Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
BIOL102 Intro to the Biological Sciences Y
This course is an introduction to all living systems from unicellular organisms to the more complex, multi-cellular forms or life. Course content included topics such as mitosis, meiosis, DNA structure, and ecological based studies. These topics will be studied through a two-hour lecture component and a one-hour lab section each week.
BIOL138 Environmental Studies Y
This course is designed to introduce the student to a variety of relationships between organisms and their environment through field trips, lecture, and laboratory formats. Principles of ecology, taxonomy, and naturalism are emphasized, with a focus on human impacts both technological and cultural on the environment. Current readings, integrated science concepts, and professional and personal opinions are also explored through small group discussion. Technological tools are employed for the purpose of scientific inquiry and as a supplement to the content.
BIOL150 Biodiversity, Form, and Function
Concurrent with BIOL 150L This is an introductory course and the first course in the biological sciences for biology majors. It examines the variety of populations, species, and natural communities known as biological diversity. It surveys the five kingdoms (bacteria- like life forms, protozoan life forms, fungi life forms, plants, and animals) and three domains of life on the planet. The relationship of global systems as they pertain to the healthy function of the biosphere is explored. Major biological concepts are presented.
BIOL150L Biodiversity, Form, and Function -Lab
Concurrent with BIOL 150 The laboratory experience is a field-based experience. Students learn how to identify, use keys, and collect and preserve organisms for biological study. Introductory biology hands-on experiences include: microscope work, quantitative and qualitative sampling of natural communities, water quality testing, biomonitoring, and cell structure and function.
BIOL152 Intro to Cell & Molecular Biol
PREREQUISITE: Co-requisite or prerequisite CHEM 130/CHEM 130L. COREQUISITE: Concurrent with BIOL 152L. A review of the pro perties of atoms, chemical bonding, water, polarity, and pH, and an introduction to the structure of major bio-molecules and their relationship to cellular structure and function, including the chromosomal theory of inheritance, mitosis and meiosis , the cell cycle, the biology of DNA and Mendelian/transmission, and molecular genetics.
BIOL152L Intro to Cell & Moleclr Biol Lab
Co-requisite or prerequisite: CHEM 130/130L Concurrent: BIOL 152 Students conduct laboratory experiments in cellular and molecular biology that involve extensive use of both compound and dissecting microscopes, spectrophotometers, and equipment for isolating and manipulating and analyzing proteins and nucleic acids. These experiments emphasize hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection and analysis, using simple statistical tests (i.e., chi square, regression, t-test), and both written and oral reporting of the results. This course is appropriate for students majoring in the sciences.
BIOL200 Basic Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 102 and one course in chemistry; or permission of the instructor Concurrent with BIOL 200L This course introduces students to the fundamental principles in microbiology and their clinical relevance. Topics included in this course are microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, and introductions to immunology and epidemiology.
BIOL200L Basic Microbiology - Lab
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 102 and once course in chemistry; or permission of the instructor Concurrent with BIOL 200 This course provides study in the classification, structure, and metabolism of microorganisms. Laboratory work emphasizes bacterial growth characteristics, methods of culture, and identification of organisms. The role of microbes in food microbiology, industrial, and clinical setting, with emphases on detection and control, are studied.
BIOL201 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology Y
Prerequisite: introductory course in biology or permission of instructor This course offers an introduction to the structure and working of the human body with emphasis on how structure makes function possible and disruptions in either leads to disease. Special emphasis will be placed on the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. The health risks associated with current behavioral and societal issues will be discussed, including drug and alcohol use, smoking, HIV, eating disorders, obesity, heart disease, etc.
BIOL201L Intro to Anatomy & Phys. - Lab
Prerequisite: must take concurrently with BIOL 201 This course provides an introduction to the human body by examination of its structure and functioning. Exercises will reinforce the discussions of the corresponding body system being covered in lecture. Methodology used will include dissection, audiovisual material, and computer software.
