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Introduction to Biology (BIOL 1100)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course presents biology as a series of fundamental concepts, all focusing on the theme of the unity and diversity of life. It examines four broad topics: genetics (including Mendelian inheritance, mitosis, meiosis and molecular genetics), evolution (Darwin's theory, evidence of evolution and the history of life, including humans), organismal biology (the classification, diversity, and evolutionary history of prokaryotes and eukaryotes), and ecology (energy flow, nutrient cycling, ecosystems and biogeography) and conservation biology. The course includes two hours of laboratory instruction per week.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Nutrition (BIOL 1120)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course considers the nutrients and their functions in the human body, basic nutritional requirements, nutrition tools, and guidelines for making sound food choices and reading food labels. You will learn how to plan a balanced diet and how to evaluate nutrition behaviors using popular nutrition literature. No previous coursework in biology is required. Offered as both an on-campus and Web course. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Human Biology (BIOL 1127)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This one semester course is designed to introduce concepts needed to study the complexity of humans in a biological world. The body systems are investigated and understood in a pattern of wellness. Ecological and genetic topics are also studied. This course is not part of the Nursing Program or replace BIOL 2200 as a prerequisite to BIOL 2224: Anatomy and BIOL 2225: Physiology. This course has an optional lab (BIOL 1128). Completion of both BIOL 1127 and BIOL 1128 are required to count toward MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Human Biology Lab (BIOL 1128)

Credits:  1   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  Laboratory examination of topics covered in BIOL 1127. This one semester laboratory course is designed to introduce concepts in the laboratory setting. Investigative hands-on Lab procedures and simulations are utilized to study the complexity of humans in a biological world. The body systems are investigated and understood in a pattern of wellness. Ecological and genetic topics are also studied. This course is not part of the Nursing Program. Completion of both BIOL 1127 and BIOL 1128 are required to count toward MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

Pre/Co-requisites:

BIOL 1127.

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Environmental Science (BIOL 1136)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is a topical examination of issues related to the increasing human impact on, and exploitation of, the biosphere, focusing on Earth’s ecological systems, resource and energy use and pollution. This course has an optional lab (BIOL 1136). Completion of both BIOL 1136 and BIOL 1137 are required count towards MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC:
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 10
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Environmental Science Lab (BIOL 1137)

Credits:  1   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course is a practical examination of issues raised in BIOL 1136 that are related to the human impact on Earth’s ecological systems; resource and energy use and pollution. It will introduce students to doing outdoor field investigations. Completion of both BIOL 1136 and BIOL 1137 are required count as a MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

Pre/Co-requisites:

BIOL 1136.

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Biology of Women (BIOL 1160)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is designed to give you an opportunity to explore aspects of biology that apply specifically to women. Within the context of body image, this course examines the biological principles, concepts and vocabulary associated with the following topics: the skin; the female reproductive system; menstruation and menopause; pregnancy and fetal development; infertility; genetics and biological sex differentiation. No previous coursework in biology is required. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Biomedical Terminology (BIOL 1190)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course develops a standard base of commonly used Greek and Latin stem words, prefixes and suffixes from which a working technical vocabulary can be constructed for those in nursing, natural sciences, pre-professional fields and other allied health fields.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Human Diseases and Drugs (BIOL 1226)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course uses active-learning and interactive strategies to introduce principles of common human diseases and their pharmaceutical treatments and examine social influences on diseases and treatment. You will predict how genetic and lifestyle choices injure structures to change functions to cause diseases, compare and contrast the most commonly prescribed drugs, and calculate dosages. You will also apply the scientific process by making predictions/forming hypotheses, collecting data to test predictions/hypotheses, and analyzing and communicating results. This course includes a laboratory-like experience.
MnTC:
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Math Placement score of 39 or higher.

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Biology 1 (BIOL 2200)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course examines the major concepts of biology and is designed for students majoring in Biology, Nursing, and other science related fields. You will gain an understanding of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell biology, bioenergetics, reproduction, development, genetics, biotechnology and evolution. This course includes two hours of required lab per week, which must be taken on campus.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

CHEM 1020 or CHEM 1151 or High School Chemistry with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher. It is highly recommended that students have a placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Biology 2 (BIOL 2202)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course presents a series of fundamental concepts in biology, focusing on the theme of the unity and diversity of life. You will examine three broad topics: evolution (Darwin's theory, evidence of evolution and the history of life, including humans), organismal biology (the classification and diversity of life based on morphological and anatomical characteristics, life cycles and the evolutionary history of prokaryotes and eukaryotes), and ecology (components and functioning of ecosystems, bio-geography and conservation). The course includes two hours of laboratory instruction per week.
MnTC:
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 10
Prerequisites:

BIOL 2200.

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Genetics (BIOL 2205)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course presents the principles of genetics at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. You will explore how genetic information is organized, expressed, and inherited. You will also gain an understanding of modern genetic technology and assess its impact on society. This course includes two hours of required lab per week that must be taken on campus.
MnTC:
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

BIOL 2200. BIOL 2202 is strongly recommended.

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Anatomy (BIOL 2224)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course provides an in-depth study of tissues and the anatomy of all human body systems. The course focuses on how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allows them to perform their functions. Pathology of the anatomy may be included, but normal anatomy will be stressed. The required lecture/theory portion of this course may be offered on campus, blended/hybrid, or online. The required lab portion of this course may be offered on campus or online. This course includes two hours of required lab per week.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 2200 and CHEM 1020 or BIOL 2200 and CHEM 1151; or high school chemistry and general biology with grades of "C" (2.0) or above for the full year and must have been taken within the last five years.

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Physiology (BIOL 2225)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course provides an in-depth study of the functioning of most body systems including the muscle, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and endocrine systems. Dysfunctions may be included, but normal physiology will be stressed. The lecture/theory portion of this course is offered BOTH on campus in the classroom and as a Web course. This course includes two hours of required lab per week, which must be taken on campus.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 2224.

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Pathophysiology (BIOL 2226)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides an in-depth study of the chemical, biological and psychological process involved with alterations of health, using systemic and nonsystemic approaches. This course is offered BOTH on campus and as a Web course.
Prerequisites:

BIOL 2225.

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Microbiology (BIOL 2235)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course is an inquiry into the structure, function, and taxonomy of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses. You will learn about normal and pathogenic microorganisms. You will explore disease, epidemiology, and disease-causing properties of microbes. You will also learn about the body’s immunological defenses against pathogens and current medical therapies. You will gain hands-on experience in basic microbiological lab techniques including microscopy and staining, aseptic transfer, and cultivation of bacteria from the environment, food, and water. You will learn to conduct and analyze the results of a variety of biochemical tests, clinical assays, and molecular microbiology techniques. This course includes four hours of required lab per week, which must be taken on campus.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 2200. It is recommended that Biology majors also complete BIOL 2202 and BIOL 2205.

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Ecology (BIOL 2245)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course examines the interactions between living organisms and their physical, chemical, and biological environment. You will explore ecological concepts at the level of organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems across the Earth. Topics include population structure and growth, species interactions, energy flow, nutrient cycling, and succession. You will also learn about contemporary environmental change, evolutionary ecology, and conservation science. You will gain hands-on experience in designing experiments, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of results. This course includes four hours of required lab per week with extensive outdoor components including required field trips.
MnTC:
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 10
Prerequisites:

BIOL 2202.

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Plant Biology (BIOL 2250)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course examines the fundamentals of botany, including structure, function, physiology, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. This course also studies the diversity, evolutionary history and ecology of flowering plants, algae, fungi, bryophytes, lower vascular plants, ferns and gymnosperms. This course includes four hours of required lab per week.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 1100 or BIOL 2200.

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Animal Biology (BIOL 2260)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course compares the ways in which different animal phyla have solved problems of existence including, for example, support, nervous coordination, locomotion, excretion, respiration and reproduction. Additionally, the course provides a basic framework for understanding the origins and relationships of the major groups of animals. This course includes two hours of required lab per week. Performing dissections is required.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 1100 or BIOL 2200.

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Molecular Biology (BIOL 2500)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course will use an applications-based approach to molecular and cellular biology. You will explore the theories needed to understand and use techniques of molecular biology and methods used to establish current theories. The laboratory will expose you extensively to techniques widely used in academic and industry laboratories.
MnTC: Goal 3 Prerequisites:

BIOL 2235.

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