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 Department of Biology - 200 Level Courses 

 

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The following 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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 General Botany (Biol 201)                                            
This majors-level lecture course and the associated laboratory experience are required for all Biology majors with the exception of those in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. The course takes an evolutionary approach to the study of the basic biology of plants, including biochemistry, morphology and physiology. General Botany is generally offered each semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Land Plants and Their Environment (Biol 207)               
Intended mainly for non-Biology majors, this course, which includes a laboratory experience, is a survey of the common terrestrial plants found in Pennsylvania. This course may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Introduction to Wildlife Management (Biol 208)  
This course and the associated laboratory experience is designed primarily for non-Biology majors. The course focuses on the basic ecology of vertebrate animals, emphasizing their classification and life histories. Introduction to Wildlife Management may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Medical Microbiology (Biol 210)                                          
This course and the associated laboratory experience are intended mainly for non-Biology majors such as majors in the Allied Health programs, but are also required for Biology majors in the Medical Technology and the Cytotechnology programs. The basic biology of disease-causing microorganisms including classification, structure and mechanisms through which these microorganisms cause disease is discussed. Also covered are the various ways that microorganisms can be controlled and the role that our immune system plays in protecting us from disease. Medical Microbiology is generally offered in the Fall semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 General Zoology (Biol 212)                         
This majors-level lecture course and the associated laboratory experience are required for all Biology majors with the exception of those in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. General Zoology takes an evolutionary approach to the study of the basic biology of animals. This course is generally offered each semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Medical Immunology (Biol 213)                                       
This five-week course, which includes both lecture and laboratory components, is required for Biology majors in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Emphasis is placed on immunological principles of medical importance. Along with Medical Parasitology and Medical Mycology, this course is offered each Spring term.

 Medical Parasitology (Biol 214)                                         
This five-week course, which includes both lecture and laboratory components, is required for Biology majors in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Emphasis is placed on the biology and identification of protozoan and metazoan organisms of medical importance. Along with Medical Immunology and Medical Mycology, this course is offered each Spring term.

 Medical Mycology (Biol 215)                                            
This five-week course, which includes both lecture and laboratory components, is required for Biology majors in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Emphasis is placed on the biology and identification of fungal organisms of medical importance. Along with Medical Immunology and Medical Parasitology, this course is offered each Spring term.

 Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 216)        
Along with Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 217), this lecture and laboratory-based course is intended for non-Biology majors in the Department of Allied Health as well as Biology majors in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Other Biology majors with an interest in the medical professions often enroll in this course and/or Biol 217 as an elective to satisfy the entrance requirements of their chosen post-graduate professional school. Biol 216 differs from Biol 217 in the body systems emphasized. Generally offered each semester, non-Biology majors may use Biol 216 to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 217)       
Along with Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 216), this lecture and laboratory-based course is intended for non-Biology majors in the Department of Allied Health as well as Biology majors in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Other Biology majors with an interest in the medical professions often enroll in this course and/or Biol 216 as an elective to satisfy the entrance requirements of their chosen post-graduate professional school. Biol 217 differs from Biol 216 in the body systems emphasized. Generally offered each semester, non-Biology majors may use Biol 217 to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Genetics  (Biol 250)                             
This lecture course, along with the associated laboratory experience, is required for all Biology majors, including those in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology programs. Emphasis is placed on the patterns of inheritance, molecular genetics, and population genetics of both plants and animals. Genetics is typically offered each semester and may be used by non-Biology majors to partially satisfy the science requirement, including the necessary laboratory experience, of the Liberal Studies Program.