BIOL 100B - Biological World Laboratory (1 credit)
Must be taken concurrently with Biology 100 level course to satisfy the institutional requirement of laboratory experience. Students complete 6-9 laboratory modules on such subjects as: cells, tissues, cell division, plant and animal development, genetics, ecology and heart health.
BIOL 104 - Introduction to Zoology (4 credits)
This course will focus on animals to emphasize important biological topics including evolution, ecology, reproduction, development, systematics, anatomy, and physiology. Each of the major animal phyla will be introduced to the students during lectures and demonstrations, and two controversial topics in biology will be discussed and debated. Open to all students but not counted toward a major in biology.
BIOL 110 - Biological Survey (4 credits)
Lecture, discussion, and demonstration dealing with such topics as the origin of life, sexual reproduction, diversity, adaptation, heredity, environment, and infectious diseases as they relate to humans. Open to all students but not counted toward a major in biology.
BIOL 130 - Botanical World (4 credits)
Course Goals: This section of Biological World will focus on the natural world as related to higher plants. The prime goal is to give the students the necessary framework to understand the botanical world around them.
The course will cover the basic aspects of the science of botany, general plant structure, chemistry, heredity, growth and development and reproduction as related to plants. Where appropriate the importance to man/society of the various topics will be discussed. For example the role plant structures use as food, clothing etc., gene technology as related to recombining various kinds of genetic information to make new forms.
Assessment: Knowledge of botanical life will be gained through four written exams, a collection of lay press articles with summaries. Students will also grow plants in the greenhouse.
Students will complete Biology 100B Learning Modules: Cells, Mitosis, Meiosis, Plant Tissues, Plant Growth.
BIOL 141 - Introduction to Marine Biology (4 credits)
The course focuses on the biology of marine systems. It begins with basic physical characteristics of the world's oceans, the scientific method, hypothesis testing and the basic processes of life. It then covers diversity of life in marine systems, followed by a survey of marine habitats and some discussion of human impacts on marine systems. Students carry out a semester-long project on a marine organism, which culminates in both oral and written reports.
BIOL 142 - Ecological World (4 credits)
This is an introductory course for non-majors with emphasis on environmental biology. This is a lecture-discussion course with no laboratory and a research paper is required. Much of the term will be spent examining the structure and function of natural ecosystems; the latter part of the course will focus on the impacts of humans on these ecosystems.
BIOL 200 - Concepts in Biology (4 credits)
M. Hanson and D. Mason
A survey of biological concepts common to most areas of the biological sciences. Topics including scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution, and ecology will be covered in a non-laboratory setting. Prerequisite to all other major courses except Biology 104. Offered each semester.
BIOL 205 - Morphology of Vascular Plants (5 credits)
This course is intended to acquaint the student with the structure and life histories of the major groups of vascular plants. We generally meet two or three times per week for lecture and laboratory. In addition, there is one laboratory period per week. There are generally three or four lecture exams and one or two lab practicals.
BIOL 208 - Electron Microscopy (5 credits)
The goal of this course is to have students study the structure and function of cells and tissues at both the light and electron microscopic levels.
Students are evaluated on their understanding of cell and tissue structure and function by three examinations employing slides and micrographs. The results of their projects are incorporated into a formal paper and presentation which are evaluated and included as part of their final grade.
This is a lecture-discussion course format, including slide presentations of cells and tissues, and "hand's on" laboratory experience with light and electron microscopes.
Text: Bloom and Fawcett, Histology; Mason, Laboratory Manual of Electron Microscopy.
BIOL 210 - Ornithology (5 credits)
Students will investigate the biology, ecology, and identification of birds. We will combine lecture, laboratory, and field experiences to understand taxonomy, structure, behavior, and identification by sight and song. The 400 species of birds recorded in Ohio will serve as our base of study for the incredible diversity of birds throughout the world. Several Saturday field trips and early morning bird walks are required.
BIOL 211 - Microbiology (5 credits)
Basic principles of bacteriology and virology, stressing structure, metabolism, classification, and application.
BIOL 213 - Mammalian Ecology (4 credits)
Course subject: Mammals are probably the most loved animals, yet their generally cryptic habits make most of them unknown to the average person. Mammalian adaptations include flight, fully aquatic habitats, the fastest land animals, and even fossorial adaption. This course will examine the adaptations of mammals to their varied habitats and modes of living, and examine the taxonomy of the world's mammals, with an emphasis on the diversity of mammals, native to Ohio. Lab experiences will include trapping, tagging (radio telemetry, relocating mammals, census techniques, and exposure to the diversity of mammals.
Course Goal: The goal of this course is to make the student familiar with the taxonomy and ecology of the world's mammals. The student should also become familiar with the techniques used to study mammals
BIOL 215 - Biological Literacy (4 credits)
A study of common sources, methods, and techniques used in scientific writing and in presenting biological literature. There will be a strong emphasis on bibliographic sources as well as written and oral presentations of biological material.
