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BIOLOGY

BIOL-101 General Biology I
4 Credits (Science Core)

Following successful completion of Biology 101, the student will be able to describe the characteristics of living things at all levels of organization-from the atomic through the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. The study of human genetics, development, and anatomy and physiology will enable the student to relate the chemical activities of the cell to the overall function of man. Prerequisite: ENGL-096 or ENGL-086. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-102 General Biology II
4 Credits (Science Core)

This course will enable the student to understand and recognize the evolutionary and environmental relationships that exist between all organisms. The student will be exposed to and will work with representative organisms of all five kingdoms to establish the concept of interrelatedness of all living organisms. Topics such as animal behavior and ecology will be utilized to develop this concept. Prerequisite: BIOL-101. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-103 Human Heredity
3 Credits (Science Core)

Human Heredity is an introductory life science course designed for students who are not majoring in the life sciences. Topics in the course include the basic principles of inheritance, a survey of human hereditary characteristics and disorders, and genetic technology and gene manipulation. Current scientific and bioethical questions regarding the present and future applications of genetic analysis and genetic engineering will be considered. (3 hours weekly)

BIOL-104 Oceanography
3 Credits (Science Core)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the four major disciplines in ocean sciences: biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography. These areas are studied by describing the composition of the oceans and then by examining the major processes which are active there, such as plate tectonics, ocean circulation, wave and tidal action and food webs. In addition, the course will cover man’s use of the ocean as a natural resource and as a waste disposal site. (3 hours weekly)

BIOL-105 Environmental Science
3 Credits (Science Core)

Following the successful completion of Biology 105, the student will be able to describe the energy, chemistry and climate that make up the earth and its atmosphere. The student will be able to differentiate among the various biomes on earth and recognize the diversity of organisms living in these ecosystems. The study of pollution, natural resources, conservation, and the impact man has had on his environment will enable the student to relate environmental science to how our world works, and what we can do to protect it. Prerequisite: ENGL-096 or ENGL-086. (3 hours weekly)

BIOL-106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
4 Credits

This course is designed for students who need one semester of science which provides a learning sequence of the human body systems, fluid-electrolyte balance and tissues. The integrated approach to studying biological, chemical and physics relationships is stressed. Special emphasis, however, is given to the physics concepts applicable to human physiology. The laboratory program will develop an understanding of the interrelationships of the human body systems. Prerequisite: PHYS-101 or BIOL-101 or BIOL-107. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-107 Fundamentals of Microbiology
4 Credits (Science Core)

Fundamentals of Microbiology is a course designed with a strong emphasis towards the allied health careers. Following the successful completion of Biology 107, the student will be able to describe the characteristics of living things from the molecular to the cellular level for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The study of microbiology will enable the student to understand the biology of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses in terms of morphology, classification, reproduction, metabolism, genetics, population growth, and disease production. In the laboratory, the student will gain experience with the tools and techniques used in the study of microorganisms. Prerequisite: ENGL-096 or ENGL-086. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-108 Human Anatomy and Physiology
6 Credits

BIOL-108 is a one-semester course designed for students who wish to undertake an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems. Topics in the course include basic chemistry, cell structure and function, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immunity, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluids and elecrolytes and reproductive system. Students will examine each body system on a microscopic and a gross level. (6 hours weekly)

BIOL-115 Environmental Science Laboratory
1 Credit (Science Core)

In BIOL-115, students will investigate the interactions among populations and their environment using field techniques for analyzing water quality, soil formation and erosion, stream ecology, species diversity, intra and interspecific competition, and estimation of population size. Students will experience first hand environmental management problems on field trips to a waste water management site. a solid waste management site, and a recycling site. Pre- or corequisite: BIOL-105. (3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-200 Microbiology
4 Credits (Science Core)

BIOL-200 is a course designed primarily for pre-medical professionals and for students planning to major in biological sciences in a four-year institution. The study of microbiology will enable the student to understand the biology of bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa and viruses in terms of morphology, classification, reproduction, metabolism, genetics, population growth, environmental effects on growth and disease production. In addition, the student will study basic principles of water pollution, and inhibition and killing of microorganisms. In the laboratory, the student will gain experience with the tools and techniques used in the study of microorganisms. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 and 4 credits of chemistry. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-201 Genetics
3 Credits (Science Core)

