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BIOLOGY



BIOL 1100 -- Unifying Concepts in Biology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 0240 with a grade of C or better, or the appropriate score on math placement test. Ability to do college level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121.

This is an introductory course designed to teach the process of science as it applies to biology today. Topics in biology that will be covered include heredity, evolution, and ecosystems. Three lecture hours per week and 10 three-hour labs during the semester. This course is not intended for science or allied health majors.


BIOL 1102 -- Medical Terminology,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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This courses covers scientific terminology as it applies to human medicine and related professions. Interpretation and building a vocabulary of medical terms from Latin and Greek roots will also be discussed.


BIOL 1103 -- Environmental Science Lecture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goals 3 and 10)

Introduction to the basic characteristics and dynamics of the ecosystems. The effects of the increasing and changing human demands on our environment are explored. Includes an environmentally based lab-like experience. An optional 1-credit lab is also offered.


BIOL 1104 -- The Human Body - Structure and Function,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 0240 with a grade of C or better, or the appropriate score on math placement test. Ability to do college level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121.

This is an introductory survey of how the human body is constructed and how it operates. Areas of study include: human organization, support and movement, integration and coordination, maintenance of the body, body defenses, reproduction and development. Includes a human anatomy and physiology based lab-like experience.


BIOL 1106 -- Principles of Biology I,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Corequisites: CHEM 1020 or 1050 or 1061 with a grade of C or better or HS chemistry within the last three years

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading, writing, and math skills. Strongly recommended that Chem 1020 or 1050 or 1061 be completed with a grade of "C" or higher PRIOR to BIOL 1106

This course is intended for students interested in biology-related majors, including environmental science and the health sciences. This course is also the first of a two-semester sequence intended for Biology majors. This course includes topics in the process of science, chemistry of life, metabolism, cell structure and processes, inheritance patterns, the molecular basis of inheritance, and evolution. Corequisite course may be taken at any time prior to, or along with, this course. The course meets for three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. This course is not intended for non-majors.


BIOL 1107 -- Principles of Biology II,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 and CHEM 1020 or BIOL 1106 and CHEM 1061 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level Mathematics, Reading and Writing

Continuation of the introduction to the science of biology. This course includes topics in the molecular basis of inheritance, evolutionary origins of life's diversity, the diversity of protista, fungi, plants, animals, and basic concepts in ecology.


BIOL 1108 -- Biology of Women,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed with WGST 1108)

(MnTC Goals 3 and 7)

This course studies the biological aspects of being a woman. Analysis of assumptions concerning women's biology and women's health care, including the importance of taking a responsible role in personal health care, will be addressed. The course explores female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexual development, issues related to women's health and disease, pregnancy and birth, contraception and infertility, menopause, and other topics. It also includes a reproductive anatomy and physiology-based lab-like experience. Open to both women and men.


BIOL 1110 -- Field Biology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goals 3 and 9)

This is an introduction to identification of native plants and animals. Emphasis is placed on ecological relationships. Local and regional field trips are conducted to study forest, grassland and aquatic ecosystems. Course will be taught with one of three different rotating themes. Students may take the course up to three times with a different theme each time.


BIOL 1133 -- Environmental Science Lab,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 1103 or co-requisite

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 0240 with a grade of C or better, or the appropriate score on math placement test. Ability to do college level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121

This is an investigative, problem-solving lab extension of the topics covered in BIOL 1103 Lecture. Investigations include field studies, experiments, and analyzing and reporting outcomes. This course can be used with BIOL 1103 (Lecture) to satisfy a general education lab requirement.


BIOL 1171 -- Seminar in the Biological Sciences,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goals 2 and 3)

(Cross-listed as NATS 1171)

This course is designed to focus on the annual Nobel Conference theme explored at Gustavus Adolphus College. Presenters are internationally recognized to be on the cutting edge of their respective biological science disciplines. Attendance of the conference is required. Five to six weeks are preparatory, and following the conference a discussion-seminar format is used to further explore the conference theme. In a lab-like experience, students will do extensive reading and perform a library research project where results are reported in class.


