Natural and Physical Sciences Courses

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Biology Lower Level Course Descriptions

  • 1300 Introduction to Biology
    Concepts of biology are discussed with emphasis on basic knowledge as applied to everyday life. Content covers a full spectrum of biological subjects. Specifically intended to satisfy core natural science requirement. Does not meet the requirements for biology majors. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing will not be allowed to take this class. (Offered every semester).
  • 1100 Introduction to Biology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 1300. Taken concurrently or after taking BIO 1300. Does not meet the requirements for biology majors. Prerequisites: see BIO 1300. (Offered every semester).
  • 1301 Principles of Biology I
    Fundamental concepts of biology are covered including life chemistry, cell structure and function, organization of life form, basic genetics, and mutation. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing and/or Fundamentals of Algebra will not be allowed to take this class. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1101 Principles of Biology I Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 1301. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 1301. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1302 Principles of Biology II
    Fundamental concepts of biology are covered including creation and evolutionary theory, biological diversity and classification, plant and animal morphology, physiology and behavior, and basic principles of ecology. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, and/or Fundamentals of Algebra will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: BIO 1301/1101. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 1102 Principles of Biology II Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 1302. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 1302. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2320 Man and His Environment
    An introduction to the basic principles of ecology, greenness, and environmental science are presented along with how the activities of man disrupt the normal interactions between components of the environment. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: BIO 1300/1100; 1302/1102. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 2340 Medical Terminology
    The basis for structuring biomedical terminology is presented with applicable definitions and practice in the use of the vocabulary. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: BIO 1302/1102. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2306 Botany
    General concepts of plant science are covered including basic anatomy and physiology, plant classification and plant community ecology. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102; Helpful: BIO 2320. Lab required. (Offered fall semester, even years).
  • 2106 Botany Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 2306. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 2306. (Offered fall semester, even years).
  • 2352 Introduction to Microbiology
    An introduction to the study of microorganisms is provided with special emphasis on their relation to human health and welfare. Special topics such as morphology, taxonomy, characteristics and biochemical activities of microorganisms will also be introduced. Prerequisites: BIO 1300/1100 or 1301/1101. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 2152 Introduction to Microbiology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 2352. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 2352. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 2393 Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology I
    A study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions; in particular, the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems. Prerequisites: BIO 1300/1100, 1301/1101, or 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 2193 Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 2393. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 2393. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 2394 Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology II
    (Continuation of BIO 2393/2193). A study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions; in particular, the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO 2393/2193. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2194 Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 2394. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 2394. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2099 Individual Study
    The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring will be provided as required, but no formal lectures or recitations will be involved. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. BIO 2099 is open only to sophomores. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.

