Department of Biology - Courses

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  • BIO 103 - Biology: Its Human Implications I.

    Introductory presentation of scientific approaches to nutrition, genetics, and plant biology and their applications to human needs. Intended for non-science majors.

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  • BIO 104 - Biology: Its Human Implications II.

    Complementary to BIO 103. Study of human anatomy and physiology, reproduction, development, and evolution in relation to questions of human health and ecology. Intended for non-science majors.

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  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology.

    Introduction to basic principles of biology relating to biodiversity. Survey of microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals, including aspects of classification, development, structure (anatomy) and function (physiology). emphasizing guided discovery and critical thinking.

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  • BIO 113 - Principles of Biology.

    Introduction to basic principles of biology relating to cell structure and function, cell reproduction and mechanisms underlying patterns of inheritance, ecology and evolution. emphasizing guided discovery and critical thinking.

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  • BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics.

    Elementary treatment of basic microbiological principles.

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  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I.

    Study of the structure and function of cells, tissues and four human body systems; emphasis on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.

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  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

    Study of the structure and function of the human endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, reproductive and respiratory systems.

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  • BIO 299 - Michigan Spring Flora.

    A field and laboratory course designed to acquaint students with the flowering plants of Michigan. Modern techniques of collecting, preserving, field and laboratory identifying, and determining local distribution.

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  • BIO 301 - Biostatistics.

    Analysis of quantitative data from biological sources, using basic statistical procedures to elucidate biological phenomena. Mathematical derivations and probabilistic theory not stressed;

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  • BIO 316 - Anatomy and Morphology of Plants.

    Detailed survey of anatomical and morphological variation in the plant kingdom including ferns, fern allies, and seed plants. Stresses structure and function in the context of ecological adaptation.

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  • BIO 319 - Human Reproduction and Development.

    Human reproductive anatomy and physiology; nervous and hormonal control of sex cell production, coitus, and menstruation. Fertilization, embryonic development, and birth.

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  • BIO 323 - Statistical Packages.

    Introduction to collection and interpretation of data utilizing computer technology. Value and utility of statistical tools and computer technology as a technical adjunct for critical inquiry

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  • BIO 326 - Cell Biology.

    Biological systems from molecular to gross cell structure: such concepts as energy conversion, organization, growth, homeostasis, and cellular interactions. Examples from both animal and plant kingdoms.

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  • BIO 327 - Ecology.

    Study of the ecological interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. Includes evolutionary principles, abiotic and biotic limiting factors, population growth and regulation,

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  • BIO 328 - Genetics.

    Principles of inheritance from molecular through population levels. Gene action, cytoplasmic inheritance, parthenogenesis, mutation, and homeostasis.

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  • BIO 373 - Biogeography.

    Geographic distribution of plants and animals, past and present, as influenced by geological, biological, geographical, human, and other factors. Mass extinctions, geographic diffusion,

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  • BIO 376 - Economic Plants.

    Study of cultivated plants: economic, historical, and cultural perspectives. Plants used for ornamentals, dyes, perfumes, alcohol, and energy; emphasis on food and medicinal plants.

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  • BIO 400 - Marine Biology.

    Introduction to chemical and physical oceanography and study of the biology of marine organisms in several marine ecosystems.

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  • BIO 405 - Microbiology Lecture.

    Biology of microorganisms with emphasis on prokaryotes and viruses. Includes microbial anatomy, physiology, growth, genetics, control and medical aspects of host-parasite relationships.

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  • BIO 406 - Microbiology Lab.

    Laboratory study of microbial life, building skills in fundamental microbiological laboratory techniques to include microscopy, aseptic and pure culture techniques, and an introduction to the identification,

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  • BIO 407 - Human Macroscopic Anatomy.

    Detailed study of the macroscopic structure of the human body, following a systems approach to the study of human anatomy. Laboratory involves the study of anatomical models and cadaver specimens.

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  • BIO 408 - Comparative Anatomy.

    Evolutionary and developmental aspects of the gross structure of representative chordate animals.

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  • BIO 412 - Developmental Biology.

