Biology Courses

BIOL 101-102: Inquiry Into Life (S) 

Credits: 4 

A general course running the gamut from molecules to ecosystems, with emphasis on human life and the biological world. Topics include the unity among living things, human systems, development and heredity. Three hours lecture. One hour laboratory. BIOU 101with a minimum grade of C- is a prerequisite for 102. Students are expected to take both 101 and 102. Lab Fee; see fee schedule. 

BIOL 106: Ecology and Environmental Issues (S) 

Credits: 4  

Specifically designed for the non-science major. Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. Basic scientific concepts of ecological theory are related to economic, political, and philosophical factors that influence environmental problems and their solutions. Lab concentrates on the interconnectedness of biotic and abiotic influences on ecosystem health using basic sampling and analytical techniques in local environments. Three hours lecture. One hour lab. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.


BIOL 111-112: Principles in Biology (S) 

Credits: 4 

A foundation course of the Biological sciences. Introduces students to the process of science and addresses the major disciplines of Biology: cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, comparative anatomy and physiology, zoology, and botany. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.


BIOL 125: Ponds and Streams (S) 

Credits: 4 

Specifically designed for the non-science major. Introduces students to freshwater habitats of the mid-Atlantic region. Focuses on familiarity with the ecology and inhabitants of the different habitats. Considers environmental problems and solutions for freshwater habitats. Field trips required. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 126: The Biology of Cancer (S) 

Credits: 4  

An overview and perspective of both the scientific and clinical aspects of cancer. Emphasizes cellular and molecular/genetic models of cancer development in humans. Topics include: cancer epidemiology, basic concepts of malignant process, TNM classification, modern advances in tumor biology and molecular biology including the effects of a variety of agents (chemical, radiation, viruses, oncogenes) that cause human cancer. Examines major types of cancer as well as present methods of cancer prevention and treatment. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee; see lab fee schedule. Open to majors and non-majors.

BIOL 131: Environmental Seminar Series 

Credits: 1 

A series of environmental topics designed to provide science and non-science students with an introduction to different environmental concerns or techniques. Topic varies from year to year. One hour lecture or two hours laboratory.

BIOL 145: Forests and Fields (S) 

Credits: 3 

 Specifically designed for the non-science major. Serves as a field introduction to the ecology of the natural terrestrial habits of the Northeast. Features an interdisciplinary focus on environmental pressures on different forest types and “old fields”. Stresses familiarity with plants and animals from these habitats. Two hours lecture and three hours lab. Field trips required. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 201: Cell Biology 

Credits: 4  

Examines cellular structure, function, and metabolism. Topics include biogenetics, protein structure and function, enzymes, cellular organelles and metabolism, nucleic acids, chromosomes, cellular communication and transport. Laboratory techniques microscopic methods, electrophoresis of proteins and DNA, spectrophotometric assays and cell culture techniques. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 OR Instructor’s permission. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 

Credits: 4 

Presents the organization of the human body to illustrate the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. The clinical significance of histology will be emphasized in both lecture and laboratory. Since anatomical structures are adapted to perform specific physiological functions, a precise understanding of structure and function is best achieved through an integrated study. BIOL 203 deals with cell physiology, membrane dynamics, followed by tissue, integumentary, skeletel, muscular and nervous systems, including sensory organs and sensory receptors. Clinical considerations and unifying themes such as homeostasis will be emphasized throughout. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: BIOL 101M and BIOL 102M or equivalent. Lab Fee, see fee schedule.

BIOL 206: General Zoology (S) 

Credits: 4  

An introduction to the processes of life, the concepts of biological study, the relationships of the physical/chemical/biological world, and an overview of the anatomy and physiology of representatives of the zoological groups. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Field trip may be required. Prerequisite: BIOL 101. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 210: Nutrition (S) 

Credits: 4 

 An overview of the science of nutrition and its relationship to health will be taught with an emphasis on the functions of nutrients in the human organism, nutrient needs at various stages of life, and the effect nutrient inadequacies and excesses on health. Other related issues such as contemporary controversies in diet plans, American trends in food consumption, the effects of famine physically, economically and socially; developing self sustaining agricultural programs to feed people in underdeveloped countries; meal programs, and providing meals to low income families in the US will also be addressed. This course will include lecture and laboratory. Laboratory experimentation that demonstrates or tests the nutrition principles presented in the lecture will be preformed.

BIOL 217: Genetics 

Credits: 4  

Introduces genetics at classical, molecular, and population levels. Topics include Mendelian genetics, linkage analysis, mutation, dominance relationships, quantitative genetics, the structure and properties of DNA, transcription, translation, recombination, DNA synthesis, and population genetics models. Laboratory exercises illustrate principles discussed in the lecture. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 OR Instructor’s permission. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 233:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Credits: 4 

This course weaves together the broader disciplines of ecology and evolution by introducing the student to a spectrum of sub-disciplines including population genetics, population ecology, community ecology, physiological ecology, macroevolution, systematics and functional morphology. The general theme is the interconnectedness of organism, environment and evolution and the mutual dependence of the two disciplines. The interrelationships of organisms with their environment (ecology) are the very basis for the selection pressure of evolution that leads to adaptation to that same environment. The laboratory is oriented to field research. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Field trips required. Prerequisite BIOL 102. Lab fee: see fee schedule.

