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Course Descriptions

Biology Prefix: BIO

Semester offerings in parentheses are when courses are generally offered.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses prior to taking the course for which they are required.

101-102 General Biology I and II (1-6)
Organized according to modules; student may elect as many as three modules during one semester; content of the module may change each semester and is announced during the semester prior to registration; typical modules have included Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Florida's Environment, and Introductory Genetics. Credits do not count towards Biology major. (101 Fall, 102 Spring)

104 Biological Foundations (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Presentation of unifying concepts in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, behavior, evolution, and systematics. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 104L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

105 Biomedical Terminology (1) (Lecture 1)
Students are expected to engage in a self-study and word-building system of biomedical terms by using the assigned textbook. 1 hour lecture weekly. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots of Greek and Latin origin will be identified and used to better understand the meaning of biomedical terminology. Pronunciation, spelling and correct use of these terms will be emphasized.

112 Botany (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Plant forms: correlating structure, function, and environment. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 112L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

120 Biology Overview for Non-majors (3)
For students curious about the living world. Includes an introduction to the systems comprising the human body, recent advances in biology, and man’s relationship with the natural world. (Occasional offering)

199 Special Topics (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Lower division special topic course. Content to be determined by the School as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests. Credits do not count toward Biology major. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Enrollment in lab is optional. (Occasional offering)

216 Zoology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Survey of the major animal phyla, including discussion of the anatomy, physiology, embryology, evolution, and heredity of the major groups. Major emphasis on invertebrate phyla. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 216L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

220 Introductory Human Anatomy (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Gross human anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of the mink. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 220L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

225 Comparative Anatomy (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Gross comparative vertebrate anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of five representative vertebrates. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 216 or equivalent. Corequisite: BIO 225L (special fee) (Fall)

230 Human Anatomy for Majors (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Gross anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of the mink. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 230L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

240 Introduction to Human Physiology (Lecture 4, Lab 1)
Survey of the functions of the organ systems in the human body. 4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIO 220 or 230 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 240L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

253 Introductory Microbiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Characteristics, physiology, pathogenicity of bacteria and viruses, with emphasis on organisms important in human disease; methods of cultivation, identification, and control of microorganisms. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 253L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

300 Special Topics (3)
Content to be determined by the Department as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests. Prerequisite: Sophomore level or above or approval of instructor. Section numbers beginning with “M” are for majors and minors only and do count towards Biology majors and minor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

303 Principles of Human Genetics (3)
The major goal is to acquire an understanding of the relationship between genes and phenotypes. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing the student with the molecular nature of the hereditary material, gene function, and gene inheritance. In addition, the student will be introduced to recombinant DNA technology and learn how these techniques are utilized in human genetics. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Spring, Summer)

305 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
Review of major physical and chemical variables in the marine environment. 3 hours lecture weekly. Prerequisites: CHE 111-112. Recommended: 4 s.h. of physics (PHY 151 or 201, 202). (Alternate years, Fall)

307 Biology of Crime (3) (Lecture 3, Lab 0)
This is a survey course which emphasizes the use of modern scientific procedures to supply biological information and evidence used in criminal investigations. These methods will be discussed in class and the methods applied in the laboratory. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. The concepts include: DNA fingerprinting, ABO blood grouping, blood spatter pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, hair and fiber analysis, forensic toxicology, forensic entomology, arson, bioterrorism and other methodologies used in forensic investigations. Prerequisites: 3 hours of college level math, Junior or Senior status and/or permission from the instructor. Credits do not count toward Biology major.

308 Environmental Science (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
An interdisciplinary course that investigates the biological, chemical, and socio-economic factors affecting the environment, with a special emphasis on the ecosystem level. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 and BIO 112 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIO 308L (special fee) (Spring)

309 Disease Detectives (3) (Lecture 3, Lab 0)
This is survey course, which emphasizes the mechanisms of the transmission of diseases that affect the organ systems of the human body. Two hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Etiology, epidemiology and treatments of the various diseases will be the major parameters of study. Emphasis will be placed on investigating the mechanisms of disease transmission as well as identifying the causal nature of human infectious diseases. This is a lab based course which allows the students to have an integrative laboratory experience using a hands-on approach. Prerequisites: 3 hours of college level math, Junior or Senior status and/or permission from the instructor. Credits do not count toward Biology major.

