Biology

Courses in Biology

Anatomy

ANAT-A 210  Elementary Human Anatomy (5)

Structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems and their relationship to function.  Designed for pre-professional students in dental hygiene, radiography, and other allied health sciences.  Lab fee required. 

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. 
  • Offered online only.
ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5)

Structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems and their relationship to function. Designed for pre-professional students in dental hygiene, radiography, and other allied health sciences.  Lab fee required. 

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.       
  • Offered onsite only.   

Biology

BIOL-B 351 Fungi (3 cr)

Morphology, life histories, classification, genetics, physiology, development, ecology, medical and economic importance of fungi. This course is designed for biology majors, to fulfill a science distribution, or for individuals interested in fungi. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: L107
BIOL-B 364 Summer Flowering Plants (3 cr)

A study of the classification and evolutionary relationships of plant families for those desiring a broad, practical knowledge of common wild and cultivated plants. Offered every third summer.

  • Prerequisite: L107 or Q201
BIOL-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (3 cr)

Principles of biological organization, from molecules through cells and organisms to populations. Emphasis on processes common to all organisms, with special reference to humans. Lecture only. Credit given for only one of the following: L100, L104, L107 or Q201. Offered periodically.

BIOL-L 104 Introductory Biology Lectures (3 cr)

An introduction to living organisms. Designed for nonscientists with no background in biology. Not open to pre-professional students. Primary emphasis may vary with the instructor. Enrollment limited to freshmen and sophomores. Lecture only. Credit given for only one of the following: L100, L104, L107 or Q201. Offered periodically.

BIOL-L 107 Biological Concepts (5 cr)

Introduction to critical thinking and basic concepts in biology. Topics include chemical basis for life, the study of cell structure and function, genetics, and ecology. This course is a prerequisite for upper-level biology courses. Lab fee required. Credit given for only one of the following: L100, L104, L107 or Q201. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Proficiency in introductory algebra.
BIOL-L 108 Environment and Life (3 cr)

Consideration of the interactions between humans and the other biological and physical components of the environment. Topics include ecological principles, biosphere, pollution, population, natural resources, conservation, toxicity, and disease. Cannot be used for the biology major.  Lecture only. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

BIOL-L 109 Environment & Life Laboratory (1 cr)

A laboratory science course that introduces students to formulating and addressing questions about the natural world.  Laboratory activities will develop problems-solving skills that can be applied to environmental issues.  Exercises will involve formulating hypotheses, observation, data analysis, and discovering principles that govern natural phenomena. Cannot be used for the biology major.  Lab fee required. Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOL-L108 Environment and Life.
BIOL-L 150 Biology Freshman Seminar (1-3 cr)

An exploration of a topic of current biological interest. Topics may vary with instructor. Open to non-science majors. Offered periodically.

BIOL-L 201 Ecological Principles (4 cr)

A course in the basic principles of ecology and their applications. Students will study techniques used to evaluate habitat. Lab fee required.

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L107 Biological Concepts
BIOL-L 205 Biological Field Techniques (3 cr)

A course designed to acquaint you with various methods employed in field studies. Includes sampling, collection, and identification techniques for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Lab fee required. Not distribution satisfying. Offered periodically in summer.

  • Prerequisite: L107
  • Suggested requisite: L325
BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3 cr)

Structure and function of DNA and RNA. Topics include DNA replication, mutation, repair and gene expression, transcription, and translation. Introduces bacteriophages, plasmids, and the technology of recombinant DNA. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: L107
BIOL-L 213 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 cr)

Accompanying laboratory for L211. Lab fee required. Offered periodically.

  • Corequisite: L211 (lecture portion)
BIOL-L 303 Field Biology (3 cr)

A course designed to acquaint you with the living organisms of an area and their interactions with the physical environment. The class will consist primarily of a period of intensive, extended field study in an area remote from the local campus. Orientation and evaluation sessions will be held prior to and following the field experience. Not distribution satisfying. May be repeated once for credit. Offered periodically in summer.

  • Prerequisite: L107
  • Suggested requisite: L325
BIOL-L 314 Genetics (4 cr)

Basic principles of classical, population, and molecular genetics with emphasis on gene transmission and expression, linkage and crossing-over, the nature of the hereditary material, and gene action and regulation. Attention to human and applied genetics. Lab fee required. Credit not given for both L314 and L364. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

  • Prerequisite: L107, One year of college chemistry
BIOL-L 315 Cell Biology (4 cr)

An introduction to the biology of the cell including the nature of the organization of the cell, enzyme function, cell environment, and cellular communication, membrane structure and function, cell metabolism, and the normal functions of cells. Lab fee required. Credit not given for both L315 and L267. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

  • Prerequisite: L107, One year of college chemistry
BIOL-L 318 Evolution (3 cr)

Provides a rigorous exploration of the theory of evolution – the conceptual core of biology. Topics include origins and history of life; the interplay of heredity and environment in shaping adaptation; molecular, behavioral, and social evolution; patterns of speciation, extinction, and their consequences; methods for inferring evolutionary relationships among organisms. Offered every spring.

