Biology Course Offerings

BI 101 General Biology (5)
The major principles and methods of biology designed for students not intending to pursue further study in the biological sciences. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour
laboratory period per week. Includes, ecology, the diversity of life, and an introduction to evolution.

BI 102 General Biology (5)
The major principles and methods of biology designed for students not intending to pursue further study in the biological sciences. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Considers cellular structure and function, energy transformations, genetics, evolution, reproduction and development.

BI 103 General Biology (5)
The major principles and methods of biology designed for students not intending to pursue further study in the biological sciences. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals along with a brief treatment of animal behavior.

BI 101X General Biology Peer Led Team Learning (0)
Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) is a separate, 0-credit course that uses a learning model designed for participating students registered in BI 101 to develop a broader and deeper understanding of course concepts.

BI 102X General Biology Peer Led Team Learning (0)
Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) is a separate, 0-credit course that uses a learning model designed for participating students registered in BI 102 to develop a broader and deeper understanding of course concepts.

BI 103X General Biology Peer Led Team Learning (0)
Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) is a separate, 0-credit course that uses a learning model designed for participating students registered in BI 103 to develop a broader and deeper understanding of course concepts.

BI 211 Principles of Biology (5)
An introduction to the science of biology, including morphological, physiological and developmental aspects of living organisms; the phylogeny, evolution and ecology of both plants and animals, and fundamental concepts of genetics and molecular biology. Designed for the biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 102 or CH 104 with s grade of B or better, or satisfactory score on WOU’s Biology Placement Test.

BI 212 Principles of Biology (5)
An introduction to the science of biology designed for students pursuing a biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory period per week. Focus on evolution, biological diversity, and animal development. Prerequisite: passing grade in BI 211

BI 213 Principles of Biology (5)
An introduction to the science of biology designed for students pursuing a biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory period per week. Focus on the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, and ecology. Prerequisite: passing grade in BI 211

BI 234 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and immune system. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 102 or BI 211 with a grade of C- or better

BI 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: nervous system, special senses, endocrine system and cardiovascular system. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 234

BI 236 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and reproductive system. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 235

BI 314 Introductory Genetics (4)
Principles and mechanisms of inheritance, including consideration of patterns of inheritance, the nature of the gene, chromosome structure, gene action, population genetics and mechanisms of mutation. Three hours of lecture plus one hour discussion section per week. Prerequisite: BI 211 or consent of instructor, and MTH 111 or equivalent

BI 315 Cell Biology (4)
An introduction to cell structure and function required for the biology major. Examines the architecture and basic organelle activity in the intact cell and the major techniques currently employed to study cells. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Prerequisites: BI 213, BI 314, and CH 221

BI 316 Evolution (4)
Introduction to the major concepts and principles of evolutionary biology with an emphasis on the sources of variation, mechanisms of evolution, phylogenetics and the evolution of the human lineage. Three hours lecture plus one hour discussion session. Prerequisite: BI 212 and BI 314 or consent of instructor

BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)
The evolutionary history and classification, life history and ecology of vertebrate animals. Laboratory will emphasize identification and field studies of vertebrates that occur in Oregon. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: BI 101, 102, 103 or BI 211, 212, 213

BI 318 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4)
An introduction to the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on infectious human disease agents, immunology and the control of disease through antimicrobial strategies and vaccination. Designed for students interested in pre-nursing, predental hygiene and entry level positions in public health laboratories. Laboratory component emphasizes skills with microscopes, identification testing and includes practical exams. Not open for credit to biology majors or minors. However, credit may be applied to the human biology minor. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: BI 102 or BI 211 with a grade of C- or better

BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)
Designed to give practical experience in the identification of common plant families and species of the Willamette Valley. Includes the learning of major characteristics of plant families from a phylogenetic perspective and the use of tools for plant identification. Field collections that emphasize careful observation and records of ecological relations as plants are collected and field trips to selected sites are required. Three lectures plus one three-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 101 or BI 213 recommended

