Emphasizes important biological concepts and principles common to all living organisms. Topics include the cell, energetics, genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology. Integrates laboratory and classroom work. Fulfills lab science requirement for nonscience majors. Cannot take BIO 102 and BIO 103 for credit.
Provides a survey of important biological concepts and principles to all living organisms. Topics include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, energetic, comparative physiology, evolution and ecology. Integrates laboratory and classroom work. This course is limited to science majors, biology minors, and biology-secondary education majors.
Investigative survey of life processes common in animals. Gas exchange, internal transport, nervous and endocrine control, reproduction, and homeostatic mechanisms are major topics included. Integrates laboratory and classroom work. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or permission of the instructor.
Homeostatic mechanisms of the human body with emphasis on structure and function are studied. Gross and microscopic structures are correlated with function of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body. Major topics include: skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Three hours of lecture per week. Co-requisite: Bio 117
Emphasis is on structure and function of endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Gross and microscopic structures are correlated with functions of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body. Three hours of lecture per week. Co-requisite: Bio 118
An introductory course with emphasis on human physiology and the role humans play in biosphere. Applications of biological principles to practical human concerns are covered in one semester. Integrates laboratory and classroom work.
A three-credit survey course in human anatomy and physiology directed towards Biology/Secondary Education and Forensic Science majors.
Experimental approach to the study of human anatomy and physiology is used to reinforce lecture concepts. The exercises present the core elements of the subject matter in a hands-on manner. The labs are presented in the same time period the material is being discussed in lecture. One 2-hour lab per week. Co-requisite: Bio 107
Experimental approach to the study of human anatomy and physiology is used to reinforce lecture concepts. The exercises present the core elements of the subject matter in a hands-on manner. The labs are presented in the same time period the material is being discussed in lecture. One 2-hour lab per week. Co-requisite: Bio 108
Study of humanity and its environment. Material may be drawn from various disciplines but includes ecological principles, energy resources, population dynamics and pollution. Specific considerations are given to human alteration of the environment. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 203 and CHE 203. Integrates laboratory and classroom work.
Plant anatomy and vital physiological processes are examined. Water regulation, metabolism, growth and reproduction are covered, along with a pylogenetic survey of the major plant groups. The importance of plants in the scheme of global ecology is considered. Integrates laboratory and classroom work. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or permission of instructor.
Examine structure and functioning of the human nervous system through an integrated analysis of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropsychology. Emphasizes clinically relevant neuroscience concepts, focusing on application to patient rehabilitation and therapeutic approaches. Prerequisites: BIO 107/117, 108/118 or BIO 103, 104.
Study of interaction between muscular and skeletal systems to produce human movement. Student reviews the anatomy and physiology of muscular system and learns the biomechanical influence it has on skeletal system in order to affect joint movement. A study of normal gait and upright posture is also included. Three hours lecture and two hours lab weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 107/117 with a “C” grade.
Overview of nutritional requirements of individuals in the healthful state as well as modification of those requirements during illness. Prerequisities: BIO 107/117, 108/118, or permission of instructor.
An overview of the field of nutrition with emphasis on nutritional requirement, practices, and conditions specific to people engaged in athletic activities. Course intended for students enrolled in hte athletic training program and designed to meet competencies published by the Nationa lAthletic Trainers' Association. Prerequisites; BIO 107 & 117, 108 & 118, or permission of the instructor.
Study of the morphological and physiological nature of microorganisms and their relationship to humans in both the normal and diseased states. Emphasis on bacteriological techniques such as cultivation, staining, identification, and other techniques important in a clinical setting. Integrates laboratory and classroom work.
An integrated laboratory and classroom course which looks at both the morphological as well as the physiological nature of microorganisms and their relationship to both the normal and the deceased state in humans. Bacteriological techniques such as staining, identification and cultivation are emphasized. This course is limited to science majors, biology minors and biology secondary education majors, or with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: any one of the following BIO 103, 104, 107/117, or permission of instructor.
As the opening course to the minor in community an denvironmental sustainability, students will be introduced to the theory, principles, an dpractices of sustainability. Approaching sustainability from a systems prospective, students will expolore its interdisciplinary nature, including the environmental, social, economic, and cultural components of sustainability as they relate to creating sustainable communities.This course does not fulfill th elab science requirment of the general educaiton core.
Introduction to classical and modern genetics. Topics include Mendel’s principles of heredity, chromosomal aberrations, protein synthesis, population genetics and regulation of gene action. Three hours of lecture per semester week. Prerequisites: BIO 104 or instructor permission.
Biological reactions at the cellular level. Modern trends in physiology with emphasis on the chemical and physical properties of cells. Colloidal properties and chemical composition of protoplasm, nucleic acids, cellular metabolism, enzymes, energy utilization, photosynthesis and cell processes are stressed. Three hours of lecture per semester week. Prerequisites: BIO 104; CHE 105, 202.
Introduction to the basic methods and techniques employed in a modern genetics or biotechnology laboratory. Students will experiment with DNA amplification, electrophoretic separation, cloning and other recombinant DNA technologies. Co-requisite for Biology and Biochemistry majors enrolled in BIO 303 Genetics.
