UNDERGRADUATE COURSES OFFERED
BISC 1001-Human Biology (3credits)
A course designed for non-majors. The biology of humans, emphasizing cells and molecules, reproduction and development, structure and function of the body, inheritance and evolution. Lectures are complemented by scheduled laboratory work.
BISC 1002-Ecology: A Human Approach (3credits)
A course designed for non-majors. Ecological concepts and how they relate to critical contemporary issues: air and water pollution, radiation, energy, world hunger. Includes experiments, demonstrations and field trips.
BISC 1403-Introductory Biology I (3-hour lecture) (3credits)
Chemistry of life; cellular metabolism; genetics and evolution; biology of bacteria, algae, fungi and plants. Corequisite: BISC 1413.
BISC 1404-Introductory Biology II (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
Anatomy, physiology, development, behavior and ecology of representatives of major animal phyla. Corequisite: BISC 1414.
BISC 1413-Introductory Biology Lab I (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
A laboratory course designed to illustrate topics discussed in BIRU 1403. Corequisite: BIRU 1403. Lab fee.
BISC 1414-Introductory Biology Lab II (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
A laboratory course designed to illustrate topics discussed in BISC 1404. Corequisite: BISC 1404. Lab fee.
BISC 2539-General Genetics (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
A survey of the major principles and concepts of the science of heredity in light of the unifying position of genetics in biology. Corequisite: BISC 2549.
BISC 2549-General Genetics Lab (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
A laboratory course designed for a hands-on experience in the usage of various scientific methodologies and experiments in the field of basic genetics. Corequisite: BISC 2539. Lab fee.
BISC 2561-Ecology (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
An introduction to the theories and applications of ecology including evolution, resources, population dynamics, life histories, competition, community structure, ecosystem processes, island biogeography, human impacts on ecosystems, and conservation. Corequisite: BISC 2571.
BISC 2571-Ecology Lab (4-hour field trips) (2 credits)
Laboratory and field studies designed to provide hands-on experience with habitats and organisms, ecological experiments, and data analysis. Corequisite: BISC 2561. Lab fee.
BISC 3221-Human Anatomy (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
A lecture course which examines cell, tissue, and gross anatomy of the major organ systems of the human body as they relate to life processes in health and disease. Corequisite: BISC 3231.
BISC 3231-Human Anatomy Lab (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
A laboratory course employing slides, models, and gross dissection to study the structure of the major organ systems of the human body. Corequisite: BISC 3221. Lab fee.
BISC 3232-Human Physiology (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
The basics of human body functions from cellular to organ system levels. A review of the general principles of whole body regulation is included. Internal responses to various physical stresses will also be discussed. Corequisite: BISC 3242.
BISC 3242-Human Physiology Lab (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
Laboratory exercises demonstrating principles of the human cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, and urinary systems. Brief review of human anatomy and histology. An introduction to some of the diagnostic instrumentation and procedures used in medicine. Corequisite: BISC 3232. Lab fee.
BISC 3405-Plant Biology (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
A survey of the major groups of plants and related organisms. Topics include physiology, morphology, ecology, taxonomy and systematics, and human uses of plants. Corequisite: BISC 3415.
BISC 3415-Plant Biology Lab (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
A laboratory and field course that uses hands-on experience and student-directed research to explore current issues in plant biology. Laboratory activities will emphasize plant physiology, morphology, and taxonomy and systematics. Field trips will highlight human uses of plants, and plant diversity and ecology in urban settings. Corequisite: BISC 3405. Lab fee.
BISC 3521-Biochemistry (3 credits)
A lecture course on the principles of biochemistry and molecular biology. Topics include the chemistry and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids; enzymology; metabolism; bioenergetics; and gene structure and expression. Prerequisites: BISC 1404, CHSC 2522.
BISC 3539-HUMAN GENETICS (3.00 credits)
An introduction to human genetics, focusing on human health and disease. Topics include basic molecular genetics concepts, multifacto inheritance, metabolic and molecular basis of genetic diseases, biological and molecular therapies, the anatomy of the human genome, and implications for customized therapies.