BIOL298 Biology Seminar
The seminar course will expose biology majors to a wide range of current scientific issues presented. Topics will expand upon and apply knowledge obtained in core courses. Students will observe and familiarize themselves with proper communication of scientific ideas. This is a repeatable course. This course will be graded S/U.
BIOL300 Immunology
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 325 and 325L or 311 and 311L, BIOL 310, 310L or permission of the instructor. This course emphasizes basic immunological aspects as applied clinically in the hospital today. It includes basic concepts of protein biochemistry, biological basis of immunity, immunological reactions, immunoglobulin, and in vivo and in vitro immunological reactions.
BIOL302 Cell Biology
Prerequisite(s): two courses of biology, including BIOL 152, 152L, and eight hours of chemistry or permission of the instructor. This course provides an in-depth study of structure, function, and molecular pathways of the plant and animal cells. Emphasis will be placed on modern molecular techniques, the functioning of membrane systems, cell-to-cell molecular interactions, cellular signal transduction, protein translation, apoptosis, cellular aspects of embryonic development, and the cellular mechanism of cancer, disease processes, and immune response.
BIOL310 Human Genetics
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 152 and 152L or permission of the instructor This course covers the study of the nature of genetic materials, the fundamental processes of gene replication, and the role of the gene in directing the formation of materials in the cell. Bacterial genetic processes will also be reviewed. Applications of genetic inheritance patterns and populations genetics will be studied.
BIOL310L Human Genetics - Lab
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 and 152L Concurrent with BIOL 310 Molecular techniques of genetic study and manipulation will be explored. Restriction mapping, PCR, electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation will be several of the topics discussed and utilized in the laboratory section.
BIOL320 Botany
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, 150L, 152, and 152L Concurrent with BIOL 320L This class provides an in-depth study of the importance and function of plants in human affairs. It includes an overview of plant structure, functions and reproduction, and use of economically and sociologically important plants. Ecological concepts as they relate to the growth and production of world food crops will also be included. The course has a strong emphasis on the historical development of exploitation of certain plants and the role played in exploration and international development.
BIOL320L Botany - Lab
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, 150L, 152, and 152L Concurrent with BIOL 320 This course provides a survey of major plant groups with regard to structure, function, reproduction, life histories, and uses. Emphasis will also be placed on field work including ecology, taxonomy, and identification of flowering and non-flowering plants.
BIOL322 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Prerequisite: one course in biology This course offers a study of the anatomical structure of the body as it relates to the functioning of the human body. The course begins at the cellular level and continues up to the entire organism, using the organ systems as the means of study. Various technological tools are used to encourage critical thinking in those topics that have societal impact on human health. Genetic influences on the body and its functioning are included. Special emphasis is placed on the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems.
BIOL322L Human Anatomy and Phys. I - Lab
Prerequisite: must be enrolled concurrently with BIOL 322 Microscope slides, models, dissection, various audio visual aids, and written lab exercises will be used to examine anatomical structure and function. Emphasis is placed on the integument, connective tissue, skeletal and muscular systems. Related genetic disorders, disease, and societal concerns are discussed.
BIOL323 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Prerequisite: one course in biology This course provides a study in the physiological functioning of the body as it relates to structure. Special emphasis is placed on the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and endocrine systems as these systems are influenced by genetic mechanisms as to their functioning in the development of disease. Also included as topics of discussion are the societal issues affecting the body, such as smoking, drug usage, diet, and other factors of lifestyles seen today. Laboratory exercises further clarify lecture topics. Various technologies are used to enhance class discussions.
BIOL323L Human Anatomy and Phys. II - Lab
Prerequisite: must be enrolled concurrently with BIOL 323 Microscope slides, models, dissection, various audio visual aids, and written lab exercises will be used to examine anatomical structure and function. Emphasis is placed on the nervous, endocrine, sensory, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Related genetic disorders, disease, and societal concerns are discussed.
