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BIOL1010 Introduction to Biology (3)

A survey of key biological principles including subject areas of cell structure, physiology, zoology, botany, ecology, genetics and evolution. Course goals include helping students develop an understanding of the nature and processes of science, and exploring how key biological concepts apply to citizens. It is designed for the general student and will not meet major requirements for degrees in Biology.

BIOL1010L Introduction to Biology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting intended to reinforce concepts taught in BIOL1010, and to facilitate learning the processes of science. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL1010 Corequisites: BIOL1010

BIOL1030 Earth Science (3)

Study of the earth's crust and mantle with emphasis on the physical and chemical processes at work in the earth. The principle of uniformity and the rock cycle are used to study formation and transformation of rocks and minerals. Topics on erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, and mountain building are included; weather and climate are included whenever pertinent. Although designed primarily for non-science majors, all students may take this course. Offered: Alternate years. Corequisites: BIOL1030L

BIOL1030L Earth Science Laboratory (1)

A laboratory course taught in connection with BIOL1030. Field and laboratory activities are included. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL1030

BIOL1040 Environmental Science (3)

A study of the issues pertaining to environmental sustainability including topics such as population growth, energy, pollution, and conserving biodiversity. A central theme is Christian Stewardship. Offered: Alternate years.

BIOL1060 Human Biology (3)

Selected topics related to the human body with particular emphasis on the integration of form and function as well as genetics and ethics. This course does not apply toward major requirements in biology.

BIOL1060L Human Biology Laboratory (1)

A laboratory study, using selected topics relating to the human body, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL1060. This course does not apply toward major requirements in biology. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL1060

BIOL1960 Clinical Observation (1)

Designed to provide an observation experience in physical therapy or athletic training settings. Prerequisites: KINE1960, May be repeated for credit., or instructor's approval.

BIOL2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)

A study of the structure and function of the human body using a systems approach. The following topics will be covered: cell biology, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and sensory organs. Corequisites: BIOL2010L

BIOL2010L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1)

A laboratory study of select organ systems that will be explored using prosected human cadavers, anatomical models, and computerized data acquisition and analysis. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL2010

BIOL2030 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

A study of the structure and function of the human body using a systems approach. The following systems will be covered: endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Corequisites: BIOL2030L

BIOL2030L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1)

A laboratory study of select organ systems that will be explored using prosected human cadavers, anatomical models and computerized data acquisition and analysis. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL2030

BIOL2094 Special Topics in Biology (1-3)

A variety of timely topics may be explored as the demand of students or the interest of the faculty involved dictates. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

BIOL2220 General Biology I (3)

A survey of the basic concepts of biology with emphasis on cellular processes, genetic principles, and man's place in nature. This course is designed for students who intend to major in the sciences and those in pre-medicine and related fields. Corequisites: BIOL2220L

BIOL2220L General Biology I Laboratory (1)

A laboratory study of the basic concepts of biology with emphasis on cellular processes, genetic principles, and man's place in nature. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL2220

BIOL2230 General Biology II (3)

A survey of the basic concepts of biology with emphasis on life's diversity. This course introduces students to systematics, taxonomy, and the biology of representatives from the domains of Eubacteria (true bacteria), Archaea (methanogenic bacteria, etc), and Eukarya (protists, fungi, plants, and animals). This course is designed for students who intend to major in the sciences and those in pre-medicine and related fields. Corequisites: BIOL2230L

BIOL2230L General Biology II Laboratory (1)

A laboratory study of the basic concepts of biology, using selected topics relating to the biodiversity of life. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL2230

BIOL2300 Idaho Amphibians (4)

This field-intensive course acquaints the student with the uniqueness and diversity of Idaho's amphibians. Through lecture, laboratory sessions and field trips, the course explores the distinguishing features for identification, distribution, natural history, and habitat requirements of Idaho's amphibian species. Amphibian declines and the conservation issues of each species are discussed throughout. This course can be used as general education laboratory credit.

BIOL2320 Birds of Prey (4)

This course acquaints the student with the uniqueness and diversity of Idaho's birds of prey. Through lecture, laboratory sessions and field trips, the course explores the distinguishing features for identification, distribution, natural history, and habitat requirements of most North American birds of prey. Threats to raptor populations and the conservation issues of each species are discussed throughout. This course can be used as general education laboratory credit.

BIOL2420 Microbiology (3)

A survey of the structure, metabolism, and control of various bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi with special emphasis on the disease causing microorganisms. Prerequisites: CHEM1210, CHEM2210 or BIOL2220 Corequisites: BIOL2420L

BIOL2420L Microbiology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL2420. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL2420

BIOL2970 Introduction to Research (1)

Students will develop an understanding of the nature of science and how to conduct scientific inquiry. Course content will include literature search, experimental design, and basic analysis.

