Course Requirements

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

 

BIO 250

CELL BIOLOGY

Fundamentals of cell form and function studied at the molecular and organelle level, including basic cellular biochemistry, ultrastructure and physiology. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 193 and (CHE 134 or CHE 138) are a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 310

VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY

Functions and regulatory mechanisms of vertebrate cells, organs and organ systems with special emphasis on mammals. Lecture-Laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 or instructor consent is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 339

CELLULAR NEUROBIOLOGY

A study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the nervous system and the role they play in neural signaling, learning and memory. Cross-listed as BIO 439.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 or PSY 377 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 340

SYSTEMS NEUROBIOLOGY

Explores the organization of the nervous system on a gross anatomical level and based on functional units. The emphasis is on understanding how individual behaviors are produced by different neural systems and how these individual behaviors integrate into the activities of whole organisms. Lab fee. Cross-listed as BIO 440.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 or PSY 377 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 341

TOPICS IN NEUROBIOLOGY

A seminar course examining current topics in neurobiology. Original readings will include both current review and classic neuroscience articles.
Prerequisites:
BIO 340 or BIO 399or PSY 377 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 360

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Study of biology at the molecular level, focusing on the regulation of gene expression and the principles of genetic engineering, Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250, BIO 260, and (CHE 234 or CHE 238) are a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 375

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

Introduction to Pharmacology will explore the relationships between an organism and its response to an administered drug. This will include: 1) How drugs are administered to the body 2) What is their fate once in the body, i.e. Pharmacokinetics 3) What their mechanisms actions are - i.e. Pharmacodynamics, and 4) Adverse reactions to drugs. We will explore these relationships in different physiological systems of the human body including (but not limited to) the nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system and endocrine system. Lastly, this course will provide an understanding of the pharmaceutical system by providing a framework to explore how drugs are discovered, produced, tested, and regulated.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 and 310 or instructor consent is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 386

INTRODUCTION TO ENDOCRINOLOGY

A study of hormones as chemical regulators of development, growth, metabolism, homeostasis, reproduction, response to stress, and behavior; as well as hormone synthesis, chemistry, mechanisms of action, and endocrine gland structure.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250, BIO 260 and BIO 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 206

BIOSTATISTICS

A survey of a variety of statistical methods used to analyze biological data.
Prerequisites:
BIO 192 or BIO 193 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 342

COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

This course explores the neuroscience of human behaviors such as emotions, attention, executive function, language, learning, memory, and social interaction by exploring both the underlying biological mechanisms and the psychological theories behind these behaviors. Cognitive Neuroscience is an emerging field of study that attempts to help one gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the human mind.
Prerequisites:
Junior standing is a prerequisite for this class.