BIOSC Courses

Below you will find a complete list of courses offered by the Department of Biologial Sciences, with links to their descriptions and past syllabi (if available).

Consult the pages on individual majors for descriptions on which courses are appropriate for each major. Students must earn a grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses for any upper level BIOSC courses and in any BIOSC courses required for a major.

Abbreviations : HL, Higher Level; Irr, offered irregularly; IP, Instructor's permission; -e, offered on even-numbered years; -o, offered on odd-numbered years; Sm-pym, offered at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology; UHC, University Honors College)

Course descriptions

Freshman course information

Downloadable course list

All sections of BIOSC 0057 & 0058 fulfill the BIOSC 0050 requirement. 

All sections of BIOSC 0067 & 0068 fulfill the BIOSC 0060 requirement.

 

Course Description Credits Syllabi Term(s) Pre- or Co-(C)-requisites
0041 Anatomy for the Health Professions 3 PDF logo F,Sm BIOSC 0042c
0042 Anatomy for the Health Professions Lab 1 PDF logo F,Sm BIOSC 0041c
0050 Foundations of Biology Lab 1 1 PDF logo F,Sp,Sm BIOSC 0150
0058 Foundations of Biology SEA-PHAGES Lab 1

PDF logo F Freshman/Sophomores only
0060 Foundations of Biology Lab 2 1   Last offered Sm 2017. See 0067 instead. BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - Small World 1  PDF logo Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160,  Freshman & Sophomores only 
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - DNA Regulation 1   Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - Neural Defects 1 PDF logo Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - Social Spiders 1   Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - Water Channels 1   Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0067 Foundations of Biology Research Lab 2 - Pathways Over Time 1   Variable BIOSC 0050, BIOSC 0160
0068 Foundations of Biology SEA-PHAGES Lab 2 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0058
0100 Preparation for Biology 3 PDF logo F None
0150 Foundations of Biology 1 3 PDF logo F,Sp,Sm None
0160 Foundations of Biology 2 3 PDF logo F,Sp,Sm BIOSC 0150
0200 Teaching Biological Sciences 1-3

 

PDF logo
Variable BIOSC 0160
0350 Genetics 3 PDF F,Sp,Sm BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0120
0351 Genetics Lab 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0060, 0350c
0370 Ecology 4 PDFPDF F,Sp,Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
0390 Ecology Lab (0391 W add on) 1 PDFPDF F,Sm-pym
no W in Summer
BIOSC 0060, 0370c
0715 Foundations of Biology 1 (UHC) 3 PDF logo F Min. 3.25 CUM GPA, min. AP Bio score of 4 or 5 
0716 Foundations of Biology 2 (UHC) 3 PDF logo Sp Min. 3.25 CUM GPA, BIOSC 0715 or AP Bio score of 5
0805 The Human Body (Non-Majors) 3 PDF logo F None
0815 Genes and Diseases (Non-Majors) 3 PDF logo Sp None
1000 Biochemistry 3 PDFPDF F,Sp,Sm BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0320
1005 Introduction to Biochemistry Lab 1 PDF logo  F, Sp BIOSC 0060, 1000c
1010 Communicating in the Biological Sciences (WRIT) 2 PDF logo F,Sp, Sm BIOSC 0350 or 0370 or 1000 or 1810 or 1130, ENGCMP 0200, Jr or Sr Level
1070 Human Physiology (UHC) 4 PDF logo F BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0120
1130 Evolution (HL) 3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0350
1140 Behavioral Ecology 3

PDF logo

Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1160 Forest Ecology 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1170 Freshwater Ecology (Limnology) 3

PDF logo

Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1180 Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1200 Vertebrate Morphology 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 0160 
1205 Vertebrate Morphology Lab 1 PDF logo F BIOSC 0060, 1200c
1220 Ecological Field Studies 3   Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1230 Ornithology 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1250 Human Physiology 3 PDF logo F,Sp,Sm BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0120
1255 Physiology Lab  1 PDF logo Sp,Sm BIOSC 0160, 1250c
1270 Ecology of Fish 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1275 Genomics (HL) 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 0350
1280 Microbial Genetic Engineering (HL) 3 PDF logo Sp-o BIOSC 0350, 1850
1285 Genomics Lab 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0060, 0350
1290 Genetic Engineering Lab (1291 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp-o BIOSC 1855 or 1860
1310 Wetland Ecology and Management 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1320 Population Biology (HL) 3 PDF F BIOSC 0370
1330 Field Botany 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1340 Field Entomology 3   Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1350 Plant Biology 3 PDF F BIOSC 0160
1360 Ecology of Fungi  3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1375 Tropical Biology 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 0160
1390 Field Techiques in Ecology and Conservation 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1400 Disease Ecology (HL) 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0370
1420 Wildlife Management 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1440 Animal Behavior 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 0160, 0370c
1445

Animal Communication (HL) 

3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0160, 0370
1455

Human Endocrinology (HL)

3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 1070 or 1080 or 1250
1470 Biophysical Chemistry 3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0160, MATH 0230
1500 Cell Biology (HL) 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 1000 or 1810
1510 Cell Biology Lab (1511 W add on) 1 PDF logo F BIOSC 0060, 1500c
1520 Developmental Biology (HL) 3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0350
1530 Developmental Biology Lab (1531 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0060, 1520c
1540 Computational Biology  3 PDF logo F BIOSC 0160
1550 Ecology/Evolution Seminar (1551 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0350, 0370, 1130
1560 Cell & Devel. Biol. Seminar (1561 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 1500, 1520c
1570 Microbiology Seminar (1571 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 1865
1580 Biochemistry Seminar (1581 W add on) 1 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 1810, 1820
1610 Conservation Biology 3 PDF logo Sm-pym BIOSC 0160
1690 Experience in Undergraduate Teaching 1-3 var - F,SP,Sm IP
1730 Virology (HL) 3 PDF Sp-e BIOSC 0350, 1000, 1850 (or IP)
1740 Virology Lab (1741 W add on) 1 PDF Sp BIOSC 1855 or 1860
1760 Immunology (HL) 3 PDF Sp BIOSC 0350, suggest 1000
1810 Macromolecular Structure and Function 3 PDF F BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0320
1820 Metabolic Pathways and Regulation (HL) 3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 1810
1830 Biochemistry Lab (1831 W add on) 3 PDF logo Sp BIOSC 0060, 1820c
1850 Microbiology 3 PDF logo F, Sp, Sm BIOSC 0160
1855 Introduction to Microbiology Lab 1 PDF logo F, Sp, Sm BIOSC 0060, 1850c
1860 Microbiology Lab (1861 W add on) 2 PDF logo F BIOSC 0060, 1850
1865 Microbial Physiology (HL) 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 1850, 1000 or 1810
1901 Independent Study 1-6 var - F, Sp BIOSC 0160
1903 Undergraduate Research 1-6 var - F, Sp BIOSC 0060, 0160, IP
1904 Undergraduate Honors Research 1-6 var - F, Sp BIOSC 0060, 0160, IP
1906 Research Communication: Communication in Life Sciences Research 1 PDF logo Sp-e  
1907 Research Deconstruction: Under the Hood of Life Sciences Research 1 PDF Sp-o BIOSC 0160, 1903c/1904c
1940 Molecular Biology (HL) 3 PDF F BIOSC 1000 or 1810; 0350
1950 Molecular Genetics Lab (1951 W add on) 2 PDF logo F BIOSC 0060, 1940c
If 1000: grade B or better
1999 Medical Microbiology (HL) 3 PDF logo F BIOSC 1850