BIOL3094 Special Topics in Biology (1-3)

A variety of timely topics may be explored as the demand of students or the interest of the faculty involved dictates. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

BIOL3160 Plant Taxonomy (3)

A study of the principles of plant classification with emphasis on collection and identification of native and introduced vascular plants. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2230 Corequisites: BIOL3160L

BIOL3160L Plant Taxonomy Laboratory (1)

A laboratory oriented to the identification and field study of native and introduced plants, which is intended to support BIOL3160. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3160

BIOL3240 Plant and Animal Ecology (3)

A study of the interactions between environment, flora and fauna at the population, community and ecosystem levels, including current theory and application. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, or instructor's approval.

BIOL3300 Vertebrate Zoology: Ectotherms (3)

A survey of the structure, function, ecology and systematics of ectothermic vertebrates (alternately ichthyology and herpetology). Representative taxa from the Pacific Northwest will provide field context for these explorations. Course will include identification of Idaho fish, amphibian, and reptile species. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, or instructor's approval. Corequisites: BIOL3300L

BIOL3300L Vertebrate Zoology: Ectotherms Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in laboratory and field settings, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3300. Offered: Alternate years. Corequisites: BIOL3300

BIOL3320 Vertebrate Zoology: Endotherms (3)

A survey of the structure, function, ecology and systematics of endothermic vertebrates (alternately ornithology and mammalogy). Representative taxa from the Pacific Northwest will provide context for these explorations. Course will include identification of Idaho bird and mammal species. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, or instructor's approval. Corequisites: BIOL3320L

BIOL3320L Vertebrate Zoology: Endotherms Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in laboratory and field settings, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3320. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3320

BIOL3360 Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy (3)

A comparative study of all classes of vertebrates, including organ and organ systems levels of comparison. Recommended Background: BIOL2230 Offered: Alternate years. Corequisites: BIOL3360L

BIOL3360L Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3360. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3360

BIOL3420 General Microbiology (3)

A survey of the structure, metabolism, and control of various bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. This course is intended for science majors with a strong molecular emphasis compared to BIOL2420 . Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230 Corequisites: BIOL3420L

BIOL3420L General Microbiology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3420. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3420

BIOL3460 Cell Biology (3)

A study of the processes common to life at the molecular and cellular level. This course deals primarily with the structure and function of eukaryotic cells with focus on cell composition, organelles, cytoskeleton, bioenergetics, metabolic processes, cell signaling, the cell cycle, apoptosis, and cancer. It is strongly recommended that Genetics (BIOL3720) be taken prior to this course. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, BIOL3720, or instructor's approval. Corequisites: BIOL3460L

BIOL3460L Cell Biology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3460. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3460

BIOL3500 Bioethics (2)

A survey of biotechnological advances and a review of ethical theories. A series of guest lecturers explore various facets of biotechnology and ecology as viewed from each particular discipline. These include issues viewed from research science, ecology, genetics, reproduction technologies, ethics, sociology, and politics. Prerequisites: BIOL1060 or equivalent

BIOL3510 Studies in Histology (1)

A supervised practical survey of normal human cells and tissues. This is a microscopic laboratory study of all the organ systems. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230

BIOL3520 Developmental Biology (3)

An in-depth study of the processes of vertebrate development and reproduction with emphasis on the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms. Gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, organogenesis, histological differentiation, early events in embryological development, and late events in embryological development. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, BIOL3720, or instructor's approval.

BIOL3520L Developmental Biology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3520. Offered: Alternate years. Corequisites: BIOL3520

BIOL3540 Immunology (3)

This course introduces students to the immune system and the basics of immunology. Topics will begin with a survey of the cells and organs of the immune system, innate and adaptive immunity, lymphocyte development, and effecter mechanisms of both cell-mediated and humoral immunity. Concluding topics will integrate basic immunological concepts with regulatory interactions between different components of the immune system, deleterious effects of aberrant immune processes, and the immunopathology of various disease states. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230 Corequisites: BIOL3720

BIOL3620 Vertebrate Physiology (3)

An in-depth survey of the basic functional principles of vertebrate organs and systems, with emphasis placed on humans. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230 Corequisites: BIOL3620L

BIOL3620L Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3620. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3620

BIOL3640 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for students to assist and teach a minimum of 20 hours. (See EDUC3640) Prerequisites: Junior classification., Program admission required. Corequisites: EDUC3750, EDUC3510

BIOL3720 Genetics (3)

This course introduces students to classical Mendelian and contemporary molecular genetics. Topics will include Mendelian patterns of inheritance, transmission genetics, chromosome structure and function, genetic mutation, chromosomal aberrations, the structure, function and control of genes, techniques in genetics and model organisms, cell-cycle dynamics, recombinant DNA mechanisms, population genetics, etc. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230 Corequisites: BIOL3720L

BIOL3720L Genetics Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL3720. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3720

BIOL3740 Origins (3)