Introduction to the laboratory methods and techniques employed in the study of microscopic organisms, individual cells and cellular tissues. Students will experiment with in vitro cell growth and culture techniques, cellular metabolism as well as DNA and protein biosynthesis. Co-requisite for Biology and Biochemistry majors enrolled in BIO 304 Cell Biology.
Provides an understanding of the basic scientific, ethical and legal principles that are relevant to the practice of forensic medicine. Students will be exposed to post-mortem examination including issues related to dealing with bereaved relatives of a deceased person or victim of crime. An understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology is expected. Graphic photos and/or attendance at a forensic autopsy will be included. Prerequisites: BIO 115 and 116.
This 4-credit lecture/laboratory course examines the ecological and evolutionary basis of natural systems from a hierarchical perspective. The major topics covered include: population and community ecology, interactions in communities, and ecosystem functions. Prerequisites: BIO 103, 104 or permission of the instructor.
Develpment of sound public policy on environmental quality and sustainability depend greatly upon effective communicaiton of biological and chemical principles and research to policy and lawmakers. This course is intended to provide sutdents interested in environmental biology and chemistry with an overview of the current state of environmental lay and policy, the processes involved in environmental law and policy development, and highlight emerging issues, which will demand collaboration of biologists, chemists and policymakers for resolution. Does not fulfill lab science requirement.
Introduces students to some of the basic and classical research tehniques that are used in the biological sciences and familiarizes them with some of the equipment that is routinely used. Prefrequisites: BIO 103, 104 or 115; CHE 104, 105, 201 or permission of the instructor.
Students research a topic, including review of the literature, and then prepare a paper for presentation.
Major concepts center around the physiological actions of drugs. Topics to be covered include the survey of major classes of drugs used in clinical therapeutics; prototype drugs developed for selected purposes; toxic interactions; and the physiological mechanism by which drugs produce their effects. Three hours of lecture per semester week. Prerequisites: 6 credits of biology or permission of instructor.
Introduction to fundamental concepts of immune response. Principles relating to clinical immunology are discussed in terms of underlying experimental studies. Immunologic reactions and ideas on the function of the immune system are explained. Three hours of lecture per semester week. Prerequisites: BIO 104, 304, and CHE 105, or permission of instructor.
Effects of internal and external stressors on body functions are examined. Normal human physiological principles and homeostatic mechanisms are reviewed. Genetic and nutritional aspects are integrated into the discussion of disease. Three hours of lecture per semester week. Prerequisites: BIO 107/117, 108/118 or permission of instructor.
This course is a structured educational experience in a hospital facility consisting of lectures, conferences, enrichment experiences, reading assignments, examinations, unknowns and clinical laboratory rotations through the following departments: blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, microbiology, serology, urinalysis, and histology. Lab operations such as ethics, leadership, safety, management education and phlebotomy are integrated throughout the course. (Note: course is taught off campus at an affiliate School of Medical terminology/Clinical Laboratory Science).
This course is a structured educational experience in a hospital facility consisting of lectures, conferences, enrichment experiences, reading assignments, examinations, unknowns and clinical laboratory rotations through the following departments; blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, microbiology, serology, urinalysis, and histology. Lab operations such as ethics, leadership, safety, management education and phlebotomy are integrated throughout the course. As a capstone (including reserach component and public speaking component), students select a case sudy covering at least three lab departments and present to lab staff. Prerequirsite: BIO 420 (Note: course is tuaght off campus at an affiliate School of Medical Terminology/Clinical Laboratory Science).
This course will provide an overview of biology as it relates to forensics. Topics will include sources and analysis of biological evidence, serology, species identification, identificaiton of biological fluids, blood group typing, DNA extraction, DNA amplification, and eletrophoresis. Laboratory activities will reinforce the concepts taught in lecture and provide hands-on experience with techniques. This course contains 3 credits for the lecture and 2 credits for the laboratory. Pre-requisites: BIO 304/311, 303/309, CHE 202/211,
Biodiversity explores the origins, ecology, and richness of one of the earth's natural capital, from the level of biological species through ecosystems. The value and uses of nature's capital and their exploitation will be examined. The course reviews conservation strategies to maintain biodiversity for future generations. This course provides students with the scientific literacy necessary to make informed decisions about topics such as species conservation, and eosystem mangement. Pre-requisites: BIO 103 & 104.
Research of a select problem following a preliminary investigation under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated.
Students reserach a topic, including review of the literature, and then prepare a paer for presentation.
This is the first of two courses in the student research sequence. Students will develop a research project with a faculty member of their choice. This course will focus on a literature review, developing a research plan, conducting experiments, and interpreting results.
This is the second of two courses in the student research sequence. Students will continue to work the research project with the faulty member of their choice from the previous semester; this will include completing any final experiments and wrapping up their research project. Students will work to formulate conclusions and output their data in a presentable research format.
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"Forensic science goes beyond combining chemistry and biology; it requires critical thinking and a desire to challenge what the eyes see. At Alvernia, my professors taught me the true value of research and how the results can change how we see the world around us. In the 17 years I've been in school, I've never learned a more valuable lesson."
- Kelsey Schubert '16, PSU Graduate Student