Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Biology (BIOL)

Liberal Arts Division

BIOL 100: General Biology For Non-Science Majors

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Covers fundamental concepts and theories of life science. Major topics include cellular/molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, evolutions and ecology. Includes four laboratory experiences.

BIOL 113: Life in the Oceans

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the plants, animals and microorganisms of the oceans with an emphasis on important marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries and coral reefs.

BIOL 190: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MATH 096 or higher (excluding MATH120) or appropriate score on the WNC placement examination, or a corequisite of MATH 126; Corequisites: BIOL 190L

Covers the structure and function of cells. Included will be the major molecules of life, composition and physiology of cellular organelles, cellular metabolism, reproduction, motility, gene function and related topics. Note: BIOL 190/190L plus BIOL 191/191L transfer to UNR as fulfilling BIOL 190, 191 and 192 requirements.

BIOL 190L: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

Units (Credits): 1; Corequisites: BIOL 190

Covers the structure and function of cells, including the major molecules of life, composition and physiology of cellular organelles, cellular metabolism, reproduction, motility, gene function and related topics. Note: BIOL 190/190L plus BIOL 191/191L transfer to UNR as fulfilling BIOL 190, 191 and 192 requirements.

BIOL 191: Introduction to Organismal Biology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: BIOL 190, BIOL 190L ; Corequisites: BIOL 191L

Combines the principles of botany and zoology into one course emphasizing levels of organization and life processes common to all organisms. Topics range from nutrient processing and homeostasis to reproduction. Note: BIOL 190/190L plus BIOL 191/191L transfer to UNR as fulfilling BIOL 190, 191 and 192 requirements.

BIOL 191L: Introduction to Organismal Biology Lab

Units (Credits): 1; Corequisites: BIOL 191

Combines the principles of botany and zoology into one course emphasizing levels of organization and life processes common to all organisms. Topics range from nutrient processing and homeostasis to reproduction. Note: BIOL 190/190L plus BIOL 191/191L transfer to UNR as fulfilling BIOL 190, 191 and 192 requirements.

BIOL 200: Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Provides students with an intense descriptive overview of anatomy and physiology with related, illustrative pathology and microbiology.

BIOL 204: Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab

Units (Credits): 1; Corequisites: BIOL 200

Provides students with intense laboratory exercises about anatomy and physiology with related, illustrative pathology and microbiology.

BIOL 208: Human Genetics

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: BIOL 190, CHEM 220

Offers a basic science (Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics) and detailed clinical case study and correlation-oriented (pedigree analysis, gene cloning, inborn errors of metabolism) course that demonstrates the principles of genetics/heredity in human health and disease. Strongly recommended for those pursuing pre-medical studies.

BIOL 212: Introduction to Human Genetics Lab

Units (Credits): 1; Corequisites: BIOL 208

Provides an opportunity to learn how to extract and amplify genomic DNA using the polymerase chain reaction; apply concepts of chemistry and evolutionary biology to study an organism they choose; identify a question involving their chosen organism and answer it using DNA technology; research and identify protocols and materials such as M-SAT primers specific to the organism they choose; subject data to statistical analysis and relate their findings to concepts of evolution.

BIOL 223: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: BIOL 190 & BIOL 190L with a grade of C or better or CHEM 121 with a grade of C or better or meet nursing program chemistry requirement

Offers detailed study of cellular functions and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Primarily for physical education, pre-nursing and other pre-health majors. NOTE: For programs that require BIOL 223 and 224, both courses must be completed at the same institution if taken outside Nevada. May be repeated a maximum of two times within the last five years.

BIOL 224: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: BIOL 223 with a grade of C or better

Offers a detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems. Primarily for physical education, pre-nursing and other pre-health majors. NOTE: For programs that require BIOL 223 and 224, both courses must be completed at the same institution if taken outside Nevada. May be repeated a maximum of two times within the last five years.

BIOL 251: General Microbiology

Units (Credits): 4; Corequisites: BIOL 190, BIOL 190L

Emphasizes the distribution, form, structure and physiology of microorganisms in laboratory. Develops the student's skills in aseptic procedures, isolation and identification. Recommended for all allied health majors. Three hours lecture/three hours laboratory per week. May be repeated a maximum of two times within the last five years.

BIOL 275: The Gross Human: Systematic Dissection

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Introduces students to the dissection of the human body for scientific learning purposes in an intense, one semester lab course. Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS degree.



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