This course is designed to inform students of competing views of origins from a Christian perspective and to prepare students for graduate school. Biblical, classical and current theories of origins will be surveyed, with an emphasis on modern synthetic theory of organic evolution, including mechanisms, adaptations, and phylogeny. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, BIOL3720

BIOL3820 Pathophysiology (3)

An in-depth exploration of the mechanisms and manifestations of selected human disease states resulting in alterations of the body's dynamic equilibrium. Prerequisites: BIOL2010, BIOL2030; or, BIOL2220, BIOL2230

BIOL3850 Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)

A comprehensive study of basic brain organization and function and the neural substrates of emotion, motivation, learning, and memory. Recommended background: BIOL2010, 2030; or, 2230 (See PSYC3850). Offered: Alternate years. Corequisites: BIOL3850L

BIOL3850L Biological Foundations of Behavior Laboratory (1)

Students will complete lab tasks involving exploration of biopsychological concepts. Students will also complete dissection of a sheep brain and a cow eye. Offered: Alternate years Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL3850

BIOL3920 Cadaver Dissection I (1)

A directed dissection of human cadavers using a systems approach focusing on integumentary, muscular, and nervous system anatomy. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

BIOL3930 Cadaver Dissection II (1)

A directed dissection of human cadavers using a systems approach focusing on cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive system anatomy. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

BIOL3960 Internship in Biology (1-4)

A supervised, practical work experience in the student's area of interest performed under a trained professional in a chosen field of biology for a minimum of 40 hrs. per credit. By exposure to a variety of skills and settings the student gains an understanding of various professions in biology and obtains practical experience in his/her area of interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Completed application form including work supervisor consent, and instructor's permission.

BIOL3970 Research (1-3)

Involves the participation of the students with a faculty member in an individual investigative project or literature review. May be repeated for up to four credits. Prerequisites: Instructor's Approval Required.

BIOL4094 Special Topics in Biology (1-3)

A variety of timely topics may be explored as the demand of students or the interest of the faculty involved dictates. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

BIOL4240 Field Ecology (3)

A study of the interactions between environment, flora and fauna in the field with emphasis on the identification and ecology of species. Various ecological techniques such as estimating abundance, evaluating spatial patterns, sampling and estimating community parameters, will be applied and technologies such as geographical information systems (GIS), and the global positioning system (GPS) will be explored. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL3240, or instructor's approval. Corequisites: BIOL4240L

BIOL4240L Field Ecology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in laboratory and field settings, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL4240. Offered: Alternate years Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL4240

BIOL4410 Biochemistry I (3)

A qualitative and quantitative study of the molecular basis of biological function. Major topics include biomolecular structure and behavior, proteins and enzymes, membranes, thermodynamics and cell metabolism. An in-depth survey of the major areas of biochemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM3210

BIOL4410L Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)

A practical application of biochemistry techniques to investigate the principles of biochemistry. Students will engage in experiments that make use of spectroscopy, chromatography, electrophoresis, kinetics assays, and other methods. Abilities in written communication, in the form of reports and notebooks, will be developed around these standard laboratory skills. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL4410

BIOL4420 Biochemistry II (3)

A qualitative and quantitative study of the molecular basis of biological function. Major topics include cell metabolism and molecular genetics. An in-depth survey of the major areas of biochemistry. Prerequisites: BIOL4410

BIOL4720 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)

This course introduces students to advanced concepts of molecular biology. One of the larger goals of modern molecular biology is to elucidate the connections between the genotype (the sequence of nucleotide base-pairs in the organism's genome) and the phenotype (observable traits and behaviors) of all organisms in terms of a general and comprehensive molecular theory. Topics include molecular structure of genes and chromosomes, transcriptional and post-transcriptional control of gene expression, cell signaling, metabolism of proteins and lipids, apoptosis, cancer, molecular genetic techniques etc. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: BIOL2220, BIOL2230, BIOL3720 Corequisites: BIOL4720L

BIOL4720L Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory (1)

A study of selected topics in a laboratory setting, which is intended to be taught in connection with BIOL4720. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: BIOL4720

BIOL4960 Internship in Physical Therapy (1-4)

A supervised, practical work experience in physical therapy. The pre-physical therapy student works with registered physical therapists in clinical settings. By exposure to a variety of skills and settings the student gains an understanding of the profession of Physical Therapy. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: BIOL1960, Junior classification, Instructor's permission, a cumulative grade point average of 3.20. May be repeated for credit.

BIOL4970 Pre-Physical Therapy Capstone (1)

This experience is required of seniors completing the B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy degree and involves the written and oral presentation of work completed in BIOL4960. It will also include a written reflection pertaining to University Outcomes.

BIOL4980 Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)

This experience is required of seniors completing the B.S. or B.A. in Biology degrees and involves the written and oral presentation of work completed in BIOL3970, as well as written reflections on University Outcomes.