Indiana University Northwest
Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Course Descriptions

BIOL-B 351 : Fungi

R: Junior or senior standing or consent of the instructor. Morphology, life histories, classification, genetics, physiology, development, ecology, medical and economic importance of fungi. (Occasionally)

BIOL-B 352 : Fungi Laboratory

P or C: B351.  R: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.  Laboratory and field studies of fungi and their activities. (Occasionally)

BIOL-B 355 : Plant Diversity

Study of major plant groups - algae to flowering plants. Information will be provided on classification, evolution, ecology, cytology, morphology, anatomy, reproduction, life cycle, and economic importance. Two lectures and one three- hour laboratory per week. (Fall)

BIOL-B 364 : Summer Flowering Plants

For those desiring a broad, practical knowledge of common wild and cultivated plants. (Summer I or II)

BIOL-E 111 : Basic Biology by Examination I

Credit by examination for demonstrating an understanding of the basic facts and concepts of the lecture content of BIOL-L 102. Credit not given for both BIOL-E 111 and BIOL-L 102 or BIOL-L 111. Lecture credit only. One additional laboratory course must be included in the core program. (Occasionally)

BIOL-E 112 : Basic Biology by Examination II

Credit by examination for demonstrating an understanding of basic facts and concepts of the lecture content of BIOL-L 101. Credit not given for both BIOL-E 112 and BIOL-L 101 or BIOL-L 112.

BIOL-L 100 : Humans and the Biological World

Principles of biological organization, from molecules through cells and organizations to populations. Emphasis on processes common to all organisms with special reference to humans. Credit will be given for only one of the following introductory-level courses or sequences: BIOL-L 100, BIOL-L 104, BIOL-L 101 - BIOL-L 102, PHSL-P 130.

BIOL-L 101 : Introduction to the Biological Sciences I

An introductory course designed for prospective biology majors and students majoring in ancillary sciences. Principles of life processes including the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, genetics, and evolution. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL-L 102 : Introduction to the Biological Sciences II

Integrates a brief survey of the diversity of life with an emphasis on a comparative review of the major functional systems in diverse groups and an introduction to the principles of ecology. (Summer, Spring) 

BIOL-L 104 : Introductory Biology Lectures

An introduction to living organisms. Designed for nonscientists with no background in biology. Does not count as a preprofessional course. Primary emphasis may vary with the instructor. Credit given for only one of the following: BIOL-L 100, BIOL-L 104, BIOL-E 112, or BIOL-Q 201.

BIOL-L 200 : Environmental Biology and Conservation

Study of flora and fauna of northwest Indiana through laboratory and fieldwork. Emphasis on identification, classification, life histories, and habitats of organisms and their conservation as renewable resources. (Summer)

BIOL-L 211 : Molecular Biology

Structure and function of DNA and RNA. DNA replication, mechanisms of mutation, repair, recombination, and transposition. Mechanism and regulation of gene expression. The genetic code, transcription, and translation. Introduces bacteriophages, plasmids, and the technology of recombinant DNA. (Fall)  

BIOL-L 215 : Conservation Biology

Fundamental ecology will be presented and applied to conservation of ecosystems and wildlife. In laboratory sessions, students will perform research on restoration of an ecosystem, for example, a prairie. This course is for nonmajors only. (Summer I)

BIOL-L 290 : Introduction to Biological Research

An introduction to the biological research at IU Northwest, preparing students to undertake BIOL-L 490 research projects. (Fall, Spring)  

BIOL-L 300 : Social Implications of Biology

Biological aspects of social problems such as AIDS, genetic engineering, population explosion, eugenics, drug abuse, heredity, hazards of irradiation, etc. (Occasionally)

BIOL-L 302 : Topics in Human Biology

Physiology, genetics, and biochemistry. Topics to be considered may vary from year to year: cancer, genetic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, blood groups, immune system, genetic damage, contraception and pregnancy, genetics of intelligence, environmental hazards, genetic engineering, etc. (Occasionally)  

BIOL-L 311 : Genetics

Principles governing the transmission of specific traits to the progeny of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, higher plants, and animals. Analysis at the level of the individual and population; interactions between genetic constitution and environment; application to the study of development, human genetic disease,and agricultural breeding. Credit not given for both BIOL-L 311 and BIOL-S 311. (Spring)   

BIOL-L 312 : Cell Biology

Current views of the structure and function of cellular organelles and components, with emphasis on the flow of information through the cell, the metabolism that supports cellular functions, and differences among different specialized cells.  Current techniques will be stressed. (Fall)

BIOL-L 316 : Fundamentals of Human Sexuality

An exploration of the anatomical and physiological factors relating to the development of human sexuality with particular emphasis on the biological mechanisms involved in health and disease. (Summer I or II).

