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 Department of Biology - 100 Level Courses 

 

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The following key to the courses offered by the Department of Biology may be useful in helping you decide which courses to take if you have specific interests oriented toward animals, plants, microbiology/molecular biology, or are planning to pursue a career in any of the various medical fields:

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 Introductory Biology Laboratory (Biol 100)
Designed mainly for non-Biology majors, this laboratory-based course introduces students to the scientific method through a series of stimulating, process-oriented exercises. Sections of Introductory Biology Laboratory are offered every semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to satisfy the laboratory requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.

 General Biology (Biol 101)                  
Designed specifically with non-Biology majors in mind, this lecture course is intended to provide students with the knowledge base in the biological sciences required for making informed decisions in today's society. Topics covered include basic cell structure and function, inheritance, and concepts in evolution and ecology. Sections of General Biology are offered each semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Human Biology(Biol 102)                  
Intended as an introductory biology course for non-Biology majors, this lecture course focuses on the human as a whole organism. Topics covered include discussions on the interrelationships of the various organ systems, human ecology and human evolution. Human Biology is typically offered each semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Principles of Biology(Biol 104)            
Principles of Biology is an in-depth introduction to basic concepts in the biological sciences and, as such, is required of all Biology majors. Through both lectures and an associated laboratory experience, students will be introduced to the concepts necessary to succeed in subsequent courses in the Biology major. Although intended mainly as a majors-level course, non-Biology majors frequently enroll in 'Principles' to get a more complete coverage of material than is presented in General Biology (Biol 101). This course is generally offered each term and, for non-Biology majors, may be used to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Environmental Biology (Biol 105)            
Designed primarily for non-Biology majors, this lecture course provides the principles and concepts needed to understand the biological basis of current environmental problems. Typically offered each term, Environmental Biology may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Practical Botany (Biol 120)                               
This lecture course, intended for non-Biology majors, discusses the basic structures, functions and uses of plants. Emphasis is placed on the economic and practical aspects of plants, as well as the role plants have played in an historical context. Practical Botany may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.