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Biology

Course Code
BIOL 100  Credits
Title Issues in Human Biology 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Human biology is a wide field that includes human physiology, genetics, medical studies and how humans impact the environment. We are bombarded with information about everything from green tea to intelligent design. Our students will be the scientific resources for their families and peer groups; they need to know how to wade through non-science to get to the facts. This course uses data and "news" to teach students how to properly sift through all this material and logically draw conclusions based on fact. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
BIOL 104  Credits
Title Human Biology 
Lasc Area Goal 3  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Biological basis of human structures and functions with references to genetics, development, nutrition and disease. For non-science majors. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 109  Credits
Title Biology Today 
Lasc Area Goal 3 Lab  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course offers an issues-oriented approach to the learning of biology. This course is designed to encourage critical evaluation of biological information providing students with a biological literacy that will enable them to make appropriate decisions affecting their own lives and the well-being of society. Course should be taken concurrently with Biol 109. For non-science majors; majors or minors in Biology should take Biol 111. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 109L  Credits
Title Biology Today Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Twelve hours of laboratory experience will provide an understanding of the scientific method, the relationship between hypotheses and theories, data collection, analysis, and communication of results. Course should be taken concurrently with Biol 109. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 111  Credits
Title Cell Biology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Fundamental concepts of the structure, function and reproduction of cells. Lab included. 



Course Code
BIOL 111L  Credits
Title Cell Biology Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Lab that accompanies Biol 111 



Course Code
BIOL 115  Credits
Title Organismal Biology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed for biology majors. The course will address biological diversity, primarily in plants and animals. Organismal diversity will be presented within an evolutionary context. Relationships between form and function as well as relationships of organisms to their environments will be addressed. Lab included. 



Course Code
BIOL 115L  Credits
Title Organismal Biology Laboratory 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Lab that accompanies Biol 115. 



Course Code
BIOL 190  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Biology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
BIOL 236  Credits
Title Introduction to Microbiology 
Lasc Area Goal 3 Lab  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Focuses on bacteria, viruses and other microbes and their influence on humans, especially on activities related to human health. Addresses the nature of scientific inquiry, along with key microbiology concepts. Lab is required. Basic laboratory skills include bacterial cultivation, aseptic technique, microscopy, bacterial quantitation. Not intended for students majoring in the biological sciences. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 236L  Credits
Title Intro Microbiology Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Lab for Introduction to Microbiology. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 275  Credits
Title Quantitative Biology 
Prerequisite BIOL 111 MATH 127 BIOL 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The application of mathematics and statistics to biology. With lab that will emphasize computer applications. Two 1.15-hour lectures and one 3-hour lab each week. 



Course Code
BIOL 290  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Biology 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
BIOL 300  Credits
Title Biology of Women 
Lasc Area Goal 3 Lab  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A study of the gender-related aspects of the biology and behavior of women, including a critical examination of research in this field. Appropriate as a elective only for Biology majors who choose the Health and Medical Science emphasis or the Life Science Emphasis. Lab included. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
BIOL 305  Credits
Title General Botany 
Prerequisite BIOL 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed for the biology major and is a comprehensive introduction to the plant kingdom including the following topics: life-history, reproduction, structure, and physiology. A laboratory is included and involves self-paced microscopic and macroscopic analysis of living and preserved specimens. 



Course Code
BIOL 305L  Credits
Title General Botany Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Lab that accompanies Biol 305 



Course Code
BIOL 308  Credits
Title Pacific Northwest Ecology 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This three credit summer travel course allows students to study general ecological principles and regional natural history within the context of a variety of ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, including coastal, alpine, freshwater stream, lake, and river, and temperate rainforest systems. The ecological consequences and the science behind specific environmental and conservation issues are explored. The concept of local and global sustainability is a pervasive theme throughout the course. Prerequisite: One college-level science course. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
BIOL 321  Credits
Title Invertebrate Zoology 
Prerequisite BIOL 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a survey of major invertebrate taxa, with some emphasis on insects. Course content includes identification of major groups and their ecology. Some emphasis will be placed on important parasites and agricultural pests. Each student will be responsible for creating a labeled collection of invertebrates. 



Course Code
BIOL 321L  Credits
Title Invertebrate Zoology Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Lab that accompanies Biol 321 



Course Code
BIOL 322  Credits
Title Vertebrate Zoology 
Prerequisite BIOL 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a survey of major vertebrate taxa, with emphasis on the evolutionary relationships among these groups and the interaction between anatomical structure and ecology.