Biology Courses

BIO 114 Biological Concepts (GE) (4)
Introductory course to topics in cell biology, genetics, major classification, and selected environmental issues. Includes a laboratory component.

BIO 126 Environmental Science (GE) (3)
Introductory course emphasizing the world’s population and how our efforts to support it (e.g. agriculture, energy, landscaping) impact our environment.

BIO 175R Topics in Biology (3)
Topics in biology.

BIO 201 General Biology I (GE) (4)
Focuses on cellular processes including biochemistry, biomolecules, photosynthesis, glucose metabolism, genetics, and protein synthesis. Includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: High school biology and a minimum ACT math score of 23 or a minimum SAT math score of 650, or successful completion of MAT 100.

BIO 202 General Biology II (4)
Focuses on the biology of organisms and their environment. Topics include evolution, classification, biological diversity and adaptations, and interactions at both the community and ecosystem levels. Includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: BIO 201 with a grade of “C-” or better.

BIO 211 General Botany (4)
Classification of plants and other topics specific to plant life such as genetics, anatomy, physiology, diseases, and ecology. Includes a laboratory component.

BIO 212 General Zoology (4)
Classification of animals. Includes topics specific to animals including tissues, general structure and function, development, heredity, evolution, classification, and economic impact of animals on human life. Includes a laboratory component. May be taken independently of BIO 211.

BIO 228 Human Anatomy (GE) (4)
Study of the structure of different organs and organ systems in the human body and discussion on anatomical changes during development and aging. Includes a laboratory component.

BIO 275R Topics in Biology (3)
Topics in biology.

BIO 303 Seminar for Health Pre-Professional (1)
Addresses topics related to preparing for medical, dental, and veterinary school, including: how to prepare an application for professional programs, how to write a personal statement, how to research professional schools, how to prepare for taking standardized admissions tests (MCAT or DAT), medical ethics, how to find research or internship opportunities, how to prepare for interviews, options for careers in medicine, and related topics of interest. Prerequisites: Open to all students who are currently admitted into the official pre-health professionals program at Southern Virginia University.

BIO 312 Microbiology (3)
Classification, structure, metabolism, control mechanisms, and uses of microbes with special emphasis on bacteria and human diseases. Prerequisites: BIO 202. Strongly recommended: BIO 340 or CHE 383.

BIO 312L Microbiology Lab (3)
This course is an introductory microbiology laboratory course and is meant to be taken in conjunction with BIO 312 (Microbiology). The course covers basic microbiology techniques such as: sterile technique, microscopy, bacterial staining and morphology, control of microorganism, medical microbiology, bacterial identification, and public health. $25 lab fee

BIO 328 Human Physiology (4)
Designed to help students understand and appreciate how the human body works with special emphasis on the integration of the functions of various systems to maintain homeostasis. Prerequisite: BIO 201 or BIO 228. Strongly recommended: CHE 201 and 202.

BIO 338 Endocrinology (3)
Overview of human endocrine system, cellular and molecular mechanisms of hormone action and pathological conditions associated with endocrine imbalances. Prerequisite: BIO 202 or 228. Recommended: BIO 328, CHE 383

BIO 340 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4)
General genetics and molecular biology, including DNA structure and replication, transcription, translation, mutation, transmission genetics, cytogenetics, and population genetics. Includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: BIO 201 and 202. Strongly recommended BIO 345.

BIO 345 Cell Biology (3)
Molecular biology of the cell, including function of subcellular structures and gene expression. Prerequisite: BIO 201.

BIO 347 Evolution (3)
Addresses evolution from the micro scale to the macro scale. Topics include natural selection, genetic drift, population genetics, speciation, phylogenetic analysis, and a history of life on earth. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Strongly recommended BIO 340.

BIO 350 Developmental Biology (3)
Experimental analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of animals with special emphasis on vertebrate morphogenesis. Prerequisite: BIO 201 and 202.

BIO 360 General Ecology (3)
General principles related to organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems are presented. Prerequisites: BIO 201 and 202. Strongly recommended: BIO 211 and 212.

BIO 375R Topics in Biology (3)
Topics in biology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BIO 379 Clinical Observations for Health Professions (1)
One-on-one clinical experience shadowing local doctors, dentists or veterinarians. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

BIO 385R Directed Study in Biology (3)
Directed study in biology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

BIO 399 Internship/Practicum in Biology (3)
Internship or practicum in field of potential employment or advanced study. Internship proposal must be approved before registration. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BIO 497 Senior Paper Research (1)
This required course is a prerequisite for BIO 498: Senior Paper. The course focuses on evaluating scientific investigations and publications in preparation to write the Biology Senior Paper. A complete 20-25 page draft is due at the end of the semester. The paper is based upon a topic that integrates major areas of biology with related material from courses required within the curriculum. Emphasis is on library- and web-based research to support topic selection, a well-organized outline, and the paper itself. CSE citation style is emphasized. Prerequisite: upper-junior or senior class standing.

BIO 498 Senior Paper (1)
This capstone course is a requirement for biology majors. Students will revise the paper produced in BIO 497: Senior Paper Research, in order to satisfy the university’s advanced writing requirement. Students also will orally (using Powerpoint) present their papers to the biology faculty and other interested persons. Class sessions may be devoted to reviewing major biological topics in preparation for the required Biology Major Field Test, used to help evaluate the success of our program. Prerequisite: BIO 497: Senior Paper Research.