Course Descriptions

Biology Courses

BI 121 - Fndns of Cell & Molecular Bio

3.00 Cr
BI 121 focuses on fundamental cellular and molecular biological concepts and methods for students planning to major in biology or for students needing to satisfy a professional school requirement in biology. This course provides a foundation for more advanced courses in the biology major's program and is a prerequisite for many other courses in the program. BI 121 is devoted to cell structure and function and to classical and molecular genetics. Bacteria and viruses are also introduced in this course. Particular emphasis in the course is placed upon the scientific method and upon the evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of information.

BI 122 - Fndns of Organismal Biology

3.00 Cr
This course focuses on fundamental biological concepts at an organismal level. It also fulfills the Natural Science core requirement and provides a foundation for more advanced courses in Biology. BI 122 is devoted to biodiversity, plant form and function, and animal form and function. Particular emphasis in the course is placed upon the scientific method and upon the evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of information.

BI 123 - Fndns of Ecology and Diversity

3.00 Cr
This course focuses on fundamental biological concepts at an ecological level. It also fulfills the Natural Science core requirement and provides a foundation for more advanced courses in Biology. BI 123 is devoted to population genetics, evolution, ecology and biodiversity. Particular emphasis in the course is placed upon the scientific method and upon the evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of information.

BI 131 - Cellular & Molecular BI Lab

1.00 Cr
Lab Explorations in Cellular and Molecular Biology. The purpose of the lab portion of this course is to provide you with hands on experience with the scientific method. Over the course of the semester you will be exposed to the processes of experimental design, protocol development and implementation, data analysis, and the interpretation and presentation of results.

BI 132 - Physiology and Ecology Lab

1.00 Cr
The purpose of this course is to provide you with hands on experience of doing science at an organismal and ecological scale. Over the course of the semester you will be exposed to the processes of experimental design, field and lab protocol development and implementation, data analysis, and the interpretation and presentation of results. We will explore major themes in organismal biology and ecology including diversity, plant and animal form and function, and species interactions.

BI 189G - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

BI 201 - Intro to Human A & P I

4.00 Cr
A study of the morphology and physiology of the human body, both from a normal and pathological viewpoint. Three lectures and one two and one-half hour laboratory per week for 2 semesters.

BI 202 - Intro to Human A & P II

4.00 Cr
A study of the morphology and physiology of the human body, both from a normal and pathological viewpoint. Three lectures and one two and one-half hour laboratory per week for 2 semesters.

BI 214 - General Microbiology

3.00 Cr
An introductory study of microorganisms for allied health professionals (this course does not satisfy requirements of the biology major). Course includes history, taxonomy and nomenclature, morphology, physiology, nutrition, cultivation, ecology, genetics, immunity, and the roles of micro-organisms in disease and agriculture. Emphasis is on bacteria. Standard microbial methods and techniques are learned in the laboratory.

BI 214L - General Microbiology Lab

1.00 Cr
An introductory study of microorganisms for allied health professionals (this course does not satisfy requirements of the biology major). Course includes history, taxonomy and nomenclature, morphology, physiology, nutrition, cultivation, ecology, genetics, immunity, and the roles of micro-organisms in disease and agriculture. Emphasis is on bacteria. Standard microbial methods and techniques are learned in the laboratory.

BI 281 - Genetics

3.00 Cr
A study of the principles of inheritance at the organismal and molecular levels. Topics include transmission mechanisms, linkage, DNA replication and gene expression. The laboratory will include an introduction to current molecular genetics techniques. Both lecture and lab will emphasize problem solving and experimental data analysis.

BI 281L - Genetics Lab

1.00 Cr
A study of the principles of inheritance at the organismal and molecular levels. Topics include transmission mechanisms, linkage, DNA replication and gene expression. The laboratory will include an introduction to current molecular genetics techniques. Both lecture and lab will emphasize problem solving and experimental data analysis.

BI 305 - Microbiology

3.00 Cr
An introduction to the biology of the prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and the animal viruses. Course topics include bacterial cell structure, nutrition and metabolism, growth, genetics, traditional and molecular systematics, ecology of microorganisms, genetic engineering and biotechnology, antimicrobial agents, host parasite interactions, and major infectious diseases. Current methods in bacteriology are used in the identification of bacteria and the conducting of experiments.

BI 305L - Microbiology Lab

1.00 Cr
An introduction to the biology of the prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and the animal viruses. Course topics include bacterial cell structure, nutrition and metabolism, growth, genetics, traditional and molecular systematics, ecology of microorganisms, genetic engineering and biotechnology, antimicrobial agents, host parasite interactions, and major infectious diseases. Current methods in bacteriology are used in the identification of bacteria and the conducting of experiments.

BI 306 - Plant Biology

3.00 Cr
An introductory course focusing on the evolutionary history of plants, plant anatomy, and physiology. The laboratory exercises are diverse and emphasize recognizing reproductive and anatomical differences among major plant taxa (from algae to flowering plants), learning how to identify seed plants (gymnosperms and angiosperms)to the family level, and physiological experiments.

BI 307 - Animal Physiology

3.00 Cr
A study of the vertebrate organ systems which are most intimately involved in maintaining homeostasis: Nervous, Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Excretory. Regulation and integration of the systems will be emphasized. Individual study of assigned journal articles which complement the lecture material constitutes a major part of the learning experience. The laboratory offers the student experience using a variety of preparations and instrumentation.

BI 307L - Animal Physiology Lab

1.00 Cr
A study of the vertebrate organ systems which are most intimately involved in maintaining homeostasis: Nervous, Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Excretory. Regulation and integration of the systems will be emphasized. Individual study of assigned journal articles which complement the lecture material constitutes a major part of the learning experience. The laboratory offers the student experience using a variety of preparations and instrumentation.

BI 311 - Ecology (WI)

3.00 Cr
An introductory course focusing on the basic principles of the interactions and relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environment. The laboratory includes field observations, computer simulations, and statistical analysis of experimental data.

BI 312 - Global Change Ecology

3.00 Cr
This course will provide a scientific foundation for understanding the causes and effects of major types of human-caused global change. Topics will include anthropogenic climate change, land-use change, nutrient cycling, invasive species, and others. The course will introduce students to global-scale ecological questions and research methods through a focus on current primary research. Students will also be introduced to the links between global change sciences and other disciplines through the discussion of possible solutions to these human-caused problems.

BI 323 - Comparative Anatomy

3.00 Cr
A comparative study of the evolution of the anatomical structures of vertebrates. The course will emphasize the basic structures of vertebrates, the functional role of anatomical structures, and the adaptive changes that have occurred in vertebrate evolution.

BI 323L - Comparative Anatomy Lab

1.00 Cr
A comparative study of the evolution of the anatomical structures of vertebrates. The course will emphasize the basic structures of vertebrates, the functional role of anatomical structures, and the adaptive changes that have occurred in vertebrate evolution.

BI 330 - Molecular Biology(WI)

3.00 Cr
This course covers the molecular basis of biological activity through in-depth study of DNA. RNA and protein biosynthesis, regulation, and functional interactions. Particular emphasis is placed on the processes of DNA replication and repair, RNA transcription and processing, protein synthesis and post-translational modifications, and the regulation of gene expression. Students will also be introduced to various cell and molecular laboratory techniques, including PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, and bacterial transformation, through hands-on experiments and independent study.

BI 350 - Developmental Biology

3.00 Cr
A course concerned with the mechanisms of early development in animals. The molecular and cellular processes affecting differentiation, growth, and morphogenesis are emphasized. The laboratory includes experimental work and the study of anatomical changes occurring in vertebrate embryos.

BI 369 - Cell & Molecular Neuroscience

3.00 Cr
This course explores the basic biology of the nervous system. Topics covered include molecular signaling between nerve cells, early brain development, the construction of neural circuits, nervous system repair and regeneration, and complex brain functions. The laboratory portion of this course will be research-based with students applying techniques used in the fields of molecular and cellular Neuroscience.

BI 369L - Molecular Neuroscience Lab

1.00 Cr
This course explores the basic biology of the nervous system. Topics covered include molecular signaling between nerve cells, early brain development, the construction of neural circuits, nervous system repair and regeneration, and complex brain functions. The laboratory portion of this course will be research-based with students applying techniques used in the fields of molecular and cellular Neuroscience.

BI 370 - Evolutionary Analysis(WI)

3.00 Cr
This course explores the underlying principles of evolutionary change (natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, and gene flow) from an analytical perspective. The relevance of evolutionary change to real world concerns is emphasized while traditional and modem methods of analysis are explored and evaluated.

BI 370L - Evolutionary Analysis Lab

1.00 Cr
This course explores the underlying principles of evolutionary change (natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, and gene flow) from an analytical perspective. The relevance of evolutionary change to real world concerns is emphasized while traditional and modem methods of analysis are explored and evaluated.

BI 382 - Cell Biology

3.00 Cr
This upper-division course focuses on the cell as the basic unit of structure and function in living things. Topics include cellular organization, the structures and functions of cellular organelles and the cytoskeleton, energy transformations, communication between cells, and the cell cycle. Methods used to study cells and their component parts will be introduced in the laboratory portion of the course. Laboratories will introduce advanced techniques in molecular/cellular biology. Lectures will integrate material from genetics, chemistry and introductory biology.