  • Prerequisite: L107
BIOL-L 321 Principles of Immunology (3 cr)

An introductory survey of the basic principles of immunology and their practical applications. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: L107, One semester of college chemistry
BIOL-L 325 Ecological Principles (4 cr)

A course in the basic principles of ecology and their application. Students will study techniques used to evaluate habitat. Lab fee required. Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: L107
BIOL-L 333 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr)

Study of the basic biological, chemical and geological principles that relate to current environmental issues with emphasis on mankind's impact. Topics include ecological principles, population, resources, pollution and regulation. Required for a minor in Environmental Studies. Offered fall 2005 and periodically thereafter.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing; introductory biology and an introductory course in either chemistry or geology.
BIOL-L 340 Biological Sex Roles (3 cr)

Biological mechanisms underlying sex differences in physiology, behavior, and evolution of sex roles. Emphasis is on the origin, implications, or general patterns of sex-related function across a variety of types of organisms, with special attention to the higher vertebrates. Offered periodically.

BIOL-L 376 Biology of Birds (3 cr)

Avian systematics, distribution, evolution, ecology, and behavior. Emphasis on identification, communication, and reproductive behavior. Field trips will concentrate on interpretation of behavior and research methods. Lab fee required. Offered every third summer.

BIOL-L 391 Special Topics in Biology (1-3 cr)

Study and analysis of selected biological issues and problems. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with change in topics. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
BIOL-L 403 Biology Seminar (1-3 cr)

Individual presentations of topics of current importance. May be repeated with change in topics for a maximum of four semesters. Not distribution satisfying. Offered periodically.

BIOL-L 452 Capstone in Biology (0-1 cr)

An integrative experience for biology majors. Most students will complete a department administered comprehensive exam, although other options are possible with permission of the department capstone committee. Offered every semester.

  • Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing with a minimum of 20 credit hours in science and math.
BIOL-L 490 Individual Study (cr. arr.—12 cr. maximum)

Not distribution satisfying. Must have written permission of faculty member supervising research.

BIOL-L 498 Internship in Professional Practice (1 to 6 cr)

Designed to provide an opportunity for students to receive credit for selected career-related work. Evaluation by employer and faculty sponsor on a Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory basis. Not distribution satisfying. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and L107 or equivalent; consent of instructor.
BIOL-M 310 Microbiology (3 cr)

Application of fundamental biological principles to the study of microorganisms. Significance of microorganisms to humans and their environment. Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisite: L107, One year of college chemistry.
  • Corequisite: M315 (lab portion)
BIOL-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr)

Exercises and demonstrations to yield proficiency in principles and techniques of cultivation and utilization of microorganisms under aseptic conditions. Offered periodically.

  • Corequisite: M310 (lecture portion)
BIOL-N 212 Human Biology (2 cr)

Not open to Biology majors. Study of structure and function of the human body providing a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. Offered periodically.

  • Corequisite: N213 (lab portion)
BIOL-N 213 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr)

Accompanying laboratory for N212. Lab fee required. Offered periodically.

  • Corequisite: N212 (lecture portion)
BIOL-Q 201 Biological Science for Elementary Teachers (3 cr)

An introduction to the principles of biology designed especially for prospective elementary education teachers. All major areas of biology will be considered, with emphasis on relationship of organisms to their environment. Includes topics commonly taught in elementary schools. Lab fee required. Not distribution satisfying. Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Q200
BIOL-Z 301 Introduction to the Animal Kingdom (4 cr)

Emphasis on structure, physiology, classification, and evolutionary relationships of animals including the major phyla of the animal kingdom. Lab fee required. Offered spring semesters, online exclusively.

  • Prerequisite: L107
BIOL-Z 468 Limnology (4 cr)

A study of freshwater environments: their physical and chemical processes and the forms of life that inhabit them. Offered every third summer.

  • Suggested requisite: An introductory biology course and general chemistry.

Plant Sciences

PLSC-B301 Introduction to the Plant Kingdom (4 cr)

Emphasis will be on structure and function of vegetative and reproductive plant parts, classification, evolutionary and genetic relationships, and economic importance of plants throughout the plant kingdom. Lab fee required. Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: L107

Microbiology

MICR-J 200 Microbiology & Immunology (3)

Consideration of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites in human disease; immunology and host-defense mechanisms.

  • Offered every semester.
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L102
MICR-J 201 Microbiology & Immunology Laboratory (1)

Bacteriological techniques; microscopy, asepsis, pure culture, and identification.  Biology of  microorganisms; action of antimicrobial agents.  Representative immunological reactions.  Recognition of pathogenic fungi and animal parasites.  Lab fee required.

  • Offered every semester.
  • Pre- or Co-requisite: MICR J200

Physiology

PHSL-P 201 Basic Human Physiology I (5)

Functional aspects of cells, tissues, organs, and systems in humans.  Designed for pre-professional students in dental hygiene, radiography, and other allied health sciences.   Lab fee required.  Cannot be used as electives for the biology major.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. 
  • Offered online only.
PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology II (5)

Functional aspects of cells, tissues, organs, and systems in humans.  Designed for pre-professional students in dental hygiene, radiography, and other allied health sciences.   Meets requirement for completing required course work in anatomy and physiology for pre-nursing students who transfer to IU East with at least 5 credit hours of human anatomy and physiology from an approved school.  Lab fee required.  

  • Offered spring semesters.    
  • Offered onsite only.   
PHSL-P 547 Topical Seminar in Physiology (varies)

PHSL-P547 Topical Seminar in Physiology (varies)

Discussion and review of current research and literature in physiology.  Topic and instructor will change from semester to semester.

  • Offered fall and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.