Biology
2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The Henry Robert Herold Chair of Biological Sciences, established to honor Dr. Herold, is funded by the Pfeiffer Foundation.

The Joe T. McKibben Chairs of Biological Sciences were established in 1998 to honor Dr. McKibben’s distinguished career and generous support of the College.

The objectives of the Biology major are to help students: 1) understand and participate in the processes of science. This includes conducting primary research using modern tools for gathering and analyzing data, communicating the results of research in written and oral formats and critically analyzing the research of other scientists; 2) acquire basic knowledge of life processes occurring at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystem levels; 3) acquire basic knowledge of the diversity of life; 4) understand evolutionary processes as the source of this diversity of life.

Major in Biology
Required major courses: 35 hours  
BIO 114 General Zoology (F) 4
BIO 124 General Botany (S) 4
BIO 244 Cell Biology (S) 4
BIO 304 Microbiology (S-E) 4
BIO 314 Ecology (F) 4
BIO 351 Research I WI (S) 1
BIO 441 Research II (F) 1
BIO 444 Genetics (F) 4
BIO 451 Research III WI (S) 1
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 4
   BIO 334 Field Invertebrate Zoology (F-E)  
   BIO 344 Field Vertebrate Zoology (S-O)  
   BIO 354 Field Botany (F-O)  
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 4
   BIO 424 Plant Anatomy and Physiology (S-O)  
   BIO 434 Animal Physiology (S-E)  
Required collateral courses: 20-21 hours  
CHE 114 General Chemistry I (F) 4
CHE 124 General Chemistry II WI (S) 4
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry I (F) 5
MAT 133 College Algebra (F/S) 3
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 4-5
   PHY 204 Physics for the Life Sciences (S-O)  
   PHY 225 General Physics I (F)  
Recommended additional courses:  
   PHY 235 General Physics II (S-E)  
   CHE 424 Biochemistry (S-E)  
   MAT 143 Statistics  
   MAT 175 Calculus I (S)  
   CSC 113 Fundamentals of Computer Science (F/S)  

Minor in Biology
Required minor courses: 24 hours  
BIO 114 General Zoology (F) 4
BIO 124 General Botany (S) 4
Three fields of emphasis are offered. A student may get only one minor in a single field of emphasis. (16 additional hours)

Field Biology Emphasis:
 
BIO 314 Ecology (F) 4
BIO 334 Field Invertebrate Zoology (F-E) 4
BIO 344 Field Vertebrate Zoology (S-O) 4
BIO 354 Field Botany (F-O) 4

Cellular Biology Emphasis:
 
BIO 244 Cell Biology (S) 4
BIO 304 Microbiology (S-E) 4
BIO 444 Genetics (F) 4
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES 4
   BIO 424 Plant Anatomy & Physiology (S-O)  
   BIO 434 Animal Physiology (S-E)  

Human Biology Emphasis:
 
BIO 224 Human Anatomy (S) 4
BIO 244 Cell Biology (S) 4
BIO 304 Microbiology (S-E) 4
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES 4
   BIO 234 Human Physiology (S)  
   BIO 434 Animal Physiology (S-E)  

Biology/Secondary Education Options
Students interested in teaching biology at the secondary education level have two options. Both options (Biology Education/Secondary Education or Unified Science with a Biology Endorsement/Secondary Education) lead to certification.

Biology Education Major (Grades 9-12)
Core Courses required of all Biology Education Majors: 39 hours
BIO 124 General Botany (S) 4
BIO 244 Cell Biology (S) 4
BIO 314 Ecology (F) 4
BIO 351 Research I WI (S) 1
BIO 441 Research II (F) 1
BIO 444 Genetics (F) 4
BIO 451 Research III WI (S) 1
SCE 333 The History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 3
CHE 114 General Chemistry I (F) 4
CHE 124 General Chemistry II WI (S) 4
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry (F)
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 4
   BIO 424 Plant Anatomy and Physiology (S-O)  
   BIO 434 Animal Physiology (S-E)  
General Education courses specified by the major:  
BIO 114 General Zoology (F) 4
IDS 153 Changing Universe of Science 3
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 3-5
   MAT 133 College Algebra (F/S)  
   MAT 135 Discrete Mathematics and Trigonometry (F/S)  
Recommended additional courses:  
BIO 304 Microbiology (S-E)  
BIO 224 Human Anatomy (S)  
PHY 204 Physics for the Life Sciences (S-O)  
BIO 334 Field Invertebrate Zoology (F-E)  
BIO 344 Field Vertebrate Zoology (S-O)  
BIO 354 Field Botany (F-O)  
Secondary Education required courses: 34 hours includes SCE 423 Methods of Teaching Science.

