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BIO-1141 Hum Anat & Phys II Lab

This course will cover scientific method and measurement and involve laboratory observation and data collection about respiratory volumes and capacities, structure of the heart, the cardiac cycle, pulse rate and blood pressure, the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system, humoral factors governing homeostasis, the structure and function of the kidney and male and female reproductive biology. Students will keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

BIO-1406 Contemporary Biology

Basic principles of science as exemplified by contemporary topics in the life sciences. Laboratory exercises will give students experience in the application of scientific methodology. Three hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week. This course satisfies the Analytical Literacy for nonscience majors.

BIO-1408 Plants & Human Affairs

An introduction to plant biology emphasizing the importance of plants to human life. Laboratory exercises give students experience in the application of scientific methodology. Three hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week. This course satisfies the Analytical Literacy for non-science majors.

BIO-1410 Introduction to Biology I

Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 1301 (or higher) and MAT 0301 (or higher); Satisfactory performance on the Reading Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of RDG-0301, RDG-0311 and/or RDG-0312 Biology 1410 is the first course of the biology core; this is a majors-level biology course. This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of biology and focuses on basic biochemistry, the organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular and metabolic processes, as well as acquisition of basic research techniques and their application to laboratory projects. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-1413 Local Spring Flora

Fundamental principles and practice of collecting, identifying, and preserving wild flowers. Course focuses on use of dichotomous keys in local Floras for field and laboratory identification. Field collection is required. This course satisfies the Analytical Literacy for non-science majors. This course is offered cross-terms on weekends during late spring and early summer and cannot be taken by seniors who expect to graduate in May.

BIO-1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons

Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course must qualify for TWU English 1301 and Math 0301 or their equivalents at another institution. This user's guide to genetics and the human genome will be taught entirely online at Genome Island, an educational simulation at Second Life. Students will conduct virtual experiments to collect and analyze data that illuminate the principles of genetics and its application to humans. Topics studied will include the structure and replication of DNA, genetic coding and genetic variation, Mendelian inheritance patterns, human chromosomal organization, and features of the human genome, including specific human genes. This course satisfies the Analytical Literacy for non-science majors.

BIO-1415 Exploring Human Biology

This course is designed to explore the process of scientific discovery as illustrated by the complex workings of the human body. Students will be introduced to the scientific method as illustrated by the design and interpretation of key experiments that have led to critical discoveries about how the human body functions. This course will also examine the impact that these discoveries have had on modern society. The goal of this course is to foster an understanding of how scientific discoveries are made and to underscore the important role that science plays in our society. Laboratory exercises will reinforce important concepts and introduce students to experimental design and analysis. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This course satisfies the Analytical Literacy for nonscience majors.

BIO-1420 Introduction to Biology II

Prerequisite: Biology 1410 with a grade of C or better. This course is the second course of the biology core for majors. Content and laboratory practice include principles of inheritance, molecular genetics, evolution and a survey of biological diversity. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-2320 Biostatistics

Prerequisite: Biology 1410 and Biology 1420. The course examines descriptive and inferential statistical reasoning, parametric and nonparametric tests including analysis of variance, Chi-squared, Bayesian inference, standardization and life tables.

BIO-2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Prerequisites: Placement in ENG-1301 (or higher) and MAT-0301 (or higher). This course begins with the cell, followed by the skeletal, muscular, nervous, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems. The laboratory examines human cell structure and function, the structure of bone and the organization of the skeleton, the skin, muscles of the upper and the lower body, the spinal cord, nerves and the brain and cranial nerves, as well as the digestive system. Students keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

BIO-2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Prerequisite: Placement in ENG-1301 (or higher) and MAT-0301 (or higher). The course covers the integrative systems of the human body that facilitate nutrient delivery, waste removal, and the proliferation of life. Topics covered include the respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, renal, and reproductive systems. This laboratory covers the scientific method and measurement and involves laboratory data collection about respiratory volumes and capacities, the structure of the heart, the cardiac cycle, pulse rate and blood pressure, the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system, humoral factors governing homeostasis, the structure and function of the kidney and male and female reproductive biology. Students keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

BIO-2424 Evolution & Ecology

Prerequisite: BIO 1410, 1420, 2320 The interactions of organisms with their environment, including natural history and evolution, adaptation, population ecology, ecological interactions, communities and ecosystems and landscape ecology. The laboratory examines tree thinking, population ecology, communities, ecosystems, and landscape ecology. Course and laboratory meet 6 hours per week

