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Biology Major: Bach Sci | Biology Minor | Biology Major - Support: Bach Sci
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Biology Major: Bach Sci    
   Major Courses (33 cr. to be chosen)    
      BIO 1030   General Biology I 4 cr.  Fundamental biological principles and problems as they apply to molecular, cellular, and organismic levels of the biosphere. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 1110 or equivalent; one year each of high school biology and chemistry highly recommended. 
      BIO 1040   General Biology II 4 cr.  Fundamental biological principles and problems as they apply to evolutionary theory, biosystematics, plant structure and function, animal behavior, and ecological concepts. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: one year each of high school biology and chemistry highly recommended; BIO 1030 recommended but not required. 
      BIO 3010   Genetics 4 cr.  Principles of genetic theory that provide a working knowledge of the three divisions of genetics: transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Topics include cell division, principles of heredity, statistical analysis, microbial genetics, cancer genetics, genetics in metabolism, development and behavior, and genetic engineering. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1030 or BIO 2260; MTH 2350. 
      BIO 4950   Senior Seminar 2 cr.  Preparation and presentation of a scientific paper. Taken by students with senior status as a requirement for graduation; to be taken in the final six hours of the program. 
      Major electives (6 cr. to be chosen)    
         BIO 2260   Microbiology 4 cr.  Fundamental principles of microbiology with emphasis on the biology of bacteria and other microbes (metabolism, genetics, growth, and death), their ecological relationships in natural and controlled environments, and the interactions of pathogenic microorganisms and their human and animal hosts. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110 or CHM 1610; and, BIO 1030 or BIO 2250 or BIO 2430. 
         BIO 2270   Microbiology for Health Sciences 3 cr.  A non-laboratory study of the fundamentals of microbiology geared to preparation of nurses and other health care professionals. The role of microbes as causative agents of infectious disease, focusing on humans and human disease processes, relative to humans and their diverse environments. Application of scientific understandings to health care settings and to food preparation and spoilage. Prerequisites: biology and chemistry course work, both (a) BIO 1010 or BIO 2250 or BIO 2430 or BIO 2440, and (b) CHM 1610 or CHM 2210. 
         BIO 2430   Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 cr.  Study of anatomical terminology, the cell, and the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: one year each of high school biology and chemistry. 
         BIO 2440   Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 cr.  Study of the sense organs, circulation, respiration, digestion, excretion, reproduction and development, the endocrine system, fluids and electrolytes, and acid-base balance. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: one year each of high school biology and chemistry. 
         BIO 3170   Parasitology (BIO*/MTE) 4 cr.  Study focuses upon the morphology, classification, and clinical diagnosis of major human parasites. Laboratory emphasizes the identification of parasitic adult and larval forms as observed in clinical specimens. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2260. 
         BIO 3210   General Ecology 3 cr.  Study of the principles of ecological interdependence and interaction between plants and animals with each other and with their environment. An overview of research methods used in field studies complements theoretical concepts in lecture. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory/field 3 hours. Prerequisite: 6 cr. in biology; MTH 2350. 
         BIO 3280   Clinical Immunology and Serology (BIO*/MTE) 4 cr.  A lecture/laboratory course that introduces basic concepts and terminology of innate, humoral, and cellular immunity. Development and function of cellular response; basics of antigenicity. Students learn about immunity as it relates to transplantation, infectious disease, and autoimmune conditions. In laboratory practice, students become familiar with the purpose, principles, and performance of common methods of detection and measurement of the immune response, including techniques of ELISA, agglutination, and immunoprecipitation. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2430 and BIO 2440; CHM 2210; recommend BIO 3010. 
         BIO 3450   Epidemiology 3 cr.  The study of disease rates, distribution of disease, and prevention of diseases within human populations. General health promotion, experimental studies for both infectious and chronic disease and statistical methods in epidemiology will be examined. Prerequisite: BIO 1030; MTH 2350 recommended. 
         BIO 3500   Medical Mycology and Virology (BIO*/MTE) 4 cr.  Studies in the isolation and identification of medically important fungi and viruses with emphasis on the disease involved and on current diagnostic methods used in the laboratory. Laboratory sessions to consist of identification, specimen collection and the processing of fungi and viruses. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2260. 
