Prerequisites Except for BIO 440, the prerequisite for all 200-level and above biology courses is a ‘C-’ or higher in BIO 102 unless otherwise noted.
Enrollment in all 200-level and above biology courses, except BIO 230/231 in the case of exercise science and health promotion majors, is restricted to biology majors/minors or with permission of the department chair.
The laboratory portion of a course may be waived only with departmental approval.
Course value then is three credits instead of four credits.
BIO 101 - Biological Science I This introductory course for majors includes the scientiﬁc method, biochemistry of life processes, cell structure and function, metabolism, taxonomy, and physiology.
Limited to science, 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. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered fall. 4 credits
BIO 102 - Biological Science II The second semester continues BIO 101 with studies of molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, and ecology and the environment. Limited to science, exercise science and health promotion majors, or by permission of the department chair.
Prerequisite: BIO 101, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered spring. 4 credits BIO 121 - Life Science and Health for Teachers 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.
Limited to students majoring in Pre K-4, Middle-Level (4-8), or Special Education Pre K-8. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement.
Prerequisites: ELE 386, PHY 120. Co-requisite: ELE 387. Three and one-half hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Offered spring. 3.5 credits R-BIO 166 - Introduction to Undergraduate Research This course offers an independent, but directed, collaborative course of study involving a speciﬁc research agenda in the biology 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. Open only to freshman/sophomore biology majors and qualiﬁed non majors 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. Variable hours. Lab fee. Offered fall, spring, or summer. Variable credits. BIO 170/H-BIO 170 - Biological Evolution / Honors Biological Evolution 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.
Limited to non-science majors. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. Three hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 171 - Biological Perspectives of Environmental Science 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 could include global warming, air and water pollution, species extinction, land degradation, and resource depletion.
Limited to non-science majors. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. Three hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits BIO 172/H-BIO 172 - Forensic Science / Honors Forensic Science This non-majors course will review the basic applications of the biological, physical and chemical sciences to the study of forensics. Speciﬁc topics may include chemical and instrumental analyses of physical evidence, principles of serology and blood analysis, DNA analysis, forensic anthropology, ballistics, drug analysis and toxicology. The course will be taught using an integrated format that includes lecture, laboratory experimentation, and crime scene construction and analysis.
Open only to non-science majors. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. Three hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 173 - Genetics and Heredity 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.
Open only to non-science majors. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. Three hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 173 and BIO 263.
Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 177 - Health and the Human Body 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 could 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.
Open only to non-science majors. Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. Three integrated lecture/lab hours. Lab fee. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 177 and BIO 230/231.
Offered fall and spring. 3 credits BIO 206 - Cell and Molecular Biology 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. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered spring. 4 credits BIO 209 / CCA 206 - Field Biology/Costa Rica 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 only to non science majors.
Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative literacy requirement. One and one-half hours lecture, 8+-day study abroad experience. Offered as needed. 4 credits BIO 211 - Watershed Ecology 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 include hydrology, soil science, nutrient transformations, pollutant transport, decomposition, macro-invertebrate population dynamics, and sustainability science.
Satisﬁes part of the Scientiﬁc Literacy requirement. Three hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 230 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 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 biology and exercise science and health promotion majors only. Prerequisite: BIO 101, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Students may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 177 or 301. Offered fall. 4 credits BIO 231 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II The second semester continues BIO 230 with studies of the digestive, excretory, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Open only to biology and exercise science and health promotion majors. Prerequisite: BIO 230. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Students may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 177 or 301. Offered spring. 4 credits BIO 248 - Biological Applications of Earth Science The general principles of earth science are considered with speciﬁc emphasis on biochemical, evolutionary, and environmental applications. Topics include fossilization, mineral cycling, atmospheric phenomena, and plate tectonics. Students work independently and are assigned readings, and audio-visual self-study programs.
Open only to students seeking secondary education certiﬁcation in biology. Prerequisite: BIO 102, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Independent study format.
Offered as needed. 1 credit BIO 250 - Nutrition 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.
Prerequisite: BIO 101, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Three hours lecture. Offered spring. 3 credits BIO 263 - Genetics This course introduces students to the principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics including chromosomal mechanics, karyotypic analysis, gene mapping, and mutagenesis. Gene function and replication are explored in detail. Students work in small groups and complete a research project focused on genetically-based human disease that culminates in the presentation of their research to the class in a mini-lecture at the end of the semester and preparation of a poster that is presented at Cabrini’s annual Arts, Research, and Scholarship Symposium.
