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Courses that satisfy the General Education Requirements

B 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY (4)
The most important generalizations of biology and the phenomena upon which they are based with particular emphasis on the universal phenomena characteristic of all living things; the fundamentals of plant and animal structure, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and the integration of the organism as a whole. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Fall)

B 102 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (4)
An introduction to ecology and the environment of living organisms and their
interactions. Includes a study of causes of environmental issues and the role of science in identifying and rectifying the problems. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Spring)

B 155 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (4)
An introduction to the structure and functions of the human body; includes discussions of general and biochemistry; cell biology; histology; and studies of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Two hours of lecture and two 1.5 hour laboratories per week. (Fall)

B 156 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (4)
A continuation of B155. The autonomic nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, and digestive systems are studied. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: B155. (Spring)

B 165 FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (4)
An introduction to the importance of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and multicellular parasites in human health and disease; classification, morphology, physiology, and interactions between microbes and their human hosts and microbes and the environment are examined. Three hours of lecture and two 1.5-hour laboratories per week. Prerequisites: C100 or permission of instructor. (Spring)

C 100 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY (4)
A study of three major areas of chemistry: general, organic, and biochemistry. Selected topics include nomenclature; chemical safety and handling; and chemical reactions. Required for TWC Pre-Nursing Program and Exercise Science emphasis. Does not prepare a student for General Chemistry. (Fall)

P 100 PHYSICAL SCIENCE (4)
A survey course of physical sciences designed to enhance students’ understanding of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and geology by studying the major theories of each area - Big Bang Theory, Atomic Theory, Periodic Law and Plate Tectonics. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Fall, Spring)

Courses in Biology

B 171 GENERAL BIOLOGY I: THE UNITY OF LIFE (4)
A study of cell structure and function emphasizing cell chemistry, energy transformations, reproduction, genetic mechanisms, and life’s origins. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Fall) 

B 172 GENERAL BIOLOGY II: THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE (4)
A study of the diverse life forms including protistans, fungi, plants, and animals; how these organisms interact; and the environment in which these organisms evolved and live.  Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.  Prerequisite:  B 171.  (Spring; not open to students who have completed B 173 and B 174.)

B 265 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)
An introduction to the classification, morphology, and physiology of protists, yeasts, bacteria, and viruses. Emphasis is on the bacteria. Three lectures and two 1.5 laboratories per week. Prerequisite: B171. (Spring)

B 270 PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS (4)
A study of the physical and chemical basis of heredity; the structure and function of the gene; the patterns of heredity in the individual and the population; and the kinds and sources of hereditary variation. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: B171. (Fall)

B 271 SEMINAR IN PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (1)
Designed to aid students in the application process to professional schools (dental, medical, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, veterinary), including the selection, application, and interview processes. One hour of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Spring)

B 273 GENERAL BOTANY
An introduction to the study of the structure, development, life cycles, physiology, and evolutionary and ecological relationships of the major groups of non-vascular and vascular plants. Three hours of lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: B171, B172. (Spring)

B 274 GENERAL ZOOLOGY
An introduction to the study of the anatomy, physiology, phylogeny, and evolutionary and ecological relationships of animal-like protists and representatives of the major animal phyla. Three hours of lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172. (Spring)

B 303 PLANT ANATOMY AND TAXONOMY (4)
A study of the morphology and evolution of the major taxa of vascular plants emphasizing how the various taxa of plant life affect humans and the environment; with a study of the systems of classification used to categorize flowering plants. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172. (Spring 2011 and alternate years thereafter)

B 320 BIODIVERSITY (3)
An emphasis of the fundamental evolutionary and ecological concepts with respect to the diversity of life.  Topics include the origin of life; systematics; prokaryotic and eukaryotic life forms; conservation of biodiversity.  Special emphasis will be placed on plants and animals.  Prerequisites: B171, B172.

B 355 IMMUNOLOGY (3)
An introduction to the immune system focusing primarily on vertebrates, especially humans. Humoral and cellular mechanisms of innate and acquired immunity are covered. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: B265. (On demand)

B 360 PRINCIPLE OF ECOLOGY (4)
A field-oriented course in environmental biology including a study of plant and animal communities. Emphasis is on interactions of organisms in nature. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172. (Fall)

B 384 VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND DEVELOPMENT (4)
A comparative study of the anatomy and embryonic development of the vertebrates from both an evolutionary and functional perspective. Cat and dogfish sharks are dissected in laboratory. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172. (Fall 2011 and alternate years thereafter)

B 410 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (4)
Chemical and physical activities of the plant: absorption; transpiration; mineral nutrition; photosynthesis; translocation; growth processes; discussions on the pharmaceutical uses of plants. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172, C 101, C 102. (Spring 2010 and alternate years thereafter)

