Courses

BIOL 111 - General Biology I
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to ecology, evolution, and biological diversity. Designed for the nonscience major, this course includes the basic science in each discipline and the relevance of ideas to such important human concerns as global warming, conservation biology, and the occurrence of antibiotic resistance. Laboratories emphasize experimental design and biological diversity. Lectures include case studies and problem-solving activities.
Other: Students may receive credit for only one of the following: BIOL 111 or ENVS 130. BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 may be taken in any order. Offered fall semester.
BIOL 112 - General Biology II
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to cell biology, genetics, and the structure and function of plants and animals. Designed for the non-science major, this course includes the basic science in each discipline and the relevance of these ideas to such important human concerns as the HIV epidemic, genetic engineering, and how disease or environmental factors disrupt the normal functioning of plants and animals. Laboratories emphasize experimental design, anatomy and physiology. Lectures include historical development ideas, case studies and problem-solving activities.
Other: Students may receive credit for only one of the following: BIOL 112 or BIOL 160. BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 may be taken in any order. Offered spring semester.
BIOL 120 - Plant Science
3 Credit Hours

The study of the significance of plants to human life and interrelationships between plants and people. Emphasis on plant variety, structure, and function to aid in growing and enjoying plants in the home and garden. Introduction to important plant products (foods, beverages, spices, medicines, poisons, fibers, lumber). Laboratory and field trips included. Designed for non-majors.
BIOL 151 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4 Credit Hours

A study of the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on cells, tissues, skin and the coordination and control of body movements; skeletal, muscular and nervous systems are covered. Laboratory and lectures. Course is intended for Athletic Training and Nursing majors.
Other: Offered fall semester.
BIOL 152 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 Credit Hours

Continuation of BIOL 151; emphasis is placed upon the interactions of endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems and the maintenance of metabolism and fluid and electrolyte balance of the human body. Laboratory and lectures. Course is intended for Athletic Training and Nursing majors.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 160 - Principles of Biology
4 Credit Hours

A survey of the principles of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, including energetics, reproduction, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Laboratory included.
Other: Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 160 and BIOL 112. Offered fall semester.
BIOL 220 - General Microbiology
4 Credit Hours

Designed for non-majors planning careers in nursing, dental hygiene, nutrition, physical therapy, medical technology, or other allied health fields. Emphasizes medically important microorganisms, their characteristics, identification, pathogenicity, toxigenicity, and control. Other topics include human disease resistance and immunity, epidemiology, and food and water microbiology. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
Other: Pre- or co-requisites: CHEM 106, 108L or 221, 223L. Offered spring semester.
BIOL 250 - Genetics
4 Credit Hours

A study of the principles of inheritance and the nature of the genetic material. Emphasis upon contemporary developments. Training in laboratory procedures, statistical treatment of data, and logical interpretation of scientific research.
Prerequisites: BIOL 160.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 252 - Introduction to Physiology
4 Credit Hours

Study of basic, comparative, and ecological physiology, with an emphasis on animal systems. Lectures and laboratory investigations of thermoregulation, nerve function, osmoregulation, and other physiological processes. Discussion of the historical development of ideas in physiology and of selected topics from current research.
Prerequisites: BIOL 160 and 250 for Biology majors; ENVS 130 for Environmental Science majors.
Other: Offered fall semester.
BIOL 254 - Experimental Biology
4 Credit Hours

Basic principles of experimental design and statistics for biology majors, primarily using higher plants as experimental organisms. Selected topics in plant physiology will be included in lectures, thus complementing BIOL 252 to give students an understanding of the physiology of both animals and plants. Group and individual research proposals, laboratory experiments, and laboratory reports will be an integral part of the course, with emphasis on proper format, statistical analysis, synthesis, use of primary scientific literature, and source documentation.
Prerequisites: BIOL 252.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 310 - Ecology
4 Credit Hours

A study of the relationships of plants and animals to their environment. The concepts of energy flow, ecosystems, communities, and population ecology will be discussed. Assigned readings and discussion of original source materials. Lectures, laboratories and field trips.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254; CHEM 161, 163L.
Other: Offered fall semester.
BIOL 312 - Plant Systematics
4 Credit Hours

An introduction to systematics, diagnosis, identification, and classification of higher plants, with emphasis on local flora and flowering plant families of West Virginia. Lectures, laboratory, independent group research project, and field trips.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254 (or BIOL 120 with permission.)
Other: Offered fall semester.
BIOL 316 - Vertebrate Zoology
4 Credit Hours

A study of the evolution, systematics, adaptations, and natural history of the vertebrates. Lectures, laboratory and field trips.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254.
Other: Offered fall semester, alternate years.
BIOL 320 - Animal Behavior
4 Credit Hours

A study of animal behavior, with an emphasis on the evolution and adaptive value of behavior. Topics include sexual selection and mate choice, parental care, sociality, communication, and the neural and hormonal basis of behavior. Field and laboratory studies of the behavior of diverse animals. Laboratory stresses independent student projects, in which students design, carry out, analyze, and present an experiment in any area within the discipline.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254 or permission of instructor.
Other: Recommended for psychology majors. Offered fall semester, alternate years.
BIOL 330 - Histology
4 Credit Hours

A study of animal tissues including a survey of techniques and laboratory practice in selected procedures.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
BIOL 340 - Comparative Anatomy
4 Credit Hours

A comparative evolutionary study of different vertebrate anatomical systems with emphasis on the dissection of the shark, mudpuppy, and cat.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
BIOL 342 - Survey of Organisms
2 Credit Hours

Laboratory survey of the earth's biota, including the major divisions or phyla of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Emphasis on recognition of these groups, their key characteristics, and adaptations to challenging environmental conditions.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 344 - Evolution
3 Credit Hours

Study of biological evolution at all levels, from genetic change in a population to macroevolutionary patterns. Topics will be drawn from the disciplines of population genetics, cladistics, evolutionary ecology and paleontology. Discussion of current theories concerning adaptation, speciation, extinction, and the origin of life.
Prerequisites: BIOL 250.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 354 - Molecular Cell Biology
3 Credit Hours

A study of the relationship between structure and function at the cellular level. Topics covered include biologically important macromolecules, DNA replication, transcription, translation, respiration, photosynthesis, and recombinant DNA technology.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254, CHEM 222, 224L.
Other: Offered fall semester.
BIOL 355L - Molecular Cell Biology Lab
1 Credit Hours

Laboratory exercises which emphasize the techniques and theories of isolating and characterizing biologically important compounds. Techniques include PCR, spectrophotometry, chromatography, electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and gene cloning.
Other: Co-requisite: BIOL 354 or CHEM 350. Offered fall semester.
BIOL 360 - Principles of Microbiology
4 Credit Hours

Designed for students planning to pursue careers in microbiology, biochemistry, ecology, environmental science, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, etc. Surveys diversity, ecology, cell biology, metabolism, taxonomy, genetics, and pathogenesis. Laboratory stresses aseptic technique, safety, biochemical characterization, slide preparation, microbial isolation and genetic transformation. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254; CHEM 221, 223L.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
BIOL 374 - Immunology
3 Credit Hours

An in-depth study of the mammalian immune system at the cellular and molecular level. The course emphasizes the components of the response (such as antibodies and lymphocytes) and how they work together to prevent infection. A portion of the course will focus on the techniques used by immunologists to gather and analyze data. In addition, the mechanism and treatment of allergy, autoimmunity and inflammation will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior biology or chemistry major.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
BIOL 376 - Forest and Wetland Ecosystems
4 Credit Hours

Nature is the classroom for this examination of community and ecosystem ecology of forests and wetlands in the Appalachian region. In field trips each week and on two Saturdays students will learn to use topographic maps, identify woody species, perform plant surveys, delineate wetlands and measure ecosystem processes. Lecture topics will include tree physiology, community and ecosystem ecology, soils, and wetland structure and function.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254 or ENVS 230.
Other: Offered fall semester, alternate years.
BIOL 379 - Experimental Learning in Biology
1 Credit Hours

A hands-on internship in a biological discipline or a career-related internship in careers closely associated with biology (e.g. medicine). The goal of this course is to foster independent thinking and exploration of career opportunities among Biology majors. Students work with both off-campus and faculty mentors to develop specific learning goals and methods of evaluation for their internship. Completion of this course or Research (BIOL 398/498) with a grade of C (2.0) or better is a requirement for graduation with a Biology major. See your academic advisor to complete the process of enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254.
Other: Offered every semester.
BIOL 398 - Biology Research
1-2 Credit Hours

Independent research in biological science that allows the student to carry out a literature search, design an independent experiment, perfect field and laboratory skills, conduct data analysis and practice scientific communication.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254; CHEM 221, 223L, or permission of instructor.
Other: May be repeated once for credit.
BIOL 497 - Seminar
2 Credit Hours

Oral and written presentations on current research papers from the primary biological literature. Emphasizes perfecting skills in scientific communication. Topic is selected by the students. Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of faculty.
Other: Offered spring semester.
BIOL 498 - Biology Research
1 Credit Hours

Independent research in biological science that allows the student to carry out a literature search, design an independent experiment, perfect field and laboratory skills, conduct data analysis and practice scientific communication.
Prerequisites: BIOL 254; CHEM 221, 223L, or permission of instructor.
Other: May be repeated once for credit.
ENVS 130 - Environmental Science
3 Credit Hours

A study of the relationships between humans and the natural world. Basic principles of biology, population studies, natural resources, food, energy, pollution, environmental ethics, etc. Laboratory included. Designed for non-majors.
Other: Students may not receive credit for both ENVS 130 and BIOL 111.
ENVS 140 - Soil Science
3 Credit Hours

In this course students will examine the importance of soil as a resource for agriculture and forestry including aspects of its conservation and management. The processes of soil development and erosion will be studied. Through hands-on laboratory exercises and field trips, students will investigate the taxonomy and physical and chemical characteristics of soil. This course satisfies the general studies lab science requirement. Laboratory and field trips.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
ENVS 230 - Environmental Analysis
4 Credit Hours

Basic principles of experimental design and statistics, sampling protocols, and techniques for assessing the health and quality of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Early in the course students will actively participate in a scientific study of a small, experimental watershed. Later in the semester students will design and conduct their own research projects in small groups. Laboratory and field trips.
Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 160 or ENVS 130.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
ENVS 330 - Natural Resource Conservation
3 Credit Hours

This course is the first of a year-long sequence that concludes with Ecosystem Management. It is an interdisciplinary, in-depth examination of four scarce resources: water, air, soil, and minerals. Students will integrate information from diverse fields such as political science, economics, ethics, and religion as they strive to understand the issues, interpret case studies, and assess potential solutions to problems.
Prerequisites: ENVS 130.
Other: Offered fall semester, alternate years.
ENVS 370 - Ecosystem Management
3 Credit Hours

In-depth, comparative study of major ecosystem types including marine, aquatic and terrestrial systems. Includes concepts in ecosystem function such as biomass production, nutrient cycling, diversity, stability, resilience and succession and their application in real-life case studies of land and wildlife management. Assigned readings and discussion of primary scientific literature. Lecture/discussion with two Saturday field trips.
Prerequisites: ENVS 330.
Other: Offered spring semester, alternate years.
ENVS 498 - Environmental Research
4 Credit Hours

Students will design, conduct, statistically analyze, and summarize an original research project. Students may choose one of two formats for their project: a hypothesis test using the scientific method or a thesis using social science methodology. In addition, students will write at least two drafts of a research paper summarizing their research project. The class will meet for 3 hours of lecture/discussion per week plus a four-hour lab once per week. Satisfied advanced composition requirement for general studies.
Prerequisites: ENVS 230.
Other: Offered fall semester.