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-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (3)

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 101 Introductory Biology Lectures I (4)

Fundamental principles of biology for students considering a career in biological sciences.  Principles of genetics, evolution, ecology, and diversity.  *May test out, but no credit given.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: Proficiency in introductory algebra.
BIOL-L 102 Introductory Biology Lectures II (4)

Fundamental principles of biology for students considering a career in biological sciences.  Principles of genetics, evolution, ecology, and diversity.  *May test out, but no credit given.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite:  One year of high school biology and chemistry or BIOL-L 101.
BIOL-L 108 Environment and Life (3)

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. Lecture only.  Cannot be used for the Biology major.

  • Offered fall and spring semesters; occasionally during summer semesters. 
BIOL-L 109 Environment & Life Laboratory (1)

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)

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

  • Prerequisites:  None
  • Offered:  Periodically, Summer Semesters

                  Murder 101

This is an online course that investigates who, how, and why we murder.  The course considers why we murder from biological and psychological perspectives.  We will investigate how murder is portrayed in popular literature and film.  Throughout the course, you will act as a detective and test the idea that “Murderers will try to recall the sequence of events, they will remember exactly what they did just before and just after. But they can never remember the actual moment of killing. This is why [they] will always leave a clue.”  Peter Ackroyd

                  Natural History of the Dinosaurs

This course will cover some basic areas in dinosaur biology.  We will start with the most basic (early) group of dinosaurs and move through time with dinosaur groups that descended from them.  We will investigate when they lived and how they affected and were affected by the world they lived in.  We will also investigate dinosaur behavior and explore the possibility of dinosaurs living among us.

BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3)

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 in fall semesters
  • Prerequisite:  L102            
  • Recommended prerequisite:  One year of college chemistry
BIOL-L 213 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1)

Accompanying laboratory for L211. Lab fee required.

  • Corequisite: L211 (lecture portion)
BIOL-B 301 Introduction to the Plant Kingdom (4)

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.
  • Prerequisites:  BIOL-L102
BIOL-L 303 Field Biology (3)

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.

  • Prerequisite: L102 (L325 suggested)                         
  • Offered summer semesters.

                  Tropical Exploration – Belize – Summer semesters, odd years    

Students taking this course will study the rainforest and its interesting inhabitants, explore Mayan Ruins, research mangroves, study the marine ecology of the coral reefs, and the culture of Belize.

                  Mountain Exploration – Great Smoky Mountains – Summer semesters, even years

This field course is designed to cover some basic areas of natural history and most of our time will be spent in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We will investigate some of the important relationships between plants and animals, the history of resource use within the park, and the ecological challenges it now faces.

BIOL-L 314 Genetics (4)

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.

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102 and one year of college chemistry
BIOL-L 315 Cell Biology (4)

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.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102 and one year of college chemistry
BIOL-L 318 Evolution (3)

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 periodically.
  • Prerequisite: L102
BIOL-L 321 Principles of Immunology (3)

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

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102 and one semester of college chemistry
BIOL-L 325 Ecological Principles (4)

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

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102
BIOL-L 327 Cell and Tissue Culture (3)

Study of the basic lab setup and procedures, learning specialized techniques like cryopreservation haemocytometer cell counts and viability studies, prophylactic use of antibiotics in cultures, enzymic techniques for tissue dissociation, routine subculturing, detection techniques of Mycoplasma, elimination of contamination, removal of fibroblasts, cell characterization and analysis, cell line derivation methods, explant cultures and clinical application of cultured cells.  Lab fee required.

  • Offered spring semesters of odd years.
  • Prerequisites:  BIOL-L102
BIOL-L 333 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)

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

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; especially humans.

  • Offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L101 or L102
BIOL-B 364 Summer Flowering Plants (3)

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

  • Prerequisite: L107 or Q201
  • Offered periodically.
BIOL-L 376 Biology of Birds (3)

This course is designed to give you the skills necessary to identify birds in the field and to acquire a deeper understanding of these amazing animals.  We will study aspects of their evolutionary history, structural modifications associated with flight, communication, reproductive behavior, and aspects of their ecology.  Lab fee required.

