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  • BIBL 473: Spirituality in Everyday Life

    An historical, theological, and practical exploration of how life in the Spirit may be nurtured and sustained in the midst of everyday life. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • BIBL 489: Directed Readings

    A supervised program of readings that provides for study of material not included in the regular course offerings. One to three semester hours.

  • BIBL 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, writing, and concentration in areas beyond regular course offerings. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered periodically. One to three semester hours.

  • BIBL 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Required for the General Studies Concentration of the Bible major. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIBL 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Required for the General Studies Concentration of the Bible major. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIBL 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. Required for the General Studies Concentration of the Bible major. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIOL 110: General Biology

    An introductory course that examines fundamental biological concepts of plants and animals with particular relevance to man’s place in the living world. Does not count towards a biology major or minor. Offered spring term. Three hours lecture and one two-hour lab weekly. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 111: Principles of Biology

    A two-semester course which introduces and integrates the principles of biology including the chemistry of life, cells, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, biology of plants, biology of animals, and ecology. The course is designed to stimulate critical thinking. Offered as a year sequence beginning with the fall term each year. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab weekly. Four hours each semester.

  • BIOL 112: Principles of Biology

    A two-semester course which introduces and integrates the principles of biology including the chemistry of life, cells, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, biology of plants, biology of animals, and ecology. The course is designed to stimulate critical thinking. Offered as a year sequence beginning with the fall term each year. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab weekly. Four hours each semester.

  • BIOL 130: Plants and Society

    This course is designed to instill a greater appreciation of the botanical world. This course covers basic principles of botany, but more strongly emphasizes the cultural, historical, economic, and practical impacts that plants bring to modern society. Labs will be conducted both indoors and outdoors. Offered fall term each year. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab weekly. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 131: Environmental Studies

    An introductory course which examines the intersection of humans with the planet earth. Dynamics surveyed include ecosystems, population biology, biodiversity, food production, geological resources, climate, pollution, and energy resources. This course does not fulfill the laboratory science requirement in the GER. Offered spring term each year. Three hours lecture weekly. Three semester hours.

  • BIOL 150: Essentials of Human Anatomy/Physiology

    An introductory course designed to study the basic structure and function of the organ systems of humans. Credit may not be received for both BIOL 150 and BIOL 250. Offered spring term each year. Three hours lecture and one two-hour lab weekly. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 200: Field Studies in Biology

    An analysis of selected biological problems and/or in-depth study of unique ecosystems. Subject content varies according to selected topics. The course is conducted at an off-campus location, and the student may incur additional expenses for travel. A student may not accumulate more than four hours credit in this course. This course should not be used to satisfy college degree requirements in science except by permission of the Area Chair of Scientific Learning. Prerequisite: BIOL 110, BIOL 111, or consent of instructors. Offered in the May term each year. One to two semester hours.

  • BIOL 210: Flora and Fauna of the Southern Appalachian Area

    A field biology class with special concentration on the identification and general ecology of plants and animals in the Southern Appalachian Area. Available to both majors and non-majors. This is a field course which qualifies as a lab science course in the GER. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 250: Anatomy & Physiology

    A two-semester course designed to study the structure and function of the organ systems of humans. Recommended prerequisite for 250: C- or better in one of the following courses BIOL 110, 111, 280, CHEM 150, 170; Prerequisite for 251: C- or better in BIOL 250. Credit may not be received for both BIOL 150 and BIOL 250. Offered as a year sequence beginning with the fall term each year. Four hours each semester.

  • BIOL 251: Anatomy & Physiology

    A two-semester course designed to study the structure and function of the organ systems of humans. Recommended prerequisite for 250: C- or better in one of the following courses BIOL 110, 111, 280, CHEM 150, 170; Prerequisite for 251: C- or better in BIOL 250. Credit may not be received for both BIOL 150 and BIOL 250. Offered as a year sequence beginning with the fall term each year. Four hours each semester.

  • BIOL 280: Introductory Microbiology and Immunology for the Health Sciences

    An introductory course in the study of microbial organisms with particular concentration on relationship to health, disease, and host defense mechanisms. A minimalized, hands-on lab component supplements lectures and discussions. This course may not be taken to fulfill the laboratory science requirement in the GER. This course does not count toward the biology major or minor. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • BIOL 310: Genetics

    A study of fundamental principles of heredity with related statistics and probability. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 111 and 112. . Offered fall term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 341: Animal Histology

    A study of the microscopic anatomy of the various types of tissues and organs found in vertebrates. Prerequisite: eight hours of biology. Offered as needed. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 342: Embryology

    A study of the general principles of vertebrate embryological development. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered as needed. One to four semester hours.

  • BIOL 360: Ecology

    A study of the relation between organisms and their environment, factors affecting plant and animal structures, behavior and distribution, energy and material cycles, and populations. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 111 and 112. Offered fall term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 362: Vertebrate Field Biology

    A survey of native warm-blooded vertebrates with concentration on field identification. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 380: Microbiology and Immunology

    A course in the study of microbial organisms and including the preparation of media, sterilization, the isolation of microorganisms and their identification, culture, and staining. Topics covered in immunology will include definitions and relationships of antigens and antibodies, host-antigen interaction, bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells, and humoral and cellular response mechanisms. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 111 and 112. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 430: Advanced Anatomy

    A regional study of human anatomy with a majority of the class hours spent in cadaver dissection. Regions and emphasis may vary according to the needs of the students and availability of materials. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 and 251 and consent of the instructor. Offered as needed. One to two semester hours.

  • BIOL 431: Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    A regional study of human anatomy with particular concentration on the back and upper extremity. Course includes cadaver dissection, demonstration, and lecture. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 430 is not permitted. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 and 251 and consent of the instructor. Offered fall term each year. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 432: Neuroanatomy

    A presentation of functional human neuroanatomy including related pathology. The course includes the study of human nervous system specimens in a laboratory setting. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 and consent of the instructor. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours. This course does not meet the science laboratory requirement in the GER.

