Biology Course Descriptions

BIO 108 Introduction to Ecology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the dynamics of how organisms and their environment interact, special attention is also given to finding solutions to local and national environmental problems in this course. Fieldwork involves the investigation of lake, bay and ocean pollution, beach erosion, sand dune stabilization, soil analysis, the dynamics of Long Island’s Pine Barrens and air pollution. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$30.

BIO 109 Current Trends in Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A consideration of biological topics of current interest to society including genetic engineering, gene banks, the human genome project, in vitro fertilization, Mad Cow disease and cloning. Note: A student may not take BIO 109 and BIO 110. 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring, summer and intersession.

BIO 110 Current Topics in Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A consideration of biological topics of current interest to society including genetic engineering, gene banks, the human genome project, reproductive technologies, cloning and antibiotic resistance. The laboratory component will introduce the student to modern techniques employed by biologists in the investigation of the aforementioned topics. Note: A student may not take BIO 109 and BIO 110. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring. Lab fee-$30.

BIO 112 Biological Control Systems

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course studies the nervous and endocrine systems and their relationship to normal and abnormal behavior. 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall, spring and summer.

BIO 115 Introduction to Human Inheritance

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This introductory course studies heredity and its relationship to human welfare. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring. Lab fee-$30.

BIO 116 Evolving Life

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Specifically designed for the non-science major, this course introduces students to the field of evolution. Topics included are: how organisms evolve (macro and microevolution), the history of life on earth, the formation of new species and the origin of biodiversity. 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

BIO 117 Literacy in Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The non-laboratory course introduces students to basic biological principles and foundations specifically designed for the non-science major, as well as for those seeking to strengthen their background prior to taking laboratory courses in biology. Topics include an overview of life systems, key terminology, importance of biotic and abiotic factors and general methods of scientific inquiry. 2 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 2 credits. Spring and when there is sufficient student demand.

BIO 120 Healing Power of Plants

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Certain plants have long been known to cure human diseases and to act as stimulants, depressants or hallucinogens. Students in this course study local medicinal plants and will screen them for biologically active ingredients. Special attention is paid to the roles of these ingredients in psychoactivity and in ameliorating disorders in a number of the body’s systems. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring and summer. Lab fee-$30.

BIO 130 Introduction to Immunology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the immune system and to discuss the role of the defense mechanism in a human body. It covers the structure and function of the immune system and details how the immune system can be up-regulated for vaccination against infectious agents and down-regulated to treat autoimmune diseases. AIDS, immunotherapy, tumor and transplantation immunology will also be discussed. 3 hour lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Note: A student may not take BIO 130 and BIO 131. Spring.

BIO 131 Immunological Exploration

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to introduce students to the immune system. It will utilize both the classroom and laboratory to cover the structure and function of the immune system and detail how the immune system can be up-regulated for vaccination against infectious agents and down-regulated to treat autoimmune diseases.  Some additional topics will include: AIDS, immunotherapy, tumor and transplantation immunology. 2 hour lecture, 2 hours of laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Note: A student may not take BIO 130 and BIO 131. Fall.

BIO 140 The Microbial World

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory course to the biology of bacteria, algae and protozoa, topics include: the evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the interaction between humans and microbes, the role of microorganisms in the environment and current research and technology involving microbes. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer.  Lab fee-$30.

BIO 145 Marine Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the marine organisms: who they are, what they do, how they interact with another and with the sea around them and how their lives connect with ours. Attention also will be given to the oceans that sustain them. Extensive fieldwork is involved. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Lab fee-$30.

BIO 150 General Biology I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides an intensive study of the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations in the cell and the biology of organisms. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours of lab per week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 151 General Biology II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

As a continuation of BIO 150, topics include cellular reproduction, patterns of inheritance, mechanisms of gene action, development, the biology of populations and the diversity of organisms. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BIO 150. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 160 Anatomy and Physiology I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course studies the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the chemical and physical basis of life, cellular and tissue anatomy and function, homeostatic mechanisms, the integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system and special senses. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall and summer. Lab fee-$125.

BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, defense mechanisms of the body, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, nutrition, temperature regulation, excretory system, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, reproductive system and development. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BIO 160. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring and summer. Lab fee-$125.

BIO 200 General Ecology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory course to ecological principles and their application to the solution of environmental problems, topics include population dynamics, species interaction, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem types, succession and Long Island ecology. Six three-hour and one all-day (Saturday) field trips are required. Prerequisites: BIO 151, CHE 151. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 216 Biometrics

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of laboratory and field data. Topics include: measures of central tendency, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation analysis, nonparametrics, experimental design and sampling methods. Prerequisite: BIO 151. 3 hours lecture, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

BIO 220 Vertebrate Histology and Microtechnique

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses on microscopic anatomy of the fundamental tissues and organs of the vertebrates. It also practices the basic techniques involved in preparing tissues for microscopic study. Prerequisite: BIO 151. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 225 Forensic Bioscience

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The course covers the function of the forensic bioscience laboratory and its relation to successful criminal investigation. Topics include crime scene processing, investigative techniques, current forensic technology and related topics. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and collect relevant evidence at simulated crime scenes and request appropriate laboratory analysis of submitted evidence. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 3 hours lecture, three hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 240 Globalization: A Case Study of Food

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An interdisciplinary course that will examine the concepts, development and implications of globalization through a semester long study of food. Students will explore the movement of food in international trade, its diffusion and relationship to history and culture and the science of food development including genetically engineered/modified foods. 3 hours of lecture, 1 semester, 3 credits.

