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BIOL 101BEL / ICS 101BEL International Cultural Studies and Biological Fields Studies in Belize*
2 Cr. Hrs. – 2 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission and acceptant for the terms of participation. This is an interdisciplinary travel-study course providing students an introduction to international culture and biology through cultural and biological fields studies. This hybrid course will contain online and on-campus components and includes a seven-day visit to Belize. Emphasis will be placed on Mayan culture and the tropical rain forests of Belize. The student will study Mayan culture and history as well as Mayan past and current interaction with the rain forest ecosystem. This course will cover classification of organisms, basic ecological principles, experimental design, field sampling techniques and scientific communication. Specific biology topics emphasized will vary each year. This course will also involve working with local Belizeans, offering MCC students the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. It is offered in conjunction with Sibun Educational and Adventure Lodge in Belize. Students will spend a great portion of each day in the field and should be in good physical condition. Beyond tuition and texts, additional costs include the airfare to Belize, package price for room and board, and spending money while in Belize.
BIOL 103L&L Introductory Biology*
4Cr. Hrs. – 7 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready of Succeed Requirement. A one-semester laboratory course in biological science. Biological concepts are studies as they relate to the human organism as part of the living world. Basic principles of organization of living matter, including cell structure and function, metabolism, human systems, reproduction, development, heredity, and evolution are examined.
BIOL 104L&L Introductory Biology II*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 7 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. With relevance to students’ lives, Introductory Biology II will provide exploration into the diversity, classification, ecology, and evolution of the natural world and the importance of photosynthesis and other cellular processes. Different types of organisms, such as bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals will be studied to compare structure and function. Several field trips may be taken but hours will most likely not extend beyond weekly contact hours for laboratory. Students may also be required to attend one committee/ council meeting from a list of designated environmental groups from the Muskegon area. If student opts not to carpool in the school van for field trips, they will need to provide their own transportation ( no gas costs or mileage will be paid to students and carpooling is highly recommended). No prerequisites.
BIOL 105L&L Anatomy and Physiology I*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 6 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement, and BIOL 103L&L (Introductory Biology) and AH 101 (Medical Terminology) are highly recommended OR successful completion of high school AP biology and its placement test are also highly recommended. This laboratory course is designed to meet the needs of students in nursing and other health related fields. The course deals primarily with the normal structure and function of organs and organ systems of the body. Cell biology, histology and introductory anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive system are studied.
BIOL 106L&L Anatomy and Physiology II*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 6 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: BIOL 105L&L with a grade of “C” or better. (A course in Chemistry is recommended.) BIOL 105L&L and BIOL 106:&: may not be taken concurrently. This laboratory course is a continuation of BIOL 105L&L for students in nursing and other health-related fields that require an intensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human organism. Emphasis is on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.
BIOL 109 Food Technology*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 4 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. A study of chemical, biological and physical principles as they pertain to food preparation, processing and production. Students apply and study the concepts in a food preparation laboratory. This course is offered Summer Session only.
BIOL 110 Environmental Science*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 6 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. An introductory laboratory course for all students. A study of local natural communities and human impacts on the environment. Through service learning, students will apply the scientific process by collecting analyzing, and then presenting local ecosystem data to interested community members. Ecosystem monitoring at local sites may possibly extend beyond scheduled lab times and field trips may include a boat trip, a brown field tour, and a renewable energy building tour. No prerequisites. A $25 fee includes boat trip cost.
BIOL 115 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology*
4 Cr. Hrs. – 4 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. This course is a structural and functional approach to the human body through the study of cell, tissues, and body systems. This course is geared to students in the medical coding and billing program. Emphasis will be placed on cell biology, tissues, and the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive system. While there is no lab component to this course, students will utilize high quality images to study the spatial relationships between anatomical structures. This course is intended to fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirement for students in the medical coding and billing certificate and degree programs only and will not count towards any allied health or any degree certificate requiring anatomy and physiology.
BIOL 120 Flowering Plants of Southwestern Michigan*
1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. A 3 ½ - 4 week study of the identification, ecology and distribution of the flowering plants of southwestern Michigan. This course includes lectures, laboratory study, and field trips to a variety of habitats. This is a one-credit/ one contact elective course with total contact hours of at least 15 hours during the 3.5 – 4 week course. Drive time to various locations may be in addition to the 15 hours. Typically offered during Summer Session.
BIOL 120F Autumn Flowering Plants of Southwestern Michigan*
1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. A study of the identification, ecology and distribution of the flowering plants of southwestern Michigan during the autumn season. This course includes lectures, laboratory study, and field trips to a variety of habitats during the fall semester. This is a one-credit / one contact elective course with total contact hours of at least 15 hours during the 3.5 – 4 week course. Drive time to various locations may be in addition to the 15 hours.
BIOL 122B Allied Health Microbiology*
2 Cr. Hrs. – 2 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. This is an introductory laboratory course primarily designed for students in allied health programs. Emphasis is on general characteristics of micro-organisms, the means of disease transmission, immunity to disease, and physical and chemical agents that control micro-organism growth. This course is also recommended for students who plan to take BIOL 207.
BIOL 200 Introductory Evolution*
1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. Prerequisite: Any Biology course at the 100 level or higher or instructor permission. This course is preparatory study of the historical development, the evidence, and the mechanisms of the biological evolution theory. Scientific hypotheses on the origin of organic molecules will also be investigated along with the examples of biological evolution in today’s community. This course provides a learning experience on a central unifying concept of biology for non-majors and majors interested in exploring the diversity and similarities among living organisms.
BIOL 200L Introductory Evolution Laboratory*
1 Cr. Hr. – 1 Contact Hr. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. In this laboratory course which is an optional Co-requisite course for BIOL 200 Introductory Evolution, students will continue to explore biological evolution and its effects on biological evolution and its effects on biodiversity. A day field trip, perhaps to the Field Museum in Chicago, is required for this course and may extend contact time beyond the listed two hours per week. Laboratory students must also be registered for BIOL 200 Introductory Evolution, but students taking BIOL 200. .A non-refundable $50 fee will be included in the class fee, which will cover the laboratory supplement, materials, software usage, and a field trip.
BIOL 207 Microbiology Lecture*
3 Cr. Hrs. – 3 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: BIOL 105L&L with a grade of “C” or better or other biology course instructor permission. CHEM 100 and BIOL 106L&L are recommended. Co-requisite: BIOL 207A. This is a general microbiology course designed primarily for students in allied health programs. Emphasis is on the general characteristics of micro-organisms and the diseases they cause. Included are ways to control micro-organisms with antimicrobials, the immune system, and physical and chemical agents. Emerging diseases and bioterrorism are also covered.
BIOL 207A Microbiology Laboratory*
1 Cr. Hr. -3 Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: BIOL 105L&L with a grade of “C” or better. Co-requisite: BIOL 207 LEC. This course is designed for students in allied health programs. It includes preparing stained smears, culturing micro-organisms, conducting immunology experiments, performing tests to identify bacteria and fungi, and studying microbial growth control methods.
BIOL 290CI Biology Internship*
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BIOL 299 Independent Study*
Variable credit. Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed Requirement. Open to students who have successfully completed four hours of Biology, or with permission of the instructor. The independent study will include field or laboratory study and library research. The instructor will aid the student in the selection and development of the study in keeping with the philosophy, techniques and methods or research. Open enrollment.
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