2020-2021 Course Catalog – Science: Life Science Emphasis

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Science: Life Science Emphasis

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CP College Prep

DC Dual Credit

XC Exploratory Course

SCI04301/04302
AP Biology (DC)

Prerequisite: Fall: Successful completion of two semesters (or equivalent) of General Biology and General Chemistry or permission of instructor
Spring: Successful completion of first semester AP Biology or permission of the Science Division Chair.
Co-requisite: AP Biology Lab (SCI4301L/4302L)
Credit: 1.5 credits per semester
Offered: Fall/Spring Sequence

This Advanced Placement course provides an accelerated, comprehensive, and thorough overview of the field of biology in preparation for the AP Biology exam. The course covers biological chemistry, cell biology, Mendelian genetics, evolutionary theory and principles, and an overview of the diversity, structure and ecology of organisms. Laboratory activities follow the required AP Biology lab exercises and other lab activities. Students will prepare for and are encouraged to take the AP Biology exam in May.

* Ball State University offers 4 college credit hours in BIO 111 and 112 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SCI04304
Biology II: Microbiology (DC)

Prerequisite: One year laboratory biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Microbiology Lab (SCI4304L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Fall

The history of bacterial discovery, the scope of bacterial effects, biotechnology, and the classification of micro-organisms are studied. The course includes the study of the structure, function, and ecology of microbes and viruses. Basic aseptic and sterile techniques for isolating, culturing, and identifying bacteria are discussed and practiced in the laboratory as a prelude to learning fundamental staining techniques, biochemical tests, etc. that are used in the identification of unknown bacteria. Some consideration is given to the medical concerns related to bacterial and viral pathogens.

* Ball State University offers 5 college credit hours in BIO 113 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SCI04305/04306
Biology II: Human Anatomy and Physiology (CL)

Prerequisite: Fall: One year biology
Spring: Successful completion of first semester Biology II: Human Anatomy and Physiology or permission of Science Division Chair.
Co-requisite: Biology II: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (SCI4305L/4306L)
Credit: 1.5 credits per semester
Offered: Fall/Spring Sequence

Using an integrated text, this course covers material in six parts, which include: levels of organization, support and movement, control and regulation, fluids and transport, environmental exchange, and the continuity of life. Clinical topics that relate to personal and family health concerns are interwoven with a consideration of the relationship of structure to function. The concepts of anatomical and physiological processes are explored so that not only those seeking careers in the health sciences may benefit from the course, but also those interested in the mechanics of the human body are challenged.

SCI04310
Biology II: Zoology (CL)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Zoology Lab (SCI4310L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

Zoology is a comprehensive survey of the diversity found in Kingdom Animalia. This course addresses the issue of why such diversity occurs, and what factors influence and constrain it. Laboratory explorations of live and preserved specimens allow hands-on examination of the structure and behavior of animals.

SCI04313
Biology II: Introduction to Nutrition (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: Biology II: Introduction to Nutrition Lab (SCI4313L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Fall

This course will explore the general principles of nutrition that are needed for optimal health. The chemical composition of the major macronutrients and micronutrients will be examined. Additionally, the physiology behind proper digestion and absorption of consumed nutrients as well as their use in cellular energy metabolism will be studied. For the laboratory component of the course, the class will learn to comprehend nutrition and food labels, utilize nutrition tracking tools, as well as perform hands-on activities to explore the chemical makeup of food molecules. Current topics in nutrition will be integrated into the course material, such as evaluating the efficacy of dietary trends and gaining helpful strategies to eat healthier as a high school student. This course is highly recommended for students who are interested in increasing their knowledge base about basic nutrition in order to make more informed decisions about leading a healthy lifestyle.

SCI04319
Biology II: Human Genetics (CL)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Human Genetics Lab (SCI4319L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

Human Genetics is an advanced Biology course emphasizing the inheritance of human traits. Specific topics include the inheritance patterns of genes, pedigree analysis, chromosomal aberrations, behavioral genetics, and genetic screening. Laboratory activities emphasize techniques used to detect and analyze genetic information.

SCI04320
Biology II: Molecular Genetics (CL)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Molecular Genetics Lab (SCI4320L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

Molecular Genetics is and advanced Biology course emphasizing the structure of DNA and biotechnology techniques. Specific topics include the modular structure of DNA and proteins, the relationship between DNA mutations and cancer, and the molecular techniques used in forensics and biotechnology. Laboratory activities will provide students the opportunity to perform some commonly used techniques in molecular genetics.

SCI04321
Biology II: Field Botany (XC)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Field Botany Lab (SCI4321L)
Credit: .75 credit
Offered: Quarter 1

This course will emphasize the diversity found within the plant kingdom at differing levels of the classification. Topics covered will include Plant Anatomy, Morphology, Systematics and Taxonomy. Both non-vascular and vascular plants will form the basis of our study. Laboratory explorations will be organized around the study of the structure and function of plants and the organs. This is a field course that will emphasize knowledge of the local flora as models for plant study.

SCI04324
Biology II: Introduction to Bioethics (XC)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Credit: .5 credit
Offered: Quarter 4

The ethical basis for the use of scientific knowledge is explored during this course. Students will explore ethical issues resulting from the application of scientific knowledge to solve problems in today’s world. Our priority will be the promotion and development of informed citizens and leaders who can use scientific information to cope with science related issues. The focus of the course revolves around such issues as energy resource problems, sustainability, the bioethics of genetic engineering, medical practices and death and dying. We hope to expand students’ horizons and understanding of science by exposing them to a variety of issues using selected readings. This course does not satisfy the Academy lab science requirements.

SCI04328
AP Environmental Science (DC)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: AP Environmental Science Lab (SCI4328L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

The study of environmental science concerns itself with the interaction between humans and the ecosystems, in which we live and work. The course focuses on the determination of environmental quality through a series of laboratory experiences dealing with soil, water, and air resources. There is a concentration on problems having to do with population, pollution, agriculture, resource management and land use. An integrated approach to the issues facing us is emphasized. Students will prepare for and are encouraged to take the AP Environmental Science exam in May.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in NREM 101 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SCI04329
Biology II: Sport and Exercise Physiology (CL)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Sport and Exercise Physiology Lab (SCI4329L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

This course will explore the human body’s physiological response to acute exercise and exercise training. The main systems of the body (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous) and cellular energy metabolism will be examined at rest through maximal exercise. Additionally, how the main systems of the body adapt to exercise training will be described. The laboratory activities will demonstrate how human fitness and performance are measured. Current topics in sport and exercise physiology will be integrated into the course material. Students will appreciate how exercise and physical activity are essential for optimal human health. Students interested in exploring careers in health and medical fields are encouraged to take this course.

SCI04330
Biology II: Cognitive Neuroscience (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will review cognitive foundations (e.g. perceptions, attention, memory, executive) for processing symbol systems (i.e. visual words, spoken words and numbers) with a focus on neural basis and development. The course will also describe gross anatomical organization of the brain and different methods for studying the brain basis of communication.

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