Biological Science (BSC)

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BSC 104 Bison image  Introduction to Biology4 Credit hours   

Fundamentals of biology with emphasis on the unity of life, energetics, genetics and the world of living things. Intended for non-science majors. 3 lec-2 lab.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 105 Bison image  Human Biology4 Credit hours   

Fundamentals of biological human structure, function, and interactions with the environment. Intended for non-science majors. Does not count for health professions credit. 3 lec-2 lab.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 120 Bison image  Principles of Biology4 Credit hours   

Study of basic biological principles common to all organisms through lecture and laboratory activities. Intended for science majors and pre-professional students. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: ACT Math with a score of 21 or SAT Mathematics Before Mar. 16 with a score of 500 or SAT MATH SECTION SCORE with a score of 530 or (MTH 121 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 123 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 127 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 130 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 132 with a minimum grade of C).

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 120H Bison image  Principles of Biology Honors4 Credit hours   

Study of basic biological principles common to all organisms through lecture and laboratory activities. Chemistry of life, cell biology, metabolism, heredity, and evolution. Intended for science majors and pre-professional students. 3 lec-2-lab.

Pre-req: Admitted Honors College with a score of 1 and (ACT Math with a score of 21 or SAT Mathematics Before Mar. 16 with a score of 500 or SAT MATH SECTION SCORE with a score of 530 or MTH 121 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 127 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 130 with a minimum grade of C or MTH 132 with a minimum grade of C).

Attributes: Honors, Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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BSC 121 Bison image  Principles of Biology4 Credit hours   

A continuation of the study of basic biological principles common to all organisms. Intended for science majors and pre-professional students. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 120 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 227 Human Anatomy4 Credit hours   

Principles of gross and microscopic anatomy of human body systems and their development. Provides preparation for degrees in health professions. Does not count towards a major in Biological Science. 3 lec-2 lab (ACT composite 19 or higher or 12 hrs. college credit, 100 level or above with minimum GPA of 2.3)

Pre-req: ACT Composite with a score of 19 or ACT Recalculated Composite with a score of 19 or SAT Mathematics Before Mar. 16 with a score of 480 or SAT MATH SECTION SCORE with a score of 510.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 228 Bison image  Human Physiology4 Credit hours   

Fundamentals of normal human physiology, from cells to systems. Provides the scientific background for understanding pathophysiology and preparation for degrees in health professions. Does not count toward a major in Biological Science. 3 lec-3 lab (PR: BSC 227 with grade C or better)

Pre-req: BSC 227 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 250 Bison image  Microbiol & Human Disease4 Credit hours   

Introduction to microbiology with emphasis on the role of microorganisms in the disease process.

Pre-req: BSC 227 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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BSC 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 301 Vertebrate Embryology4 Credit hours   

Vertebrate development based chiefly on frog, chick and pig embryos. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 302 Principles of Microbiology3 Credit hours   

Basic microbiological techniques, fundamental principles of microbial action, physiological processes, immunology, serology, disease process. (PR: BSC 121 with grade of C or better) This course is lecture only (the associated lab for this course is listed under a different course number)

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 304 Microbiology Lab2 Credit hours   

A laboratory course emphasizing basic microbiological techniques including preparation of culture media, gram staining, isolation and identification of bacteria from diverse environments, and evaluation of antiseptics and disinfectants.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 310 Comp Vertebrate Anatomy4 Credit hours   

Structure, function and relationships of systems of selected vertebrates with an emphasis on embryology and evolution. 2 lec.-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 312 Invertebrate Zoology4 Credit hours   

Survey of invertebrate phyla from protists through non-vertebrate chordates. Emphasis is placed upon indentification of taxa, development, microanatomy, life histories and evolutionary relationship.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 320 Principles of Ecology4 Credit hours   

A fundamental approach to the basic principles underlying the interrelationships of organisms with their biotic and abiotic environments. A variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems will be studied in the field and in the laboratory. 3 lec-3 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 322 Principles Cell Biology4 Credit hours   

A fundamental approach to the princples of cell biology covering general cellular structure and function, organelles, intercellular interactions, molecular inter- actions, and modern cellular and molecular methods. 3 lec-3 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 324 Principles of Genetics4 Credit hours   

The fundamental principles and mechanisms of inheritance. 3 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 365 Introductory Biochemistry3 Credit hours   

A survey course including introduction to basic biochemical concepts, metabolic pathways, and bioenergetics. Pre: CHM327 or 356.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C and CHM 356 with a minimum grade of C or CHM 327 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 401 Ichthyology4 Credit hours   

Anatomy, physiology, ecology, zoogeography, economic importance and classification of major groups and repre- sentative local species of fishes. 2 lec-2 lab and field.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 406 Herpetology4 Credit hours   

Taxonomy, morphology, distribution, life history, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians with a special emphasis on representatives native to West Virginia. 2 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 302 or BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 408 Ornithology4 Credit hours   

An introduction to avian biology: identification, distribu- tion, migration, and breeding activities of birds. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 409 Mammalogy4 Credit hours   

A study of the structural features, evolution and classifi- cation of mammals; other topics will include ecology, zoo- geography, behavior, reproductive strategies, physiological adaptation to extreme environments and economic aspects. 2 lec-2 lab and field.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C or BSC 105 with a minimum grade of B.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 410 Remote Sensing/GIS Appl4 Credit hours   

A study of the physical systems for collecting remotely sensed data. Statistical/spatial analysis and modeling using image processing/geographic information/spatial computer software systems with earth resources applications.

