- The biology program at Franklin College is designed to provide students with knowledge of the content of the various disciplines of biology. The program will provide experiences which help students to better understand the nature of science and the role of scientists in society. To fulfill this mission, the program provides courses which stress the important areas of contemporary biology. Through laboratory, lecture and discussion, science is presented not simply as a collection of facts but also as a process by which concepts may be generated. Upon completion of the major, students will have a well-rounded knowledge of biology as well as an understanding of the way to use scientific methodology to solve problems.
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BIO 001 - Laboratory Assistant 1 creditsStudents will assist a faculty member in setting up the labs, lab instruction, research, or maintaining biological facilities. While doing this, students will learn proper laboratory procedure techniques. The course is highly recommended for graduate school bound students or students interested in science teaching. Counts as an activity course credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Fall and spring.
BIO 114 - General Biology 4 creditsExplores the functional and organizational principles of life from the cellular to the ecosystem level using evolutionary theory as the unifying framework. Topics in human and plant biology are used to illustrate basic biological concepts. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Satisfies laboratory sciences requirement. Fall and spring.
BIO 134 - Principles of Biology 4 creditsThis course is the first semester of a two semester sequence in biology for biology and chemistry majors. The purpose of this course is to provide science majors with a basic understanding of biology and aid in the development of critical thinking skills. Topics including Mendelian and population genetics, natural selection and evolution will be discussed. Four hours lecture and discussion, two hours laboratory. Satisfies laboratory sciences requirement. Fall.
BIO 140 - Cell Biology 4 creditsA detailed understanding of cells will be developed in relationship to the following topics: ultra structure, biochemistry, metabolism, reproduction, molecular genetics, gene regulation, membrane transport, photosynthesis and respiration. Four hours lecture and discussion, two hours laboratory. Satisfies laboratory sciences requirement. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in BIO 134, or permission of the instructor. Spring
BIO 210 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 creditsThis is the first of a two-semester sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. The first semester covers an introduction to scientific principles, principles of cell biology, histology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and respiratory systems. The laboratory includes physiological investigations, and dissections of fetal pigs and vertebrate organs. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 140. Fall
BIO 215 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 creditsThis is the second of a two-semester sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. The second semester covers the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The laboratory includes physiological investigations, and dissections of cats and vertebrate organs. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Satisfies laboratory sciences requirement. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or permission of instructor. Spring.
BIO 221 - Botany 4 creditsPrinciples of form, function, growth, reproduction, physiology, classification and evolution in algae, fungi and plants. Flowering plants will be keyed. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 140. Spring.
BIO 225 - Bioethics 3 creditsIn this course students will explore ethical issues relating to medicine and scientific research. Each topic will be examined using a values-based analysis, and awareness of leadership principles. Emphasis will be on biological principles, decision-making, and conflict management. Specific topics will include: use of humans in research, genetics and fertility, ?end of life issues,? and topics concerning embryos, cloning, and genetic engineering. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: BIO 114, BIO 115, or BIO 134. Spring, odd academic years.
BIO 230 - Zoology 4 creditsA survey of animals with an emphasis on evolution, structure, function, and life cycles of representative taxa. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisite: BIO 140. Fall.
BIO 240 - Ecology 4 creditsRelationship of plants and animals to their biological and physical environment, particularly in Indiana. Field trips to representative habitats. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 140 or consent of instructor. Fall.
BIO 300 - Topics in Biology 3 creditsA topic of current interest in biology will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
BIO 320 - Conservation Biology 3 creditsIn this course, students will be introduced to the principles of conservation biology. Important topics to be considered will include species diversity, habitat preservation, habitat management, invasive species, and endangered species. In addition to the unifying principles of conservation biology, local, national and international case studies will be examined. Lecture only. Prerequisites: BIO 134 and BIO 140. Fall, odd academic years.
BIO 322 - Ornithology 3 creditsAn introductory course in general ornithology. Emphasizes field identification, ecology, and behavior of birds. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Satisfies laboratory sciences requirement. Spring, even academic years.
BIO 335 - Plant Communities 3 creditsAn introduction to the plant communities in Indiana with emphasis on plant identification, plant associations, and exotic species. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 114 or BIO 134. Fall, even academic years.
BIO 350 - Genetics 4 creditsA study of the principles of heredity, including Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 140, junior status or consent of instructor. Spring.
BIO 360 - Animal Physiology 4 creditsExplores the chemistry and physics of the living animal. Topics include cellular physiology, metabolism, organ systems, and mechanisms of control. Emphasis is placed on specific adaptive mechanisms of the animal to its environment. The course stresses interpretation of experimental results both in the lecture and lab. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 140; CHE 121 and 122. Fall.
