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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Biology


Professor   Janet Cooper, Ph.D.
    Mary F. Haskins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor   Lisa Felzien, Ph.D.
    Laura A. Salem, Ph.D. (Chair)
    Chad Scholes, Ph.D.
    Christina A. Wills, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor   Joanna Cielocha, Ph.D.
    Elizabeth I. Evans, D.V.M.
    Jamie Dyer, Ph.D.
    Ryan Elsenpeter, Ph.D.

Biology Department Mission Statement

The department seeks to foster student appreciation for and understanding of the complexity and interrelatedness of biological systems in the Rockhurst liberal arts tradition. The two tracks within the Biology major serve a student population that is diverse in its academic and career objectives by providing the opportunity to focus on cell and molecular biology or organismal and ecological biology. We also seek to provide students interested in other areas of inquiry the opportunity to supplement their existing knowledge base with an understanding of human and environmental biology. Courses within the biology major help prepare students for careers or post-graduate education in medicine, health care-related fields, biotechnology, biological research, and academia.

Philosophy of Curriculum

The broad foundational knowledge and critical thinking, scientific communication, and technical skills instilled in Biology majors develop students who are poised to enter a variety of career paths or post-graduate programs. Biology majors are required to complete courses that broaden their perspectives and knowledge about biology as well as support their specific interests within the discipline. Our curriculum (below) includes a set of foundational courses taken by all majors, which provides the basis for biological knowledge, study, and communication, and a set of courses selected by students, divided into three general areas: 1) organismal courses, relating to the structures and functions of a broad variety of organisms; 2) molecular courses, which examine the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms for all organisms, and 3) systems courses, which explore contemporary ideas relating to the interactions among organisms and their environment. Students select one of two tracks, the organismal or molecular track, depending on their interests and goals. Both tracks involve related coursework, which contributes to the required hours for the bachelor’s degree.  Students are encouraged to expand their learning through undergraduate research projects and field biology travel.

Student Learning Outcomes

SL01 Describe unifying tenets and concepts of biology.
SL02 Execute scientific methodology to generate and critically analyze quantifiable data.
SL03 Articulate scientific information both orally and in writing.
SL04 Employ basic techniques and equipment used In biological investigation.
SL05 Work and communicate effectively as part of a team in a laboratory field or setting.

 

Biology Curriculum

Core/Foundational Biology courses (both tracks) - 6 courses

General Biology I (BL 1250/51)

General Biology II (BL 1300/01)

Introduction to Research (BL 2000)

Genetics (BL 3610/11)

Evolution (BL 4800)

Biology Capstone (BL 4940)

Required related courses (both tracks)

General Chemistry I and II (CH 2610 and 2630)

Recommended related courses

Statistics (PH 4900 or PY 2100); Organic Chemistry I and II (CH 2710/20 and 2730/40); Physics I and II (PH 2800/10 and 2900/10); Biochemistry (CH 3310); Calculus I (MT 1800)

 

Organismal Track requirements Molecular Track requirements

Three Organismal courses

Three Molecular courses

General Physiology (BL 3700/01) Odd Year: Fall Immunology (BL 4700/01) Fall
Plant Biology (BL 3350/51) Even Year: Fall Biotechnology (BL 4600/01) Fall
Comparative Vert Anatomy (BL 3400/01) Odd Year: Spring Molecular Biology (BL 3650/51) Spring
Invertebrate Zoology (BL 3200/01) Even Year: Spring Cell Biology (BL 3620/21) Spring
One Molecular course One Organismal course
Immunology (BL 4700/01) Fall General Physiology (BL 3700/01) Odd Year: Fall
Biotechnology (BL 4600/01 Fall Plant Biology (BL 3350/01) Even Year: Fall
Molecular Biology (BL 3650/51) Spring Comparative Vert Anatomy (BL 3400/01) Odd Year: Spring
Cell Biology (BL 3620/21) Spring Invertebrate Zoology (BL 3200/01) Even Year: Spring
One Systems course One Systems course
Environmental Biology (BL 3460/61) Odd Year: Fall Environmental Biology (BL 3460/61) Odd Year: Fall
Ecology (BL 4810/11) Even Year: Fall Ecology (BL 4810/11) Even Year: Fall
Animal Behavior (BL 3230) Odd Year: Spring Animal Behavior (BL 3230) Odd Year: Spring
Field Biology (BL 3320 or BL 3330) Even Year: Spring local Field Biology (BL 3320 or BL 3330) Even Year: Spring local
Odd Year: Spring abroad Odd Year: Spring abroad
Two Elective Courses Two Elective Courses

Microbiology (BL 3100/01)

Human Anatomy/Physiology I or II (BL 3030/31 or BL 3040/41)

Parasitology (BL 4200)

Any additional organismal, molecular, or systems courses may be taken as electives.

Microbiology (BL 3100/01)

Human Anatomy/Physiology I or II (BL 3030/31 or BL 3040/41)

Parasitology (BL 4200)

Any additional organismal, molecular, or systems courses may be taken as electives.

See “Course Descriptions” for all BL courses listed in the table above.

Programs

    Bachelor of ScienceMinor