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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Biological Sciences - 11 courses
BIOL100 Life Science I (Fall and Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This is an introductory course in life science emphasizing scientific inquiry of selected topics. Topics include the scientific method, ecology, animal behavior, and cellular biology. The course is designed for non-science major students and is less theoretical and more practical for this reason. Biological, political, ethical, and social issues will be integrated throughout each topic. Students will be required to read current news articles, participate in class discussions, and be able to think critically about these concepts. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
NotesA lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab.
[ T] IAI: L1 900L

BIOL101 Human Biology (Fall and Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: An introductory course in biology emphasizing scientific inquiry of selected topics using humans as the study organism. Topics include: cellular reproduction, human reproduction, human structure and function, human health, transmission and molecular genetics, and evolution. Biological, political, ethical, and social issues will be integrated throughout each topic. Students will be required to read current news articles, participate in class discussions, and be able to think critically about these concepts. This course is not for biology majors. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
NotesA lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab.
[ T] IAI: L1 904L

BIOL102 Principles of Biology (Fall, Spring, and Summer) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This is a one semester preparatory course for students planning to do further study in science. A wide variety of biological topics will be covered that will introduce students to fundamental concepts of biology including, but not limited to: cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, etc. Class meets 3 lecture hours per week, and 2 lab hours. This class is the first semester in a sequence (including BIOL103) that can be used to transfer as a biology majors introductory course, but will also stand alone as a life science with a lab.
NotesA lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab. This course covers scientific material quickly. Some sections have a computer based component. [ T] IAI: L1 910L BIO 910

BIOL103 Principles of Biology II (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This is the continuation of Principles of Biology I, this course is designed for those individuals pursuing a major in biology. Topics covered will include mechanisms of evolution, diversity of life, basic plant and animal physiology, and ecology. Class meets 3 lecture hours per week, and 2 lab hours. This class is the second semester in a sequence (including BIOL102) that can be used to transfer as a biology majors introductory course.
NotesA lab is required for this course.
[ T] IAI: L1 910L BIO 910

BIOL104 Animals & Society (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Animals and Society is a general course in which the process of scientific inquiry is explored using animals as a model system. The exploration of the animal kingdom will include a discussion on cellular structure/function, homeostasis, evolutionary theory, ecological relationships, reproductive strategies (sexual and asexual), basic heredity principles (DNA, RNA, Mendelian genetics), and a basic introduction to classification within the animal kingdom. An emphasis will be placed on economic, environmental, and symbiotic relationships with a focus on human interactions.
NotesA lab is required for this course.
[ T] IAI: L1 902L

BIOL105 Introduction to Environment (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the interrelationships of humans and the natural world. This coursey will include the scientific, social, ethical, political and economic aspects of environmental problems as we seek to discover solutions. We will examine relationships, concepts and issues centered around the human population, biodiversity, natural resources, land use, agriculture, industrialization,pollution, and sustainable choices.
NotesLocal and national newscasts, newspaper articles, magazine publications and internet news will be part of your required readings. [ T] IAI: L1 905

BIOL133 Field Studies in Biology (Not offered every year) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: A non-major environmental biology course that focuses on the interrelationships between humans and nature. Topics include general ecology, biodiversity, resources, pollution, global change, and environmental ethics. The laboratory component will consist of fieldwork studies, conducted mostly outdoors at various locations around the Vermilion and Champaign County. Bus transportation will be provided from the DACC campus for all labs.
Notes [ T] IAI: L1 905L

BIOL136 Anatomy and Physiology I (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: An introduction to anatomy and physiology with survey of the cell, tissues, introductory chemistry, and methods of transport across membranes. Systemic approach to anatomy and physiology with the skeletal as the first system followed by the muscular and nervous systems. Cadaver utilized for instruction. 3 hours of lecture, 2 and 1/2 hours of laboratory per week.
Notes

BIOL102 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended.

A lab is required for this course.

Anyone taking BIOL136 with BIOL140 during the same semester should be a strong student with good study habits and adequate study time.

Anatomy and physiology is a rigorous class and students will need to allow for sufficient study time. Students may need time outside of class to study in the lab.

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BIOL137 Anatomy and Physiology II (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: A continuation of Part I of Anatomy and Physiology which includes the somatic and special senses; endocrine system; cardiovascular system; lymphatic system; digestive system; nutrition; respiratory system; urinary system; fluid, electrolyte, and pH balance; reproductive system. Human cadaver utilization in lab.
NotesA lab is required for this course. Students may need time outside of class to study in the lab. Anyone taking BIOL137 with BIOL140 during the same semester should be a strong student with good study habits and adequate study time. Students taking the hybrid class should be strong independent learners.
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BIOL140 Microbiology (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Introductory principles of microbiology are explored through lecture, laboratory activities, and assignments. This course will examine the role of microorganisms in the environment and in human health and disease. Microbial structures, metabolism, growth and control, genetics, biotechnology, epidemiology, immunology, antimicrobial agents, and the disease process are presented. Laboratory approach and medical application of material is emphasized.
NotesA lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab. Anyone taking BIOL140 with BIOL136 or BIOL137 during the same semester should be a strong student with good study habits and adequate study time. [ T]

BIOL150 Botany (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This Course is designed around the basic principles of plant biology and the interrelationships of plants, humans and other organisms. In addition to the core principles of plant structure, growth, physiology, reproduction, evolution and genetics; the course will investigate, discuss and conduct experiments about the economic and ecological importance of plants to society. Integrated into the labs and lectures are topics such as medicinal plants, culinary plants, building and construction plants, plants used for bio-mass energy production, aromatic plants and the aesthetic value of plants. Class meets for 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week.
Notes

The selected textbook not only offers extensive information in each chapter that connects Plant Science with our everyday lives, but also includes an extensive set of appendices on scientific names, biological controls, useful and poisonous plants, house plants and home gardening and conversion tables. These will be referenced throughout the course.

A lab is required for this course. Some sections will require a separate lab, while other sections will include the lab. I-clickers are utilized as an instruction tool for this course and required for lecture-dicussion. I-clicker can be purchased at the book store.

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