Undergraduate Course Descriptions


101 Special Topics (Variable) This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

102 Introduction to Biological Sciences (1 Credit) An introduction to the study of biology at Missouri S&T . Students will consider personal and professional opportunities within the various areas of biology and and become acquainted with the Biological Sciences faculty and departmental and campus facilities. (Required of Biological Sciences majors).

110 General Biology (3 Credit) A comprehensive study of the general principles of the biology of plants, animals, and protists including population biology and regulation mechanisms. This course is for Non-Biological Sciences majors.

111 Principles of Biology (3 Credit)A comprehensive study of the general principles of biology of plants, animals, and protists including population biology and regulation mechanisms. An in-depth study of the fundamental principles governing all living organisms from the molecular to the population level. This course is required for all Biological Sciences majors. Cannot also receive credit for Bio 110.

112 General Biology Lab (2 credit) The laboratory work accompanying general biology consists of experiments designed to supplement and extend lectures in 110/111.(Preceded or accompanied by Bio 110/111)

113 Biodiversity (3 Credit) This course provides a survey of all life, but emphasizes diversity of eukaryotes including protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Emphasis is on form, function, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals and other organisms.

114 Biodiversity Lab (3 Credit) This lab course is designed to accompany instruction in the Biodiversity class. Lab and field explorations of the varieties of life, with an emphasis is on form, function, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals and other organisms. Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by Biodiversity (Bio Sci 113)

121 Microbes and Man (3 Credit) An introduction to the study of microorganisms in nature, especially as they affect humans. Consideration of the involvement of microorganisms in disease, decomposition, nutrition, agriculture, food processing and preservation, industrial applications and waste treatment.

150 Biotechnology in Film (3 Credit) Popular films that use biology-based plots influence society by disseminating facts and providing misinformation. Popular movies serve as the basis for discussing the biotechnology behind popular movie plots and examining the relationship between public perceptions and biotechnology. 

151 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3 Credit) An introduction to environmental science, with an emphasis on biological aspects of current environmental problems. Topics range from chemical toxicity to global climate change. Environmental challenges facing local species and ecosystems will be emphasized.

201 Special Topics (Variable) This course is designed to give the department an oppurtunity to test a new course.

211 Cellular Biology (3 Credit) Study of the structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Emphasis on macromolecules, metabolic pathways, and subcelllular organelles.

212 Cellular Biology Lab (1 credit) Basic methods used in the analysis of cell function: microscopy, enzymology, genetics analysis.(Accompanied by Bio 211)

218 Plant Biology (3 Credit) A survey course covering the cellular structures unique to plants, their bizarre life cycles, and the mechanisms they use to survive, reproduce, and convert solar energy into a form usable by all organisms. (Prerequisite: Bio 111)

221 Microbiology (3 Credit) General introduction to the culture and study of microorganisms, their physiology, structure, and contribution to biology. (Prerequisite: Bio 211)

222 Microbiology Lab (2 credit) General introduction to the techniques used for the culture and identification of microorganisms, their physiology, structure, and contribution to biology (Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by Bio Sci 221

231 General Genetics (3 Credit) The study of the principles of heredity and reasons for variation in plants and animals. A study of Mendelian principles and population genetics with emphasis on the human.

235 Evolution (3 Credit) A survey of the genetic and environmental mechanisms associated with organic evolution.

241 Human Anatomy (5 Credit) Stidy of the gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy of the human organ systems. Laboratory work includes dissection of the cat. (Prerequisite: Bio 111)

242 Human Physiology (3 Credit) Study of the function of the organ systems of the human body with emphasis on organ systems interactions (Prerequisite: Bio 110/111 or 211)

243 Human Physiology Laboratory (2 Credit) Laboratory activities and demonstrations of basic physiology of human organ systems (Prerequisite: Accompanied or preceded by Bio 242)

251 Ecology (3 Credit) Relationships among living organisms and their environments. The structure and function of ecosystems, with emphasis on limiting environmental factors, symbiotic relationships, biogeochemical cycles, food chain relationships, population dynamics, and man in the environment.

300 Special Problems (Variable) Problems or reading on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of the instructor is required.

301 Special Topics (Variable) This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

310 Seminar (1 Credit) Presentation of a scientific paper concerned with current topics in biological sciences. (Prerequisite: Senior standing)

311 Bioinformatics (3 Credit) The course will familiarize students with the application of computational methods to biology, as viewed from both perspectives. It will introduce problems in molecular, structural, morphological, and biodiversity informatics, and will discuss principles, algorithms, and software to address them. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. (Co-listed with Comp Sci 311)

315 Developmental Biology (3 Credit) Study of the patterns of development of the vertebrate embryo, the molecular mechanisms of tissue induction, and interactions among developing tissues. Prerequisites: Bio 115 and Bio 211.

