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Biology Courses

BIO 012: GENERAL/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY I, 3 credit hrs.
This course covers topics cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics. The labs, which focus on content covered in the lectures, will incorporate the process of inquiry through active learning and the scientific method. Students will have repeated opportunities in the inquiry-based laboratories to develop and test hypotheses, analytically explore the natural world, collect, analyze, and formally present data. Offered fall semesters. No prerequisites. Co-requisite lab BIO 012L. Students who take BIO 012 online in the summer term must still complete the lab section, but may take BIO 013L in the fall term.

BIO 012L: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY I LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 012.

BIO 013: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY II, 3 credit hrs.
Ecology, evolution, and the physiology of animals. The labs, which focus on content covered in the lectures, will incorporate the process of inquiry through active learning and the scientific method. Students will have repeated opportunities in the inquiry-based laboratories to develop and test hypotheses, analytically explore the natural world, collect, analyze, and formally present data. No prerequisites. Co-requisite lab BIO 013L. Students who take BIO 013 online in the summer term must still complete the lab section, but may take BIO 013L in the spring term.

BIO 013L: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY II LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 013.

BIO 031: KINESIOLOGY ORIENTATION, 1 credit hr.
Skills-focused course that helps first-year students transition from high school to college.  Skills are developed in the context of exploring kinesiology as both a career and academic discipline.  Intended for first-year kinesiology majors

BIO 032: WELLNESS & NUTRITION, 3 credit hrs.
A survey course examining physical, mental, and social aspects of wellness and nutrition as a basis for understanding and preventing health problems.  Students will practice: being critical consumers of wellness and nutrition information; identifying key factors necessary for improving wellness; and developing lifestyle plans to improve health.

BIO 099: BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH & STATISTICAL METHODS, 4 credit hrs.
Introduction to research methods used in the biological sciences including hypothesis formation, research design, ethics in research, scientific integrity, data collection, probability, and confidence intervals, statistical analyses, inference and interpretation, and preparation of research papers. Lectures and project required. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.

BIO 129: MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY, 4 credit hrs.
A laboratory-based course in mammalian physiology. Emphasis on the integration of physiological systems including mechanisms of fundamental principles progressing from molecular events to cellular, organ, and system levels. Laboratory exercises feature inquiry-based learning. Organic chemistry recommended. Prereq.: Two intro courses of BIO 001, 012, 013, 018, or equivalent. Corequisite lab BIO 129L.

BIO 129L: MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 129. A systems-level approach to investigation and experimentation using computer simulations, student volunteers, and animal subjects.

BIO 131: BIOCHEMISTRY, 3 credit hrs.
A study of the nature of the chemical constituents of living matter, the functions and transformation of these chemical entities in biological systems, and the chemical changes associated with these transformations in the course of the activity of living matter. Prereq.: CHEM 108, CHEM 110. Co-requisite lab BIO 131L. Cross-listed with CHEM 130.

BIO 131L: BIOCHEMISTRY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 131. Introduction to biochemical laboratory techniques. Provides practical experiences with techniques for separation and characterization of biomolecules and methods of examining biochemical reactions including kinetics. Prereq: CHEM 130/BIO 131 or concurrent with CHEM 130/BIO 131 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed with CHEM 131.

BIO 133: KINESIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement, specifically examining the roles of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This course includes an examination of functional anatomy, current research methods, analytical and diagnostic methods, and practical applications of knowledge to basic movements such as walking/running and throwing and sport-specific movements. Pre-reqs: Two introductory Biology couses and junior standing. Co-requisite lab BIO 133L.

BIO 133L: KINESIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 133. Kinesiology lab accompanies lecture and focuses on methods for collecting and analyzing data related to human anatomy or motion in exercise and sport contexts. Students will practice current kinesiology techniques in an original research-based setting similar to that encountered by career kinesiology researchers. Pre-req: Two introductory Biology courses and junior standing. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently.

BIO 134: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Biological aspects of physical activity in the context of exercise, recreation, and sport using multidisciplinary instructional approaches. Content includes neuromuscular, metabolic, cardiorespiratory, and other physiological changes to training or environmental conditions. Co-requisite lab BIO 134L.

BIO 134L: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 134. Basic skills in exercise testing and analysis within the context of original research frameworks, emphasizing human subject research and repeated practice of techniques. Specific experiments change each semester to reflect current topics in the field.

