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Department of Biological Sciences Courses

BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (3)
Offered fall, spring and summer terms
This course is an introduction to cell biology, genetics, development, ecology and evolution.

BIOL 111: General Biology I (5)
Lecture /3/, Discussion and Laboratory /3/
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is an introduction to the principles of biological systems. Structural organization and functional interactions are studied at cellular, organismal and population levels. General Biology is a two-semester course designed for students majoring in biological sciences. Biology majors must pass both BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better to enroll in courses for which 111 and 112 are prerequisites.

BIOL 112: General Biology II (5)
Lecture /3/, Discussion and Laboratory /3/
Offered fall and spring terms

See previous description for General Biology I.

BIOL 117: Exercise Physiology (3)
Offered fall term
This course is a study of the physiological factors affecting human performance during exercise. Course includes lectures, laboratories and discussions.

BIOL 150: Special Topics in Biology (1-3)
Prerequisite: approval of department required
This course includes topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses.

BIOL 200: Human Biology (3)
Offered fall and spring terms
Human anatomy and physiology are studied from a life-cycle perspective. Contemporary topics related to health, disease, nutrition and human ecology are included.

BIOLB 200: Human Biology Laboratory (1)
Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 200
Offered fall and spring terms

This is an optional lab that complements the topics covered in BIOL 200.  It may be taken concurrent with or after taking BIOL 200

BIOL 201: Contemporary Women Scientists (3)
Offered spring term
This course focuses on the integration of several fields of science, the significance of those fields in contemporary life, and some women scientists who made notable contributions to those fields.

BIOL 202: Human Anatomy (4)
Lecture /4/, Laboratory /3/
Offered fall, spring and some summer terms.

This course is a study of the structure of the human body. A human cadaver is used in the laboratory component. Biology majors interested in this field should register for BIOL 220.

BIOL 203: Human Physiology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 202 or 220
Offered fall, spring and summer terms

This course is a study of the general principles that underlie the functions of organisms with special reference to humans. Biology majors interested in this field should register for BIOL 320.

BIOL 206: Microbiology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Offered fall, spring and summer terms

This course is a non-major course that deals with the basic structure and functions of bacteria, protozoa, fungi, viruses, and parasitic worms with the emphasis on pathogenic mechanisms. In addition, basic immunology is studied. Biology majors interested in this field should register for BIOL 306.

BIOL 207: Nutrition (3)
Offered spring and/or summer terms
This course is a study of the application of the science of nutrition to human need. Attention is given to the nutrient content of foods, optimum diets throughout the life cycle, major nutrition problems in our society and the world, protecting the food supply and some common diseases that require special nutritional treatment.

BIOL 208: Natural History of the Great Lakes Region (3)
Lecture /3/ Saturday field trips
Offered fall term

This course covers the geologic and climatic history of the region, as well as its rich biological heritage. Several field trips and an independent exercise at the Field Museum, Peggy Notebaert Museum or Shedd Aquarium are required. Majors taking this course must concurrently take the lab offered during fall semester.

BIOL 210: Histology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better and junior or senior status
Offered fall term alternate years

This course is designed to enable the student to understand the microscopic anatomy of cells and their products, how cells form tissues and how tissues are then incorporated into larger structures (i.e., organs).

BIOL 212: Histotechniques (3)
Laboratory and discussion
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and consent of the instructor

Offered spring term alternate years
This is a laboratory course designed to introduce the student to the principles and techniques utilized in preparation of animal tissues for microscopic examination.

BIOL 213: Interactions in the Environment (3)
Offered spring term
This combined majors/non-majors course explores how organisms interact with each other and their non-living environment. Special emphasis is placed on examining human influences on these systems and the global environment. Majors must take the lab offered during spring semester.

BIOLB 213: Interactions in the Environment Laboratory (1)
Laboratory /3/
Co-requisite: BIOL 213
Offered spring term

Required for Biology majors and Environmental and Sustainability Studies minors concurrently taking BIOL 213.

BIOL 220: Human and Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (5)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better
This course is an anatomical study of selected vertebrate types, including humans. The laboratory component includes human cadavers, lampreys and sharks. Offered fall term.

BIOL 230: Invertebrate Biology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better
Offered spring semester alternate years

The course takes a functional approach to the phylogeny, ecology and economic importance of invertebrates. The laboratory component will include trips to the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, as well as local nature preserves.

BIOL 240: Developmental Biology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better

Offered fall term alternate years
This course is designed to chronologically detail the developmental processes of various animal models from conception to birth.

BIOL 250: Special Topics (1-3)
Prerequisite: approval of the department
Offered fall and spring terms
This course is a formal study of topics not considered in other listed courses. It is offered by member institutions of ACCA.

