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Course introduces various lines of evidence useful in understanding principles of evolution. Independent evidence (biological, paleontological, genetic) is provided that indicates that humans share a long evolutionary history with other species of primates. Course components emphasize the fossil record, anatomical aspects of similarity, and the biological origins of some of our behavior. Course concludes with discussions on the diversity of modern people, the biology of race, and historical flaws in scientific method, including eugenics. A minimum of three required field trips (during regular class hours) to the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, etc.

Credits:  3


Basic anatomy and physiology. Organ systems, genetics, reproduction, development, circulation, respiration, nutrition, digestion, and excretion. Social aspects of human biology. Appropriate for non-majors, allied health students, and students preparing for further training in nursing or physical therapy. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. May be taken before or after Biol 112. For major credit in nuclear medicine technology. Not for major credit in biology or medical technology.

Credits:  1 - 3


Ecology, evolution and the diversity of life with emphasis on practical environmental consequences of human activities. Laboratory focuses on open-ended student experimental projects. Field trips to sites of interest. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. May be taken before or after Biol 111. For major credit in environmental science. Not for major credit in biology.

Credits:  1 - 3


An exploration of scientific inquiry and how it is used to study the natural world and solve problems. Contemporary issues such as climate change, biodiversity and public health are the basis of class activities and discussions. Students gain experience with scientific methodology and practice, find and evaluate information about science and medicine, analyze scientific data, and examine the role of science in a social context. Fulfills general education requirements for natural science. Non laboratory course.

Credits:  3


This course explores the role of science as a creative endeavor that affects all of society. The methods of scientific discovery are experienced through direct experimentation as students design and conduct independent investigations of biological phenomena. Interpretation of scientific information through critical thinking and an understanding of hypothesis testing is discussed, using important case studies from today's headlines. Students will learn how to find scientific and medical information they need, and how to judge its validity. The inner workings of the scientific community, in historical, social and ethical contexts, will be examined.

Credits:  1 - 3


Advanced anatomy and physiology. Sequel to Biol 111. Emphasis on three-dimensional structure and organs subject to disease. Appropriate for nonmajors who have completed Biol 111, biology and allied health majors, and students preparing for further training in nursing or physical therapy. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory.

Credits:  1 - 3


Credits:  1


A college bridge course that introduces selected high juniors and seniors to current concepts and basic techniques in modern biotechnology. Emphasis will be on DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, preparation of reagents, critical thinking, and scientific writing.

Credits:  1 - 3


In depth study of the structure of skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, excretory and reproductive Systems. Appropriate for biology majors, pre-health professional students. Lecture, laboratory, and discussion.

Credits:  1 - 3


In depth study of the function and regulation of organs and organ systems, including neuromuscular physiology, homeostasis, and hormonal regulation. Lecture, laboratory, and discussion.

Credits:  1 - 3


An exploration of how scientists approach the natural world and solve problems. Experimentation, including design and analysis of results. Basic statistical methods and graphical analysis of scientific data. Reading and writing scientific papers. Critical thinking, current topics in science and science as a vocation. Required for biology majors; appropriate for other science majors with instructor permission. Lecture, discussion and laboratory.

Credits:  0 - 3