Biology Courses

BI101 General Biology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). This introductory course is for majors only. Topics include methods of scientific study, basics of chemistry, cell biology, membranes, enzymes, cell division, photosynthesis, metabolism, genetics on a molecular and cellular level, evolution and population biology. 3 lectures, 2 laboratory hours.

BI102 General Biology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). This is a continuation of the BI101 course. Focuses include a survey of animal body systems together with an introduction to ecology. Topics cover the digestive system, immune system, circulatory system, endocrine system, nervous system, reproductive system, ecology, ecosystems, and conservation. Prerequisite: BI101.

BI103 Integrated Biology. 5 hours (3 lectures, 2 laboratory hours). This introductory course and lab is intended to provide non-science majors with an understanding of the basic principles of biology. Topics include methods of scientific inquiry, cell biology, enzymes, cell division, photosynthesis, metabolism, genetics, evolution, and ecology and population biology.

BI105 Introduction to Environmental Science. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours. This introductory course is primarily aimed at non-majors. This study of Biology with a focus on Environmental Science will cover topics including the inter-relations of humans with our environment; environmental ethics; risk assessment; public policy solutions; and soil, air, water, and energy conservation. The laboratory portion of the course focuses on the methodology of Environmental Science.

BI106 Human Biology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). This introductory course is primarily aimed at non-pre-health professions majors. This is a study of Biology with a focus on human Biology and will cover the systems of the human body involved in maintenance, support, movement, coordination, and reproduction. The course also will cover the basics of human genetics, evolution, and ecology.

BI107 Human Anatomy. 5 hours (4 lecture/2 lab hours). Introduction to the basic components of the human anatomical systems.

BI108 Biodiversity. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). This course is an introduction to the science of Biology, within the topic of biological diversity. It includes the study of the classification and evolution of all major groups of living organisms. Students will become familiar with the major groups of viruses, bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The course includes a lab focusing on the observation and classification of living organisms. This introductory course is required for Biology majors and is appropriate for non-Biology majors. 10/11

BI110 Introduction to Biotechnology. 3 hours (3 lecture hours). This introductory course is primarily aimed at non-majors. This is a study of biotechnology, including the science behind it, how it is regulated, the impact on society, and ethical concerns raised by new advances in biological sciences.

BI205 General Physiology. 5 hours (4 lecture/2 lab hours). General physiological process with emphasis on the organs and systems of man and their inter-relationship. Prerequisites: BI101-102 and one year of college Chemistry or by permission of instructor and division chair.

BI300 Ornithology. 4 hours (3 lecture/3 lab hours). This course is about the biology of birds. Topics include avian ecology, evolution, behavior and identification. Students will learn to identify the birds of Missouri by sight and by sound. Includes a survey of the orders of birds of the world and field trips to view and study local birds. Prerequisite: BI101.

BI301 Ecology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). Study of interactions and interrelations between organisms and the environment. Topics include natural history, evolution, adaptation to the environment, population ecology, species interactions, communities, ecosystems, landscape and global ecology. Cross-listed with ES301. Prerequisite: BI101.

BI302 Botany. 3 hours (2 lecture/2 lab hours). Study of basic plant morphology, physiology and taxonomy. Prerequisites: BI101-102.

BI304 Mammalogy. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). This course is about the biology of mammals. Topics include mammalian ecology, evolution, behavior and identification. Students will learn to identify the mammals of Missouri. This course includes a survey of the orders of mammals of the world. Field trips to capture, view and study local mammals will be included. Prerequisite: BI101.

BI305 Microbiology. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). The role of bacteria and other micro-organisms in nature. The principles of the subject as related particularly to agriculture, domestic science, sanitation, public health, nursing, and medicine. Prerequisites: BI101-102 and one year of college Chemistry or BI205.

BI306 Genetics. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). The molecular, biochemical and cytological basis for inheritance; the cellular mechanisms and laws of transfer between generations, and their practical applications as related to human welfare. Special attention is paid to the impact of genomics. Prerequisites: BI101 and BI102. Junior or Senior standing preferred.

BI307 Comparative Animal Behavior. 4 hours (3 lecture/2 lab hours). A study of behavior across the animal kingdom, emphasizing instinctive behavior, but also considering learning and cognition. The behavior of vertebrates and invertebrates will be studied from evolutionary, ecological, and physiological perspectives. Prerequisites: BI101 and BI102 or instructor's permission.

BI309 Histology. 4 hours (2 lecture/4 lab hours). The study of microscopic anatomy of vertebrate tissues and organ systems. Prerequisites: BI 101-102.

BI311 Conservation Biology and Natural Resource Management. 3 hours. An exploration of the science of conservation biology, which is an applied field that combines the principles of ecology, population genetics, biogeography, economics sociology, political science, philosophy and other fields to solve problems associated with conserving the world's biodiversity. The course will also investigate issues of natural resource management, including endangered species management, reserve design, and restoration ecology. Cross-listed with ES311. Prerequisites: BI101 or instructor's permission.

BI315 Immunology. 3 hours. Concepts and characteristics of the immune system in health and disease. The course addresses issues and questions relevant to human behavior, public health, medicine, the environment and ethics. Prerequisites: BI101 and BI102.

BI317 Biochemistry and Cellular Physiology. 5 hours (4 lecture/4 lab hours). The chemistry of biological systems, with emphasis on the biosynthesis, catalysis, and the metabolic role of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, vitamins, hormones and other substances related to life processes. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of Biology including BI205 and CH341 or permission of instructor and division chair.

BI318 Toxicology and Environmental Medicine. 3 hours. A discussion of corrosive and toxic substances that affect the environment. Topics include fundamentals of sample collection, reliability of measurements, methods of detection, chemical composition of cells, chemical processes of life, the effects of toxic substances on cells and organisms, and risk assessment. Cross-listed with ES318. Prerequisites: BI101 and CH/ES202.

BI320 Molecular and Cellular Biology. 5 hours (3 lecture/4 lab hours). A study of the cell structure and function with an emphasis upon eukaryotes. Topics include organelle structure and function, protein structure, receptor structure and signal transduction, movement of materials into and throughout the cell, and cancer. Labs will focus on current molecular biology techniques. Prerequisites: BI102 and CH114.

BI380 Major Readings. 3 hours. Study of the current principles of biology, current biological journal readings and current books in the field. Open only to Juniors and Seniors majoring in Biology.

 
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