Biology Course Descriptions

Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice. 


BI 100 and BI 101L
Orientation to Marine Life of the Oregon Coast

2 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Presents introductory information about marine organisms, including birds, mammals, fishes, and invertebrates native to the Oregon Coast. Includes identification of these organisms, basic knowledge about their natural history, introduction to scientific terminology, basic awareness of scientific classification, and information related to the understanding of the physical exhibitory structure and life support systems in maintaining these animals in an aquarium environment. Provides background and practice in interpretation of the knowledge gained to members of the general public.


BI 101and BI 101L
General Biology - Emphasis on Ecology

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students investigate a number of significant regional ecosystems, changes that have occurred in these over the past two hundred years, especially human induced changes, and forces driving further potential changes in these systems over the next half century. Students will complete a number of investigations both in and out of lab, and will write several short papers. Biology 101 involves four or five field trips. Prerequisite: College level reading. WR 121 and MTH 60 are recommended as co- or prerequisites. Co-requisite: BI 101 with BI 101L.  


BI 102 and BI 102L
General Biology - Emphasis on Biological Diversity

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students use basic scientific methods to analyze cell diversity; behavior of cell types; introductory genetics; nature of evolution, natural selection, and origin of species. Upon completion, students explore and formulate descriptions, predictions, and explanations based on scientific data.

This is a survey course for non-major students seeking to fulfill a lab science general education requirement. The BI 101, 102, 103 sequence need not be taken in order. Prerequisite: College level reading and MTH 60 or higher. A previous biology class and WR 121 co- or prerequisite are recommended. Co-requisite: BI 102 with BI 102L.
 

BI 103 and BI 103L
General Biology - Emphasis on Behavior

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students investigate fundamental science processes and life science concepts with a primary focus on vertebrates and behavioral biology to apply basic scientific methods in an evolutionary approach. Topics include exploration of organism interactions, ecology, diversity, evolutionary relationships, and comparisons of biological systems. Students complete a number of inquiry-based investigations to gather and communicate information. Designed for non-major students seeking to fulfill a general science requirement; sequence need not be taken in order. Includes mandatory early morning laboratory field trips. Prerequisite: College level reading. WR 121 and MTH 60 or higher are recommended as co- or prerequisites. Co-requisite: BI 103 with BI 103L.
 

BI 143 and 143L

Marine Biology

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students investigate physical, chemical and biological features of marine environments. Students will examine major groups of marine protists, plants and animals, and interactions within and between these groups. Students will conduct studies of Pacific Northwest intertidal and estuarine ecosystems and will research and report on human impacts on local and worldwide marine ecosystems. Prerequisite: WR 121, MTH 60 with a grade C or better, or instructor approval.Co-requisite: BI 143 with BI 143L.
 

BI 222
Human Genetics

3 class hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Students will investigate principles and patterns of Mendelian inheritance, population genetics and molecular genetics while focusing on human heredity. Upon completion, students think critically and logically to evaluate and analyze relationships associated with emerging genetic technologies. Prerequisite: A previous biology class and MTH 60 or instructor approval
 

BI 231 and BI 231L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students master knowledge and concepts in the organization of the human body, homeostasis, cells and tissues, the skeletal and muscular systems, and the special senses. Laboratory investigation and discovery are used for both application and problem solving case studies relating organ systems to clinical considerations. The yearlong sequence provides students with the knowledge of the form and function of the dynamic human body which is required for health service occupations and further study in the biological sciences. Prerequisite: BI 112 or one term of chemistry (CH 104 or CH 110) within the last seven years or instructor approval. Co-requisite: BI 231 with BI 231L.

BI 232 and BI 232L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students learn the form and function of the dynamic human body which is required for health service occupations and further study in the biological sciences. Students master knowledge and concepts of the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the cardiovascular system, including body fluids. Laboratory investigations will use hands on activities, examine scientific reasoning, evaluate models, and develop clinical skills. Prerequisite: BI 231 and 231L. Co-requisite: BI 232 with BI 232L.


BI 233 and BI233L
Human Anatomy and Physiology III

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students learn the form and function of the dynamic human body which is required for health service occupations and further study in the biological sciences. Students master knowledge and concepts concerning the immune system, respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the renal system, heredity, development, and reproduction. Inquiry based methods are used during laboratory investigations to teach students to use evidence to synthesize concepts related to physiology. Prerequisite: BI 232 and 232L. Co-requisite: BI 233 with BI 233L.


BI 234 and BI 234L
Introduction to Microbiology

3 class and 3 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Students are introduced to basic microbiology principles. Students investigate microbial morphologic characteristics, growth and inhibition of microbes, distinguish differences between bacteria types, learn general immunology, and investigate common diseases. Students develop practical laboratory skills in aseptic technique, staining, lab safety, scientific processes and maintenance of a lab notebook. Prerequisite: BI231 with a grade of C or better within the last seven years. Co-requisite: BI 234 with BI 234L.