Biology Upper Level Course Descriptions

  • 3300 Health Nutrition
    Study of the scientific basis and guidelines for proper nutrition is presented. Prerequisites: Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, and/or Basic Math will not be allowed to take this class. BIO 1300/1100, 1301/1101 or 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 2393/2193 or 3393/3193 and 2394/2194 or 2394/2194 or 3394/3194. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 3325 Field Biology
    Field techniques for identifying and observing wild flora and fauna are covered with emphasis on Alabama ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 2320 and 2306/2106. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 3351 Genetics
    Principles of heredity are presented including nuclear and extranuclear inheritance, mutation, population genetics and genetic engineering. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101, MH 2340. Helpful: BIO 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 3151 Genetics Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3351. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3351. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 3303 Invertebrate Zoology
    A study of the phyla of the animal kingdom that have no backbones is presented including the structure, physiology, development and ecological and symbiotic relationships of representative species. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered fall semester, odd years).
  • 3303 Invertebrate Zoology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3303. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3303. (Offered fall semester, odd years).
  • 3304 Vertebrate Zoology
    A study of animals in the Chordate Phylum is presented, including the anatomy, physiology, development and ecological and symbiotic relationships of representative species. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered fall semester, even years).
  • 3104 Vertebrate Zoology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3304. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3304. (Offered fall semester, even years).
  • 3312 Cell Biology
    Structures and functions of the cell are covered including specialized structures, enzyme activities and the cytoskeleton. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 3112 Cell Biology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3312. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3312. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 3353 Microbiology
    The morphology, taxonomy, characteristics and bio-chemical activities of microorganisms are presented in the context of human ecology. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102; Helpful: BIO 3312/3112 and CHM 1312/1112. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 3153 Microbiology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3353. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3353. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 3357 Plant Anatomy and Physiology
    The study of the structure, development and functions of plant tissues and organs is presented emphasizing both nonvascular and vascular plants. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102; Helpful: BIO 2320 and 2306/2106. Lab required (Offered fall semester, odd years).
  • 3157 Plant Anatomy and Physiology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3357. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3357. (Offered fall semester, odd years).
  • 3362 Ecology
    An introduction to the principles of ecology is presented along with how the activities of man disrupt the normal interactions between components of the environment. Prerequisites: BIO 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3162 Ecology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3362. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3362. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3393 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I
    Study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions with special emphasis on the human body, especially the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and BIO 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3193 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3393. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3393. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3394 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II
    (Continuation of BIO 3393/3193 and 3393H/3193H). Study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions with special emphasis on the human body, especially the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO 3393/3193. Helpful: BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 3194 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 3394. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3394. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 4129 Materials and Methods in Teaching Biology and General Science
    The course focuses on the materials and methods of teaching as related to the field of biology and general science and the purposes of education and characteristics of adolescents. Prerequisites: Admission into the teacher education program, BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 and concurrent enrollment in ED 4229.
  • 4360 Biology Internship
    This course offers the student a supervised work experience in a biological field at an appropriate local facility involved with biological research and/or technology. The student will earn credit for learning appropriate skills and for carefully reporting their experiences in written and oral forms. Prerequisites: must be a biology major with a minimum of twelve semester hours of biology classes and a 3.0 average in all biology course work. Students must submit an application and obtain approval one semester prior to internship period. (Offered by arrangement any semester).
  • 4380 Scientific Research
    Experimental investigation is conducted under the direction of faculty members. A selected topic should coincide with student’s area of concentration. Research is written in standard journal format prior to an oral presentation in a formal biology seminar. Prerequisites: 12 upper division hours in biology and class rank of junior or higher. (Offered fall semester, even years).
  • 3099 Individual Study
    The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring will be provided as required, but no formal lectures or recitations will be involved. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. BIO 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.
  • 4357 Taxonomy
    The classification and nomenclature of the five biological kingdoms is presented with emphasis on the recognition of life-forms, scientific names and the development and use of identification keys. Prerequisites: BIO 2306/2106, or BIO 3303/3103 or BIO 3304/3104 or consent of the instructor. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 4157 Taxonomy Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 4357. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 4357. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 4382 Developmental Biology
    A descriptive study of the developmental patterns of representative members of the higher taxa of the plant, animal and fungi kingdoms is presented with emphasis on experimental analysis of the developmental process. Prerequisites: BIO 2394/2194 or 3394/3194 or BIO 3357/3157 or consent of the instructor; Helpful BIO 2306/2106, 3303/3103 and BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, odd years).
  • 4182 Developmental Biology Lab
    Lab complementary to BIO 4382. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 4382. (Offered spring semester, odd years).

Chemistry Lower Level Course Descriptions

  • 1300 Chemistry and Society
    A general introductory course that looks at chemistry from a practical standpoint. Students are made aware of the implications of chemistry in their everyday lives and the basic concepts of chemistry are introduced to account for these. Intended to satisfy the core requirement for physical science. Prerequisites: None; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, and/or Basic Math (MH 0300) will not be allowed to take this class. (Offered every semester).
  • 1100 Chemistry and Society Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 1300. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 1300. (Offered every semester).
  • 1311 General Chemistry I
    The topics of matter and energy, stoichiometry, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, the periodic table, chemical bonding, gas laws, and solution chemistry are covered in this section. Prerequisites: None; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing and/or Basic Math will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: MH 1320 (or higher) or high school equivalent. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1111 General Chemistry I Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 1311. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 1311. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1312 General Chemistry II
    (Continuation of CHM 1311/1111). Kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the elements, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry are covered. Prerequisites: CHM 1311/1111. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 1112 General Chemistry II Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 1312. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 1312. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2099 Individual Study
    The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. CHM 2099 is open only to sophomores. May be repeated for credit. The number of hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.

