Biology

  • BIO 1450 Emergency Medical Technology

    This course presents a contract offering limited to persons involved in the delivery of emergency medical care who intend to take the New York State Health Department's certifying exam for emergency medical technicians. Students will learn about all major aspects of trauma, medical emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, victim extrication, transport, spinal injuries, shock, airway management techniques, and use of an anti-shock garment. In addition to 90 hours of classroom/laboratory work, students will complete one hour of observation and assistance in a hospital emergency room. Eligibility: MAT 0500 or greater; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1500 Human Biology

    This course covers basic structures and functions of the human body. Students will learn about the chemical basis of life, cellular structure and metabolism, tissues, and an overall survey of the organ systems of the body. An introduction to human evolution is presented. Recent developments in science, medicine, and health coupled with environmental issues and their impact on health are incorporated into the course. Laboratory exercises include use of the microscope, experimentation, and hands-on investigation of organ systems. Corequisite: ENG 1510, Reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1510 Health Science

    Students will investigate a variety of health-related topics, many of which are useful in planning a healthier lifestyle. Topics include stress, mental health, nutrition, human sexuality and reproduction, birth control, sexually transmitted and other diseases, cardiovascular health, cancer, drugs (including alcohol), and environmental health. This survey course is appropriate for non-science majors. Corequisite: ENG 0430 and ENG 0410; Reading score Accuplacer 70+. Note: Eligibility for ENG 1510 is strongly recommended. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1515 Biology of Amphibians/Reptiles

    Students will learn the basic organismal biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification, behavior, and ecological relevance of amphibians and reptiles. In addition to basic amphibian and reptile biology topics highlighting unique features of these charismatic and often poorly-understood animals will be discussed. Students will examine amphibians and reptiles as part of our environment including inter and intra-specific interactions, environmental pressures and conservation issues. Students will explore the biomedical relevance of amphibians and reptiles to mankind as biological indicators, sources of medically relevant pharmacological agents as well as significant threats to human health in some parts of the world (snake bite, crocodile attacks). Current conservation issues surrounding global decline in amphibian species and other future threats to the continued survival of these groups will be discussed. Eligibility: ENG 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1520 Biology of Birds

    In this introduction to birds, one of the most colorful and popular groups of animals on our planet, students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification by sight and song, behavior, and ecological importance. Outdoor fieldwork is included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1525 Wildflowers of Spring

    Students will explore the beauty and biology of out local spring wildflowers, and gain a fascinating glimpse into the identification, classification, evolution, survival strategies, conservation challenged, and ecological significance of our springtime ephemerals. Complex co-evolutionary strategies for pollination, seed dispersal, and defense against herbivory will be examined, and ecological relationships and interdependencies among fungi, flowers, and animals will be explored. Various threats to active plant communities, such as habitat loss, climate change, loss of pollinators, and impacts of invasive species will be described and discuss. Lectures will incorporate multimedia content, outdoor fieldwork, and hands-on exploration and identification of our backyard blooms in local fields, forests, and wetlands. Eligibility: ENG 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1540 Biology of Insects

    This course studies insects, the most abundant and diverse group of animals on our planet. Students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological and economic importance. Field trips and a small insect collection are required. Outdoor fieldwork included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1550 Intro to Environmental Science

    Students will study environmental science emphasizing the history of environmental concerns, biomes, and how species interact with each other?s and their environment (air, water, and soil). Through lecture and laboratory discussions and activities, students will investigate biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy resources, land use management, and other related topics. This course is appropriate for both science and non-science majors. Eligibility: ENG 1510, MAT 0600 (or higher); Reading 80+. J fall. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1560 Biology of Mammals

    This course studies mammals, the group considered to be the peak of animal evolution. Students will learn about physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological importance. Outdoor fieldwork included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1570 Principles of Biology I

    Students will identify, understand, and interpret fundamental biological principles such as biodiversity, evolution, ecology, chemical foundations of life, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, photosynthesis, respiration, cellular reproduction, and classical, human and molecular genetics. Laboratory may include one or more outdoor experiences. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or Corequisites: CHE 1500 or CHE 1530 and MAT 0600 and ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1575 Biology: A Molecular Approach

    Students will understand how science is actually performed, with a special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of science. Basic principles of biology will be taught in context of fundamental principles of chemistry and physics to broaden understanding of the natural world. Students will perform research projects that focus on gene expressions/cell biology and ecosystems to reinforce these basic principles. Additionally, through their authentic applications of scientific method, students will learn basic skills like laboratory relevant math, reagent preparation, lab notebook keeping skills, pipeting and micropipeting skills, etc. This course is intended for biotechnology majors of those with interest in pursuing a career in fields related to genetics, molecular biology or cellular biology (including medicine). Corequisite: ENG1510. Prerequisite: MAT 0600 or higher, High School Chemistry or CHE1500 or CHE 1530, minimum college level reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1580 Principles of Biology II

