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Biology Course Descriptions

BIOL 102* Environmental Awareness — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is intended to enable students to gain a better appreciation of their relationship to nature. The complex web of the inter-relationships between the issues of overpopulation, environmental pollution, increasing industrialization, depletion of nonrenewable resources, and hunger will be explored. This course will help each student recognize how value judgments affect his/her dealings with nature.
BIOL 110* General Biology — 4 Credit Hours
  Biology includes a study of the unifying concepts of modern biology with emphasis on physiology, genetics, development, species diversity, ecology and evolution. Includes laboratory.
BIOL 201 Biology Seminar — 1 Credit Hour
  This is a weekly seminar course with discussions focused on books or articles of current biological interest. Each student is required to write a final essay on some topic covered during the semester. A minimum of four credits (or one credit per year of residence at KWU) in this course is required to complete a biology major.
BIOL 221* Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab) — 3 Credit Hours
  Students will study the historical aspects of Human A & P, the basic chemistry and biochemistry of the human body, become familiar with cell biology, learn the intricacies of human tissue histology, and learn the anatomical and physiologic intricacies of the skin, skeletal system, and nervous system. Neurophysiology will be emphasized with considerable information applied to life-style choices.  Includes laboratory.
BIOL 222* Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab) — 3 Credit Hours
  Students will study the detailed anatomy and physiology of the sensory, cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The laboratory will involve hands-on experience with the study of the human skeleton and muscles and internal organs of the cat. The laboratory will also involve interactive computer software, with particular emphasis on instruction in physiology.  Includes laboratory.
BIOL 226* General Microbiology — 4 Credit Hours
  An introductory study of microorganisms is provided. Applications to the health sciences are emphasized. Includes laboratory.
BIOL 286 Special Topics — Variable Credit
BIOL 290 Independent Study — Variable credit
  See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.
BIOL 310 Botany — 4 Credit Hours
  This course is a survey of the importance of plants in living communities, focusing on plant diversity, adaptation, structure, and function. Includes laboratory.  Prerequisite:  BIOL110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL 325 Invertebrate Zoology — 4 Credit Hours
  A systematic study of the morphology, taxonomy, physiology, and phylogeny of invertebrate animals is covered in the course. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL 330 Vertebrate Zoology — 4 Credit Hours
  This course is a comparative study of the major groups of vertebrates. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL 335 Entomology — 4 Credit Hours
  This course is an introduction to the study of insects. Emphasis is on classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and relation of insects to plants and other animals. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL 350 Ecology — 4 Credit Hours
  Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environments. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL 400 Immunology — 3 Credit Hours
  Theories of infection and immunity, nature of immune bodies, and demonstrations of bacterial activity in vitro and in vivo with clinical diagnostic techniques are covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 226.
BIOL 415 Genetics — 4 Credit Hours
  Genetics is the study of the concepts and principles of inheritance as they are applied at the molecular, cellular, organismic, and population levels of biological organization. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or consent of instructor.
BIOL425 Cellular/Molecular Biology – 3 Credit Hours
  Structure and function of macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and protein) including chemical and physical properties, and roles they play in cellular metabolism.  The synthesis of those macromolecules (DNA replication, transcription and translation) is reviewed in detail.  Genetic engineering and regulation of gene expression.
BIOL 460 Internship— Variable Credit
BIOL 485 Special Topics— Variable Credit
BIOL 490 Independent Study — Variable Credit
  See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a detailed description.
BIOL 499 Biological Research – Variable Credit
  This course is designed to help students learn and apply appropriate and effective methods for designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting original biological research.  A supervised research project is required, including a written research paper and an oral report.  The course is to be taken during the senior year for a total of four credit hours, normally split 2/2 between the fall and spring semesters