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Biology Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


BIO 101 - Concepts of Biology  (IAI: L1900) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction to the concepts of biology, including cells, energetics, genetics, evolution and ecology, with an emphasis on human applications. Non-laboratory course.

BIO 102 - Introductory Biology  (IAI: L1900L) (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 095 with a grade of "C" or better or qualifying score on Placement test.

test Introduction to the concepts of biology, including cells, energetics, genetics, evolution, and ecology, with an emphasis on human applications. A lab science course for students applying to allied health science programs and ADN programs to complete the Prerequisite for Biology 185. This course is also designed to complete the Group V (Physical & Life Sciences) requirements. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 103 - Environmental Biology  (IAI: L1905L) (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A study of ecological principles - populations, ecosystems, biomes, diversity of living organisms. Emphasis on how humans interact with their environment- natural resources, pollution, conservation. A lab science course for non-science majors or students with no previous experience in science. BIO 102 is not a Prerequisite for this class. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 104 - Microbes and Society  (IAI: L1903) (3, 3)

An introduction to the basic concepts of biology, including cells, energetics, genetics, evolution, and ecology, using microorganisms as examples. Additional topics include a survey of microorganisms, their economic and ecological roles, and their roles in health, disease, and biotechnology. Non-laboratory course.

BIO 105 - General Biology I  (IAI: L1900L, IAI: BIO 910) (4, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 095 with a grade of C or better or qualifying score on Placement test, High school Biology or concurrent enrollment in chemistry recommended.

An introduction to the basic principles of biology with an emphasis on biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, reproduction and development. Intended for science majors. The BIO 105-106 sequence is recommended for students transferring to university programs requiring a full year of general biology. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 106 - General Biology II  (IAI: BIO 910) (4, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: BIO 105 with a grade of "C" or better required; prior or concurrent coursework in chemistry recommended.

A continuation of BIO 105. Introduction to the basic principles of biology with an emphasis on the diversity of living organisms, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, evolution, ecology and behavior. Intended for science majors. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 115 - Human Body Structure (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 102 recommended.

Organization, control, and integration of the human body systems. Covers cells, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, urinary, and reproductive systems, with an emphasis on anatomy. For Pharm. Tech., Emer. Med. Tech., LPN, Biomed Elec. Tech., Medical Secy., Medical Transcriptionist and Human Services Associate students. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 152 - Man and His Environment  (IAI: L1905) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A study of current environmental problems and issues, possible solutions, and future implications. Covers overpopulation, pollution, energy use, and the biodiversity crisis. Non-laboratory course.

BIO 185 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: BIO 102 or BIO 105, grade of "C" or better required.

Organization, control and integration of the human body systems. Covers the cell, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and endocrine system. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 186 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: BIO 185, grade of "C" or better required

A continuation of BIO 185. Covers the cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestion and nutrition, the urinary system and fluids and electrolytes, and the reproductive system. Laboratory included.  Fee.

BIO 224 - Microbiology (4, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, BIO 105 or BIO 185, grade of "C" or better required.

A study of life processes using microorganisms as a model. Covers protozoa, algae, fungi and viruses with an emphasis on bacteria. Provides a background for study in health-related professional fields, as well as a foundation for advanced courses in biology. Laboratory included.  Fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Biology 111, 121 and 122 are now Biology 115, 185 and 186.

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