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Courses in Biology

BI 107 Human Biology (4)
Fundamental concepts of normal human anatomy and physiology, including basic cell biology, examination of organ systems, experimental design, and scientific writing. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Does not count towards the biology major. Offered fall semesters.

BI 109 Plants & Society (4)
A presentation of the relationships between plants and people with strong emphasis on the economic aspects and implications of plants and fungi. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Does not count towards the biology major. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BI 110 Biological Investigation (4)
This course is an introduction to the nature of biological inquiry. Major concepts of biological science and modes of experimentation are introduced through an exploration of a variety of topics selected by the instructor. This course is designed for first- and second-year students interested in pursuing a major or minor in biology or biochemistry, and is required for all subsequent biology courses. Students with junior or senior standing require permission of the instructor to register for this course. Three class hours and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Offered every semester.

BI 201 Botany (4)
A detailed study of the plant kingdom with an emphasis on diversity, identification of the local flora, and collecting/preparing herbarium specimens. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BI 205 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
Phylogenetic and comparative aspects of anatomy, physiology, reproduction and embryology of major invertebrate phyla. Three class hours and two laboratory hours-per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor.

BI 206 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
A detailed study of the vertebrates (especially those in the Midwest) emphasizing the diversity, identification, comparative physiology and anatomy, ecology, and human impact on their populations. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 238 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BI 207 Molecular Genetics (4)
The molecular principles of heredity and variation in living organisms. Three class hours and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Required for the biology major. Prerequisite: BI 110. Corequisite: CH 110. Offered fall semesters.

BI 208 Developmental Biology (4)
Consideration of the concepts of development in biological systems; developmental processes, events of embryogenesis, and mechanisms of development in animal systems. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 207. Offered alternate spring semesters.

BI 215 Medical Terminology (1)
An introduction to medical terminology commonly used in a wide variety of health professions. Special emphasis is placed on learning the prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms used to generate informative terms that are commonly encountered in health professions or anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of the instructor.

BI 238 Ecology and Evolution (4)
An introduction to the theoretical and practical concepts of ecology and evolution. Topics include application of the principles of genetics to populations, phylogenetics, history of evolutionary thought from Darwin to the Modern Synthesis, origins of life on Earth, and speciation. Three class hours and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered spring semesters.

BI 245 Microbiology (4)
The study of the central role that microorganisms play in the web of life, including the study of physiology, structure, metabolism, cultivation, diversity, and genetics of microorganisms. Correlated laboratory investigations. Prerequisite: CH 110 (or concurrent enrollment) and BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered spring semesters.

BI 260 Issues in International Health (4)
This seminar-type course is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the global problems in public health and the approaches of various countries to serious public health problems. Prerequisite: BI 107 or BI 110. Offered alternate spring semesters.

BI 307 Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
A detailed investigation of the structure, physiology and biochemistry of eukaryotic cells and their organelles. Three class hours and one 3-hour lab period per week. Prerequisites: BI 207 and CH 203. Offered spring semesters.

BI 309 Introduction to Research (4)
This course emphasizes experimental design reinforced by the methods of scientific inquiry. Research design, data analysis, and scientific writing are emphasized leading to the preparation of a publication-quality article and/or presentation. Variable lab/lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 and consent of instructor.

BI 310 Immunology (4)
Study of the vertebrate immune system, including the principles of cellular and humoral defense mechanisms, and reviews of current research in the field. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 207 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

BI 311 Virology (4)
An exploration of the viruses that infect all three domains of life, with a focus on the molecular biology and genomic diversity of pathogens that threaten human life and economic activity. Topics to be considered include long-studied pathogens such as poliovirus, variola (smallpox), and tobacco mosaic virus, as well as emerging or re-emerging agents such as hepatitis C and D, prions, and viroids. Discussions of the primary literature will be used to examine recent scientific and clinical developments. Prerequisite: BI 207. Corequisite: CH 203. Offered alternate years.

BI 315 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
Emphasis on human anatomy, histology, and physiology with consideration of general organization, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Four class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or BI 107; Corequisite: CH 101 or CH 110. Offered fall semesters.

BI 316 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
Emphasis on human anatomy, histology, and physiology with consideration of endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, and reproductive systems. Four class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 315.. Offered spring semesters.

BI 318 Algae and Fungi (4)
A detailed study of fungi and autotrophic protists (algae) with an emphasis on diversity, identification of microscopic algae, seaweeds and mushrooms. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

BI 321 Mammalian Histology (4)
The microscopic and ultramicroscopic structure of mammalian cells, tissues, and organs correlated with function. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 315 or 316 or consent of the instructor.

BI 324 Ecological Interactions (4)
Principles of ecology, illustrated by lecture and by the investigation of selected types of habitats. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips. Prerequisite: MA 133 and BI 207; Corequisite: BI 238. Recommended: MA 123. (See EV 324).

BI 325 Tropical Ecology (4)
An introduction to the composition, structure, and function of tropical rainforests. Laboratory, held during spring break in Costa Rica, will emphasize biological diversity. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 and consent of instructor. Offered spring semester of even years.

BI 326 Marine Biology (4)
An introduction to the study of the plants, animals, and other organisms that live in the ocean. Lecture topics include the principles of marine science, life forms in the marine environment, the structure and function of marine ecosystems, and the role of humans on the sea. Three lecture hours and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 and consent of instructor. Offered spring semesters, odd years.

BI 328 Animal Behavior (4)
The behavior of animals as revealed by the ethological approach. Orientation, learning, social behavior, migration, and agonistic behavior. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate fall semesters. (See PS 328.)

BI 332 Aquatic Biology (4)
Field course covering biological, physicochemical and geological attributes of both lotic (flowing) and lentic (still) freshwater habitats. Emphasis on aquatic entomology, field data collection techniques, data analysis and critical reading of the primary literature in aquatic biology. Prerequisite: BI 110.

BI 342 Parasitology (4)
A detailed study of parasites (arthropod, helminths, and protozoa) that afflict animals and humans with an emphasis on life cycles, treatment and control, and the impact on human and animal lives. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

BI 350 Entomology (4)
A study of the terrestrial members of the Phylum Arthropoda, with emphasis on insects and their identification. Three class hours and one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Labs will emphasize field collection and preservation of insects. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

BI 367 Advanced Molecular Biology (4)
A detailed study of current issues in molecular biology. The reading and discussions are based on primary research articles. Discussions include current experimental methods that further the understanding of biological processes on the molecular level, including genetic, biochemical, and biophysical approaches. Prerequisite: BI 307. Offered fall semesters.

BI 401 Research and Analysis I (2)
Discussion of biological topics with emphasis on critical analysis of data and research articles. Required for the major. Prerequisite: BI 110 and junior status. Offered fall semesters.

BI 402 Research and Analysis II (2)
Presentation of a biological topic by a student based on library and/or laboratory research carried out at IC. Required for the major. Prerequisite: BI 401. Offered spring semesters.

BI 411, 412 Problems (1 - 6)
Special problems individually arranged with the faculty. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

BI 461, 462 Independent Study in Biology (1 - 4)

BI 463, 464 Internship in Biology (1 - 4)
Students serve as interns for a total of not less than 40-160 hours. Prerequisite: at least Sophomore standing, a B average, and consent of the instructor.

BI 465, 466 Independent Research in Biology (1 - 4)


Health Courses

BH 225 Nutrition (4)
The primary focus of this course is to provide the student with a broad foundation of basic and advanced nutritional concepts such that they will acquire an increased understanding of the biological implications which govern the study of nutrition. Topics include the action, interaction, and balance of food constituents as they pertain to human health and disease. Prerequisites: BI 107 or BI 110, and CH 101 or CH 110.

BH 330 Human Sexuality (4)
The concept of sexuality as it incorporates the biological, psychological, physiological and cultural aspects of human sexual behavior. Special emphasis will be given to topics of greatest interest to students and to general society. Prerequisite: BI 107 or BI 110.

BH 335 Personal Wellness and Fitness (4)
An introduction to nutrition, conditioning, aerobic fitness, personal fitness assessment, and stress management. Prerequisite: BI 107 or BI 315.

BH 340 Kinesiology and Physiology of Exercise (4)
An analysis of muscle function/biomechanics, and study of the responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. Prerequisite: CH 101 or CH 110 and BI 315 or BI 316.

BH 461, 462 Independent Study in Health (1 - 4)

BH 463, 464 Internship in Health (1 - 4)

BH 465, 466 Independent Research Health (1 - 4)