         BIO 3710   Pathophysiology 3 cr.  Study of mechanisms of disease processes affecting hematologic, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, neural, liver and biliary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems with associated manifestrations, diagnosis, and treatment regimens. Prerequisites: BIO 2430 and BIO 2440. 
         BIO 3740   Cell Biology 3 cr.  The study of structural details and the molecular functions of the different parts of the eukaryotic cell, with emphasis on endocytosis, intra-membrane transport, protein targeting, organelle biosynthesis, protein sorting, exocytosis, cell shape, motility, cell-to-cell interaction, signal transduction and cell cycling. Cellular functions that are required for cell growth and programmed cell death will be explored. Emphasis is placed on examination of experimental approaches taken to elucidate certain biology principles. Prerequisites: BIO 1030, BIO 2260, BIO 3010. 
         BIO 3750   Special Topics in Biology 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Workshops or seminars include topics related to biology, such as evolution, animal behavior, cell biology, biometry, or related issues. (May be repeated for credit, as topics vary.) Students may apply up to 3 cr. of BIO 3750 toward Biology major requirements. Additional topics credits are optional. 
         BIO 4010   Population Genetics (BIO*/FOR) 3 cr.  Theory and application of population genetics with emphasis on mathematical and statistical methods for describing specific populations, genetic make-up and diversity. 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: BIO 3010, MTH 1210, and MTH 2350. 
         BIO 4270   Clinical Bacteriology 4 cr.  Study of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of bacteriology in relation to diseases as found in humans. Methods of detection, isolation, and enumeration, toxin production, and techniques in the identification of pathogenic bacteria. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2260; BIO 3280 recommended. 
         BIO 4410   Molecular Biology 3 cr.  Introductory course in molecular biology, which includes a comprehensive overview of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome structure and function examined through the lens of molecular biotechnology, with practical application of molecular biology techniques in the laboratory. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIO 3010, CHM 3610. 
         BIO 4700   Biological Investigation 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Independent research, directed reading, or special problems under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: recommendation of major advisor and problem director. 
         CHM 3610   Biochemistry I (BIO/CHM*) 4 cr.  Principles of biochemistry; major metabolic and biosynthetic pathways; structure and conformation of biological molecules and their molecular biology. Laboratory exercises in enzyme kinetics, electrophoresis, chromatography, and DNA isolation and manipulation. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110, CHM 2210. 
         CHM 3620   Biochemistry II (BIO/CHM*) 4 cr.  Advanced treatment of modern topics, including DNA structure and function; gene control; recombinant techniques; and newer techniques of protein design and engineering. Laboratory exercises in molecular cloning, transformation, DNA transfer techniques, immunoprecipitation, and mutagenesis studies. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110, CHM 2210, and CHM 3610. 
         FOR 4520   Forensic Biology (BIO/FOR*) 4 cr.  Theory and application of current biological methods to the practice of forensic science including serological, immunological, and DNA analyses of human biofluids commonly recovered at crime scenes. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program, and BIO 3010 and CHM 3610, or permission of Program Director. 
         FOR 4640   Toxicology (BIO/FOR*) 3 cr.  Non-laboratory study of cellular and human pathophysiology as a result of toxic insult. Exploration of toxicants includes analysis of impact of human exposure and disease, as well as the forensic examination of samples for toxicants. Prerequisites: BIO 1030, CHM 2210; BIO 2240 or 2440 recommended. 
         PSY 4500   Behavioral Neuroscience (BIO/PSY*) 4 cr.  Scientific explanations of the neurobiological basis of behavior and evolution of the brain. Examination of nervous system structure and function; neuron biochemistry and neurotransmission; psychopharmacology; sensory and motor systems, physiological mechanisms influencing circadian rhythms, emotion, learning and memory, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, stress, and drug abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      Cell or Molecular Option (7 cr. to be chosen)    
         BIO 2260   Microbiology 4 cr.  Fundamental principles of microbiology with emphasis on the biology of bacteria and other microbes (metabolism, genetics, growth, and death), their ecological relationships in natural and controlled environments, and the interactions of pathogenic microorganisms and their human and animal hosts. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110 or CHM 1610; and, BIO 1030 or BIO 2250 or BIO 2430. 
