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Faculty member Michael Yard teaching anatomy to students

Biology courses

BIOL-N 100 Contemporary Biology

  • 3
  • Course Summary: Selected principles of biology with emphasis on issues and problems extending into everyday affairs of the student
  •  Equiv. PU BIOL 201

BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: An introductory course emphasizing the principles of cellular biology; molecular biology; genetics; and plant anatomy, diversity, development, and physiology.
  • Prerequisites: High school or college chemistry
  • Instructors: Kathleen A Marrs

BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: An introductory biology course emphasizing phylogeny, structure, physiology, development, diversity, evolution and behavior in animals.
  •  BIOL-K 101

BIOL-N 107 Exploring the World of Animals

  • 4
  • Course Summary: This course introduces students to animals and their native environments. It surveys individual ecosystems and highlights the interactions, features, and characteristics of the animals found there. Examples of discussion topics include unique features of animals, animal relationships, societies and populations, exotic species, and behavior, including mating, communication, feeding and foraging, and migration. Environmental issues including the effects of pollution on ecosystems are also discussed.

BIOL-N 108 Plants, Animals and the Environment

  • 3
  • Course Summary: This course is designed to provide students and future K-8 teachers with a background in the general biology concepts of plants, animals and the environment, which are the backbone of the State of Indiana science standards.

BIOL-N 200 The Biology of Women

  • 3
  • Course Summary: This course examines the biological basis for bodily functions and changes that take place throughout the life of females.

BIOL-N 212 Human Biology I

  • 3
  • Course Summary: First course in a two-semester sequence in human biology with emphasis on anatomy and physiology, providing a solid foundation in body structure and function.
  •  Equiv. PU BIOL 201

BIOL-N 213 Human Biology Laboratory

  • 1
  • Course Summary: Accompanying laboratory for BIOL-N 212.
  •  BIOL-N 212

BIOL-N 214 Human Biology II

  • 3
  • Course Summary: Continuation of BIOL-N 212.
  •  N212. Equiv. PU BIOL 202


BIOL-N 215 Human Biology Laboratory

  • Course Summary: Accompanying laboratory for BIOL-N 214.
  •  P or C: BIOL-N 214

BIOL-N 217 Human Physiology

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Lectures and laboratory work related to cellular, musculoskeletal, neural, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, and reproductive function in humans.
  • Additional Information: Equiv. IU PHSL P215.

BIOL-N 222 Special Topics in Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3-Jan
  • Course Summary: A variable-topic course dealing with current topics in biology. In a given semester, a topic such as disease, genetics, the environment, etc., will be dealt with as a separate course.

BIOL-N 251 Introduction to Microbiology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course includes a laboratory component. The isolation, growth, structure, functioning, heredity, identification, classification, and ecology of microorganisms; their role in nature and significance to humans.
  • Prerequisites: One semester general chemistry or one semester life science.

BIOL-N 261 Human Anatomy

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Lecture and laboratory studies of the histology and gross morphology of the human form, utilizing a cell-tissue-organ system-body approach.
  • Additional Information: Equiv. IU ANAT A215.

BIOL-K 295 Special Assignments

  • Credit Hours: arranged
  • Course Summary: Special work, such as directed readings, laboratory or fieldwork, or presentation of material not available in the formal courses in the department.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

BIOL-K 322 Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The course covers the principles of classical and molecular genetics including Mendelian inheritance, linkage, nucleic acids, gene expression, recombinant DNA, genomics, immunogenetics, and regulation.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 106

BIOL-N 322 Introductory Principles of Genetics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Basic principles of plant and animal genetics. Emphasis on transmission mechanisms as applied to individuals and populations. For students in health and agricultural sciences.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-N 107 or BIOL-K 101
  • Additional Information: Equiv. PU AGR 430

BIOL-K 323 Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Applied principles of genetics and molecular biology using organisms of increasing complexity from viruses to fruit fly. Laboratory experiments include linkage analyses, deletion mapping, isolation of human chromosomes, mutagenesis, DNA extraction, restriction enzyme analysis, and PCR.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: BIOL-K 322

BIOL-K 324 Cell Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Examination of the structure and activity of eukaryotic cells and subcellular structures. Emphasis is on regulation of and interactions among subcellular events, such as protein targeting, transmembrane signaling, cell movement, and cell cycle.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 106