BIOL 217 - Marine Ecology (5 credits)
This course will focus on the ecology of marine systems, particularly nearshore benthic communities. Students will become familiar with the primary literature and classic studies that helped to define marine community ecology, as well as the processes that structure a variety of marine communities. Lab exercises may include collection, identification and enumeration of sediment-dwelling invertebrates, comparisons of species diversity of different habitats, and general diversity of marine organisms in a variety of habitats.
BIOL 218 - Field Studies-Marine Ecology (1 credit)
A five-day trip to the coast of North Carolina to study the variety of marine communities in the area.
BIOL 219 - Pharmacology (5 credits)
This course shows biology majors and minors the effects of particular chemicals on human physiology. Humans interact with many pharmacological agents on a regular basis. These agents range from prescription to illicit drugs, as well as contact with environmental chemicals. The primary focus of this course is the effects of these chemicals on the nervous system. Some of the pharmacological agents to be studied will include cocaine, barbiturates, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and oral contraceptives. In addition, the course will focus on chemicals encountered in the environment, i.e. pesticides. and their effects on wildlife and human populations.
BIOL 220 - Neurobiology (5 credits)
This course introduces biology majors and minors to the intricacies of the nervous system. The course begins with the basics of neuronal communication and then moves to the organization of the nervous system (particularly the brain) into various systems as well as the visual, auditory, and motor systems. Laboratories will focus on the anatomy and current understanding of the mammalian brain. To this end, laboratories will include dissection of mammalian brains, interpretation of CAT scans and MRIs, and an independent project.
BIOL 225 - Oceanography (4 credits)
Oceanography is one of the most integrative of all the sciences, and this fact will be reflected in this course. The course is an introduction to the major systems of the marine environment: physical, chemical, biological, and geological, with an emphasis on the interactions and interconnections of these four traditional disciplines of oceanography. Topics include origin of the oceans, plate tectonics, major ocean currents, the role of the ocean in atmospheric dynamics, life in the oceans, and cycling of energy, heat, and inorganic nutrients. We will also focus on human impacts on ocean systems and the impacts that the oceans do now and can in the future have on human societies.
BIOL 304 - Animal Physiology (5 credits)
This course focuses on the function of organ systems and adaptations for survival. The survey includes respiration, circulation, digestion and metabolism, thermoregulation, osmoregulation and excretion, locomotion and biomechanics, and the nervous system. The topics will be placed in an evolutionary and ecological framework. Laboratory exercises will supplement the lecture topics with hands-on experiences
BIOL 309 - Immunology (5 credits)
This course introduces the field of immunology with respect to its molecular, cellular, and organismal components and their functions in health and disease. Special emphasis is placed upon the genetics, embryology, endocrinology, and aging of the immune system. The laboratory portion of the course provides hands -on experience with modern experimental methodologies and supports concepts discussed in lecture. A significant portion of the laboratory will be centered on utilization of a flow cytometer to study the immune system. Taught every year.
BIOL 490 - Independent Study (Variable 1-4 credits)
BIOL 492 - Directed Research (Variable 1-4 credits)
This research is for biology majors and is writing intensive.
This research consists of investigation of various biological topics by laboratory or field observations, experimentation, and data collection. The final results are presented as a paper in proper journal format and/or oral presentation. May be taken more than once, however, only 5 credits will count toward the Biology major. See Dr. Lewis, Chair, for details if needed.
BIOL 493 - Internship (Variable 1-5 credits)
The Internship is for junior or senior biology majors and minors and is writing intensive. Only 5 credits will count toward the Biology major. The Internship consists of various work, laboratory of field experiences, which can be developed, with the aid of a Department faculty member, for academic experience. Evaluation materials variable with credit or no credit grade given.
BIOL 494 - Ecological Research Methods (1-4 credits)
This course will focus on basic and applied research in the field of Ecology. Experimental design use of statistics, and improvement of organizational and writing skills will be stressed. Each student is requied to conduct a research project and to write and present orally the results of the study.
BIOL 494 - Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics (5 credits)
This course will focus on the molecular basis of heredity, beginning with an introduction to DNA structure, replication, and transcription, then move to a consideration of the entire genetic makeup of an organism: the genome. Students will investigate the components of a gene, the arrangement of genes on the chromosome and the regulation of gene expression. They will also learn the computational and laboratory methods used in chromosome mapping and genome sequencing. Emphasis will be placed on sequence comparison as a means to learn more about gene structure and prediction, protein structure and function, and evolutionary relationships between species. We will take advantage of the extensive data available through on-line databases of the human genome and other gene sequences.
Prerequisites: Bio 200, Chem 11162, and one of the following: Bio 209, 211, 302, 305, 309, or Chem 271.
BIOL 496 - Senior Capstone (4 credits)
M. Goodman and J. Welch
The capstone course culminates the student's education in biology. Central concepts in biology will be discussed, with a focus on the primary literature and the process of scientific discovery. These concepts range from the molecular level through organismal biology to populations and ecosystems. The inter-relatedness of different disciplines within biology will be emphasized. In this course students develop skills in presenting scientific material in both oral and written form. This writing-intensive course is required of all biology majors and is intended to be taken during the senior year.