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Biology is the branch of science dealing with the study of life. It describes the characteristics, classification, and behaviors of organisms, how species come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with the environment. Biology is a branch of science that deals with living organisms: the plant and animal life of a region or environment and their relationships, distribution, and behavior. Biology’s fields include Organismal Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Entomology, Ornithology, Mammology and Botany.

At WNC, students studying biology can expect to learn to:

  1. Describe and explain the processes of cellular transport, signaling, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell division (mitosis and meiosis), heredity, gene expression and gene regulation and explain their significance to the functioning of biological systems;
  2. Illustrate and explain the structure and function of animal and plant cells and sub-cellular organelles;
  3. Describe and explain the principles of classifying organisms;
  4. Illustrate and explain the structural and physiological functions of organisms;
  5. Illustrate and explain the function of biomolecules at the sub-cellular and cellular level;
  6. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the 11 systems of the body;
  7. Illustrate and explain the function of cell types in the human body;
  8. Illustrate and explain the function of biomolecules in the human body;
  9. Draw conclusions of elementary (sophomore) level system pathologies of humans;
  10. Illustrate and explain the concepts of ecology, evolution and speciation;
  11. Describe the anatomy and physiology, pathology and fundamental therapeutic treatments of the different genera of micro-organisms;
  12. Illustrate and explain the function of cellular and non-cellular types of micro-organisms;
  13. Illustrate and explain the characteristics of micro-organisms at the laboratory, sub-cellular and cellular level;
  14. Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data in the Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology laboratory;
  15. Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data from the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory experiment;
  16. Apply the scientific method by designing a controlled experiment by collecting, graphing, statistically analyzing, and interpreting data.

Biology is a discipline in the Liberal Arts division.

Current BIOL course offerings:

BIOL-100 General Biology For Non-Science Majors
BIOL-113 Life in the Oceans
BIOL-190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL-190L Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL-191 Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL-191L Introduction to Organismal Biology Lab
BIOL-200 Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL-204 Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
BIOL-208 Introduction to Human Genetics
BIOL-212 Introduction to Human Genetics Lab
BIOL-223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL-224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL-251 General Microbiology
BIOL-275 Gross Anatomy Dissection
BIOL-299 Special Topics in Biology