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BI 101 Concepts of Biology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes Unifying principles in biology; diversity and evolution of plant and animal life at cellular and organismic levels. Threelecture hours and a two hour laboratory per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 111 Social Biology
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Natural Systems and Processes This course considers the interface between current biological technologies and the social, cultural, legal, and moralpostures of modern man.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

BI 112 Diseases and Mankind
LASC— Global Perspectives; Natural Systems and Processes Diseases of ancient and modern man; the impact on history, religion, science, art and philosophy.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

BI 114 Plants and Human Affairs
LASC—Global Perspectives; Natural Systems and Processes Man’s dependence upon plants and their influence on civilization and its art, religions, literature, folklore, medicine, and human behavior.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

BI 116 Animal Biology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes Survey of animal kingdom with emphasis on animal diversity, morphology, life histories, ecological and evolutionary relationships. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 117 Humans and the Environment
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes A survey of Anthropogenic environmental impacts and the underlying mechanisms involved. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 118 Dinosaurs
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes A survey of dinosaurs; their evolution, anatomy, diversity and impact on evolutionary biology. Discussions of thechanging views of dinosaurs in the media and public consciousness. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 120 Darwinian Revolution
An interdisciplinary perspective on the philosophical, religious, and social impacts of Darwin’s theory of evolutionby the process of natural selection.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes Evolution, Biology, anatomy, physiology and diversity of organisms. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hoursper week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: CH 120
Cellular and molecular concepts in biology. Emphasis on the structure and varied functions of the cell. Three lecturehours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 161 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Considers human cellular biology, tissues, integumentary, nervous, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems. Threelecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 162 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: BI 161
Considers digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, immune and lymphatic systems; water and electrolytebalance, reproduction and embryology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 193 Special Topics in Biology for First-Year Students
All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.  Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

BI 199 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences
Each topic is a lecture and/or laboratory course in a selected area of the biological sciences presented by a departmental instructor. Topics will be announced in advance.
Offered every year. 1-4 credits.

BI 200 Human Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141
A systemic approach to the study of human biology. The course will emphasize structure/function relationships andhomestatic mechanisms. Three hour lecture and three hour lab.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 202 Principles of Ecology
LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites: BI 140, 1 college math course (algebra, stats or calculus)
Basic ecological theory relating to organism-environment interactions; population dynamics and ecosystems. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 203 Genetics
LASC—Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites: BI 141, minimum Accuplacer score of 3
Introductory genetics with examples of human inheritance and recent developments in genetic engineering. Threelecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 204 Microbiology
Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry and biology courses
The structure and replication of microorganisms. Infectious diseases and immune responses are emphasized. Threelecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 205 Research Techniques and Experimental Design
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141, MA 150
Investigations in experimental design and research methodologies required for the Honors program in Biology. Twolecture hours per week.
Offered every year. 2 credits.

BI 206 Medical Microbiology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: BI 161
A study of growth and control of pathogenic microorganisms with emphasis on infectious disease transmission, immune responses, prevention and treatment. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 252 Radiation Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140/BI 141 or BI 162
Basic theories of interaction of ionizing radiations with living and non-living matter; industrial and clinical applications.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

BI 266 Biology of Aging
Considers characteristics of the aging process utilizing the newest theories based upon dynamics, function andmetabolic regulations, disease and the acceleration of the aging process.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

BI 271 Basic Kinesiology
LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
Prerequisites: BI 161
Structure and function of human skeletal muscles in relation to motion and general body mechanics under normaland stress conditions.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

BI 301 Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141
Considers anatomy, taxonomy (including selected articles of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature),natural history, and evolutionary relationships of selected invertebrate phyla. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 302 Entomology
Prerequisite: BI 140
Considers insects and their allies, chemical and biological control, and special references to agricultural pests and medical entomology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 303 Parasitology
Prerequisite: BI 140
Basic concepts in symbiology, life cycles, epidemiology, disease development, control and prevention of selected human parasites. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 304 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141Considers prochordate and chordate taxonomy and phylogeny; systematic morphological comparison of representative chordates to establish homology, analogy, and evolution. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 306 Developmental Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141 and BI 203
Study of developmental patterns, cellular differentiation and cell interactions resulting in cellular diversity, organization, and perpetuation of the germ line. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 313 Histology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
The structure and function of animal tissues. Each student is required to prepare tissues using histological methods.Three lectures hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI/NS 315 Neurosciences
Prerequisites: BI 161, BI 162 or BI 140, BI 141 or BI 200
Structural and functional organization of the central and peripheral nervous system. Principles of normal and abnormal transmission, integration, and storage of information in neuronal pathways. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 321 Comparative Physiology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
A comparison of select physiological functions of different animal taxa with mammals used as a reference. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 324 Endocrinology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
The role of endocrine glands in the normal integration of animals; mechanisms of hormone action, function, andinter relationships. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 331 Marine Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
Considers the marine environment, its flora and fauna, distribution and production of plankton-nekton-benthos; zoogeography, bioeconomic factors and potential. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 333 Vertebrate Natural History of Ectotherms
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
Life histories, adaptations, distribution, systematics, and economic importance of ectothermic (cold-blooded)vertebrates (fish, amphibians, and reptiles) in northeastern U.S. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hoursper week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 334 Wildlife Investigative Techniques
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 202
Considers procedures for collection and analysis of field and laboratory data on vertebrate game populations useful to wildlife biologists. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 340 Plant Sciences
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
Morphology, anatomy, physiology of flowering plants with studies on life cycles, ecological relationships, biochemical processes and evolution of plant diversity. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 341 Mycology
Prerequisite: BI 140
The morphology, cytology, and evolution and classification of the fungi. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 344 Soil Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
Includes study of nutrient cycling, relations between plants, animals and microbes, ecology of polluted soils and soilbiotechnology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 352 Symbiosis and Evolution
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
Origin and nature of microbial life, evolution of multicellular organisms and the central role played by biological symbioses. Lecture and Laboratory.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 360 Animal Behavior
Prerequisite: BI 202
Survey of ethology and behavioral ecology from an historical and evolutionary perspective. Laboratory involves observation and recording of animal behavior.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 371 Molecular Biology
Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 204; or CH/BI 410
Emphasis on the molecular biology of the gene. Topics include structure, function, replication, transcription,recombination, mutability, repair and regulation of DNA. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 372 Immunology
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141, BI 204
Study of immune system elements and defense mechanisms. Immunological disorders will be discussed. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 375 Virology
Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141 and BI 204
Physical structure and replication schemes of viruses; role of viruses in human disease, research and commercial applications. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BT 375 Tissue Culture
Prerequisite: CH 120, CH 121
A review of the methods of animal and plant tissue culture. Media preparation, aseptic techniques and cell culture technology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BT 376 Biotechnology
Prerequisite: CH 120, CH 121, BI 141
Principles and applications of recombinant DNA (molecular & microbial aspects). The Biotechnology Industry, including bioreactor manufacturing standards and government rules. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every year: 4 credits.

BT 378 Bioinformatics
Prerequisites: BI 141 or BI 203
Provides an overview of Bioinformatics including database structure, genomics, computational biology and proteomics.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI 380 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Prerequisites: BI 140 and BI 141
A theoretical and quantitative approach to species, genetic, ecosystem and community diversity in the context of modern conservation biology principles.
Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

BI 401 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences
Prerequisites: Consent of department and instructor
Each topic is a lecture and/or laboratory course in a selected area of the biological sciences presented by adepartmental instructor and/or guest lecturers when appropriate; topic announced in advance.
Offered every 3 years. 1-4 credits.


BI 402 Independent Studies In Biology
Prerequisites: Consent of department and instructor
Advanced semi-independent study (by qualified upper-level Biology majors) of an approved biological problem.Faculty supervision required.
Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

BI 403 Biology Internship
Prerequisite: Consent of department
Intended for qualified, upper-level biology majors. Faculty advisor required. (Should not be used for major requirements.)
Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

BI 404 Biology Seminar
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
Preparation and presentation of biological topics, chosen with the advice and consent of a faculty advisor.
Offered every year. 2 credits.

BI/CH 410 Biochemistry I
Prerequisite: CH 201, CH 202
The chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzymes, biological oxidations; and correlations in intermediary metabolism. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI/CH 411 Biochemistry II
Prerequisite: BI/CH 410
The generation and storage of metabolic energy; biosynthesis of macromolecular precursors, DNA, RNA, and protein;and biochemical regulation. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

BI/PY 451 Nuclear Instrumentation I
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Structure, functions, and interactions of particulate and nonparticulate radiations with matter; detection, calibration,dosage, and statistical methods.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI/PY 452 Nuclear Instrumentation II
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Designed to further the skills of operating, calibrating, and performing routine maintenance on scanners, gammacameras, well-counters, and liquid scintillation counters.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI/CH 453 Radiopharmaceuticals
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Fundamental concepts of radiopharmaceutical production and use; includes basic radiochemistry.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI 461/BI 462 NMT Clinical Practicum I and II
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Students will spend several days a week in a hospital observing the ongoing activities and procedures of a nuclearmedicine facility.
Offered every year. BI 461, 2 credits; BI 462, 4 credits.

BI 463 NMT Practicum III
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Guided and supervised by clinical instructors, students begin to acquire manual skills essential to nuclear medicinetechnology; and in performing all routine nuclear medicine examination and laboratory procedures.
Offered every year. 6 credits.

BI 464 NMT Practicum IV
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Upon completion of this practicum, students should be skilled in performing both routine and non-routine nuclearmedicine examinations and laboratory procedures.
Offered every year. 8 credits.

BI/CH 465 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology I
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Considers why a specific test is indicated; which radiopharmaceutical is preferred; and how the basic imageappearance, and/or numerical data may be altered by pathological states.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

BI/CH 466 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology II
Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
Case presentations using formulas, charts, tables, and calculations to arrive at examination parameters such asdose, number of counts, speed of instrument, etc.
Offered every year. 4 credits.

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