  • Offered summer semesters of the even years (e.g. 2014, 2016, etc.).
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L101 or L102
BIOL-L 391 Special Topics in Biology (1-3)

Study and analysis of selected biological issues and problems.  Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with change in topics.  Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  VT:  BIOLOGY OF AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES (3)

Lectures, laboratory, and field studies on reptiles and amphibians, including their classification, evolution, ecology, and methods of study.

  1. Offered periodically during summer semesters of the odd years (e.g. 2015, 2017, etc.).
  2. Prerequisite: BIOL-L101 or L102

  VT: BIOLOGY OF ADDICTION (3)

Lecture and studies based on the biological changes to the body and brain, associated with varying types and levels of addiction.  Open to all majors.

  • Offered every semester. 
  • Prerequisite:  None

   VT: INTRO DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3)        (Will be classified as BIOL-Z217 next term)

Lecture and studies based on the analysis of developmental processes that lead to the construction of complex multicellular organisms from single cells.  Topics may include comprehending development, differential gene expression in development, molecular techniques, cell-cell communication in development, specification and introducing cell commitment and early embryonic development, fertilization, early development in snails and nematodes, genetics of axis specification (Drosophila,) early development in sea urchins and tunicates, early development in vertebrates, stem cell concept/organogenesis, emergence of the ectoderm (CNS and epidermis,) neural crest cells and axonal specificity, paraxial and intermediate mesoderm, lateral plate mesoderm and the endoderm, development of the tetrapod limb, sex determination, postembryonic development, the saga of the germ line, and plant development.  Open to all majors.

  • Offered fall semesters, online only.
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L102
BIOL-L 393 Hormones & Human Health I (3)

This course will study the cause, effect, and management of some common diseases and health conditions related to human hormones.  Topics may include diseases associated with endocrine system, pregnancy and contraception, female urogenital system, sexually-transmitted diseases, adrenal medulla and cortex, depression and more.

  • Offered periodically in fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite:  One semester of college level introductory biology
BIOL-L 394 Hormones & Human Health II (3)

This course will study the cause, effect, and management of some common diseases and health conditions related to human hormones.  Topics may include diseases associated with endocrine system, pregnancy and contraception, female urogenital system, sexually-transmitted diseases, adrenal medulla and cortex, depression and more.

  • Offered periodically in fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite:  One semester of college level introductory biology
BIOL-L 403 Biology Seminar (1-3)

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.
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L101 or L102
BIOL-L 452 Capstone in Biology (0-1)

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: Instructors approval required
BIOL-L 490 Individual Study (1-12)

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

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

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 spring and summer semesters.
  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and L102 or equivalent; consent of instructor.
BIOL-M 310 Microbiology (3)

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

  • Offered in fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102 and one year of college chemistry.
  • Co-requisite: M315 (lab portion)
BIOL-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2)

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

  • Offered in fall semesters with BIOL-M310.
  • Co-requisite: M310 (lecture portion)
BIOL-N210 Topics in Biology (3)

Study and analysis of selected biological issues and problems.  Topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated with a change in topics.  Open to non-science majors.

  • Offered every semester.
BIOL-N 212 Human Biology (2)

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

  • Offered every semester.
  • Co-requisite: N213 (lab portion)
BIOL-N 213 Human Biology Laboratory (1)

Accompanying laboratory for N212. Lab fee required.

  • Offered  every semester.
  • Co-requisite: N212 (lecture portion)
BIOL-Z 301 Introduction to the Animal Kingdom (4)

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

  • Offered fall semesters.
  • Prerequisite: L102
BIOL-Z 373 Entomology (3)

Proposed write up:

The ecology, physiology, behavior, taxonomy and evolution of insects.

  • Offered fall semesters, periodically.
  • Prerequisite:  BIOL-L101 or L102
BIOL-Z 468 Limnology (4)

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

  • Offered summer semesters of the odd years (e.g. 2015, 2017, etc.).
  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L101 or L102; or permission from the instructor.

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.