BIO/H-BIO 101 - Biological Science I/ Honors Biological Science I 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fall Students may not receive credit for both BIO 101 and BIO 177
This introductory course for majors includes the scientific method, biochemistry of life processes, cell structure and function, metabolism, taxonomy, and evolution.
Limited to science, allied health, exercise science and health promotion majors, or by permission of the department chair. Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement.
Prerequisite: Placement in MAT 117 or higher or completion of MAT 111
BIO/H-BIO 102 - Biological Science II/ Honors Biological Science II 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered springStudents may not receive credit for both BIO 102 and BIO 177
The second semester continues BIO 101 with studies of molecular and Mendelian genetics, diversity of life including animal physiology, and ecology and the environment.
Limited to science, allied health, exercise science and health promotion majors, or by permission of the department chair.
Prerequisite: BIO 101, earning a ‘C-’ or higher
BIO 121 - Life Science and Health for Teachers 3.5 credits; Four and one-half hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered spring
This course, designed specifically for education majors, integrates science content required by the national and state academic standards for science education with current pedagogical strategies.
Topics include diversity of life on Earth, life cycles, cell structure and function, human body systems, health, drugs and disease, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the environment.
Prerequisites: ELE 386, PHY 120 Corequisite: ELE 387
R-BIO 166 - Introduction to Undergraduate Research Variable credits; Variable hours; Lab fee; Offered fall, spring, or summer
This course offers an independent, but directed, collaborative course of study involving a specific research agenda in the discipline under departmental faculty supervision. Research projects may require literature review, empirical analysis and a written report, poster, or oral presentation of the completed research project.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair and dean for academic affairs is required
Limited to freshman/sophomore biology majors and qualified non-majors only who have completed at least one semester of full‑time study at Cabrini College.
Students must have a 2.33 GPA or higher. May be repeated for credit.
BIO 170/H-BIO 170 - Biological Evolution / Honors Biological Evolution 3 credits; Three hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered as needed
This non-majors course will review fundamental theories and mechanisms of biological evolution of life on Earth with a focus on how evolution occurs at the genetic level.
Topics will include a review of historical and modern figures in evolution and their theories, DNA and its role as the molecular basis of heredity, the fossil record, phylogeny, and the evolutionary history of biological diversity with emphasis on the human species. Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement
BIO 171 Biological Perspectives of Environmental Science 3 credits; Three hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered fall and spring
This course focuses on current environmental issues, and examines both their scientific foundations and their human impacts. Students will study the science behind contemporary environmental problems through hands‑on laboratory and/or field research.
They will then use this foundation of scientific knowledge in considering the political, economic, and ethical ramifications of these environmental issues, and investigate potential solutions.
Issues covered in this course may include global warming, air and water pollution, species extinction, land degradation, and resource depletion.
Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement
Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement.
BIO 172 - Forensic Science 3 credits; Three hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered as needed
This non-majors course will review the basic applications of the biological, physical and chemical sciences to the study of forensics. Specific topics include chemical and instrumental analyses of physical evidence, principles of serology and blood analysis, DNA analysis, forensic anthropology, firearms identification and ballistics, drug analysis, and toxicology.
The course will be taught using an integrated workshop format that includes lecture, laboratory experimentation, and team presentations of crime scene construction and analysis.
Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement
BIO 173 - Genetics and Heredity 3 credits; Three hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered as needed
This non-majors course provides an overview of human genetics, from constructing and interpreting human pedigrees, applying Mendel’s laws, discussing the relationships of DNA, RNA, and proteins, analyzing the effects of mutations, evaluating phenomena that distort Mendelian ratios, designing gene therapies, and applying new genomic approaches to understanding inherited disease and the genetics of cancer.
Classroom discussions and assignments will focus on current issues in human genetics.
BIO 177 - Health and the Human Body 3 credits; Three integrated lecture/lab hours; Lab fee; Offered fall and springStudents may not receive credit for both BIO 177 and BIO 101 or BIO 102.
This course for non-majors examines the application of biological principles to human issues by studying human physiology, from organ systems down to the cellular level.
Topics may include the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems. Emphasis is placed on current diseases and medical problems relating to these systems and to societal implications of various health-related issues.
BIO 206 - Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered spring
This course serves as an introduction to the basic concepts in cell biology such as cell‑cell interactions, cell association with extracellular matrix, transport, intracellular compartments, protein sorting, cell signaling, and the cytoskeleton.
Equally emphasized is the molecular basis of gene regulation and its role directing normal and abnormal (i.e., cancer) cell processes. Laboratory experiments will reinforce the lecture.
Prerequisite: BIO 263, and co-requisite or prerequisite: CHE 112
BIO 209/CCA 206 - Field Biology/Costa Rica 4 credits; One and one-half hours lecture, 10-day study abroad experience; Offered as needed
This is a field ecology course being offered in collaboration with Ecology Project International. Part of the course will take place in Costa Rica where students will collaborate with sea turtle biologists and local Costa Rican communities to monitor a population of critically endangered leatherback sea turtles on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Data collected during the course will be utilized by scientists to improve conservation efforts for leatherback sea turtles. Under the leadership of local experts every student will conceive, develop, analyze, and present a field-based research project. Students also will attend biology, tropical ecology, art, and journaling classes.
Open to non-science majors
BIO/ENS 211 - Watershed Ecology 3 credits; Three hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered as needed
Ecologists have long used the small watershed as a unit of analysis of terrestrial ecosystems. This course aims to give students the skills and background they need to understand the physical, chemical, and biological components of their local watershed, and the interactions among those components, as well as a variety of human impacts on the watershed.
This course will be open to both science majors and non-majors and will integrate both field and laboratory components. Topics to be covered will include hydrology, soil science, nutrient transformations, pollutant transport, decomposition, macroinvertebrate population dynamics, and sustainability science.
Satisfies part of the Scientific Literacy requirement
BIO 230 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fallStudents may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 301
This course examines the structure and function of the human body with a goal of appreciating how coordination of all the systems work to maintain homeostasis.
The first course will focus on cell physiology, tissue structure and function, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. The laboratory will employ microscopy, animal dissection, and computer‑based labs to emphasize principles introduced in lecture.
Open to science and exercise science and health promotion majors only
Prerequisite: BIO 101, earning a ‘C-’ or higher OR BIO 101 and ESH 225
BIO 231 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered springStudents may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 301
The second semester continues BIO 230 with studies of the digestive, excretory, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Open to science and exercise science and health promotion majors only.
Prerequisite: BIO 230
BIO 248 - Biological Applications of Earth Science 1 credit; Independent study format; Offered as needed
The general principles of earth science are considered with specific emphasis on biochemical, evolutionary, and environmental applications. Topics studied include fossilization, mineral cycling, atmospheric phenomena, and plate tectonics.
Students work independently and are assigned readings, and audio‑visual self‑study programs. Open to students seeking secondary education certification in biology only.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, earning a ‘C-’ or higher
BIO 250 - Nutrition 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered spring
This applied, introductory course considers basic principles of human nutrition that are operative in health and disease. Students study the major food groups including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals, how they relate to physiological processes in the body and the consequences of dietary deficiencies. Other topics include diabetes and osteoporosis.
Students complete a dietary analysis using software assessment tools for monitoring personal diet and health goals.
BIO 263 - Genetics 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fall
This course introduces students to the principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics including chromosomal mechanics, karyotypic analysis, gene mapping, and mutagenesis. Selected aspects of human genetics are considered.
The study of gene replication, function and expression are explored in detail. In the laboratory students conduct exercises on DNA isolation, cytogenetics, gene mapping in Drosophila, DNA fingerprinting using polymerase chain reaction, and the study of mitosis and meiosis using representative plants and animals. Statistical methodology is also introduced.
BIO 301 - General Physiology 4 credits; Six hours integrated lecture/lab; Lab fee; Offered spring, alternate yearsStudents may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 301
This course covers general cell physiology with emphasis on biological membrane structure and transport mechanisms, tissue physiology with emphasis on nerve and muscle, and organ/systems physiology including the gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems.
