Introduction to Biology, 110
An introduction to biological principles and processes common to living organisms. Topics covered include basic cell biology, biochemistry, photosynthesis, respiration, cell division, gene regulation, and principles of genetics and evolution. The course includes a laboratory component. This course is designed for biology majors and minors and is not
recommended for non-science majors to meet their general education requirement.
We start with science and faith and work our way through a foundation in cellular biology.
An investigation of the principles of inheritance with some emphasis placed on human genetics. Mendelian inheritance,
pedigree analysis, genetic mapping, chromosomal aberrations, mutations affecting fitness, and natural selection for population genetics are discussed. The course includes a laboratory component.
We delve as deeply into genomics as time allows and discuss the implications of the science for our faith.
General Microbiology, 204
A study of structures, metabolism, and genetics of microorganisms. Pathogenic relationships with humans and body defense mechanisms are studied. Laboratory work involves isolation, culture, identification, and antibiotic sensitivities of microorganisms. The course includes a laboratory component.
We cover as many microbes as possible while dedicating special time to pathogens like HIV and Ebola. The lab offers employable skills.
Advanced Molecular Biology, 316
Advanced Molecular Biology combines an in-depth study of the complex molecular interactions leading to gene
expression. Regulation of transcription, RNA processing, translation, and more will be studied in the context of this field that now permeates all of modern biology. Primary literature will be discussed in order to learn new applications of molecular biology including designed genes, regulatory networks, and artificial cells. A research laboratory component is included.
In this course we see a few of the million miracles we are blessed with every second in every cell.
Human Biology, 101
This course begins a survey of organic compounds and cell structure and function. It proceeds through a systematic
study of the human body emphasizing both normal and diseased states. The course covers human nutrition, exercise,
reproduction, growth and development, and the spread of disease. Ethical issues raised by modern technology and
human ecology are included. The course includes a laboratory component and is designed to meet the biology
requirement for non-science majors.
This course covers a range of topics in a way that will capture the interest of students who begin their general education biology with fear and dread.