Course Descriptions

WIS 102: Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience II
Goal: To provide students with an understanding of the nature and value of a Wesleyan education; to provide students with the skills and strategies needed to be successful in college; to expose students to juxtaposed disciplinary methods and to have students be part of an academic community committed to the free and open exchange of ideas; to ask students to reflect critically on their beliefs and frames of reference; and to help students discover and explore their talents and passions through study, work, and service.  Content: Problems and issues relating to where women are going and what women can give back in terms of their careers and their service to the larger community.
Taught: Spring.
Category: General Education
Credit: 3 hours; see General Education section of this Catalogue for regulations governing enrollment in WIS 102.

BIO 103: Human Biology
Goal: To familiarize the student with the practice and issues of applying the scientific method and modern biological techniques to the study of the human condition.
Content: An exploration of the biological approaches to the study of the human species, human populations, and the human body.  The first part of the course examines cell theory, Mendelian and molecular genetics, population biology, ecology, evolution, and modern advances in biotechnology. These serve as contexts in which to evaluate applications of the scientific method to understanding human existence and our interactions with the natural world as individuals and societies. The second part of the course focuses inward on functions of the human body, including nutrition, maintenance of the internal environment, neural and endocrine control, immune responses, circulation, respiration, reproduction, development, and aging. Laboratories involve data collection and analysis of experiments directly related to human biology, using both classic and modern technological approaches, computers, biochemical and physiological test equipment, simulations, and a personal nutrition study. Taken together with BIO 215 Functional Human Anatomy, this course fulfills the content of a two semester sequence in Human Anatomy and Physiology at the introductory to intermediate level.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring how the natural world functions; (SM)
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 110: Principles of Biology I—Biological Processes
Goal: To expose the student to the underlying principles of biology, including the requirements of living systems, the interaction of life with the physical world which supports it, and the molecular basis that unifies all living things.
Content: The principles of evolution, ecology, and genetics. An introduction to the biomolecules that comprise all living things. An introduction to the cellular basis of life.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisites: None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring how the natural world functions; (SM)
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 203: Research Methods in the Biological Sciences
Goal: To learn basic methods and techniques of research in the natural sciences, especially biology and chemistry. To become proficient in the conduct of science and presentation of scientific information. To explore practical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of science.
Content: A “hands-on” introduction to all aspects of the scientific method and scientific research. Students conduct experimental practicums and self-designed research projects, including initial formulation of hypotheses, experimental design and instrumentation, data
analysis, and preparation of results for presentation. Students prepare critical reviews of published papers, formal written research
reports, and presentations of original research designs and results in written, graphical, and oral formats.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112; CHM 101.
Gen. Ed. Category: Developing; Speaking Competency; (SM)
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 245: Microbiology
Goal: To survey the general characteristics of microorganisms, including morphology, classification, and ecology. To practice sterile techniques and procedures for identifying and culturing microorganisms.
Content: An introduction to the structure, physiology, and reproduction of bacteria, viruses, and fungi; disease effects and control of pathogenic microorganisms; and principles of immunology.
Taught: Spring. . Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 112.
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 265: Immunology
Goal: To introduce students to the fundamental principles underlying the formation and function of the mammalian immune system.
Content: This course focuses on differences in innate versus acquired immunity, antigen/antibody interactions, B and T cell activation, genes and genetic rearrangements involved in the development of lymphocytes and mechanisms underlying immune disorders.
Taught: Spring, Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 112

Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 311: Genetics

Goal: To explore the principles involved in the inheritance of characteristics from generation to generation, from the molecular basis of heredity through the population as a unit of evolution.
Content: Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Biomedical applications of new, genetically based technologies.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112, and 203.
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 318: Biochemistry
Goal: To survey the structure, function, and metabolism of the basic classes of organic molecules. To interrelate the various metabolic pathways into a unified concept of metabolism at the organismal level.
Content: Protein, carbohydrate, lipid and nucleic acid structure and synthesis. The metabolic pathways in which these four classes of molecules participate.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112 and CHM 101, 102, 221.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed CHM 318.

BIO 320: Molecular Cell Biology
Goal: To introduce modern cell biology with an emphasis on the molecular structure, function, and regulation of proteins involved in fundamental metabolic processes including protein transport, cell signaling, cell attachment, and cell proliferation.
Content: Definition of cell structures, regulation of activities by membranes, derivation of energy from the environment, mechanisms of biosynthesis for growth and repair, transmission of genetic information, and strategies for cell recognition.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112, and 203.
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 440: Senior Integrative Exercise in Biology
Goal: To provide a capstone integrative experience for senior biology majors.
Content: With faculty guidance, students will work individually to research a focused topic integrating biological concepts and methods with those of another academic discipline. Students will work collaboratively in a small group to organize oral presentations
incorporating individual topics into a broader theme, question, or problem. Students will make their presentations at the end of the semester to students and faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: Declared major in biology and the completion of at least 19 semester hours in biology including BIO 110, BIO 112, and BIO 203.
Credit: 2 hours.


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