    Students will recognize, identify, describe, and classify representatives of the major phylogenetic and taxonomic groups of life on earth, surveying the three domains of life?s biodiversity and the archaea, bacteria, protist, fungi, plant, and animal realms. Students will study evolutionary history and relationships, life cycles, reproductive strategies, morphology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecological roles of representative organisms. Laboratory may include one or more outdoor experiences. This survey course is appropriate for both science and non-science majors. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1710 Personal Health and Safety

    Designed for non-science majors, this course deals with emergency medical problems as they relate to sudden illness, accidents, environmental emergencies, and life threatening situations. Students will learn about legal responsibilities, bleeding, shock, soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, syncope, diabetic emergencies, seizures, strokes, poisoning, and alcohol abuse. Successful course completion may possibly lead to American Red Cross certifications in both community CPR, first aid/responding to emergencies, and automatic external defibrillation (AED). Appropriate for non-science majors. Corequisite: ENG 0430 and ENG 0410; Reading score Accuplacer 70+. Note: Eligibility for ENG 1510 is strongly recommended. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1820 SURI: Biotechnology I

    Students will be exposed to authentic laboratory environments and the practice application of scientific method in context of research projects. The course is divided into laboratory experience and a weekly three-hour colloquium where students receive lectures on key topics and present scientific literature. Colloquium also trains students in lab notebook keeping, scientific presentation skills and reading/presenting biotechnology and biomedical literature. Students are divided into either Biotechnology I or Biotechnology II, depending on their level of experience, but are blended together in a single course. Biotechnology I students are required to understand and explain the methods used and data presented in scientific literature and in their own research. Research topics range from cancer biology and immunology to environmental biotechnology and deliberately use methods and interpretation of results unique to the field of biotechnology. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1830 SURI: Environmental I

    Students will participate in environmental research that pertains to their area of interest and/or as requested by local environmental organizations. As part of this experience, students will read, interpret, and present published scientific research papers. Students will be responsible for experimental design, maintaining a laboratory journal, and acquiring the necessary laboratory and field research skills to complete their research and present their results. Students are divided into either Environmental I or Environmental II, depending on their level of experience, but are blended together in a single course. Environmental I students are expected to function as technicians. As such, they will learn how to function in a research setting, learn scientific record-keeping and how to design and perform a well controlled experiment reproducibly. Prerequisite: BIO 1570. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 1902 Genetics - (Lecture only)

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  • BIO 2010 Biology Internship

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2012 Biotechnology Internship

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2013 Environmental Sci Internship

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2020 Biology Internship II

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2022 Biotechnology Internship II

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2023 Environmental Sci Intrnshp II

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2510 Anatomy & Physiology I

    This first of two sequential human anatomy and physiology courses is designed for students who have had little or no previous study of the body or the physical and chemical principles on which body structure and function is based. In this course, students will learn basic chemistry and physics, cytology, and histology. Students will study the following organ systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory. In the accompanying laboratory, students will learn basic terminology, microscopy, animal dissection, organ dissection, and experimental process and protocols. Prerequisite: high school chemistry, CHE 1500, or CHE 1530; Corequisite: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. It is strongly recommended that students have an appropriate biology course. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2520 Anatomy & Physiology II

    In this second of two sequential human anatomy and physiology courses, students will study water, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, and the following organ systems: urinary, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive. In the accompanying laboratory students will perform animal dissection, organ dissection, and will implement experimental process and protocols. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 2510; Eligibility: ENG 1530; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2531 Microbiology

    Students will identify the microorganisms of importance to medicine, industry, and the natural world. Topics include microbial taxonomy; cultivation; metabolism; genetics; physical, chemical, and chemotherapeutic agents of microbial control; host defense mechanisms and immunology; biology; epidemiology; and selected bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral pathogens of medical significance. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575 or BIO 2510; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2532 Microbiology - LAB

    Students will become skilled in appropriate techniques for handling bacterial cultures, identifying specimens and implementing and evaluating various standard diagnostic procedures. Prerequisite: BIO 1570, or BIO 1575, or BIO 2510; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2550 Conservation Biology

    Students will study, discuss, and present information related to the global loss of biodiversity. Traditional as well as modern conservation practices will be discussed emphasizing the ways in which the principles of genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology are being utilized to conserve and protect at-risk species and global biodiversity. The growing need for the application of ecological principles to our human role in the environment, including topics such as habitat alteration and fragmentation, introduction of exotic species, ecological economics, the importance of diversity, and extinction will be discussed. Multiple field trips will be included outside of scheduled class time. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or (BIO 1575 and BIO 1580); Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2560 Genetics

