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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in General Biology

The department of biology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in the CCPS program. This degree is designed to provide students with a broad background in biology that will allow the student to pursue a variety of postgraduate opportunities, such as allied health professions, positions in environmental science or biology-related positions in industry. Students majoring in general biology must take a minimum of 35 semester hours in biology.

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Bachelor of Science in General Biology

The following 26 credit hours are required for each track of the General Biology major:

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 102. 
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172. Co-requisite: BIOL 181-L. 
This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 172 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations.

BIOL 181-L: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance Lab
1 credit hours

Co-requisite: BIOL 181. 
This lab must accompany BIOL 181 and will provide laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of genetic inheritance.

BIOL 182: Evolution
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-BIOL 172. DAY-BIOL181.
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.

BIOL 200: Ecology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172. DAY Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: BIOL182.
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 design and data analysis. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 200-L: Ecology Lab
3 credit hours

Co-requisite: BIOL 200. 
This lab will accompany the Ecology class and will provide laboratory experiences to enhance understanding of the ecological concepts..

BIOL 201: Biodiversity
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172. DAY-BIOL 200.
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. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 489: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior Standing. This course will provide senior students guidance in selection and completion of a capstone experience in biology.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

Track 1 (16 hrs.)*

*Available at the St. Robert Campus

BIOL 207: Anatomy and Physiology
4 credit 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.

BIOL 307: Botany
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 201. DAY-BIOL 200.
Introduction to the photosynthetic way of life in algae and plants. This course will consider plant structural and functional adaptations related to water retention and distribution, gas exchange, light absorption and energy conversion, anti-gravitational support, reproduction and dispersal; followed by a comparative study of the main plant groups from algae to flowering plants, emphasizing structural diversity and evolutionary trends. The laboratory exercises will present an introduction to plant (and algae) cells, tissues, and organs through comparative anatomy and morphology analyses.

BIOL 309: General Zoology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 201. DAY-BIOL 200.
A study of major animal phyla including protozoans, with an emphasis on comparative structure and function, taxonomy, fundamental life processes, and ecological interactions. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 201. DAY-BIOL 200.
A study of ecological principles, focusing on a modern understanding of ecological systems, patterns and processes. The laboratory will include common field techniques and emphasize experimental design and data analysis.

Track 2 (14 hrs.)**

**Available at theĀ Springfield Campus

BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
4 credit hours

An introduction to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body. Mammalian examples of major systems are studied in the laboratory. Lecture and laboratory. Offered fall semester.

BIOL 313: Advanced Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Day-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 181 and CHEM 107.
This course will examine the unique physiology of the Archaea and Procaryotae and their roles in ecology and human disease. Techniques for identification of these organisms also will be studied. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 325: Epidemiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. A study of epidemiological theory and practice. The distribution of health related problems in a population and the application of this theory to control health problems will be examined. Areas included in this study will be measures of disease occurrences, causal effects and statistical analysis of these events.

BIOL 337: Introduction to Virology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 201. DAY-BIOL 181An introduction to how viruses replicate and cause disease. Survey of major groups of animal viruses is included.