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Life Sciences

Coursework in Life Sciences allows students to work toward fulfilling degree requirements, pursue further study at four-year institutions or explore their interest in the natural world.

Students with a background in the fundamentals of Biology, Genetics and Ecology are able to form informed decisions regarding their place on this planet and to pursue careers in many fields including technology, health care and scientific research.

Courses

Introducing Biology is a science course offered for non-science majors. This course introduces students to the organization of organisms from the molecular level to cells, tissues, and organ systems. The role of genetics in cellular life and evolution is explored, as well as the structure and function of plants, communities, biomes and ecology. Lecture three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package.

This one-semester introductory course for non-science majors fulfills a science requirement in general education. It presents a well-balanced coverage of cell biology, reproduction, genetics, growth and development, evolution and ecology. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package.

This introductory course is for both majors and nonmajors in the life sciences. The course covers the major developments and generalizations of biology, with emphasis on the origin of life, cellular organization and function, cellular energy transformation, Mendelian and molecular genetics, general and human reproduction and embryology and evolution. Lecture four hours, laboratory three hours per week. (1) This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package. (2) This course applies to one or more IAI majors. See an academic Advisor for details.

This course will introduce students to the ecology of ocean environments. Topics to be presented in this course will include the physico-chemical, biological, geographical, geological, ecological, and environmental features of marine habitats and ecosystems. Consideration will also be given to the impact of human activity on our oceans ecosystems and the role we play as stewards of our planet’s oceans.

Heredity and Society is an introductory course for majors and non-science majors. The course is an introduction to basic genetic principles and contemporary issues in biotechnology. This course will allow students to have a better understanding of new foods, medicines, and technologies that have evolved due to modern genetics. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package.

Plants and Society is an introductory course for majors and non-science majors. This course covers plant anatomy, genetics, growth and reproduction, biomes, and the importance of plants to humans. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package.

Plants and Society Laboratory is an introductory lab course for majors and non-science majors. This laboratory course demonstrates and further stresses topics such as plant anatomy and physiology, growth and reproduction, genetics, classification, biomes, and the importance of plants to humans. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package. Prerequisite: BIO 160 or concurrent registration.

An integrated survey of man’s effect on his environment from air pollution to zoonoses and of his prospects for adapting and surviving in changed circumstances. Basic ecological principles are covered. Lecture three hours per week. This course applies to the IAI General Education Core Curriculum Life Science package.

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