BI 389 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

BI 389L - Biology Lab Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

BI 390 - Research Exp Plant Ecology WI

2.00 Cr
Research Experience in Plant Ecology. The primary goal of an Advanced Research Experience (ARE) is to engage all students in an authentic research opportunity as part of their undergraduate course work. Throughout the ARE course, students will be tasked with designing and implementing experiments to test a novel hypothesis that builds upon an area of knowledge. During the analysis process, collected data will be evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop meaningful conclusions. At the end of the ARE, each group will disseminate their findings to a broader audience through the presentation of their research project at Carroll's Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Furthermore, these projects will be uploaded to Carroll's Institutional Repository where they will be available to the general population. Each 2-credit ARE course will consist of two 3 hour labs per week.

BI 391 - Research Exp Molecular Bio WI

2.00 Cr
Research Experience in Molecular Biology. The primary goal of an Advanced Research Experience (ARE) is to engage all students in an authentic research opportunity as part of their undergraduate course work. Throughout the ARE course, students will be tasked with designing and implementing experiments to test a novel hypothesis that builds upon an area of knowledge. During the analysis process, collected data will be evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop meaningful conclusions. At the end of the ARE, each group will disseminate their findings to a broader audience through the presentation of their research project at Carroll's Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Furthermore, these projects will be uploaded to Carroll's Institutional Repository where they will be available to the general population. Each 2-credit ARE course will consist of two 3 hour labs per week.

BI 392 - Cell Moleclular Neurosci WI

2.00 Cr
Research Experience in Cell & Molecular Neuroscience. The primary goal of an Advanced Research Experience (ARE) is to engage all students in an authentic research opportunity as part of their undergraduate course work. Throughout the ARE course, students will be tasked with designing and implementing experiments to test a novel hypothesis that builds upon an area of knowledge. During the analysis process, collected data will be evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop meaningful conclusions. At the end of the ARE, each group will disseminate their findings to a broader audience through the presentation of their research project at Carroll's Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Furthermore, these projects will be uploaded to Carroll's Institutional Repository where they will be available to the general population. Each 2-credit ARE course will consist of two 3 hour labs per week.

BI 393 - CellularMechanotransductionWI

2.00 Cr
Research Experieince in Cellular Mechanotransduction. The primary goal of an Advanced Research Experience (ARE) is to engage all students in an authentic research opportunity as part of their undergraduate course work. Throughout the ARE course, students will be tasked with designing and implementing experiments to test a novel hypothesis that builds upon an area of knowledge. During the analysis process, collected data will be evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop meaningful conclusions. At the end of the ARE, each group will disseminate their findings to a broader audience through the presentation of their research project at Carroll's Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Furthermore, these projects will be uploaded to Carroll's Institutional Repository where they will be available to the general population. Each 2-credit ARE course will consist of two 3 hour labs per week.

BI 394 - Res Exp Animal Physiology WI

2.00 Cr
Research Experience in Animal Physiology. The primary goal of an Advanced Research Experience (ARE) is to engage all students in an authentic research opportunity as part of their undergraduate course work. Throughout the ARE course, students will be tasked with designing and implementing experiments to test a novel hypothesis that builds upon an area of knowledge. During the analysis process, collected data will be evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics in order to develop meaningful conclusions. At the end of the ARE, each group will disseminate their findings to a broader audience through the presentation of their research project at Carroll's Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Furthermore, these projects will be uploaded to Carroll's Institutional Repository where they will be available to the general population. Each 2-credit ARE course will consist of two 3 hour labs per week.

BI 425 - BI Internship:

1.00 Cr
Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the internship coordinator at the Career Services Office.

BI 477 - Thesis Research/Writing (WI)

2.00 Cr
This course is intended to guide students through the process of writing an honors thesis based upon data the student have collected. The course consists of weekly meetings during which the parts of the thesis (Introduction and Literature Review, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion) will be discussed. Poster and Power Point presentations are covered. By the end of the semester, students will have completed a draft of their theses. One hour lecture/discussion per week.

BI 485 - Independent Study

1.00 Cr
Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

BI 496 - Senior Seminar

1.00 Cr
Readings and discussion of significant past and current literature.

BI 499 - Senior Thesis

2.00 Cr
The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic. Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College. The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project. For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants. The thesis is typically to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. Departments with a designated thesis research/writing course may award credits differently with approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the thesis credits exceed the full-time tuition credit limit for students, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.

BMB 496 - BMB Senior Seminar

1.00 Cr
This course focuses on critical evaluation of information relevant to biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB). Students will discuss issues relevant to BMB research, ethics, funding and careers. Students will read, evaluate, and discuss past and current literature in biochemistry and molecular biology. Each student will provide oral presentations of work that they have reviewed.