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Freshman Seminar
BIO  0100 1.00 Credit Hours
Designed to give formal and informal instruction to incoming Biology majors on careers in Biology, internships, and provide opportunities for students to become actively involved with departmental programs. Recommended for all Biology majors.
General Biology
BIO  0101 4.00 Credit Hours
A survey of general biological principles that emphasize concepts relevant to the student. Special topics may be used to illustrate course content. Three one-hour lectures, one two-hour laboratory per week. Fulfills General Education requirements for Area D . Does not fulfill biology degree requirements. Cross listed as EH 101.
Principles of Biology I
BIO  0110 4.00 Credit Hours
First in a two-course introductory sequence for biology majors. The unifying principles of living organisms including scientific method, biological molecules, cell structure, function and metabolism, genetics, evolution, and a survey of Prokaryotes, Protistans, and Fungi. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Fulfills general education requirements for Area D1. Prerequisites: an ACT comp score of 21 or higher; or BIO 101 or EH 101 with a grade of ‘C’ or better. High school chemistry strongly recommended..
Principles of Biology II
BIO  0111 4.00 Credit Hours
A continuation of BIO 110 to include the evolution, diversity, structure, function and ecology of plants and animals. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO 110 with a grade of 'C' or better.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO  0121 4.00 Credit Hours
The first in a two-course sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body system approach. Includes the concept of scientific inquiry and the fundamental concepts of cell biology, cell metabolism and genetics. Three lectures and one, two-hour lab per week. Fulfills the Core Curriculum requirements in Area D1 for certain Allied Health, Environmental Health, and Nursing majors.
Human Anatomy
BIO  0201 5.00 Credit Hours
A general treatment of human anatomy from the tissue through the organ system levels of organization. The lecture provides the conceptual and organizational framework for laboratory, which utilizes microscopy, dissection, anatomical models, and anatomical software. Three hours of lecture and two, two- hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 101 or EH 101 or BIO 111 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Molecular Cell Biology (WI)
BIO  0210 4.00 Credit Hours
The study of molecular aspects of cellular structure and function. Biological characteristics of molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins will be taught with an emphasis on the concept that organismal physiology is the expression of molecular function. Differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes will be included. Three hours of lecture, one 3-hr lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO 111 and CHEM 152.
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO  0221 5.00 Credit Hours
This course is a continuation of BIO 121 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I. A systems approach will be used to emphasize the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of human organization. Three lectures and two, two-hour labs per week. Credit toward the biology major granted for one physiology course: BIO 221 or BIO 301. Prerequisite: BIO 121 with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
General & Medical Microbiology
BIO  0231 5.00 Credit Hours
Structure and function of microorganisms. Topics include the general principles of microbiology, immunology, and the identification of microorganisms. Three lectures and two 2 hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 101 orBIO 111 or BIO 121 or EH 101 and CHEM 120 or 151.
Radiation Biology
BIO  0240 3.00 Credit Hours
Survey of various types of radiation affecting humans, the uses of radiation, and methods for monitoring radiation levels. Emphasis on the physiological damage that occurs to tissues following ionizing radiation. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: Five hrs. of chemistry or acceptance into the School of Radiologic Technology.
Principles of Botany
BIO  0250 4.00 Credit Hours
Anatomy and morphology of the plant kingdom emphasizing botanical aspects of cell biology, chemistry, genetics, physiology and plant defenses. Advantages of evolutionary adaptations evidenced as students are introduced to the diversity of plants. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
Topics in Biology
BIO  0298 1.00 Credit Hours
Designed to give instruction in some discipline of biology not covered in other courses. Prerequisites to be determined by department.
Evolution
BIO  0300 3.00 Credit Hours
Course designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the modern scientific theory of evolution. Evidence and mechanics of evolution exemplified by molecular biology, systematics, genetics, and population ecology will be included as well as samples of current evolutionary research. Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 112/122 or BIO 101 or BIO 105.
Human Physiology
BIO  0301 4.00 Credit Hours
A general treatment of normal human physiology which emphasizes physiological control and homeostasis at the organ system level of organization. Lecture focuses on physiological processes and concepts; the lab emphasizes the measurement and interpretation of physiological variables. Three hours of lecture and one 3-hr lab per week. Credit toward the biology major granted for one physiology course: BIO 221 or 301. Prerequisites: BIO 201 or BIO 221 or 331 and CHEM 120 or higher with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Conservation Biology
BIO  0302 3.00 Credit Hours
The study of the conservation of biodiversity based on the principles of ecology, evolution, and genetics. This course focuses on ecological and evolutionary principles relevant to conservation, levels of and threats to biodiversity, and practical aspects of conservation, within the context of a human dominated earth. Three lectures per week. Pre-requisite: BIO 111
Computer Applications Biology
BIO  0303 3.00 Credit Hours
Explores ways in which microcomputers are used to better understand and study biological phenomena. The course develops technical expertise that is required in research, graduate school, teaching, and other career fields. Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 112/122 or BIO 101 or EH 101.