BIOL 300: Genetics (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better and junior or senior status
Offered spring term

This course is a study of inheritance from molecular, cellular, organismal and population perspectives.

BIOL 303: Biostatistics (3)
Cross Reference: PSYCH 300
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring term.

This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics for application to the planning and evaluation of studies in biology and allied fields.

BIOL 305: Cell Biology (5)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better; and CHEM 111 and 112, and 108, or 251/251L
Offered spring term

This course is a study of the structural and functional aspects of the cell with emphasis on membranes and the cell surface, cellular energetics, cell motility, cell synthesis and growth, cell divisions and cell origins.

BIOL 306: General Microbiology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with a C or better
Offered fall term

This course is for majors dealing with the structure and functions of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses. Immunology, environmental and applied microbiology will be included.

BIOL 309: Pathophysiology (3)
Prerequisite: BIOL 202 or 220, BIOL 203; or 320; BIOL 206 or BIOL 306, and either CHEM 107 and 108 or CHEM 111 and 108
Offered fall, spring and summer terms

This course is a study of alterations in homeostatic mechanisms in humans. The focus is on physiological changes and responses that produce the signs and symptoms of disease.

BIOL 310: Animal Behavior (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better and junior or senior status

Offered fall term
This course examines the behavior of animals from multiple biological perspectives by integrating genetics, physiology, ecology and evolution. The laboratory complements lecture with exercises and discussions based on these perspectives.

BIOL 312: Plant Adaptation and Diversity (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better
Offered spring term alternate years

This course focuses on the study of plant diversity with an emphasis on how plants have met various environmental challenges through adaptations in their morphology, anatomy, modes of reproduction, and basic physiological and molecular mechanisms.

BIOL 318: Ecology (5)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /4/ and two required Saturday field trips
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better and junior or senior status
Offered fall term

This course is the scientific study of how organisms interact with their non-living environment and with other organisms. The emphasis is on ecological concepts and methodology. The laboratory component and field trips focus on experimentation and observation, along with data analysis and interpretation.

BIOL 320: Human and Comparative Physiology (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 220 and CHEM 111
Offered spring term

This course is a comparative study of the physiological functions and adaptations of vertebrates, including humans.

BIOL 329: Hormones and Behavior (3)
Cross Reference: PSYCH 319
Prerequisite BIOL 111, 112, or PSYCH 101 with C or better
Offered spring term

Taught from a comparative perspective, this course includes examples of hormone behavior interactions in a variety of organisms. In this course animal data will be related to human development, physiology and ultimately human behavior.

BIOL 330: Cadaver Dissection (1)
Prerequisite: BIOL 202 or BIOL 220 with a grade of B or better and consent of instructor
Offered in the interim between fall and spring terms

This course involves the study of human gross anatomy by dissecting a human cadaver.

BIOL 333: Evolution: Process and Pattern (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /3/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better
Offered spring term alternate years

Included are the historical developments of evolutionary theory, macroevolution, and the evolutionary history of some representative plant and animal lineages. Course includes field trips and some laboratory exercises that make use of local natural areas and The Field Museum.

BIOL 341: Neuroscience (4)
Lecture /3/, Laboratory /2/
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 with C or better

Offered fall term
This course investigates the neural processes involved in organisms' perception of themselves and their surroundings, ability to learn, remember and forget and to reason. Basic neuroscience research investigates these mysteries and is the basis of this course.

BIOL 350: Special Topics (1-3)
Prerequisite: approval of the department
Offered fall and spring term

This course focuses on formal study of topics not considered in other listed courses. Includes courses offered by member institutions of ACCA.

BIOL 351: Laboratory and Field Research I (1-2)
Prerequisite: biology major with junior or senior status and consent of the faculty mentor
This course includes individual laboratory or field research, including literature search on a problem in biology.

BIOL 352: Laboratory and Field Research II (1-2)
Prerequisite: BIOL 351 and consent of mentor
This course includes individual laboratory or field research on a problem in biology

BIOL 353: Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: biology major with junior or senior status and consent of the faculty mentor
Offered at the request of student

This course is an informal study of advanced topics in biology on a tutorial basis.

BIOL 355: Senior Seminar (1)
Prerequisite: biology major with senior status
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is a review of current literature in biology through discussion and presentations.

BIOL 360: Internship (0-3)
Offered by special arrangement
The student will spend a specified number of hours in a biological work setting, report regularly to an academic supervisor, and receive assignments appropriate to his/her type of work.

BIOL 372: Methods of Teaching Biology in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
Cross Reference: EDU 372

Morton Arboretum Courses
A variety of botany courses are offered at the Morton Arboretum. See the course schedule for listing of specific courses. Additional courses are offered at Shedd Aquarium that incorporate week long work/study experience on a ship in the Bahamas.

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