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 112: Principles of Biology II—Diversity of Biological Systems
Goal: To expose the student to the unity and diversity of the living organisms that inhabit the earth. To examine the mechanisms involved in the structures and processes used by living things to accomplish the requirements of continued existence.
Content: The systematic survey of the major groups of organisms from the bacteria to the higher vertebrates. A systems approach to the functioning of living organisms from the cellular to the whole organism levels.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: BIO 103 or BIO 110 or permission of department chair.
Credit: 4 hours.

ESC 150: Principles of Environmental Science
Goal: To appreciate that the Earth and its living systems sustain humankind, and to understand how the agricultural and industrial activities of human societies modify biogeochemical cycles and transform natural ecosystems, often to the detriment of ourselves and other species.
Content: An introduction to environmental sciences, an interdisciplinary field integrating concepts from ecology, chemistry, politics, and economics. The focus is on interactions between people and the environment, with specific topics including: human population growth; fuels and energy; pollution of air, water and soil; human alterations to global biogeochemistry, including global warming and acid rain; and responses of human societies to environmental issues. Laboratory exercises will take place in the lab and in the field.
Taught: Fall.
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/ESC 208: Field Biology
Goal: To practice field techniques and quantitative skills commonly used in outdoor scientific disciplines. To learn to identify the conspicuous plant and animal species of Georgia and consider how they are adapted to their environments.
Content: Students will be introduced to the flora, fauna, and ecosystems of the southeastern United States in this field-intensive course. Emphasis will be on practical aspects of conducting scientific investigation outdoors, namely: taxonomic skills, field identification of plants and animals, use of dichotomous keys, techniques for sampling and describing natural populations and communities, and quantitative skills for analysis of data.
Taught: Fall. Alternate Years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and BIO 112; or ESC 150.
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO/ESC 280: Ecology
Goal: To understand the interrelationships between living organisms and their physical and biological environment. To develop a broad understanding of the field of ecology. To conduct ecological research.
Content: Ecological principles at the level of the individual, population, community, and ecosystem. Specific topics include nutrient cycles, flow of energy in ecosystems, population dynamics, evolutionary ecology, life histories, competition and other community
interactions, succession, and island biogeography. Current topics in anthropogenic global change.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 112.
Credit: 4 hours.

BIO 350: Principles of Evolution
Goal: To understand the mechanisms and results of evolution. To review historic and current controversies in evolutionary studies.  To examine the diversity of approaches, both theoretical and empirical, used in the study of evolution.
Content: The principles of evolution, genetic variation, population genetics, adaptations, natural selection, population structure, speciation, biogeography, phylogeny, coevolution, and macroevolution.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112, and 203, or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

BIO/ESC 360: Conservation Biology
Goal: To understand the reasons why many species are endangered, to examine possible solutions, and to consider the ethical and ecological ramifications of species extinctions. To appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of conservation biology by considering issues ranging from the level of the gene to the scale of the entire biosphere.
Content: Students read, review, and discuss current literature in this speaking-intensive course. Students will conduct both laboratory and field-based studies. Topics include defining diversity, threats to biodiversity, population genetics of rare species, conservation strategies and nature preserves, and legal and ethical issues.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 112.
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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