BIOL-K 325 Cell Biology Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Experiments on the molecular and biochemical basis of organization and function of eukaryotic cells.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 324

BIOL-K 331 Embryology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The development of animals through differentiation of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems will be examined.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103 and BIOL-K 322

BIOL-K 333 Embryology Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Processes of animal development are examined in a series of classical and modern experiments using cell, tissue and embryo culture, drug treatments, and microscopic techniques.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 331

BIOL-K 338 Introductory Immunology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Principles of basic immunology with an emphasis on the cells and molecules underlying immunological mechanisms.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 106

BIOL-K 339 Immunology Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Demonstration of immunological principles by experimentation. Exercises include cells and factors of the innate and the adaptive immune systems.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 338

BIOL-K 341 Principles of Ecology and Evolution

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A study of the interactions of organisms with one another and with their nonbiotic environments in light of evolution.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103

BIOL-K 342 Principles of Ecology and Evolution Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Application of ecology and evolution principles in laboratory and field experiments as well as demonstration of techniques of general ecology.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 341

BIOL-K 350 Comparative Animal Physiology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A comparative examination of principles of animal physiology from molecular to organismal levels using homeostasis, regulation, and adaptation as central themes.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-N 107 or BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 106

BIOL-K 356 Microbiology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Introduction to microorganisms: cytology, nutrition, physiology, and genetics. Importance of microorganisms in applied fields including infectious disease.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 341

BIOL-K 357 Microbiology Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Laboratory experiments and demonstrations to yield proficiency in aseptic cultivation and utilization of microorganisms; experimental investigations of biological principles in relation to microorganisms.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 356

BIOL-N 400 Biological Skills for Teachers

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Concepts and laboratory skills necessary to prepare teachers with diverse backgrounds to return to graduate academic biology courses are reviewed. Topics include general principles of biology, biochemistry, and biomathematics.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

BIOL-K 411 Global Change Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Examination of changes in earth's environment over history. In-depth study of effects of environmental change, including global warming, on the ecology of various organisms.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 101 and BIOL-K 103 or GEOL-G 109 and one course in chemistry or consent of instructor

BIOL-K 416 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of topics within the field cellular and molecular neuroscience. It will survey invertebrate and vertebrate neurobiology, covering cell and molecular biology of the neuron, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, developmental neurobiology, regeneration and degeneration, learning and memory, and will include comparisons of neural mechanisms throughout the animal kingdom. Upon completion of the class, students will have a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms governing the functioning of cells of the nervous system at a cellular/molecular level.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 324
  • Offered: Fall semester
  • Instructor: Dr. Jason Meyer

BIOL-K 451 Neuropharmacology

  • Credit Hours: 3

  • Course Summary: This course focuses on the molecular underpinnings of neuropharmacology. In the first part of the course - Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology - we will look at basic principles of neuropharmacology including understanding how drugs bind to their targets. Also, we will evaluate how neurons communicate with each other and how those signals are transduced on a molecular level. Part 2 will evaluate where drugs act in the brain and some of the major neurotransmitters. Part 3 will focus on neuronal dysfunction in various disorders and how we can treat those disorders pharmacologically.

  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 324

  • Offered: Spring semester

  • Instructor: Dr. AJ Baucum

BIOL-K 483 Biological Chemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Chemistry of biologically important molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Special emphasis on chemistry of intermediary metabolism..
  • Prerequisites: CHEM-C 342

BIOL-K 484 Cellular Biochemistry

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Emphasis on selected topics in cellular biochemistry, including nucleic acid: protein interactions, protein: protein interactions, protein synthesis, biogenesis of membranes, and signal transduction. Current techniques for studying these processes in higher eukaryotes will be discussed.
  • Prerequisites: CHEM-C 342

BIOL-K 490 Capstone

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Faculty-directed or approved independent library research on an area of public, scientific interest or a community service activity in local industry, government, schools, or other public science-related groups or organizations.
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing
  • Additional Information: Topics for independent research and a list of service opportunities are available in the Department of Biology Office.

BIOL-K 493 Independent Research

  • Credit Hours: 3-Jan
  • Course Summary: A course designed to give undergraduate students majoring in biology an opportunity to do research in fields in which they have a special interest.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

BIOL-K 494 Senior Research Thesis

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary:

"There are many times I put into practice the time management skills I learned through balancing athletics, academics, and on-campus leadership positions."

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