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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. 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. 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. One two-hour laboratory period per week. Offered every semester.

BI 191 Forensic Anthropology (4)
This course examines the field of forensic anthropology through an applied, scientific approach. Covered topics include an overview of human osteology, examination of trauma and postmortem processes affecting the human body, discussion of ethical issues pertinent to the field of forensic anthropology, and techniques of estimating sex, age-at-death, ancestry, and stature from human skeletal remains. (For online programs only.)

BI 192 Forensic Science (4)
An introduction to forensic science and crime scene investigation through a realistic, applied approach. Methods used in a number of forensic fields will be covered, including forensic anthropology and odontology, pathology, forensic genetics, forensic chemistry and toxicology, forensic facial reconstruction, forensic entomology, and forensic psychology. One 2-hour laboratory session per week.

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. One 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate fall semesters.

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. One 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 110. Offered alternate fall semesters.

BI 207 Molecular Genetics (4)
The molecular principles of heredity and variation in living organisms. 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. One 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CH 110 and either BI 107 or BI 110, or consent of the instructor. Offered alternate fall 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 107, BI 110 or consent of the instructor. Offered every semester.

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. One 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BI 110. 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. One 2-hour lab period per week. week. Prerequisite: BI 107 or BI
110. Corequisite: CH 101 or CH 110 or consent of instructor. Offered spring semesters.

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

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. Prerequisite: BI 207 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate spring semesters.

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. Offered alternate years.

BI 315 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
An exploration of the fundamental concepts of anatomy, histology, and physiology with consideration of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. One 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or BI 107. Corequisite: CH 101 or 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. 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. One 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI 110 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

BI 324 Ecological Interactions (4)
Principles of ecology, illustrated by lecture and by the investigation of selected types of habitats. Prerequisite: BI 110. Offered alternate years.

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

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. Laboratory held during spring break in the Florida Keys. Prerequisite: BI 110 and consent of instructor. Offered alternate spring semesters.

BI 328 Animal Behavior (4)
The behavior of animals as revealed by the ethological approach. Orientation, learning, social behavior, migration, and agonistic behavior. 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. One 2-hour laboratory period per week with trips to local aquatic habitats. Prerequisite: BI 110.

BI 342 Parasitology (4)
A detailed study of eukaryotic parasites (protozoa, helminths, and medically relevant arthropods) that afflict animals and humans with an emphasis on life cycles, treatment and control, and the impact on human and animal lives. Prerequisite: BI 110 or BI 107 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. 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 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 404 Research Experience Capstone (3-4)
This course serves as the capstone experience for students in the biology, health sciences, kinesiology and exercise science, or environmental studies in wildlife management program who are involved in student faculty research projects. The objective of this course is to provide students an opportunity to analyze and synthesize the data collected during their research experience and a means to present their work in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: completion of at least one hour of student faculty research (BI 465/466) and consent of instructor.

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)