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The Biology Department offers a variety of courses including General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, Microbiology and Genetics.  There are courses set up specifically for programs such as the Mayo Health-Related Programs as well as courses to satisfy the lab requirement for non-science programs.  All Biology courses include both lecture and lab experience for the best hands-on training.  A list of courses with catalog descriptions follows. 

The instructors in the Biology Department are enthusiastic and ready to teach the students principles and procedures using state-of-the-art equipment and technology.  They have a wide range of credentials and are able to share how the students' education will be necessary in their future careers.

Biology Course Offerings

BIOL 1001 Biology of Health Related Topics
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n this course, students will research the current understanding of the health related topics. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing skills). (1 C).

BIOL 1100 Environmental Biology
This is a one-semester course that introduces students to applied aspects of environmental science. It provides students with a broad overview of the concepts of ecology, systems and interrelationships among organisms and their physical environment, and current issues in environmental science. Students will examine humans' role in the natural world and the impact of the growth of the human population and the increase in humans' technological ability to make changes in the world. Students will be encouraged to explore societal, political, economic and personal value systems with regard to environmental issues. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.
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BIOL 1101 Elements of Biology
A one-semester course for non-science majors. Blends traditional and contemporary biological concepts for understanding life in today's world. The nature of life, cell structure and function, asexual and sexual reproduction, Mendelian inheritance, human genetic analysis, genetic technology and evolution are covered. Students will evaluate some of the modern genetic and biotechnology applications as to the ethical issues involved. This course will meet the needs of students preparing for further study in biological or health-related fields, and will serve as a general education science course for those students interested in the cellular aspects of biology. (Prerequisites: 12th grade reading and writing skills. A score of at least 26 on the ASAP test, or equivalent). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 9/Ethical and Civic Responsibility.

BIOL 1102 Plant Biology
This course covers the fundamentals of plant biology, focusing on the various types of plants and the basic anatomy and physiology of plants. The course is also designed to promote an awareness of the significance of plants in the natural processes of our biosphere and specifically for humans. Students will be challenged to think about the importance of plants in decision making, from individual, ethical choices to social, economic, and political policy making. (Prerequisites: High school biology or BIOL 1101 or equivalent). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.

BIOL 1107 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
This course is a one-semester, introductory level Human Anatomy and Physiology course designed to cover basic anatomy and physiology of the major body systems with a secondary focus on medical terminology. The laboratory curriculum does not include dissection of animal specimens. Prerequisites: None. (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1110 Human Biology
This course is a one-semester study of the biology of the human body. Each of the component systems will be studied in order to develop an understanding of how each part contributes to the whole. This knowledge will be applied to the analysis of current health and social issues. Laboratory sessions are designed to correlate with lecture topics. Dissection of appropriate animal specimens is included. (Prerequisites: High school Biology (1 year) or BIOL 1101). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1127     Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I
This course is part one of the two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence covers cell structure and function, tissues, chemistry as it relates to biological sciences, the integumentary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The focus of this course is primarily the structure of the organs and body systems. This course also includes a special emphasis on understanding medical terminology. Appropriate combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes will be learned for each of the body systems. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing skills and MATH 0098 or equivalent). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1128 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II
This course is part 2 of the 2-semester anatomy and physiology sequence that emphasizes anatomy and covers the autonomic nervous system, special senses, endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, urinary system and reproductive system. The focus of this course is primarily the structure of the organs and body systems. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1127; College level reading and writing and MATH 0098 or equivalent). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1214 Physiology of Metabolic Processes
This course will describe in detail the physiology of metabolic processes. (Prerequisites: CHEM 1101 or equivalent and BIOL 1101 or 1107 or 1110 or equivalent). (1 C).

BIOL 1215 Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovasular and Lymphatic Systems
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. (Prerequisites:High School Chemistry or CHEM 1101 or equivalent and High School Biology or BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1110 or equivalent). (1 C/3 lect, 2 lab).

BIOL 1216 Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous & Respriatory Systems
This course will cover in detail the anatomy and physiology of the nervous and respiratory systems. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, CHEM 1101). (2 C/3 lect, 2 lab per week for approximately 9-10 weeks). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1217 Anatomy & Physiology I
This course is part one of the two-semester Anatomy and Physiology sequence. The course focuses on cell structure and function, tissues, chemistry as it relates to biological function, metabolism, and major organ systems including the integumentary system, muscular and skeletal systems, cardiovascular system and blood and lymphatic and immune systems. (Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHEM 1101 or equivalent, and high school biology or BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1110 or equivalent. College-level reading and writing skills, and MATH 0098 or equivalent). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 1218 Anatomy & Physiology II
This course is part two of the two-semester Anatomy & Physiology sequence This course covers the nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217, CHEM 1117, MATH 0098 or equivalent, and college-level reading and writing skills). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences

BIOL 1219 Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
This course will cover in detail the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217, CHEM 1117). (1 C).