Prerequisite(s): BISC 2539 and CHSC 2522
BISC 3643-Microbiology (3-hour lecture) (3 credits)
Detailed study of: microbial metabolism and physiology; microbial roles in maintaining earth’s ecosystems and human health; global environmental change and effects on emerging infectious diseases, epidemiology, and public health. Corequisite: BISC 3653.
BISC 3653-Microbiology Lab (4-hour lab) (2 credits)
Laboratory exercises are designed to develop skills in: sterile culture techniques for isolating bacteria and fungi from natural substrates; microscopy and staining techniques for visualization, identification, and quantification of microbes. Corequisite: BISC 3643. Lab fee.
BISC 3752-Molecular Biology (3 credits)
Principles and regulation of gene expression; nucleic acid structure/function, replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation; experimental and recombinant DNA methodologies and approaches. Prerequisites: BISC 2539 and CHSC 2521, 2522.
BISC 3754-Cell Biology (3 credits)
Presents fundamental principles of cell structure and function important to an understanding of cellular interactions in the development, maintenance, and reproduction of multicellular organisms. Aberrations of cell structure and function that-contribute to human disease are discussed extensively. Prerequisite: BISC 2539 and CHSC 2521-2522.
BISC 3893-INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY (3.00 credits)
An introduction to the significance of viruses as agents of disease, and as tools to understand basic life processes. The course will cover the structural and biochemical properties of viruses, viral replication strategies virus-cell interactions, viral pathogenesis and host immune reactions. Emphasis will be on animal viruses but the properties and replication strategies of prokaryotic and plant viruses will also be explored.
BISC 4401-Tropical Ecology (4 credits)
A survey of animal and plant communities in tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems. A field trip to a marine biological station in the Caribbean region is an integral part of the course. The required extra cost of this trip will be announced prior to registration. Offered only in the spring semester of even- numbered years.
BISC 4532-Neuroscience (3 credits)
Study of the anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of neurons and neural pathways that comprise the peripheral and central nervous systems and their relationship to behavior.
BISC 4601-Marine Biology (2-hour lecture, 4-hour field/lab) (4 credits)
Lecture will cover general biological oceanography, marine plants and animals, marine environments and marine resources, and pollution. Field exercises will include cruises on a research vessel, visits to marine research and educational centers, and trips to marine shore habitats. Lab fee.
BISC 4621-Immunology (3 credits)
A study of humoral and cell-mediated immunity and the role they play in the prevention of disease.
BISC 4639-Endocrinology (3 credits)
A lecture course on the principles of the human hormonal system. Topics include the structure and function of the endocrine organs, control of hormone formation, effects of various hormones, molecular and biochemical basis of hormonal action, function and structure of the target organs for hormones, and physiological consequences of abnormal endocrine functions.
BISC 4642-Animal Behavior (3 credits)
Introduction to animal behavior; evolution, genetics, physiology and ecology of behavior; sexual/mating/reproductive behavior; habitat selection, feeding behavior, anti-predator defenses, social behavior, human behavior.
BISC 4693-Developmental Biology (3 credits)
An introduction to animal development with emphasis on molecular aspects of gametogenesis, fertilization, and organogenesis. Current models of normal and abnormal cellular differentiation will also be considered.
BISC 4695-Techniques in Cell/Molecular Biology (4 credits)
Study and application of techniques employed in the study of cellular and molecular biology. Lectures and laboratories provide the students with a theoretical and practical understanding of techniques such as electrophoresis, genetic engineering, and maintenance of tissue culture cells. Prerequisite: BISC 2539. Lab fee.
BISC 4792-Senior Thesis Research (8 credits)
Individually tailored laboratory or field research during senior year. Grade and credits are given only upon completion of thesis. Preliminary work in junior year is required. Details may be obtained in the department office.