310 Marine Biology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Common marine organisms of the littoral seas, coral reef, and open ocean; interrelationships and problems of adaptation and survival. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly; field trips by announcement. Prerequisite: BIO 112 and 216. Corequisite: BIO 310L (special fee) (Spring)

312 Ecology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Plants and animals in relation to their environments; population, communities, eco-systems, and behavioral patterns, utilizing many of the natural areas provided, such as coral reefs, hammocks, everglades. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory including field work and research projects. Prerequisite: BIO 112 and 216, or equivalent. Corequisite: BIO 312L (special fee) (Fall)

319 The Six Senses (Lecture 3, Lab 0)
This is a survey course which emphasizes the use of modern scientific procedures to supply biological information and research that supports an understanding of the human senses. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. These procedures will be discussed in class and the methods applied in the laboratory. The concepts include: study of the human eye and how it converts light energy into visual images, study of the human ear and the conversion of sound waves into audible signals, study of sensory receptors that deal with taste, smell, and tactile discrimination. Prerequisites: 3 hours of college level math, Junior or Senior status and/or permission from the instructor. Credits do not count toward Biology major.

323 Tropical Marine Ecosystems (1)
A field course that exposes students to the major tropical marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove swamps, rocky and sandy shores, where they will conduct taxonomic identifications and behavioral observations. Swimming and snorkeling required. Five 9 hour days of lecture and field trips (typically 8:00 am - 5:00 pm). In the event a field trip(s) is cancelled due to weather, the trips(s) will be made up on subsequent Saturdays during the Fall semester. Prerequisite: BIO 310 and ability to swim. (special fee) (Alternate years: Fall)

325 Microbiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Bacterial and viral classification, structure, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, pathogenicity and immunology; methods of cultivation, identification, and control of microorganisms. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: Biology 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 152 or 343. Corequisite: BIO 325L (special fee) (Fall, Spring)

330 Cell Biology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Biological processes in procaryotic and eucaryotic cells, with emphasis on the correlation between structure and function on the molecular level. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 152 or 343. Corequisite: BIO 330L (special fee) (Fall, Spring)

334 Human Physiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Comprehensive study of the functioning of the major organ systems of the human. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 220 or 225 or 230, 330; CHE 343. Corequisite: BIO 334L (special fee) (Spring)

335 Comparative Physiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Comparative study of homeostatic mechanisms in animals with special emphasis on vertebrates. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 225; CHE 343. Corequisite: BIO 3335L (special fee) (Spring)

337 Neurobiology Lecture (3)
Cellular and molecular study of the function of the nervous system including discussions of neuronal structure, properties, and signaling. 3 hours of lecture weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 104, BIO 220 or 230.

339 Animal Behavior Lecture (3)
Animal Behavior is a lecture course which examines the basic principles of animal behavior. The major topics include an investigation into the physiological basis of behavior and the evolutionary significance of particular behaviors. 3 hours lecture weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 or permission of the instructor.

341 Genetics (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Principles of heredity, from classical breeding experiments to current molecular and recombinant DNA techniques; emphasis on inheritance in virus, bacteria, Drosophila and humans. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 104; Prerequisite or Corequisites: CHE 152 or 343 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIO 341L (special fee) and SI 062 (Fall).

346 Parasitology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Morphology, taxonomy, identification, life history, host-parasite relationship, and control of protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104. Corequisite: BIO 346L (special fee) (Alternate years, Spring)

352 Biochemistry (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Molecular structure in the cell, biological oxidations, selected biosynthetic pathways, molecular genetics. Same as CHE 352. Prerequisites same as CHE 352. Corequisite: BIO 352L (Fall)

360 Dynamics of Restoration Ecology (3)
The efficient utilization and development of resources for preserving and restoring the delicate homeodynamics of aquatic, soil, plant, forest, and wildlife habitats. Saturday field trips may be required. Prerequisite: BIO 260, or BIO 312. (Alternate years, Spring)

401 Biostatistics (3)
Concepts, principles, methods of descriptive and inferential statistics, and statistical quality control are applied to Biological and Biomedical health issues. Prerequisite: Algebra. (Occasional offering)

404 Epidemiology (3)
Introduction to the study of the distribution, determinants, and measurement of health and disease in populations, including study methods and their application to specific diseases and conditions, with emphasis on data-base search techniques and statistical inference. Pre-requisites: BIO 104; MAT 109. (Occasional offering)

420 Marine Field Study (3-10)
An opportunity for the student to work in the marine field for both individual and group projects at an off-campus facility. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. Biology course work or Department Chair’s permission. (Cost variable.) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

427, 428 Biochemistry I, II (3), (3)
Introduction to the fundamental aspects of biochemistry. It emphasizes the relationship between structure and function of the major classes of macromolecules in living systems. Metabolic interrelationships and control mechanisms are discussed as well as the biochemical basis of human disease. (Occasional offering)

440 Evolution (3)
Evidence for and the principles involved in the evolution of plants and animals, including man. Prerequisites: BIO 112 and 216 or equivalent; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. (Fall)