321 Pathogenic Microbiology (3 Credit) A study of medically important microorganisms. Students will learn about the properties that enable organisms to cause disease as well as the disease process within the host. Special emphasis will be placed on recent advances in the molecular genetics of host pathogen interaction. (Prerequisite: Bio 221)

325 Microbiology in Bioengineering (3 Credit) General introduction to prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses. Consideration of various parameters affecting growth, basic techniques of culture, and industrial applications of microorganisms. (Prerequisite: Bio 221)

328 Nutritional And Medicinal Properties Of Plants (3 Credit) A survey of the biochemical and physiological functions of mineral elements, vitamins, and other organic compounds from plants necessary in human nutrition; and an overview of the medicinal derivatives of various plants, their effects and uses. Prerequisites: Bio Sci 110 or Bio Sci 111; and Bio Sci 211.

331 Molecular Genetics (3 Credit) A study of the properties and functions of DNA that makes this macromolecule unique in the universe. Examples of replication, transcription, translation, repair, and regulation will be examined in viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes. (Prerequisite: Bio 211 and 231)

332 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2 Credit) This course provides experience in the use of a variety of DNA manipulation techniques that are common to molecular studies. These include DNA extraction, restriction mapping, Southern blotting, recombinant plasmid construction, DNA sequencing and anaylsis, and polymerase chain reaction. (Preceded or accompanied by Bio 331)

340 Biomaterials I (3 Credit) This course will introduce senior undergraduates to a broad array of topics in biomaterials, including ceramic, metallic, and polymeric biomaterials for in vivo use, basic concepts related to cells and tissues, host reactions to biomaterials, biomaterials-tissue compatiblity, and degradation of biomaterials. (Prerequisite: Senior standing)

341 Tissue Engineering I (3 Credit) The course will introduce senior undergraduate students to the principles and clinical applications of tissue engineering including the use of biomaterials scaffolds, living cells and signaling factors to develop implantable parts for the restoration, maintenance, or replacement of biological tissues and organs. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Co-listed with MS&E 341)

342 Exercise Physiology (3 Credit) Covers cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic responses to aerobic and anaerobic muscular activities, work capacities, nutritional factors in performance, and role of execise in health. (Prerequisite: Bio 111)

345 Comparative Chordate Anatomy (4 Credit) An integrated, comparative study of chordate structures and systems, with emphasis on evolution, development and function. Includes examination of gross anatomy and histology of selected forms. Prerequisites: Bio Sci 110 or 111, and Bio Sci 115 and 116.

352 Biological Effects of Radiation (3 Credit) Introduction to the biological effects of ionizing radiation including mode of induction of mutations, effects of the developing fetus and scientific tissues plus therapeutic applications of various types of radiation. (Prerequisite: Bio 111)

354 Freshwater Ecology (3 Credit) The ecology of streams, lakes, and wetlands. Through the physical and chemical characteristics of freshwater environments, the diversity of life in freshwaters, biogeochemical processes, and threats to freshwater systems. Assignments will include problem sets, short papers, and a group presentation. (Prerequisite: Bio 251)

370 Toxicology (3 Credit) A study of natural and man-made toxicants, various possible routes of exposure, absorption, distribution, biotransformation, specific target sites, and mechanisms involved in elicitation of toxic effects, as well as detoxification and excretion. (Prerequisite: Bio 115 and Bio 211)

381 Immunology (3 Credit) A study of the principles of immunology, including biological and biochemical aspects of the immune response, immuno-chemistry, serology, immunoglobulin and T-cell mediated allergies, tumor and transplant immunology, autoimmune diseases, and the role of immunity in host defense. (Prerequisite: Bio 211and Chem 223)

390 Undergraduate Research (Variable) Designed for the undergraduate student who wishes to engage in research. Not for graduate credit. Not more than six hours for graduation credit. Subject and credit to be arranged with the instructor. (Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor)

391 General Virology (3 Credit) An overview of the field of virology, including plant, animal, and bacterial viruses. Discussions will include morphology, classification, virus-host interactions, genetics, clinical and industrial aspects of viruses, and viruses as model systems for basic biological studies. (Prerequisite: Bio 111, 211, 221)