         BIO 3170   Parasitology (BIO*/MTE) 4 cr.  Study focuses upon the morphology, classification, and clinical diagnosis of major human parasites. Laboratory emphasizes the identification of parasitic adult and larval forms as observed in clinical specimens. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2260. 
         BIO 3280   Clinical Immunology and Serology (BIO*/MTE) 4 cr.  A lecture/laboratory course that introduces basic concepts and terminology of innate, humoral, and cellular immunity. Development and function of cellular response; basics of antigenicity. Students learn about immunity as it relates to transplantation, infectious disease, and autoimmune conditions. In laboratory practice, students become familiar with the purpose, principles, and performance of common methods of detection and measurement of the immune response, including techniques of ELISA, agglutination, and immunoprecipitation. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2430 and BIO 2440; CHM 2210; recommend BIO 3010. 
         CHM 3610   Biochemistry I (BIO/CHM*) 4 cr.  Principles of biochemistry; major metabolic and biosynthetic pathways; structure and conformation of biological molecules and their molecular biology. Laboratory exercises in enzyme kinetics, electrophoresis, chromatography, and DNA isolation and manipulation. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110, CHM 2210. 
         BIO 3740   Cell Biology 3 cr.  The study of structural details and the molecular functions of the different parts of the eukaryotic cell, with emphasis on endocytosis, intra-membrane transport, protein targeting, organelle biosynthesis, protein sorting, exocytosis, cell shape, motility, cell-to-cell interaction, signal transduction and cell cycling. Cellular functions that are required for cell growth and programmed cell death will be explored. Emphasis is placed on examination of experimental approaches taken to elucidate certain biology principles. Prerequisites: BIO 1030, BIO 2260, BIO 3010. 
         BIO 4410   Molecular Biology 3 cr.  Introductory course in molecular biology, which includes a comprehensive overview of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome structure and function examined through the lens of molecular biotechnology, with practical application of molecular biology techniques in the laboratory. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIO 3010, CHM 3610. 
         FOR 4520   Forensic Biology (BIO/FOR*) 4 cr.  Theory and application of current biological methods to the practice of forensic science including serological, immunological, and DNA analyses of human biofluids commonly recovered at crime scenes. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program, and BIO 3010 and CHM 3610, or permission of Program Director. 
      Evol, Epid or Ecol Option (6 cr. to be chosen)    
         BIO 3210   General Ecology 3 cr.  Study of the principles of ecological interdependence and interaction between plants and animals with each other and with their environment. An overview of research methods used in field studies complements theoretical concepts in lecture. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory/field 3 hours. Prerequisite: 6 cr. in biology; MTH 2350. 
         BIO 3450   Epidemiology 3 cr.  The study of disease rates, distribution of disease, and prevention of diseases within human populations. General health promotion, experimental studies for both infectious and chronic disease and statistical methods in epidemiology will be examined. Prerequisite: BIO 1030; MTH 2350 recommended. 
         BIO 3750   Special Topics in Biology 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Workshops or seminars include topics related to biology, such as evolution, animal behavior, cell biology, biometry, or related issues. (May be repeated for credit, as topics vary.) Students may apply up to 3 cr. of BIO 3750 toward Biology major requirements. Additional topics credits are optional. 
         BIO 4010   Population Genetics (BIO*/FOR) 3 cr.  Theory and application of population genetics with emphasis on mathematical and statistical methods for describing specific populations, genetic make-up and diversity. 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: BIO 3010, MTH 1210, and MTH 2350. 
         BIO 4700   Biological Investigation 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Independent research, directed reading, or special problems under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: recommendation of major advisor and problem director. 
Biology Minor    
   Minor Courses (22 cr. to be chosen)    
      BIO 1030   General Biology I 4 cr.  Fundamental biological principles and problems as they apply to molecular, cellular, and organismic levels of the biosphere. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHM 1110 or equivalent; one year each of high school biology and chemistry highly recommended. 
      BIO 1040   General Biology II 4 cr.  Fundamental biological principles and problems as they apply to evolutionary theory, biosystematics, plant structure and function, animal behavior, and ecological concepts. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: one year each of high school biology and chemistry highly recommended; BIO 1030 recommended but not required. 