B 421 BIOINFORMATICS (2)
An introduction to the mechanisms by which researchers capture and utilize genomic data. The course focuses on genomics and proteomics with an emphasis on how these fields are being used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. This course is taught online. Prerequisites: B171, B172, C101, C102 and M141 or higher. (On demand)

B 450 EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (3)
An introduction to the processes of evolution. Topics include: population genetics, speciation, the origin of life, systematics, paleontology, history of life, and the origins of man. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: B270, B360. (Spring)

B 463 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (4)
A detailed discussion of the molecular basis of cell structure and function including energy flow, metabolic pathways, cellular communication, and reproduction. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: B 171, B172, C101, C102. Recommended: C 201, C 202. (Spring 2010 and alternate years thereafter)

B 465 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY(4)
A detailed discussion of the molecular mechanisms controlling cellular function with emphasis given to maintenance of DNA, information flow, genetic control mechanisms, DNA alteration and manipulation. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: B 171, B172, C101, C102. Recommended: C 201, C 202. (Spring 2011 and alternate years thereafter)

B 471 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY (2)
The capstone course for the biology major. A review of the literature and current research in a selected field of biology, as determined by the student, and an oral presentation on the selected topic is required for each student. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. (Fall)

B 472 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
Examines physiological processes common to all animal species with special emphasis on the vertebrates. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: B171, B172, C101, C102. (Fall 2010 and alternate years thereafter)

B 479 VERTEBRATE ENDOCRINOLOGY (3)
The topics discussed include the morphology of endocrine glands and endocrine mechanisms in the regulation of homeostasis, morphogenesis, and functional integration in vertebrates. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: B384 and/or B472, C101, C102. (On demand)

Courses in Chemistry

C 101 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4)
A study of the fundamental concepts of atoms and molecules, periodic relationships, stoichiometry and chemical bonding with associated laboratory experiments. This is the appropriate entering course for students interested in pre-professional health. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Co-requisite: M 141 or higher. (Fall)

C 102 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4)
A study of solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry with some qualitative analysis in the laboratory experiments. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: C 101 (Spring)

C 201 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4)
A study of the compounds of carbon. Properties and reactions of organic compounds and functional groups are discussed in terms of modern structural theory. The laboratory consists of microscale preparation and study of reactions of typical carbon compounds; some instrumental methods of determination of structure and properties are used. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: C 102. (Fall)

C 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4)
A continuation of C201. Multi-step reactions and synthesis will be discussed. The laboratory consists of microscale multi-step synthesis, isolation, and identification techniques using infrared and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: C 201. (Spring)

C 331 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (5)
Gravimetric and volumetric determinations, stoichiometry of analytical chemistry and separations. Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: C102. (Fall 20011 and alternate years thereafter)

C 333 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (4)
Consideration is given to instrumental design, theory and applications to chemical problems in potentiometric, electrogravimetric, coulometric, polarographic, and amperometric methods and optical and atomic spectroscopy and chromatographic separations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: C 331. (Spring 2010 and alternate years thereafter)

C 351 COORDINATION CHEMISTRY (3)
A study of metal complexes, associated bonding theories, nomenclature, geometries, ligand effects, magnetic properties, and organometallic chemistry. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: C 102. (Fall 2006 and alternate years thereafter)

C 362 BIOCHEMISTRY (4)
A study of fundamental biological processes in the context of chemical principles. Topics include: the foundations of biochemistry; structure and catalysis of water, amino acids, and peptides; the structure of proteins; functions of proteins, enzymes; carbohydrates; lipids; and nucleic acids. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: C 202. (Spring)

C 431 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (4)
This course focuses on thermochemistry; enthalpy, and entropy; the laws of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases; and chemical kinetics. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: C 202 or C 333; P 212 and M 182. (Fall 2010 and alternate years thereafter)

C 432 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II (4)
A study of Schrodinger equations; quantum mechanical postulates; vibration and rotation of molecules; the hydrogen atom and many electron atoms; and electronic spectroscopy. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: C 202 or C 333; P212 and M 182. (Spring 2011 and alternate years thereafter)

C 450 POLYMER CHEMISTRY (3)
An introduction to polymer chemistry including such topics as polymer nomenclature; characterization; physical and chemical properties of polymers; and polymerization reactions. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: C 202. (On Demand)

C 471 SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY (3)
The capstone course for the chemistry major. A review of the literature and current research in a selected field of chemistry, as determined by the student, and an oral presentation on the selected topic is required for each student. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. (Fall)

Courses in Physics

P 211 GENERAL PHYSICS I (4)
This course encompasses fundamental topics including mechanics, energy, oscillatory, motion, and sound. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: M 142. (Fall)

P 212 GENERAL PHYSICS II (4)
This course encompasses selected topics in optics, electricity, magnetism and atomic structure. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: P211. (Spring)