Courses in Biology

Anatomy

ANAT-A210 Elementary Human Anatomy (5 cr)

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.

  • Prerequisite: None

ANAT-A215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr)

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 semesters.

Biology

BIOL-L100 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: BIOL-L100, BIOL-L104, BIOL-L107 or BIOL-Q201.

Offered periodically.

BIOL-L101 Introduction to Biological Sciences I (4 cr)

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-L102 Introduction to Biological Sciences II (4 cr)

Fundamental principles of biology for students considering a career in biological sciences. Cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and organismal morphology and physiology. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: One year of high school biology and chemistry or BIOL-L101.

BIOL-L108 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. Lecture only. Cannot be used for the Biology major.

Offered fall and spring semesters; occasionally during summer semesters.

BIOL-L109 Environment and 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-L114 Human Body 101 (3 cr)

This is an introductory course that prepares students to better understand everyday communications about health issues. The course would be especially helpful for learners who are considering careers in health sciences that require anatomy and/or physiology. It will acquaint learners with basic concepts and language commonly used in various medical professions.

Offered every semester.

  • Prerequisites: None.

BIOL-L150 Biology Seminar (1-3 cr)

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

  • Prerequisites: None

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.

Offered: Periodically, Summer Semesters

Neurobiology Lab

This course serves as a pre-or-co requisite lab for BIOL-N120 - The Biology of Mental Illness or BIOL-L391 - VT: The Biology of Addictions. Lab fee required. This is a 100% online class taught by IU East. No on-campus class meetings are required.

Offered every semester.

BIOL-L211 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 in fall semesters

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L102
  • Recommended prerequisite: One year of college chemistry

BIOL-L213 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 cr)

Accompanying laboratory for BIOL-L211. Lab fee required.

To be taken concurrently with BIOL-L211 (lecture portion)

BIOL-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.

BIOL-L303 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 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-L314 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.

Offered fall semesters.

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L102 and one year of college chemistry

BIOL-L315 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.

Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L102 and one semester of college organic chemistry

BIOL-L318 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 periodically.

BIOL-L321 Principles of Immunology (3 cr)

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

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L102 and one semester of college chemistry

BIOL-L325 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 fall semesters.

BIOL-L327 Cell and Tissue Culture (3 cr)

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.

BIOL-L332 The Biology of Suicide (3 cr)

This course includes a brief overview of suicidology and a summary of educational and outreach resources. However, the major goal of the course is to educate undergraduate students about the underlying biological conditions that make a person vulnerable to attempting suicide.

Offered every semester.

  • Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

BIOL-L333 Intro. 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 summer and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing; introductory biology, and an introductory course in either chemistry or geology.

BIOL-L340 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; especially humans.

Offered spring semesters.

BIOL-L344 Biology of Addictions (3 cr)

Available starting Spring 2017 This course addresses the issues of drug addiction from a biological perspective. Most of the material covered will be based on work published in the past five (5) to seven (7) years. The underlying basic mechanisms related to addictions are physiological in nature. Without a basic understanding of these mechanisms, society is left to flounder in misunderstanding about the behaviors that are the symptoms exhibited by persons who suffer those illnesses that we call addictions. The major portion of the course will be an investigation of the neurobiology involved in addictive processes. Open to all majors.

Offered every semester.

BIOL-B364 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 periodically.

BIOL-L376 Biology of Birds (3 cr)

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.).

BIOL-L391 Special Topics in Biology (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 fall, spring, and summer semesters.

VT: BIOLOGY OF AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES (3 cr.)

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

Offered periodically during summer semesters

VT: BIOLOGY OF ADDICTION (3 cr)

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: MARINE ECOLOGY (3 cr)

Study and analysis of selected marine biological issues and problems. Open to all majors. Offered occasionally.

BIOL-L393 Hormones & Human Health I (3 cr)

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-L394 Hormones & Human Health II (3 cr)

This course will continue to 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, male urogenital system and prostate enlargement, sexually-transmitted diseases, obesity, Alzheimer's and more.

