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Biology at QC

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This program is for students who seek a career in biological sciences. Students will attain a solid foundation in science after taking introductory biology, chemistry and math courses. Students will have the opportunity to hone their writing and critical-thinking skills while taking courses from the liberal arts department. In the second year, students will take more advanced concentration courses to be better prepared to enter a bachelor’s program. By the end of their studies, students should be prepared to continue their education in a four-year biology, biotechnology, or medically-related program or to enter the workforce in an entry-level position in biology.

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Degrees

This program is for students who seek a career in biological sciences. Students will attain a solid foundation in science after taking introductory biology, chemistry and math courses. Students will have the opportunity to hone their writing and critical-thinking skills while taking courses from the liberal arts department. In the second year, students will take more advanced concentration courses to be better prepared to enter a bachelor’s program. By the end of their studies, students should be prepared to continue their education in a four-year biology, biotechnology, or medically-related program or to enter the workforce in an entry-level position in biology.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of biological facts and concepts.
  • Collect accurate and meaningful data and derive reasonable conclusions from its analysis.
  • Apply analytical thinking and scientific method in designing experiments and problem solving.
  • Analyze and apply fundamental concepts and techniques to scientific issues as part of team based tasks.
  • Synthesize information and show effective written, verbal, and graphical communication skills.

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Biology NEW Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • BIO 111
    • General Biology I
    • 4
    An introductory course in Biology with main emphasis on cell structure and function. Lecture topics include: Gene structure and inheritance, study of plants and fungi, evolution, and ecology. Extensive discussion of concerns facing humanity today including quality of nutrition, environmental pollution, genetic engineering, inheritable diseases, and birth defects. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BIO 112
    • General Biology II
    • 4
    This course is a continuation of Biology I. Lecture topics include: Vertebrate animals with emphasis on morphology, behavior, reproduction, and embryology of the human organism. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BIO 131
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • 4
    An Integrated study of the structure and function of the human body including atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs. The skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory and endocrine systems are studied. Laboratory experience is correlated with classroom lecture. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better.
    • BIO 132
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • 4
    An integrated study of the structure and function of the human body including the reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory experience is correlated with classroom lecture. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 131 with “C” or better.
    • BIO 204
    • Genetics
    • 5
    This course focuses on mechanisms of inheritance, gene structure and function, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, and evolution. The model systems discussed in lecture are drawn from a broad spectrum of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include: Gene regulations, modes of transmission, DNA molecular method, population genetics, and genomics. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better.
    • BIO 251
    • Microbiology w/Lab
    • 4
    A study of non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms designed primarily for students in the health sciences area. Topics covered include: microbial characteristics, control of microorganisms, defenses of the host, and cause, prevention, and control of infectious diseases. Microbial metabolism, structure and classification will be looked at first, followed by host-pathogen interactions and immunology. The laboratory includes basic techniques in staining, cultivation, and identification of microorganisms. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better.
    • BTC 210
    • Biochemistry
    • 4
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the biochemical principals involved in the synthesis, structure and function of biologically important molecules (Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates and Nucleic Acids). Examination of the intricate relationship between the structure and function of these molecules will give insight into the biological processes of the living cell. Topics will include: catalytic activity and kinetics of enzymes; how molecules outside the cell regulate what happens inside the cell; how understanding the biochemistry of these molecules has spurred the growth of a relatively new industry - Biotechnology. Prerequisites: CHE121/131 and MAT103 with “C” or better. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.

    This course includes an additional 3 hour lab.
    • BTC 240
    • Seminar in Biotechnology
    • 1
    Seminar-style capstone course covering professional topics in biotechnology and compliance, including but not limited to: discussion of emerging technologies, innovations, and new products that are noteworthy to the biotechnology industry; the steps involved with the regulatory approval process for a new biotechnology-derived product, and; key issues associated with adequate quality-control systems, assays and stability for novel biotechnology products. Students, working in teams, will give written and oral presentations on case studies that attempt to predict products derived from the new innovations and discoveries. The objective of the course is to give the student insight into the process of translating scientific discovery into innovative products. Prerequisite: BTC 220 Core-requisites: BTC 230 & BTC 250.
    • ENV 101
    • Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • 4
    This introductory course utilizes numerous case studies of current environmental health and safety issues. Lecture topics include: Human/ecological exposure to pesticides and hazardous substances, acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming, and biodiversity. Students will gain environmental literacy by learning about the science behind these issues, the role of the media in public awareness, and subsequent regulation to protect environmental health and safety. Lab skills learned: Conduct hands-on experiments covering a broad range of topics including chemistry, biology, ecology, toxicology and earth science. This course will provide a foundation for students who wish to have a career in environmental science and provide non-majors with a good working knowledge to help them discriminate between valid environmental concerns and unsubstantiated claims. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.
    • PHY 111
    • General Physics I
    • 4
    This is an algebra based physics course. Lecture topics include: The principles of mechanics emphasizing the conservation of momentum and energy through a study of uniform accelerated motion. Topics include Newton’s laws, work and energy, centripetal force, and moments of inertia Prerequisites: MAT 100, MAT 103, MAT 113, or MAT 204 with “C” or better.
    • PHY 112
    • General Physics II
    • 4
    This is an algebra based physics course. Lecture topics include: Elasticity, density and pressure, wave and vibratory motion, electrostatics, electricity, magnetism, and a summary of the principles of heat and light as wave phenomena. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: PHY 111 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 213
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • 5
    This course is the first semester of a two semester course. Lecture topics include: Fundamental concepts of the carbon-containing compounds will be introduced. Topics include nomenclature, electron delocalization, resonance, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, synthesis, structure and reactivity relationships and spectroscopy. Lab skills learned include: Understanding of laboratory safety, organic laboratory techniques used to separate, identify, and purify chemicals, and selected instrumental analysis. Laboratory techniques to be mastered include, but are not limited to, filtration, distillation, extraction, evaporation, recrystallization, sublimation, centrifugation, chromatography, and spectrophotometry. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHE 121 and CHE 122 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 214
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • 5
    This course is the second semester of a two semester course. Lecture topics include: Study of the structure and reactivity of the main classes of the organic and bioorganic compounds will be continued. Topics include aromaticity, reactions of benzene, carbonyl compounds, oxidation-reduction reactions, bioorganic compounds, and catalysis. Lab skills learned include: Performing micro scale and macro scale laboratory techniques to synthesize, purify, and characterize organic compounds, selected instrumental analysis, and safety procedures. Emphasis is on synthetic, bioorganic, and carbonyl containing compounds, multistep synthesis and catalysis reactions, and application of the principles of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHE 213 with “C” or better.

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