One unit of credit equals four semester hours.
NOTE: Courses marked with * are only taught during January Terms on a revolving schedule.
BIO 100 Principles of Biology
Life, its origin, chemistry, energy transformations, reproduction, genetics, evolution and ecology. Design and execution of experiments using the scientific method. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.
BIO 102 Water and Energy: Resources for a Sustainable Future
See BID 100. Not applicable for the biology major or minor.
BIO 104 Human Biology
Anatomy, physiology, development, genetics, evolution and ecology of humans, including current topics. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.
BIO 105 Environmental Biology
Biological relationships between living and nonliving components of the natural world, and the significance to humans as members of natural ecosystems. Biological and environmental consequences of technological, political, legal and ethical issues will be discussed. Not applicable for a biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.
BIO 106 Forensic Science
See BID 106. Not applicable for the biology major or minor.
BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Structure and function of the human body, and of underlying biological principles. Designed for students in nursing, physical education and health sciences. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory with human cadaver.
BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Continuation of BIO 107. BIO 107 is not a prerequisite for this course. Not applicable for biology major or minor. Includes laboratory with human cadaver.
BIO 200 General Biology I
Introduction to biological concepts, including origins of life, biochemical principles, energetics, cellular organization, mechanisms of heredity and evolution. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Includes laboratory.
BIO 201 General Biology II
Introduction to biological concepts, including classification and levels of organization, organismal biology including surveys of plant biology and zoology, ecology and conservation biology. Students will explore unifying concepts in biological science while developing key investigative skills necessary for scientific exploration and hypothesis testing. Includes laboratory.
BIO 202 Introduction to Biological Research
Introduces the methods and elements of biological research to students who transfer BIO 200 credit from another institution. Instructs students in the process of writing a scientific paper including instruction into the library resources available to biology majors as well as how to access them to produce a scientific research paper. Prerequisite: BIO 200 transfer credit.
BIO 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology IA
See BIO 107.
BIO 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIA
See BIO 108.
BIO 221 Microbiology for Health Professionals
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa and multicellular parasites in relation to health and disease, plus immunological concepts and environmental microbiology. Not applicable to biology major or minor. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 107, BIO 108, CHM 101 or CHM 211, CHM 103.
BIO 300 Human Genetics and Society
Principles of human genetics. Topics include basic cell function, patterns and mechanisms of inheritance, the causes of genetic abnormality, issues related to new genetic technology, and the principles of population genetics and human evolution. Not applicable to the biology major or minor. Includes laboratory.
BIO 315 Genetics
Introduction to the basic principles of genetics and modern molecular techniques used to study organisms at the cellular, organismal and population level. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, gene mapping in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, DNA structure and function, gene regulation, genetic variation from recombination and mutation, genomics and population genetics. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 321 General Microbiology
Morphology, physiology, taxonomy, genetics and culture of prokaryotes. Emphasizes microbial metabolism plus pathogenic, food, industrial and environmental microbiology. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 200.
BIO 330 Comparative Chordate Anatomy
Integrated comparative examination of the evolution of organ systems of animals in the Phylum Chordata. Detailed dissection of shark, mud puppy, cat and other chordates. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 331 Developmental Biology
Physiology, genetics and morphology of development from gamete production to organ formation in animals. Developmental anatomy of the sea urchin, frog and chick. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 332 Plant Anatomy and Morphology
Anatomy and functions of cells and tissues that make up the vascular plant body. Physiology, ecology and evolution of major plant divisions will be considered. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 334 Invertebrate Zoology
Study of the evolutionary relationships and functional morphology of single-celled eukaryotes and non-vertebrate animals. Aspects of physiology, anatomy, development and ecology will be considered. Laboratory includes dissection and observation of representative forms. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 341 Immunology
Study of the structure and function of the human immune system. Detailed discussion of the innate and adaptive immune systems as well as the cells and molecules that make up the immune system, specifically B & T cells, and problems that occur when the immune system malfunctions. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 342 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer*
Study of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. This course focuses on cancer cell structure and function, including cancer genes, cell signaling, tumorigenesis, tumor progression, treatment and related topics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 350 General Ecology
Exploration of the interactions and relationships of animals and plants to the living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) components of their environment. Emphasis on ecosystem, community and population ecology, and their relationship to evolutionary biology. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 351 Conservation Biology
Conservation biology is the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss and restoration of biological diversity while including aspects of ecology, environmental science, ethics, economics and politics. Emphasizes the impacts of human activity on various ecosystems with strategies for preserving and restoring global ecosystems. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 352 Special Topics in Biology
.25 to 1.00 credit
See BIO 452.
BIO 353 Animal Behavior
Animal behavior is the study of the biological basis of the activity patterns and mechanisms in animals in the context of evolutionary biology. The study of animal behavior includes the examination of animal locomotion, communication, social behaviors and behavioral ecology. Laboratories include analyses of behavior patterns and mechanisms in the laboratory and field. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 355 Evolution of Vertebrates
Evolution and diversification of the vertebrates examined through multiple perspectives including paleontology and modern zoology. Exploration of the cycle of speciation and extinction and major trends in vertebrate evolution, such as the transition of life onto land. Field trips and species identification. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201.
