Houston Baptist University Catalog

Biology ( BIOL ) Course Descriptions

  • BIOL 1004 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 1004 Introductory Biology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 1404

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 1404.

  • BIOL 1014 INTRO MICROBIOL LAB

    BIOL 1014 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 1414

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 1414.

  • BIOL 1404 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

    BIOL 1404 Introductory Biology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 1004

    This course is a general survey of biology including the study of plants, animals, ecology, and some marine biology. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be applied toward a biology major.

  • BIOL 1414 INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY

    BIOL 1414 Introductory Microbiology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 1014

    A general introduction of microbiology with emphasis placed on public health. Various disease-causing agents are discussed. Procedures used in disinfection and sterilization are demonstrated with consideration given to infection control. Includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be counted for credit toward a biology major.

  • BIOL 2004 HUM ANAT/PHYS I LAB

    BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2404

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2404.

  • BIOL 2014 HUM ANAT/ PHYS II LAB

    BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2004 and BIOL 2404
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2414

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2414.

  • BIOL 2054 GENERAL BIOLOGY I LAB

    BIOL 2054 General Biology I Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): SAT Composite 1040 or ACT Composite 22 or 12 credit hours of college course work
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2454

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2454.

  • BIOL 2055 GENERAL BIOLOGY II LAB

    BIOL 2055 General Biology II Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2054 and BIOL 2454
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2455

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 2455.

  • BIOL 2181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 2181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 2214 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

    BIOL 2214 Medical Terminology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides a comprehensive study of medical terminology including word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. Students build and analyze thousands of medical terms, and in the process, study the structure and functions of human body systems and diseases. This course cannot be counted for credit toward the biology major.

  • BIOL 2281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 2281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 2381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 2381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 2404 HUMAN ANAT/PHYS I

    BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2004

    The course deals with the anatomical description and functions of the systems of the human body. Emphasis is placed upon the interrelationship between structure and function with maintenance and homeostasis being the unifying principle. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 2414 HUMAN ANAT/ PHYS II

    BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2004
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2014

    The course deals with the anatomical description and functions of the systems of the human body. Emphasis is placed upon the interrelationship between structure and function with maintenance and homeostasis being the unifying principle. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 2454 GENERAL BIOLOGY I

    BIOL 2454 General Biology I
    Prerequisite(s): SAT composite 1040 or ACT composite 22 or 12 hrs college coursework
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2054

    This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include cell structure and function, biological diversity, plant biology, and ecology. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 2455 GENERAL BIOLOGY II

    BIOL 2455 General Biology II
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 2055

    This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include animal tissues and organ systems, animal structure and function, life processes, biological diversity and the theory of evolution. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 2481 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 2481 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 3004 ENVIRONMENTAL SCI LAB

    BIOL 3004 Environmental Science Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3404

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3404.

  • BIOL 3014 MICROBIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 3014 Microbiology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3414

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3414.

  • BIOL 3033 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 3033 Pathophysiology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3433

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3433.

  • BIOL 3034 ECOLOGY AND FIELD BIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 3034 Ecology and Field Biology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3434

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3434.

  • BIOL 3044 GENETICS LAB

    BIOL 3044 Genetics Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3444

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3444.

  • BIOL 3054 GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 3054 General Physiology Laborabory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3454

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3454.

  • BIOL 3056 ADV HUMAN ANATOMY LAB

    BIOL 3056 Advanced Human Anatomy Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3456

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3456.

  • BIOL 3064 COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE

    BIOL 3064 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3464

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 3464.

  • BIOL 3181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 3181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 3281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 3281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 3301 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

    BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Prerequiste(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and CHEM 2415
    This course is required of all biology majors. Topics include biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, energy transformations, DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.

  • BIOL 3335 NUTRITION AND METABOLISM

    BIOL 3335 Nutrition and Metabolism
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Nutrition and Metabolism is designed to acquaint the student with the role of nutrients in health, the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, and the importance of nutrition in preventive and curative medicine.

  • BIOL 3375 HUMAN GENETICS

    BIOL 3375 Human Genetics
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of human genetics and its molecular and clinical implications. Topics include the chromosomal, molecular, and biochemical basis of disease, prenatal diagnosis, and genetic counseling. (Offered also as BCMB 3375.)

  • BIOL 3381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 3381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 3404 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    BIOL 3404 Environmental Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3004

    This course is a study of the interrelationships of the natural world and the interactions or organisms with their environment. Analysis of populations, both natural and human, in their communities and the impact of the physical factors will be explored. Current environmental issues will also be discussed. Sampling techniques and field studies will be emphasized. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be counted for credit toward the biology major.