In the laboratory students develop techniques involving cell fractionation, DNA isolation, karyotyping, DNA fingerprinting using PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis, analysis of nucleosome structure and the study of mitosis and meiosis using representative plant and animal species. Statistical methodology is also introduced.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered fall. 4 credits
BIO 301 - General Physiology This course covers 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. Six hours integrated lecture/lab. Lab fee. Students may not receive credit for BIO 230-231 and BIO 301. Offered spring, alternate years. 4 credits BIO 308 - General Microbiology 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. (Note: Beginning in Fall 2015, the prerequisites for BIO 308 will change to require BIO 102—C- or higher—and CHE 112.) Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered fall. 4 credits BIO 312 - Theory and Practice in Biotechnology 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 protein purification, eukaryotic cell transfection, cell culture, fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry techniques. Students use computer software for analysis of flow cytometry data and learn how to read, review and critique journal articles.
Prerequisites: CHE 112, earning a ‘C-’ or higher, BIO 263. BIO 206 is a pre- or co-requisite. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered spring, alternate years. 4 credits BIO/CHE 315 - Introduction to Scientific Presentations 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. One-hour lecture. Offered spring. 1 credit BIO 318 - Virology 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. Students conduct and write a substantive paper related to the pathanogenesis of a specific virally-induced disease.
Prerequisite: BIO 263. Three hours lecture. Offered spring, alternate years. 3 credits BIO 320 - Animal Behavior 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. Three hours lecture. Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 331 - Neuroscience 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. Three hours lecture. Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 348 - Ecology 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.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, earning a ‘C-’ or higher. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered fall, alternate years. 4 credits BIO 350 - Topics in Biology 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. 1–3 credits BIO 351 - Biochemistry of Cancer This course investigates the molecular and biochemical principles that explain the characteristics leading to the development and spread of cancer. The main concepts that shape our understanding of how cancer arises will be reviewed.
Topics include DNA mutations and repair mechanisms, gene regulation, growth factor signaling and oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, apoptosis, cellular differentiation, metastasis, and gene interactions. Infections causing human cancer will also be examined. Students will explore a particular form of cancer in detail, write a research paper that includes a critique of the scientific literature, and present a summary to the class as a mini-lecture.
Prerequisite: BIO 263 and CHE 211. BIO 206 is a pre- or co-requisite. Three hours lecture, Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 352 - Bioinformatics Bioinformatics is the study of genes and their function and strives to characterize the complete genetic makeup of a wide array of organisms. Applications of bioinformatics range from basic cell and molecular biology, to evolutionary biology, structural biology, pharmacology, human genetics and forensics.
Students will gain hands-on experience with DNA manipulation computer software techniques, using the process of genome sequencing, basic bioinformatics tools used to analyze genes and genomes, as well as current methods for analyzing protein function (Fly-Trap analysis) that has been enabled by the completion of the Drosophila melanogaster genome.
Prerequisite: BIO 263. Three hours lecture, Offered as needed. 3 credits BIO 420 - Immunology 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. Three hours lecture. Offered spring, alternate years. 3 credits BIO 430 - Developmental Biology 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 as well as slide material also will be studied as part of the course.
Prerequisite: BIO 206. Three hours lecture. Offered occasionally. 3 credits BIO/CHE 440 - Biochemistry I 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 bio-membranes. 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. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Lab fee. Offered fall, alternate years. 4 credits BIO/CHE 441 - Biochemistry II 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. Three hours lecture. Offered spring, alternate years. 3 credits BIO/CHE 444 - Senior Seminar 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. One and one-half hours lecture. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits (1.5 credits per semester) R-BIO 466 - Undergraduate Research This course offers an independent, but directed, collaborative course of study involving a speciﬁc research agenda in a biology 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. Variable hours. Lab fee. Offered fall, spring or summer. Variable credits. BIO 488 - Internship Students in the major have the opportunity to participate in a supervised field experience at an approved off-campus facility, focusing on topics related to the biology field.
Credit can be earned in multiple semesters, but only one grade is recorded. Limited to junior and senior biology majors only with science GPA of 2.33 or higher and department approval.
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. Variable hours. Offered fall, spring or summer. 1-3 credits BIO/CHE 489 - Biological Curriculum and Methods 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.
Limited to students seeking secondary education certiﬁcation in biology or chemistry. Three hours lecture. Offered fall. 3 credits BIO 499 - Independent Study In-depth coverage of a single topic, appropriate for upper-division biology majors, with topic to be chosen by mutual agreement of student and instructor. Limited to biology majors only with a science GPA of 2.33 or higher.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair, and Dean for Academic Affairs. Variable hours. Fee. Offered fall, spring and summer. Variable credits