Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Biology (BIO)

BIO* E105 Introduction to Biology

A study of the characteristics of life, the processes living organisms use to sustain life and the way in which they pass information to future generations. The adaptations of humans are explored and compared with those of other organisms. Classification is presented to gain an appreciation of the unity and diversity of life.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG* E101 or ENG* E101IW
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E111 Introduction to Nutrition

An introduction to the principles of human nutrition. The six essential nutrients are discussed in relationship to energy, growth and metabolism. Investigation of the scientific research on foods and their effect on health, disease and weight management. Students will perform a computerized analysis of their diet and make dietary modifications based on their findings.

  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E117 Biological Basis of Health and Disease

A survey of the biochemical, cellular and systemic abnormalities that result in diseases of man. The normal and abnormal structure, function and interrelationship between the various organ systems will be explored via extensive use of case studies and independent research.

Prerequisite: BIO*105 or BIO*121
Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E121 General Biology I

An introduction to the principles and processes of living organisms. The course is designed to serve as the basis for further study in biology: it explores the chemical basis of life, including molecular biology, respiration and photosynthesis; the structure and function of the cell; the genetic basis of inheritance; and the evolution of life. Similarities and differences among organisms are also discussed. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours Laboratory.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E122 General Biology II

An introduction to the principles and processes operating in living organisms. This course is designed to serve as the basis for further study in biology. This section of the two-semester sequence explores the anatomy and physiology of: bacteria, archaea, plants, fungi and animals. Interactions between organisms and their environment will be discussed. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BIO*E121 or BIO*E105
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E175 Introduction to Marine Science

This course is an introduction to marine science. Topics to be explored include general marine biology, intertidal ecology, plankton biology, marine communities and the geomorphology of the New England coast. Some field work will be included.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E208 Forensic Science with Laboratory

An introduction to the principles of forensic science with an emphasis on logical and scientific thinking as it applies to biological and chemical physical evidence. The laboratory portion of this course develops knowledge and skills in laboratory safety, investigative techniques and the use of scientific methodologies including observation and measurement. Topics include: the analysis of DNA, fingerprints, hair and fiber, soil, bone; microscopy; chromatography; and toxicology. Students will develop proper techniques and procedures for maintaining crime scene integrity and evidence in the laboratory. 

This course is equivalent to CJS* E285 & SCI* E285. Students can only receive credit for either BIO*E208, SCI* E285, CJS* E285. 4 credits. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: CJS* E101 (CJ majors only), BIO* E105 or BIO* E121 and Eligible for ENG* E101 or ENG* E101W
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E211 Anatomy & Physiology I

The first semester of a two semester course. Lecture and laboratory will stress the molecular and cellular theories of body homeostasis. Topics include the structure of cells and tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, special senses, and nervous systems, with an underlying stress on their chemical functioning. Lab deals with chemical analysis, histology, bone and muscle identification, articulations, special senses, and nervous system anatomy.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisites: ENG* E101, BIO* E105 with a grade of C or higher. Recommended: CHE* E111
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E212 Anatomy & Physiology II

A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology II. Lecture and laboratory will stress the structure and functional aspects of the endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, and development and inheritance are also included. Lab deals with histological and detailed anatomical evaluation of body systems indicated above.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101 with a grade of "C" or higher and BIO* E211
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E235 Microbiology

The history of microbiology and a survey of microbial life. The bacteria are studied as characteristic prototypes of all microorganisms. These and other microorganisms are discussed, stressing their environment, growth, reproduction, metabolism, and relationship to humans.

3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory.

ENG* E101, CHE* E111 or CHE* E121, and BIO* E105 or BIO* E121, each with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Credits: 4
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E260 Principles of Genetics

An introductory course in genetics. Covers the basic principles of genetics from Mendel to recombinant DNA, with focus on human inheritance. Topics of emphasis include cancer, diseases with a genetic component, functional genomics, and modern methods of molecular genetics. 3 hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: BIO* E121 or equivalent
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E290 Research Methods for Health Sciences

An introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. A variety of processes, evaluation techniques and data resources are used to examine the purpose of research, identify and critique scholarly writing, and apply critical thinking and research findings to the health science field. 3 hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: MAT* E167 or equivalent
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: S

BIO* E299 Independent Study in Biology

This course is an individualized project allowing the student to independently study an area of interest in Biology under the supervision of a full-time Biology faculty member. Description of the project must be approved by the Math/Science Department, the instructor, and the Academic Dean the semester before taking the course.

Permission of Instructor
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Elective Code: S

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