BIOL 1220 Concepts of Biology
This course is a study of the biochemical and structural basis of life including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, origins and evolution of life, community interactions and ecosystems. (Prerequisites:  High school chemistry, or CHEM 1101 or equivalent, and high school biology or BIOL 1101 or equivalent; college-level reading and writing skills and MATH 0098 or equivalent).  (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab).  MNTC:  Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, Goal 10/People and the Environment.

BIOL 1230 Survey of Life Forms
This course is a study of the diversity of plants and animals including the anatomical and physiological study of select organisms. Students study the evolutionary history of biological diversity and the diversity of life. The structure and function of organisms are compared. Key adaptations to survival among organisms from bacteria and protists to plants, fungi, and animals are addressed. Labs will investigate diversity of organisms in form and function, addressing key adaptions to survival of selected organisms. (Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHEM 1101 or equivalent, and college level reading and writing, and MATH 0098 or equivalent. Co-Requisites: BIOL 1220 or equivalent). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab).

BIOL 1300 Applications of GIS Technology
This course will teach the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computerized systems designed for the storage, retrieval and analysis of geographically referenced data. Applications of GIS Technology will include using analytical tools to explore at a scientific level the spatial relationships, patterns, and processes of organisms in relation to environmental, biological, demographic, geographic, and physical phenomena. The course will be computer-intensive and project-based. (Prerequisites: None). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).

BIOL 1400 Enviromental Science Internship
This course will provide exposure to environmental sciences fields, as well as the development of an internship experience. Classroom discussion and readings will enrich students understanding of this broad field to prepare them for direct experience through an internship, which will be developed and carried out during the course. (2 C).

BIOL 2000 Ecology
This course teaches the basic principles of organismal, population, community, and ecosystem ecology, with an emphasis on applied ecology. The course is designed so that at the conclusion of the course students will have an appreciation and understanding of the principles of ecology and be able to: (1) explain the various biotic and abiotic forces acting on an organism in its natural environment, (2) determine the importance of these forces under varying conditions, (3) predict how human activities may alter the effects of these forces, and (4) evaluate the trade-off occurring among our biological, social, political, and economic worlds. In addition, students will be introduced to contemporary issues in ecology through assigned readings from recent literature and specific writing assignments. The lab portion of this course reemphasizes lecture concepts and offers hand-on experience with the concepts in the lab and/or field setting. Lab attendance is a necessity for the course to best experience the applied aspects of ecology. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1102 or BIOL 1220, college level reading and writing). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences, and Goal 10/People and the Environment.

BIOL 2020 Fundamentals of Biotechnology
This is a semester-long, lab-intensive course for students currently employed in or ultimately seeking employment in a clinical or research laboratory with a health care focus. This course is specifically designed for students in Biotechnology programs at RCTC. The goal of this course is to provide the student with both a conceptual and practical understanding of basic lab techniques with particular emphasis on developing the skills to perform these specific techniques independently upon completion of the course. (Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM 1127 and BIOL 1220 (or equivalents), College level reading and writing. Co-Requisites: HCCC 1200). (3 C/1 lect, 4 lab).

BIOL 2021 General Microbiology
This is an introductory microbiology course covering the following topics: prokaryotic cell structure, metabolism, growth, genetics, pathogenesis; viruses; the eukaryotic microbes, fungi and protozoa; epidemiology, control of microbial growth, specific and nonspecific immunity and immune disorders. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217 or BIOL 1220 or equivalent college course and CHEM 1117 or CHEM 1127 or equivalent college course). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

BIOL 2040 Internship in Biotechnology
This course is designed to give students hands-on work experience in an actual biotechnology laboratory setting. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2020). (4 C).

BIOL 2200 General Zoology
This course is a survey course of the classification, evolution, ecology, anatomy and physiology of animals. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1220 or BIOL 1230; college-level reading and writing skills and working knowledge of elementary algebra). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab).

BIOL 2291 Specially Designed Independent Study
Students will demonstrate basic knowledge, understanding and ability to apply and analyze concepts and solve problems in the relationship to cell metabolism and cellular transport mechanisms.

BIOL 2300     Genetics
This course presents the fundamental concepts of classical transmission genetics and modern molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian genetics, linkage and mapping, human genetics, population genetics, control of gene expression, genetic engineering and nucleic acid analysis. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1220). (4 C/3 lect, 2 lab). MNTC: Goal 2/Critical Thinking, Goal 3/Natural Sciences.

Current Common Course Outlines for these courses can be found on the Course Schedule or Catalog Course Discriptions.

Biology Instructors

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Updated 2-1-2013

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