Undergraduate Biology-Rock County
2022 Fall Term
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CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY
An Intro to the fundamental principles of living organisms. Includes cell & tissue structure, growth, basic physiological processes, reproduction & inheritance, classification, evolution & ecology. Lecture, lab, & may also include demonstrations, discussion & field trips
FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I
First semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Topics include: cell structure & function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics, & survey of viruses, prokaryotes, and protists.
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Principles underlying the proper management of our resources: water, soils, minerals, forests, wildlife, human. Current and past attitudes relating to the resources with the interaction and complexities of humans' interests. This meets the statutory requirement for Conservation of Natural Resources required for State certification for teachers of Science, Social Sciences. Lecture and may include demonstrations, discussions, and field trips.
Contemporary study of natural world through human perspective. Emphasis on humans as modifying force in the biophysical environment, including selected topics in ecological principles, pollution, population biology, environmental management. Course meets the statutory requirement for Conservation of Natural Resources required for State certification for teachers of science and social sciences. Lecture, lab. May include demonstrations, discussions, and field trips.
NATURAL HISTORY OF WISCONSIN
Natural History of Wisconsin is an Introductory Bio. course intended for the general student wanting to learn more about Wisconsin's diverse plant & animal life. The main focus of this course is the state's diversity of plants & animals & the ecosystems in which they live. In addition, it may cover basic concepts of field ecology, behavior, & conservation, identification of select organisms, & a review of the historical contributions to our understanding of Wisconsin natural history. This course is designed to increase the awareness & appreciation of Wisconsin's fantastic biological diversity at a time when the general public is becoming increasingly disconnected from natural Envs. Optional field trips may be included.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
An examination of the structure and function of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, & system levels of organization. The integration of these levels of organization within the human organism is emphasized. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. Lecture, lab, and may also include demonstrations, discussion and field trips.
READING AND RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY
(Previously BAC 299/BOT 299/ZOO 299) Supervised undergraduate reading & research in biological Sci.s. This course is designed to acquaint the undergraduate with the Lit. & research techniques used in biological investigation & to give practical experience in scientific problem-solving.
CURRENT TOPICS IN HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE
A general introduction to the process of science for students who may not have previously taken another college science course. Basic scientific concepts including scientific method and ethics in scientific studies are covered followed by a focus on topics of current relevance to human health and disease, including mental health, infectious disease, and environmental health. The laboratory component of the class focuses on critical thinking in a scientific context. Students will develop skills in reading and researching scientific literature and conducting basic statistical analyses using spreadsheet software.
This is a course that examines the roles of bacteria and other microorganisms in the environment. Topics will include an introduction to the main groups of microorganisms and their physiology, soil microbiology, cycles of elements, aquatic microbiology, sewage treatment, bioremediation, and biotechnology.