BIOU 300 Experimental Methods and Design (W) 

Credits: 4 

The course considers the philosophy and sociology of science, their interaction and impact on the methodology of experimental design, implementation, data analysis and ethical issues in Biological research. Student teams design and implement small experiments, statistically analyze their data, perform peer reviews, write short research papers, give in-class presentations, keep lab notebooks, and prepare an end-of-semester research proposal. Prerequisites: MATH 262. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 312: Watersheds and Freshwater Ecology 

Credits: 4 

Considers the interactive nature of watersheds as they affect chemical, physical, and biological processes of lakes, wetlands and streams. A research approach is used with active participation on a stream research or monitoring project. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Field trips required. Prerequisites: CHEM 132. CHEM 242 is helpful but not required. Lab Fee; see fee schedule. 

BIOL 318: Human Anatomy and Physiology II 

Credits: 4 

The course covers the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. In considering each system, structure and function are studied concurrently. It is essential that as study of the human body progresses, parts will be integrated into the whole. Clinical considerations and unifying themes, such as homeostasis will be emphasized throughout in both semesters. Three hours lecture. Three hours lab. Prerequisite: BIOL 203 with a C- or better. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 322: Terrestrial Ecology  

Credits: 4  

Considers the interactive nature of the terrestrial habitats, as they affect the chemical, physical and biological properties of the land. Scope includes urban and natural systems, and explores the open fields and their transition to forested land. A research approach is used with active participation on a forest or canopy research or monitoring project. Field trips required. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Majors only. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 324: Microbiology 

Credits: 4  

Stresses the fundamentals of the discipline in this laboratory-oriented course. Studies the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms with respect to metabolism, growth and development, and genetics. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 206. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 325: Marine Biology 

Credits: 4 

Surveys different marine ecosystems with their biotic and abiotic factors. Concentrates on near-shore habitats. Emphasizes community interactions and current or projected environmental pressures. Field trip required. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. BIOL 206 recommended as a prerequisite. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 333: Evolution 

Credits: 3 

 An introductory course on the theories and mechanisms of evolution – evolution of the universe, solar system, planets, geology of Earth, Biochemical and molecular evolution, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Examines the evolution of cells, differentiation, developmental processes, the evolutionary relationships among organisms, speciation and the diversity of life. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: BIOL 201, BIOL 206, and BIOL 217 or instructor’s permission.  


BIOL 351: Molecular Biology 

Credits: 3 

An introduction to Molecular Biology. Topics include DNA replication, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, molecular evolution and recombinant DNA technology. Interspersed laboratory sessions include isolation and characterization of DNA and RNA, cDNA cloning, gene expression and bioinformatics. Three hours including lecture and lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 201, BIOL 217, and CHEM 216 or Instructor’s permission. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL: 400 Honors  

Independent study during junior and senior years culminating in an honors thesis determined by the interests of the student. By Departmental invitation only based upon academic record.

BIOL 401: Internship in Biology 

Credits: 3 

Provides the Biology major the opportunity to integrate academic learning with practical experience. Students should begin to explore their internship prospects by the end of their sophomore year. Internship credit can be obtained for any Department approved research experience, whether the experience results in a Undergraduate Research Seminar paper, Honors thesis, both or neither. 

BIOL 410: Immunology 

Credits: 4 

An introduction to immunology. Topics include humoral and cellular immunology, immunogenetics, immune regulation, hyper-sensitivity, autoimmunity and immune diseases Laboratory techniques include, cellular assays, immunodiffusion assays, ELISA, and antibody isolation . Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Lab Fee; see fee schedule. Prerequisite: BIOL 201.  


BIOL 411: Developmental Biology 

Credits: 4  

Classical embryology and biochemical, molecular biology and evolution of animal development. Topics include fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, cell differentiation, induction, positional information, organ and pattern formation. Laboratory includes microscopic examination of animal development and biochemical analysis of molecular mechanisms of development. Prerequisites: BIOL 201, BIOL 203, and BIOL 217. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 412: Endocrinology 

Credits: 3 

Covers endocrine systems, a short chronology and historical aspects of endocrine research and endocrine glands, with emphasis on mammalian systems, particularly that of humans. The concept of homeostasis with special reference to the roles of chemical messengers in the control of homeostatic systems. Topics include endocrine function, hormone-receptor mechanisms, sites of hormone action, structure of endocrine glands, mechanisms of hormone secretion and transport, factors which control hormone action, and hormonal interaction as well as endocrine malfunctions leading to clinical disorders. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: BIOL 203, BIOL 318. Minimum of C obtained for both prerequisites.  


BIOL 413: Conservation and Restoration Biology 

Credits: 3  

Teaches the concept of conservation as applied to ecosystems such as forests, watersheds, and estuaries relative to all the wildlife as well as the threatened plants and animals. Introduces the ideas of sustained use, limited use, and protected use. Incorporates the emerging field of restoration. Teaches the ideals behind cleaning up spills, rebuilding eroded banks, and recreating an environment where the natural and native plants and animals can flourish again. Prerequisites: BIOL 206. Field trips required. Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week. Majors only. Lab Fee; see fee schedule.

BIOL 481: Advanced Special Topics in Biology 

Credits: 3-4 

An in-depth study of selected topic areas in biology. Topic varies from year to year. Past topics have included human disease, human nutrition, cell and cancer medicine, animal nutrition, and biochemistry of inherited diseases. May include a laboratory depending on the area covered. Requires permission of instructor as prerequisites may vary. Lab Fee when required; see fee schedule.

BIOL 498: Senior Seminar 

Credits: 3 

Study and discussion of topics relating to an independent laboratory or field research project in the area of biomedical and/or biological sciences. Course includes oral and written presentation of student research projects as the major criteria. Students are expected to participate in a research project appropriate for their major. Emphasis is placed on participation in classroom discussions on various research projects Students with double majors, especially Biology and Chemistry, are required to conduct two independent, research projects, each appropriate for the major.