Houston Baptist University Catalog

Biology (BIOL) Course Descriptions

BIOL 1004 Introductory Biology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 1404

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 1404.

BIOL 1014 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 1414

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 1414.

BIOL 1404 Introductory Biology
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 1004

This course is a general survey of biology including the study of plants, animals, ecology, and some marine biology. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be applied toward a biology major.

BIOL 1414 Introductory Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 1014

A general introduction of microbiology with emphasis placed on public health. Various disease-causing agents are discussed. Procedures used in disinfection and sterilization are demonstrated with consideration given to infection control. Includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be counted for credit toward a biology major.

BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2404

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2404.

BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2004 and BIOL 2404
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2414

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2414.

BIOL 2054 General Biology I Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): SAT Composite 1040 or ACT Composite 22 or 12 credit hours of college course work
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2454

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2454.

BIOL 2055 General Biology II Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2054 and BIOL 2454
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2455

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2455.

BIOL 2181 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): None
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 2214 Medical Terminology
Prerequisite(s): None
This course provides a comprehensive study of medical terminology including word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. Students build and analyze thousands of medical terms, and in the process, study the structure and functions of human body systems and diseases. This course cannot be counted for credit toward the biology major.

BIOL 2281 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): None
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 2381 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): None
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2004

The course deals with the anatomical description and functions of the systems of the human body. Emphasis is placed upon the interrelationship between structure and function with maintenance and homeostasis being the unifying principle. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2404
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2014

The course deals with the anatomical description and functions of the systems of the human body. Emphasis is placed upon the interrelationship between structure and function with maintenance and homeostasis being the unifying principle. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 2454 General Biology I
Prerequisite(s): SAT composite 1040 or ACT composite 22 or 12 hrs college coursework
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2054

This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include cell structure and function, biological diversity, plant biology, and ecology. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 2455 General Biology II
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454
Corequisite(s): BIOL 2055

This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include animal tissues and organ systems, animal structure and function, life processes, biological diversity and the theory of evolution. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 2481 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): None
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 3004 Environmental Science Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3404

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3404.

BIOL 3014 Microbiology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3414

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3414.

BIOL 3033 Pathophysiology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3433

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3433.

BIOL 3034 Ecology and Field Biology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3434

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3434.

BIOL 3044 Genetics Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3444

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3444.

BIOL 3054 General Physiology Laborabory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3454

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3454.

BIOL 3056 Advanced Human Anatomy Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3456

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3456.

BIOL 3064 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3464

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3464.

BIOL 3181 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 3281 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): None
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
Prerequiste(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and CHEM 2415
This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, energy transformations, DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.

BIOL 3335 Nutrition and Metabolism
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301) or (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414 and BIOL 2454 and BIOL 3301)
Nutrition and Metabolism is designed to acquaint the student with the role of nutrients in health, the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, and the importance of nutrition in preventive and curative medicine.

BIOL 3375 Human Genetics
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of human genetics and its molecular and clinical implications. Topics include the chromosomal, molecular, and biochemical basis of disease, prenatal diagnosis, and genetic counseling. (Offered also as BCMB 3375.)

BIOL 3381 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included. .

BIOL 3404 Environmental Science
Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3004

This course is a study of the interrelationships of the natural world and the interactions or organisms with their environment. Analysis of populations, both natural and human, in their communities and the impact of the physical factors will be explored. Current environmental issues will also be discussed. Sampling techniques and field studies will be emphasized. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be counted for credit toward the biology major.

BIOL 3414 Microbiology
Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3014

This course is a general survey of the microorganisms and includes the morphology, physiology, and control of the organisms most important to humans. The microbiology of soil, food, water, and disease will be considered. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Offered also as BCMB 3414.)

BIOL 3433 Pathophysiology
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3033

A general study of structure and function of human cells including the basic cellular requirements for life. The importance of fluid distribution, fluid volume and fluid balance along with abnormal deviations will be covered. The student will obtain an understanding of the pathology of the cardiovascular system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, excretory system, and musculo-skeletal system. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3434 Ecology and Field Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3034

This course studies ecological concepts concerning ecosystems from a population, interspecific and community perspective. Sampling techniques and field studies will be emphasized. Analysis of populations in their communities will be explored. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3444 Genetics
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3044

This course deals with the molecular and chromosomal basis of inheritance. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, and molecular genetics. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3454 General Physiology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3054

This course deals with the function of selected organ systems in vertebrates with the major emphasis on humans. Mechanisms of kidney function, circulation, respiration, nerve transmission, muscular contraction, endocrine function, and digestion are discussed in detail. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3056

This is an advanced study of the anatomical structure of the human body. Body structure will be studied by organ systems and will involve a balance between gross anatomical study and histology. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3464 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 3064

A comparative study of the anatomy of representative vertebrates which stresses the patterns and interrelationship among vertebrates. A foundation is also provided for understanding the functions of vertebrate organs and systems. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 3481 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 4023 Histology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4423

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4423.

BIOL 4024 Molecular BIology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4424

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4424.

BIOL 4025 Drug Action Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4425

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4425.

BIOL 4033 Embryology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4433

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4433.

BIOL 4043 Neuroscience Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4443

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4443.

BIOL 4044 Virology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4444

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4444.

BIOL 4064 Immunology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4464

This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4464.

BIOL 4181 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 4272 Integrating the Concepts in Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3414 and BIOL 3444
This course will integrate the knowledge, theories, and skills expected of a biologist. Topics will encompass and reinforce the material found in the courses of the Biology Core.

BIOL 4281 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 4297 Research in Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3414 and BIOL 3444
Laboratory research is offered for a student majoring in Biology. At the conclusion of the research, a written paper will be presented to the student's seminar advisor and an oral presentation of the results will be presented.

BIOL 4324 Advanced Cell Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
This course provides an in-depth study of selected dynamic processes that occur in living cells. Topics include DNA regulation and expression of genes; DNA repair; protein synthesis and function; protein sorting; vesicular traffic; cell signaling; and control of cell division. (Offered also as BCMB 4324.)

BIOL 4325 Endocrinology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BOP: 3301
This course provides students with a working knowledge of endocrinology. Topics include the historical development of endocrinology; structure and function of the major hormone groups; models for cell signaling; how hormones influence metabolism; and diseases caused by abnormalities of the endocrine system.

BIOL 4363 Medical Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3414
A study of microbial organisms that cause disease in humans. The characteristics of each pathogen are discussed along with its pathogenesis and pathology. (Offered also as BCMB 4363.)

BIOL 4375 Cancer Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
This course examines the development of cancer at the cellular and molecular levels. Topics covered include tumor suppressors, oncogenes, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, telomerase, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Cancer prevention, screen, diagnosis, and treatment will also be introduced.

BIOL 4381 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

BIOL 4423 Histology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4023

A study of the fine structure of normal human tissue is the principle area of consideration in this course. Tissue techniques will be included in order to afford an appreciation of the types of preparations used in the laboratory. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 4424 Molecular Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4024

This course presents recent developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Topics included are recombinant DNA; DNA cloning; DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; monoclonal antibodies; genetic engineering of plants and animals; and the human genome project. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Offered also as BCMB 4424.)

BIOL 4425 Drug Action
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4025

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology as related to the anatomy and physiology of certain body systems. Specific topics include principles of drug receptors; pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; the actions of cholinoceptor-activating, cholinesterase-blocking, and cholinesterase-inhibiting drugs; adrenoceptor-activating and adrenoceptor-blocking drugs; and antihypertensive, antidepressant, and chemotherapeutic drugs. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 4433 Embryology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4033

This is a study of the normally developing human from conception through birth. Common congenital defects are briefly discussed. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 4443 Neuroscience
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4043

This course surveys the organization and functioning of the human nervous system. Action potentials and synaptic transmissions are emphasized. Sensory systems and movement are also considered along with new models that illustrate the function of memory systems. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

BIOL 4444 Virology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4044

This course is an introduction to the principles of animal virology. The classification and replicative cycles of viruses are compared to their pathogenic mechanisms. Viral oncogenes and modern anti-viral chemotherapy and immunization are discussed. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory. (Offered also as BCMB 4444.)

BIOL 4464 Immunology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
Corequisite(s): BIOL 4064

This course is an introductory study of the biological and clinical approaches to immunology. Discussions center on the mechanisms responsible for various clinical syndromes as well as basic immunological phenomena such as antibody diversity, T cell receptor diversity, antigen presentation, signaling across cellular receptors, and cell activation. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory. (Offered also as BCMB 4464.)

BIOL 4481 Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.