Pre-req: (BSC 302 or BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324) and PHY 203 and PHY 204 and (MTH 225 or STA 225).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 411 Dgtl Image Proc/GIS Model4 Credit hours   

A study of image processing/geographic information/spatial analysis systems, concurrent and parallel image processing 3-D modeling scenarios utilizing geophysical data for computer simulation modeling.

Pre-req: (BSC 410 or PS 410 or IST 420).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 413 Prin of Organic Evolution3 Credit hours   

Facts and possible mechanisms underlying the unity and diversity of life with emphasis on Neo-Darwinian concepts of the role of species in evolutionary phenomena.

Pre-req: BSC 302 or BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 416 Plant Taxonomy4 Credit hours   

Recognition of our native seed plants and ferns. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 302 or BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 417 Biostatistics3 Credit hours   

Statistical skills for biological/biomedical research, with emphasis on applications. Experimental design/survey sampling, estimation/hypothesis testing procedures, regression, ANOVA, multiple comparisions. Implementation using statistical software such as SAS, BMDP. Pre: Permission (consistent with MTH 518 description)

Pre-req: BSC 302 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 320 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 322 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 324 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 420 Plant Physiology4 Credit hours   

Experimental study of plant life processes to include applicable biophysical and biochemical principles. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C and CHM 212 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 421 Phycology4 Credit hours   

Morphology, taxonomy, and techniques used in the study of fresh-water algae with emphasis upon applictions of ecological principles to current water quality problems. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C or BSC 105 with a minimum grade of B.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 422 Animal Physiology4 Credit hours   

Physiological principles operating in cells, organs, and systems of animals, with a focus on vertebrate, including human, function. 3 lec-3 lab (PR: BSC 322, CHM 355, MTH 140 or 132 or 229; or permission)

Pre-req: BSC 322 with a minimum grade of D and CHM 355 with a minimum grade of D and (MTH 140 with a minimum grade of D or MTH 140H with a minimum grade of D or MTH 132 with a minimum grade of D or MTH 229 with a minimum grade of D or MTH 229H with a minimum grade of D).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 424 Animal Parasitology4 Credit hours   

Morphology, life histories, classification, and host relationships of common parasites. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 425 Systematics3 Credit hours   

Biosystematics is a unifying discipline that combines taxonomy (collecting, describing and naming organisms), phylogenetics (evolutionary relationships among species), and classification (organization of taxa into groups which ultimately reflect evolutionary relationship).

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 426 Medical Entomology4 Credit hours   

Role of certain insects and other arthropods in the trans- mission of disease organisms and methods of control. 2 lec-4 lab.

Pre-req: BSC 302 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 320 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 322 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 324 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 428 Neuroscience3 Credit hours   

The fundamentals of cellular and systems neuroscience, with application towards understanding current research and biomedical problems.

Pre-req: BSC 120 and (BSC 322 with a minimum grade of C or BSC 422 with a minimum grade of C or CHM 355 with a minimum grade of C).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 430 Plant Ecology4 Credit hours   

The study of plants and their interactions with their environment at different levels of ecological organization: individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Emphasis on quantitative analysis of ecological data.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of C and BSC 320 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 431 Limnology4 Credit hours   

Study of inland waters; ecological factors affecting lake and stream productivity and various aquatic communities.

Pre-req: BSC 320.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 438 Emerging Infect Diseases3 Credit hours   

Introduces students to infectious diseases that are either newly emergent or have returned to prominence within the last decade.

Pre-req: BSC 302 or BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 443 Microbial Genetics3 Credit hours   

Microbial Genetics covers the essential functions of DNA replication and gene expression in prokaryotic cells. The course includes molecular genetics of bacteria and phages, bioinformatics and discussion of laboratory techniques.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 445 Microbial Ecology3 Credit hours   

This course introduces students to the vital roles that microbes play in sustaining life on earth. Includes both theoretical and practical concepts ranging from the origin of life to biodegradation.

Pre-req: BSC 302 with a minimum grade of C.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 448 Introductory Immunology3 Credit hours   

Comprehensive study of the molecules, cells and processes of the immune system. Also covered are diseases with an immunologic basis and technological applications of immunological principles. Pre: C or better in BSC 121, CHM 212

Pre-req: BSC 322 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 324 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 450 Molecular Biology3 Credit hours   

Advanced principles in molecular function emphasizing current research using recombinant DNA methodology.

Pre-req: BSC 322.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 454 Princ Adv Techn Mol Biol3 Credit hours   

Students will gain an understanding of modern molecular biology through standard and novel methods and understand and criticize the published literature.

Pre-req: BSC 322 or BSC 324 or BSC 365 or BSC 450.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 456 Genes and Development3 Credit hours   

Focuses on mechanisms of complex organismal development including cell specification, morphogenesis, and induction. Genetic manipulations of the model organism Drosophilia will illustrate current information.

Pre-req: BSC 320 or BSC 322 or BSC 324.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 460 Conservation Biology3 Credit hours   

This course focuses on the North American model of wildlife conservation (and its history), principles of biological diversity, threats to habitats and species of concern, and conservation policy.

Pre-req: BSC 320.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
BSC 480 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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BSC 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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BSC 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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BSC 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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BSC 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
BSC 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
BSC 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
BSC 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
BSC 491 Bison image  Capstone Experience2 Credit hours   

An independent study involving a research project or intern- ship. Must be approved by Biological Science Faculty.

Attributes: Capstone Course, No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode