Biology Course Descriptions & Outlines

Biol 1101 | Human Biology | Credits: 4

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An introduction to basic concepts of human biology for the non-science major providing an overview approach to the human body and functions and its interactions with the environment. Topics will include: the scientific method, structures and functions of the human body, disease, interactions of humans with the environment, evolution, nutrition, and biodiversity.

Biol 1111 | Microbiology | Credits: 3

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This general microbiology course introduces the student to the study of microorganisms including: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Causes and prevention f human infectious diseases are discussed including the human immune system's response to infectious disease and newly emerging infectious diseases. Laboratory sessions teach sterile technique, microscope use, staining techniques, identifying micro-organisms, and culture growth techniques.

Biol 1131 | Dendrology | Credits: 3

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Proper identification of all the vegetation in a forest setting provides the framework for much of the future coursework in Natural Resources. This course covers the identification and classification of many of the trees and shrubs found throughout northern Minnesota and includes important eastern and western species. Students will learn to identify plants and plant assemblages as a path to understand native plant communities. The course includes a mix of classroom and field lecture, as well as field identification labs.

Biol 1201 | General Biology I | Credits: 4

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This course is an introduction to the principles of biology. Includes study of the scientific method, ecology, cell biology, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, protein synthesis, Mendelian and molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and evolution.

Biol 1202 | General Biology II | Credits: 4

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A continuation of Biology 1201. Includes study of genetics, evolution, classification of living things, microbes, fungi, the plant kingdom, and an introduction to animal anatomy and physiology.

Biol 2101 | Human Anatomy & Physiology I | Credits: 4

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This course introduces the student to structure and physiology of the human body. It provides a basic understanding of cells, tissue, skin, bones, muscles, the nervous system, special senses, and the endocrine system. It explores how these systems work individually and how they work together to maintain life.

Biol 2101 | Human Anatomy & Physiology II | Credits: 4

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This course introduces the student to structure and physiology of the human body. It provides a basic understanding of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. It explores how these systems work individually and how they work together to maintain life.

Biol 2131 | Forest Ecology | Credits: 4

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This course will provide students with an understanding of basic forest ecology concepts including: spatial and temporal ecosystem change, source and effect of genetic variation, regeneration, plant structure and growth in forest communities, climate and site variables (moisture, nutrients, heat and light), land form and soil features affecting ecosystem function, succession principles and forest community change, and biological diversity. The course lab work will concentrate on the correlation of terrestrial environmental variables with ecosystem function and forest community development. Students will present lab findings in written form and as an oral seminar.