Courses Descriptions

BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credit hours)

This course examines the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology of the human organism with emphasis on cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. This course is for allied health majors. Prerequisite: C or better in High School Biology and Chemistry or C- or better in BIO 11404 and CHM 10404. Fall, Spring.

BIO 10204 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credit hours) 

This course examines the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology of the human organism with emphasis on nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. This course is designed for Allied Health majors. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 10104 (Nurses: C or better in BIO 10104). Spring.

BIO 10302 Microbiology for Nurses (2 credit hours)

This is a survey course to provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts and methodology of the discipline of microbiology. This course provides a study of microorganisms with emphasis on their relationship to pathogenesis, disease prevention and principles of immunology. Two lecture hours. This course is designed for nursing students ONLY. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 10104 (Nurses: C or better in BIO 10104). Spring.

BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology (4 Credit Hours)

This course will cover major biological topics about the origin, development, and organization of life. Through lab activities, students will learn to analyze data and use the scientific method to solve problems. Current issues related to biological topics will be discussed as appropriate. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Fall, Spring, Summer.

BIO 12104 Biology 1 (4 Credit Hours)

Introduces students to the basic concepts of cellular and molecular biology, including but not limited to the studies of the molecules of life, membrane structure and function, cell structure and function, DNA, DNA replication, cellular replication, and basic patterns of inheritance. Students will also be introduced to the process of scientific inquiry, including hypothesis testing and data analysis. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Note: This course can be used in place of Principles of Biology to meet the General education requirement for life sciences. However, Principles of Biology may not be substituted for Biology 1 for a major in biology or environmental science. Fall, Spring.

BIO 12204 Biology 2 (4 Credit Hours)

Survey of living organisms, including bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, with emphasis on evolution, classification, and the design and function of major biological systems. Students will also be introduced to basic evolutionary and ecological principles. Scientific inquiry including observational skills, experimental design, and data analysis will be emphasized throughout the course. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 12104, Fall, Spring.

BIO 20303 Ecology (3 Credit Hours)

Fundamental ecological principles, including factors controlling species distributions, animal behavior, population growth and demography, species interactions, community structure and diversity, and basic ecosystem processes are covered in this course. Students are required to do inquiry-based investigations and analysis of data. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 12204. Fall.

BIO 21304 Microbiology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the structure, physiology, classification, and interactions of microorganisms with emphasis on microbes of importance to medicine, industry, and biotechnology. It also includes mechanisms of pathogenicity, body defense mechanisms, and immunology. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20303 and BIO 21303. Spring.

BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 Credit Hours)

This course examines the concepts of anatomy and physiology as they are found in the human organism. Presentations are on the basis of structure, function, and interaction in the areas of cell metabolism, tissues, skin, bone, joints, muscles, central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and endocrinology. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 12204. Fall.

BIO 22404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 Credit Hours)

This course examines the concepts of anatomy and physiology as they are found in the human organism. Presentations are on the basis of structure, function, and interaction in the areas of cardiology, blood, respiration, lymphatics, digestion, nutrition, renal, water balance, reproduction and development. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 21404. Spring.

BIO 28801-03 Selected Topics in Biology (1-3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to be taught on demand. It could include research or a seminar approach to topics of biological significance. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, and permission of instructor and School Chair. Course fee required. On Demand.

BIO 31303 Advanced Ornithology (3 Credit Hours) 

This course examines the roles of birds in the web of planetary life, and their adaptive radiation into all of the Earth’s ecosystems through time. Avian life histories, anatomical and physiological adaptations, and mating systems will be emphasized. Breeding species of local occurrence will be utilized as examples when possible. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303 or HC BIO 271. Hocking Campus Only. Spring.

BIO 31404 Vertebrate Zoology (4 Credit Hours) 

The classification, identification, comparative anatomy, and natural history of the vertebrates are considered in this course. Dissection is utilized to study the organ systems of representatives of the classes. Emphasis is given to the identification and natural history of the species common to our region. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303. Spring alternate years.

BIO 32202 Ecological Methodology (2 Credit Hours) 

This course focuses on methods used for ecology-type lab and field studies. In addition to building on the basic application of techniques already examined in lower-level courses as well as introducing other approaches, the nature of the data produced by such methodologies, the reliability of the data obtained and the assumptions of the techniques are considered. Design and analysis of both observational and experimental studies will be emphasized. Two hours lecture. Prerequisite: HC WLM 245 or RIO BIO 35304 and HC MATH 250 Hocking Campus Only. Fall.

BIO 32303 Mammalogy (3 Credit Hours) 

This course is a study of mammals with an emphasis on diversity, distribution, life history, ecology, and field techniques. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303 or HC WM 156. Hocking Campus Only. Fall.

BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a survey of the major groups of invertebrates with emphasis on taxonomy, structure, reproduction, and evolution. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303. Fall alternate years.

BIO 34404/CHM 34404 Introduction to Biochemistry (4 Credit Hours)

This is an introductory course that covers the structure, function, and reactions of biological macromolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Four hours lecture. Prerequisites: CHM 27303 and BIO 12404. Fall.

BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology (4 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on the various types of terrestrial and ecosystems common to the region with an emphasis on biotic and abiotic components and their relationships. Laboratory work will include use of specimen collection techniques, use of taxonomic keys, use of soil and water analysis equipment, and other ecological field methods. Students are required to do inquiry-based investigations and analysis of data. Three hours lecture, three ours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 with a grade of C- or better. Fall.

BIO 35403 Field Botany (3 credit hours)

This course covers field identification of local plants. Topics covered include basic classification, naming, taxonomic keys, life histories, and basic growth patterns. Emphasis is on the recognition of woody species of the region. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Spring.

