100 Level Courses:
BIOL 101: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 102: General Biology
BIOL 102-L: General Biology Lab
BIOL 104: Biology in the Contemporary World
BIOL 106: Conservation Theory and Management
BIOL 107: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 107-L: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance Lab
BIOL 108: Evolution
BIOL 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology
BIOL 161: Forest Ecology
BIOL 162: Fruits, Nuts and Berries of the Ozarks
200 Level Courses:
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 200-L: Ecology Lab
BIOL 201: Biodiversity
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 205-L: Human Anatomy Laboratory
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
BIOL 206-L: Human Physiology
BIOL 207: Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 207-L: Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 208: Microbiology
BIOL 209: Plant Form and Function
BIOL 210: Wildlife Management: Theory and Practice
BIOL 211: General Zoology
BIOL 214: Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 217: Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 290: Selected Topics
300 Level Courses:
BIOL 302: Principles of Human Nutrition
BIOL 305: Medical Terminology
BIOL 308: Immunology
BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology
BIOL 315: Field Techniques in Environmental Biology
BIOL 322: Genetics
BIOL 325: Epidemiology
BIOL 326: Environmental and Community Health
BIOL 328: Parasitology
BIOL 332: Biology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals
BIOL 337: Introduction to Virology
BIOL 338: Biology of Lakes and Streams
BIOL 344: Toxicology
BIOL 347: Medical Sociology
BIOL 356: Biopsychology
BIOL 364: Neuroanatomy
BIOL 370: Human Sexuality
BIOL 371: Entomology
BIOL 381: Pharmacology
BIOL 382: Pathophysiology
BIOL 390: Selected Topics
BIOL 101: Exploring Molecular Biology. 3 hours.
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition regulation processes will be explored. Offered fall semester each year. Prerequisite:BIOL 102
BIOL 102: General Biology
This course provides an overview of biology from the study of cellular structure and function to the biology and diversity of organisms. The study of ecology will also be introduced.
BIOL 102-L: General Biology Lab
This lab will accompany the BIOL 102 General Biology class and will provide diverse laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of the biological concepts introduced in General Biology.
BIOL 104: Biology in the Contemporary World. 3 hours.
A study of the basic life processes of humans as they function in society and the ecosphere. A laboratory component is included.General education requirement for non-science majors.
BIOL 106: Conservation Theory and Management. 3 hours.
A study of our natural resources, current status, future prospects, development of the past compared to present practices. A review of outstanding conservationists and their ideas. Prerequisite: BIOL 102.
BIOL 107: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance. 3 hours.
This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 101 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations. Prerequisites:BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
BIOL 107-L: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance Lab. 1 hour.
This lab must accompany BIOL 107 and will provide laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of genetic inheritance.
BIOL 108: Evolution. 2 hours.
An introduction to ecological principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes, and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology. Prerequisites:BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
BIOL 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology. 4 hours.
An introductory course focusing on major biological concepts relating to molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite:BIOL 102
BIOL 161: Forest Ecology. 2 hours.
The class will introduce the student to the total forest ecosystem. It will explore the relationships of plants and animals from the forest floor to the upper canopy. The importance of micro-climates to various vegetation groups will be analyzed. Will not satisfy biology electivePrerequisite: BIOL 200.
BIOL 162: Fruits, Nuts and Berries of the Ozarks. 2 hours.
Examination of the mast crop in Missouri. Topics to include the many various types of fruits (berries, drupes, samaras, follicles, legumes, pods, achenes, strobiles, etc.) found in the Ozarks. Field work and a collection will be required. Offered fall semester. Will not satisfy biology elective.
BIOL 200: Ecology. 3 hours.
An introduction to ecological principles, emphasizing processes and patterns within the six sub-disciplines of ecology. The laboratory will integrate common field methods with experimental designs and data analysis. Prerequisites:BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
BIOL 200-L: Ecology Lab. 3 hours.
This lab will accompany the Ecology class and will provide laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of the ecological concepts.
BIOL 201: Biodiversity. 3 hours.
An introduction to the trends and patterns of biological diversity and our understanding of the biosphere. The class will focus on the evolution of genomes and systems using several model organisms. The generation and loss of biodiversity will be examined. Prerequisites:BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
BIOL 205-L: Human Anatomy Laboratory. 1 hour.
A lab to complement the lecture and laboratory work provided in BIOL 205 . More extensive laboratory experience for students desiring additional credit.
BIOL 206: Human Physiology. 4 hours.
Through lecture-discussion and complementary laboratory experiences this course examines the organization and function of the human body as a whole and the interrelations of its various systems, organs, tissues and cells. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 206-L: Human Physiology Laboratory. 1 hour.
A lab to complement the lecture and laboratory work provided in BIOL 206 . More extensive laboratory experience for students desiring additional credit.
BIOL 207: Anatomy and Physiology. 4 hours.
An introduction to basic anatomy and physiology of the human body from a single cell to the coordinated whole. Special emphasis is placed on conditions that may upset the delicate balance of each system and produce disease. Medical terminology will be integrated into the course to expand the student's medical vocabulary. Lecture and laboratory. Not offered on Springfield campus.
BIOL 207-L: Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. 1 hour.
A more extensive lab experience to complement the lecture and laboratory work provided in BIOL 207. Not offered on Springfield campus.
BIOL 208: Microbiology. 4 hours.
A study of bacterial diversity, physiology, biochemistry and genetics as they relate to the environment and to human welfare. Fungi and viruses also are discussed. Laboratory methods for the identification of bacteria are introduced. Lectures and laboratory. Prerequisite:CHEM 107.
BIOL 209: Plant Form and Function. 4 hours.
A comparative study of structure and function in the principle plant groups with emphasis on evolutionary trends and relation of structure to function. Lecture and laboratory.Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: BIOL 102.
BIOL 210: Wildlife Management: Theory and Practice. 3 hours.
History of wildlife management in the United States. Examination of basic ecological principles including population dynamics. Emphasis on habitat requirements with specifics on various game in Missouri. Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
BIOL 211: General Zoology. 4 hours.
A survey of protozoans and major animal phyla with emphasis on comparative structure and function, and fundamental life processes common to all. Lecture and laboratory. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: BIOL 102.
BIOL 214: Environmental Microbiology. 3 hours.
The practical relationships between micro-organisms and the environment. An introduction to the standard laboratory methods of the study of bacteria with emphasis on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Content will include symbiotic relationships, wastewater treatment, nutrient cycling and eutrophication, as well as disease and other topics. Lecture and laboratory. Same as ENVR 214. Prerequisite: BIOL 102 and CHEM 107.
BIOL 217: Anatomy and Physiology II. 4 hours.
This course continues the study of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body (a continuation of BIOL 207 Anatomy and Physiology). Topics include the structure, function and interrelationship between the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, urinary, and digestive systems. Lecture. Prerequisite: BIOL 207 and lab.
BIOL 302: Principles of Human Nutrition. 3 hours.
A study of food as it functions to meet body needs with emphasis on utilization, food sources, selection of adequate diets, individual, community and world health problems and diet therapy Same as EXSP 302. Prerequisite: BIOL 110, and CHEM 103.
BIOL 305: Medical Terminology. 3 hours.
This course is designed for all students interested in pursuing a career in either a professional medical or an allied health field. Students will learn the origins and meanings of prefixes, root words and suffixes from both Greek and Latin in order to increase their understanding of medical terms.
BIOL 308: Immunology. 3 hours.
A study of the immune response and its relationship to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. Topics include immune systems, immunopathology, and antibodies. Prerequisite: BIOL 101,BIOL 102 and CHEM 107
BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology. 4 hours.
