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Biology (BIO)

Courses

BIO 104  Foundations of Biology I  4 Credits (3,3)

This course will cover the essential structures, components, and processes of life. Emphasis will be placed on cell structure and function, sources and uses of biological energy, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3 ) hours of lab each week.
Corequisites: BIO 104L.

BIO 105  Foundations of Biology II  4 Credits (3,3)

An introduction to organismal diversity, using the phylogenetic tree of life as an organizing theme. Lecture and laboratories cover methods of phylogenetic reconstruction, current knowledge of the tree of life, and the evolution of life's most important and interesting innovations. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3) hours of lab each week
Corequisites: BIO 105L.

BIO 142  Intro to Environmental Science  3 Credits (3,0)

An introductory course that stresses the interrelations of all aspects of the living and the nonliving world. Introduces the student to key concepts and principles that govern how nature works and the application of these concepts and principles to possible solutions to enviromental and resource problems.

BIO 200  Genetics  4 Credits (3,3)

A study of the fundamental principles of inheritance and their application to plants, animals, fungi, and microogranisms. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) three-hour lab each week.
Prerequisites: BIO 104 and BIO 105 Corequisites: BIO 200L.

BIO 201  Microbiology  4 Credits (3,3)

A comprehensive course covering the involvement of microorganisms in disease processes. Course topics include the relationship between host and pathogen, opportunism, the basic functions of the immune system, molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, and a significant section on the biology of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3) hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites: BIO 104 and BIO 105) and (CHM and CHM 106) Corequisites: BIO 201L.

BIO 220  Wildlife Management  3 Credits (3,0)

The focus of this course is on the ecology and management of renewable wildlife resources for both wildlife and human benefits. Areas of study include ecological concepts, habitat evaluation and manipulation, adaptive management, and decision-making.

BIO 240  Natural History of the Region  4 Credits (3,3)

This course focuses on the geology, paleohistory, flora, fauna, and ecosystems of the region. The course covers such topics as the relationship between slope, elevation, topography, and plan communities.

BIO 301  Human Anatomy and Physiology  4 Credits (3,3)

It is an intensive lecture/laboratory course emphasizing the basic concepts and principles of human anatomy and physiology. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3) hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites: BIO 104 and BIO 105 Corequisites: BIO 301L.

BIO 302  Instrumental Analysis and Trace Evidence  3 Credits (3,3)

This course will cover the principles and techniques of forensic trace evidence analysis. Students will learn the proper collection, preservation, and identification of substances such as soil, pollen, wood, and fibers. Hands-on analysis experience including visual, chemical, and instrumental analysis. One three-hour laboratory session per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 104 and BIO 105 and CHM 200.

BIO 309  Principles of Ecology  4 Credits (2,3)

This course is designed to provide practical experience in the scientific measurement of enviromental parameters. Experience in collecting and identifying plants and animals in the different ecosystems will be developed by field and laboratory work.
Corequisites: BIO 309L.

BIO 312  Plant Identification  3 Credits (2,3)

This course is designed to provide practical experience in the identification of local flowering plants through the use of regional floras and recognition of common plant families. Elements of plant collection, identification, and herbarium techniques will be taught through classroom lectures and field and lab work. Students will be required to prepare their own plant collection.

BIO 313  Riparian Ecology  3 Credits (2,3)

The analysis of the structure, function, and classification of riparian habitats with special emphasis on Southwestern waterways. Evaluation of limnological, floral, and geomorphic resources that create specific riparian habitats will be covered.

BIO 315  Ornithology  4 Credits (3,3)

A comprehensive introduction to the ecology and evolution of the class Aves. Emphasis on adaptations to the environment, phylogenetic relationships, management, and conservation. Laboratory exercises will focus on species identification, anatomy, and physiological ecology. Early morning and weekend field trips will be required. Prerequisites: BIO 105.
Prerequisites: BIO 105.

BIO 318  Mammalogy  4 Credits (3,3)

A comprehensive introduction to the ecology and evolution of the class Mammalia and their morphological, physiological, reproductive, and behavioral adaptations. Laboratory exercises will focus on identification, phylogenetic relationships, and ecological adaptations. Field trips required. Prerequisites: BIO 105.
Prerequisites: BIO 105.

BIO 330  Environmental Consulting  3 Credits (3,0)

Today's industries, including the aviation industry, are under the umbrella of federal and state regulations dealing with a variety of enviromental issues. One aspect of these regulations is an EA (Enviromental Assessment), which is part of the NEPA (National Enviromental Protection Act) regulations. This process will be examined and used to analyze local and regional projects. .

BIO 400  Molecular and Cell Biology  4 Credits (3,3)

A study of basic and essential processes of cells with emphasis on the correlation of structure and function at the organelle and cellular levels. Basic study of the principles of molecular biology including recombinant DNA technology and other approaches and methodologies used in investigating bacterial, archaeal, and eukaryotic cellular structure, development, chromosome organization, gene expression, and gene regulation. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3) hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites: BIO 200 and CHM 300 Corequisites: BIO 400L.

BIO 400L  Molecular & Cell Biology Lab  0 Credits

One three-hour laboratory session per week, with experiments related to the material of BIO 400.
Corequisites: BIO 401.

BIO 401  Forensic DNA Analysis  4 Credits (3,3)

The course will examine the theories and current practices used in criminal investigations and legal proceedings to collect, analyze, and interpret biological evidence using molecular biology with emphasis on forensic DNA analysis. Three (3) lecture hours and three (3) hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites: BIO 400.

BIO 403  Wildlife and Airports  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of the problems and solutions associated with wildlife and their impact on airport safety. Special emphasis on problems correlated with birds.

BIO 420  Wildlife Management Techniques  3 Credits (1,6)

A comprehensive, field-based course covering techniques in wildlife management with a focus on wildlife native to southwestern U.S. ecosystems. Course topics include experimental design and statistical analysis, wildlife capture techniques, population surveys, radio telemetry, geographic information systems, conservation genetics, and habitat conservation planning. This course includes a commitment of two weekends during the semester to facilitate field data collection.

BIO 490  Senior Seminar  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a senior capstone course dealing with specific issues associated with the environmental work place both from an airport and municipality point of view.Topics include but are not limited to: storm water issues, noise, fuel spills, NEPA, 404 permitting.

BIO 499  Special Topics in Biology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in biology.