Biology

Degrees

Classes

BIO 100 : Biology in Context

Study of the basic principles and unifying concepts of biology. Emphasis is placed on how biology increasingly plays a role in our everyday lives. Topics include organization of living matter, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, ecology and evolution. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components. Cannot be counted toward biology major.

Credits

4

BIO 101 : Short Topics in Biology

Study of current topics in biology appropriate for all students. Elective credit. May be taken more than once for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits

1

BIO 105 : Principles of Fermentation Sciences

Principles of Fermentation Sciences will cover the fundamental science of the fermentation processes, it's history and culture and application to basic food science, microbiology, chemistry, biology and nutrition. Bio105 will introduce concepts relating to the utilization of grapes, grains and hops utilized by the fermentation industry. Students will be exposed to the basic methods and principles behind the fermentation process including production of bread, vegetables, beer, wine and  bio-fuels.  

Students must be 21 years of age or older by the first day of class. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 110 : Principles of Biology I

Study of the integrated principles of biology with emphasis on molecular and cellular aspects of organisms, genetics, and organismal homeostatic mechanisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or proficiency

BIO 112 : Principles of Biology II

Study of the integrated principles of biology with emphasis on the diversity of organisms in the world, their evolution, and their interactions with each other and the environment. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 110 and MTH 101 or BIO 110 and MTH 103

BIO 220 : General Botany

An introduction to the structure and life processes of plants, including plant genetics, development, physiology, evolution, and distribution. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 112 or permission of instructor

BIO 222 : Zoology

A survey of the phyla from Protista through Animalia, emphasizing the evolution, morphology, identification, and life histories of these organisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 112, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 250 : Cell Biology

A detailed introduction to subcellular and cellular structure and physiology, including membrane structure and function, bioenergetics, transport mechanisms, and intercellular communication. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 110 and CHM 110

BIO 252 : Genetics

An examination of the principles of inheritance and the structure, function, and regulation of genetic material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 110 and CHM 110

BIO 260 : Human Anatomy and Physiology I

The first of a two-part sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components and cannot be counted toward the biology major.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 262 : Human Anatomy and Physiology II

The second of a two-part sequence dealing with the structure and function of the human body. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components and cannot be counted toward the biology major.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 290 : Introduction to Biological Research

An introduction to research including literature searches, experimental methods, and proper recording and reporting of experimental results. May be repeated for credit.

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

BIO 110, CHM 110, and permission of instructor.

BIO 300 : Biostatistics

Exploration of the analysis of biological data including experimental design, data collection, describing and displaying data, inferential statistics, and interpretation of results. Students will gain proficiency in the use of statistical computing software. Special emphasis is placed on statistical methods utilized in genetics, epidemiology, human health, ecology, and agriculture. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 310 : Health Coaching

An introduction to a wide array of topics on healthcare and healthcare systems in preparation for a practicum as a health coach. Topics include but are not limited to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, organization of healthcare systems, ethical considerations, and strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles. The course is discussion-based and requires active student engagement.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Junior standing with focus on a career in the healthcare industries (sophomores may petition to register for the class), minimum GPA of 3.0, and permission of instructor.

BIO 311 : Health Coaching Practicum

The second in a series of health coaching classes. Students who successfully complete BIO 310 will enter the practicum class directly. Students will be assigned a patient in the Batesville area and assist them in selected aspects of healthcare.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Completion of BIO 310 with a B or better and permission of instructor.

BIO 320 : Teaching in the Biology Laboratory

Upper-level students who plan to attend graduate school, particularly those who intend to teach at the college level, may take this course to obtain teaching experience. Students will teach alongside a faculty member in a laboratory course they have successfully completed at the 100 or 200 level. Students will attend each laboratory section, assist in teaching the lab, give and receive feedback on lectures, and write a teaching philosophy.

Credits

1

BIO 340 : Ecology

An introduction to the relationships between biota and their environment with emphasis on limiting factors, competition, coevolution, energy flow, and population dynamics. One Saturday field trip will be required. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 112, CHM 120, MTH110 or permission of instructor.

BIO 345 : Speleology

An introduction to the study of caves. Students will learn about the formation, ecology, evolution, and inhabitants of caves in the Ozarks and elsewhere.

The course includes lecture and lab components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 112 and CHM 110

BIO 350 : Microbiology

Examination of the structure, biochemistry, genetics, and physiology of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO250 and CHM120

BIO 352 : Molecular Biology

In-depth study of the structure and regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes with an emphasis on recombinant DNA techniques and applications. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 252 or permission of instructor.

BIO 356 : Biochemistry

Study of the chemical basis of life. The major biomolecules–proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids–will be discussed with emphasis on their reactions and roles in living cells. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

CHM 220 or permission of instructor. (Same as CHM 356)

BIO 360 : Comparative Physiology

In-depth study of the physiological systems that maintain homeostasis in animals with emphasis on the design and function of these systems in different animals in response to the environmental pressures they face. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 250, CHM 120, or permission of instructor.

BIO 364 : Developmental Biology

Study of the major processes which lead to the form and function of multicellular organisms. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Or permission of instructor.

BIO 366 : Histology

Study of the microscopic structure and function of animal tissues and organs. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 370 : Evolution

An in-depth study of patterns and processes of evolutionary change and how biological diversity is originated and maintained. Emphasis on how evolutionary principles are the foundation of modern biology and relevant to other disciplines. Topics include mechanisms of evolutionary change, fossil record, microevolution, macroevolution, population genetics, speciation, and human evolution.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 112, pre-/co-requisite: BIO 252

BIO 382 : Special Topics in Biology

Study in a specific area of biology not covered by regularly listed courses. Course content and structure will vary according to the interests of the instructor. Lecture, laboratory, and field work may be included.

Credits

3 - 4

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

BIO 420 : Advanced Topics in Biology

Advanced study in a specific area of biology. Course content and structure will vary according to the interests of the instructor. Lecture, laboratory, and field work may be included.

Credits

3 - 4

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

BIO 425 : Advanced Biochemistry

In-depth study of selected biochemical reactions and pathways of major biological and physiological significance, including synthesis and breakdown of important biomolecules, cell signaling pathways, and second messengers. Course consists of both lecture and laboratory components.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

CHM 356 or BIO 356 (Same as CHM 425)

BIO 470 : Directed Study

Independent study in a specific area of biology under the direction of the faculty.

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

BIO 480 : Directed Research

Independent research in approved areas of biology. Under direction of faculty, the student will define, design and complete an original research project and/or take part in a larger, ongoing research program. This course may be repeated for credit.

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

BIO 112, CHM 120, BIO 290, Junior standing and permission of instructor.

BIO 495 : Senior Evaluation

This course provides graduating seniors the opportunity to assess their knowledge of biology, and to assess the effectiveness of the biology program. Instead of regular class meetings, students will take a comprehensive exam, which will assess five major areas: cell biology, molecular biology & genetics, organismal biology, ecology & evolution, and analytical reasoning. The senior assessment also allows students to provide feedback concerning their individual learning experiences. Senior Evaluation must be taken before spring break of a student's graduating year. The course is graded pass/fail - satisfactory completion of the exam, regardless of score, is required for a passing grade.

Credits

0

Prerequisites

Senior Standing