The Biological Sciences curriculum provides a foundation for further study and careers in multiple fields within the life sciences. Our generalized courses give students majoring in other subjects a broad and comprehensive experience in biology. Our specialized courses serve students transferring to four-year, graduate, or professional schools; upon transfer, these students will be prepared for further study in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to Botany, Cell/Molecular Biology, Ecology, Health Sciences, Marine Biology, Pharmacology, and Zoology. Subsequent careers in biotechnology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, research, teaching, among others, all rely on a strong background in the Biological Sciences.
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of biology including basic chemistry and biochemistry, cells and cellular processes, physiology, morphology, behavior, heredity, molecular biology, taxonomy, and ecology. Concepts are taught in a framework that emphasizes the scientific method, evolutionary principles and history, and the interaction between humans and the environment. This course is designed for non-biology majors.
This course provides a hands-on overview of the basic concepts of biology, including biochemistry, cells and cellular processes, physiology, morphology, behavior, heredity, molecular biology, taxonomy, and ecology. Concepts are taught in a framework that emphasizes the scientific method, evolutionary principles and history, and the interaction between humans and the environment. This course is designed for non-biology majors.
This course is an introduction to organismal diversity, structure and function. Groups to be studied and discussed include eubacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The latter two groups will be studied in more detail, concentrating on structure and physiology. The overall emphasis of the course will be on the evolutionary and ecological relationships between organisms. The laboratory will develop skills of analysis and observation as they relate to the preceding topics.
This course will cover principles and applications of the structure and function of biological molecules, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, homeostasis, cell reproduction and its controls, molecular biology, molecular genetics, transmission genetics, cell metabolism including photosynthesis, respiration and viruses. The philosophy of science, scientific method, and experimental design are foundational to the course. The laboratory will develop skills of analysis and observation as they relate to the preceding topics.
This course is an examination and analysis of the biological sciences within the context of the interrelationship between human populations and their natural surroundings. The characteristics of natural systems are described and the effects and impacts of human activities on these systems are considered. The course introduces the principles of scientific inquiry and experimental methodology in the study of ecological concepts and environmental issues. Alternatives and approaches to deal with environmental problems are considered and evaluated.
This is an introductory course in the principles of biology, with special emphasis on the structure and function of the human being. It provides a study of body systems and their relationship to health or disease as well as a discussion of the roles and effects of human beings in the biological world.
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of biology in a field setting. Emphasis will be placed on the adaptation of organisms to their particular environment. Topics will include evolution, niche, population dynamics, community, ecosystems, energy flow and terrestrial biomes. Field trips will stress identification and classification of common plants and animals.
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of modern genetics with specific reference to the human being. Through the study of mechanisms of human inheritance, the origin and nature of human differences will be examined. Social, political and psychological ramifications of biological laws governing heredity and organic evolution will be emphasized.
This course is an introduction to marine biology, with emphasis on the physiology, morphology, taxonomy, ecology, evolution, and natural history of marine organisms. The conservation of the marine environment will also be covered.
This course is a laboratory and field study of marine organisms and environments. Students will examine biological principles utilizing the scientific method.
This course offers specialized study opportunities for students who wish to pursue projects not included in the regular curriculum. Students are accepted only by a written project proposal approved by the discipline prior to enrollment.
This course offers students who are volunteers (unpaid) an opportunity to obtain work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designate faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal.
This course offers students who are employed in the field an opportunity to expand their work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal.