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BIO 120 - Organismal Biology with Lab
Organismal Biology With Laboratory
Pre or Co-Requisite: CHE 210/212 or CHE 211/213 Prerequisite: Placement in MAT 135, 155, 155P, or 243 or completion of a Tier I Math. Course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 130
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course

The structure and function of organisms is the focus of this course. After a passage through the clade of living organisms, we consider the basic problems faced by all living organisms and compare the diverse solutions that have evolved among bacteria, archaea, protists, chromists, rhodophytes, plants, fungi, and animals. The fundamental concepts include: cellular structure, homeostasis, growth, movement, behavior, reproduction, and evolution. Laboratory exercises involve both observation of and experimentation with living organisms. This writing-intensive course provides up to 2 points toward the 8 points required to meet the university intermediate writing requirement for biology major and minor programs. Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 130 without the express written consent of the Biology Department Chair or designee. Three hour lecture, three hour laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Team Taught, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CSUS Common Course

BIO 130 - Ecology with Laboratory
Ecology With Laboratory
Pre or Co-Requisites: CHE 210/212 or CHE 211/213 Prerequisite: Placement In MAT 135, 155, 155P or 243 or successful completion of a Tier I Math. Course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 120
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course is an introduction to the study of interactions between species and their physical environment. This course will examine the factors that determine distribution and relative abundance of species, organization of communities, and ecosystem dynamics. Topics will be presented within an evolutionary framework, drawing on connections to human experience, as well as other sub-disciplines of biology. Laboratory exercises will include essential theories and techniques in the field. Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 120 without the express written consent of the Biology Department Chair or designee. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Team Taught, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CSUS Common Course

BIO 180 - Freshman Supervised Study
Freshman Supervised Study
Co-Requisite: BIO 120 or BIO 130 and Instructor Permission

The student formulates the project idea with the ECSU faculty mentor. The student is expected to write a comprehensive report to the faculty mentor.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Biology Department

BIO 1XX - Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIO 200 - Ecology and the Environment
Ecology and the Environment
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to the study of organismal interactions: both among organisms, as well as those between organisms and their physical environment. Course topics include the movement of energy through ecosystems, species interactions, population dynamics, and human impacts on other organisms and the environment. Topics will be presented within an evolutionary framework, drawing on connections to human experience as well as other sub-disciplines of biology. Special emphasis will be placed on critical evaluation of scientific information, the scientific method and ecology as a scientific enterprise.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T1NS-Natural Science

BIO 201 - Ecology & Environment Lab
Ecology And The Environment Laboratory
Pre or Co requisite: BIO 200
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Students in this course will participate in the process of science, through a variety of hands-on investigations in ecology. Activities will be designed to teach key scientific skills such as observation and measurement, manipulation and control of variables, graphical analysis, and the formulation of alternative hypotheses. Elementary statistical concepts will also be explored, via simple spreadsheet analyses. Students will apply scientific principles of experimental design and data analysis to problems drawn from ecology, as well as from everyday life. This course is intended to provide an accessible and relevant hands-on laboratory experience for non-majors, which, together with BIO 200 (Ecology And The Environment), will fulfill their LAC Tier 1 requirement for Natural Science with Laboratory.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

BIO 202 - Human Biology Lecture
Human Biology Lecture
Prerequisite: None

An introduction to basic concepts related to the structure and function of molecules, cells, tissues, and organ-systems of the human body. The application of the scientific method to the study of human and animal models in health and disease will also be discussed. Three hour lecture per week.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CSUS Common Course, GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

BIO 203 - Human Biology Laboratory
Human Biology Laboratory
Pre or Co-Requisite: BIO 202
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Selected laboratory experiences to complement BIO 202. Course objectives are designed to: familiarize students with various experimental approaches to the study of cell and organ function, particularly as they relate to human biology; explore the application of the scientific method to experimental biology; and develop skills in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques. Two hours laboratory per week.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

BIO 205 - Insects & Human Society w/Lab
Insects And Human Society With Laboratory
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

An introductory course about the intriguing insect world and how these six-legged creatures interact with people. Topics include insect diversity, structure and function, and behavior. Examples will illustrate the profound impacts insects have had on history, culture, and society. Laboratory exercises will provide experience in observation, experimentation, and analyses. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory/field work per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
3.000 OR 5.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, Lab, LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 207 - Plants And Human Affairs w/Lab
Plants and Human Affairs With Laboratory
Prereq: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

The basic principles of life are examined with emphasis on plant and human examples. This course introduces cellular structure, metabolism, growth, reproduction, adaptation to the physical environment, and genetic evolution. The mutualistic relationship between plants and humans is a central theme. Greenhouse and laboratory exercises provide practical experience in experimental biology. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory field work per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab, Lecture/Lab Decreased FLC's Su

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, Lab, LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 220 - Cell Structure & Funct w/Lab
Cell Structure and Function
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130 with a grade of C- or better
Pre or Co-requisites: CHE 210/212, 211/213. Course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 230.
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This writing-intensive course examines the molecular and physiological basis of cell structure and function in microbes, plants, and animals, as well as the structure and function of viruses. Laboratory exercises cover essential principles and techniques for studying cells. Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 230 without the express written consent of the Biology Department Chair or designee.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Team Taught, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

BIO 230 - Genetics with Laboratory
General Genetics
Prerequisites:BIO 120, BIO 130 with a grade of C- or better, Pre or Co-requisites: CHE 210/212 or CHE 211/213. Course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 220.
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course is an introduction to the basics of genetics including molecular, cellular, transmission, and population genetics. It will provided an overview of the structure and function of genes and chromosomes and explore the evolutionary consequences of their behavior in populations. Laboratory experiments will include essential theories and techniques in the field. Course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 220 without the express written consent of the Biology Department Chair or designee.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Team Taught, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

BIO 280 - Sophomore Supervised Study
Sophomore Supervised Study
Co-requisite: BIO 220 or BIO 230 and Instructor Permission

The student formulates the project idea with the ECSU faculty mentor. The student is expected to write a comprehensive report to the faculty mentor or present the results of the study in seminar form at ECSU.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Biology Department

BIO 2XX - Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIO 301 - Microbes And Your Health
Microbes And Your Health
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

This course provides general knowledge about the relationship between microbial organisms and the human host. The impact of the socio-economic and environmental health of society is also covered. The course deals with pathogenesis, infection, prevention, and treatment of selected diseases. Microbes include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 302 - Microbes & Your Health Lab
Microbes And Your Health Laboratory
Pre or Co-Requisite: BIO/PBH 301
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.



1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Lab, LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 304 - Genetics And Society
Genetics And Society
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

The course will cover the history of genetics, from Mendel to recombinant DNA, with emphasis on the practical applications, as they relate to human, medical, and agricultural uses. Topics will include an examination of the way in which traits are inherited, the inheritance of specific disorders, the structure and function of DNA, as well as the way in which genetics play a role in cancer, aging, behavior, and other important areas. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 305 - The Animal World
The Animal World
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

The world of animals from microscopic forms to large mammals. With common names used wherever possible, the general biology of each animal group will be covered. Consideration will be given to how humans and the animals in each group interact; e.g., organisms that cause human disease, animals as human food, poisonous animals, domestic animals. Three hours lecture per week.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 314 - Genetics And Society Lab
Genetics And Society Lab
Pre- or co-requisite: Bio 304 Pre-req: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This is a laboratory course that fulfills the LAC Tier II Natural Science laboratory requirement. It is intended to complement the Genetics and Society Lecture and as such, BIO 304 is a pre- or co-requisite for enrollment. This course will focus on historical and modern genetic technology relevant to all students. Topics include: the scientific method, methods of genetic analysis including PCR, RFLP, and electrophoresis, genetic pedigree analysis, genetics in the media, and the moral and ethical issues inherent to these modern technologies.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

BIO 319 - Oceanic Island Ecology
Oceanic Island Ecology
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better. Permission of Instructor


1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture Team Taught, Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 320 - Tropical Biology
Tropical Biology
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better. Permission of Instructor

A ten to twelve-day field ecology experience in the tropics. Concepts of tropical ecology, island biogeography, as well as natural history of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora are studied.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture and Field Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 324 - Entomology With Laboratory
Entomology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

The introductory entomology course is open to biology majors and other students meeting the prerequisites. The course will discuss the classification, physiology, population biology, and behavior of insects. Insect-human relations will be explored, with an emphasis on medical entomology, insect control, and molecular biology. Laboratories will highlight external and internal anatomy, insect orders, behavior, population biology, and ecology. Three hour lecture, three hours laboratory/field work per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 330 - Cell Biology With Laboratory
Cell Biology
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course examines the diversity of eukaryotic cell types and analyzes underlying similarities, with an emphasis on cell structure and function. The major topics covered will look at import/export, signaling, organelle structure and function, energetics, motility, cell cycle and information flow. The laboratory will emphasize techniques of wide usage and students will be expected to create their own experiments. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 332 - Biology Of Plants With Lab
Biology Of Plants With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A methodical investigation of algae, fungi, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Emphasis is placed on anatomy, morphology, life history, and evolution. Physiology and ecology of these organisms are introduced. Laboratory activities are coordinated with lecture topics. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 334 - General Microbiology w/Lab
General Microbiology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Introduces the biochemical and physiological aspects of microbial agents including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and viruses and how they interact with their environment. Emphasis is placed on: the difference between infection and disease, the importance and consequence of microbial interaction with the environment, the different kinds of microbial agents, host immunity to microbial agents, and mechanism of immunization and vaccination. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 336 - Invertebrate Biology With Lab
Invertebrate Biology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A functional approach in lecture surveying the major and minor invertebrate groups with an emphasis on marine organisms. Laboratory follows a phylogenetic approach to invertebrate body organization. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 338 - Vertebrate Biology With Lab
Vertebrate Biology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A survey of the major vertebrate groups with emphasis on viewing vertebrate morphological, physiological, and life history traits within their respective ecological and evolutionary contexts. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 340 - Parasitology With Laboratory
Parasitology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Examines protozoa, helminths, trematodes, cestodes, nematodes, mites, ticks, etc. which are parasitic for humans and other selected animals. Identification methods, classification, life cycles, and disease characteristics are covered in lecture and laboratory. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 342 - Herpetology with Lab
Herpetology with Lab
Prerequisites: BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 220 and BIO 230 ; each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

This summer course provides biology majors with an introduction to herpetology, the study of amphibians and repiles. An emphasis is placed on evolutionary patterns and processes, through which we examine how organisms interact with the biotic and abiotic components of their environment. Additionally, we consider how these interactions shape the diversity and distribution of amphibian and reptile assemblages from local to global scales. We also consider the relevance of amphibians and reptiles to other applied branches of biology, including conservation and invasion ecology. During our laboratory sessions, we use standard field techniques to survey and analyze the diversity of herpetofaunal communities throughout Connecticut.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 344 - General Mycology
General Mycology with Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 220 and BIO 230 with a grade of C- or better.

BIO 344 will cover a broad array of topics in mycology including genetics, evolution, biochemistry, and taxonomy. The course will also delve into how fungi affect human helath, their importance to agriculture, as well as their indispensable roles in ecosystems and in the field of biotechnology. Students will complete semester long projects on topics in fungal biology. During the laboratory component, students will develop skills for identifying and working with diverse fungal microbes and will conduct surveys and experiments to shed light on fundamental biological processes and concepts.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Team Taught, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Organismal, Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 346 - Animal Behavior With Lab
Animal Behavior With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must Have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A broad integrative approach to the study of animal behavior, focusing on the genetic basis of behavior, physiological, and sensory mechanisms, and the ecological context in which behaviors evolve. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 348 - Functional Human Anatomy w/Lab
Functional Human Anatomy With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of the gross anatomy of the human body. The course provides a correlative review of the structure/function relationships of human body systems. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 350 - Human Physiology With Lab
Human Physiology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A systematic approach to the study of human physiology. Fundamental physiological mechanisms associated with homeostatic functions of major body systems will be discussed. Consideration of some abnormal and pathologic states. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 358 - Desert Ecology & Biogeography
Desert Ecoloy & Biogeography
Prerequisites: Bio 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.
Permission of Instructor

Desert Ecoloy & Biogeography introduces students to the unique desert ecosystems of southwestern North America. We examine how environmental factors and biotic interactions shape the diversity and distributions of arid-adapted plant and animal communities from local to regional scales. We also evaluate how these communities are assembled over both ecological and geological timescales, an approach that provides insight into the biodiversity and biogeography of desert systems. To reinforce course material, we explore and conduct field studies in the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts. Note: Students must participate in an 8-day field trip planned for Spring Recess.

4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture and Field Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 360 - Tropical Ecosystems
Tropical Ecosystems
Prerequisites: Bio 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.
Permission of Instructor

This seminar examines fundamental topics in tropical biology. The course, used in combination with BIO 320, partially satisfies the 300-level biology requirement for biology majors. Two hours seminar for seven weeks.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar, Seminar Team Taught

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 365 - Special Topics In Biology
Special Topics In Biology
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

BIO 366 - Molecular Aspects Cell Biology
Molecular Aspects Of Cell Biology
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.
Co-requisites: BIO 422

This lecture analyzes specific topics in cell biology at the molecular level, and provides an understanding of the biochemical and physical processes that control biology. This course is a corequisite or prerequisite for BIO 422. Three hours lecture for five weeks.

1.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

BIO 378 - Bio Research, Data Analysis
Biological Research and Data Analysis
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing and Permission of Instructor

A hands-on data analysis course designed for students conducting independent research in biology. The course integrates descriptions of research projects by various biology faculty members with a survey of the statistical techniques typically utilized in biological research. Topics range from descriptive statistics to ANOVA and regression analysis. This course is required of all Biology Honors students and can be used in combination with MAT 243 to satisfy the math requirement for the Biology major.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

BIO 380 - Independent Study I
Independent Study I
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230. Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better. Permission of Instructor.

The student formulates the project idea with the ECSU faculty mentor. The student is expected to carry out an independent project and write a comprehensive report to the faculty mentor or present the results of the study in seminar form at ECSU.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Biology Department

BIO 3XX - Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIO 420 - Microscopy With Laboratory
Microscopy With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better or permission of Instructor. NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.



0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 422 - Rsrch Methds Molecul Bio w/Lab
Research Methods In Molecular Biology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: Bio 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.
Co-requisite: BIO 366

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

The lectures deal with the theoretical basis for commonly used techniques in protein and DNA purification and characterization. The laboratories provide students with experience in most of the major methods, such as acrylamide gels, staining techniques, chromatography, and centrifugation. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 424 - Biological Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Pre-reqs: BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 220 and BIO 230. Each course must be completed with a final grade of C- or better

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Biological Chemistry introduces students to several fundamental concepts, including metabolic pathways, cellular communication, extracellular matrix, integration of cellular functions, and physiological abnormalities. The course emphasizes research methods used to study cell function. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. *This course is not a substitution or equivalent to CHE 316/317 Biochemistry I or CHE 318/319 Biochemistry II.

4.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 426 - Biology of Cancer with Lab
Biology of Cancer with Lab
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, 230 ( All with a C- or better).
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course will focus on the cellular and molecular causes of malignancy. Topics covered will include tumor viruses, cell signaling, mutagenesis, gene expression, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, cell cycle, cancer progression and methods of cancer treatment. The laboratory portion of the course will explore many of these topics while providing students with hands on experience in cellular and molecular techniques such as PCR, sequencing, gel electrophoresis, tissue staining and microscopy. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Molecular, Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 428 - Virology With Laboratory
Virology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of viruses of vertebrates, invertebrates, bacteria, and plants. Classification, biochemical and biophysical characterization, and life cycles are covered. Major emphasis will be placed on those viruses of medical importance to human. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 430 - Endocrinology With Laboratory
Endocrinology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of the structure, function, and regulation of hormones in selected groups of vertebrates with emphasis on mammalian systems. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 432 - Histology With Laboratory
Histology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A microscopic study of vertebrate tissue organization and structure. Epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissues are looked at both individually and in combination as they form the organs and organ systems of the body. Laboratory work includes detailed microscopic study of prepared material. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 434 - Developmental Biology With Lab
Developmental Biology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Study of animal and some plant development. Concepts of fertilization, presumptive germ layer formation, organogenesis, growth and regulation will be considered from an experimental and descriptive viewpoint. New advances in molecular and cellular biology will be stressed from a developmental point of view. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 436 - Molecular Genetics With Lab
Molecular Genetics With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Structure and function of DNA. DNA replication, transcription, mRNA structure, translation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Mutation, causes, effects and repair mechanisms, control of gene regulation, lac operon, virus maturation. Jumping genes, transposons. Immunogenetics, genetic engineering, recombinant DNA. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 438 - Plant Physiology With Lab
Plant Physiology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Normal functions of plants are studies from the biochemical to the organismal levels. Topics included are respiration, photosynthesis, nitrogen metabolism, mineral nutrition, water relations, transpiration, translocation, plant growth substances, plant tropisms, photoperiodism, flowering dormancy, and senescence. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 440 - Aquatic Biology With Lab
Aquatic Biology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

An examination of the physical and chemical factors and biotic interactions influencing aquatic life of both freshwater and marine environments. Three hours lecture, six-hour field excursions for seven weeks.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Field Instruction, Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Field Instruction, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 442 - Plant Ecology With Lab
Plant Ecology With Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

The study of mechanisms that regulate plant population numbers and plant species coexistence. Topics include seeding recruitment, resource allocation patterns, life-history strategies, breeding systems, plant-animal interactions (herbivory, pollination ecology), competitive ability vs. stress-tolerance, and ecologically-sound vegetation management practices. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
3.000 OR 6.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 444 - Populatn/Comunity Ecology wLab
Population And Community Ecology with Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better; MAT 243

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of the dynamics of population growth, life history strategies, predator-prey and competition theory, and biogeography. Laboratory work includes population censusing techniques and development of computer simulations. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 448 - Physiological Ecology With Lab
Physiological Ecology with Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of various physiological adaptations and constraints that govern the interactions of animals with other organisms and with their environment. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 450 - Biotechnology With Lab
Biotechnology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course provides extensive hands-on lecture/laboratory experience and skills in current methodologies in biotechnology. Aspects covered include: genome complexity, gene structure, function, regulation and control; DNA product synthesis (translation and transcription); enzyme chemistry, assays and applications; gene manipulation and characterization; gel filtration and electrophoresis; cell and tissue culture techniques. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 452 - Conservation Biology W/Lab
Conservation Biology With Lab
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course is a study of the threats to biodiversity including habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, human population growth, and over-harvesting. Emphasis is placed on: examination of methods in conservation biology, current issues at the local and global levels highlighted by case studies, and the use of molecular techniques in conservation.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 454 - Biological Invasions With Lab
Biological Invasions With Lab
Pre-requisites: BIO 120, 130, 220 & 230. Each course must be completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Non-native, invasive species are second only to habitat destruction in their effects on biodiversity and ecosystems. This course examines the causes, impacts, biology, and management of the human-mediated redistribution of the earth's biota, including invasive bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine environments. Class time will consist of lectures, discussion of peer-reviewed scientific literature, and student-led presentations and discussions. In laboratory, invasive species research and management techniques are examined including GIS mapping of species distributions, field sampling techniques, analysis of trophic interactions, and biological control studies.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 456 - Marine Ecology With Lab
Marine Ecology With Lab
Pre-requisites: BIO 120, 130, 220 and 230. Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

A study of the marine environment, adaptations of marine organisms, and the interactions among marine organisms. Topics include in depth study of marine systems such as the deep ocean, salt marshes, and coral reefs. Relevant primary literature will be discussed for each topic. Three hours lecture, weekly six hour field excursions in the first seven weeks of the semester.

4.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 458 - Regenerative Medicine
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230; Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

Regenerative medicine seeks to provide cellular therapies to repair tissues damaged through aging, disease or injury. Specific cell types for regenerative medicine are proposed to come from stem cells. Stem cells are becoming more prevalent in our everday lives and in the news. Politicians debate stem cell-related topics and contribute our tax dollars towards their research, yet most people know surprisingly little regarding stem cells. This course aims to provide a foundation in stem cell biology, applications in regenerative medicine, and highlights relevant social issues surrounding stem cells, allowing students to develop their own opinions.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Biology Senior Status Courses

BIO 466 - Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: Senior Status in Biology Program; (12 credits in upper-level BIO); completion of the stage 2 university writing requirement; and LAC student with two Tier II courses.

This capstone course is open to senior biology majors who have completed three of their upper-level biology courses. Students participate in the synthesis and communication of ideas in biology. Activities include extensive writing and revision of papers and oral communication in various modes. Successful completion of this course satisfies the University advanced writing requirement. Three hours seminar per week.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience, Writing Intensive

BIO 480 - Independent Study II
Independent Study II
Prerequisites: BIO 380 (B or better), GPA 2.0, Instructor's Permission

The student formulates the project idea with the ECSU faculty mentor. The student is expected to carry out an independent project, write a comprehensive report to the faculty mentor, and present the results of the study at an appropriate venue.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Biology Department

BIO 488 - Honors Thesis Research
Honors Thesis Research
Prerequisites: Junior Standing and Consent of Departmental Honors Committee

Honors students conduct independent research under the guidance of Departmental Honors Committee and a faculty supervisor. The research will lead to the completion of the Honors Thesis.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Directed Research

Biology Department

BIO 490 - Teaching Assistantship I
Teaching Assistantship I
Prerequisites: B or Better in Assisted Course of Equivalent, GPA 2.7+, and Permission of Instructor

The student assists in the instruction of a laboratory course. Responsibilities include preparing and cleaning-up of instructional materials for laboratory, assisting with orientation and instructions to students in the class, and serving as role model, mentor, and tutor for students.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

Biology Department

BIO 491 - Teaching Assistantship II
Teaching Assistantship II
Prerequisites: BIO 490, B or Better in Assisted Course or Equivalent, GPA 2.7+, and Permission of Instructor

The student assists in the instruction of a laboratory course. Responsibilities include preparing and cleaning-up of instructional materials for laboratory, assisting with orientation and instructions to students in the class, serving as role model, mentor, and tutor for students and making an oral presentation in class.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
4.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

Biology Department

BIO 494 - Supervised Field Experiences
Supervised Field Experiences
Prerequisites: GPA 2.0 or Better and Permission of Instructor

The student in consultation with an ECSU faculty mentor, finds a supervisor with an external agency (physician, staff scientist, veterinarian, forester, etc.) to support and guide the student's project. With advice from the faculty mentor and agency supervisor, the student prepares a proposal for the field experience. This proposal should indicate the nature and amount of work to be done and the method for evaluation of the project by supervisor and mentor. This proposal is submitted to the department chairperson. The number of credits allowed is determined by the mentor and department chairperson. A written paper or seminar presentation of the project is an expected outcome for the field experience.

1.000 TO 15.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 30.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Field Instruction

Biology Department

BIO 4XX - Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIO 5XX - Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture


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