BIOL 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
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This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


BIOL 2113 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology I,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 1106 with a grade of C or better

This course is an intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. Includes the following topics: introduction to anatomy and physiology, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, and endocrine system. Laboratory work will include animal dissection, data collection and analysis.


BIOL 2114 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology II,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 2113 with a grade of C or better

This course is an intensive, detailed study of body structure and function utilizing principles of chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. Includes the following topics: cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, nonspecific defense and immunity, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluid/electrolyte and acid/base balance, and reproductive system. Laboratory work will include limited animal dissection.


BIOL 2201 -- Microbiology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 plus CHEM 1020 OR 1050 OR 1061 with a grade of C or better

Study of general microbiology including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and mycology. The course covers aspects of microbial ecology and epidemiology, including host-pathogen interactions and environmental influences on growth and reproduction. The course emphasis is on bacteria: principles of control and culture, genetics and metabolic processes, and microbiological techniques. Three lecture hours and two 90-minute laboratories per week.


BIOL 2202 -- Genetics,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: Biology 1106 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BIOL 1107 strongly recommended

Study of the storage, transfer, and expression of hereditary information. Topics covered include transmission, molecular, and population genetics.


BIOL 2206 -- Animal Biology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisite: BIOL 1106 with a grade of C or better

Survey of the major animal phyla and how they solve the central physiological problems necessary for life.


BIOL 2207 -- Plant Biology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 with Chem 1020, 1050, or 1061 with a grade of C or better

Introduction to plants including structure, function, growth, development, and reproduction. Laboratory also includes a survey of major plant groups. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.


BIOL 2208 -- Cell Biology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: This course requires these prerequisites with a minimum grade of C: BIOL1106 or equivalent, AND BIOL 1107 (or consent of instructor)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BIOL 2202 strongly recommended

Introduction to the fundamental molecular mechanisms that control cellular function. The course will focus on major aspects of cell biology including intracellular trafficking of proteins and membranes, cell signaling, the cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, cell cycle, stem cells and the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in cancer. This course has three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.


BIOL 2209 -- General Ecology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: This course requires these prerequisites with a minimum grade of C:
BIOL 1106 or equivalent, AND BIOL 1107 (or consent of instructor), AND MATH 1114 or MATH 1200

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level mathematics, reading and writing

Fundamental principles of ecology, including examining interrelationships of plants and animals with their
environment. Course will consider principles of multiple ecological scales, including organismal, population, community, ecosystem, and global ecology.


BIOL 2229 -- Independent Summer Research,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 and one other BIOL course and Instructor Permission

The Independent Research Summer Program (IRSP) is a multidisciplinary initiative that includes opportunities for research studies in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, developmental biology, microbiology, ecology, plant sciences, among other fields. It consists of 1 week of research literature training and an orientation conducted and supervised by ARCC faculty and 10 weeks of laboratory or field research under the guidance of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor from one of the above bioscience disciplines. Students earn three semester credits upon successful completion of their research project assessed by an oral and/or written presentation of research project.


BIOL 2230 -- Directed Research in Biology,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: A college level biology course with lab is required with a grade of C or better and permission of the instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 0240 with a grade of C or better, or the appropriate score on math placement test. Ability to do college level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121.

Advanced concepts in biology applied to real-life research problems. Under faculty direction, students will learn to analyze research problems, analyze data, and will use equipment and procedures typical of laboratory or field research in order to help address ongoing research problems. Specific topics will vary from semester to semester. Students will be expected to present their research orally or in writing. Students may take the class more than once, up to a total of 6 credits. Students must be prepared to spend 4-8 hours/week outside of class on the research project.


BIOL 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: One biology course successfully completed with a grade of C or better and permission of the instructor

Designed to offer students the opportunity to do extensive reading or research on a specific topic in biology.