Course Descriptions

BIO100-Opportunities in Biology
Credits: 1
An exploration of careers and advanced educational opportunities in the biological sciences at the local, state and national levels.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO104-Introductory Biology with lab
Credits: 3
Introduction to basic concepts in biology. Topics include biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energetics, classical and molecular genetics and the diversity of life at the organismal level. Biology, as an experimental science, and biotechnology will be explored through laboratory experiences.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 112 -General Biology I
Credits: 4
First semester of biology for majors. Topics covered include: chemistry of life, cells, bioenergetics, genetics, evolution, viruses, prokaryotes and protists. Prerequisite: H.S. chemistry & H.S. biology or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO113-General Biology II
Credits: 4
Second semester of biology for majors. Topics covered include: fungi, plants, animals and ecology. It is recommended that BIO112 be taken prior to this course. Prerequisite: H.S. biology and H.S. chemistry or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO138-Field Ecology
Credits
: 3
Field and laboratory studies of native plants and animals of Iowa. Emphasis is placed on ecological relationships. Selected field trips are conducted to forest, prairie, marsh, and riparian habitats in the local area.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 145 -Ecology of Iowa
Credits
: 3
Surveys the major landforms of Iowa including the Mississippi River Valley, Northern Prairie Lakes Region, Loess Hills, and Southern Hills Area. Landforms are emphasized from the standpoint of climate, soils, geology, water resources, forestry, wildlife and environmental concerns. One Saturday field trip.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 146-Genetics
Credits
: 3
An introductory genetics course for Biology and Biotechnology majors. Topics covered include: DNA and chromosome structure and function; Mendelian genetics; molecular genetics in eucaryotes, prokarotes and viruses; recombinant DNA technology; gene expression and the genetic basis of immunology.Prerequisite: BIO112 or BIO187
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 156 -Human Biology with Lab
Credits
: 4
A study of biology which emphasizes the human body. Topics such as the cell, basic chemistry, basic genetics and human ecology are included. Designed for the non-science and inadequately prepared health science major.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 164 -Essentials Anatomy/Physiology
Credits
: 5
A classic integration of human anatomy and physiology at the cellular level and organ/system level. Includes cat dissection. Prerequisite: H.S. biology and H.S. chemistry or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 168 - Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology I covers the structure and function of the human body from the cellular level to organ systems. Top at the cullular level include the fundamental basics of chemistry, cell structure and cellular metabolism, genetics, and histology. The organ systems studied are teh skin and integumentary system, the skeletal and muscular systems, the nervous system, and the senses. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. A grade of "C" or better in Human Biology or a "C" or better in high school Anatomy within the last five years.
College: Science & Humanities
Department: Biology

BIO 173 - Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I. The following organ systems are covered: the endocrine system, blood and the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the digestive system including nutrition and the reproductive system. Other topics included in the course are the body's balance of water, electrolytes, and acids and bases and an introduction to human growth and development. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Anatomy and Physiology I
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: Biology

BIO 187 -Microbiology with lab
Credits
: 4
A general microbiology course with laboratory designed for the science major. Emphasis is placed on microbial morphology, physiology, microbial genetics, virology and basic immunology. Prerequisit One semester of any college-level biology course
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 243 -Topics in Biotechnology
Credits
: 1
An exploration of recent advancements in biotechnology as well as current practices in research and development, manufacturing, quality control/quality assurance and safety. Prerequisite: BIO250
Department: BIOL

BIO 249 -Biotechnology Internship
Credits
: 5
This internship is the final requirement for the completion of the Biotechnology AS degree requirement. It will be conducted in cooperation with potential employers. During this period students will be expected to demonstrate their technical skills and practicum competencies in a professional manner, showing progressive independence, greater efficiency and confidence. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 250 -Cell and Molecular Biology
Credits
: 5
Cell and Molecular Biology for Biotechnology majors. Topics covered include immunochemistry, recombinant DNA methods and principles, the human genome project, protein analysis and characterization and chromatography principles and methods. PREREQUISITE: BIO104, 112, 113, 187 149
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO 260 - Anatomy of Aging
This course is designed for individuals planning to work with the elderly population. It covers changes that occur in body systems during the normal aging process as well as some of the most common disfunctions and diseases associated with aging. Furthermore, environmental factors, effects of diet and excercise in the aging process will be discussed.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: Biology

BIO732-Health Science Microbiology
Credits
: 4
Basic concepts and applications of medical microbiology. Topics include morphology and physiology of microorganisms, pathology, epidemiology and immunology. Designed for the health science major. It is recommended that high school chemistry be taken prior to this course. Prerequisite: H.S. biology or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO733-Health Science Anatomy
Credits
: 3
Offers the student basic concepts in human anatomical structure with relation to body functions. The course covers all major body systems with emphasis on structure. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture with cat dissection. Prerequisite: H.S. biology & chemistry or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

BIO734-Health Science Physiology
Credits
: 3
Detailed human physiology of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and endocrine systems. Designed for the health science major. Prerequisite: BIO 733 or 164 or equivalent
Department: BIOL

ENV 115 -Environmental Science
Credits
: 3
This course combines the basic principles of ecology with current environmental issues. Includes energy, land use, pesticides, and pollution. Wildlife, fisheries, forestry, soil and water conservation practices are emphasized. Designed for the non-science major.
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

ENV 116 - Environmental Science Lab
Credits
: 1
Lab supplements discussion course ENV115. Lab includes measurement of soil nutrients and water pollutants. Selected field trips deal with soil conservation, wildlife management, wastewater treatment and other aspects of environmental conservation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in or prior completion of ENV115 or equivalent
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL

ENV 160 -Restoring Plant Communities
Credits
: 3
Introduction to restoration of native plant communities in Iowa. Identification of common native prairie, savanna, forest, and wetland communities-common plants and animals. Identification of invasive plants. Field techniques for reestablishment and maintenance of native plant communities. Supervised field work at actual restoration sites. Prerequisites: ENV115, 116, 138 or instructor permission
College: Sciences & Humanities
Department: BIOL