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200-Level Course Descriptions


BIOL 209 Our Living Environment (3)
Environmental problems treated within the framework of fundamental ecological principles. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 215 Genetics and Human Diversity (3)
Genetics and evolution, emphasis on human populations and forces acting to change the genetic structure of human populations; mutation and natural selection. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 220 Ecological Issues and Society (3)
This SLU2000 course provides scientific insights into a variety of popular press topics and everyday decisions about ecological issues. Other topics presented: population harvesting and the collapse of fisheries, the 'destruction' of habitats by fire, pest outbreaks and control, lawn and garden decisions, and global warming; and how ecological principles apply to political and personal decisions. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 234 The Diversity of Life (3)
This SLU2000 course will provide an overview of the diversity of life on Earth, as well as the diversity of the human species. Students will combine lectures and virtual exercises to understand how diversity is generated, maintained, and modified at all levels of the biological hierarchy. Important local, national, and international issues and policies relative to biodiversity and conservation will be discussed. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 236 Concepts of Biology (3)
A one-semester course covering scientific methodology and the basic concepts of biology ranging from the chemical to the ecological levels of organization. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 240 Biology of Health and Disease (3)
Topics include: nature of life, chemical basis of life, basic foodstuffs, vitamins, diseases caused by microbes, plants, and animals, drugs and the mind, and biology and the future of humanity. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 241 Biological Basis of Health (3)
This SLU2000 course will examine the relationships that exist between basic biological information and today's wide range of health-related topics and issues. Topics include: the chemistry of life and nutrition; biologically important molecules; cells and metabolism; common diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, plants, and animals; effects of drugs; and the biology and the future of our species. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 245 Drugs We Use and Abuse (3)
This course surveys the effects that legal and illegal biologically/pharmacologically-active compounds/drugs have on the brain, central nervous system, and other organ systems. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 261 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
Lecture three hours, three hours of laboratory per week. Modern research laboratory topics and techniques will introduce the fundamentals of structure and biochemical function of mammalian cells in this entry-level course for BME students. Lecture and parallel laboratories will stress the determination of cellular function by membrane composition, specific intracellular organelles, intracellular signal transduction, extracellular matrix, and interactions between cells. Prerequisites: CHEM 161 and 162, or equivalents.

BIOL 264 Microbes, History, and Society (3)
Microbes - unseen bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans - have dramatically influenced history, and they are shaping the future of our society. This SLU2000 course will take an integrative/exploratory approach to examine how microbes have shaped world history, impacted our food chain, posed health threats (bioterrorism and AIDS), and how microbes may guide our future. Satisfies the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 270 Plants and Cultural Diversity (3)
An introduction to economic botany and ethnobotany through the uses of plants in medicine, nutrition, religion, recreation, etc. in different cultures over time, including a minimum of three field trips to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Satisfies the Arts and Sciences Cultural Diversity and the Science Core requirement.

BIOL 280 Biology for Education Majors (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours of laboratory per week. This course is offered for elementary education majors. A variety of teaching methods will be used so that students with different learning styles may master the material. Curiosity and creativity are encouraged.

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