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Biomedical Science (BIMS) Courses

BIMS 1300 Scientific Thought (3-0). Prerequisites: None.  Satisfies Critical Reasoning requirement of General Education.  An introduction to the processes of observation, thought, analysis, and reasoning that are common to science, with an eye toward how these skills apply to games and life decisions. Various approaches to study of a problem, evaluation of results, and ethical decision-making are emphasized. Knowledge and skills are illustrated in student-designed games completed as course projects. (Spring)

BIMS 2105 Medical Terminology I (1-0) Prerequisite: None. A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. (Fall, Spring)

BIMS 3205 Medical Terminology II (2-0) Prerequisite: BIMS 2105. A continuation of Medical Terminology I. Topics include structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms as they relate to body systems, including disorders and diseases. (Fall, Spring)

BIMS 3350 Cell Biology (3-0). Prerequisite:  BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107.  A study of biology at the cellular level.  This course is concerned with the anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic cells.  Topics will include cellular organization and the processes involved in membrane support, energy production and conservation, macromolecular synthesis and processing, the cell cycle, and cell signaling. (Fall)

BIMS 3410 Microbiology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, and eight hours of Chemistry. Designed for science majors.  An introduction to the morphology, physiology, genetics, growth, pathogenicity, and control of microbes, and also immunological interactions between microbes and man. (Fall)

BIMS 3430 Human Physiology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, 1107, or BIOL 2401, 2402. Designed for science majors. A study of the function and chemistry of organ systems of the human body using experimental approaches and computer simulations. (Spring)

BIMS 4150 Molecular Biology Laboratory (0-3). Prerequisites: Completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) BIMS 4350, or permission of instructor. An introduction to basic molecular techniques used for the study of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Methods will be taught through experimental approaches, culminating in the reporting of the findings in a scientific format. (Fall)

BIMS 4201 BIMS Capstone Experience (1-3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of BIMS required courses, or approval of the Department. This course is one of the capstone options required for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. Participation in a capstone experience in the biological sciences, which integrates knowledge from course work and culminates in observations, data handling, and analysis to be used for completing a writing assignment in BIOL 4101. Capstone experiences may consist of original research, summer research experiences, or other appropriate activities. (Fall, Spring)

BIMS 4350 Molecular Biology (3-0) Prerequisites:  BIOL 1306, 1106, and either BIMS 3410 or BIOL 3460.  A study of biology at the molecular level. Special emphasis is placed on molecular events in such processes such as gene expression, gene regulation, genetic control of development, and methods for analysis of cellular molecules.  (Fall)

BIMS 4X91 Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Public Health (3-0/3) Prerequisites: BIMS 3410, or by permission of instructor. An elective course for the Biomedical Science major designed to explore specialized topics in microbiology and/or public health with special attention to health and disease. Potential courses include Epidemiology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Bacterial Physiology, Food Microbiology, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIMS 4X92 Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology and Genetics (3-0/3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3460, or by permission of instructor. An elective course for the Biomedical Science major designed to explore specialized topics in molecular biology and/or genetics with special attention to health and disease. Potential courses include Human Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Cell Signaling Mechanisms, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIOLOGY (BIOL) Courses

BIOL 1106 General Biology I Lab (0-3). Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL 1306 or concurrent enrollment. Intended for Biology, Biomedical Science, and Life Science majors as well as Biology minors.  A survey at the laboratory level of the major physical, chemical, and biological processes important to living organisms. (Fall) (TCCN: BIOL 1106)

BIOL 1107 General Biology II Lab (3-0).  Prerequisites: Completion of 1307 or concurrent enrollment.  Intended for Biology, Biomedical Science, and Life Science majors as well as Biology minors.  An introductory survey at the laboratory level of current biological concepts including evolution, biological diversity, ecology and structure and function of organisms. (Spring)  (TCCN: BIOL 1107)

BIOL 1306 General Biology I (3-0). Prerequisites: none. Intended for Biology, Biomedical Science, and Life Science majors as well as Biology minors. A survey of Biology from molecules to cells. Topics include biological molecules, metabolism, macromolecular synthesis, cell structure and function, cell division, gene structure and function, and patterns of inheritance. (Fall)  (TCCN: BIOL 1306)

BIOL 1307 General Biology II (3-0).  Prerequisites: none.  Intended for Biology, Biomedical Science, and Life Science majors as well as Biology minors.  An introductory survey of current biological concepts including evolution, biological diversity, ecology and structure and function of organisms. (Spring)  (TCCN: BIOL 1307)

BIOL 1401 Principles of Biology (3-3) Prerequisites: None. This is a non-majors course designed for general education credit in Natural Science. An introduction to the fundamental principles and processes of life, including the diversity of life, the nature of cells, the principles of heredity, basic organismal, physiology, evolution, and the interdependence of life. (Fall, Spring) (TCCN BIOL 1408)

BIOL 2110 Environmental Seminar (1-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107. This is a required course for the Biology major. A course designed to discuss and explore current and classical issues in environmental biology. Topics covered may include the biodiversity crisis, the ethics of habitat management and protection, global warming, conservation biology and wildlife management, pollution and sustainable resource management. (Spring)

BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-3) Prerequisites: None. Credit will not count toward Biology or Biomedical Science majors, but this course is required for degrees in Nursing, Exercise Science & Human Performance, for students pursuing athletic trainer certification, and is an option for Life Sciences majors. A study of cells, tissues, and cellular processes of the human body, as well as the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Laboratory emphasis on skeletal and muscular systems. (Fall) (TCCN BIOL 2401)

BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 or permission of the instructor. Credit will not count toward Biology or Biomedical Science majors, but is an option for Life Sciences majors. A study of the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Laboratory emphasis on physiology of organ systems. (Spring) (TCCN BIOL 2402)

