Biology Classes

BIO102E Human Biology in Health and Disease

A course for non-science majors that surveys the functional systems of the body, the organs that compose them, and the interactions among them. Special attention is given to disease processes.

BIO104E Introduction to Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how the human body works. All major body systems are covered, including the circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. Have you ever wondered: Why do I need oxygen? What exactly is blood pressure and why is it so important? How does my body work to fight infections? This course is geared toward students with a limited scientific background that want to know more about how their bodies work.

BIO106E The Biology of Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, it is estimated that about one out of three Americans will develop this disease during their life. This dreaded illness, which is caused by a breakdown in the regulation of cellular physiology, has a large impact on many dimensions of our society. Students study the nature and causes of cancer, discuss methods of treatment and prevention, and investigate the progress being made in the “war on cancer.”

BIO116E Nutrition

The course presents the basic principles of normal nutrition, emphasizing the role of nutrients in the body’s functioning, food as a source of the nutrients, and the body’s utilization of nutrients. The processing, selection and preparation of food to meet physiological, cultural and psycho social needs throughout our life cycle are discussed. Common nutrition-related health problems in the United States are examined. Principles of diet therapy are introduced.

BIO117E Human Heredity

This course presents an introduction to the principles of human genetics. Major topics include patterns of inheritance in human families, sex determination and sex-linked traits, how DNA works, genes in human populations, and interactions of genes and the environment. An historical approach is used and most genetic principles are introduced by examples from human medical genetics. Familiar human conditions such as albinism, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, dwarfism, Down’s Syndrome, and color-blindness are discussed.

BIO120E Environmental History of New England

In the past 15,000 years, New England has recovered from glaciation and has been colonized by humans, first American Indians, then European immigrants. These and other events produced a series of changes in the biological landscape, some dramatic, some subtle. This course examines many of these changes chronologically, concentrating on the relationships between humans and their biological environment.

BIO126E The World of Water

Life as we know it is totally dependent on water. The topic is studied from the viewpoints of biology, chemistry and physics. Water has many remarkable properties which are a consequence of its molecular structure and are responsible for water’s “fitness” for its role in living systems. Hydraulics activities explore the relationship between pressure, height differences and velocities in various water systems. Surface tension, capillary action and imbibition are investigated. The solvent properties of water and density are studied as they relate to living things. 2 credits

BIO130E Plant Science: The Evolution and Ecology of Land Plants

This introductory course provides a broad view of the plant kingdom, emphasizing the basic facts of botany and human interactions with plants. Students become familiar with the form and function of plant life on earth, including ecology, plant genetics, and botanical biodiversity and conservation. We examine photosynthesis and environmental effects on plant life. Lastly, we explore the impact of the plant kingdom on civilizations, including the current biotechnology and worldwide exploration for new medicines and food sources. Hands-on demonstrations support the texts and lectures. Lab Fee: $10.00

BIO370E Fundamentals of General Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how the human body works. All major body systems are covered, including the circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. Have you ever wondered: Why do I need oxygen? What exactly is blood pressure and why is it so important? How does my body work to fight infections? This course is geared toward students with a limited scientific background that want to know more about how their bodies work.