BIO 36303 Local Flora (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers classification, morphology, distribution, and identification of the woody and herbaceous plants. Emphasis is on the recognition of the plants and plant communities of the region. One hour lecture, four hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303 or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife Sciences. Hocking Campus Only. Spring.

BIO 36404 Genetics (4 Credit Hours)

Variation and heredity in living organisms are considered at the whole organism, molecular, and population levels. This course includes an examination of the historical development of genetics from Mendel to modern research on DNA. This course also examines current biotechnology and some of its implications to society. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20303 and BIO 21304. Fall.

BIO 37404 Cell Biology (4 Credit Hours)

This course involves the study of cell structure and function, membrane structure, and function with emphasis at the molecular level. It also includes energetics, metabolism, nucleic acid functions, reproduction, and cellular interactions. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20303 and BIO 21304 On Demand.

BIO 37103 Principles of Conservation Genetics (3 Credit Hours) 

This course is a broad survey of genetic principles and techniques as they apply to the management and conservation of wildlife populations. Beginning with an overview of foundational genetic concepts, the course will progress through contemporary techniques of measuring and characterizing genetic diversity to basic modeling of population genetics. Special emphasis will be placed on the genetics and evolution of small and fragmented wildlife populations. Some lab activities will be incorporated to complement and reinforce concepts and materials covered in lecture. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: HC BIO 121 and BIO 122 or equivalent Hocking Campus Only. Spring.

BIO 38402 Immunology (2 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of basic immunologic mechanisms, immunologic techniques (principles and application of methods), and the clinical laboratory correlation of infectious, immune complex, auto immune, immunodeficient, and immunoproliferative diseases, organ and cell transplantation, hypersensitivity states, and tumor immunology. Two hours lecture. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO 21303. Fall alternate years.

BIO 40303 Evolution (3 Credit Hours)

Evolution is the one unifying theory of modern biology. This course is an examination of the history of evolutionary theory, current concepts of the mechanisms producing change in living organisms, and evidences of these mechanisms. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: BIO 36404. Fall.

BIO 41304 Limnology (4 credit hours)

A comprehensive study of inland waters. The course focuses on the physical, chemical, biological and morphological characteristics of lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries, and wetlands. Emphasis is placed on theory and concepts of limnology in lectures and practice the techniques of water sampling and data collection and analysis in laboratory field studies. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite HC NRM 217 or similar course. Hocking Campus Only. Fall.

BIO 42303 Human - Wildlife Conflicts (3 credit hours)

Theory and practice of assessing and controlling damage done by wild and feral vertebrate animals, especially mammals and birds. Content covers the philosophical, biological, and practical basis for conducting vertebrate pest control. It includes basic information on use of traps, toxicants, repellents, exclusion and other wildlife control methods. Emphasis is on protecting agricultural crops and livestock, forest resources, an d property. Prerequisites HC WLM 156 and HC WLM 245. Hocking Campus Only. Fall.

BIO 43103 Applied Population Biology (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to introduce students to essential elements of population biology and basic mathematical models as they apply to real-world management problems. The course is organized into three main sections. The first section covers the background to the science of applied population biology, provides an overview of study design and analysis, and introduced population vital rates. The second section covers the population processes relevant to management, ranging from growth functions, to predation, to basic population modeling. The last section aims to synthesize material from previous sections with applications to problems faced by declining, small, or harvestable populations. The course is anchored in case studies and students will be exposed to a variety of issues faced by wildlife and conservation biologists. The lab component is intended to reinforce lecture concepts by introducing students to common analytical techniques and engaging students in computer-based modeling exercises. Prerequisites HC Math 250 or similar course. Hocking Campus Only. Spring.

BIO 43404 Parasitology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the parasites which infect man. Analyses of the morphology life cycles, staining characteristics, geographical habitats, and immunological characteristics will be carried out. Specimen source, collection, storage, transportation, and processing will be discussed. Relationship of parasitic findings to disease stages will be considered. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 20303 and BIO21303. Fall alternate years. Spring alternate years.

BIO 44303 Human Physiology (3 Credit Hours) 

This course is a study of the physiology of humans with special emphasis on selected organ systems and physiological mechanisms. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: BIO 10104 and BIO 10204 OR BIO 21404 and BIO 22404. Fall.

BIO 45303 Conservation Biology (3 credit hours)

Conservation Biology is the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Topics covered include: 1) the role of ecology, biogeography, and genetics in maintaining species and ecosystem diversity, 2) the effects of human activities on the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity with consideration of strategies developed to combat these threats, and 3) key economic and ethical tradeoffs required to sustain biodiversity, 4) key legislation and policies affecting conservation, 5) the role of non-governmental organizations in conservation, and the design and roles of nature preserves, zoos, and botanical gardens.. Prerequisites HC NRM 210, HC NRM 217. Hocking Campus Only. Spring

BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used in the management and conservation of natural resources. Beginning with an overview of GIS software and basic functions, the course will then address fundamental applications of GIS, including: habitat mapping, watershed analyses, species distribution modeling, disease risk mapping, and conservation area planning. The lab component will consist of conducting mini-projects using ArcGIS in each of the fundamental applications listed. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: None. Hocking Campus Only. Fall.

BIO 47301 Senior Seminar (1 Credit Hours)

A course designed for biology majors in their last semester of study. Course content includes reading, critical review, presentation and discussion of current literature in biology and related areas of specialization. Offered every semester. Students do not enroll until their final semester.

BIO 48801-03 Selected Topics in Biology (1 to 3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of topics not included in other course offerings. The format may be independent or directed studies, a research project, a scheduled class, or a seminar. Open to Biology majors or students in Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and permission of instructor and School Chair. On Demand.

BIO 49901-03 Directed Studies in Biology (1 to 3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of a selected topic in Biology, or Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management resulting in the writing of a research paper or similar project. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and School Chair. On Demand.