Double Major
Major in Unified Science/Secondary Education
Unified Science (Grades 9-12)
Core courses required of all Unified Science Majors: 39-41 hours
BIO 114 General Zoology (F) 4
BIO 124 General Botany (S) 4
BIO 314 Ecology (F) 4
CHE 114 General Chemistry I (F) 4
CHE 124 General Chemistry II WI (S) 4
PHY 114 Astronomy (F) 4
PHY 124 Introduction to Geology (S) 4
SCE 333 History/Philosophy of Science and Technology 3
TWO OF THE FOLLOWING 8-10
   PHY 104 Fundamentals of Physical Science (F/S)  
   PHY 204 Physics for the Life Sciences (S-O)  
   PHY 225 General Physics I (F)  
   PHY 235 General Physics II (S-E)  
Secondary Education required courses: 34 hours includes SCE 423 Methods of Teaching Science
A major in Unified Science/Secondary Education must include a 33-semester hour endorsement in Biology.  

Biology Endorsement
Required courses: 33 hours  
BIO 224 Human Anatomy (S) 4
BIO 234 Human Physiology (S) 4
BIO 244 Cell Biology (S) 4
BIO 304 Microbiology (S-E) 4
BIO 354 Field Botany (F-O) 4
BIO 444 Genetics (F) 4
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 4
   BIO 334 Field Invertebrate Zoology (F-E)  
   BIO 344 Field Vertebrate Zoology (S-O)  
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 5
   MAT 133 College Algebra (F/S) and MAT 142 Trigonometry (F)  
   MAT 135 Discrete Mathematics (F/S) and Trigonometry (F)
   (satisfies G.E. requirements)
 

Conservation and Wildlife Management – Interdisciplinary Major
See Pre-Professional and Other Programs for course and program details


COURSES IN BIOLOGY (BIO)

104 Introduction to Biology Biological principles as applied to humans. A course designed for the non-science major or the student with no high school biology. Laboratory included. May not be taken concurrently with or after successful completion of BIO 114 or BIO 124 or equivalent with a C- or better. This course or BIO 134 may be used to partially satisfy general education science requirements, not both. (S)

114 General Zoology An introduction to animal biology; the structure, function, evolution and diversity of animals. Laboratory included. (F)

124 General Botany An introduction to plant biology; the structure, function, evolution and diversity of plants. Laboratory included. (S)

134 Environment and Society Ecological principles as applied to living in today’s society. This course will help prepare students to make informed decisions about environmental issues in modern society. This course is designed for the non-science major or the student with no high school biology. This course or BIO 104 may be used to partially satisfy general education science requirements, not both. (F)

214 Introduction to Microbiology—Prerequisite: high school biology. A laboratory course in basic principles of microbiology emphasizing the applied aspects for pre-nursing, home economics and agriculture majors. Laboratory included. (F)

224 Human Anatomy—Prerequisite: BIO 104 or BIO 114 or BIO 124 or BIO 214. The structure of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the structure of the normally functioning human body. All levels of organization, cellular through organ system, are considered. This course is laboratory oriented and meets the needs of students in biology, health sciences, unified science, nutrition, and physical education. Laboratory included. (S)

234 Human Physiology—Prerequisite: BIO 224 (may be taken concurrently with BIO 224). The function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on maintenance of homeostasis in the healthy individual. This course meets the needs of students in health sciences (other than pre-med and pre-vet students), physical education, nutrition, and unified science. Laboratory included. (S)

244 Cell Biology—Prerequisite: BIO 114 and BIO 124 with a grade of C- or better, and CHE 114. Basic principles underlying all life with an emphasis on cellular and molecular biology. Laboratory includes topics in basic molecular biology techniques, beginning plant tissue culture techniques, and cell physiology for plant and animal systems. Laboratory included. (S)

254 Conservation of Natural Resources—Prerequisite: BIO 114 or BIO 124 or permission. An introduction to natural resource conservation and management from an ecological perspective. The course will cover the state of natural resources and emphasis will be placed on ecologically sound methods to protect and manage natural resources. Laboratory included. (F-odd)

Prerequisite for all 300-400 level courses: 45 hours or permission.