BIO 135L: FOOT & ANKLE RESEARCH LAB, 1 credit hr.
Intended for students interested in the medical sciences. The purpose of the lab is to learn and practice skills relevant to clinical aspects of foot and ankle research within the context of sports medicine and podiatry. Emphasized skills include: working with human subjects; developing experimental designs that help address questions specific to the sports medicine community; collecting data from those designs and analyzing the resultant data; clinical measurements such as range-of-motion (goniometry), muscle activation, movement analysis, performance analysis, and evaluation of subjective measures; and critical evaluation of media and marketing related to sports medicine. Projects and techniques will change each time the course is offered.

BIO 145: MEDICAL & SPORT BIOMECHANICS WITH LAB, 3 credit hrs.
Anatomical & mechanical principles of human motion. The course has two emphases: developing appropriate vocabulary and concepts necessary for describing motions precisely, and applying those vocabulary and concepts to real-world topics in medicine, exercise, and sport.

New Biology Courses

BIO 1##: MOTOR CONTROL & DEVELOPMENT, 3 credit hrs.
This course explores the neurophysiological and learning/training aspects of human movement. 

BIO 1##: KINESIOLOGY CAPSTONE, 3 credit hrs.
The Capstone for the major will be a class focused on integrating skills from the exercise science core curriculum and applying that integration to practical, real-world problems (for example, critically evaluating current literature on controversial topics, or developing rehabilitation strategies for injured athletes). 


Chemistry Courses

CHEM 001: GENERAL CHEMISTRY I, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the important general principles of chemistry. Students look at the twin concepts of structure and bonding in the three main physical states of matter and discover how both structure and bonding determine chemical reactivity. Students learn about the basic organizing principle of chemistry - the Periodic Table - and show both its origins and uses in predicting the properties of matter. The fundamental quantitative concept in chemistry, stoichiometry, is introduced early and emphasized throughout the course. Prereq.: two years of high school mathematics, including algebra, or consent of the instructor. Coreq.: CHEM 003.

CHEM 002: GENERAL CHEMISTRY II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuation of the exploration of the principles of chemistry introduced in CHEM 001. Topics include thermo- chemistry; rates of chemical reactions; chemical equilibria with an emphasis on solution equilibria; the structures and properties of solutions including intermolecular forces and colligative properties; the oxidation-reduction and coordination chemistry of metals and their compounds; electro chemistry. Prereq.: CHEM 001 and CHEM 003. Coreq.: CHEM 004.

CHEM 003: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I, 1 credit hr.
The laboratory experiments complement and reinforce concepts introduced in General Chemistry I (CHEM 001). Coreq.: CHEM 001.

CHEM 004: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II, 1 credit hr.
The laboratory experiments complement and reinforce concepts introduced in General Chemistry II (CHEM 2). Prereq.: CHEM 001 and CHEM 003. Coreq.: CHEM 002.

CHEM 097: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, 3 credit hrs.
A study of the chemistry of aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic compounds including structure and nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties and reactions, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy.

CHEM 098: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I, 1 credit hr.
The laboratory experiments complement and reinforce concepts introduced in Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 097). They include purification techniques, synthesis and characterization of organic compounds.

CHEM 108: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuation of Chemistry 97 with further study of the chemistry of aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic, and heterocyclic compounds with an emphasis on the compound classes containing oxygen and nitrogen. The study includes structure and nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties and reactions, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy. Prereq.: Chem 097, 098.

CHEM 110: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II, 1 credit hr.
The laboratory experiments complement and reinforce concepts introduced in Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 108). They include purification techniques, synthesis and characterization of organic compounds. Prereq.: CHEM 097 and CHEM 098.


Health Sciences Courses

HSCI 095: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
This is an introductory course of the terminology used commonly in the health care setting that emphasizes the word-building process employing prefixes, suffixes, roots, as well as connecting and combining forms. This course will allow students to acquire an understanding of medical meanings applicable to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. Common medical acronyms and abbreviations are also reviewed. On-line and small group discussions may be utilized. 

HSCI 125: MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY, 4 credit hrs.
This course examines the principles of modern human medical physiology. Emphasis is on understanding and analyzing the function and integration of physiological systems through the examination of homeostatic mechanisms progressing from molecular events to cellular, organ and system levels. The course will include lecture and in-class lab simulations.

HSCI 125L: PHYSIOLOGY/EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
The purpose of the course is to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to accurately assess human physiology and health-related physical fitness. Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness: [1] cardiorespiratory fitness, [2] muscular strength, [3] muscular endurance, [4] flexibility, and [5] body composition. The course will include data collection, presentation of observations in laboratory reports, and analysis of results in the context of normal physiological function.

HSCI 140: PATIENT ASSESSMENT, 2 credit hrs.
Patient assessment is a core skill of all health care professionals. Health Sciences students enrolled will acquire a basic foundation of knowledge and skills regarding patient assessment in order to: 1. Monitor a patient's vitals 2. Demonstrate effective communication skills for future interactions with patients and healthcare professionals 3. Complete an appropriate patient history 4. Document findings 5. Communicate appropriately in regards to patient evaluation, care, and referral 6. Conduct basic wellness screenings 7. Become aware of various equipment used in healthcare and the basic set up of the equipment During this course, the student will be introduced to basic techniques and skills used in order to obtain a complete and problem-focused patient/client history, physical examination, and appropriate documentation of such assessments. The laboratory sessions will provide the student an opportunity to practice these skills and to enhance their critical thinking. Note: This is intended to be an introductory and basic skills class.

HSCI 141: HUMAN ANATOMY, 3 credit hrs. 
This course includes the study of the gross anatomy of the human body. The course begins with teachings of the basic cell structure and tissue levels of organization. Other lecture areas include the study of the integumentary system, axial and appendicular skeleton, muscular system, nervous system, as well as other organ systems of the body. Lab activities will be included within the lecture course.

HSCI 145: HEALTH COACHING, 2 credit hrs.
In this Health Sciences and Pharmacy Elective course, students will learn techniques that can be used to coach patients to reach goals for health and wellness. This course will use a variety of teaching methods including role playing, self-reflection, and experiential learning.

HSCI 148: EXERCISE TESTING & PRESCRIPTION, 3 credit hrs. 
The purpose of this course it to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to learn the concepts of physiological fitness testing and exercise prescription. Exercise prescription and the implementation of conditioning programs will include individuals of differing ages, fitness levels, and health status. Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness: [1] cardiorespiratory fitness, [2] muscular strength, [3] muscular endurance, [4] flexibility, and [5] body composition. The course will include hands-on exercise testing using class members, interpretation of test results, and effective design of exercise programs [i.e. prescriptions].

HSCI 149: INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MEDICINE, 3 credit hrs. 
This is an introductory lecture course with a lab included. The course will allow students to acquire the skills to recognize common injuries, illnesses and issues occurring in an athletic environment. The lab portion of the class will provide a hands-on approach to prevention and rehabilitation techniques including taping, therapeutic exercise and modalities. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course have had a previous course in human anatomy.

HSCI 150: MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY

New Health Sciences Courses

HSCI 1##: HUMAN ANATOMY LAB, 1 credit hr.
This course is intended to complement a pre-existing lecture course (HSCI 141).


Other Courses

EDUC 172: CARE & PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES, 3 credit hrs.
Proper use of personal and field equipment, support methods, training and conditioning, the medical examination and theraputic aids, laboratory experience.

MATH 050: CALCULUS I, 4 credit hrs.
Functions; continuity; limits; differentiation; applications of derivatives; definite integrals; Prereq: MATH 020 or equivalent.

PHIL 090: ETHICS, 3 credit hrs.
An exploration of attempts to develop an adequate personal moral philosophy, including the analysis of selected normative ethical theories and the problems of relativism, egoism and determinism.

PHY 011 and PHY 012: GENERAL PHYSICS I AND II, 4 credit hrs.
Mechanics, properties of matter, heat and sound, light magnetism, electricity and modern physics. Emphasis is placed on applications to the medical sciences. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. PHY 011 is a prerequisite for PHY 012. This course is designed primarily for biology majors, premedical majors and other pre-professional biology.Prereq.: High school algebra and trigonometry.

PSY 080: SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Examination of the role of psychology in the analysis and motivation of competitive athletics and physical fitness activities. Prereq.: PSY 001 or AP 039.

STAT 060: STATISTICS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to statistical methods used in the life sciences. In this course the student will develop the ability (1) to decide which techniques to use to solve particular problems, (2) to use basic statistical tools to address questions, and (3) to explain statistical results to others. At the end of the course the student should understand how to: (1) display and describe distributions, (2) display and examine relationships between variables, (3) design samples and experiments, (4) determine probabilities and use probability distributions, (5) conduct significance tests associated with means and proportions, and (6) significance tests associated with two-way tables, and one-way ANOVA. Prereq.: MATH 020 or equivalent. For life science and pharmacy majors only.


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