Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
BIO100Opportunities in Biology1An exploration of careers and advanced educational opportunities in the biological sciences at the local, state and national levels.Loading...
BIO104Introductory Biology w/lab3Introduction to basic concepts in biology. Topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, genetic inheritance, evolution, diversity of life at the organismal level, ecology and ecosystems. Biology as an experimental science and biotechnology will be explored through laboratory experiences.Loading...
BIO112General Biology I4First semester of Biology for majors. Topics covered include chemistry of life, cells, bioenergetics, genetics, evolution, viruses, prokaryotes and protists. Prerequisite: H.S. Biology & H.S. Chemistry or equivalentLoading...
BIO113General Biology II4Second semester of biology for majors. Topics covered include fungi, plants, animals and ecology. It is recommended that BIO 112 be taken prior to this course. Prerequisite: H.S. biology and H.S. chemistry or equivalentLoading...
BIO135Introduction to Botany4This course is an introduction to the biology of plants. The course acquaints students with plant classification, morphology, anatomy, physiology, diversity and evolutionary and ecological relationships. Includes laboratory and field exercises. High School Biology and/or High School Chemistry recommended.Loading...
BIO138Field Ecology3Field and laboratory studies of native plants and animals of Iowa. Emphasis is placed on ecological relationships. Selected field trips are conducted to forest, prairie, marsh and riparian habitats in the local area.Loading...
BIO145Ecology of Iowa3Surveys the major landforms of Iowa, including the Mississippi River Valley, Northern Prairie Lakes Region, Loess Hills and Southern Hills Area. Landforms are emphasized from the standpoint of climate, soils, geology, water resources, forestry, wildlife and environmental concerns. One Saturday field trip.Loading...
BIO146Genetics3An introductory genetics course for Biology and Biotechnology majors. Topics covered include: introduction to the principles of transmission genetics in plants and animals, DNA and chromosome structure, replication and gene expression, molecular genetics found in plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. Basic quantitative and population genetics. Prerequisite: BIO 112 or BIO 186Loading...
BIO151Nutrition3This course is designed to introduce students to the science of nutrition. The course will examine the structure, function, and dietary requirements of individual nutrients; nutrient composition of food; using nutrition and food choices to maintain good health; compare and contrast nutritional needs of different life stages. The student will also be asked to apply knowledge of nutrition to making healthful food choices for the health, well-being and satisfaction of both individuals and selected groups. Prerequisite: BIO 168 or CHM 122 with a grade of "C" or better.Loading...
BIO156Human Biology w/lab3A study of biology which emphasizes the human body. Topics such as basic chemistry, the cell and human organ systems are included. Labs will reinforce course content. Designed for the non-science and inadequately prepared health science major.Loading...
BIO164Essentials Anatomy/Physiology5A classic integration of human anatomy and physiology at the cellular level and organ/system level. Includes cat dissection. Prerequisite: H.S. Biology and H.S. Chemistry or equivalent.Loading...
BIO168Anatomy and Physiology I4Anatomy & Physiology I covers the structure and function of the human body from the cellular level to organ systems. Topics at the cellular level include the fundamental basics of chemistry, cell structure and cellular metabolism, genetics and histology. The organ systems studied are the skin and integumentary system, the skeletal and muscular systems, the nervous system and the senses. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in BIO 156 or a grade of "C" or better in BIO 104 or a grade of "C" or better in BIO 112 or a "C" or better in high school Anatomy within the last five years.Loading...
BIO173Anatomy and Physiology II4Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I. The following organ systems are covered: the endocrine system, blood and the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the digestive system including nutrition and the reproductive system. Other topics include the body's balance of water; electrolytes and acids and bases and an introduction to human growth and development. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology ILoading...
BIO186Microbiology4A general microbiology course with laboratory designed for the science major. Emphasis is placed on morphology, physiology, microbial genetics, virology and basic immunology and applications. Prerequisite: one semester of any college-level biology.Loading...
BIO191Intro to Biotechnology w/Lab3An introductory course with lab focusing on the fields of biotechnology, GMO production and use, stem cell research, bioethics, cancer and basic microbiology. Topics will include an introduction to employment opportunities in the field of biotechnology, basic biology and biochemistry, lab math skills and an introduction to equipment used in biotechnology including PCR and bioinformatics.Loading...