304 Microbiology—Prerequisite: BIO 124 with a grade of C- or better and CHE 124. Functional, structural, ecological and evolutionary relationships of cellular and unicellular organisms with emphasis on microbial activities of significance to humans. Immunological responses to microorganisms are also covered. Laboratory included. (S–even)

314 Ecology—Prerequisite: BIO 114 and BIO 124 with a grade of C- or better in both courses. The study of interrelationships among organisms and their environment. The course is designed to promote an understanding and appreciation of basic ecological principles and to emphasize the significance of traditional ecology as an integral part of the environment so that possible future environmental problems might be avoided or alleviated. Laboratory included. (F)

334 Field Invertebrate Zoology—Prerequisite: BIO 114 with a grade of C- or better. A laboratory and field oriented course emphasizing the morphology, ecology and evolutionary relationships of invertebrate animals. Laboratory included. (F–even)

344 Field Vertebrate Zoology—Prerequisite: BIO 114 with a grade of C- or better. A laboratory and field oriented course covering vertebrate morphology, physiology, adaptations, behavior, distribution, ecology and classification. Emphasis is on vertebrate species of the Ozarks. Laboratory included. (S–odd)

351 Research I—Prerequisite: Junior status or permission. This course introduces the concepts of scientific research. Students will choose a research topic, conduct an appropriate literature search, discuss methods of data analysis, and write a research proposal outlining methodology needed to complete the project. Writing Intensive. (S)

354 Field Botany—Prerequisite: BIO 124 with a grade of C- or better. Principles of identification, naming and classification of plants with special reference to the flora of the Ozarks. Processes of speciation and the forces controlling it, and native foods and medicinal plants are also covered. Laboratory included. (F–odd)

364 Principles of Wildlife Management—Prerequisite: BIO 114, BIO 124, BIO 254 and AGR 213 or permission. An overview of wildlife conservation and ecological principles; management of land and plant communities for wildlife, both game and non-game species. This course is designed for students who are interested in a wildlife management career. Laboratory included. (S-even)

424 Plant Anatomy and Physiology—Prerequisite: BIO 244 with a grade of C­ or better, and CHE 215. The structure and function of plant systems. Plant growth and development processes in relation to anatomy are emphasized. Topics include metabolism, nutrition, water relations, absorption and translocation. Laboratory included. (S–odd)

434 Animal Physiology—Prerequisite: BIO 244 with a grade of C- or better, and CHE 215. The function of animal systems. Mammalian physiology is emphasized; the physiology of other animal groups is presented to illustrate evolutionary relationships and animal adaptations. Laboratory included. (S–even)

441 Research II—Prerequisite: BIO 351 and senior status, or permission. This course is a continuation of the research methods series. During this semester, students will complete most of the data collection portion of the project they chose in Research I. Topics also covered include methods for collection and handling of data, and statistical analysis of biological data. (F)

444 Genetics—Prerequisite: BIO 244 with a grade of C- or better, and CHE 215. The principles of heredity. Emphasis is placed on understanding gene structure, function and interactions at molecular, organismal and population levels. Laboratory included. (F)

451 Research III—Prerequisite: BIO 441 and senior status, or permission. The final course in the research series. Students will complete data collection and analysis, write the manuscript, and prepare poster and oral presentations based on their research project. Writing Intensive. (S)

48V (1-4) Internship—Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission. This course is designed for practical and supervised work experience in the field of biology. The student needs to be accepted by a company or a state or federal agency in some area of biological work.

49V (1-4) Special Problems and Techniques Individual research and study on approved projects. (Intended for majors and minors with junior or senior status).

COURSES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION (SCE)

Prerequisite for all 300-400 level courses: 45 hours or permission.

333 The History and Philosophy of Science and Technology—Prerequisite: At least one 300 or 400 level science course. The course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge of the historical development of science and its impact on society. The major branches (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology) will be covered and their interactions emphasized when possible.

423 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science Techniques of science instruction at the secondary school level. For education credit only.

AU SABLE INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

In an effort to make available to students a variety of high quality specialized courses in the field of environmental science, the College has entered into an agreement with the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. The Biology Department has a commitment to field biology, first in the Ozarks region. However, students desiring additional coursework in subjects not offered on campus are invited to take advantage of the classes offered at various Au Sable locations: Michigan, Virginia, Washington, Africa, and India. Interested students should consult with a member of the Biology faculty.

 

2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog