2017-2018 Catalog

BIOL - BIOLOGY

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BIOL 1002 DISCOVERING SCIENCE

This course integrates Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts from each discipline are addressed through lectures and readings, while weekly laboratory activities and discussion groups reinforce the experimental and logical basis of science. A primary goal is to relate scientific knowledge to societal issues.

4

Prerequisites

COMPASS Reading Score of 71 or higher, ACT Reading Score of 20 or higher or Instructor Permission

Corequisites

BIOL 1012

BIOL 1003 CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY

This course will focus on current issues in biology. Each issue will be dealt with in depth in lecture, laboratory and discussion format. Fundamental principles of biology will be demonstrated and discussed where they fit into the issue at hand. Principles such as cellular structure and function, natural selection and evolution, genetics, the exponential nature of population growth, co-existence among populations with communities, DNA structure and function, and applications of DNA technology will be considered. The course will also address the process of science and the connections between science and society. Credit may not be received for both BIOL 1003 and BIOL 1010.

4

Corequisites

BIOL 1004

BIOL 1009 CRITICAL SCIENCE SKILLS

This course is intended to develop the logical skills necessary for success in the Natural Sciences. Key concepts may include: reading a science article, writing as a scientist, scientific math and statistics skills (including computation, units conversion, concepts of probability and statistical significance, and significant digits), science study skills, the language of science, lab equipment and safety skills, lab note-taking and reading and following directions.

3

BIOL 1010 GENERAL BIOLOGY

A survey of the basic principles of biology. Units are included in cell biology, metabolism, cell division, genetics, ecology, and evolution. Laboratory is required. Credit may not be received for both BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1003.

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 1009 or CHEM 1009 (C or better); OR Science ACT score of 21 or higher; OR SAT score of 1500 or higher; OR proper placement score

Corequisites

BIOL 1011

BIOL 1205 FIELD ECOLOGY OF THE WIND RIVERS

This field biology course will provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of the natural history of the region in which we live. The biogeography and biology of the Wind River Range will be discussed; in particular, focus will be on the land, the climate, and the flora and fauna of the region. Students will learn to recognize deserts, grasslands, mountain areas and their associated organisms. Deserts and the Great Basin Desert of Wyoming will also be discussed while driving en route to the mountains, but particular attention will be paid to the Wind River Range of the Rockies. Students will develop the skills to identify plants, bugs, reptiles, birds, and mammals, and to study the intricate relationships between these organisms and between these organisms and their non-living environment.

1

Prerequisites

Students must be in sufficient health to be able to hike 8+ miles per day carrying a 20 pound pack. This course, therefore, may not be an appropriate physical choice for all students. It is not recommended for students with chronic physical problems, such as chronic back, knee or ankle problems or heart problems. Any student with any pre-existing medical conditions must notify the instructors before taking the backpacking trip.

Corequisites

OEAC 1200 and PEAC 1308

BIOL 1210 WYOMING FLORA

This is a two credit class desgined for anyone interested in learning about the plants of Wyoming. Lecture focuses on basics of plant biology and taxonomy; lab focuses on developing skills required for identification of plant. Lecture topics also include using native plants for xeriscaping and medicinal and edible wild plants. The class consists of a mixture of lecture, lab, and most importantly, mandatory field trips.

2

BIOL 1220 BIRDING

Birding is a biology class designed for anyone interested in learning something about the birds that nest in and migrate through Wyoming and adjacent states. The class consists of both lecture and lab. Lecture topics include ecology and behavior of birds, how to attract birds to your yard, how to choose binoculars and spotting scopes, and conservation biology and concerns about birds. Lab involves both identification of birds in the lab and mandatory field trips.

2

BIOL 1390 INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE RESEARCH I

This course provides the student with an introduction to concepts utilized in a biological research environment. Students will read scientific literature, perform computer-based literature searches, experimental design and data collection, statistical analyses, and write a scientific paper. In addition, if the quality of the research project is adequate, students may have the opportunity to present their work at a scientific conference.

4

BIOL 2010 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

This course provides an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Covered topics include homeostasis, and the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urinary systems.

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2011

BIOL 2015 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

This course provides an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Covered topics include homeostasis, cells and tissues, blood, and the endocrine, lymphatic, immune, skeletal, muscular, digestive, and reproductive systems.

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2016

BIOL 2022 ANIMAL BIOLOGY

Animal Biology is an integrative course that addresses the evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of animals. The course surveys major animal phyla and is intended for students majoring in life sciences.

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2032

BIOL 2023 PLANT AND FUNGAL BIOLOGY

This course builds upon central themes in biology presented in BIOL 1010, including cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology. These themes will be presented in an integrated fashion, but will focus on the structure, function and biology of plants and fungi.

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2024

BIOL 2080 PSYCHOBIOLOGY

This is a one semester course that serves as an introduction to the biological bases of behavior.  It includes ethology and comparative behavior, psychobiological development, physiological and sensory mechanisms of behavior, and evolution and behavioral genetics.  It presents basic structural and functional properties of the nervous system. 

3

Prerequisites

4 credits of BIOL or PSYC

BIOL 2310 FIELD SCIENCE RESEARCH

Field Science Research emphasizes outdoor field research projects, utilizing field data collection techniques, associated scientific concepts, literature research, and interaction with regional scientific professionals. Projects span biological, physical, and service to community topics. The majority of final reports are presented in digital multimedia format.

4

BIOL 2390 INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE RESEARCH II

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Science Research I. It allows motivated students to continue to perform scientific research, at a higher level then Science Research I. Students in Science Research II will be in class with Science Research I students, but will be expected to be more self-sufficient in all aspects of research (for example, designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing results, and writing scientific literature). Students are also expected to provide leadership for a small group of Science Research I students, being a "project leader" for an experiment.

4

BIOL 2400 GENERAL ECOLOGY

This course is an introduction to ecological thought and principles. This course considers man's influence on nature as well as nature's influence on man.

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2410

BIOL 2410 INTRO TO FIELD ECOLOGY

A field and laboratory course. It introduces methods used in plant and animal ecology. The focus of the course is on learning methods and techniques used by ecologists in the lab and field. Another focus of the course is learning to prepare scientific manuscripts that result from the data collected in the course.

2

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)

Corequisites

BIOL 2400

BIOL 2450 PRINCIPLES OF FISH & WILDLIFE MNGMNT

This course emphasizes principles of habitat and population biology and management, human dimensions of wildlife management, as well as law and policy.

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 1010 (C or better)