BIO 356 Evolution and Population Genetics
The theory of evolution by natural selection with an emphasis on the genetics of populations, including adaptation, speciation and systematics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 400 Scientific Terminology
This course provides a systematic introduction to scientific terminology, the international language of the sciences. Students will acquire a working knowledge of Greek, Latin and modern roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms. Students will learn the principles of word analysis, construction and pronunciation, and will apply these concepts to reading scientific literature and writing scientific assignments. The course is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine or allied health sciences.
BIO 411 Behavioral Genetics
A study of the genetic basis of complex behaviors. This course focuses on the genes and molecular mechanisms that influence normal and abnormal complex behaviors in animal models and examines complex behaviors of relevance to human health and disease. Advanced topics, new ideas and unsolved problems in behavioral genetics will be discussed by reading original research articles. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 413 Molecular Genetics
Study of the structure and function of biological macromolecules, especially DNA and RNA, and manipulation of these macromolecules through modern molecular genetic techniques. Students will acquire hands-on experience in molecular genetic techniques by manipulating DNA extracted and/or amplified from prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 430 Advanced Human Anatomy
A detailed study of the microscopic and gross structure of the human body. Includes the study of cell and tissue structure, and a detailed study of gross body structure. Laboratories include a study of human cadavers, microscope slides and model human structures. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 441 Plant Physiology
Vascular plants from seed to death. Includes water relations, photosynthesis, respiration, growth, photoperiodic responses, nutrition and flowering. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 442 Animal Physiology
Addresses the principles that underlie function in humans and other animals. The course includes basic biological, chemical and physical processes in animal tissues, detailed consideration of organ systems, and an integrative approach to understanding how animals meet the demands placed upon them. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 443 Advanced Cell Physiology
Study of the structure, organization and function of cells individually and in their environment. Includes studies of membrane function, transport, communication, motility and related topics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 449 Pathophysiology
Physiological basis and mechanisms of disease in humans using systems theory. Not applicable to biology major or minor. Prerequisites: BIO 107 and 108, or BIO 442; and CHM 101 or CHM 211 and CHM 103 or equivalent.
BIO 451 Microbial Ecology
Applied and environmental microbiology examining the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling in nature, mechanisms of nutrient turnover, and evaluation of remediation possibilities. Emphasis on the inter-relatedness of ecology and microbiology and the essentiality of microorganisms in shaping global ecosystems. Field trips and sample collection. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 211, CHM 212, CHM 311, BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 321 strongly recommended.
BIO 452 Special Topics in Biology
.5 to 1.00 credit
Variable experiences in biology including international courses and study under outside organizations, e.g. ACCA, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Morton Arboretum, Chicago Academy of Sciences or individually designed programs. Grading optional. Includes laboratory or fieldwork. Prerequisite: biology major or departmental consent.
BIO 453 Systematics and Phylogenetics*
Systematics is the study of the origins of biological diversity by reconstructing the relationships and patterns of evolutionary events that lead to the current distribution and diversity of life. This course will introduce the philosophical underpinnings and practical methods for phylogenetic inference. Both morphological and molecular based techniques will be addressed through the application of several phylogenetic tree-building programs using data sets of differing types. Prerequisites: BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 454 Aquatic Ecosystems
An exploration of life in water comparing and contrasting marine and freshwater systems. This course will focus on the integration of scientific disciplines (chemical, physical, biological) and across levels of biological organization, from genes to organisms to ecosystems. Emphasis on the organismal adaptations, ecological interactions and community structures that have evolved in response to living in the aquatic realm. Prerequisites: BIO 220, BIO 201, BIO 315.
BIO 468 Biology Internship
.25 to .50 credit
Provides selected biology students with an opportunity to obtain career experience through involvement with biology-related businesses, health care organizations, government agencies or institutions. Approved internships may meet the biology capstone requirement upon completion. Applications should be made early in the term preceding registration and are reviewed on the basis of grade-point average, faculty recommendations, professional progress and demonstrated interest. Offered on a Pass/No Pass basis. Not repeatable for credit. Does not fulfill a requirement for an upper-level elective biology course for the major. Prerequisites: biology major, BIO 200, BIO 201, junior or senior standing, and GPA of 2.5 or higher.
BIO 475 Research Proposal Writing
Preparation and formalization of a research proposal under the guidance of a faculty member. Students will conduct extensive literature review on the proposed subject. Prerequisite: consent of faculty member.
BIO 492 Independent Research
Student-originated, faculty-guided investigations for majors or minors in biology. This research will build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, and a final research paper is required. Course fulfills the prerequisite for BIO 498 Capstone Seminar. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of the faculty member.
BIO 493 Research Experiential Learning
Provides an opportunity for students wishing to earn their experiential learning credit through an independent research project involving off-campus constituencies. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 492 or BIO 495.
BIO 495 Honors Independent Research
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of biology, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. This course fulfills the prerequisite for BIO 498 Capstone Seminar. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.
BIO 498/HST 498 Capstone Seminar
A course required of all majors in the Department of Biology. In addition to journal article discussions, students will summarize and share their research experiences in a professional presentation suitable for scientific meetings or conferences. The presentation will provide evidence of what the student has learned as a biology major in terms of knowledge, skills and insights. To be taken in the first or second term of the senior year. Prerequisites: senior standing and successful completion of all three biology category courses (C, O and P) or one term of BIO 492/495, or be in 3rd year of the HST major.