Biology Courses

Biology (BIO) courses

  • BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators

    Prerequisite(s): ACT Reading score of 18 or greater or COMPASS reading score of 81 or greater or SAT verbal score of 440 or greater or 'C' or higher in ENG 101 or IDS 150.
    General Education Component: GEC 106 - Natural World: Life Sciences with lab.

    An introduction to the unifying principles of biology and the processes of scientific investigation using an inquiry approach. Laboratory experiences model inquiry teaching methods appropriate for use in early childhood, elementary and middle school science lessons. This course is open only to early childhood, elementary, middle school and special education majors. Will fulfill a natural science component of the general education requirement for the associate of arts degree. Does not count for credit towards a major or minor in biology. Students not meeting prerequisite must have permission by department to enroll. Students receive credit toward graduation for only one of BIO 100, BIO 101. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    433Fall, SpringMOTR BIOL 100L - Essentials in Biology (Non-Science Majors) with Lab.
  • BIO 101 Biological Concepts

    Prerequisite(s): ACT Reading score of 18 or greater or COMPASS reading score of 81 or greater or SAT verbal score of 440 or greater or 'C' or higher in ENG 101 or IDS 150.
    General Education Component: GEC 107 - Natural World: Life Sciences no lab.

    Unifying principles of biology from the molecular through ecosystems level. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences. (Does not count for major or minor in biology). A student taking BIO 100 or BIO 101 receives credit toward graduation for only one of the courses. Additional course work will be required for the student taking this as an Honors course, and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringMOTR BIOL 100 - Essentials in Biology (Non-Science Majors).
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry

    Prerequisite(s): ACCUPLACER reading score of 85 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 18 or greater, or COMPASS reading score of 81 or greater, or SAT EBRW of 480 or greater, or a 'C' grade or higher in ENG 101 or IDS 150 or successful completion of the CRP reading program, grade of 'C' or better in BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 121 or BMS 110 or concurrent enrollment in any of those four courses.
    General Education Component: GEC 106 - Natural World: Life Sciences with lab.

    Organisms are studied from their behavioral, ecological, hereditary and evolutionary perspectives. Students will develop skills of gathering information about science, reasoning scientifically from that information and synthesizing responses to questions based upon that information in order to explain biological phenomena. May be taken concurrently with BIO 101. Students taking BIO 100 or BIO 101 receive credit toward graduation for only one of the courses. Additional course work will be required for the student taking this as an Honors course, and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    102Fall, Spring MOTR BIOL 100L - Essentials in Biology with Lab (Non-Science Majors).
  • BIO 121 General Biology I

    Prerequisite(s): ACCUPLACER reading score of 85 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 18 or greater, or COMPASS reading score of 81 or greater, or SAT EBRW of 480 or greater, or a 'C' grade or higher in ENG 101 or IDS 150 or successful completion of the CRP reading program and placement in MTH 130 or higher, or 'C' or better in MTH 103 and placement into ENG 110 or 'C' or better in ENG 100.
    General Education Component: GEC 106 - Natural World: Life Sciences with lab.

    First half of 2-semester introductory biology sequence for biology majors and minors. Introduction to the concepts of structure and function at the molecular and cellular level, genetics and evolution. Students not meeting prerequisite must have permission by department to enroll. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences. This course may not be taken pass/not pass. A grade of 'C' or better in this course is a prerequisite for enrollment in BIO 122. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    433Fall, SpringMOTR BIOL 150L - Biology with Lab.
  • BIO 122 General Biology II

    Prerequisite(s): Recommended completion of BIO 121 with a C or better.

    Concurrent enrollment in BIO 121 with a C or better in BIO 101, BMS 110; ENG 110, MTH 135. Second half of 2-semester introductory biology sequence for Biology majors and minors. Introduction to the biology of organisms including evolutionary history, diversity, structure and function of major taxa; and ecology. This course may not be taken pass/not pass. A grade of C or better is required to BIO 235, BIO 320, or BIO 369. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    433Spring
  • BIO 197 Selected Topics in Biology

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

    Course devoted to a biologic topic current interest. Provided the topics are different, the course may be repeated to a total of 4 credit hours. Credit for this course cannot be applied to the minimum requirements of a major or minor in biology, nor the general education (natural sciences) requirement. Supplemental course fee (variable by section)

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-4Upon demand
  • BIO 205 Life Science for Middle School

    Prerequisite(s): BIO 100 or BIO 101.

    Processes of science using the inquiry approach with reference to society, technology, and decision-making. Content covers cellular biology, plant and animal structure and function, ecology and environmental biology. Does not count for credit toward a major or minor in biology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    213Spring
  • BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology

    Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 111 or BIO 121 or BMS 110 or BMS 267 or BMS 268; and CHM 116 and CHM 117 or CHM 160 or prior acceptance into the West Plains ASN program.

    Public health aspects of microbiology, particularly causes and control of infectious diseases, immunology, sterilization and disinfection, and food and water bacteriology. Students who take BIO 210 and BIO 310 receive credit toward graduation only for BIO 310. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall, Spring
  • BIO 215 Introduction to the Diversity of Life

    Prerequisite(s): BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 121 or BMS 110.

    Introduction to the diversity in structure and function of protists, fungi, plants, and animals. This course is designed for B.S.Ed. students and does not count toward a B.A. or B.S. in biology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    213Upon demand
  • BIO 235 Genetics

    Prerequisite(s): BIO 121 or BMS 110 and CHM 116/117 or CHM 160/161 (recommended) or higher and MTH 135, MTH 138, MTH 261 or MTH 287.

    Concepts of classical, molecular and population genetics, genomics, biotechnology and epigenetics. Laboratory emphasis is on the chemical characteristics and "in vitro" manipulation of nucleic acids. Supplemental Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    432Upon demand