Biology Courses

BIOL& 100: Survey of Biology – 6 credits

An introduction to biology for the non-science student, emphasizing fundamental life processes and concepts common to all living organisms, with the human example. Emphasis is on biological applications in today’s society. Course includes a lab.

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BIOL 108: Human Biology – 6 credits

Overview of human body functions, including an introduction to some anatomy and physiology, nutrition and exercise and modern medical advances. This course is intended for non-science majors. Course includes a laboratory. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC. Recommended: High School Biology.

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BIOL 125: Survey of Human Diseases – 5 credits

Examines the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common and/or emerging human diseases.

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BIOL 135: Introduction to Global Health – 5 credits

Introduction to the principles of global health, health determinants, health care systems, nutrition, and women’s health issues in the world. The course will discuss ways in which to improve global health and connect how global health challenges can affect local health issues.

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BIOL 145: Understanding Cancer – 5 credits

This course will cover the causes, detection, treatment and prevention of the major types of cancer, including the hallmarks of cancer as well as the fundamentals of the cell and molecular events that lead to cancer. Recommended: some Biology courses taken prior to this course.

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BIOL 150: Marine Biology – 6 credits

Introduction to marine life, marine biological communities, and marine ecology. Course includes lecture, labs, and field trips. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC.

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BIOL 159: Foundations In Biology – 1 credits

This course provides additional support for students in BIOL& 160. Course content will include critical thinking skills, exam preparation (including predicting test questions), self-assessment, cohort building and mentoring. Students will explore learning strategies and identify campus resources supporting the BIOL&160 curriculum. Mandatory participation with S/U grading. Offered quarterly.

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BIOL& 160: General Biology W/Lab – 6 credits

Introduces major concepts of cell biology, including cell physiology and structure, molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Course is a prerequisite for professional health-science programs. Format includes laboratory work. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC. Strongly recommended: CHEM& 121, Chem& 140 or one year of high school chemistry.

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BIOL 162: General Biology II – 6 credits

Surveys systems and processes, and diversity of living organisms and their environment. Format includes laboratory work.

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BIOL 194: Special Topics In Biology – variable credits

Covers supplementary, contemporary, or focused topics related to Biology. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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BIOL 195: Special Topics In Biology – variable credits

Covers supplementary, contemporary, or focused topics related to Biology. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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BIOL 199: Individual Studies In Biology – variable credits

Allow students to investigate special biological phenomena and taxa. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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BIOL& 211: Biology Majors Cellular – 6 credits

First in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include cell structure, metabolism and energetics, genetic control of life, biotechnology, and an introduction to evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 161 with a C (2.0) or better.

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BIOL& 212: Biology Majors Animal – 6 credits

Second in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include evolution of species, embryonic development of animals, vertebrate systems, and animal taxonomy. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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BIOL& 213: Biology Majors Plant – 6 credits

Third in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include plant anatomy, physiology, evolution, and ecology. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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BIOL& 241: Human Anatomy and Physiology I – 6 credits

Introduces the structure and function of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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BIOL& 242: Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 6 credits

Continues the study of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Fulfills a laboratory science course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 at BC with a C or better.

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BIOL& 260: Microbiology – 6 credits

Explores structure, function, and taxonomy of microbes, including bacteria and viruses, and their relationships to health and disease. Format includes substantial laboratory work and written reporting. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods In Genomics – 6 credits

Introduces the use of laboratory tools and techniques to sequence DNA. Topics covered include DNA structures and gene expression. Emphasis on experimental methods and design. Students learn to think critically about research methodology and scientific investigation. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better, or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 276: Advanced Laboratory Methods In Genomics – 6 credits

Provides experience in teaching and advanced laboratory techniques in genomics. Topics include genomic library maintenance and DNA sequence database maintenance. Emphasis on independent work and teaching other students, critical thinking about research methodology and scientific investigation. Prerequisite: BIOL 275 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

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BIOL 294: Special Topics In Biology – variable credits

Covers supplementary, contemporary, or focused topics related to Biology. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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BIOL 299: Individual Studies In Biology – variable credits

Allows for advanced special projects, student research and independent study in Biology by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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BIOL 312: Biology of Cancer – 5 credits

Emphasis is on the cellular, genetic, biochemical and environmental aspects of the disease including discussion of the multiple disease nature of cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. Same as RAIT 312. Either BIOL 312 or RAIT 312 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Admission into applied baccalaureate program at HSEWI division, or permission of the Life Sciences Program Chair. Recommended: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211.

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Last Updated March 18, 2021