    Students will identify the fundamental concepts of heredity, including Mendelian principles and extensions, structure and replication of chromosomes, gene and chromosomal mutations, gene linkage and chromosome mapping, transcription and translation, regulation of gene expression, mechanisms of mutation, recombination and repair, population genetics, molecular evolution, cloning and recombinant DNA technology, and other contemporary topics. Prerequisites: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; Corequisite: CHE 1550; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2570 Environmental Issues/Ethics

    Students will gain critical understanding of the impacts of human activities as they affect the earth and the web of life it sustains from both ethical and scientific perspectives. Contemporary environmental issues such as methods and limitations of science and moral reasoning, global warming, ozone depletion, deforestation, animal rights, population growth, waste disposal, biodiversity, and species extinction will be discussed. This team-taught course is offered under biology for natural science credit (BIO 2570) or philosophy for humanities credit (PHL 2570). Prerequisites: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2600 Planet Earth: Critical Topics

    Students will examine critical issues affecting humanity and the global environment, from an in-depth, three-part perspective. Students will investigate the science of selected topics of global environmental significance, explore their causes and consequences within contemporary culture, and evaluate the impacts and importance of the mass media in public perception concerning these issues. Corequisite: ENG 1530 and a reading score of 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2620 Tropical Biology

    Students will experience "hands-on" learning about South and Central American tropical habitats, including rainforests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and Caribbean coastal shore areas, via classroom lectures and travel to Costa Rica, Panama, or other biodiverse sites during spring recess. Animals and plants typical of both marine and terrestrial tropical communities will be explored and identified, and their various habitats will be investigated. Prerequisites: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575, and permission of the instructor; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Rigorous physical activities, including swimming, snorkeling, and hiking are required. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2640 Animal Behavior

    Students will master a variety of topics including the nature of instinct, biological basis of aggression, social communication, animal navigation and migration, mating and reproductive behavior, and territoriality. Both classical and recent studies, including those that deal with human behavior will be represented. Field trips may be an additional part of the course. Prerequisite: a college biology or psychology course. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2660 Zoology

    In this introduction to the animal kingdom, students will be asked to identify and understand animal morphology, development, behavior, relationships with the environment, and the evolutionary history of numerous phyla and classes of animals. This course explains what animals are, what they do, and how they came to be. One or more field trips will be included. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2670 Botany

    Using a classical taxonomic study of the botanical realm, students will gain an understanding of bacteria, phytoprotists, fungi, and the true plants, and explore the ecological, evolutionary, and economic significance of these organisms. Emphasis is placed on the morphology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of botanical organisms through the study of cells, tissues and organs, life cycles and reproductive strategies, evolutionary relationships and trends, taxonomic classification, and related contemporary issues. Laboratory includes off-campus field trips and outdoor fieldwork assignments. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2760 Nutrition

    Students will evaluate the importance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water, energy metabolism, nutritional needs throughout the life cycle, nutrition and disease states, food safety, and consumer issues dealing with nutrition. Prerequisite: A High School Biology Course or BIO 1570 or BIO 1575, or BIO 2510; Corequisite: ENG 1510 and college level reading score Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2800 Cell and Molecular Biology

    This course examines the structure and function of living cells. The course extends and adds to the fundamental cell biology knowledge students acquire in BIO 1570, Principles of Biology I. In the lecture component of the course, students will learn about energy use by cells; cellular proteins and enzymes; DNA, chromosomes, and gene expression; membrane structure and transport; cellular organelles; cell communication; the cytoskeleton; and control of the cell cycle and cell death. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will learn how to perform contemporary methods used to manipulate cells and molecules within cells. Prerequisite: BIO 1570 or BIO 1575; Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2810 Biotechnology Research

    Students will be introduced to problem-solving using modern laboratory techniques in molecular biology that were first introduced in courses such as: Principles of Biology, Genetics, and Cell and Molecular Biology. Problem solving draws on the basic techniques of molecular biology used in the study of gene structure and function, including DNA/RNA and plasmid isolation, protein extraction, Southern blotting and Western blotting, PCR, gene cloning, and others. This course provides hands-on experience with the techniques and instrumentation used in the modern biotechnology laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 2560; Corequisite: BIO 2800. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2820 SURI: Biotechnology II

    Students will be exposed to authentic laboratory environments and the practice application of scientific method in context of research projects. The course is divided into laboratory experience and a weekly three hour colloquium where students receive lectures on key topics and present scientific literature. Colloquium also trains students in lab notebook keeping, scientific presentation skills and reading/presenting biotechnology and biomedical literature. Students are divided into either Biotechnology I or Biotechnology II, depending on their level of experience, but are blended together in a single course. Biotechnology II students are required to understand and explain the underlying concepts in scientific literature and in their own research at an undergraduate level. This includes the methods, results, and conclusions drawn in the research. Research topics range from cancer biology and immunology to environmental biotechnology and deliberately use methods and interpretation of results unique to the field of biotechnology. Prerequisite: ENG 1530; BIO 1700 or BIO 2531 or BIO 2560, OR BIO 2800. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2830 SURI: Environmental II