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)
A comparative analysis of vertebrate morphology, emphasizing the study of organs and organ systems, and an introduction to the taxonomy, evolution and functional morphology of the vertebrates. Anatomy at the level of the cell, the organ system, and the organism will be discussed. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 211, 212, and 213 or consent of instructor

BI 326 Developmental Biology (4)
Development of model vertebrates and invertebrates from fertilization through organogenesis; includes analyses of early cell cleavage, morphogenesis, differentiation and growth. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 315 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor

BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)
An examination of the physiological processes and mechanisms involved in plant nutrition, photosynthesis, assimilation of organic and inorganic materials, energy balance, water requirements, growth factors and organismic control. Three hours lecture and one four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BI 213 and CH 223 or consent of instructor

BI 331 General Microbiology (4)
Selected topics in the science of microbiology with an emphasis on microbial structures and physiology as they impact diversity and ecology, biotechnology, and diseases (bacterial, viral, and protozoal). Involved lab component represents nearly half course grade. Prerequisites: BI 211, 212, 213, 314, CH 221, 222, 223, and WR 135

BI 334 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Advanced study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body designed for students intending to pursue future studies in professional health-related fields. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using histological slides, models, and human cadavers. Focuses on integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous
systems. Prerequisite: BI 213 or consent of instructor

BI 335 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Advanced study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body designed for students intending to pursue future studies in professional health-related fields. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using histological slides, models, and human cadavers. Focuses on endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Prerequisite: passing grade in BI 334

BI 336 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Advanced study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body designed for students intending to pursue future studies in professional health-related fields. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using histological slides, models, and human cadavers. Focuses on digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: passing grade in BI 335

BI 340 Plant Nutrition (4)
A study of soil fertility, nutrient acquisition, transport and metabolism, crop growth and yield, and farming practices that affect plant nutrition. Laboratory includes field trips and a term-long greenhouse experiment to diagnose nutrient deficiency. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 213 or CH 223

BI 357 General Ecology (4)
Focuses on the patterns of distribution and abundance of organisms in space and through time. Explores the underlying causes, both natural and anthropogenic, of these patterns at the population, community and ecosystem levels for a variety of organisms and ecosystems. In the lab, students will engage in nearly all phases of ecological research. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: BI 211, 212, 213, MTH 111, and WR 135

BI 360 Animal Behavior (4)
A consideration of the basic problems in animal behavior, including ecological adaptations of behavioral patterns, mechanisms underlying behavior, social behavior, and the nature and organization of animal societies. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: Introductory biology sequence (100 or 200 series) or consent of instructor

BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)
Explores the ecology and diversity of marine ecosystems worldwide, and focuses on adaptations, life histories and interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. Regions covered include temperate, tropical and polar seas, the open ocean and the deep sea. Laboratory time is divided between field trips to the Oregon coast and observation of living marine organisms. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisites: BI 212 and 213, or consent of instructor

BI 370 Humans and the Environment (4)
The study of how humans interact with their environment and the effect of the environment on human society. Topics include basic ecological principals, human population growth, environmental health, pollution, toxicology, agriculture, forest management and global climate change. Designed for human biology and environmental studies minors and as an elective for non-science majors. Not open for credit to biology majors or biology minors. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory including field work. Prerequisites: BI 101, or Bi 102, or BI 211, or consent of
instructor; MTH 095 with grade of C- or better, or equivalent, highly recommended

BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)
The morphology, anatomy and reproduction of seed plants from an evolutionary perspective. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BI 213 or consent of instructor

BI 406 Individual Study (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 407/507 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 408 Workshop (1-9)
Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 409 Practicum (1-9)
Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 424 Human Dissection (2)
A study of gross anatomy of the human body through the dissection of a cadaver. Prerequisites: BI 334 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor

BI 432 Immunology (4)
A course on immune mechanisms, including the nature of antigens, antibodies and their interactions, the anatomy, cell biology, genetics, regulation, diseases of mammalian immune system and the use of antibodies as tools in the clinical and research laboratory. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: BI 315 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor

BI 434 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)
A comparative analysis of animal physiology, emphasizing how different kinds of animals work and why they have evolved to work the way they do. Animal physiology at the level of the cell, the organ system, and the organism will be discussed. Included in this course will be an examination of various aspects of human physiology. Three one hour lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 211, 212, and 213, or consent of instructor

BI 437 Neurobiology (4)
Introduction to fundamental concepts in neurobiology. Content includes the anatomy and physiology of neurons, the molecular basis of cell communication, and the emergent properties of nervous systems. Integrated topics include animal behavior, research methods, and drugs used in neurobiology research. Learning will take place using lectures, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, discussions of outside readings and student presentations. Prerequisite: BI 315 and CH 223

BI 441/541 Human Heredity (4)
Basic principles of inheritance, including Mendelian patterns of traits, chromosomal aberrations, sex determination, molecular biology, and genetic diagnostics, as it relates to humans. Designed for human biology minors. Not open for credit to biology majors or biology minors. BI 541 is designed for graduate students in education or related fields. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BI 102 or BI 211, or consent of instructor; MTH 095 with grade of C- or better, or equivalent, highly recommended

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)
A systematic study of invertebrates, with a comparative approach to anatomy, physiology, behavior, life history and evolution. Emphasizes the relatedness of structure and function and focuses on the adaptations of these animals to their environments. Observation of living marine invertebrates is emphasized in the lab. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 212 or consent of instructor

BI 453/553 Marine Vertebrates (4)
Investigates the anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine vertebrates, focusing on challenges unique to the marine environment. Students will compare marine fish, reptiles, birds and mammals in exploration of different topics. Current issues such as over fishing and effects of marine pollutants will also be included. Four lecture hours. Prerequisite: introductory biology sequence (100 or 200 series) or consent of instructor

BI 454/554 Plant Ecology (4)
Focuses on the patterns of distribution and abundance of organisms in space and through time. Explores the underlying causes, both natural and anthropogenic, of these patterns at the population, community and ecosystem levels for a variety of plants and ecosystems. In the lab, students will engage in nearly all phases of ecological research. Emphasis will be placed on learning to effectively communicate ecological concepts in writing to a non-scientific audience. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: BI 211, 212, 213, MTH 111, and WR 135

BI 458/558 Field Biology (3-4)
Systematics, life histories and field methods in selected areas of biology. Lecture, laboratory and field trips to be scheduled. Eligible for the RP grade option. Prerequisite: introductory sequence in biology or consent of instructor

BI 461/561 Conservation Biology (4)
Introduction to the principles and practices of conservation biology. Topics include biodiversity, extinctions, habitat fragmentation, restoration ecology, impacts of invasive species, and sustainability, among others. Particular emphasis will be placed on subjects pertinent to Oregon and temperate regions. Two 80-minute lectures plus three field trips. Prerequisite: introductory biology sequence or consent of instructor

BI 474 Biology of Insects (5)
Focuses on the anatomy, physiology, behavior and life history strategies of insects. Also examines the evolutionary relationships and diversity of this most varied group of animals. A significant portion of the lab period is spent in the field. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 212 or consent of instructor

BI 475 Molecular Biology (4)
Study of molecular biology theory and practice. The study of living systems at the molecular level, especially DNA and RNA, and provides background appropriate for further work in biotechnology, cell biology, diagnostics, genetics, genomics, microbiology, pharmaceuticals, and therapeutics. Emphasis is on the study of model systems and the central role of DNA to understand the current approaches and laboratory techniques necessary to answer basic questions in current molecular biology. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 314, BI 315, and one year of chemistry or consent of instructor

BI 606 Special Individual Studies (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 608 Workshop (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 609 Practicum (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.

BI 624 Human Dissection (2-5)
Advanced study of the gross anatomy of the human body through the dissection of a cadaver. The exact number of credits will be determined by the background of the student and goals agreed upon by the student and instructor. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor

 

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