BIO 372 - Exercise Physiology 3 creditsExercise physiology is the study of acute and chronic adaptions of the body?s physiological systems to movement and physical conditioning. Physiological foundations and the development of physiological fitness components will be discussed. A laboratory component is integrated into class sessions. Same as EXE 372. Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 115 and BIO 120. Fall
BIO 372L - Exercise Physiology Lab 0 creditsLab portion of Exercise Physiology. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 372.
BIO 373 - Microbiology 4 creditsMorphology, classification, physiology, genetics, and cultivation of bacteria. The relationship of micro-organisms to human health and the human immune system is discussed in detail. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 140 and consent of instructor. Fall.
BIO 374 - Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology 3 creditsThis course is an in-depth, advanced look at cellular and molecular processes applicable to both research and medicine. Mechanisms of DNA repair, transcription and translation regulation, cell communication and cellular transport will be discussed. Much of this course will rely on the analysis of primary literature and interpretation of experimental data to understand cell biology in the context of cancer and other cellular dysfunctions. The course is 3 hours of lecture with no laboratory component. Prerequisites: BIO 140 is required, BIO 350 is preferred but not required. Spring, odd years.
BIO 375 - Undergraduate Research in Biology 2 creditsTo receive academic credit for an undergraduate research experience students must complete a project proposal endorsed by a sponsoring science faculty member. The application will contain an overview of the project, specific project goals, deadlines for the completion of the project, and specific project outcomes that will be evaluated and used to determine the final grade. All projects must meet the following criteria: a) spending an average of 6 hours/week during the semester (for 2 credits) working on the project; b) writing a scientific paper summarizing the results of the study; c) preparing an electronic poster of the project results; d) maintaining a lab notebook, and e) presenting the results of the project to an audience. The project must be approved by the Chair (or designee) of the sponsoring department.
BIO 380 - Field Biology 2 creditsOne-to-three-week field trips to various areas in the United States. Natural history surveys and ecological analysis of animal and plant communities will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Spring. There is a variable course fee depending on changing travel costs. See instructor for exact amount.
BIO 382 - Comparative Animal Behavior 3 creditsAn introductory course to animal behavior (ethnology). The genetics, physiology, ecology, and history of behavior from an evolutionary perspective are studied. Prerequisites: BIO 140. PSY 117 recommended but not required. Spring, odd academic years.
BIO 387 - Biomechanics 3 creditsThe course will provide the student with a mechanical examination of the motion of the human body. Application of anatomical, physiological and mechanical data will be used to explain and predict movements of the body to improve technique or prevent injury. A laboratory experience is integrated into class sessions. Same as EXE 387. Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 115, BIO 120; EXE 234 and 372. Spring.
BIO 387L - Biomechanics Lab 0 creditsLab portion of Biomechanics. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 387.
BIO 390 - Professional Development Planning 1 creditsThe primary objective of this course is to prepare students for the Professional Development Experience and chosen careers. Students will participate in professional development workshops. Course Fee: $20. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Fall.
BIO 392 - Techniques in Biotechnology and Biochemistry 3 creditsStudents in this course will investigate the myriad of technology available to study DNA, RNA and proteins covering both the theories and applications in research, medical, and industrial settings. Techniques covered will include use of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms in recombinant DNA technologies, gene expression microarrays, protein analysis by Western blot, and protein interaction analysis in yeast and higher eukaryotes. Lab work involves using techniques which are the foundation for research in molecular biology. Four hours laboratory. Note: This course may count toward either a Biology major or a Chemistry major, but not both. Same as CHE 392. Prerequisite BIO 140. Spring, even years.
BIO 470 - Biology Seminar 2 creditsBiology topics of current or special interest will be researched and presented by students. Prerequisite: At least junior class standing and prerequisites of BIO 230 and BIO 390. Fall and spring (as needed).
BIO 482 - Biology Practicum 1 creditsA supervised, pre-approved experience which allows a student to pursue specific learning goals and/or be involved in a field experience during the regular academic semester.
BIO 490 - Independent Study: Biology 1 creditsCourse is designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in regular departmental course offerings. Departmental consent is required.
BIO 499 - Senior Competency Practicum 0 creditsA written comprehensive, objective, and essay examination covering basic biological principles and material from required biology courses. Grade of D- or better required. Spring, senior year.
ESC 118 - Earth Science 4 creditsAn introduction to the principles of physical geology including plate tectonics, geological time, origins of rock types, erosion, and glaciation. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Satisfies laboratory sciences exploratory requirement. Fall and Spring.