BIO-2441 Microbiology

Prerequisite: BIO-1410,1420 Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or credit in CHE-1415 An introduction to the microbial world with an emphasis on bacteria. Addresses fundamental microbiological principles including cell structure-function relationship, prokaryotic metabolism, microbial ecology, bacterial genetics, and pathogenesis. Examines the role of microbes in food production, medicine, biotechnology, and the environment. The diversity of prokaryotic life is an overarching theme. Course examines bacterial diversity using both classical and modern microbiology laboratory techniques. Covers culture-based identification by distinguishing morphological and physiological characteristics, as well as molecular identification using DNA-based technologies. Also addresses microscopy, cell enumeration, microbial growth, and growth control.

BIO-3352 Research Methods in Bio

Prerequisites: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better and any 3000- or 4000-level biology course. Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will select a research project, write a literature review and research proposal, conduct preliminary experiments, and write a research report. Research methods and experimental design will be emphasized, including the location and study of articles from the professional literature. One 2-hour lecture period per week. Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

BIO-3352H Research Methods in Biol

Prerequisites: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better and any 3000- or 4000- level biology course. Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will select a research project, write a literature review and research proposal, conduct preliminary experiments, and write a research paper. Research methods and experimental design will be emphasized, including the location and study of articles from the professional literature. One 2-hour lecture period per week. Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

BIO-3431 Molecular Genetics

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. Molecular aspects of gene transmission, interaction, expression, and regulation. After a review of basic principles, students will explore topics selected from the current research literature. Three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-3431H Molecular Genetics Honors

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. Molecular aspects of gene transmission, interaction, expression, and regulation. After a review of basic principles, students will explore topics selected from the current research literature. Three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-3470 Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better; completion of BIO 2320 or MAT 3311. Examines the biological diversity and the extinction crisis and the social implications of human's domination of the earth's ecosystems focusing on biological diversity, extinction, and population viability analysis. Three hours of laboratory per week and field data collection and analysis required.

BIO-3470H Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better; completion of BIO 2320 or MAT 3311. Examines the biological diversity and the extinction crisis and the social implications of human's domination of the earth's ecosystems focusing on biological diversity, extinction, and population viability analysis. Three hours of laboratory per week and field data collection and analysis required.

BIO-4120 Bio Cert Exam Review

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. Provides review for Biology content competencies needed for TExES mastery. Student must achieve mastery of material to satisfactorily complete the course.

BIO-4351 Sr Research in Biology

Prerequisites: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will extend the research project begun in BIO 3352, and write and present a formal professional research paper. Data analysis and professional writing will be emphasized. Students will also attend research presentations by area professionals. One 2-hour lecture period per week. Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

BIO-4351H Senior Research in Biology

Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will extend the research project begun in BIO-3352, and write and present a formal professional research paper. Data analysis and professional writing will be emphasized. Students will also attend research presentations by area professionals. One 2-hour lecture period per week, Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

BIO-4393 Internship

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours or dean's approval; 2.0 GPA. Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one's major field of study.

BIO-4394 Internship

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours or dean's approval; 2.0 GPA. Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one's major field of study.

BIO-4412 Molecular Cell Biology

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better and completion of Organic Chemistry. The course covers the study of cell structure and physiology emphasizing the role of cellular organelles in eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms that underlie cell physiology and metabolism, cell division, and the underlying molecular genetic controls of cellular processes. The course will include lecture, analysis of primary literature, and exposure to modern laboratory techniques in both cell and molecular biology. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-4412H Molecular Cell Biology

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better and completion of Organic Chemistry. The course covers the study of cell structure and physiology emphasizing the role of cellular organelles in eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms that underlie cell physiology and metabolism, cell division, and the underlying molecular genetic controls of cellular processes. The course will include lecture, analysis of primary literature, and exposure to modern laboratory techniques in both cell and molecular biology. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-4426 Infection and Immunity

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. This course provides the students with a basic understanding of infectious disease and host responses. Students will study the microorganisms involved in infection and immune related disease, current treatments, and research directions. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO-4426H Infection & Immunity

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better. This course provides the students with a basic understanding of infectious disease and host responses. Students will study the microorganisms involved in infection and immune related disease, current treatments, and research directions. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

NSC-4301 Tch Sci in 6-12 Class

Prerequisite: Biology Core and BIO 4120. Investigation the nature of science and technology and their roles in society is the primary focus of this course. The skills necessary to teach these in the 6-12 classroom are applied to state science standards.

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