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Fall 2012

Biology Courses:

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BIO100 - Principles of Biology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduction to the basic characteristics of life, organisms, their interactions, and the scientific process. Improves scientific thinking and increases science literacy. Explores five core concepts of biology: studying and using the scientific method, evolution, ecology, genetics, and biodiversity. Two class hours, two lab hours. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum or students with credit in restricted biology electives) Not open to students with credit in BIO152, BIO153, BIO115, or BIO116.

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BIO102 - Human Biology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology, including the structure of cells, tissues, and organs and their normal physiological interactions. Laboratory experiences reinforce important concepts. Two class hours, two lab hours. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum or students with credit in BIO 150, 152, or 153).

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BIO104 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces basic chemistry, the structure, function, and biochemistry of cells, and the scientific method. Laboratory exercises develop skills including use of binocular microscopes and measuring. This is a preparatory course, for students with little or no recent experience in biology and chemistry, who plan on taking additional biology courses. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: Completion of Genesee Community College reading and math requirement. Not open to students with credit in BIO 115, BIO 152 or higher. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum)

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BIO108 - Human Nutrition
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Overview of basic concepts of diet and nutrition. Topics include elementary anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, introductory food chemistry, weight control, and the role of diet in health. Lab exercises analyze some popular foods for simple nutrients. Students analyze popular diets for nutritional completeness. Two class hours, two lab hours. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum).

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BIO111 - Ecology
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Overview of the broad discipline of ecology, and introduces biological and physical components of the environment and the interactions between the two. Topics include basic ecology, meteorology, hydrology, environmental degradation, and resource management. Fall only. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: BIO 104 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher or high school Regents chemistry or Regents biology with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher. Must meet the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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BIO114 - Rain Forest Biology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: An immersion course held in Costa Rica. Students travel to the Central American rain forest for an introduction to its biodiversity, neighboring environments that the forests impact, and aspects of forest destruction. Topics include different aspects of ethnobotany, elementary botany, ecology, and earth science. Spring only. Prerequisite: Students should be in good health and be reasonably physically fit. Students must enroll separately with the tour company and pay all trip expenses prior to travel. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum)

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BIO115 - General Biology 1
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Examines the structure and functioning of cells, including origin, physiology, biochemistry, respiration, photosynthesis, reproduction, and genetics. Laboratory exercises reinforce the lectures, which include using microscopes and measurement techniques. General Biology 1 and 2 are recommended to students transferring into premedicine or any life science program. (General Biology I and II are not sequential. Either may be taken first.). Fall only. Three lecture hours, three lab hours. Prerequisites: BIO104 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher or high school Regents biology and Regents chemistry each with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher. Completion of the Genesee Community College reading and math proficiencies.

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BIO116 - General Biology 2
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces the structure, functioning, diversity, and evolution of plants and animals, with emphasis on adaptation of organisms to their environments in addition to anatomical and physiological considerations. Laboratory exercises which include required dissection reinforce the lectures. General Biology 1 and 2 are recommended to students transferring to any of the life sciences programs. (General Biology I and II are not sequential. Either may be taken first.). Spring only. Three lecture hours, three lab hours. Prerequisites: BIO104 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher or high school Regents biology and Regents chemistry each with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher. Completion of the Genesee Community College reading and math proficiencies.

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BIO117 - Introduction to Biotechnology
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: A survey course in the field of biotechnology. Topics include current career opportunities; biotechnology research; industry development and regulation; microbial, plant and animal biotechnology practices; biotechnology's role in modern medicine, agriculture and DNA profiling; bioethics and the impact of biotechnology on society. Includes an introduction to documentation (notebooks), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Quality Assurance (QA), current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations. Prerequisite: BIO104 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher or high school Regents biology and Regents chemistry each with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher.

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BIO118 - Human Inheritance
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores the biology behind genetic inheritance. Introduces concepts and topics in human heredity such as: the structure and function of genes and chromosomes, the role of meiosis in mutation, gamete formation, and reproduction. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: Completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum or students with credit in BIO 205).

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BIO150 - Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Surveys the structure and function of the human organism, in particular the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and nervous, with homeostasis as a major theme. A lab component will include microscopy, with an emphasis on using anatomical models to learn the fundamental anatomical features of each system. Primarily for physical education majors and those students who need a 4 credit science elective. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: Completion of the Genesee Community College reading and math proficiency.

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BIO201 - Microbiology and Human Disease
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Studies the characteristics of microorganisms, their role in health and disease, and methods of controlling them. Examines mechanisms of immunity. Laboratory exercises reinforce important concepts and aseptic techniques. Recommended for students majoring in health-related sciences. Three class hours, three lab hours. Preference may be given to students concurrently enrolled in NUR201. Prerequisite: BIO152 or BIO115 with a ‘C’ or higher.

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BIO206 - General Microbiology
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Studies the structure and function of micro-organisms, with an emphasis on prokaryotes. Topics include microbial physiology, growth and metabolism, control of growth, genetics and genetic engineering, host-microbe relationships, principles of immunology, environmental and applied microbiology. Lab procedures include microscopy, aseptic technique, staining methods, media preparation and use, growth of bacterial cultures, enzyme and chemical assays, identification techniques, modern molecular techniques. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: BIO152 or BIO 115 or VET 112 each with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.

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