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Biology Minor

Biology
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 32
Biology has long been recognized as basic to such important areas as environment, agriculture, and medicine.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Biology Minor Courses (19 cr)
General Biology I
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or BIOL 1013 - General Biology I for Science and Engineering majors [NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
General Biology II and Genetics
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 2201 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
Cell Biology
BIOL 2110 - Cell and Molecular Biology (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 3100 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
Ecology
BIOL 2410 - Ecology and Evolution (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 2801 - General Ecology (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 3401 - Evolution [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Requirements (3 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 3xxx
· BIOL 4xxx
· BIOL 5xxx
Chemistry (10 cr)
Introduction to Organic and Biological Chem I and II
CHEM 1113 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1114 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
or Chemistry I and II with labs
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
 
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BIOL 1011 - General Biology I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02401 - BIOL 1011/BIOL 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformations, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, molecular biology, DNA technology, development, origin of life, and evolution. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: 1 yr high school Chem or 1 semester college Chem, Math ACT 21 or higher or MATH 1005 or higher; credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 1013
BIOL 1013 - General Biology I for Science and Engineering majors (NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02401 - BIOL 1011/BIOL 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Core biological concepts, from biomolecules, cell structure and function, genetics and the central dogma within the context of cell theory of evolution. Students will gain an understanding of biological research by completing inquiry-based laboratory exercises, problem solving, analysis of experimental data, weekly writing assignments and application of concepts to current world problems. For Swenson College of Science and Engineering majors only. pre-req: SCSE major, one year High School Chemistry, Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in MATH 1005. Credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 1011.
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including classification and diversity of life, anatomy, physiology, and development of prokaryotes, protistans, fungi, animals, and plants; behavior; population, community, and ecosystem ecology. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: A grade of C- or better in 1011
BIOL 2201 - Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: A grade of C- or better in both 1011 and 1012, CHEM 1114 or CHEM 1155 or CHEM 1175; may be taken without lab BIOL 2202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic principles of Mendelian inheritance, molecular genetics, chromosomal aberrations, and population genetics. (3 hrs lect) prereq: A grade of C- or better in both 1011 and 1012, CHEM 1114 or CHEM 1155 or CHEM 1175; may be taken without lab BIOL 2202
BIOL 2110 - Cell and Molecular Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to the basic principles of the structure and function of cells including protein and nucleic acids, and the molecular basis of gene expression including transcription, translation and regulation in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. pre-req: BIOL 2201 with a grade of C- or better; credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 2101 or 3100.
BIOL 3100 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics include membranes and membrane trafficking, cytoskeleton, signal transduction, cell cycle regulation and experimental methods used in cell studies. Examples will come from all phyla of life. (3 hrs lect) pre-req: A grade of C- or better in BIOL 1011 or 1013, 2201, CHEM 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; may be taken without lab BIOL 2102; credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 2101
BIOL 2410 - Ecology and Evolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to Darwinian biology and the complexity and connections of life. Topics include: genes in populations; natural selection, molecular and macroevolution, foundation ecological principles, ecological interactions, population and community ecology. pre-req: BIOL 2201 with a grade of C- or better; credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 3802 or 4801 or 4802
BIOL 2801 - General Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Relationships between life and environment for individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems; surveys of environmental factors and biomes. May be taken without lab 2802. (3 hrs lect) prereq: A grade of C- or better in both 1011 and 1012; may be taken without lab BIOL 2802
BIOL 3401 - Evolution (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Origin, history, opposition, and evidence supporting evolutionary ideas. Basic concepts: origin of life, phylogeny, biological history, mechanisms of evolutionary change, population genetics, speciation, tempo of evolution, macroevolution, extinction, biogeography, evolution of social systems, altruism. (3 hours lecture) prereq: A grade of C- or better in all of the following Biology courses 1011, 1012, 2201 or IBS Grad student; credit will not be granted if already received for 3802, 4801 or 4802
CHEM 1113 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Chemical principles and their applications: atomic and molecular structure, solutions, acids, bases, salts, equilibria. prereq: ACT of 21 or higher or MATH 1005; for students terminating study of chem with no more than 10 cr; credit will not be granted if already received for 1151, 1153/1154, 1161, 1173/74 or 2172
CHEM 1114 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Chemical principles and their applications: physical and chemical properties of organic compounds, organic chemistry of living systems; carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, and metabolic pathways. prereq: 1113
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02278 - CHEM 1173/CHEM 1153/CHEM 1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The companion laboratory, CHEM 1154, should be taken concurrently. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets the lab component of NAT SCI, LE CAT 4. prereq: One year high school chem, Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of least C- in Math 1005, Credit will not be granted if already received for 1151 or 1161 or 1173.
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02279 - CHEM 1174/CHEM 1154
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating the fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom and molecule, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws and spectrophotometry. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1153. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets liberal education category 4 requirements. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153 or 1173; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151, 1161 or 1174.
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02280 - CHEM 1175/CHEM 1155/CHEM 1162
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, solids and solution, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Solid knowledge of college algebra and General Chemistry I is required. The companion laboratory course CHEM 1156 should be taken concurrently. prereq: 1151 or 1153 or 1161 or 1173; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152, 1162 or 1175.
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02281
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by laboratory study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers titration, intermolecular forces, colligative properties, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and qualitative analysis. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1155. prereq: 1151 or 1161 or 1154 or 1174, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 1155; credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1152, 1162 or 1176.