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Health Science Course Listings - Spring 2013


BIOLOGY 220 – Neurobiology
5 credits
Pederson, Cathy

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
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 MRIs and an independent project.

BIOL 223 - Survey of Human Disease
4 credits
Mason, David

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
This course considers the major diseases that affect the human organism.  It includes what causes the disease, clinical signs and symptoms, treatment, and prevention.  A general overview of disease is considered first, including infections, autoimmune, genetic diseases, and cancer, to be followed by specific disease problems relating to each organ system.

BIOLOGY 237 - Microbiology
5 credits
Yoder, Jay

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
Basic principles of bacteriology and virology, stressing structure, metabolism, classification, and application.

BIOLOGY 326 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credits
Pederson, Cathy

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180 and one upper-level biology course
Students will learn about the major systems of the human body in both lecture and laboratory.  Topics to be discussed include the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and urinary systems.  Disease states will also be discussed.  Assessment will include 3 written examinations, writing assignments, and a final examination.  One credit laboratory course offered separately in conjunction with this course (Biology 327). Offered every year.

BIOLOGY 328W - Electron Microscopy/Comparative Microscopic Anatomy
5 credits
Gribbins, Kevin

Prerequisites:  Biology 170 and 180
This course deals with the preparation of vertebrate tissues, sectioning, and staining followed by the study of the basic structure and normal function of cells and tissues of multiple vertebrate taxa by means of light and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The lab component will include both a student driven project (either light or TEM) and prepared slides that are either made by the students or are catalog purchased. Students have the potential to gather enough morphological data from their specific projects to present at local or national scientific meetings.  This course is writing intensive.

EDUC 111 -  Human Development:  Birth through Middle Childhood
2 credits
Yontz, Brian

Concurrent registration in EDUC 120.
The course focuses upon the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and moral development of children from birth through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed upon the interactions of nature and social/cultural contexts that explain the wide range of diversity of students of this age level. Family constellations will be of particular focus. The course provides an examination of human development prior to age three to acquaint the student with knowledge about children prior to their entry into formal education and provides an examination of human development through middle childhood years so students acquire an appreciation for the full range of human development related to early and middle childhood. The course is designed for students seeking licensure in Early, Middle Childhood and Multi-Age fields. Field experience of five hours is required.

EDUC 113 - Human Development and Learning Theory:  Adolescence - Young Adult
1 credit
Fraley, Phil

Completion of Education 111 is recommended.  For students who have not yet completed Education 111, concurrent registration is required

The course is an extension of the content developed in Education 111 and is designed for students seeking multi-age licensure in art, drama/theater, foreign language, music, and special education. The course focuses upon the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development of the adolescent through young adult school-age population. Emphasis is place upon interactions of nature and social/cultural contexts that explain the wide range of diversity of students. Field experience of five hours is required.

GEOG 292S - Population Geography
4 credits
Medvedkov, Olga

Prerequisites:  None
This course studies population dynamic around the World, zooming on some specific countries and issues. Problems of overpopulation, health, sustainable development, environmental constrains, migration processes, family planning, and women’s role in society will be addressed during lectures and class discussions. Students will internalize the course concepts and content preparing their research papers on various population issues. This class has an informal lecture/discussion format. 

HFS 250 - Nutrition
4 credits
Martin, Thomas

This course will examine Nutrition as a key to health. It will cover basic human body function and nutritional needs in relation to macronutrients (i.e. carbohydrates, protein and fat), micronutrients (e.g. vitamins and minerals) and water. In addition, it will provide guidelines for designing a healthy diet. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of food intake as it relates to healthy body function and the relationship between sound nutrition and the prevention of disease.

PSYC 232 - Psychology of Adolescence
4 credits
Zembar, Mary Jo

Prerequisite:  Psychology 130 or EDUC 111 or 112
This course examines the physical and psychological consequences of making the transition to adolescence. Current psychological theories and research are presented to clarify the changes that occur during this stage of development.  Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues such as eating disorders, parent-adolescent conflict, peer pressure, teenage motherhood, delinquency, etc. The format of the course includes lecture/discussion, films, and in-class group exercises. Outside assignments include a journal, quizzes, and a group presentation. The class typically meets three times a week and is writing intensive. Service Learning 100 is an option with this course.

PSYC 311 - Behavioral Neuroscience
5 credits
Woehrle, Nancy

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 110.

This course provides the student with a solid background in the biological basis of behavior.  Topics covered in lectures include the study of neurons, gross and fine neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory systems, and the physiological basis of motivation (thirst, hunger, sex, and sleep), emotions, learning, memory, brain damage, and psychopathology.  Final grade is based on four tests, in different formats, a final exam, and laboratory reports on weekly 3-hour laboratory sessions.

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