Following successful completion of Biology 201, the student will be able to describe the principles of inheritance in terms of the structure and function of genetic material in viruses, bacteria, and higher organisms; the transmission and expression of genetic information; sex determination and sex chromosomes; extrachromosomal inheritance; gene mutation; recombination and regulation; genetic control of metabolism, development and behavior; and recombinant DNA techniques. The student will also utilize the principles of inheritance to solve real and simulated problems in human genetic counseling and in plant and animal breeding. For genetics lab, see BIOL-202. Prerequisites: BIOL-101 and MATH-070. (3 hours lecture weekly)

BIOL-202 Genetics Lab
1 Credit (Science Core)

In BIOL-202, students will investigate the basic principles of genetics using various organisms, including Drosophila, bacteria, fungi, viruses, green plants and human cells. Students will utilize various laboratory techniques including microscopy, photomicroscopy, slide preparation, micro-dissection, paper chromatography, gel electrophoresis, bacterial culture and statistical analysis. Computer simulations will also be utilized. Pre- or corequisite: BIOL-201. (3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-203 Anatomy and Physiology I
4 Credits (Science Core)

BIOL-203 is a course consisting of an integrated sequence of physical, chemical and biological principles relating to living systems. This course is designed for students whose curriculum requires a sequential two-semester science learning program (BIOL-203 and BIOL-204) which provides an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems. The body topics studied include histology, the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system and special senses. The laboratory program will develop an understanding of the interrelationships of the human body systems. The laboratory includes animal and organ dissections as well as work with skeletons, models, slides and experimental studies of physiological processes. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-107. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-204 Anatomy and Physiology II
4 Credits (Science Core)

This course is a continuation of BIOL-203 and consists of an integrated sequence of physical, chemical and biological principles relating to the circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluid-electrolyte balance, and reproductive system. This course will enable the student to describe the mechanisms of the human body in terms of the structures and functions of the systems studied. The laboratory program will develop an understanding of the interrelationships of the human body systems. The laboratory includes animal and organ dissections as well as work with skeletons, models, slides and experimental studies of physiological processes. Prerequisite: BIOL-203. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-205 Cell Biology
4 Credits (Science Core)

This is a one-semester course designed for biology majors, biochemistry majors, laboratory science majors, and pre-professional and pre-allied health science students. The course will provide the student with an understanding of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. Experimental approaches used in cell biology will be emphasized. Topics will include the structure and function of biological membranes, cytoskeletal elements, cell metabolism and energy transformation, cell growth and replication, second messenger systems, signal transduction, electrical properties, cell contact and adhesion and intercellular communication. An emphasis will be placed on eukaryotic cells. The laboratory component will reinforce these topics and introduce the student to techniques used in modern cell biology. Prerequisite: BIOL-201 and CHEM-101. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

BIOL-206 Nutrition for Health Services
3 Credits

This course, designed mainly for Science and Pre-Allied Health majors, will enable the student to examine the basic principles of normal nutrition. The student will answer questions and solve problems involving physical and biochemical aspects of digestion, absorption and metabolic functions of the nutrients in the body; caloric requirements; dietary standards; nutrient composition of foods and selection of an adequate diet; and changing nutrient requirements during the different stages of development. In addition, the student will study the influence of social and economic factors on food choices. Prerequisite: BIOL-204. (3 hours weekly)

BIOL-290H Biology Research - Honors
3 Credits

Biology Research is an honors course which provides students with an opportunity to engage in biological research. With the guidance of a faculty member, students select a research topic, carry out a literature search, design and execute appropriate research, write a scientific paper, and deliver a formal oral presentation to the class and science faculty. There is an emphasis on oral communication throughout the semester including weekly oral progress reports followed by class discussion and feedback as well as the final oral presentations. Prerequisite: A or B in BIOL-101, ENGL-121 or ENGL-101, and consent of instructor. (3 hours weekly)


hcc catalogue '11-'12


Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
 
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
 
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST