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Biology

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Introductory Biology   (BIO-101)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Introductory Biology is a general biology course for non-majors and provides an overview of the structure and function of living organisms. Topics covered in this course include essential information about characteristics of life, the scientific method, cell structure and function, genetics, microbiology, and comparative biology. Students will take from this course an understanding of the basic concepts in biology.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe elements of the scientific study of living things.
  • Discuss cells, including their elements, organization, and membranes.
  • Explain cell processes such as metabolism, mitosis, meiosis, and photosynthesis.
  • Discuss DNA and the basics of genetics.
  • Describe how scientists classify and systematize the study of biology.
  • Discuss the evolutionary process and the diversity of life.
  • Discuss microbiology including viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
  • Discuss characteristics, structures, and functions common to animals.

 
Radiation Biology   (RPT-271)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
The field of clinical and basic medical sciencesthat involves study of the activity of ionizingradiation on living beings.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe principles of cellular biology and apply to principles of radiation biology.
  • Compare and contrast somatic and genetic effects of radiation.
  • Construct and evaluate charts, graphs and survival curves related to radiation biology principles.
  • Evaluate the relationship of radiation quality and dose to systemic(whole body) responses.
  • Describe radiation induced chemical reactions and analyze biologic damage.

 
Animal Parasitology   (ANS-332)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Biology of animal parasites, with emphasis on their structure, life histories, ecology, and importance to people and domestic animals. Laboratory examination of parasitic adaptations, morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological, using both preserved materials and materials collected from local animals and maintained in the laboratory.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • The biology of animal parasites with emphasis on their structure, life histories, ecology, and importance to people and domestic animals.
  • The laboratory examination of parasitic adaptations, morphology, physiological behavior, and ecology using both preserved and fresh materials.

 
Principles of Cytology and Cytogenetics   (CYT-312)   4.00 s.h.  
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Basic cell biology & physiology; principles of genetics & general cytological laboratory procedures for cytotechnologists. 
Microbiology   (BIO-351)   4.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
The course emphasizes the principles of biology as they apply to microorganisms. The morphology, anatomy, physiology, growth, metabolism, nutrition, control, and identification of the various microbes are discussed. Representative laboratory exercises include staining procedures, media preparation, pure culture techniques, culture identification, serology, and phage typing. Provides an introduction to microbiology, the study of organisms too small to be clearly seen by the unaided eye (i.e., microorganisms). Topics include morphology, cytology, physiology, ecology, genetics and molecular biology and taxonomy.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe and discuss the positive and negative impacts of viruses, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, algae, and fungi.
  • Discuss the relationship between microorganisms and disease.
  • Organisms are divided into five kingdoms: the Monera or Procaryotae, Protista, Fungi, Animalia, and Plantae; microbiologists concerned with which kingdoms?
  • Relate the field of microbiologist to the profession of medicine, agriculture, food science, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
  • Describe how Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation.
  • Summarize the importance of an immunological study.

 
Radiation Biology   (BIO-402)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
General biological effects of the radiation spectrum. Selected topics: radio sensitivity, fallout, radioecology, applications of radiation to medicine, engineering, genetic, food, and technology. Provides an introduction radiation biology which is a field of clinical and basic medical sciences that involves the study of the action of ionizing radiation on living things. Ionizing radiation is generally harmful and potentially lethal to living things but can have health benefits in radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer and thyrotoxicosis.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the general biological effects of the radiation spectrum.
  • Selective topics: radioecology, applications of radiation to medicine, engineering, genetics, food, and technology.
  • Identify technology needed to provide adequate safety for handling radiative elements.
  • Discuss techniques to reduce worker risk from radiation exposure.
  • Describe the different types of ionizing radiation?
  • Explain what LD50 means?
  • Describe the basic principles are used in radiation therapy.
  • Summarize the 4 Rs of radiological biology.

 
Molecular Biology   (BIO-404)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
An in-depth study of the molecular basis of important biological processes of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Articulate knowledge of cells, cell research, the chemistry of cells, and fundamentals of molecular biology.
  • Explain and demonstrate understanding of the flow of genetic information.
  • Explain and demonstrate knowledge of cell structure and function.
  • Explain and demonstrate knowledge of cell regulation.

 
Radiation Biophysics   (NUC-412)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Covers the interaction of radiation with living organisms, examining in detail the chemical changes caused by that interaction. Those attempting to earn this credit should have already earned NRRPT certification or have equivalent knowledge. Background in Nuclear Physics, Radiation Biology and working knowledge of calculus, general physics, general chemistry, and general biology are needed as well.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe radiation and its interactions with matter.
  • Explain the fundamentals of radiation chemistry.
  • Exhibit insight into risk estimates.
  • Explain the effects of radiation in living tissues, gene mutations, and survival curves.

 
Aristotle   (PHI-330)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Study of Aristotle's logic, physics, metaphysics, and philosophy of language.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss the biography of Aristotle and influences which shaped his thought.
  • Show familiarity with Aristotle's logic, physics, metaphysics, biology, psychology, aesthetics, ethics and politics.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with critical literature on Aristotle.
  • Discuss the influence of Aristotle on subsequent western thought including philosophy, physics, and theology.
 
Radiologic Specialties   (RDL-201)   3.00 s.h.  
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Radiation biology, nuclear and radiation protection of both the patient and technologist, as well as the radiologic specialties of nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy. 
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