Offered periodically in spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college level introductory biology

BIOL-L403 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-L452 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: Instructors approval required

BIOL-L490 Individual Study (1-12 cr max)

Not distribution satisfying.

  • Prerequisite: Must have written permission of faculty member supervising research.

BIOL-L498 Internship in Prof. Practice (1-6 cr)

Designed to provide an opportunity for students to receive credit for selected career-related work. Evaluation by employer and faculty sponsor.

Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and BIOL-L102 or equivalent; consent of instructor.

BIOL-L510 Introduction to Research Laboratory (3 cr)

Course description pending. Lab fee applies.

Offered onsite in Fall and Spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only. By permission only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

BIOL-L567 Evolution (3 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

BIOL-L586 Cell Biology (3 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Organic Chemistry.

BIOL-M310 Microbiology (3 cr)

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

Offered in fall semesters.

  • Prerequisite: BIOL-L102 and one year of college chemistry.
  • Co-requisite: BIOL-M315 (lab portion)

BIOL-M315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr)

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.

BIOL-N120 Topics in Biology (3 cr)

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.

  • Prerequisite: None

VT: The Biology of Mental Illness

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

VT: Biochemistry of Cooking

Cooking and grilling in the summer with fresh produce while incorporating different oils in your day to day menu. Learning the biochemical aspects of the food with which you cook.

Offered summer semester, occasionally.

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

Offered: Periodically, Fall and Summer Semesters

BIOL-N212 Human Biology (3 cr)

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, online only.

BIOL-N213 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr)

Accompanying laboratory for BIOL-N212. Lab fee required.

Offered every semester, online only.

BIOL-Q201 Biological Science for Elementary Teachers (3 cr)

An introduction to the principles and practice of biology designed especially for prospective elementary education teachers. All major areas of biology will be considered, with a concluding emphasis upon the relations between various organisms and their environment. Enrollment is limited to majors in elementary education.

Offered spring semester, and occasionally during summer semesters.

  • Prerequisite: none

BIOL-Z217 Introduction to Developmental Biology (3 cr)

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.

BIOL-Z301 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 fall semesters.

BIOL-Z373 Entomology (3 cr)

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

Offered fall semesters, periodically.

BIOL-Z460 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

Introduction to the zoological study of animal behavior. Emphasizes both internal and external factors involved in the causation of species-typical behavior of animals in their natural environment.

Offered spring semesters.

BIOL-Z468 Limnology (4 cr)

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.).

Microbiology

MICR-J200 Microbiology & Immunology (3 cr)

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

Offered every semester.

MICR-J201 Microbiology & Immunology Lab. (1 cr)

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.

Physiology

PHSL-P201 General Physiology 1 (5 cr)

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.

Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Offered online only

PHSL-P215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr)

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-P547 Topical Seminar in Physiology (3 cr)

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

Offered fall semester. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Physiology

Graduate Courses

BIOC-B500 Introductory Biochemistry (3 cr)

Structures of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. Basic principles of enzyme catalysis, protein synthesis, intermediary metabolism and nutrition.

Offered in fall semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Organic Chemistry.

BIOC-B501 Integrated Biochemistry (3 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

BIOL-L510 Introduction to Research Laboratory (3 cr)

Course description pending. Lab fee applies.

Offered onsite in Fall and Spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only. By permission only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

BIOL-L567 Evolution (3 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

BIOL-L586 Cell Biology (3 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Organic Chemistry.

PHSL-P547 Topical Seminar in Physiology (3 cr)

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

Offered fall semester. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Physiology

ZOOL-Z550 Immunochemistry and Immunobiology (2 cr)

Course description pending.

Offered in spring semesters. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

ZOOL-Z573 Advanced Field Zoology (4 cr)

This course will cover areas related to ecology - specifically in the areas of wildlife biology, wildlife management, and conservation biology. There will be some bias towards vertebrate and behavioral ecology since my research is centered in these areas. The topics we will be discussing overlap many areas of biology and incorporate some chemistry and physics as well. In addition, you will develop skills that will permit you to analyze and interpret data and, most importantly, formulate your own ideas.

Offered fall semester. Open to Graduate-level students only.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

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