BIO 260 Evolutionary Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the principles and significance of Darwinian evolution. Topics include the history of life, microevolution, the concept of natural selection, macroevolution and speciation and the integration of micro- and macroevolution. 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Prerequisite: BIO 151. Fall.

BIO 280 Field Course in Ecology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The application of basic ecological principles to a particular ecosystem, the course also provides actual field experience in examination of the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem through residence at an established field station. This experience comprises the laboratory component of the course. Prerequisite: BIO 200 or BIO 108 with instructor’s permission. 2 hours lecture a week, 7 to 10 days of residence at the field station, 1 semester, 4 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

BIO 290 Modern Genetics

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the laws of heredity and variation including a consideration of their application to modern genetics problems: molecular genetics, physiological and biochemical genetics, mutagenesis and evolution. Prerequisites: BIO 151, CHE 151, CHE 251 concurrently. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 301 Plant Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The emphasis will be given to the vascular plants, although other groups will be treated in their evolutionary context in this course. Topics include: plant taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, physiology and reproduction. Some additional topics include: xylogenesis, phytochemicals, forensic botany and photoperiodism. Prerequisites: BIO 151. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall.

BIO 331 Pathophysiology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course studies the disruption of homeostasis at the cellular, tissue and organ level in the human organism and its relationship to causative factors of disease. Prerequisites: college-level anatomy and physiology courses. 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered in the fall and spring.

BIO 335 Physiology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides an in-depth study of vertebrate functions, the underlying physical and chemical principles upon which they rely and the integration of the various processes in the maintenance of homeostasis. Prerequisites: BIO 151, CHE 151, CHE 251, PHY 150 concurrently. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 340 Microbiology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This introductory course focuses on the fundamental principles governing the biology of bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, yeasts and molds. Special consideration is given to the study of immunity, pathogenic varieties, antibiotics and chemotherapy. Prerequisites: BIO 151, CHE 151, CHE 251. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 350 Immunology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course offers a balanced approach to deliver a broad introduction to the field of immunology. It includes basic cellular and humoral immunology, development and evolution of the immune system, immunogenetics and immunopathology. Prerequisites: BIO 151, BIO 290. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 380 Research Seminar

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Awareness of the problems and methods of research is fostered through a program of guided reading of scientific literature in preparation for research into a specific biological problem in the senior year. Progress reports are given and analyzed by the students. Open to majors who have completed 18 credits of biology. 1 hour of seminar a week plus additional library time, 1 semester, 2 credits. Spring.

BIO 400 Internship

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Internships are approved by the department and must focus on practical experience in a laboratory or other setting. The internship enables students to acquire skills appropriate to their career plans. Prerequisites: junior or senior biology major, 3.0 cumulative in major coursework, acceptance at the cooperative institution and departmental approval. A minimum of 130 hours is required, 3 credits.

BIO 420 BIORHYTHMS

A study of rhythmic phenomena in organisms with reference to clock hypotheses and the influence of environmental parameters such as light-dark cycles, temperature, and pervasive geophysical factors. Prerequisites: BIO 151, BIO 335, CHE 151, CHE 251 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer.

BIO 440 Analysis of Developmental Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course focuses on the theoretical and experimental analysis of the fundamental problems of animal and plant development using the tools of genetics and molecular analysis to bear on the basic questions of development. The course is topical, covering major questions of embryology, control of gene expression, evolution and the ramifications of developmental biology in plants and animals. Prerequisite: BIO 290. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 460 Cell Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the properties and functions of living cells, the fundamental principles that guide cellular organization and function and some of the critical scientific evidence leading to our current understanding of these central concepts is studied in this course. Prerequisite: BIO 335. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring 2010. Lab fee-$60.

BIO 461 Molecular Biology

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of macromolecules, basic molecular processes and genetic phenomena in prokaryotes, eukaryotes, phage and viruses, with emphasis on both molecules and their biology, topics include classical molecular biology (DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis), recombinant DNA and genetic engineering, interactions of macromolecules and regulation of biologic systems. Prerequisites: BIO 151, BIO 290, CHE 251. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall 2010.

BIO 462 Neuroscience

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the nervous system is featured in this course. Neural anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, behavior and the alterations of these in various disease states will be studied. Prerequisite: BIO 335. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

bio 470 CoAstal Marine Habitats

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The structure and function of coastal marine habitats including rocky intertidal areas, sandy beaches, tidal and mud flats, estuaries, salt marshes, soft bottom areas and plankton will be examined.  The course will review the physical regime, flora and fauna of these environments. 3 hour lecture, 3 hours of laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Prerequisites: BIO 200 or 280 or BIO 301 (with instructor’s permission). Spring 2010, 2012.

BIO 480 Research

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Independent laboratory research required of majors in their senior year. Prerequisite: BIO 380. 2 credits for the year. This course may be taken for 3 credits with additional bench work. Lab fee-$60.

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