Intro Geographic Info Systems
BIO  0304 3.00 Credit Hours
Geographic Information Systems, GIS, involves the study of spatial (geographic) location of features on the Earth’s surface and the relationships between them. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the principles of cartography and GIS as they are used to analyze spatial aspects of society and the human and physical environments. Particular attention will be focused on ecology, environmental health, and related fields Prerequisites GEOG 101 or GEOG 211 and completion of D1 and D2 area of general education requirements. Cross-listed as EH 304 and GEOG 304.
Genetics (WI)
BIO  0305 4.00 Credit Hours
Introduction to principles of heredity, gene structure, expression, and regulation. Emphasis on cytological and molecular approaches to nucleic acid replication, transcription, translation, and other genetic mechanisms. Lab exercises illustrate genetic principles and techniques used in modern genetic research. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
Pathophysiology
BIO  0308 4.00 Credit Hours
Altered physiologic states, the cellular manifestations and causes of disease and adaptations to the alterations. Three lectures, one 3-hr. lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 221 or 301, with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Environmental Biology (WI)
BIO  0312 4.00 Credit Hours
Environmental factors and their interactions with living organisms. Emphasis on human ecology and wise natural resource utilization. Three lectures, one two hour lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or 112 or 121 or 122 or EH 101. Cross-listed as EH 312.
Economic Botany
BIO  0316 3.00 Credit Hours
Economic uses of plants in the past, present, and future. Emphasis on economic aspects of plants in medicine, agriculture, horticulture, and industry. Includes the history of plant domestication facilitated by natural selection and purposeful breeding and an overview of plant chemistry, morphology, and reproduction pertinent to economics. Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 112.
Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
BIO  0322 4.00 Credit Hours
Relationships among selected plant groups with emphasis on classification and descriptions of taxa, nomenclature, and concepts concerning the evolutionary sequence of various plant characters. Southwestern Missouri flora emphasized. Two lectures, two two-hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 112.
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO  0331 5.00 Credit Hours
Fundamental course designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of the structure and adaptations of vertebrates. Emphasis on evolutionary adaptations and the relationship between structure and function. Two lectures, two three-hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
Introduction to Entomology
BIO  0332 4.00 Credit Hours
Collecting methods, taxonomy, life history, morphology, and evolution of insects. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 122.
Techniques in Microbiology
BIO  0350 2.00 Credit Hours
This course will give students training in molecular techniques in microbiology through analysis of bacterial antibiotic resistance patterns and their medical ramifications. The origin, incidence, effects and prevention of antibiotic resistance will be discussed and investigated. Molecular techniques screening for and harvesting plasmid DNA from Gram-negative bacteria will be employed. Transference of plasmid DNA will also be performed by students through bacterial conjugation procedures One hour of lecture, two hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 231.
Biomes
BIO  0352 1.00 Credit Hours
An in-depth study of a selected ecosystem. The interactions between plants and animals with their abiotic environment are studied in the classroom and during an extended field trip usually lasting one week or more. The habitat chosen for study varies from year to year and some trips require physical conditioning or specialized training. Living conditions range from primitive to reasonably comfortable dormitories. Students are required to bear the cost of the trip. Prerequisites: BIO 112/122 and permission.
Parasitology
BIO  0361 4.00 Credit Hours
Systematic investigation of the numerous parasites found in vertebrates. Emphasis on life cycles of parasites that infect humans and domestic animals. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111 or BIO 122.
Virology
BIO  0362 3.00 Credit Hours
Structure, classification, and life cycles of bacterial, animal, and plant viruses, their significance in disease (including cancer) and the use of viruses in modern biological research. The laboratory will stress the cultivation of viruses in bacterial and other cells. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO 231.
Environmental Health & Safety
BIO  0370 3.00 Credit Hours
A survey of environmental health and safety issues, problems and protection measures, including public health disease prevention, injury prevention and environmental health hazard mitigation. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: BIO/EH 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 110 or BIO 121. A chemistry course is recommended. Cross-listed as EH 370 and HS 370.
Disease Vector Control
BIO  0375 1.00 Credit Hours
Identification and control of organisms that serve as reservoirs and vectors of diseases to humans. One hour of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO/EH 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 110 or BIO 121. A chemistry course is recommended. Cross listed as EH 375.
Epidemiology
BIO  0380 3.00 Credit Hours
Introduction to the concepts, principles, and methods generally useful in the surveillance and investigation of communicable disease outbreaks. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or 105 or 112 or 121 or 122 or EH 101. Cross-listed as EH 380 and HS 380.
Research & Statistical Methods
BIO  0390 3.00 Credit Hours
Develops investigational and technical skills required in biology and environmental health. Students learn introductory statistical analysis and experimental design. Prerequisites: EH 101 or BIO 101 or BIO 111 and MATH 140.
