Biology Courses

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BL381 AP Biology 1/2
Course Detail: This course is an intensive two-quarter, college-level sequence in biology, entailing broad coverage of the entire subject area including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, population biology, ecology, behavior, bio-diversity, and evolution. Laboratories include all or most of the recommended AP labs, plus additional laboratories of the instructor’s choice. Students who complete the sequence with a cumulative grade of B or better may be encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam for Biology at the end of the academic year. Other sequences of courses may also enable the student to cover the AP Biology curriculum and students are encouraged to seek advice from the Biology Department. Prerequisites and corequisites: 1.0 CU of high school honors biology with a grade of A or B; Successful completion or concurrently taking CH102 or above; permission of instructor.
BL382 AP Biology 2/2
Course Detail: This course is an intensive two-quarter, college-level sequence in biology, entailing broad coverage of the entire subject area including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, population biology, ecology, behavior, bio-diversity, and evolution. Laboratories include all or most of the recommended AP labs, plus additional laboratories of the instructor’s choice. Students who complete the sequence with a cumulative grade of B or better may be encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam for Biology at the end of the academic year. Other sequences of courses may also enable the student to cover the AP Biology curriculum and students are encouraged to seek advice from the Biology Department. Prerequisites and corequisites: 1.0 CU of high school honors biology with a grade of A or B; Successful completion or concurrently taking CH102 or above; permission of instructor.
BL384 AP Environmental Science 1/2
Course Detail: This course is a two term interdisciplinary course. The course provides students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The course considers environmentally based issues such as pollution, habitat degradation, and resource conservation. This course requires a keen interest in issues concerning the welfare and sustainability of the earth. Many of the labs conducted will involve issues relating to pollution and energy. Completion of this course prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam. Prerequisites: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL385 AP Environmental Science 2/2
Course Detail: This course is a two term interdisciplinary course. The course provides students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The course considers environmentally based issues such as pollution, habitat degradation, and resource conservation. This course requires a keen interest in issues concerning the welfare and sustainability of the earth. Many of the labs conducted will involve issues relating to pollution and energy. Completion of this course prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam. Prerequisites: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL101 Honors Biology 1/2 H
Course Detail: This course is a two-quarter sequence in honors high school biology, entailing broad introductory coverage of biology including molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, organismal biology, population biology, ecology, behavior, biodiversity, and evolution. Laboratories are designed to reinforce the concepts introduced in lecture. The course is intended to supply an introductory biology for students who have not yet had an opportunity to take biology in high school. Prerequisites: Placement in this course is determined by performance on the biology placement exam.
BL102 Honors Biology 2/2 H
Course Detail: This course is a two-quarter sequence in honors high school biology, entailing broad introductory coverage of biology including molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, organismal biology, population biology, ecology, behavior, biodiversity, and evolution. Laboratories are designed to reinforce the concepts introduced in lecture. The course is intended to supply an introductory biology for students who have not yet had an opportunity to take biology in high school. Prerequisites: Placement in this course is determined by performance on the biology placement exam.
BL210 Field Botany H
Course Detail: This course emphasizes the evolution, taxonomy and identification of vascular plants. Plants are studied in the context of major biomes and major local habitats. Students are required to sight identify important plant species, families, and divisions and to understand the ecological dynamics in local plant communities. This course has a heavy field emphasis, with weekly field trips to collect and study plants. One or more weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisites: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL220 Ornithology H
Course Detail: Ornithology is the study of birds. Students study the classification, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, population biology, and behavior of birds. The laboratories are bird watching trips that emphasize species recognition. Students regularly visit nearby localities for the observation of birds. One or more weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisites: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL230 Introduction to Microbiology H
Course Detail: The course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of microbiology and the impact this diverse group of organisms has on the environment and humans. Topics include microbial diversity, cell structure/function, physiology, genetics, reproduction and the microbiome. Following completion of this course students will have a greater understanding of how microbes shape our world and through laboratory exploration grasp basic techniques and procedures used by microbiologists such as aseptic technique and culturing. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate basic knowledge in the following: Comparative characteristics of microbial organisms; General bacteriology and microbial techniques; Microbial metabolism and enzymes; Physical and chemical microbial control; Collection and handling of laboratory specimens; Microbial genetics, mutation and biotechnology; Pathogenicity, virulence, and epidemiology; Common bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases. Prerequisite: Honors Biology or equivalent
BL305 Invertebrate Zoology H
Course Detail: Zoology is the branch of biology that deals with the study of animals. This course concentrates on the overwhelming majority of all animals, the invertebrates. It will introduce the underlying basic principles of zoology including animal classification, development, comparative morphology, and evolution. This course offers both field and laboratory experiences with animals. Prerequisite: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL306 Vertebrate Zoology H
Course Detail: Zoology is the branch of biology that deals with the study of animals. This course will cover the taxonomic and anatomical diversity within the phylum Chordate. This courses offers both field and laboratory experiences with animals including several dissections. Prerequisite: Honors Biology or equivalent.