    Survey of the gross morphological, cellular, and molecular aspects of cellular differentiation and organismic development in multicellular eukaryotes. Emphasis on experimental approaches

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  • BIO 417 - Stream Biology and Monitoring.

    The biology of stream algae, macrophytes and macroinvertebrates. Stream surveys involving habitat analysis and collection, identification and utilization of these organisms as measures of stream health versus degradation.

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  • BIO 418 - Lectures in Histology and Organology.

    Microscopic structure and function of mammalian cells, tissues and organs.

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  • BIO 419 - Histology and Organology Laboratory.

    Identification of mammalian cells, tissues and organs.

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  • BIO 420 - Invertebrate Biology.

    Functional morphology and biology of the major groups of invertebrate animals.

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  • BIO 421 - Mammalogy.

    Study of the major groups of mammals; natural history, physiology, anatomy, and systematics of all living orders; North American mammals classified to family.

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  • BIO 422 - Principles of Horticulture.

    Biology of horticultural plants including structure, metabolism, development, reproduction, and interaction with the horticultural environment.

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  • BIO 423 - Wildlife Ecology and Management.

    Application of basic ecological knowledge to populations of animals and their plant and animal associates. Dynamics of animal and plant populations and communities;

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  • BIO 424 - Wetlands Management.

    Applied course in biology covering applications of concepts, methods and techniques relating to wetlands. Relationships among soils, topography, vegetation and land use;

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  • BIO 425 - Immunology.

    Physiology and chemistry of resistance to infection and responses to foreign biological substances of a potentially harmful nature. Includes natural immunity, antigen-antibody reactions,

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  • BIO 426 - Wildlife Policy and Law.

    Policy sciences approach to wildlife issues, such as ecology, “native” and introduced species, ex situ and in situ conservation, wildlife and ethnoscience, wildlife use and trade. Local policies;

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  • BIO 428 - Basic Pharmacology.

    Basic principles of pharmacology and concepts of cell biology and physiology useful to the field. Molecular pharmacology (receptor structure and activation, and signal transduction),

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  • BIO 431 - Comparative Animal Physiology.

    Detailed comparative study of invertebrate and vertebrate physiology with special emphasis on environmental and energy interrelationships.

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  • BIO 432 - Mammalian Physiology.

    Detailed study of organ and organ-system function in mammals; emphasis on human function.

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  • BIO 433 - Premedical Gross Anatomy.

    Detailed study of the gross structure of the human body. Laboratory involves cadaver dissection. Lecture and laboratory.

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  • BIO 436 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

    Metabolic abilities of microorganisms as vital components of all ecosystems and their extreme economic importance to man. Includes environmental microbiology and elemental cycling;

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  • BIO 438 - Medical Bacteriology.

    Biology of medically significant prokaryotes. Morphology, growth characteristics, virulence factors, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of bacterial diseases of major medical importance,

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  • BIO 439 - Clinical Mycology.

    Study of the physiology, growth and classification of fungi, with emphasis on clinical application.

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  • BIO 440 - Mycology Laboratory.

    Identification of fungi; experiments in physiology, nutrition, symbioses.

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  • BIO 443 - Limnology.

    Interactions of biotic communities with their physical and chemical environments examined in both natural and polluted lakes and streams.

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  • BIO 444 - Neuroscience.

    Study of the structure and function of the human nervous system from ion channels to neural pathways.

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  • BIO 445 - Regional Anatomy.

    Study of regional human anatomy with emphasis on neurovascular relationships of the head, neck, thoracic cavity and limbs. Lecture and laboratory involving cadaver dissection.

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  • BIO 446 - Animal Behavior.

    Animal behavior studies through the use of comparative and ethological methods. Discussion of species-specific behaviors, ontogeny of behavior, motivation, perceptual processes, learning, social behavior, communication, and evolution.

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  • BIO 447 - Biomechanics of Exercise and Sports.

    Concepts and theories of biomechanics of exercise science, with emphasis on biomechanical form and techniques used in exercise and sports.  Labs involve physical participation in functionally relevant activities

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  • BIO 450 - Parasitology.

    Study of the major groups of parasitic protists and animals, with particular emphasis on those infecting humans and the higher vertebrates.

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  • BIO 453 - Evolution and Adaptation.