  • BIOL 450: Molecular Biology

    A study of gene structure and the regulation of gene expression at transcriptional and translational levels with an emphasis on modern experimental techniques. Prerequisite: BIOL 310 and consent of the instructor. Offered spring term odd years. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab weekly. Four semester hours.

  • BIOL 451: Research Seminar

    A seminar designed to introduce science majors to principles, politics, and methodology used in scientific research. Offered as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIOL 452: Cell Biology

    A study of the structure, function and biogenesis of various organelles of the eukaryotic cell. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 111 and 112. Offered spring term even years. Three hours lecture weekly (no laboratory). Three semester hours.

  • BIOL 490: Research Problem

    Research on special problems in biology under direct supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: twenty hours of biology courses and consent of the biology faculty member to direct the research problem. Offering to be announced. One to four semester hours.

  • BIOL 494: Capstone Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion of current topics in science with an emphasis on integration of science and faith. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours.

  • BIOL 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • BIOL 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIOL 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • BIOL 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • CHEM 150: Chemistry and Society

    A one-semester chemistry course which focuses upon chemistry in the context of every day experiences. Topics such as alternative fuels, plastics and polymers, nutrition, genetic engineering, and acid rain will be discussed within the context of their social, political, and ethical implications. The underlying chemical principles will be included on a need-to-know basis to help students develop critical thinking skills in the area of consumer chemistry. Not applicable toward a chemistry major or minor unless by consent of the Chair of Scientific Learning. Three-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory weekly. Offered fall term each year. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 151: Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

    A one-semester survey of organic chemistry, including structure and nomenclature, functional groups, functional group reactivity, biologically important molecules, and introduction to human metabolism and nutrition. Not applicable toward a chemistry major or minor unless by consent of the Chair of Scientific Learning. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 150 or 170, or consent of the instructor. Three hours lecture, one-hour recitation, and one two-hour laboratory weekly. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 170: General Chemistry

    A study of the principles of general chemistry including atomic/molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, equilibria, kinetics and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Laboratory work includes basic laboratory techniques and Qualitative Analysis during the second semester. Prerequisite for CHEM 170: algebra, high school chemistry or CHEM 150, or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite for CHEM 171: C- or better in CHEM 170. Students wishing to take this course to fill the laboratory science general education requirement must have the consent of the instructor. Three hours lecture, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory weekly. CHEM 170 and 171 are offered as a year sequence beginning in the fall term each year. Four semester hours each semester.

  • CHEM 171: General Chemistry

    A study of the principles of general chemistry including atomic/molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, equilibria, kinetics and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Laboratory work includes basic laboratory techniques and Qualitative Analysis during the second semester. Prerequisite for CHEM 170: algebra, high school chemistry or CHEM 150, or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite for CHEM 171: C- or better in CHEM 170. Students wishing to take this course to fill the laboratory science general education requirement must have the consent of the instructor. Three hours lecture, one hour of recitation, and one three-hour laboratory weekly. CHEM 170 and 171 are offered as a year sequence beginning in the fall term each year. Four semester hours each semester.

  • CHEM 202: Quantitative Analysis

    A course including representative types of gravimetric and volumetric analysis and a study of the techniques and fundamental principles of analytical chemistry and the stoichiometric problems. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 170 and 171. Offered fall term odd years. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 203: Instrumental Analysis

    An introduction to the theory and application of electrometric, spectrometric, and chromatographic methods of analysis. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 171. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Offered spring term even years. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 301: Organic Chemistry I

    A study of the structure, nomenclature, and reactivity of organic compounds, aliphatic and aromatic. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 171. Three hours lecture and one hour session on molecular modeling per week. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • CHEM 302: Organic Chemistry II

    A continued study of the structure, nomenclature, preparation, and reactivity of organic compounds, aliphatic and aromatic, with the addition of spectroscopic techniques and functional group analysis. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 301. Three hours lecture and two three-hour labs per week. Offered spring term each year. Five semester hours.

  • CHEM 310: Biochemistry

    A comprehensive study of the chemical process taking place in living cells with special concentration on metabolism and related chemical principles. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHEM 302 or the consent of the instructor. Offered fall term each year. Five semester hours.

  • CHEM 311: Organic Qualitative Analysis

    A course focusing on the identification of organic compounds using current instrumental techniques: mass spectrometry and infrared, ultra-violet, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 203. Offered as needed. Three semester hours.

  • CHEM 311L: Organic Qualitative Analysis Laboratory

    A course focused on the application of identification techniques for organic compounds. Corequisite: CHEM 203 or prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 203. Offered as needed. One three-hour lab weekly. One semester hour.

  • CHEM 401: Physical Chemistry

    The study of the Laws of Thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered as needed. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 402: Quantum Chemistry

    The study of aspects of modern quantum theory including the Schrodinger Equation, Huckel Molecular Orbital Theory, and atomic structure relating to chemical reactivity. Prerequisites: CHEM 302, PHYS 204, and MATH 211 and 212. MATH 307 Linear Algebra is recommended but not required; CHEM 401 is NOT a prerequisite. Offered as needed. Four semester hours.

  • CHEM 405: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    Modern bonding theories are presented and applied to inorganic compounds, especially to coordination compounds. The effects of structure and bonding on chemical properties are explored. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Three hours lecture. Offered as needed. Three semester hours.

  • CHEM 405L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

    A laboratory to support CHEM 405 content for the student interested in carrying out the synthesis and characterization of coordination compounds. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 405 or C- or better in CHEM 405. Offered as needed. One to two 3-hour labs weekly. One to two semester hours.