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BIO 99 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 101 - General Biology I
Focuses on foundations in cellular structure, metabolism, and genetics in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part I of a two-course sequence. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits
Readiness to enroll in ENG 111 plus completion of developmental math unit 3 required or placement in unit 4 or above
4 credits
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BIO 102 - General Biology II
Focuses on diversity of life, anatomy and physiology of organisms, and ecosystem organization and processes in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part II of a two-course sequence.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits
Prerequisite is BIO 101
4 credits
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BIO 107 - Biology of the Environment
Presents the basic concepts of environmental science through a topical approach. Includes the scientific method, population growth and migration, use of natural resources and waste management, ecosystem simplification recovery, evolution, biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis and global warming, geological formations, atmosphere and climate, and ozone depletion and acid deposition.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 110 - General Botany
Emphasizes plant life cycles, anatomy, morphology, taxonomy, and evolution. Considers the principles of genetics, ecology, and physiology.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 120 - General Zoology
Presents basic biological principles, and emphasizes structure, physiology and evolutionary relationships of invertebrates and vertebrates.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 145 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduces human anatomy and physiology. Covers basic chemical concepts, cellular physiology, anatomy, and physiology of human organ systems.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6-7 hours per week.
4-5 credits
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BIO 146 - Human Heredity
Surveys basic principles of classical and molecular genetics as applied to humans.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BIO 147 - Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology
Prepares students to work effectively in a scientific laboratory through instruction of the metric system, scientific notation, exponents, solution making, pH readings, and the creation of standard curves for data analysis. Focus will be on quantitative skills needed to perform most basic laboratory work. Skills will be practiced and reinforced through application-based problems and hands on activities.
Lecture Hours: 1, Total Contact Hours: 1
None
1 credits
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BIO 150 - Introductory Microbiology
Studies the general characteristics of microorganisms. Emphasizes their relationships to individual and community health.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 165 - Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for Biotechnology
Prepares students to work effectively in a scientific field and explains the basics of the regulatory and quality environments encountered in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical field. Surveys the principles and practices used on a day-to-day basis in regulatory affairs and quality systems. Pre- or co-requisite: BIO 180.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
BIO 173 - Biology for Biotechnology
Introduces the student to biological concepts essential to the understanding of biotechnology. Focuses on the structural organization, function, and chemical nature of the cell. Studies cellular processes such as membrane transport, information, processing, reproduction and heredity. Emphasizes laboratory methods of biotechnology.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 180 - Introduction to Careers in Biotechnology
Exposes the student to the field of biotechnology including skills, opportunities, and employment opportunities. Introduces the requirements to complete training and facilitates the student's need in the construction of a student plan and educational goal.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
BIO 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 205 - General Microbiology
Examines morphology, genetics, physiology, ecology, and control of microorganisms. Emphasizes application of microbiological techniques to selected fields. Prerequisites one year of college biology and one year of college chemistry or divisional approval.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 206 - Cell Biology
Introduces the ultrastructure and functions of cells. Emphasizes cell metabolism, cell division, and control of gene expression.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and CHM 111
4 credits
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BIO 231 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Integrates the study of gross and microscopic anatomy with physiology, emphasizing the analysis and interpretation of physiological data. Prerequisites one year of college biology and one year of college chemistry or divisional approval. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 232 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Integrates the study of gross and microscopic anatomy with physiology, emphasizing the analysis and interpretation of physiological data. Prerequisites one year of college biology and one year of college chemistry or divisional approval. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 250 - Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills
Provides students with knowledge and advanced laboratory skills needed for employment in the biotechnology industry. Focuses on use of basic and specialized lab equipment and techniques such as solution chemistry, cell culture, DNA extraction and analysis, and protein extraction and analysis. Emphasis in on lab safety, documentation, quality control, and use of SOPs.
Lecture 1 hour, Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
Students are expected to have completed BIO 101 or BIO173. Co-requisite is BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts must either be taken previously or concurrent with enrollment in this course.
3 credits
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BIO 251 - Protein Applications in Biotechnology
Prepares students to understand protein structure and function and teaches the laboratory skills needed to successfully work with proteins. Focuses on levels of protein structure and protein function. Includes common laboratory assays will for protein synthesis, purification, detection, and quantification.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 252 - Nucleic Acid Methods
Provides students with advanced laboratory skills needed for employment in the biotechnology industry. Focuses on use of basic and specialized lab equipment and techniques such as solution chemistry, cell culture, DNA extraction and analysis, protein extraction and analysis. Emphasizes lab safety, documentation, quality control, and use of SOPs.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 253 - Biotechnology Concepts
Explores the growing field of biotechnology ranging from basic cellular and molecular biology concepts to both basic and advanced laboratory techniques. Emphasizes the application of biotechnology to medicine, agriculture, environmental science, and forensics. Includes discussion of the business, regulatory/legal, ethical, and societal issues of this topic as well as the growing field of bioinformatics.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 173, or instructor permission.
3 credits
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BIO 254 - Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology
Integrates principles, theories, and methods learned in prior courses in biotechnology. Promotes exposure to real-world experience through completion of group project(s) having a professional focus. Emphasizes collaboration, literature research, proposal development, and communication and presentation skills. Prerequisite(s): completion of core course in program.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
BIO 255 - Bioinformatics and Computer Applications in Biotechnology
Covers basic computer concepts and Internet skills and uses a software suite, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills as they are applied to biotechnology. Introduces students to basic online tools and resources to retrieve and analyze biological data, such as DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, structures, functions, pathways, and interactions. Includes hands-on sessions to allow students to become familiar with these resources and their navigation and applications.
(2 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
Local
2 credits
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BIO 256 - General Genetics
Explores the principles of genetics ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of the gene. Includes experimental design and statistical analysis. Prerequisite BIO 101-102 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 270 - General Ecology
Studies interrelationships between organisms and their natural and cultural environments with emphasis on populations, communities, and ecosystems. Prerequisite BIO 101-102 or divisional approval.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-9 hours per week.
3-4 credits
BIO 275 - Marine Ecology
Applies ecosystem concepts to marine habitats. Includes laboratory and field work. Prerequisite BIO 101-102 or divisional approval.
Lecture 3 hour. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
BIO 296 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
BIO 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits