Environmental Biology Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Environmental Biology Major Courses

PHYS102 Energy and the Environment (3 Credits)
PHY102 Energy and the Environment - Three or Four Credits Principles and ideas from elementary science are applied to the broad topics of energy, pollution, and transportation. The student should gain an awareness of some of the major environmental problems and develop a basis for understanding the complexity of the problems. Introductory physical processes are introduced so that this course not only counts toward a graduation science requirement, but also serves as a foundation for other science courses. Three hours lecture and optional two hours lab each week. Students enrolling in and successfully completing the lab will receive four credits; students not enrolled in the lab will receive three credits for the class. To take the class, students must be concurrently enrolled in the lecture part of the class. (Offered spring semester)
MATH106 Finite Mathematics (3 Credits)
This course will strengthen the mathematics skills of those students who must use mathematics in their major, such as business, biology, or the social sciences. Topics will include functions, systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, probability and statistics, and mathematics of finance including compound interest. Prerequisite: One and one-half years of high school algebra or the equivalent. (Offered every semester.)
BIOL108 Environmental Science & Stewardship (4 Credits)
This course presents a values based approach for dealing with issues that are critical to the wellbeing of Creation. The course provides a general overview of the concepts of global ecology and then uses these concepts to study the impact that human involvement has had on the ecosystem. The framework for this course is centered around these topics: human population, renewable resources, energy, pollution and prevention of pollution with the recurring theme of moving toward a sustainable future for the Creation. Optional lab meets two hours a week. (Offered every semester.)
BIOL110 General Biology I (4 Credits)
This course deals with the basic principles of biology. Consideration is given to cell biology and structural and functional organization of plants and animals. Principles of reproduction, genetics, and ecology are introduced as well as a brief survey of the kingdoms of living organisms. Beginning course for all biology majors. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
BIOL112 General Biology II (4 Credits)
This course is a continuation of BIO 110 and emphasizes the diversity, ecology, structure and function of animals. The course will survey the animal kingdom and discuss adaptations for homeostasis, reproduction and interaction with the environment. Topics also include brief examination of community and ecosystem biology with an emphasis on sustainability and stewardship. (Three hours lectrure and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: None, BIO 110 recommended. (Offered spring semester.)
CHEM112 General Chemistry II (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of the periodic table, atomic structure, bond types, molecular geometry, reaction rates, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three hours lab per week.) (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)
BIOL115 Plants and People (4 Credits)
BIOL215 Survey/Plant Kingdom (Taxonomy) (4 Credits)
In this course the major emphasis is on a survey of the vascular plants and common families of flowering plants. Topics included are principles of flowering plant taxonomy, mechanisms of adaptation and plant ecology. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
BIOL309 Comparative Anatomy (4 Credits)
This will be a study of the similarities of anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of major vertebrate groups. Specifically, it will compare phylogeny, ontogeny, and morphology in groups ranging from protochordates to highly derived vertebrates. It will examine structure of anatomical features, emphasizing how anatomy relates to function including comparisons of specialized features in organisms adapted to different conditions. Laboratories will involve detailed dissections. Prerequisite: BIO110, 112. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
BIOL365 Environmental Law & Policy (3 Credits)
A study of legislation and implementing regulatory bodies dealing with U.S. and international policy. Students will gain a balanced, yet critical, account of how regulation is carried out, and the effect of policitical forces. Issues of general interest (e.g., solid waste, water, and air quality) are explored, as are emerging issues such as environmental waste at nuclear weapons facilities and political problems inherent in protecting biodiversity. The crisis of regulatory capacity in the U.S., which has developed in the environmental field since 1970, including deficiencies in institutional and policy design are also examined.
BIOL370 Basic Ecology (4 Credits)
This course will deal with the physical and biotic factors of the environment that affect individual organisms and populations. Principles of ecology will be studied at the organismic, population, and community level. Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
BIOL405 Biology Practicum (1 Credit)
Biology majors may earn a maximum of eight semester credits while engaged in a practicum experience related to their specific field of interest. The potentials for the practicum are unlimited. The practicum may involve work or volunteer service in any biologically related career. Each practicum will need the approval of the Department chair. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a request for the practicum, suggest prospective openings, and declare in writing their interests and goals for each practicum. The practicum will be taken for pass/fail credit unless the student formally requests a letter grade before attempting the practicum.
BIOL410 Seminar in Biology (2 Credits)
Reading and discussion assignments for the biology major dealing with recent biology research and advancement. Special projects and problems may be done on an individual basis. Offered each spring to be taken by all biology majors during their senior year. Secondary education majors in biology and pre-med-tech biology majors should take this course during their junior year. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: If taken for credit, 16 hours of previous biology. Anyone expecting to major in the Department may participate without credit. (Offered spring semester.)
Choose PSYC202/SOCI202 (Courses Required: 1)
PSYC202 Statistics (3 Credits)
PSY 202 Statistics Three Credits Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, and various tests of significance using both parametric and nonparametric procedures. Cross listed with SOC 202. Meets quantitative reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)
SOCI202 Statistics (3 Credits)
SOC 202 Statistics Three Credits A study of basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include graphic representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, and various significant tests of relationship, including measures of association, correlation, linear relationship, and means tests. This course includes an introduction to multivariate statistics and non-parametrics. Cross listed with PSY 202. Meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)

Career Opportunities

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