BIOL-L 318 : Evolution

Provides a rigorous exploration of the theory of evolution; the conceptual core of biology. Topics include origins and history of life: the interplay of heredity and environment in shaping adaptations; molecular, behavioral, and social evolution; patterns of speciation, extinction, and their consequences; methods of inferring evolutionary relationships among organisms. Credit not given for both BIOL-L 318 and BIOL-S 318, or both BIOL-L 318 and BIOL-L 479. (Occasionally)  

BIOL-L 321 : Principles of Immunology

An introductory survey of the basic principles of immunology and their practical applications. (Spring)   

BIOL-L 323 : Molecular Biology Laboratory

Manipulation and analysis of genes and genomes. Gene cloning and library screening. Gene amplification and disease diagnosis. Gene mapping and southern blot analysis of complex genome structure. Credit given for only one of BIOL-L 323, BIOL-L 324, or BIOL-S 211.    

BIOL-L 331 : Human Genetics

Principles of heredity at the molecular, cellular, individual, and population levels.  Credit not given for both BIOL-L 363 and BIOL-L 331.  

BIOL-L 363 : Genetics and Humans

Principles of heredity at the molecular, cellular, individual, and population levels. Credit not given for both BIOL-L 363 and BIOL-L 331. (Fall)

BIOL-L 378 : Biological Aspects of Aging

Biological mechanisms that alter cells with age and the effects those changes have on the human organism as a whole. Models for the aging process will be presented, as well as research done on the major systems of the body. (Summer I or II)

BIOL-L 391 : Special Topics in Biology

Study and analysis of selected biological issues and problems. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with change in topics. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)    

BIOL-L 403 : Biology Seminar

Individual presentation of topics of current importance. Student cannot enroll for more than two semesters for credit. (Fall, Spring)    

BIOL-L 473 : Ecology

Major concepts of ecology for science majors or science education majors; relation of individual organisms to their environment; population ecology; structure and function of ecosystems. Credit not given for both BIOL-L 473 and BIOL-S 309. Course serves as one option for capstone course for the biology major.(Fall)    

BIOL-L 474 : Field and Laboratory Ecology

Introduction to research problems and techniques in the ecology of individuals, populations, and ecosystems. This course does not serve as the BIOL-L 473 lab. (Fall)   

BIOL-L 476 : Regional Ecology

Open to juniors and seniors only. Selective trips to ecological areas to study both the flora and fauna of a biome. (Summer I or II)   

BIOL-L 482 : Restoration Ecology

This course presents the fundamentals of ecology and restoration ecology to the restoration / reestablishment of natural ecological communities. The lab will feature actual restoration / reestablishment of wetlands, prairies, savannas, woodlands, and forests of Northwest Indiana. (Fall)   

BIOL-L 483 : Conservation Biology

This course will present scientific fundamentals applied to conservation of endangered species, biodiversity, and ecosystems. The lab will feature field experiments that evaluate the level of success of various conservation projects (e.g., plant diversity, animal diversity, ecosystem function) in Northwest Indiana. (Fall)   

BIOL-L 490 : Individual Study

Must complete a written assignment as evidence of each semester's work and present an oral report to complete more than 6 credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, II)    

BIOL-L 498 : Internship in Professional Practice

Provides an opportunity for students to receive credit for selected career-related work. Evaluation by employer and faculty sponsor on a satisfactory / unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, Spring)    

BIOL-L 499 : Internship in Biology Instruction

Supervised experience in teaching undergraduate biology courses. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)     

