Courses

  • BIOL-1115 General Biology: I Cellular and Molecular Systems

    An introductory majors course designed to provide a thorough foundation in cellular and molecular biology by investigating biological, chemical, genetic and evolutionary mechanisms. Students will learn fundamental laboratory skills and techniques to investigate topics covered during lecture. An understanding of these laboratory skills will be essential for success in future biology and chemistry courses. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-1214 General Botany

    A study of the morphology and life cycles of representatives of the various phyla of the plant kingdom. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-1215 General Biology II: Comparative Physiology and Ecology

    An introductory majors course designed to provide a thorough understanding of the diversity of life on earth, including an introduction to the major life forms and comparative plant and animal physiology and systems. Students will also gain understanding in ecosystems, population and community ecology. Students will continue learning fundamental laboratory skills needed for success in future biology and chemistry courses. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course in normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-1314 General Zoology

    A study of the dynamics of animals with emphasis on structure, function, heredity, ecology and behavior with a survey of various invertebrate and vertebrate phyla. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-2013 Biology I

    A study of the basic unit of life: a cell, including cell structure, energy transfer, metabolic processes, reproduction, and genetics. Lecture - 3 hours per week; 1 hour Lab - 1 hours per week. Not applicable for credit in a science major. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • BIOL-2023 Biology II

    A survey of organisms, emphasizing biological diversity and ecological relationships between organisms. Lecture - 2 hours per week; Lab-discussion sessions - 2 hours per week. Not applicable for credit in a science major. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • BIOL-2033 Nutrition

    A study of basic principles of human nutrition applied to health and diseases of the individual, family, and community. Course topics include biochemical aspects of nutrients, nutrient needs throughout the life cycle, and medical nutrition therapy, and its role in different medical conditions. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • BIOL-2114 Cellular Biology

    An introductory course in cell biology, including a study of water as a biological solvent, biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids), light and electron microscopy, cell structure, the cell cycle and mitosis, cell metabolism, DNA replication, transcription and translation, elementary genetics, and topics in molecular genetics and genetic engineering. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • BIOL-2213 Plant Identification and Associations

    The identification, classification and ecosystem relationships of Pacific Northwest plants.

  • BIOL-2244 Human Anatomy

    A study of human body at cell, tissue, and organ system levels. Course topics include cells, tissues, and anatomical structures of the major organ systems including integumentary, skeletal and muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab experience includes observation of histological slides, use of models, and fetal pig dissection. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-2314 Genetics

    A study of the principles of heredity and variation with emphasis on Mendelian genetics, genetic aberrations, molecular genetics and current genetics research. Lab experiences reinforce concepts of heredity through genetic mating, statistical analysis of data and methods of DNA isolation, manipulation and analysis. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • BIOL-2523 Anatomy and Physiology I

    This course is part one of a two part comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology at the cell, tissue, and organ system levels. Course topics include cells, cellular metabolism, and tissues, as well as the structure and function of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. The course includes an integrated lab which includes hands-on experimentation and animal dissections. Lecture-Laboratory - 4 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-2623 Anatomy and Physiology II

    This course is part two of a two part comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology at the cell, tissue, and organ system levels. Course topics include blood components, as well as the structure and function cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, and reproductive system. The course includes an integrated lab which includes hands-on experimentation and animal dissections. Lecture-Laboratory - 4 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-2624 Principles of Microbiology

    A study of the microbes, parasites, and infectious elements (e.g., viruses, prions), including the fundamentals of chemistry as applied to metabolism, cell structure and activity of antimicrobial agents. The student will gain a thorough understanding of the practical implications of public health microbiology including microbial control in sanitation, epidemiology and a thorough knowledge of host defenses including details of the immune system function, virulence, immunology and histopathology. The course will also cover a practical application of microbiology in medical testing, vaccination, and treatment of disease. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 2 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-3115 Human Anatomy With Cadaver Dissection

    A study of the gross anatomy of the body. Emphasis is given to the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems. Lab experience includes dissection of the major regions of a human cadaver. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 6 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-3214 Environmental Health

    An introductory course in environmental health encompassing a comprehensive survey of major environmental issues related to personal and community health, including population dynamics, environmental toxins, and environmental degradation. Integrated lecture-Laboratory - 4 hours. This course is normally offered every semester. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-3224 Human Physiology

    A study of the human organism. Emphasis is given to the normal function, regulatory mechanisms and coordination of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, excretory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Lab experience includes use of the physiograph to demonstrate ECG and EMG, blood counting and identification, spirometry, and CPR training. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-3233 Exercise Physiology

    A study of the principles of exercise physiology. The response, adaptation and regulation of the human body during exercise will be examined, from the cellular to the systemic level. Applications to physical training, health, performance and assessment will of emphasized. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-3324 General Ecology

    General principles of biotic and abiotic interrelationships, including conservation biology. Field work emphasizes local ecosystems and pollution factors. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-3415 General Microbiology

    A study of the structure and function of viruses, rickettsiae, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, flatworms, and roundworms. Special emphasis is given to the isolation, culturing, staining, control, and pathogenesis of the organisms. The genetics, host parasite relations and the immune response are also stressed. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 4 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-3432 Pathogenic Microbiology Lab

    Lab studies involve culture, identification, and control of microorganisms. Also included are the basic immunological concepts and serologic techniques. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-3433 Pathogenic Microbiology

    A study of pathogenic microorganisms and the diseases they produce in humans. Emphasis is on the physiology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of specific microorganisms, including host responses. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • BIOL-3514 Ornithology

    The natural history of birds with emphasis on U.S. species including avian ecology, anatomy and physiology. Lab experiences are built around field trips devoted to species identification and behavior. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd numbered years.

  • BIOL-4014 Biochemistry I with Lab

    A detailed study of the structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The course also includes in-depth discussions of enzyme mechanisms and catalysis, receptor-ligand interaction, cellular signaling pathways, molecular motors, and membrane structure and function. The lab provides basic biochemical techniques, including differential centrifugation, chromatography, oxidation studies, enzymology, and electrophoresis. Lecture - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours. Same as CHEM-4014 This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-4123 Biochemistry II

    A detailed overview of intermediary metabolism, including discussion of glycolysis, Krebs cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, amino acid synthesis and catabolism, the urea cycle and nucleotide biosynthesis. Lecture - 3 hours. Same as CHEM-4123. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd numbered years.

  • BIOL-4213 Immunology

    A study of advanced principles of immunology. The nature of the immune response mechanisms, immuno-genetics, diseases of the immune system and applications of immunology in medicine and research are emphasized. Lecture - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • BIOL-4223 Molecular Biology

    An advanced study of molecular biology and genetics with emphasis on the structure, function and mechanisms of the molecules involved in replication, recombination, transcription, RNA processing, translation, and gene expression. Lecture - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even numbered years.

  • BIOL-4301 Molecular Biology Lab

    The student will use standard lab techniques to conduct an independent research project that attempts to answer a pertinent question in the area of molecular genetics or cell biology. Laboratory - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even numbered years.

  • BIOL-4313 Toxicology

    A course covering the ecology, distribution patterns, anatomy and taxonomy of fishes. Conservation and sport fishing issues will also be included. Lecture - 3 hours. Prerequisite: BIOL1314 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

  • BIOL-4323 Advanced Cellular Biology

    This course is designed to provide an advanced cellular view of the plasma and internal membrane systems, mechanisms of cellular structure, adhesion and motility, as well as individual organelles. Students will learn how the each cell system is coordinated together to perform specific cellular functions. Understanding these concepts will provide students a broad cellular foundation for further study of detailed biochemical reactions and molecular mechanisms that happen within these cellular systems. Lecture - 3 hours. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd numbered years

  • BIOL-4411 Introduction to Research

    An introduction to scientific research in one of several labs at or affiliated with OC. Students spend time in research labs observing current biological, chemical, biochemical or biomedical research. Research techniques, methods and selected research papers from the labs visited are discussed at a monthly research seminar. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-4412 Undergraduate Research

    A hands-on experience in research at one of several laboratories at or affiliated with OC. The research experience involves reading appropriate research papers, learning appropriate research methods and participating in appropriate seminars. Selection for undergraduate research is competitive and dependent on the number of student applicants, participating laboratories and funding. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-4414 Undergraduate Research

    A full-time research experience lasting at least 8 weeks in a lab at or affiliated with OC or approved by the instructor. Research programs are competitive, and applications must be submitted by February 1. This course is normally offered in the summer.

  • BIOL-4513 History and Philosophy of Science

    A survey of the great philosophies of the Western tradition and their influence on the history of science. Specific application will be made to the ethical dilemmas of current science. Lecture - 3 hours. This course is normally offered as needed.

  • BIOL-4814 Field Medicine Practicum

    Practical experience in assisting a physician at a medical missions clinic as part of the student-s enrollment in an international studies program. This course Is offered as needed.

  • BIOL-4900 Independent Study in Biology

    Assigned research, readings and reports based on the needs of the individual student. May be taken only by junior or senior science majors with approval of the departmental chair. (1-3 hours) This course Is offered as needed.