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General Biology I (BIO 1500)

Designed for science majors. Considers molecular and cellular basis of life, energy transformation and metabolism, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution and the origin of life, and introduction to biological organization.

General Biology II (BIO 1510)

Designed for science majors. Surveys biological diversity, examines plant and animal structure, function, and development, considers population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization and animal behavior.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (BIO 2331)

Study of structure and function of the human body. Focus on fundamental concepts of cellular structure, tissues, organs, and systems. Considers structure, function, and terminology of skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous and endocrine systems. Laboratory experiences include demonstrations, microscopic observations, anatomic models, and videos related to topics. (Separate Anatomy and Physiology classes may be accepted)

Human Anatomy and Physiology II  (BIO 2341)

Study of structure and function of the human body. Considers structure, function, and terminology of cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary systems, digestive and reproductive system. Immunology, cellular division, embryological and fetal development, classical genetics and genetic technology considered. Laboratory experiences include demonstrations, microscopic observations, anatomic models, and videos related to topics. (Separate Anatomy and Physiology classes may be accepted)

Microbiology (BIO 2500)

Survey of microorganisms in terms of physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and diversity with emphasis placed on prokaryotes and eukaryotes causing human diseases. Methods of their control including physical, mechanical, chemical, chemotherapeutic, and role of the immune system discussed.

General Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1300/CHEM 130L)

Study of fundamental principles of chemistry emphasizing atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, solutions, stoichiometry, and state of matter. To fulfill laboratory science requirement, students should enroll in related laboratory course.

General Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1310/CHEM 131L)

Emphasis on kinetics, equilibrium concepts, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry and organic chemistry. To fulfill laboratory
science requirement, students should enroll in related laboratory course.

Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2300)

Functional group chemistry of aliphatic compounds covering nomenclature, structural-reactivity, and synthetic reactions. Theoretical concepts, structural bonding, sterochemistry and reaction mechanisms emphasized. Use of various spectrometric techniques for identification of compounds introduced. 

OR Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM 1020)
Structure and properties of representative carbon compounds and applications to everyday life. Nature and metabolism of biochemical compounds and relationship of nucleic acids to protein synthesis.

General Psychology (PSY 1010)

Scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, motivation and emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology and diversity.

Elementary Probability and Statistics I (MATH 1410)

First of a two semester introductory sequence in probability and statistics. Intended for students majoring in liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and education. Includes study of descriptive statistics, relationships in bivariate data using scatter plots, two-way tables, correlation coefficients, and simple linear regression, elementary probability, probability distributions, normal distribution, binomial distribution, sampling concepts, sampling distribution of sample mean, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

Medical Terminology I (MA 1020)

Terminology utilized by health care professionals. Emphasis on correct spelling, definition, and pronunciation. Usage of basic and complex medical terms related to the body as a whole, and to the musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary, female reproductive, male reproductive and cardiovascular systems. Proficient use of medical dictionary is emphasized.

Please Note:

  • A full year of general biology, general chemistry, and anatomy and physiology is required. 
  • All science prerequisites should be designed specifically for science majors.
  • All science courses MUST have an associated lab. 
  • Anatomy and Physiology courses must be HUMAN Anatomy & Physiology.  Some courses may be titled slightly different such as ‘Mammalian Anatomy’ or ‘Vertebrate Anatomy’.  These courses in some cases may be satisfactory, if the student can provide a course description and/or syllabus that clearly states there is a human emphasis.  It is satisfactory if the college divides the A&P I and II into one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology.

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