Biology Minor - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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BIOLOGY MINOR

  1. REQUIRED COURSES IN THE BIOL MINOR

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    BIOL 112 Principles of Biology I 4
    BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II 4
  2. ELECTIVE OPTIONS FOR MINOR

    Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. MOLECULAR OPTION

      Complete the following 15 semester hours:

      BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
      BIOL 350 Microbiology 4
      BIOL 380 Genetics 4
      BIOL 434 Introductory Molecular Biology 3
    2. ENVIRONMENTAL OPTION

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following 4 semester hours:

        BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology 4
      2. Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

        BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology 4
        BIOL 300 Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues 3
        BIOL 330 Introduction to Animal Behavior 3
        BIOL 370 Principles of Ecology 3
        BIOL 420 Economic Botany 3
        BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora 4
        BIOL 430 Ornithology 4
        BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography 3
        BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology 3
    3. FUNCTIONAL OPTION

      Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

      1. Complete the following 4 semester hours:

        BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
      2. Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

        BIOL 350 Microbiology 4
        BIOL 380 Genetics 4
        BIOL 440 Gross Mammalian Anatomy 4
        BIOL 442 Human Physiology 4
        BIOL 443 Vertebrate Embryology 4
        BIOL 445 Immunology 3
        BIOL 446 Endocrinology 3
        BIOL 447 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 3

Course Descriptions:

BIMS220: Introduction to Marine Biology

A field and laboratory oriented course covering the characteristics of marine plants and animals. The course is designed to provide the student with experience in collecting and identifying local marine flora and fauna. 4 sh.

BIOL112: Principles of Biology I

Principles of Biology I involves the study of life from molecule to multicellular organism with focus on structure and function of cells, mechanisms of heredity and change, and the ways in which these processes shape higher levels of biological organization. This course is designed to fulfill the first core course requirement of the biology major. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: For incoming freshmen Spring 2007 and before, BIOL 100 or minimum MSUPT composite score of 160 for writing and reading. For incoming freshmen as of Fall 2007 and thereafter, Basic Skills Reading Test of >61 AND Basic Skills Math Test (arithmetic) of >74 OR grade of "C" or better in BIOL 100.

BIOL113: Principles of Biology II

Principles of Biology II will provide an introductory level study of biodiversity and the origins of life, phylogenetic relationships among organisms, genetics, developmental biology, reproduction, the biology of populations and communities, and ecosystem processes. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: For incoming freshmen Spring 2007 and before, BIOL 100 or minimum MSUPT composite score of 160 for writing and reading. For incoming freshmen as of Fall 2007 and thereafter, Basic Skills Reading Test of >61 AND Basic Skills Math Test (arithmetic) of >74 OR grade of "C" or better in BIOL 100.

BIOL213: Introduction to Ecology

Semester-long field oriented course designed as an introduction to the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and characterizing the variety of habitats in New Jersey through field observations, group and individual projects and specimen collection. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 or BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall CMPT183

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology

An introduction to the chemistry, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics covered include membrane structure and transport processes, bioenergetics and energy transformations in cells, DNA replication and expression, protein synthesis, and cell movement. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C-" or better.

BIOL300: Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues

Analysis of ecological problems of today's population trends and control, food production, environmental deterioration, waste disposal etc. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL330: Introduction to Animal Behavior

Concepts and theories of the sensory world of animals and behavioral patterns resulting in environmental adaptations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL350: Microbiology

A study of bacteria, yeast, molds and other microorganisms in relation to modern biological concepts and the welfare of man. Standard techniques employed in the laboratory. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and CHEM 120.

BIOL370: Principles of Ecology

To acquaint the biology majors with the general principles of ecology, population dynamics and adaptations of plants and animals to the various habitats. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL380: Genetics

Lecture and lab. Heredity, gene and chromosomal structure and function, gene regulation, mutation and repair, genes in populations, genetic manipulation, and applied genetics are covered. Lab exercises demonstrate genetic concepts. A semester-long project with research paper is required. Required of all biology majors and minors. Meets the University Writing Requirement for BDPT, BIBM, BICM, BIDE, BIED, BIES, BIME, BIOL, BMPA, MBDP, MOBI, SIBC, SICS and SIMB majors. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better and CHEM 120.

BIOL420: Economic Botany

Importance of plants to the world in general and to man in particular. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 if completed prior to Fall 2002.)

BIOL426: New Jersey Flora

Field identification of mosses, liverworts, ferns, and seed plants in a variety of habitats. (Not offered every year.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL430: Ornithology

The biology, identification, and natural history of birds in a variety of habitats. Laboratory includes trips on a varying schedule. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL434: Introductory Molecular Biology

This course is designed to examine the molecular biology of plant and animal cells. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 350, and 380, and CHEM 370.

BIOL440: Gross Mammalian Anatomy

Functional mammalian anatomy at the microscopic and gross level. Laboratory dissection of the cat and study of selected organs and anatomical models. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 with a grade of "C-" or better (or BIOL 132 with a grade of "C-" or better if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL442: Human Physiology

Functions of animal organs and systems with emphasis on maintenance of homeostasis. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002), and BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL443: Vertebrate Embryology

Developmental anatomy of the vertebrates, especially amphibian, chick and human. General concepts of development and cell differentiation. (Not offered every year.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) and BIOL 230.

BIOL445: Immunology

Cellular and humoral immunal responses, immunoglobulins, antigen-antibody reactions, immunopathology, transplantation and blood transfusion. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL446: Endocrinology

Basic anatomy and physiology of the mammalian endocrine glands with special attention directed to the human endocrine glands. The interrelationships between the various endocrines including neural control and the role of these glands in maintaining the homeostasis of the body will be stressed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better, and CHEM 230.

BIOL447: Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Introduction to the study of chemicals that have biological effects, with special emphasis on those with medical importance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and CHEM 230.

BIOL460: Biological Oceanography

Biological processes within oceans and estuaries are considered in relation to the physical environment. Field and laboratory work. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL461: Aquatic Ecology

Biological and physical processes of rivers and lakes. Field work and laboratory. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.