals.

BIOL-K 295 SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS (1 cr.)   Special work, such as directed readings, laboratory or fieldwork, or presentation of material not available in the formal courses in the department.

BIOL-K 322 Genetics and Molecular Biology (3 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 103 and CHEM C106. ]   The course covers the principles of classical and molecular genetics including Mendelian inheritance, linkage, nucleic acids, gene expression, recombinant DNA, genomics, immunogenetics, and regulation.

BIOL-K 323 Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory (2 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K-322. ]   Applied principles of genetics and molecular biology using organisms of increasing complexity from viruses to fruit fly. Laboratory experiments include linkage analyses, deletion mapping, isolation of human chromosomes, mutagenesis, DNA extraction, restriction enzyme analysis, and PCR.

BIOL-K 324 Cell Biology (3 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 106.]   Examination of the structure and activity of eukaryotic cells and subcellular structures. Emphasis is on regulation of and interactions among subcellular events, such as protein targeting, transmembrane signaling, cell movement, and cell cycle.

BIOL-K 325 Cell Biology Laboratory (2 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 324.]   Experiments on the molecular and biochemical basis of organization and function of eukaryotic cells.

BIOL-K 341 PRINC OF ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION (3 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 103.]   A study of the interactions of organisms with one another and with their nonbiotic environments in light of evolution.

BIOL-K 342 PRINC OF ECOLOGY & EVOLUTN LAB (2 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 341 or]   Application of ecology and evolution principles in laboratory and field experiments as well as demonstration of techniques of general ecology.

BIOL-K 356 Microbiology (3 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 341.]   Introduction to microorganisms: cytology, nutrition, physiology, and genetics. Importance of microorganisms in applied fields including infectious disease.

BIOL-K 357 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 356.]   Laboratory experiments and demonstrations to yield proficiency in aseptic cultivation and utilization of microorganisms; experimental investigations of biological principles in relation to microorganisms.

BIOL-K 384 BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY (3 cr.)  [P:CHEM-C 341.]   Chemistry of biologically important molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Special emphasis on chemistry of intermediary metabolism.

BIOL-K 411 Global Change Biology (3 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 101 and BIOL-K 103 or GEOL-G 109 and one course in chemistry or consent of instructor.]   Examination of changes in earth’s environment over history. In-depth study of effects of environmental change, including global warming, on the ecology of various organisms.

BIOL-K 490 Capstone (1 cr.)  [P:Senior Standing.]   Faculty-directed or approved independent library research on an area of public, scientific interest or a community service activity in local industry, government, schools, or other public science-related groups or organizations. Additional Information: Topics for independent research and a list of service opportunities are available in the Department of Biology Office.

BIOL-K 493 Independent Research (1 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   A course designed to give undergraduate students majoring in biology an opportunity to do research in fields in which they have a special interest.

BIOL-K 494 Senior Research Thesis (1 cr.)  [P:BIOL-K 493.]   A formally written report describing the results or accomplishments of BIOL-K 493.

BIOL-N 100 Contemporary Biology (3 cr.)   Selected principles of biology with emphasis on issues and problems extending into everyday affairs of the student.

BIOL-N 108 Plants, Animals and the Environment (3 cr.)   This course is designed to provide students and future K-8 teachers with a background in the general biology concepts of plants, animals and the environment, which are the backbone of the State of Indiana science standards.

BIOL-N 212 Human Biology (3 cr.)   Equiv. PU BIOL 201. First course in a two-semester sequence in human biology with emphasis on anatomy and physiology, providing a solid foundation in body structure and function.

BIOL-N 213 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr.)  [P:BIOL-N 212 or]   Accompanying laboratory for BIOL-N 212.

BIOL-N 214 Human Biology (3 cr.)   Continuation of BIOL-N 212.

BIOL-N 215 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr.)  [P:BIOL-N 214 or]   Accompanying laboratory for N214.

BIOL-N 217 Human Physiology (5 cr.)   Lectures and laboratory work related to cellular, musculoskeletal, neural, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, and reproductive function in humans.

BIOL-N 251 Introduction to Microbiology (3 cr.)  [P:One semester general chemistry or one semester life science.]   This course includes a laboratory component. The isolation, growth, structure, functioning, heredity, identification, classification, and ecology of microorganisms; their role in nature and significance to humans.

BIOL-N 261 Human Anatomy (5 cr.)   Lecture and laboratory studies of the histology and gross morphology of the human form, utilizing a cell-tissue-organ system-body approach.