Courses in Biology

Introduction to Biology

BIOL 100     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Introduction to Biology familiarizes students with fundamental biological principles and processes occurring within our natural world. This course engages students in the methodology and practice of scientific investigation, and emphasizes molecular and cellular processes, systems of the human body, and human impact on the environment. Discussions of organisms are framed by the sciences of ecology and evolution with a focus on the relationship between biological structure and function. Lecture and a 2 hour lab are included. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Introduction to Ecology

BIOL 101     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Introduction to Ecology introduces the student to fundamental principles of ecology while focusing on interactions occurring at all of its levels. Students will become familiar with interrelationships between biotic and abiotic components of the natural world, investigate population, community, and ecosystem structures and dynamics, and gain knowledge of human impact on the environment. Lecture and a 3 hour lab are included. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3, 10: Natural Sciences, People and the Environment)

Introduction to Cell Biology

BIOL 106     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory cell biology course dealing with: the cell structure and organelles; basic chemistry and biochemical molecules; cell transport and energy concepts; cellular respiration; cell reproduction; patterns of inheritance; structure and function of DNA; how genes are controlled; DNA technology. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ0080 and READ0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Biology of Disease

BIOL 110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a survey of human disease including physiological and infectious diseases. Possible topics include infectious diseases, cancer, heart disease, disorders of the immune system, diabetes, etc. Prevention of disease through control of risk factors and early detection will be covered. Diagnosis and treatment will also be addressed. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ0080 and READ0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

General Biology I

BIOL 115     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It serves as an introduction to macromolecules and metabolism, cell biology, Mendalian genetics, gene expression and development. This course involves a weekly three hour lab. (Prerequisites: Score of 86 or above on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher and a score of 50 or above on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of MATH 0085 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

General Biology II

BIOL 116     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers biology at the organismal population and system level. It will emphasize organismal diversity, population and community ecology and ecosystems. Students will gain an understanding of how evolutionary advances have occurred among organisms within a kingdom due to natural selection. This course involves a weekly three hour lab. (Prerequisites: Score of 86 or above on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher and a score of 50 or above on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer test or complete of MATH 0085 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Tropical Rain Forest Ecology

BIOL 152     4.00 Credits
Tropical Rain Forest Ecology introduces students to fundamental ecological concepts, processes and dynamics within the tropical rain forest biome. Discussions of flora and fauna will be framed within the context of evolution with an emphasis on adaptations. A special focus will be made on the rain forests and culture of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. This course includes a one-week study abroad to Costa Rica or the Galapagos Islands. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3, 10: Natural Sciences, People and the Environment)

Human Biology

BIOL 162     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This one-semester course is an introduction to the biology of the human body. Basic form and function of the body systems and their interactions will be emphasized. Other topics include: terminology, basic chemistry, cell biology genetics, molecular biology and nutrition as it relates to the human body. This course contains a laboratory portion. (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal area 3) (Prerequisites: A Reading Comprehension Score of 78 or above or READ 0090.) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Genetics

BIOL 211     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory Genetics course which covers the study of biologically inherited traits. It will emphasize Mendelian genetics as well as molecular genetics. Students will explore classical, population and molecular genetics. Students will learn genetics through lecture, solving genetics problems and demonstrating concepts from lecture through laboratory experimentation. (Prerequisites: BIOL 115 and BIOL 116) (MNTC Goal Area 3)

Human Anatomy

BIOL 220     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course takes an in-depth look at the anatomy of the human body systems. The course emphasizes structure and anatomical function at the cellular, tissue, organ and systemic level. Dysfunctions are included but the body in homeostasis is emphasized. This course includes a weekly three hour lab. Some labs include dissection. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Score of 78 or READ0090 with a grade of C or better) (MNTC Goal Area 3)

Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 225     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Anatomy and Physiology I is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body under normal and abnormal conditions. It is the first in a two course series. It will cover tissues, the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems, articulations, nervous tissue, spinal cord and nerves, brain and cranial nerves, anatomy of the heart, blood vessels and circulation and the lymphatic structures. It will also cover cellular biology, cellular transport, cell respiration, cell reproduction and basic review of biochemistry as it relates to the human body. This course contains a laboratory component which includes dissection. For Biology majors, please see BIOL 220 Anatomy and BIOL 230 Physiology. (Prerequisite: CHEM 108 or CHEM 110, and must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Human Physiology

BIOL 230     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth study of the functioning of most body systems, including muscle, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and endocrine systems at both the cellular and systemic level. An emphasis is placed on normal physiology, but dysfunction will also be discussed. This course contains a weekly 3 hour laboratory component. (Prerequisites: BIOL 220 with a grade of C or better and CHEM 108, CHEM 110 or CHEM 120 with a grade of C or better) (MNTC Goal Area 3)

Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 235     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Anatomy and Physiology II is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body under normal and abnormal conditions. It is the second in a two course series. It will cover the autonomic, endocrine, immune, respiratory, digestive urinary and reproductive systems. It will also cover fluid electrolyte, acid-base balance, blood, blood pressure regulation and functional characteristics of the heart, special senses, development and inheritance. This course also has a lab component in which students will perform hands on activities to reinforce some of the material taught in lecture. For Biology majors, please see BIOL 220 Anatomy and BIOL 230 Physiology. (Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL 225 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Pathophysiology

BIOL 240     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth study of the chemical, biological and psychological process involved with alterations of health, using systemic and non-systemic approaches. Besides the two hour lecture, this course meets one additional hour to work on case studies. (Prerequisite: BIOL 230 or 235) (MNTC 3: Natural Sciences)

Biology Capstone

BIOL 250     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Biology Capstone is a course that is required before completion of an AS degree in Biology. It is a project based course in which students will demonstrate a culmination of the skills developed while at South Central College. The student enrolled in this course will complete a scientific research project and present the findings by writing a research paper and giving a poster presentation. In addition, students may be required to participate in all assessment activities as directed by the instructor and the Biology program. This course should be taken during the last semester before completion of an A.S. degree in Biology. (Prerequisite: Instructor permission)

Microbiology

BIOL 270     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to the general principles and methods used in the study of microorganisms. It includes a survey of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms emphasizing bacteria and viruses. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, metabolism, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease, immunity and other selected applied areas. Laboratory techniques include isolating, culturing and identifying microorganisms. This course contains a three hour per week laboratory component. (Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in BIOL115 OR BIOL225 OR BIOL220 AND CHEM108 OR CHEM110) (MNTC Goal Area 3)