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Robert Black, Jeffrey Cardon (chair),
Barbara Christie-Pope, Martha Condon,
S. Andy McCollum, Craig Tepper
Adjunct Faculty/Academic Staff: Jennifer Hurley O'Hara, Laura Krouse,Donald Wick
Major: A minimum of 13 courses, including at least 10 courses in
Biology, eight of which must be at or above the 200 level; also CHE
121-122 (or 161), and
225 (Chemical Principles I, II, or Accelerated General
Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry I).
The courses in Biology must include the seven core courses listed below
and at least one course from each of the other three
BIO 141 Foundations: Cellular Biology
BIO 142 Foundations: Organismal Biology
BIO 205 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 211 Evolution
BIO 315 Genetics
BIO 321 Ecology
BIO 485 Biological Problems
BIO 305 Advanced Molecular Biology
BIO 313 Developmental Biology
BIO 326 Microbiology
BIO 327 Immunology
BIO 328 Neurobiology
BIO 209 Plant Morphology
BIO 303 Plant Physiology
BIO 320 Iowa Plant Communities
BIO 332 Plant Systematics
BIO 254 Ornithology
BIO 308 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 312 Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 334 Animal Behavior
BIO 337 Entomology
Appropriate supporting work in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is also strongly recommended.
Teaching Major: Identical to the general major
except BIO 485 is not required. If the student's program
permits, however, BIO 485 is strongly recommended. In addition to the
foregoing requirements for the subject major, prospective teachers must
also apply for admission to the Teacher Education
Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete a
second major in Secondary Education described under
Minor: A minimum of seven course credits which include BIO 141, 142
and CHE 121-122 (or 161). Students may elect either of the following two ways to
complete the minor: (1) CHE 225, BIO 205 and BIO 315; or (2) BIO 321
plus two additional upper-level elective courses in Biology.
Environmental Studies majors may receive a minor in Biology by
completing the first track, or by completing the second track only if
the two upper-level biology courses completed are courses not
counted toward the Environmental Studies major.
Concentration: Students should consult with the Department concerning programs leading to graduate work in zoology, botany, or the health sciences; to high school teaching; to admission to schools of medicine and dentistry; and to various careers in the biological sciences.
Note: Students intending to take advanced work in biology and all preprofessional students (medicine, dentistry, etc.) should take BIO 141 and 142.
Investigative approach to the solution of biological problems, emphasizing designing, executing, and interpreting research. Specific research areas are confined to the interests of each instructor. Recommended for non-science majors. (Laboratory Science)
106. Biology for the Schools
Basic biology, emphasizing the investigative approach to solve
biological problems. Students will design, execute, and interpret
research. Class projects will teach application of scientific method and
basic laboratory techniques. Research topics will vary with each
instructor. Recommended for education majors. (Laboratory Science)
Selected areas of biology, emphasizing the application of biological concepts and theory to humans and their environment. Topics vary each term. Recommended for non-science majors. (Science)
111. Human Anatomy and Physiology
The anatomy and physiology of the human, including an examination of
tissues, anatomy, and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory,
digestive, excretory, skeletal/muscular, and nervous systems. Not open
to Biology or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors. Students who have
completed BIO 141 must obtain permission of the instructor.
Alternate years. (Laboratory Science) CHRISTIE-POPE
141. Foundations: Cellular Biology
living organisms, designed to introduce the principles of cell
structure, cell function, energy production, information transfer,
development, and physiology. This course is a prerequisite for most
upper-level Biology courses. (Laboratory Science) CHRISTIE-POPE or TEPPER
142. Foundations: Organismal Biology
of genetics, evolution, speciation, classification, the diversity of
life, ecology, biological communities, and animal behavior. This course
is a prerequisite for all upper-level Biology courses. (Laboratory
Science) BLACK, CONDON, or
205. Cell and Molecular Biology
Basic metabolism and organization of cells and intracellular organelles.
Introduction to the structure and synthesis of biological
macromolecules. Prerequisites: BIO 141, 142,
and CHE 225. Same course as CHE
234. (Laboratory Science) CARDON
209. Plant Morphology
Structure and function of plants. Ecological, evolutionary, and physiological perspectives.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142.
(Laboratory Science) CONDON
Principles of evolution. Emphasis on modern theory, evidence, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142.
(Laboratory Science) CONDON
230. Conservation Biology
Ecological, evolutionary, and other biological principles and their
application to the maintenance of global and local biodiversity.
Prerequisite: BIO 142. (Science)
Basic biology of birds, emphasizing taxonomy, structure, ecology,
behavior, distribution, and natural history. Prerequisite: BIO
142 or adequate high school preparation. May include an
extended field trip. Offered every third year. (Laboratory Science)
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
281-285. Topics in Biology
Study of a selected topic of current interest or concern in biology.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
305. Advanced Molecular Biology
A continuation of BIO 205, with coverage of a range of
topics of interest in molecular biology such as aging, cytoskeleton,
gene regulation, hormones, and oncology. Prerequisite: BIO
205. (Laboratory Science) CARDON or
308. Invertebrate Zoology
Structure, classification, physiology, reproduction, life history,
natural history, ecology, and evolution of invertebrates. Prerequisites:
BIO 141 and 142. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science)
312. Vertebrate Zoology
of the biology of vertebrates, emphasizing structure, classification,
physiology, reproductive biology, ecology, natural history, and
evolution. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142.
(Laboratory Science) BLACK
313. Developmental Biology
Principles of animal and plant development with an emphasis on early developmental changes. Cellular and molecular changes associated with gene expression, induction, and morphology. Prerequisite: BIO 205. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science) TEPPER
Principles of inheritance in plants and animals. Emphasis on the laws of heredity, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Laboratory research in molecular genetics. Recommended for juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: BIO 205. (Laboratory Science) TEPPER
320. Iowa Plant Communities
Primarily a field course designed to gain familiarity with the variety
of plant communities in Iowa. Topics include species identification,
vegetation measurement and comparison, relationship to soil and other
environmental factors. One or more multi-day field trips. Prerequisites:
BIO 141 and 142. (Laboratory Science)
Why do individuals and species live the way they do, in the numbers they
do, in the areas they do; and what environmental influences guided their
evolution? Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142.
(Laboratory Science) BLACK or McCOLLUM
microbial world with emphasis on bacterial culture and identification,
and the role of microbial activities in the environment. Prerequisite:
BIO 205. (Laboratory Science) CARDON
A study of the human immune system including the basic principles
involved in host defense mechanisms and methods of immunology.
Prerequisite: BIO 205. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science) CHRISTIE-POPE
cellular, and physiological aspects of the nervous system. Emphasis is
placed on basic properties of nerve cells, neural circuits, and
organization and function of the mammalian nervous system. Prerequisite:
BIO 205. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science)
332. Plant Systematics
vascular plants, treated from two points of view: (1) the mechanisms of
evolution and techniques used to study these mechanisms; (2) the
relationships between various groups, especially the families of
flowering plants. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and
142. (Laboratory Science) CONDON
334. Animal Behavior
development, causation, and function of behavior with emphasis on the
origins and adaptive function of behaviors of vertebrates and
invertebrates. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142.
(Laboratory Science) McCOLLUM
history, morphology, taxonomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, and
economic importance of insects. Laboratories will focus on sampling,
preservation, identification, and experimentation with insects.
Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. Alternate
years. (Laboratory Science) McCOLLUM
381-385. Advanced Topics in
Advanced examination of a selected topic of current interest or concern
399. Preservation Ecology Summer Internship
Field experience during the summer under the auspices of the Iowa Nature
Conservancy in preservation ecology techniques, including biological
resource assessment, monitoring animal and plant populations, landowner
contacts, mapping, preparing reports, and designated preserve management
tasks. Prerequisites: (1) at least two of the following: BIO
209, 321, or 332; (2) at least
two of the following: BIO 254, 308,
312, or 334; (3) junior standing; and
(4) acceptance by the Nature Conservancy. See Courses 299/399.
483. Senior Seminar in Biology
Readings, presentations, and discussions from the recent research
literature focused on an area of interest and/or expertise of the
instructor. Prerequisites: BIO or BMB major and senior standing.
Recommended prerequisite: BIO 315.
485. Biological Problems
Investigation of a biological problem, including a review of the
literature, collection and interpretation of data, and writing of a
research report. May be repeated once for credit. Intended for seniors
or advanced juniors. Arrangements must be made with the instructor
511. Extended Research in Biology (1/4)
Reading in depth on a topic of current interest and the pursuit of an experimental or theoretical problem related to the topic. This adjunct course must be taken over four successive terms. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
963. Oak Ridge Science Semester
969. Wilderness Field Station
600 First Street West, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, 52314
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