Biology (BIO) at Virginia Highlands Community College


         
 
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BIO 1 - Foundations of Biology
Develops a basic understanding of plant and animal form, function, and relationships. Prepares students who have a deficiency in high school biology May be repeated for credit.
Lecture 1-4 hours. Laboratory 0-9 hours. Total 1-12 hours per week.
1-4 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 biological processes with a chemical foundation, including macromolecules, 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 the process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part I of a two-course sequence. Assignments require college-level reading fluency, coherent written communication, and basic mathematical skills. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 101 Detailed Outline
BIO 102 - General Biology II
Focuses on biological processes with a chemical foundation, including macromolecules, 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 the 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.
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or Departmental Permission
4 credits
BIO 102 Detailed Outline
BIO 106 - Life Science
Surveys the basic concepts of life science. Engages in the scientific process by developing hypotheses, gathering data, and analyzing results. Explores topics within the context of the societal implications of science. Intended for students not majoring in science. Assignments require college-level reading fluency, coherent written communication, and basic mathematical skills.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 106 Detailed Outline
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 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
Presents the study of anatomy & physiology including anatomical terminology, homeostasis, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Part I of II. Assignments require college-level reading fluency, coherent written communication, and basic mathematical skills.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Corequisite: Demonstration of NAS 2 concepts of Chemical Concepts, Cytology, and Inheritance through NAS 2 completion; or assessment; or module completion; or equivalent.
4 credits
BIO 141 Detailed Outline
BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Continues study of anatomy and physiology including endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory system, urinary system, fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, digestive system and nutrient metabolism, reproductive system, and prenatal development. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 141 with a grade of C or better.
4 credits
BIO 142 Detailed Outline
BIO 145 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
Surveys human anatomy and physiology. Covers basic chemical concepts, cellular physiology, anatomy, and physiology of human organ systems. Assignments require college-level reading fluency, coherent written communication, and basic mathematical skills.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 145 Detailed Outline
BIO 149 - Microbiology for Allied Health
Studies the characteristics of microorganisms that are especially important to programs in the Allied Health fields. This course also emphasizes these characteristics in regard to individual and community health.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
Prerequisites: ENG 03, ENG 05, MTH 04, and NAS 05.
1 credits
BIO 150 - Microbiology for Health Science
Focuses on the general characteristics, cellular structure, and metabolism of microorganisms. Emphasizes microbial relationships with individual and community health. Includes impact of microbes on human health and disease, microbial pathogenicity, identifying and managing infectious diseases and controlling microbial growth, healthcare associated infections and epidemiology. Studies aseptic culturing techniques with hands-on experience in safe microbiology practices.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 141
4 credits
BIO 150 Detailed Outline
BIO 151 - Human Gross Anatomy I
Introduces students to human anatomy through dissection of a cadaver. Human Gross Anatomy I includes dissection of back, chest and abdominal muscles, spinal cord structures and upper and lower limb structures. Human Gross Anatomy II includes dissection of thoracic, abdomino-pelvic and cranial cavities. Part I of II.
Laboratory 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIO 141.
1 credits
BIO 152 - Human Gross Anatomy II
Introduces students to human anatomy through dissection of a cadaver. Human Gross Anatomy I includes dissection of back, chest and abdominal muscles, spinal cord structures and upper and lower limb structures. Human Gross Anatomy II includes dissection of thoracic, abdomino-pelvic and cranial cavities. Part II of II.
Laboratory 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIO 141.
1 credits
BIO 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to access the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 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 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
Explores the structure and function of microorganisms and their relationship to the environment and humans. Emphasizes the various groups of microorganisms, their growth and metabolism, roles in the functioning of ecosystems, genetics, their roles in human health, the use of microbes in industrial applications and biotechnology and methods of microbial control.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: ENG 111, BIO 101, BIO 102, and CHM 111 Corequisite: CHM 112
4 credits
BIO 205 Detailed Outline
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.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 and CHM 111.
4 credits
BIO 206 Detailed Outline
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
BIO 215 Detailed Outline
BIO 220 - Immunology
Provides students with and in-depth understanding of the mammalian immune system. Students begin with a detailed study of the immune system components and move on to an integrated look at the immune response with respect to clinical applications and human health.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 or equivalent and BIO 150 or equivalent.
3 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.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 & BIO 102 or equivalent.
4 credits
BIO 256 Detailed Outline
BIO 270 - General Ecology
Studies interrelationships between organisms and their natural and cultural environments with emphasis on populations, communities, and ecosystems.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Any two of the following prerequisites: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 110, BIO 120
4 credits
BIO 270 Detailed Outline
BIO 276 - Freshwater Ecology
Applies ecosystem concepts to freshwater habitats. Includes laboratory and field work.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 & BIO 102 or divisional approval.
4 credits
BIO 278 - Coastal Ecology
Investigates beach, saltmarsh, and estuarine ecosystems including the effects of chemical, geological, and physical factors upon the distribution of organisms. Discusses the effects of pollution and human manipulation of the coastline. Includes observation and identification of coastal plants and animals, and analysis of the dynamics of coastal community structure and function in a field-based setting.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
BIO 285 - Biological Problems in Contemporary Society
Discusses major biological problems facing society which may include environmental and health concerns such as pollution, bioengineering, drug abuse, conservation, famine and others.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 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