    Students will participate in environmental research that pertains to their area of interest and/or as requested by local environmental organizations. As part of this experience, students will read, interpret, and present published scientific research papers. Students will be responsible for experimental design, maintaining a laboratory journal, and acquiring the necessary laboratory and field research skills to complete their research and present their results. Students are divided into either Environmental I or Environmental II, depending on their level of experience, but are blended together in a single course. Environmental II students are expected to function like an advanced student. In addition to Environmental I expectations, they are also expected to understand and communicate how the papers they present fit into the underlying science. Prerequisite: ENG 1530; BIO 1570; and BIO 1580, or BIO 1830, or BIO 2550 or BIO 2600, or BIO 2660, or BIO 2670. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2840 Immunology

    Students will study the mechanisms needed to establish normal immunity, as well as the biological problems that can arise in allergies, autoimmunity, and chronic inflammation. As such they will learn about diseases from which so many suffer. In addition, during laboratories, students will be engaged in individual research projects to learn invaluable standard operating procedures for laboratory work, like good note keeping, making reagents, etc. The research projects will be used as a vehicle for them to learn the important biotechnology techniques and concepts that have developed out of the field of immunology, as well as to prepare them for an undergraduate research experience should they choose. Special emphasis will be placed on the nexus between immunology, molecular biology, and pathophysiology. Prerequisite: BIO 2560 or BIO 2800. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2905 A&P Nervous Systm/Spec Senses

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  • BIO 2906 Anatomy & Phys - Lecture

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  • BIO 2907 C. Nervous & Endocrine Systems

    Students will study both the endrocrine and central nervous systems in lecture and lab formats to demonstrate thier understanding of how these systems impact the function of the human body. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 2908 A&P II - Lecture

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  • BIO 7006 Wildflowers of Spring

    Students will explore the beauty of biology of our local spring wildflowers and gain a fascinating glimpse into the identification, classification, evolution, survival strategies, conservation challenges, and ecological significance of our springtime ephemerals. Complex co-evolutionary strategies for pollination, seed dispersal, and defense against herbivory will be examined, and ecological relationships and interdependencies among fungi, flowers, and animals will be explored. Various threats to native plant communities, such as habitat loss, climate change, loss of pollinators, and impacts of invasive species will be described and discussed. Lectures will incorporate multimedia content, outdoor fieldwork, and hand-on exploration and identification of our backyard blooms in local fields, forests, and wetlands. Prerequisites: Eligibility ENG 1510; reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 7007 Biology of Amphibians/Reptiles

    Students will learn the basic organismal biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification, behavior, and ecological relevance of amphibians and reptiles. Even though these animals are often mentioned in conjunction they are actually quite different from one another. In addition to basic amphibian and reptile biology topics highlighting unique features of these charismatic and often poorly-understood animals will be discussed. This course examines amphibians and reptiles as part of our environment including inter and intra-specific interactions, environmental pressures and conservation issues. It explores the biomedical relevance of amphibians and reptiles to mankind as biological indicators, sources of medically relevant pharmacological agents as well as significant threats to human health in some parts of the world (snake bite, crocodile attacks). It covers current conservation issues surrounding global decline in amphibian species and other future threats to the continued survival of these groups. Lectures will incorporate multimedia contents and some outdoor fieldwork and hands-on activities will reinforce lecture content. Prerequisites: Eligibility ENG 1510; reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 7008 Sustainable Food Production

    Students will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainable food production. Emphasis will be placed in the importance of reducing the negative global ecological impacts of industrial food production by using more sustainable methods. To achieve these goals, students will design and build a functional aquaponics system in the roof top greenhouse on the Science Center. Students will also learn about the importance of composting and get the opportunity to create their own composting system. This course is designed to be taken in conjunction with the introduction to environmental science class and allow students to further explore some of the topics introduced within that course. Corequisite: BIO 1550. Master Course Syllabus

  • BIO 8509 Cancer: Causation and Cures

    Students will learn key concepts in Cancer Biology with the intention of familiarizing them with the causes of this disease and possible routes for cures. Topics will include membrane receptors and mechanisms of signal transduction in oncogenesis, tumor suppressor genes, oncogenic viruses, multistep tumorigenesis, metastasis and cellular trafficking, angiogenesis and the impact of epigenetics on cancer. Additionally, state of the art technologies that are leading to cures will be covered. Prerequisites: BIO 2800 Master Course Syllabus