450 Histology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Microscopic study of animal tissues, with the relationship between structure and function stressed. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 104; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. Corequisite: BIO 450L (special fee) (Alternate years, Spring)

451 Embryology (3)
Vertebrate embryology, including gametogenesis, fertilization, the formation of the germ layers, and organ systems. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: BIO 104; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. (special fee) (Alternate years, Fall)

454 Virology (3)
A broad investigation of viruses. Topics of discussion include the physical and chemical nature of viruses, methods of cultivation and assay, modes of replication, characteristics of major viral groups, and the mechanisms of viral disease. Emphasis on viral genetics and culture mechanisms. Prerequisites: BIO 104 and any one of the following: BIO 303, 325, 330 or 341. (Spring)

455 Immunology (3)
Basic theoretical concepts of immunology and the role of the immune system in health and disease. Major topics considered in this course are antibody formation, antigen-antibody interactions, biological effects of immunologic reactions, immunological specificity, immune dysfunctions, immunological methods, and vaccination. Prerequisite: BIO 104 and any one of the following: BIO 303, 325, 330 or 341. (Fall)

465 Environmental Field Study (3-10)
An opportunity for students to work in the field of environmental science on individual or group projects. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. Biology course work or Department Chair’s permission. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

474 Marine Biology Seminar (3)
A capstone course for students specializing in Marine Biology. Presentation of reports, discussion, lectures on selected topic(s) in the field of marine science. Design, implementation, and presentation of a research project. 3 hours lecture weekly, one Saturday field trip required. Prerequisite: Marine Biology Specialization and BIO 310, or permission of instructor. (Alternate years: Fall)

475 Seminar (3)
Presentation of reports, discussions, lectures, and papers on selected topic(s) in biology. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Fall, Spring)

476 Teaching of Biology in the Secondary School (3)
Problems confronting teachers of biology in the secondary school; organization of courses, sources of materials, textbooks, methods of teaching. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Fall, Spring)

295, 395, 495 Research (1-3), (1-3), (1-3)

Investigation of an original research problem of special interest to the student; independent execution of chosen experimental work or library research; under direction of one selected faculty member. MARC scholars follow a special research program. (45 hours/semester required per credit) Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor. (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for Freshmen Entering with Fewer than 30 Credit Hours:

Freshmen entering the program with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to complete the following for a total of 51-52 hours:

  • ENG 111 and 210 (6 credits)
  • SPE 101 or COM 104 (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (3 credits)
  • MAT (107 or higher) and CS (180, 190 or 211) (6 credits)
  • Science (with lab) (3-4 credits)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities
    • Art/Music/theatre/photography/dance- applied, appreciation or history (3 credits)
  • Humanities (HUM or literature) (3 credits)
  • History 150 (3 credits)
  • Sociology 200 (3 credits)
  • Psychology 281 (3 credits)
    Political science 201 (3 credits)
  • Philosophy 220 and 300-level course (6 credits)
  • Theology 306 and 300-level course (6 credits)

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for Transfer Students with 30 or More Credit Hours:

Transfer students entering the program with 30 or more credit hours are required to complete the following:

(1) Satisfactory completion of at least 45 credits of distributed coursework, including 9 credits in each of the following curricular divisions with a minimum of 3 credits in each of the ten subdivisions

  • Theology and Philosophy (9 credits)
  • Written and Oral Communication (9 credits)
  • Physical or Natural Science and Mathematics (9 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)
  • Humanities and the Arts (9 credits)
  • Total Distribution Requirements (45 credits)

The above distributed coursework must be selected from an approved list of courses from the areas below.
Students can obtain copies of the approved lists of courses from their academic advisors.

  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Written Communication: Excluding ENG 095
  • Oral Communication
  • Fine Arts: Art, Dance, Music, Photography, Theatre
  • Humanities: English Literature, French, Humanities, Spanish
  • Mathematics: Excluding MAT 090, 100, and 105
  • Natural Sciences: Biology, SES 360/360L, Environmental Science
  • Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Physics excluding CHE 110.
  • Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science
  • All Methods of Teaching courses (XXX 376, 476) are excluded.

(2) Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative average of 2.00 (C). Of the total, a minimum of 48 credits must be in courses numbered above 299. The last 30 credits and the majority of the major coursework must be completed at Barry University.

(3) Individual schools require satisfactory completion of an integrative experience in the major field(s). Examples of integrative experiences are capstone courses or seminars, written or oral comprehensive exams, national certification or licensure exams, internships, and clinical field work.

(4) Completion of a major. Specific requirements are given in the introduction to each of the majors. All requirements for the degree must be completed before students take part in a graduation ceremony.

Students are required to take the Major Field Assessment Test (MFAT) in Biology.

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