      BIO 2250   Basic Human Physiology 3 cr.  Non-laboratory study of the functioning of the body systems considering the integration and control of life processes in the cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Not applicable to Biology major but may be applied to Biology minor. 
      BIO 2260   Microbiology 4 cr.  Fundamental principles of microbiology with emphasis on the biology of bacteria and other microbes (metabolism, genetics, growth, and death), their ecological relationships in natural and controlled environments, and the interactions of pathogenic microorganisms and their human and animal hosts. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110 or CHM 1610; and, BIO 1030 or BIO 2250 or BIO 2430. 
      BIO 3010   Genetics 4 cr.  Principles of genetic theory that provide a working knowledge of the three divisions of genetics: transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Topics include cell division, principles of heredity, statistical analysis, microbial genetics, cancer genetics, genetics in metabolism, development and behavior, and genetic engineering. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1030 or BIO 2260; MTH 2350. 
      BIO 3210/ENV 3210 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         BIO 3210   General Ecology 3 cr.  Study of the principles of ecological interdependence and interaction between plants and animals with each other and with their environment. An overview of research methods used in field studies complements theoretical concepts in lecture. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory/field 3 hours. Prerequisite: 6 cr. in biology; MTH 2350. 
         ENV 3210   Limnology: The Study of Lakes 3 cr.  A study of the influences of physical, chemical, and biological factors on the structure and function of inland lakes and ecosystems. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: 6 cr. in Biology 
Biology Major - Support: Bach Sci    
   Support Courses (24 cr. to be chosen)    
      CHM 1110   General Chemistry I 4 cr.  Principles of chemistry, including atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution concepts, acid-base theory, redox processes, and equilibrium. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry or CHM 1010 with grade of C (2.0) or better; one year of high school algebra or MTH 1040 with grade of C (2.0) or better. Two years of high school algebra highly recommended, or MTH 1040 and 1050 with grades of C (2.0) or better. 
      CHM 1120   General Chemistry II 4 cr.  Principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium systems, proton transfer, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory projects related to each major subject area. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CHM 1110 or equivalent; MTH 1050 or equivalent. 
      CHM 2210   Organic Chemistry I 4 cr.  Structure and classification of compounds of carbon, with stress on the aliphatics; IUPAC nomenclature; properties, characteristic reactions of the common functional groups, especially of the oxygen functions; concepts of stereochemistry; introduction to mechanisms; stress on Bronsted and Lewis acid/base processes. Laboratory exercises directed to demonstration of mechanistic processes. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHM 1110 or equivalent; CHM 1120 highly recommended. 
      MTH 2350   Probability and Statistics 4 cr.  Topics include data collection and graphic presentation; measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; normal distribution; regression and correlation; sampling methods; design of experiments; probability and simulation; sampling distributions; statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one-sample and two-sample problems. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra within the last three years, or placement test, or MTH 1040. 
      PHY 2530/2630 Option (4 cr. to be chosen)    
         PHY 2530   General Physics I 4 cr.  Fundamental methods of mechanics, molecular physics, heat, and sound. Opportunity for experiments at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: MTH 1050 and MTH 1060, or MTH 1210, or the equivalent; or departmental approval. (Offered Fall Semester.) 
         PHY 2630   Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4 cr.  For students planning to major in engineering, pre-medicine, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. Motion and Newton’s laws, energy, momentum, rigid-body mechanics, gravitation, simple harmonic motion, waves and sound, and thermal physics. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or corequisite: MTH 2510. 
      PHY 2540/2640 Option (4 cr. to be chosen)    
         PHY 2540   General Physics II 4 cr.  Fundamental methods and principles of magnetism, electricity, optics, light, and atomic physics. Opportunity for experiments at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: MTH 1050 and MTH 1060, or MTH 1210, or the equivalent; or departmental approval. (Offered Winter Semester.) 
         PHY 2640   Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4 cr.  For students planning to major in engineering, pre-medicine, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. Electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, geometrical and wave optics, and the essence of modern physics. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory three hours weekly. Prerequisites: MTH 2510 and PHY 2630. 
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