Biology

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

BIOL0201N: Co-Requisite Workshop for Anatomy & Physiology I

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students identified as needing more support with understanding fundamental concepts found in biology and chemistry courses, the opportunity to have guided review of concepts in light of the current A&P course material. This Co-Requisite Workshop runs concurrently with the course to increase student understanding and ability to processes the science behind these complex physiological functions. The first day of class, students are required to take an entrance exam to determine if they would benefit from this extra two hours of support.

BIOL101N: Germs 101

This General Education science course introduces students to the fascinating, invisible. Microbial world we live in. Through a variety of hands-on projects, students will garner understanding of the importance of Microbes to life on Earth. Students will learn to see microbes as organisms, both harmful and beneficial. This course does not meet the requirements of Microbiology for the Nursing Program nor for Biology majors.

BIOL105N: Biology in Focus: Cellular Basis of Life

Scientific study of living things: Their fundamental processes, their unity and diversity, and connections to everyday lives. Areas of inquiry include cellular organization, metabolism and respiration, photosynthesis, and genetics from classic Mendelism to current biotechnologies. A minimum of 12 laboratory exercises support lecture topics and are designed to develop scientific inquiry and critical thinking.This course is equivalent to a college-paced Advanced Placement Biology course

BIOL106N: Biology in Focus: Exploring Biodiversity

This course provides students the opportunity to develop critical thinking utilizing current ecological topics. An integrated lecture-lab experience that introduces the basic principles of evolution, biological diversity of living things, population and community ecology, and conservation biology. This course is equivalent to a college-paced Advanced Placement Biology course. This course is equivalent to a college-paced Advanced Placement Biology course. Not a Biology Majors course.

BIOL107N: Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular

This course introduces topics in more depth than BIOL105N, faster pace, higher expectation of application through projected-based learning environment to implement new methodology and critical thinking in and out of the laboratory. Topics covered include the chemical and physical basis of life, biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics with emphasis on replication, transcription, expression, structure as it links to function at cellular, individual, population, and community levels of organization and evolution. This course is designed for students pursuing careers in biological sciences, biotechnology or areas related to medicine, biomedical research.

BIOL108N: Principles of Biology: Diversity, Evolution and Ecosystems

This biology majors course introduces topics in more depth than BIOL106N, faster pace, and is an integrated lecture-lab experience that introduces the basic scientific principles of evolution; biological diversity of living things; population and community ecology; and conservation biology. This course provides students the opportunity to develop critical thinking utilizing current ecological topics and project-based laboratory experiences.

BIOL111N: Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology

An introductory course centering on the structure and function of the human body with a concentration on normal anatomy with emphasis on system functions and interrelations between systems. This course is for the beginning student. A series of laboratory experiences are included to provide practical support for concepts presented in lecture.

BIOL115N: Nutrition

This survey course covers basic facts and principles of nutrition. The course is designed for anyone interested in nutrition and how it relates to overall health and wellness. The course examines what role the nutrients serve in the body, their sources, and how the body absorbs and utilizes them. Other topics covered include energy balance, weight management, fitness, and nutrition throughout the life cycle.

BIOL201N: Anatomy & Physiology I

Proof of successful completion with a C+ or higher and taken within five years of the first nursing course. Anatomy and Physiology I and Intro to Psychology, must be submitted by the nursing application deadline date.

This course focuses on the chemical and molecular organization of the human body and the complementarity of structure and physiological functions. Topics from chemistry of life to organ systems including integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous are included with emphasis on physiology. Hands-on classroom and laboratory experiences augment lecture topics and including cytology, histology, physiological experimentation, study of human anatomical models, and dissection of appropriate specimens.

BIOL202N: Anatomy & Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL201N that focuses on understanding how the biochemistry of each system affects the function of the whole organism. Systems covered in this course include endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive. Other topics pertinent to overall homeostasis and survival, including: imbalances, nutrition, metabolism, acid/base and fluid/electrolyte balance and genetics. Hands on experiences and laboratories designed to augment learning, include cytology, histology, physiological experimentation both wet lab and computer-assisted, study of human anatomical models, and dissection of appropriate specimens. May provide independent research option.

BIOL205N: Pathophysiology

This pathophysiology course will discuss many current health issues at the depth of the cell. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the various cellular mechanisms by which human diseases develop which includes autoimmunity, infection, a survey of common disorders involving each of the major body systems. Students should have a solid background in cell biology before taking this course. This course fulfills an Advanced Biology Topic for Biology majors.