Chemistry Upper Level Course Descriptions

  • 3301 Principles of Physical Chemistry
    An introduction to the essentials of physical chemistry that does not require extensive mathematics. General topics of thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, states of matter, equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy are covered. Prerequisites: MH 1451, CHM 1312/1112. Helpful: PHY 1312/1112. Lab required. (Offered fall semester, odd years)
  • 3101 Principles of Physical Chemistry Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 3301. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 3301. (Offered fall semester, odd years)
  • 3349 Organic Chemistry I
    Topics of basic theory, structure, and reactions of hydrocarbons; alkyl halides; stereochemistry; alkenes; alkynes; alcohols; IR & NMR spectroscopy; and mass spectrometry are covered in this section. Prerequisites: CHM 1312/1112. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3149 Organic Chemistry I Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 3349. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 3349. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 3350 Organic Chemistry II
    (Continuation of CHM 3449). Topics covered include ethers; alkynes; UV spectroscopy; aromatic compounds; ketones and aldehydes; amines; carboxylic acids; and biomolecules. Prerequisites: CHM 3449/3149. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester). 3150 Organic Chemistry II Lab Lab complementary to CHM 3350. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 3350. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 4349 Foundations of Biochemistry
    The molecular nature of cellular components, bioenergetics and metabolic pathways, and the workings of the genetic code are covered. Prerequisites: CHM 3350/3150. (Offered fall semester, odd years).
  • 4301 Inorganic Chemistry
    A general course in inorganic chemistry that surveys fundamental topics of atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, acid – base theories, and the main group and transition elements. Prerequisites: CHM 1312/1112, 3301/3101 (or consent of the instructor), and MH 1451. Lab required. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 4101 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
    Lab complementary to CHM 4301. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see CHM 4301. (Offered spring semester, even years).
  • 3099 Individual Study
    The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. CHM 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. The number of hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.

Physical Science Course Descriptions

  • 1304 Principles of Physical Science I
    The emphasis of this course is on the principles of physics and the principles of chemistry. It is designed primarily for students who need additional background prior to taking more advanced courses in physics and/or chemistry or for students who need a basic course in preparation for allied health fields. Prerequisites: None; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301, and/or Basic Math will not be allowed to take this class. Helpful: MH 1320 or higher. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1104 Principles of Physical Science I Lab
    Lab complementary to PHY 1304. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 1304. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 1305 Principles of Physical Science II
    The content of this course includes the areas of astronomy, meteorology, and geology. The course is designed primarily for education majors. Prerequisites: None, however, students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301, will not be allowed to take this class. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 1105 Principles of Physical Science II Lab
    Lab complementary to PHY 1305. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 1305. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2311 University Physics I
    Kinematics, Newton’s laws, energy conservation, momentum and angular momentum, gravitation, fluids, wave motion, and heat and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MH 1451 or current enrollment. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 2111 University Physics I Lab
    Lab complementary to PHY 2311. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 2311. (Offered every fall semester).
  • 2312 University Physics II
    (Continuation of PHY 2311/2111) Kinetic theory of gases and thermodynamics, electricity, DC circuits, magnetism, AC circuits, light and geometric optics, and special relativity. Prerequisites: PHY 2311/2111, MH 2452 or current enrollment or permission from the instructor. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 2112 University Physics II Lab
    Lab complementary to PHY 2312. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see PHY 2312. (Offered every spring semester).
  • 4129 Materials and Methods in Teaching Physical Sciences
    The course focuses on the materials and methods of teaching as related to the physical sciences biology and general science and the purposes of education and characteristics of adolescents. Prerequisite: Admission into the teacher education program, PHY 1304/1104, 1305/1105 and concurrent enrollment in ED 4229.
  • 2099/3099 Individual Study
    The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PHY 2099 is open only to sophomores; PHY 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. The number of hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.