Course Descriptions:

NATURAL SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENTS
Organismal Biology

BIOL 101 | Introductory Botany (4 credit hours)
This course examines the foundation principles of biology with special emphasis on anatomy, morphology, life cycles, reproduction, evolution and diversity of plants and related organisms. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

BIOL 102 | Introductory Zoology (4 credit hours)
This course examines the foundation principles of biology with special emphasis on anatomy, morphology, life cycles, reproduction, evolution and diversity of animals and related organisms. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

BIOL 301 |Microbiology (4 credit hours)
An introduction to the biology of prokaryotic, eukaryotic, and viral microbes; the diseases associated with microbes; and basic microbiology lab techniques. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102, or BIOL 210

BIOL 311 | Evolution and Systematic Biology (3 credit hours)
Evolution is the core theory of modern biology and all biology depends upon a robust systematic hypothesis of evolutionary relationship among organisms. This course presents the fundamental concepts of the modern Evolutionary Synthesis: adaptation, niche and population variation; microevolution; speciation and species isolation; systematic theory; phenetic and phylogenetic classification; and zoological nomenclature.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: BIOL 101, BIOL 102

BIOL 317 | Ecology (4 credit hours)
The interactions among organisms and environment are studied in this course including major foci on ecology of the individual, population ecology, and community ecology. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: BIOL 101, BIOL 102

BIOL 404 | Genetics (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to molecular, cellular, organismal, developmental and population genetics.
Components:
Lecture
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: BIOL 101, BIOL 102

Biological Chemistry

BIOL 330 | Cellular Biology (3 credit hours)
Cellular Biology is an interdisciplinary class administered jointly by the Chemistry and Biology departments. The class is intended to provide the students with a detailed look at the organization and the chemistry of living cells. The course will teach students to understand and appreciate cellular structure and function through the understanding of structure in molecular terms and function in terms of chemical reactions and events.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: CHEM 102 and BIOL 102

CHEM 101 | General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
An introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Such topics as atomic theory, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, solutions, and pH are covered. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

CHEM 102 | General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
This course is an application of the fundamentals of chemistry, including states of matter, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: CHEM 101

Final Defense

BIOL 495 | Senior Competency Exam (0 credit hours)
Components: Exhibition/Recitals
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

BIOCHEMICAL SCIENCE OPTION
Advanced Biological Chemistry and Systems

CHEM 205 | Principles of Qualitative Analysis (4 credit hours)
This course presents the fundamental principles of qualitative analysis and their technical application in the laboratory. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: CHEM 101, CHEM 102

CHEM 303 | Organic Chemistry I (5 credit hours)
This course introduces the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: CHEM 101, CHEM 102

CHEM 304 | Organic Chemistry II (5 credit hours)
This course is a continuation of Chem 303 with emphasis on the chemistry and detection of functional groups. The laboratory emphasis is on methods of qualitative organic analysis. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisite required: CHEM 303

CHEM 431 | Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques (4 credit hours)
The chemical foundations of molecular biology with an emphasis on the molecular aspects of intermediary metabolism are studied. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components:
Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes:
Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group:
Prerequisites required: CHEM 301 or CHEM 303

Choose one (1) of the following three (3) course options

BIOL 315 | Introductory Immunology (3 credit hours)
This class is intended to provide students with basic concepts on the subject of immunology. The course will introduce students to defense mechanism of the body and nomenclature of immunology as well as the components of innate and adaptive immune responses. Students learn and appreciate the broad area of immunology and its importance as a frontier discipline of biomedical sciences. Students will understand types of immune responses and their general properties.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: CHEM 102 and BIOL 102

OR

CHEM 206 | Principles of Quantitative Analysis (4 credit hours)
This course continues to present the fundamental principles of quantitative analysis and their technical application in the laboratory. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: CHEM 205

OR

CHEM 461 | Molecular Biology and Molecular Techniques (4 credit hours)
The foundation techniques of molecular biology with an emphasis on the molecular nature and function of genes and contemporary molecular techniques. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.
Components: Lecture/Lab Combined
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: CHEM 431

Capstone/Practicum
Choose one (1) of the following three (3) course options

BIOL 412 | Experimental Biology (3 credit hours)
Students will conceive, design and conduct a self-contained experimental research project in biology. The resulting data and conclusions will be reported in the form of a platform presentation and a technical manuscript. This is a capstone course for the Biological Science option and includes a student senior competency defense.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisites required: For Juniors & Seniors Only, BIOL 101, and BIOL 102

OR

BIOL 490 | Undergraduate Research Thesis (3 credit hours)
Type I and Type II thesis options are available and are completed in close cooperation with a faculty mentor. Type I Option: the student will conceive, design and conduct an independent experimental research project in natural science. The resulting data and conclusions will be reported in the form of a platform presentation to a professional society and/or a technical manuscript submitted for review/publication in a professional scientific journal. Type II Option: the student will conceive, design and conduct an independent review of the technical literature on a specific topic in natural science. The resulting literature review and synthesis will be reported in the form of a platform presentation to a professional society and/or a technical manuscript submitted for review/publication in a professional scientific journal. This is a capstone course for the Biological, Wildlife or Biochemical Science options and includes a student senior competency defense. Arranged.
Components: Research
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science

OR

CHEM 490 | Undergraduate Research Thesis (3 credit hours)
Type I and Type II thesis options are available and are completed in close cooperation with a faculty mentor. Type I Option: the student will conceive, design and conduct an independent experimental research project in natural science. The resulting data and conclusions will be reported in the form of a platform presentation to a professional society and/or a technical manuscript submitted for review/publication in a professional scientific journal. Type II Option: the student will conceive, design and conduct an independent review of the technical literature on a specific topic in natural science. The resulting literature review and synthesis will be reported in the form of a platform presentation to a professional society and/or a technical manuscript submitted for review/publication in a professional scientific journal. This is a capstone course for the Biological, Wildlife or Biochemical Science options and includes a student senior competency defense. Arranged.
Components: Research
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Natural Science