General Ecology (WI)
BIO  0402 4.00 Credit Hours
Study of plant and animal communities and their interaction within the environment. Emphasis on flora and fauna of Southwest Missouri and soils, climate and other major environmental factors responsible for the distribution and association of plants and animals. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
App in Geographic Info Systems
BIO  0404 3.00 Credit Hours
The goal of this course is to allow students to apply skills in spatial analysis to an advanced research problem in the social or physical sciences. Students will engage in all aspects of a GIS project. Skills learned will range from GIS project design and data collection to the production of a written deliverable, complete with a series of digital maps. Particular attention will be focused on advanced applications in ecology, environmental health, and related fields Prerequisites: GEOG 304 or instructor approval. Prerequisite: Junior Standing or GEOG 101 or GEOG 211, completion of D1 and D2 area of general education requirements, and GEOG 304 or content of instructor Cross-listed as EH 404 and GEOG 404.
Mammalogy
BIO  0412 4.00 Credit Hours
The study mammals, including their classification, distribution, life histories, economic importance, techniques of field study, collection and preservation methods. Pre-requisite: BIO 111.
Histology
BIO  0433 4.00 Credit Hours
Detailed study of microscopic structure of animal tissues and organs with special emphasis on mammalian tissue. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 201 or BIO 331.
Plant Pathology
BIO  0440 4.00 Credit Hours
Historical significance of plant pathology, the physiological response of plants to abiotic factors, the anatomical, and physiological aspects of plant susceptibility to disease and examples of management systems. Includes major diseases caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Three lectures, one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
Pathogenic Bacteriology
BIO  0442 5.00 Credit Hours
A study of the structure, identification and pathology of the infectious bacteria. Three lectures, two two-hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 231.
Laboratory Assistant Practicum
BIO  0455 1.00 Credit Hours
Supervised practical experience in assisting undergraduate students in laboratory techniques in 100 and 200 level Biology classes. A maximum of 2 hours of credit can be applied toward the Biology degree. Prerequisite: Advanced standing and permission of instructor of class being assisted.
Immunology
BIO  0456 4.00 Credit Hours
Cellular and molecular basis of the immune response in vertebrates including structure, induction, and regulation of the immune response. Autoimmune disorders, vaccines, transplantation, and diagnostic immunology will also be presented. The laboratory will stress the induction and manipulation of the immune response. Three lectures, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO 231.
Techniques in Biotechnology
BIO  0460 3.00 Credit Hours
Course is designed to provide a more thorough training in the molecular and genetic principles and processes involved in biotechnology and laboratory science. The course will also cover important medical applications of biotechnology, including analyzing human genome data. One one-hour lecture and two, two-hour labs per week. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 305 AND BIO 231; Junior or Senior standing.
Advanced Cell Biology
BIO  0464 3.00 Credit Hours
A current perspective on cell biology will be addressed by examining various aspects of cell structure and function. Emphasis will be on communication and regulation mechanisms in both normal and abnormal states. In addition, the historical aspects of cell biology research and the techniques used by researchers will be discussed. Specific topics will be chosen each semester depending on current research with the use of primary literature to illustrate important concepts. Prerequisite: BIO 210.
Advanced Human Dissection
BIO  0475 4.00 Credit Hours
An advanced exploration of human anatomy designed to prepare students for professional school or specialized graduate study. The lecture provides the conceptual and organizational framework for laboratory that emphasizes cadaver dissection supplemented with anatomical software. Two one-hour lectures and two two-hour labs per week. Prerequisites: BIO 201 Human Anatomy or BIO 331 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, or instructor permission. Students must qualify for enrollment through a selection process based on academic coursework and performance, professional goals, and a written statement.
Aquatic Ecology (WI)
BIO  0481 4.00 Credit Hours
Analysis of components of freshwater systems, both impoundment and stream environments. Three lectures, one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BIO 111.
Seminar
BIO  0490 1.00 Credit Hours
Faculty supervised discussion group and critical review of current topics in biology. Students will present reviews in selected topics. One meeting per week. Prerequisites: For upper division biology majors. May be repeated for additional credit.
Internship in Biology
BIO  0491 0.00 Credit Hours
In conference with a departmental board a half semester in advance, the student shall elect to work and observe in any area of applied biology in which on-the-job experience would be beneficial to the student's training. Course can be repeated, but a maximum of 4 credit hours can be used to meet the biology major requirements. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above in biology with a minimum of 20 biology hours and 20 upper division hours.
Roots of Science
BIO  0495 2.00 Credit Hours
The course will explore the history and lives of scientists who made significant contributions in Biology or sciences impacting Biology. Travel to the scientists' homeland or site of their research will be included to emphasize the historical components of their lives and research. Cultural sites associated with the scientists will also be visited to emphasize society's role in their conclusions. Students will be responsible for travel expenses. Prerequisite: Determined by instructor when offered.
Advanced Topics in Biology
BIO  0498 1.00 Credit Hours
Designed to give advanced instruction in some discipline of biology not covered in other courses. For upper division majors. Prerequisites to be determined by department.
Indep Research in Biology
BIO  0499 1.00 Credit Hours
Individual work under the supervision of a faculty member, with the credit and hours to be arranged. Research may be undertaken in any field of biology, with adequate preparation and the consent of the supervising instructor, department head, and school dean. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of 3.0 with 90 credit hours completed.