Seminars, where students discuss current research articles and case studies, provide insight to the current state of physiological research, pathophysiological conditions and medical advancements. Laboratory emphasizes demonstrating the basic principles of systems physiology, in humans and other vertebrate animals, using classical, and modern techniques.
Prerequisite: BIO 206
BIO 308 - General Microbiology4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fall
This course includes morphological and physiological considerations of common pathogenic and non‑pathogenic microbes and the fundamentals of their nutrition, growth, metabolism, and control.
Topics include epidemiology, virulence factors, transmission of infectious diseases, antibiotic agents and resistance, innate and acquired immunity, classical and alternative pathways of complement activation, and diagnostic methods.
Laboratory topics include standard and specialized staining techniques, culturing techniques, antibiotic sensitivity assays, immunological techniques, flow cytometry, and identification of two unknown specimens.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 and CHE 111, earning a ‘C-’ or higher in both courses
BIO 312 - Theory and Practice in Biotechnology 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered spring, alternate years
This course focuses on how biotechnology is revolutionizing medicine, agriculture and the biochemical, pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries. Specific topics such as recombinant DNA technology, plant genetic engineering, bioremediation, gene therapy, and forensic DNA analysis are discussed.
Projects in lab include prokaryotic cell transformation, eukaryotic cell transfection, protein purification, cell culture techniques, fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry techniques.
Students use computer software for analysis of flow cytometry data. Students also learn how to read, review, and critique journal articles.
Prerequisites: CHE 112, earning a ‘C-’ or higher, BIO 263
BIO/CHE 315 - Introduction to Scientific Presentations 1 credit; One hour lecture; Offered spring
This course is the precursor to the capstone project for biology and chemistry majors which should be taken in the spring semester of their junior year.
Students explore career aspects in science by creating their own resume, researching a career topic of their choice and also hearing presentations/ seminars from esteemed science professionals from the area.
Prerequisite: BIO 263 or CHE 211
BIO 318 - Virology 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered spring, alternate years
This course investigates the principles of molecular virology with an emphasis on human and animal viruses. Topics include structure, classification, replication and mechanisms of pathogenesis.
Students will be introduced to the methods of diagnosis and detection, current uses of viruses in gene therapy, emerging viruses, vaccine applications, and immunity.
Prerequisite: BIO 263
BIO 320 - Animal Behavior 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered as needed (Formerly offered as BIO 205)
Students become familiar with important elements of the study of animal behavior including principles of experimental design and observation. Students investigate the importance evolution plays in adaptive strategies in response to changing habitats, competition, and survival.
Course acquaints students with the principles of ethology including behavioral physiology, instinct, genetics, biological clocks, migration, aggression, agonistic behavior, competition, parental investment, mating systems, and sociability. Students prepare a research paper based on critique of a recent scholarly work. Lectures are supplemented with films.
Prerequisite: BIO 263
BIO 331 - Neuroscience 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered as needed
Neuroscience integrates knowledge of biology, chemistry, psychology and medicine to achieve better understanding of nervous system function and behavior. Students will be introduced to the nervous system anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology, development, and evolution.
Cognitive processes such as learning, memory, perception, language development, and pathological conditions affecting neurological function also will be studied.
Prerequisite: BIO 206
BIO 348 - Ecology 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fall, alternate years
This course examines the principles of ecology with emphasis on representative natural communities on campus. Topics include evolution, population dynamics, interspecies interactions, biogeochemical cycles, and human impacts on the world’s ecosystems.
Students will become familiar with field and laboratory methods in ecological science, and the design and implementation of original research projects. Through their research, students will develop their skills in interpreting primary scientific literature, and in presenting ecological information in written and oral formats.
BIO 350 - Topics in Biology 1-3 credits
Topics in this course focus on current issues in life and physical sciences and vary depending on faculty and student interest. Format, prerequisites, and lab fees determined based on topic.
Course may be repeated for credit for course sections with different topics.
BIO 420 - Immunology 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered spring, alternate years
This course emphasizes the cells and organs involved with humoral and cell‑mediated immunity. Antigen-antibody interactions, activation of the complement cascade, and triggering mechanisms of B-cell and T-cell responses are discussed.