BIOL330 Comparative Anatomy
Prerequisites: two semesters of biology courses; recommend sophomore, junior, or senior standing Concurrent with BIOL 330L This course explores evolutionary relationships among vertebrates as demonstrated through the study of ontogeny and phylogeny of morphological features. The dimension of time is added to a view of vertebrate life. Lecture topics include comparative anatomy and ontogeny, evolutionary mechanisms, vertebrate evolutionary history, biomechanics, scaling, and methods of interpreting the fossil record.
BIOL330L Comparative Vert. Anatomy - Lab
Prerequisites: two semesters of biology courses; recommend sophomore, junior, or senior standing Concurrent with BIOL 330 This course supports the BIOL 330 course through laboratory examination of phylogenetically diverse vertebrates. Similarities and differences in morphology are demonstrated through the dissection of Necturus, dogfish shark, and cat. Additional resources include skeletal and ontogenetic (embryological) material, and the use of media materials. Interpretation of laboratory activities stresses aspects of common ancestry as well as adaptations and divergence from ancestral forms.
BIOL331 General Ecology
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, 150L, four additional hours in biology, and MATH 123. Concurrent with BIOL 331 Ecology is the study of the disribution and abundance of organisms. This course will examine the biotic and abiotic factors that influence where organisms occur and the sizes of their populations. Topics include the interactions between organisms and their physical environment, population and communication dynamics, and ecosystem interactions.
BIOL331L General Ecology - Lab
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, 150L, four additional hours in biology, and MATH 123 Concurrent with BIOL 331 This course is a field and lab-based experience that complements BIOL 331 and provides students with practical experience for studying the distribution and abundance of organisms. Students will learn a variety of methods for collecting and analyzing ecological data. One Saturday field trip is required.
BIOL332 Comparative Vertebrate Phys.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 150, 150L, 152, 152L or permission of the instructor Concurrent with BIOL 332L This course investigates vertebrate physiology at the cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal levels. The functions of body systems are studied using a process-oriented approach. Interpretation of graphs and diagrams is used to explain concepts. Human systems are emphasized, but other vertebrates and some invertebrates are also considered.
BIOL332L Comparative Vert. Phys. Lab
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 150, 150L, 152, 152L or permission of the instructor Concurrent with BIOL 332 This course explores vertebrate physiology through direct observation of physiological processes. Cell, tissue, and organ level properties are investigated using direct measurement of physiological events and creating graphs from data collected. Students will synthesize and interpret the information that they collect and produce written reports. Mammalian systems are emphasized, but other vertebrates and some invertebrates are also considered.
BIOL338 Introduction to Research
Prerequisite: 15 hours of biology or permission of the instructor This course is designed to introduce the student to research methods and techniques and develop an appreciation of the importance of the scientific method as applied to biological research. Through classroom discussions, assigned readings, and other activities students will gain experience in designing, conducting, and reporting scientific experiments to more fully understand the importance of scientific research and its relations to social and ethical issues.
BIOL340 Ornithology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 310 and 331 or permission of the instructor This course will focus on the class Aves of northwestern Ohio, both migrants and residents. Classroom time will be devoted to discussions of evolutionary genetics, anatomical characteristics, habitat requirements, nesting habits, and general behavior patterns. Field work will be devoted to identification and ecology.
BIOL347 Entomology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 310, 310L, and 331 or permission of the instructor An overview of the classification of insects, the course surveys insect structure, function, development, and evolution. Concepts of physiology, ecology, and behavior are introduced, and the reasons for the success and diversity of insects are examined. The laboratory introduces students to arthropod anatomy, insect morphology, development, and a survey of insect orders and major families.
BIOL350 Intro to Bioinformatics
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, 152, and 310 This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of bioinformatics and computational biology. General topics include database searching, computer programming, analysis of sequence data, phylogenetics, protein structure and prediction, gene prediction and regulation, genomics, proteomics, genetic linkage and association, microarray analysis, and RNA structure and prediction.
BIOL360 Field Experience Practicum
Prerequisite: 12 hours of nature interpretation. This course offers a practical, experience-oriented activity in which students work with professionals in the area of natural resources: naturalists, park rangers, conservationists, and ecologists.