BIOL-M 200 : Microorganism in Nature and Disease

Principles of microbiology, including the study of major microbial groups, cultivation, physiology and genetics, destruction, and control of microorganisms in nature and disease. For students in programs requiring one semester of microbiology (not premedical or medical technology students). Includes laboratory (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

BIOL-M 215 : Microorganism Laboratory

BIOL-M 200 must be taken concurrently. Introduction to basic techniques and procedures of microbiology laboratories. Emphasis on aspects useful to nursing students. Growth and transfer of living microorganisms, aseptic techniques, and the staining of and identification of bacteria. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

BIOL-M 310 : Microbiology

Application of fundamental biological principles to the study of microorganisms. Significance of microorganisms to humans and their environment. (Fall)     

BIOL-M 315 : Microbiology Laboratory

Laboratory exercises and demonstrations to yield proficiency in the principles and techniques of cultivation and the use of microorganisms under aseptic conditions. (Fall)     

BIOL-M 430 : Virology: Lecture

Viruses of plants, animals (including humans), and bacteria: emphasis on molecular biology of viral systems. Viruses and human disease such as cancer and AIDS; viruses and their evolution. (Occasionally)     

BIOL-M 440 : Medical Microbiology

Microorganisms as agents of disease; host / parasite relationships; epidemiology; chemotherapy. (Occasionally) This course may fulfill the capstone requirement.     

BIOL-N 213 : Human Biology Lab

Laboratory to accompany Human Biology Lecture.  Students must be concurrently enrolled in Human Biology (P130) lecture.  Consent of instructor is required. (Fall)

BIOL-Z 317 : Developmental Biology

Analysis of developmental processes that lead to the construction of whole organisms from single cells. Includes the principles of embryology and analysis of mutations affecting development. (Occasionally)

BIOL-Z 318 : Developmental Biology Laboratory

A laboratory about developing organisms, with emphasis on vetrebrate embryology and organogenesis.    

BIOL-Z 406 : Vertebrate Zoology

Morphology, ecology, life history, physiology, and general biology of vertebrates. (Spring)     

BIOL-Z 466 : Endocrinology

Experimental procedures and results relative to glandular interrelationships; mode of actions of hormones and their role in behavior of organisms. (Occasionally) This course may fulfill the capstone requirement.

PHSL-P 130 : Human Biology

Basic concepts in human biology. Covers reproduction and develop­ment, physiological regulations, stress biology, and behavioral biology and emphasizes related social problems. Credit will be given for only one of the following introductory-level courses or sequences: BIOL-L 100, PHSL-P 130, or BIOL-L 101-L 102. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

PHSL-P 261 : Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Introduction to basic structure and function of the human body, including laboratory studies in gross anatomy, histology, and physiology. Topics are cellular anatomy and physiology; body tissues, and integument and the skeletal, muscle, endocrine, and nervous systems. (Fall, Spring)

PHSL-P 262 : Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Second semester topics are the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems: fluid and electrolyte balance; and acid-base balance. (PHSL-P 261 and PHSL-P 262 cannot be used to fulfill the physiology requirement of biology majors.) (Fall, Spring, Summer I and II)

PHSL-P 263 : Principles of Anatomy and Physiology— Special Topi

Study of selected topics in human anatomy and physiology as they relate to specific organ systems or functions. Topics vary by semester and correlate with material covered in PHSL-P 261 and PHSL-P 262. May be repeated with change in topic. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PHSL-P 416 : Comparative Animal Physiology

Lecture course. Physiological principles of the respiratory, circulatory, excretory, and related systems in a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. (Fall or Spring)

PHSL-P 431 : Human Physiology

This is an introductory course in human physiology designed to introduce biology majors and preprofessional students to the function of the human body. Emphasis in on how organ systems work to maintain homeostasis, a constant internal environment, in response to variable external environmental conditions. Special considerations will be given to change in physiological states in health and disease. All major organ systems of the body will be covered. A laboratory component is incorporated into the structure of the course. (Fall or Spring)

PHSL-P 461 : Comparative Physiology of Animals

The basic mechanisms are considered whereby various organisms integrate and coordinate similar functional requirements based on phylogeny and environmental relationships. (Fall or Spring)