Students are introduced to specific disorders of the immune response associated with AIDS, allergies, blood transfusions, transplantations, and tumors. Students learn how to read, review and critique journal articles and case studies.
Prerequisites: BIO 206, BIO 308, CHE 112, or permission of department chair
BIO 430 - Developmental Biology 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered occasionally
Theories and proposed mechanisms of the developmental process are considered.
Gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation and neurulation as well as the fates of selected germ layer rudiments are studied using various invertebrate and vertebrate species. Living specimens and slide material will be studied as part of the course.
BIO/CHE 440 - Biochemistry I 4 credits; Three hours lecture, three hours lab; Lab fee; Offered fall, alternate years
This course focuses on the structure/function relationships of macromolecules with an emphasis on proteins. Students investigate the relevance of macromolecular conformation to function and biological activity as it relates to enzymes, bioenergetics, metabolism, and its regulation and biomembranes.
Laboratory exercises include column chromatography, electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, centrifugation and enzyme kinetics. Computer software is incorporated for data analysis and presentation. Students with little or no background in the biological sciences are encouraged to take BIO 101 or BIO 177 to strengthen their background for this course.
Prerequisite: CHE 211
BIO/CHE 441 - Biochemistry II 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered spring, alternate years
This sequel course to Biochemistry I (BIO/CHE 440) examines metabolic pathway mechanisms and how they are regulated.
Topics include lipids, carbohydrates, membranes, cell cycle regulation, and recombinant DNA. Physiological processes involving diseases affecting metabolism, the endocrine system and nutrition will be explored.
Prerequisite: BIO/CHE 440 with a grade of C- or higher
BIO/CHE 444 - Senior Seminar 3 credits (1.5 credits per semester); One and one-half hours lecture; Offered fall and spring
Students complete an extensive literature search leading to development of a research thesis. A paper on the topic, a poster, and an oral defense will contribute to the final grade.
Weekly meetings will include discussion of these assignments, progress reports, and database search techniques.
This course also will include discussion from guest speakers on career development, resume writing and interview techniques. Limited to senior chemistry and biology majors only.
This is a one‑year course and students must complete the full year to receive a grade and credit.
R-BIO 466 - Undergraduate Research Variable credits; Variable hours; Lab fee; Offered fall, spring, or summer
This course offers an independent, but directed, collaborative course of study involving a specific research agenda in the discipline under departmental faculty supervision.
Research projects typically require literature review, empirical analysis and a written report, poster or oral presentation of the completed research project.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair and dean for academic affairs is required. Limited to upper division biology majors only with a science GPA of 2.33 or higher.
May be repeated for credit, but a maximum of six credits of R-BIO 466 and BIO 488 combined may be applied to the major.
BIO/CHE 488 - Internship 1-3 credits; Variable hours; Offered fall, spring, or summer
Students in the major have the opportunity to participate in a supervised field experience at an approved off-campus facility.
Credit can be earned in one or two semesters, but only one grade is recorded. May be repeated for credit, but a maximum of three credits may be applied to the major.
Limited to junior and senior biology or chemistry majors only with science GPA of 2.33 or higher and department approval.
BIO/CHE 489 - Biological Curriculum and Methods 3 credits; Three hours lecture; Offered fall Limited to students seeking secondary education certification in biology or chemistry
This interactive course is designed to provide pre-service teachers an opportunity to review and experience constructivist instructional strategies, develop a unit of study via the Understanding by Design model, learn to integrate technology with instruction, evaluate various curricular materials, and to discuss state and national science standards, laboratory safety, gender equity, and special education issues.
Classroom activities related to performance assessment, inquiry methodologies, Socratic seminar, and classroom management will be conducted.
Communication skills will be emphasized through mini-lesson presentations and cooperative group activities. Arrangements will be made for the students to observe science lessons in a secondary school setting.
BIO 499 - Independent Study Variable credits; Variable hours; Fee; Offered fall, spring, and summer
Independent study is an in-depth study of a content area not included in the departmental curriculum.
Prerequisites: Biology majors only with a science GPA of 2.33 or higher; Approval of instructor, department chair, and dean for academic affairs