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BIO 20 - Introduction to Human Systems
Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology. Discusses cells, tissues, and selected human systems.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
BIO 98 - 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 100 - Basic Human Biology
Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology. Discusses cells, tissues, and selected human systems.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 106 - Life Science
Provides a topical approach to basic biological principles. Includes the scientific process, characteristics of living organisms, molecular aspects of cells, bioenergetics, cellular and organismal reproduction genetics, evolution, and ecology.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
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 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 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 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 199 - 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 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 215 - Plant Life of Virginia
Focuses on identification and ecological relationships of the native plants of Virginia. Emphasizes the natural communities of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, ferns, and some invasive species.
Lecture 2 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
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BIO 227 - Animal Life of Virginia
Focuses on ecology and identification of the native animal species of Virginia through discussions, lectures, lab and field exercises. Emphasizes birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates (including insects of field and stream).
Lecture 2 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
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 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 271 - Introduction to Ecological Systems
Examines the basic biological, meteorological and geological/ geographic factors at play in determining various critical ecosystems. Emphasis on wetlands and wetlands reconstruction, endangered and threatened species habitats, and aquatic systems. Remote sensing technology and use of GIS in ecological management will be examined. Prerequisite: BIO 101.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 295 - 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 298 - 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 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