BL307 Classical Genetics H
Course Detail: This course begins with the fundamentals of cell division and focuses on modes of inheritance of traits, beginning with Mendel's pea plants and stressing extensions and exceptions to Mendel's principles. Laboratory activities, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: Honors Biology or equivalent
BL310 Marine Biology H
Course Detail: The marine environment encompasses the majority of the Earth’s biosphere and contains tremendous biological diversity. This one quarter course is an introduction to the common marine organisms of the ocean and examines the abiotic and biotic factors that influence their distribution and abundance. Topics include basic oceanography and ecology principles, the rocky intertidal zone, coral reefs, pelagic and deep-sea communities and ocean conservation. Prerequisite: Honors Biology or equivalent
BL311 Anatomy & Physiology 1/2 H
Course Detail: This two-quarter sequence encompasses the study of the macroscopic, microscopic, and physiological functions of systems of the human body. After an introduction to cell biology and cytology, students explore the structure and function of basic tissues and major organ systems of the body. Animal dissections, light microscopic examination of prepared sections, and physiological experiments supplement lectures. Prerequisites: CH102 or permission of instructor.
BL312 Anatomy & Physiology 2/2 H
Course Detail: This two-quarter sequence encompasses the study of the macroscopic, microscopic, and physiological functions of systems of the human body. After an introduction to cell biology and cytology, students explore the structure and function of basic tissues and major organ systems of the body. Animal dissections, light microscopic examination of prepared sections, and physiological experiments supplement lectures. Prerequisites: CH102 or permission of instructor.
BL313 Oceanography H
Course Detail: Marine science is an interdisciplinary science field in which geology, physics, chemistry and biology interact in complex ways that are fundamental to the oceanic environment. This course serves as an introduction to physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography. Current events and topics of interest (ocean acidification, sea level rise, ocean mining, whaling, overfishing, coral bleaching) will be heavily incorporated to give students a solid background in oceanography while also keeping an eye towards developing issues relating to the ocean environment. Prerequisite: BL101
BL314 Biological Systems H
Course Detail: Students will gain an understanding of the origin, function and structure of living organisms by examining life at increasing levels of biological complexity, from the molecular and cellular level to whole organisms. This course deals with the biology of cells of higher organisms: the structure, function, and biosynthesis of cellular membranes and organelles; cell growth; transport, receptors, and cell signaling; the cytoskeleton, the extracellular matrix, and cell movements. After developing a foundational understanding of cell biology, this course explores the interactions of these cells to form tissue, organs, organ systems and ultimately complete organisms, and finally students will be able to make predictions about how positive feedback mechanisms amplify activities and processes in organisms based on scientific theories and models. Prerequisite: BL101
BL316 Microbial Ecology H
Course Detail: This course focuses on understanding the diverse world of modern microbes. Students will demonstrate knowledge in comparative characteristics of microbial organisms, general bacteriology and microbial techniques, collection and handling of laboratory specimens. This course will be accompanied by a lab portion where students will develop a research question aimed to understand the role, distribution, environmental controls of microbes etc. Prerequisites: Honors biology or equivalent
BL351 Ecology 1/2 H
Course Detail: Ecology is the study of connections in nature. This two-quarter sequence studies the major sub-disciplines and theoretical foundations of ecology. Through the investigation of various habitats in Southern Alabama, students gain experience in conducting field research, data analysis, and writing and presentation of research results. The prerequisite for Ecology 1/2 is Honors Biology or equivalent; CH102 or equivalent; permission of instructor. The second quarter, when offered, is a focused concentration on a limited number of advanced topics. The prerequisite for Ecology 2/2 is Ecology 1/2 - BL351 or permission of the instructor. One or more Saturday field trips will be required per term.
BL352 Ecology 2/2 H
Course Detail: Ecology is the study of connections in nature. This two-quarter sequence studies the major sub-disciplines and theoretical foundations of ecology. Through the investigation of various habitats in Southern Alabama, students gain experience in conducting field research, data analysis, and writing and presentation of research results. The prerequisite for Ecology 1/2 is Honors Biology or equivalent; CH102 or equivalent; permission of instructor. The second quarter, when offered, is a focused concentration on a limited number of advanced topics. The prerequisite for Ecology 2/2 is Ecology 1/2 - BL351 or permission of the instructor. One or more Saturday field trips will be required per term.