2017-2018 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 biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Microbiology Lab (SCI4304L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Spring

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.

SCI04317 – Biology II: Principles of Genetics and The Human Genome (CL)

Prerequisite: One year laboratory biology
Co-requisite: Biology II: Principles of Genetics and The Human Genome Lab (SCI4317L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
Offered: Fall

Principles of Genetics and The Human Genome is an introductory genetics course that examines classical Mendelian genetics and modern examples as they relate to the human genome. Specific topics include Mendelian genetics, the inheritance patterns of genes, the Central Dogma, 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: Fall

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.

SCI04325 – Biology II: Medical Microbiology (XC)

Prerequisite: One year biology
Co-requisite: Medical Microbiology Lab (SCI4325L)
Credit: .75 credit
Offered: Quarter 3

This course will introduce the students to basic information on microorganisms, the immune system, microbial diseases and their transmission. The history of the discovery, control and treatment of major microbial diseases forms the basis of the lecture material. Students will be introduced/exposed to health related issues in pharmacology, parasitological, bacteriology, virology and epidemiology through an integrated lecture/discussion/laboratory format.

SCI04326 – Biology II: Genes, Germs and Geography (XC)

Prerequisite: Proven proficiency with computer applications.
Co-requisite: Biology II: Genes, Germs and Geography Lab (SCI4326L)
Credit: .75 credit
Offered: Quarter 4

There is an increasing awareness of the need to manage the world we live in; that there are finite resources and that humans exist within and as part of a diverse and complex ecological framework. Students will be introduced to innovative GIS technology and explore real life problems through the relationship of genetics, epidemiology and spatial thinking.

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.

COL05000 – AP Seminar I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences (CL)

Prerequisite: One year of laboratory Biology and permission of the Science Division Chair
Credit: 1 credit in Colloquium
Offered: Fall

AP Seminar I is a foundational course for the Institute for Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences that engages students in conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles and research studies. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

COL05100 – AP Seminar II: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences (CL)

Prerequisite: AP Seminar I
Credit: 1 credit in Colloquium
Offered: Spring

AP Seminar II is a foundational course for the Institute for Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences and continuation of the AP Seminar I course. Students identify a research question of their own based on the source material provided by the College Board in order to develop a logical, well-reasoned argument. In addition, this course focuses on honing the skills learned in Seminar I in preparation for the end-of-course examination administered by the College Board.

RES6000/6100 – AP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences (XC)

Prerequisite: AP Seminar II
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall/Spring Sequence

In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question in biochemistry, biomedical or molecular biology. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4000-5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense and poster presentation.

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