A study of fundamental ecological principles and their relationship to current environmental problems. Includes physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine the distribution and abundance of plants and animals, emphasizing population and community dynamics, species interaction, biogeography, nutrient cycling, and energy flow through food webs. Lecture and laboratory with field work. Recommended for students from all disciplines. Same as ENVR 312. Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
BIOL 315: Field Techniques in Environmental Biology. 3 hours.
The practical application of biological field techniques will be covered including statistical methods of reviewing data. The analysis of data along with the writing of laboratory reports also will be emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
BIOL 325: Epidemiology. 3 hours.
A study of epidemiological theory and practice. The distribution of health related problems in a population and the application of this theory to the control of health problems will be examined. Areas included in this study will be measures of disease occurrences, casual effects and statistical analysis of these events. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102.
BIOL 326: Environmental and Community Health. 3 hours.
This course will examine the relationships between the environment and human health. Specifically, looking at how our environment affects personal and community health throughout the world. Offered spring semester. Same as ENVR 326.
BIOL 328: Parasitology. 3 hours.
A study of the parasitic relationship between parasite and host. Focuses on identification, classification, life cycle, route of infection, diagnostic methods, prevention, pathogenesis and host response to infection. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 .
BIOL 332: Biology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals. 4 hours.
An ecological and taxonomic survey of local terrestrial plants and animals including laboratory and field exercises on identification, sampling methods, and preparation of study specimens. Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
BIOL 337: Introduction to Virology. 3 hours.
An introduction to how viruses replicate and cause disease. Survey of major groups of animal viruses is included. Course offered only in summer and online. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 .
BIOL 338: Biology of Lakes and Streams. 4 hours.
An examination of Missouri's lakes and streams with emphasis on structural morphology, habitats, flora and fauna characteristics and limnology. Also included will be laboratory and field exercises on identification, sampling methods and preparation of study specimens. Prerequisite: BIOL 200
BIOL 344: Toxicology. 3 hours.
This course examines the basic concepts of the effects of toxins on human health, ways toxins are encountered and the consequences for individual and future generations. Methods of treatment also are discusse Offered spring semester. Same as ENVR 344. Prerequisite: BIOL 101,BIOL 102 and CHEM 107.
BIOL 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.
This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems.. Same as PSYC 347 and SOCI 347.
BIOL 356: Biopsychology. 3 hours.
Examines the physiological, ontogenetic and functional foundations of human and animal behavior. Emphasizes central nervous system mechanisms that mediate processes such as arousal and sleep, hunger and satiety, learning and memory, aggression and violence, human psychopathology, and the psychoactive properties of recreational and therapeutic drugs. Same as PSYC 356.
BIOL 364: Neuroanatomy. 4 hours.
An in-depth study of the biology of the nervous system emphasizing the relationship between neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Lecture and laboratory. Offered spring semester.PSYC 364
BIOL 370: Human Sexuality. 3 hours.
A study of the anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems, sexually transmitted diseases, methods of contraception, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunctions, gender identity, development of sexual orientation, adult sexuality, the development of relationships, cross-cultural comparisons of sexuality, and socialization of sex roles. Same as PSYC 370 and SOCI 370.
BIOL 371: Entomology. 3 hours.
This course is designed to introduce students to the local insect fauna. It will investigate taxonomy, morphology, physiology, ecology and behavior of insect orders. Integrated pest management will be introduced. Methods and techniques for collecting and mounting insects will be utilized. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
BIOL 381: Pharmacology. 3 hours.
A discussion of drug classes and thorough investigation of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug class representatives with emphasis on the therapeutics and toxicology in health and diseased states. Covers the basic concepts for monitoring, evaluating and optimizing drug therapy for clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: CHEM 107.
BIOL 382: Pathophysiology. 4 hours.
Human physiological responses to disease, stress and the environment are studied. Pathophysiological processes are analyzed in view of current research. Prerequisite: BIOL 205 and BIOL 206, or BIOL 207; and CHEM 107.