BIOL365 Pathophysiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 102 or 152, 322, 322L, 323, and 323L This course lays the foundation for advanced concepts in understanding disease processes. Pathophysiology is a mechanistic exploration of selected disease processes that occur in the human body when a homeostatic imbalance is brought about by external or internal factors.
BIOL405 Basic Environmental Toxicology
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 325 and 325L or permission of the instructor. This course provides a study showing how chemical principles can be used to understand the behavior and fate of xenobiotics (foreign substances) in biological organisms, and what detriment can occur to the ecosystem to which organisms belong. Basic biochemistry, routes of entry, bioaccumulation, xenobiotic metabolism, mutagenesis, and carcinogenesis are the topics covered.
BIOL412 Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): eight hours of biology, including BIOL 152 and 152L, and eight hours of chemistry or permission of the instructor This course offers a study of the biodiversity, classification, ecology, structure, and metabolism of microorganisms. The role of microbes in agriculture, industry, and waste management are also discussed with an emphasis on microbial diseases of animals and humans.
BIOL412L Microbiology - Lab
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 and 152L Concurrent with BIOL 412 Laboratory work will focus on basic staining procedures, growth characteristics, culture methods, and identification of bacteria. A semester long class project will introduce students to microbiology centered research.
BIOL413 Microbial Pathogenesis
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 412 and 412L or permission of instructor This course provides a clinical overview of microbiology using a systems approach. Common bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoan pathogenic organisms will be studied for mode of infection, diagnosis, and treatment methods.
BIOL413L Microbial Pathogenesis - Lab
Concurrent with BIOL 413 Laboratory work will focus on staining, culturing, and diagnostic techniques used in clinical applications. Common pathogens of the nervous system, urogenital tract, gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory tract will be studied.
BIOL415 Field Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 310, 310L, and 331 or permission of the instructor The course will focus on the ecological dynamics of indigenous flora and fauna of a predetermined destination. Students will present on various topics that correlate to the target destination's ecosystem. The course will conclude with a week-long trip where students can experience and apply the information gathered in the lecture portion of the course.
BIOL420 Adv Techniques in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 302 or CHEM 400 and BIOL 310, 310L This course will focus on the techniques used in modern molecular biology and biochemistry. Students will study the growth dynamics of mammalian cells in culture. Students will study the isolation and detection of proteins using PAGE, enhanced chemilumiscence and fluorescence. Students will work in teams to design a molecular study, analyze data, and present their findings and conclusions.
BIOL422 Special Investigations
This course allows for investigations of problems of interest to individual students. Registration and selection of a problem are subject to the approval of the instructor. This is a repeatable course.
BIOL430 Conservation Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 310, 310L, 331 and MATH 123 This course in applied ecology introduces students to conservation, management, and restoration of ecosystems. Students will explore sustainable management of forest ecosystems and wildlife habitat while addressing environmental ethics. There will be a Saturday field trip.
BIOL440 Cancer Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 302, 310, 310L This course will focus on the biology of cancer from a molecular to a clinical perspective. Discussion will provide an overview of the cancer process from initial alteration of DNA to a mutational cascade resulting in tumor formation. Several specific cancers, their molecular origins, pathology of disease and therapeutic treatment will be studied in detail. The involvement of risk factors in the prevention of cancer, and in cancer progression will be discussed. The role of the oncologist and pathologist in the detection and treatment of cancer will be discussed by health care professionals.
BIOL460 Evolutionary Analysis
Prerequisites: BIOL 310, 310L, 331, and 338 This course covers the application of theory and skills developed in general majors' biology, genetics, ecology, and introduction to research courses to the analysis of descent with modification of organisms. This is a critical thinking course that investigates evolutionary processes and outcomes.
BIOL498 Senior Biology Seminar
Prerequisite: senior status This is a course designed for the analysis and presentation of scientific research. Students enrolled in this course will be required to give a research seminar presenting current scientific topics assigned by the professor of record. They must also attend and participate in all weekly colloquia presentations.
BIOL499 Special Topics
Course context will vary by topic. This is a repeatable course.