LeTourneau University Home Page
Catalog 2013-2014
Table of Contents


Biology (BIOL)
Department of Biology

BIOL 1014   Life Science
A concepts oriented course for non-science majors. A study of the major areas of biology including cell biology, energetics, genetics, natural selection, diversity, plant and animal systems, and ecology. This course may not be used to meet degree requirements for biology majors. It is advised that this course and PHYS 1014 Physical Science be taken to meet the 8 hours lab science requirement for liberal arts majors. Not applicable to a minor in Biology. This course may not be taken for credit by anyone who has passed BIOL 1113 or 1123 with a grade of C or better. Class 3. Lab 3. (Spring)

BIOL 1111   General Biology Laboratory I
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with BIOL 1113. Class 1. Lab 3. Corequisite: BIOL 1113 (Fall)

BIOL 1113   General Biology I
A two semester introductory survey course designed to expose the student to fundamental concepts and principles drawn from the major areas of the biological sciences. The topics covered include: biological chemistry, cell biology, energetics, genetics, immunology, microbiology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, botany, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. See also BIOL 1123 Class 3. Corequisite: BIOL 1111 (Fall)

BIOL 1121   General Biology Laboratory II
Laboratory work to be taken concurrently with BIOL 1123. Class 1. Lab 3. Corequisite: BIOL 1123 (Spring)

BIOL 1123   General Biology II
A two semester introductory survey course designed to expose the student to fundamental concepts and principles drawn from the major areas of the biological sciences. The topics covered include: biological chemistry, cell biology, energetics, genetics, immunology, microbiology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, botany, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. See also BIOL 1113 Class 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1113. Corequisite: BIOL 1121 (Spring)

BIOL 2014   Human Anatomy And Physiology I
The structure and function of the human body. A study of structure and integrated functions at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels of organization. Laboratory work will include the use of charts and models, microscopic studies, small animal dissections, and physiological experiments. These courses do not meet the requirements for Biology majors. BIOL 2024 Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisite: BIOL 1014 or approved equivalent. (Fall, Odd years)

BIOL 2024   Human Anatomy And Physiology II
The structure and function of the human body. A study of structure and integrated functions at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels of organization. Laboratory work will include the use of charts and models, microscopic studies, small animal dissections, and physiological experiments. These courses do not meet the requirements for Biology majors. See also BIOL 2014 Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisite: BIOL 1014 or approved equivalent. (Spring, Even years)

BIOL 2113   Human Nutrition
An introduction to human nutrition and diet. Topics covered include diet planning; anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption; weight control; specific utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and fats; vitamin and mineral supplements; and life stages nutrition. The course will focus on how the human body utilizes nutrient inputs from food and water for fitness and health. Class 3. Prerequisite: 6 hours of natural science. (Distance Learning)

BIOL 3204   General Microbiology
A detailed study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of microorganisms. Topics will include a survey of all microorganisms and viral agents, in-depth functional aspects of prokaryotes, anti-microbial methods and strategies, host-parasite interactions, microbial diseases, and applied and environmental aspects. Laboratory work will include techniques for isolation and identification of major groups of microorganisms. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1113, BIOL 1123, and CHEM 1113. (Spring, Odd years)

BIOL 3404   General Genetics
A study of heredity principles, including molecular aspects, basic Mendelian genetics, and population genetics. Genetic models from viruses to humans are used. The laboratory is a balance of experiments, learning molecular techniques as well as working out Mendelian principles. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1113 and BIOL 1123. (Fall, Even years)

BIOL 3504   Principles Of Ecology And Field Biology
An introduction to ecological principles for all organisms in the environment, including a survey of the diversity of ecosystems. Topics will include study of energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem development, populations, communities, and biomes. The laboratories will expose the student to factors that define ecosystems, methods of quantifying abiotic and biotic characteristics of ecosystems, and computer based models of ecological systems. Field trips to survey different ecosystems in the East Texas region will provide hands-on experiences. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1113 and BIOL 1123. (Fall, Odd years)

BIOL 3614   Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I
An integrated approach to the integumentary system; bones, joints and connective tissues; muscles and the muscular system; and the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system and special senses. Includes physiological adaptations of organisms to their habitat as well as some histology, histopathology, radiology and clinical correlations. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1111, 1113, 1121, 1123, and CHEM 1111 and 1113. (Fall, Even years)

BIOL 3714   Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II
An integrated approach to endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and developmental anatomy and physiology. Includes physiological adaptations of organisms to their habitat as well as some histology, histopathology, radiology and clinical correlations. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 3614. (Spring, Odd years)

BIOL 3921   Introduction To Clinical Issues
To expose students considering a career in the medical professions to issues and realities of the medical professions. To prepare students for practicum experience in clinical settings. Class 1. Prerequisites: BIOL 1123 and Sophomore standing. (Fall)

BIOL 3941   Science Curriculum Research
An independent research course where the student designs a science unit for an upper-level elementary or secondary course focused in earth or life science. The objective is to find and integrate print and electronic resources to present concepts and actively engage the learners with the concepts appropriate to their level. Class 1. Prerequisite: 8 hours of lab science. (On Demand)

BIOL 3951   Introduction To Research
To expose students considering a career in scientific research to issues and realities of this professional arena. Topics include the scientific method, searching the literature, writing scientific proposals, the principle investigator, approaching analysis of data, presenting results, and the publication process. This course also prepares students for supervised undergraduate research. (Same as CHEM 3951 and PHYS 3951.) Class 1. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Spring, Odd years)

BIOL 4204   Principles Of Plant Biology
A detailed study of the anatomy, physiology, diversity, and taxonomy of plants. Emphasis will be on vascular plants but will include algae and fungi as groups traditionally studied with higher plants. Laboratory work will include isolation, collection and taxonomy of major groups, physiological studies on representative organisms, anatomical and taxonomic techniques for manipulating most organisms. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1113 and BIOL 1123. (Spring, Even years)

BIOL 4304   Biochemistry
A survey of the field of biochemistry including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, enzymes, nucleic acids and their roles in metabolism. The laboratory reinforces the lecture but focuses on techniques for isolating and manipulating biomolecules including enzyme kinetics. (Same as CHEM 4304.) Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHEM 2123. (Fall, Odd years)

BIOL 4404   Cell Biology
A detailed study of mainly eukaryotic cell structure and function. Topics include the biochemical basis of cell structure, gene structure and expression, cell membrane structure, and mechanisms of cell-to-cell signaling. The laboratory will cover aspects of histology, physiology, and molecular biology of eukaryotic cell systems. Class 3. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIOL 1113, BIOL 1123, and BIOL 4304. (Spring, Even years)

BIOL 4931   Clinical Observation
To pursue experience in a clinical setting under the supervision of physicians or other health care personnel that have recognized expertise. The student will learn by observing, journaling their observations, and defining personal learning outcomes from their experience. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade. Class 1. Lab 3. Prerequisite: BIOL 3921.

BIOL 4951   Undergraduate Research
The student will perform research on topics in biology under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Emphasis will be placed upon initiative and creativity with a required final report at the end of the semester. Class 1. Lab 3. Prerequisite: BIOL 3951.

BIOL 4953-4994   Special Topics
Topics of general interest to science teachers, scientists, engineers, and others. Topics may include subjects with specific foundation in the biological sciences. This course may be taken more than one time when topics are different. Class 3. Lab 3. (On Demand)