Biology Courses (BIOL)

  1. 106 Midwest Natural History
  2. 110 Human Biology
  3. 116 Principles of Biology I
  4. 117 Principles of Biology II
  5. 204 Field Biology
  6. 205 Health and Nutrition
  7. 207 Human Anatomy
  8. 208 Human Physiology
  9. 221 Medical Terminology
  10. 222/422 Biological Research
  11. 251 Genetics
  12. 252 Microbiology
  13. 260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  14. 308 Ecology
  15. 315 Invertebrate Biology
  16. 317 Environmental Issues
  17. 319 Epidemiology
  18. 321 General Physiology
  19. 331 Immunology
  20. 335 Science and Religion
  21. 363 Methods in Food Safety
  22. 450 Internship in Biology
  23. 460 Capstone Seminar

106 Midwest Natural History

4 Credits

An introduction to the study of plants, animals, their interactions and habitats, with a focus on Iowa's past and present ecosystems.

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110 Human Biology

4 Credits

An introduction to biological principles with an emphasis on how the human experience is shaped by biology. Topics covered include basic cellular biology, genetics and physiology with an emphasis on human health.

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116 Principles of Biology I

4 Credits

An introduction to the study of organismal structure, function and classification, with selected (evolution, ecology) conceptual topics.

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117 Principles of Biology II

4 Credits

An introcution to the molecular and cellular processes that are common to all living organisms. Topics introduced will include the chemical basis for life, the structure of cells, that basic unit of life, cellular metabolism, cellular reproduction and genetics.

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204 Field Biology

4 Credits

The observation and study of common animals and plants at the individual level in their native habitats. Collection, identification and preservation of specimens is emphasized.

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205 Health and Nutrition

2 Credits

The focus is on principles, knowledge and application of basic nutrition concepts.

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207 Human Anatomy

4 Credits

The study of the structures of the human body from the cellular level to organ systems, with primary emphasis on names and positions of body structures.

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208 Human Physiology

4 Credits

The study of the functions and homeostatic regulation of human organ systems.

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221 Medical Terminology

2 Credits

An introduction to root words, prefixes and suffixes necessary to communicate in medicine.

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222/422 Biological Research

1-4 Credits

This course allows students to conduct biological research under the supervision of a biology professor. Available to students majoring or minoring in Biology and must be a junior or senior to take the 422 section.

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251 Genetics

4 Credits

Broad coverage of molecular genetics with a brief review of principles of classical genetics.

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252 Microbiology

4 Credits

The study of bacteria and other microorganisms, with focus on their morphology, metabolism, genetics, growth and interactions with their hosts.

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260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

4 Credits

A study of fundamental concepts and operations of Geographic Information Systems with applications. Instruction is linked to computer-based projects. Data acquisition with Global Positioning Systems will also be emphasized.

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308 Ecology

4 Credits

A course dealing with the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment, functioning of ecosystems and adaptions that enable organisms to survive in specific environments.

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315 Invertebrate Biology

4 Credits

A comprehensive survey of invertebrate animals and invertebrate biology. Topics for discussion and laboratory exploration will include the evolution of the invertebrate phyla, diversity, anatomy, physiology, development, behavior and ecology.

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317 Environmental Issues

4 Credits

This course investigates selected current issues in the environmental science arena. Topics include discussion of environmental problems created by humans and possible solutions to such problems.

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319 Epidemiology

4 Credits

An introduction to epidemiology, the study of the health of populations and the spread of disease within populations. Basic epidemiologic principles and techniques will be covered and then applied to a student-designed service learning project aimed at improving the health of the Siouxland population.

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321 General Physiology

4 Credits

Advanced study of integrative biology - function and regulation from cells to organ systems. This course explores the physiology of vertebrates, with the main focus on humans.

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331 Immunology

4 Credits

An introduction to the essential terminology and broad concepts of immunology. Antibody production, complement, cytokines and immune dysfunction are major topics of discussion.

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335 Science and Religion

2 Credits

This course explores the interactions between science and religion, including topics such as the creation-evolution debate and ethical issues surrounding genetic technologies.

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363 Methods in Food Safety

4 Credits

This course focuses on the quality control parameters of food handling systems which impact food safety, particularly from a microbiological standpoint. Students will learn various industry-standard practices for preventing, detecting and quanitfying pathogenic microorganisms in various parts of the food supply chain and the procedural requirements for testing, reporting and complying with State and Federal health department review and inspection.

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450 Internship in Biology

1-4 Credits

Direct observation and/or work experience that allows the student to apply biological knowledge under the supervision of an approved community sponsor.

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460 Capstone Seminar

2 Credits

A seminar discussion of current topics in biology and chemistry with emphasis on student oral and written presentations of library research projects. Students will utilize knowledge gained in science research courses to inform opinions and apply ethical principles.

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