BIOL207N: Immunology

This upper level introductory Immunology course will discuss many current health immunology-related issues at the depth of the cellular mechanisms. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the various cellular mechanisms by which human/murine models have developed to provide normal protection; includes a survey of disorders including infections, autoimmunity and developing carcinomas. This course fulfills the Advanced Biology Topic for Biology majors.

BIOL210N: Medical Microbiology

This course introduces the principles and practices of medical microbiology intended nursing students. Topics include: the nature and behavior of microorganisms; principles of growth and reproduction of microorganisms; identification of microorganisms using staining, pure culture, biochemical and antigenic techniques; and the epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis and control measures for microbial diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and helminthes. Students are required to complete an organism identification project.

BIOL215N: Microbiology

This is a comprehensive study of the principles of microbiology. A brief survey of the history of the science and evolutionary taxonomy is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences among microbes, their metabolism, genetics, and their relationships as pathogens or probiotics to humans and activity in the environment. Also covered are molecular biology technologies, including genetic engineering, gene therapy, PCR genomics, and cloning. Laboratory study accompanies this course requiring successful completion of topic supportive exercises and of completing an unknown project where a mixed culture is given to each student for isolation and identification as partial requirement of the course. This course fulfills Biology major requirements.

BIOL220N: Ecology

The course covers factors that influence the distribution of organisms; populations and species interactions, such competition and predation; communities, their structure, dynamics, and the flow of energy; and ecosystems, their structure and dynamics, and particularly the effects of changing climate. Also covered are the role of evolution and human impact, including effects of harvesting, pesticides, invasive species, and restoration ecology. This one-semester course is geared toward preparing students for upper division courses in biology and related fields. Laboratory investigation will involve some field-study techniques and support topics discussed in class.

BIOL230N: Genetics

UNH Transfer Preference 

This course covers chemical structure of genetic material, Mendelism, gene recombination, and chromosome mapping, mutation, gene expression and regulation, and recombinant DNA. Quantitative inheritance and population genetics utilizing bioinformatics for class project. Laboratory: Hands-on experience with some of the important organisms used for research in genetics (Drosophila, E coli, yeast, C. elegans, and plants). Investigation of fundamental genetic concepts in the laboratory, experience with transmission and molecular genetic techniques, introduction to bioinformatics, and analysis and interpretation of data.

BIOL260N: Scientific Inquiry&Techniques

This methods course is designed to develop scientific inquiry and physical laboratory skills to ensure students are ready for their Science Capstone Experience. The course is taught in three project based research modules so that students will develop the proficiencies needed in several science topics and techniques in molecular biology, bioengineering, bacteriology, biochemistry, etc. This course fulfills the needs of many disciplines within the sciences, teaching students general library literacy in finding and interpreting peer reviewed scientific journals that can be applied to making summaries and predictions regarding the topic of interest. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast merits of various techniques and analyses methods. In the laboratory, students will reinforce and enhance their knowledge with hands-on experience with these new techniques learning and following all appropriate safety procedures (Good Laboratory Practices).

BIOL270N: Advanced Topics in Biology

UNH Transfer Preference 

BIOL205N, BIOL207N and BIOL202N will satisfy this requirement

Advanced Topics in Biology will rotate through different upper-level science courses per semester, and may include endocrinology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, or other topics. This course is designed to increase students' scientific knowledge, hone organizational techniques, advance analytical reasoning and enhance critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to apply basic theories and skills learned in their previous science courses to collect data from scientific databases, assess quality of the cited research, and design analytic rubrics while learning the more in-depth language and content of an upper-level course. In addition to classroom instruction, students will work individually under the supervising faculty member to synthesize information from various current sources with their theoretical knowledge into a final project paper. Laboratory experiences may be added to increase student understanding of the scientific techniques being used in current literature. Students may be asked to present their research to the college community. Laboratory: Any laboratory experience will be project-based and not research based. Emphasis will be on development of technical skills, understanding results from new techniques and applying previous knowledge to problem-solving.

BIOL280N: Science Capstone Experience

This course is designed to develop students' critical thinking, design, and organizational skills that will result in formulating plausible research proposals. Students will have the opportunity to apply basic theories and skills learned in their fundamental science courses to design test of principle experiments, to develop skills in data collection, use of databases, designing analytic rubrics that will result in a logical written research proposal that students can take to their transferring university or college and present to a collegiate body. Students will work, as individuals or in small groups, under supervising faculty member to apply their knowledge of the laboratory experience in a research environment and in synthesizing and evaluating the developing research proposals. Laboratory: The laboratory work includes applying new techniques to their individual or group research questions. Research laboratory will have a formal technique portion, followed by individualized and closely guided open labs. Emphasis will be on development of technical skills, reasoning, laboratory safety and proposal development.