    Fundamentals of plant and animal evolution. Includes genetics of populations, selection models, geographic variation, adaptation, population structure, mating systems, species concepts, and molecular evolution.

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  • BIO 455 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Fishes.

    Introduction to ichthyology. Anatomy, behavior, ecology, evolution and physiology of fishes; ecology and management concepts fishery managers use to meet objectives including sustainable management of fisheries.

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  • BIO 456 - Herpetology.

    Aspects of taxonomy, evolution, morphology, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior and conservation for amphibians and reptiles; identification of families and selected species.

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  • BIO 460 - Conservation Biology.

    Examination of the principles underlying attempts to conserve biodiversity. Conservation values and ethics, global biodiversity, species conservation, community level conservation, and management and design of reserves.

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  • BIO 462 - Molecular Biology of Plants.

    Survey of the molecular biology of plants. Gene regulation in response to environmental conditions, coordinated regulation of nuclear and plasmid genes, transposons, control of plant development.

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  • BIO 463 - Molecular Biology of Plants Laboratory.

    Cell and molecular biological techniques used to study gene expression in plants. May include isolation of chloroplasts, SDS-PAGE, PCR and various plant tissue culture techniques.

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  • BIO 464 - Plant Physiology Lecture.

    Growth, development, and maintenance of higher plants by the interaction of metabolic and physical processes. Emphasis on how changes in gene and enzyme interaction at the cellular level affect the physiology

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  • BIO 467 - Molecular Biology of Procaryotes.

    Survey of the molecular biology of procaryotic organisms. DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, and mechanisms regulating gene expression at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels;

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  • BIO 468 - Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes.

    Survey of the molecular biology of eucaryotic organisms. DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, DNA rearrangements, and mechanisms regulating gene expression;

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  • BIO 472 - Topics in Medical Genetics.

    Basic medical genetic concepts and the role of genes in human disease processes and susceptibilities. Students learn to appreciate the high incidence and broad spectrum of human genetic diseases,

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  • BIO 477 - Biology Senior Seminar.

    Critical analysis of current biological research. Students learn to communicate biological concepts to other scientists and to the public using written (papers and posters) and oral (presentation) formats.

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  • BIO 480 - Field Biology.

    Studies of individuals, populations and communities of the Great Lakes area with emphasis on field identification of vascular plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Organismal adaptations, habitat preferences,

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  • BIO 481 - Field Studies in Biology.

    Lectures on, and individual study of, the flora, fauna, and geology of a selected area of the country, culminating in a field trip to that region. Each student is given a special problem to investigate.

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  • BIO 483 - Special Topics.

    In-depth examination of selected topics of special interest to biologists. Course content, format and prerequisites vary with the topic presented.

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  • BIO 484 - Biology of Birds.

    Introduction to ornithology with emphasis on field identification of the birds of southern Michigan. Field trips to a variety of habitats in the region. Laboratory study of morphology;

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  • BIO 485 - Pathology.

    Human structural and functional disorders, mechanisms by which they arise, and systemic effects.

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  • BIO 488 - Systematic Botany.

    Identification, classification, and phylogeny of vascular plants. Includes nomenclature, principles of systematics, contemporary methods, sources of systematic evidence, collection techniques,

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  • BIO 490 - Co-op Experience.

    Biology-oriented workplace experience. Each student works with a faculty advisor who supervises the co-op experience and creates a written report and oral presentation or poster session of research activities.

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  • BIO 491 - Independent Study.

    Individual work for qualified students involving search of original sources in the literature, preparation of abstracts, and examination of material. Problems may involve special techniques, field problems,

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  • BIO 492 - Teaching Practicum in Biology.

    Teaching experience in a supervised college laboratory or field setting. Students are assigned to a specific course, based on interest and experience. Involves supervision of one or two lab sections per week,

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  • BIO 494 - Honors Independent Research.

    Specific research to pilot the experiments to be performed during student’s program of off-campus research.

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  • BIO 495 - Honors Thesis I.

    Credit and grade for BIO 495 are not given until successful completion

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  • BIO 496 - Honors Thesis II.
    Prior or concurrent election of BIO 495; consent of Department Chair.

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