BIO225Marine Biology I4Students will study polar, temperate, and tropical marine organisms and their environmental and ecological relationships. They will also examine the structure and function of marine flora and fauna using preserved and live specimens. The course includes hands-on laboratory activities, comparative anatomy, field observations, marine aquarium care, snorkeling, kayaking and introductory scuba. Prerequisite: High school or college BiologyLoading...
BIO227Marine Biology II4This course is the second in a series of two courses. The students will continue the study of polar, temperate, and tropical marine organisms and their environmental and ecological relationships. They will also examine the structure and function of marine flora and fauna using preserved and live specimens. The course includes hands-on laboratory activities, comparative anatomy, field observations, marine aquarium care, snorkeling, kayaking and introductory scuba. Prerequisite: BIO 225Loading...
BIO243Topics in Biotechnology1An exploration of recent advancements in biotechnology as well as current practices in research and development, manufacturing, quality control/quality assurance and safety. Prerequisite: BIO 250Loading...
BIO249Biotechnology Internship2This internship is the final requirement for the completion of the Biotechnology AS degree requirements. It will be conducted in cooperation with potential employers. During this period, students will be expected to demonstrate their technical skills and practicum competencies in a professional manner, showing progressive independence, greater efficiency and confidence. Prerequisite: Permission of instructorLoading...
BIO250Cell and Molec Bio-Nucleic Acids5This course is designed to provide training in techniques related to nucleic acids and is a requirement for biotechnology majors. Topics will include DNA and RNA structure, function and regulation. Strategies and tools used in genetic engineering will also be included. The lab component of the course will include lab safety, media preparation, cell culture techniques, solution preparation and other basic lab skills. Students will get hands-on training in the isolation, characterization and manipulation of nucleic acids, as well as PCR and Southern blotting. Prerequisite: BIO 112 and BIO 146; Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 146Loading...
BIO251Cell and Molecular Bio-Proteins5This course is designed to provide training in techniques related to protein chemistry and is a requirement for biotechnology majors. The course will focus on processes related to synthesis, control of synthesis and trafficking of proteins within the cell. Protein structure and function will be studied with special emphasis on enzymes and immunoproteins. The study of differential protein expression and regulatory mechanisms will also be included. The lab component of the course will train the student in the purification, characterization, handling and storage of proteins, enzyme mechanisms and kinectics, immunoassays and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Prerequisites: BIO 112, CHM 132 or CHM 175, MAT 157 Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 112Loading...
BIO260Biology of Aging3This course is designed for individuals planning to work with the elderly population. It covers changes that occur in body systems during the normal aging process as well as some of the most common dysfunctions and diseases associated with aging. Furthermore, environmental factors, effects of diet and exercise in the aging process will be discussed.Loading...
BIO295General Ecology and Lab4General ecology is intended for biology and related majors. Topics addressed by lecture/discussion and laboratory include historical development and scientific method, physical environment, organisms and species, communities and ecosystems and theory. Lab activities include written reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: BIO 112; BIO 113; ENV 115 and ENV 116 or BIO 138; or with instructor's permission.Loading...
BIO732Health Science Microbiology4Basic concepts and applications of medical microbiology. Topics include morphology and physiology of microorganisms, pathology, epidemiology and immunology. Designed for the health science major. It is recommended that high school Chemistry be taken prior to this course. Prerequisite: H.S. Biology or equivalentLoading...
BIO733Health Science Anatomy3Offers the student basic concepts in human anatomical structure with relation to body functions. The course covers all major body systems with emphasis on structure. This accompanying lab will reinforce lecture with cat dissection. Prerequisite: H.S. Biology & Chemistry or equivalentLoading...
BIO734Health Science Physiology3Detailed explanation of human physiology including the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, skeletal, muscular and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 733, 164 or equivalentLoading...
BIO900Field Studies in Medical Sci4This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to study the fields of medical science outside of a typical classroom setting. Students will investigate and develop an understanding of patient care, human physiology, disease process and ethics through scientific, inquiry-based activities, in a supervised environment that meets the requirements of the investigation. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.Loading...
BIO922Field Studies1This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to study science outside the typical classroom setting. Students will investigate an area of the biological sciences through research and other activities in a supervised environment that meets the requirements of the investigation. This course is repeatable up to 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructorLoading...
BIO926Honors Seminar2Honors seminar.Loading...
BIO928Independent Study1 Loading...