BIOL 2410 Biology of Plants (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107. A beginning course in botany emphasizing plant cells and tissues, development, genetics, physiology, and evolution. The life cycles and major phyla of algae and green plants discussed in the ecological and phylogenetic framework. (Fall) (TCCN BIOL 1411)

BIOL 2420 Invertebrate Zoology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107.  A survey of the 33 major groups of invertebrates including their structures and functions. (Spring)

BIOL 3110 Biology Junior Seminar (1-0)Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 3460 Genetics and junior standing. This course is required for graduation with the BS Biology, BS Biomedical Science, BS Life Sciences and BS Life Sciences 8-12 degrees.  A course intended to assess student progress in biological knowledge, to grow student experience with scientific literature, to prepare students for entrance into their capstone experiences, and to explore post-graduation options related to their major.  Students will take the Junior Exam designed for their major in this course. (Fall)

BIOL 3330 Biogeography (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107. An introduction to the history of life on Earth and how that history is reflected in the current distribution of living things and the taxonomy of life. Emphasis is given to the biotic and abiotic factors affecting the distribution of living things, and what the patterns of distribution tell us about the natural environment. (Spring)

BIOL 3403 Foundations of Microbiology (3-3) Prerequisites: One semester of college science or permission of the instructor. Intended for students in the future allied health careers, the Allied Health minor, and the Life Sciences and Life Sciences 8-12 majors.  This course will not count for credit for Biology and Biomedical Science majors. A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on their roles in human health and disease including taxonomy, modes of transmission, pathogenesis, and antimicrobial therapy. Laboratory topics focus on sampling, safe handling, microscopic examination, culturing, sensitivity testing, and methods for controlling microbial contamination. (Spring, Summer)

BIOL 3440 Comparative Anatomy (3-3). Prerequisite: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107.  A comparative study of the anatomy and phylogeny of the vertebrate organ systems. (Fall)

BIOL 3460 Genetics (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, and 8 hours of Chemistry.  A study of gene structure, function, and inheritance. This course incorporates classical Mendelian, population, and molecular genetics.  Laboratory topics focus on gene inheritance patterns, DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction, and gene transfer. (Spring)

BIOL 4101 Biological Communication (1-0). Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, BIOL 4201 or BIMS 4201. An introduction to methods of scientific communication, with a focus on the skills required to read and write scientific literature. Topics will include the various levels and styles of scientific writing, ethical conduct in science communication, and the methods and skills required for preparing effective oral, poster, and paper presentations of a scientific nature. (Spring)

BIOL 4201 Capstone Experience (1-3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of the major requirements for the Biology or Life Sciences degree, or approval of the Department. This course is one of the capstone options required for the B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Life Science majors. Participation in a capstone experience in the biological sciences, which integrates knowledge from course work and culminates in observations, data, and analysis to be used for completing a writing assignment in BIOL 4101. Capstone experiences may consist of original research, summer research experiences, science pedagogy research, or other appropriate activities. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 4340 Biology Field Studies (2-3) Prerequisites: Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. A study of the flora, fauna, land-forms, and ecology of selected sites primarily in the Southwest. Classroom studies and an extended field trip offers opportunities to view plants and wildlife in natural settings. (As needed) 

BIOL 4360 Evolution (3-0). Prerequisite: BIOL 3460. This course is designed to introduce and explore one of the fundamental principles in biology - evolution. Topics deal with the genesis of evolutionary thought, the processes by which natural populations evolve, and the methods that have been used to investigate evolutionary hypotheses. (Fall odd years)

BIOL 4430 Ecology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 and 1106, and BIOL 1307 and 1107. Qualitative and quantitative studies of the interrelationships existing between plants and animals and their environments. Laboratory work involves field collections, data analyses, and studies of plants and animals in different ecosystems. Field trip required. (Spring)

BIOL 4450 Advanced Botany (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107.  A study of major botanical fields with an emphasis on flowering plants. Topics included are plant systematics, phylogenetic methods, origin, diversification, and diversity of vascular plants, evolution, and economic botany. This course is taught as a combination lecture and laboratory course. (Spring odd years)

BIOL 4X88 Biology Internship Prerequisites: Advanced standing, successful completion of the Junior Seminar, permission of the internship supervising instructor, and approval by the Chair of Biology. This course is one of the capstone options required for graduation with the BS Biology, BS Biomedical Science, and BS Life Sciences. An on-the-job work experience under the supervision of professionals in private or public agencies appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. (As needed)

BIOL 4X91 Advanced Topics in Botany (3-0/3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107.  This course is designed to discuss and explore specialized topics in botany. Potential courses include Medical Botany, Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Paleobotany, Economic Botany, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIOL 4X92 Advanced Topics in Zoology (3-0/3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1306, 1106, 1307, and 1107. This course is designed to discuss and explore specialized topics in zoology. Potential courses include entomology, invertebrate biology, mammalogy, ornithology, conservation biology, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIOL 4X95 Independent Studies Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. A study program or research arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study or investigation in a particular area of interest. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule of frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. (As needed)

BIOL 4X96H Biology Honors Tutorial  Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. Designed for Biology Honors participants. This course provides opportunities for independent research investigation under the supervision of a faculty supervisor leading completion of Honors Program requirements.  This course may be repeated. (As needed)

BIOL 4X97H Biology Honors Research  Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. Designed for Biology Honors participants. This course provides an opportunity to formalize results of Honors research and write the Honors thesis.  Work is completed under the supervision of a biology faculty member and Honors Committee, and results in a final presentation to an appropriate audience. (As needed)

BIOL XX99 Special Topics Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. A course of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden department curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (As needed)