Program Details

Admission

Applicants to the Biology major must have:

  1. One semester (12 credits minimum) of coursework at Presentation College or another accredited institution.
  2. A cumulative GPA at the time of admission into the Biology major of at least 2.50 (on a minimum of 12 credits).
  3. Successful completion of BI153/BL151 or its equivalent for 4 credits with a grade of “C” or better AND must have successfully completed BI173/BL171 or its equivalent for 4 credits with a grade of “C” or better.

Progression

Continuation in the major requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.  Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 will be placed in pre-program status until the minimum cumulative GPA is obtained.

Graduation

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is granted by Presentation College to those candidates who have completed the 120-credit requirement as described in the curriculum plan and who have met all degree requirements of Presentation College. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to graduate from the program.

The Associate of Science degree in Biology is granted by Presentation College to those candidates who have completed the 60-credit requirement as described in the curriculum plan and who have met all degree requirements of Presentation College. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to graduate from the program.

Course Descriptions

BI100 Variable Topics in Biology

1-5 credits

In this course, students have the opportunity to investigate in depth an aspect of biological science or study material which is not usually covered in the regular biology courses.

BI115/BL115 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology/Human Biology

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

This one-semester combined anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of human anatomy and physiology designed to introduce students to each of the systems of the human body and familiarize students with the medical terminology associated with each system. Emphasis is on structure and function of the systems and the relationship of the body structures (anatomy) to their function (physiology). This course is specifically designed for students not progressing on to advanced learning in human anatomy and physiology. (Foundational Science course)

BI153/BL151 General Biology I

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

This course introduces the student to basic biological concepts including evolution and other origin of life theories, biochemical fundamentals, cell biology, photosynthesis, plant physiology, and molecular genetics. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab weekly. (Foundational Science course)

BI162 Medical Terminology

2 credits

This course is the study of the meaning, derivation, and usage of medical terminology. This course is designed to help the students achieve a mastery of the medical terminology essential to its understanding and use in health fields and in medical records. 2 hours lecture.

BI163/BL161 General Biology II

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

As a continuation of General Biology I, this course introduces the student to concepts in the fields of biotechnology, cell reproduction, genetics, animal physiology, and ecology. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab weekly. Prerequisite: BI153/BL151.

BI173/BL171 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

This course is designed to give the student a knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The lectures concentrate on the physiological principles and the labs involve an exploration of the human anatomy with the use of cadavers. The course will look specifically at the musculoskeletal systems such as skin, bone, muscle, and nervous systems. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab. (Foundational Science course)

BI183/BL181 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

A continuation of BI173/BL171, this course is designed to give the student knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The lectures concentrate on the physiological principles and the labs involve an exploration of the human anatomy with the use of cadavers. The course will look specifically at the internal organ systems such as the digestive, urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and other internal systems. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab. Prerequisite: BI173/BL171 or instructor permission.

BI200 Variable Topics in Biology

1-5 credits

In this course, students have the opportunity to investigate in depth an aspect of biological science or study material which is not usually covered in the regular biology courses.

BI263/BL263 Introduction to Medical Microbiology

3 credits lecture/1 credit lab

This course is a study of microbial structure and function, host defense mechanisms, and specific pathogenic agents with their associated diseases. It includes a study of the basic principles and laboratory skills in bacteriology, immunology, mycology, and parasitology. The lab may only be taken if previously or concurrently enrolled in the lecture section. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab. (Foundational Science course)

BI294/BL294 Diagnostic Microbiology

4 credits lecture/0 credit lab

This course is a comprehensive study of the morphology, physiology and classifications of the bacteria pathogenic to humans. The course will also include anaerobic bacteria, parasites and fungi associated with diseases of humans. Techniques of isolation, cultivation, identification, sensitivity testing, sterilization, disinfection and quality control are taught. Emphasis will be put on identification of unknown pathogenic organisms. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. Prerequisite: BI263/BL263.

BI300 Variable Topics in Biology

1-4 credits

In this course students have the opportunity to investigate in depth an aspect of biological science or study material which is not usually covered in the regular biology courses.

BI300H The Biology of Human Behavior

3 credits

The study of the anatomy and physiology of nervous tissue and the nerve impulse, hormonal effect on the nervous system, brain pathologies and addictions, the biology of wakefulness, sleep, learning and memory. 3 hours lecture and/or discussion weekly. Prerequisite: 100-level college biology. (PS133 or PS153 is recommended)

BI303 Genetics

3 credits

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of genetics with an understanding of the structure, function, and transmission of genes, the interactions both among genes and between genes and the environment, and the role of genetic factors in health and disease. The course will examine classic (Mendelian) genetics, cytogenetics, molecular and clinical genetics with an emphasis on the genetics of human traits and heritable diseases. Prerequisite: BI153/BL151 and BI163/BL161, or instructor permission.

BI313 Plant Systematics

3 credits

The study of the diversity, classification, and evolutionary history of various types of plants. This course will introduce the principles of plant identification, nomenclature, classification, speciation, adaptation, biogeography, specimen collection and preservation, and current systematic methodologies. Prerequisite: BI153/BL151, BI163/BL161.

BI320 Animal Systematics

3 credits

An investigation of the animal kingdom focusing on biological diversity, ecology and evolutionary relationships, systematics, reproductive patterns, and the principles of functional anatomy and function. Develop a basic understanding of methods for constructing phylogenies for comparing phenotypes, and for analyzing diversity.

BI323 Aspects of Human Disease

3 credits

This course is a study of the physiology of disease with an organ-system approach. Prerequisite: 8 credits of college biological sciences to include BI263/BL263.

BI343/HW373 Exercise Physiology

3 credits

A study of the physiologic responses and adaptations to exposure to exercise and training. Concepts learned will include the physiologic effects of muscular activity under different intensities, durations, and environments on the human organism. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisite: BI173/BL171 and HW3082 (or concurrent), or instructor permission.

BI373 Immunology

3 credits

A comprehensive study of the human immune system. Anatomy and physiology of the system will be reviewed. The course will also include gene expression, immune system activation, the different types of immunity, tolerance, cancer, autoimmunity and immune deficiencies. Prerequisite: BI173, BI183 and BI263.

BI393/HW393 Kinesiology

3 credits

The study of anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of motion, body movements, muscular action and joint mechanics in response to human movement. Study will include application to how human motion is created and maintained. The concepts learned will include principles of anatomical and biomechanical analysis. Prerequisite: BI173/BL171.

BI400 Biology Research and Seminar

3 credits

In a seminar format, students will focus on critical issues in biology and current research in the field. Students will engage in reading, research, discussion, and presentation to the seminar cohort. The objective is to guide students to integrate academic preparation in biology to their professional lives, further developing lifelong learning skills and a perspective of intellectual curiosity. 3 hours seminar. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Biology.

BI423 Epidemiology

3 credits

The study of epidemiology concepts and methods specifically related to health care. The course is designed to help students evaluate the validity of epidemiological studies. Students will review data on major causes of morbidity and mortality through the life cycle, applications of epidemiology in clinical practice, care management and public health administration. Prerequisite: MA243.

BI453 Internship

1-3 credits

Students will integrate theoretical knowledge from academic work with practical experience in their areas of concentration. This is accomplished by supervised work in a biology setting. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in Biology and Biology Program Director permission.