  • BIOL 3414 MICROBIOLOGY

    BIOL 3414 Microbiology
    Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3014

    This course is a general survey of the microorganisms and includes the morphology, physiology, and control of the organisms most important to humans. The microbiology of soil, food, water, and disease will be considered. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Offered also as BCMB 3414.)

  • BIOL 3433 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

    BIOL 3433 Pathophysiology
    Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 2404 and BIOL 2414) or (BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301)
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3033

    A general study of structure and function of human cells including the basic cellular requirements for life. The importance of fluid distribution, fluid volume and fluid balance along with abnormal deviations will be covered. The student will obtain an understanding of the pathology of the cardiovascular system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, excretory system, and musculo-skeletal system. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3434 ECOLOGY AND FIELD BIOLOGY

    BIOL 3434 Ecology and Field Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3034

    This course studies ecological concepts concerning ecosystems from a population, interspecific and community perspective. Sampling techniques and field studies will be emphasized. Analysis of populations in their communities will be explored. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3444 GENETICS

    BIOL 3444 Genetics
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3044

    This course deals with the molecular and chromosomal basis of inheritance. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, and molecular genetics. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3454 GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY

    BIOL 3454 General Physiology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3054

    This course deals with the function of selected organ systems in vertebrates with the major emphasis on humans. Mechanisms of kidney function, circulation, respiration, nerve transmission, muscular contraction, endocrine function, and digestion are discussed in detail. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3456 ADVANCED HUMAN ANATOMY

    BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3056

    This is an advanced study of the anatomical structure of the human body. Body structure will be studied by organ systems and will involve a balance between gross anatomical study and histology. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3464 COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY

    BIOL 3464 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 3064

    A comparative study of the anatomy of representative vertebrates which stresses the patterns and interrelationship among vertebrates. A foundation is also provided for understanding the functions of vertebrate organs and systems. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 3481 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 3481 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 4023 HISTOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 4023 Histology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4423

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4423.

  • BIOL 4024 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 4024 Molecular BIology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4424

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4424.

  • BIOL 4025 DRUG ACTION LAB

    BIOL 4025 Drug Action Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4425

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4425.

  • BIOL 4033 EMBRYOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 4033 Embryology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4433

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4433.

  • BIOL 4043 NEUROSCIENCE LAB

    BIOL 4043 Neuroscience Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4443

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4443.

  • BIOL 4044 VIROLOGY LAB

    BIOL 4044 Virology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4444

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4444.

  • BIOL 4064 IMMUNOLOGY LAB

    BIOL 4064 Immunology Laboratory
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4464

    This is the laboratory portion of BIOL 4464.

  • BIOL 4181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 4181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 4272 INTEGRATING BIOL CONCEPTS

    BIOL 4272 Integrating the Concepts in Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3414 and BIOL 3444
    This course will integrate the knowledge, theories, and skills expected of a biologist. Topics will encompass and reinforce the material found in the courses of the Biology Core.

  • BIOL 4281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 4281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 4297 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

    BIOL 4297 Research in Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3414 and BIOL 3444
    Laboratory research is offered for a student majoring in Biology. At the conclusion of the research, a written paper will be presented to the student’s seminar advisor and an oral presentation of the results will be presented.

  • BIOL 4324 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY

    BIOL 4324 Advanced Cell Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    This course provides an in-depth study of selected dynamic processes that occur in living cells. Topics include DNA regulation and expression of genes; DNA repair; protein synthesis and function; protein sorting; vesicular traffic; cell signaling; and control of cell division. (Offered also as BCMB 4324.)

  • BIOL 4325 ENDOCRINOLOGY

    BIOL 4325 Endocrinology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    This course provides students with a working knowledge of endocrinology. Topics include the historical development of endocrinology; structure and function of the major hormone groups; models for cell signaling; how hormones influence metabolism; and diseases caused by abnormalities of the endocrine system.

  • BIOL 4363 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

    BIOL 4363 Medical Microbiology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3414
    A study of microbial organisms that cause disease in humans. The characteristics of each pathogen are discussed along with its pathogenesis and pathology. (Offered also as BCMB 4363.)

  • BIOL 4375 CANCER BIOLOGY

    BIOL 4375 Cancer Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    This course examines the development of cancer at the cellular and molecular levels. Topics covered include tumor suppressors, oncogenes, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, telomerase, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Cancer prevention, screen, diagnosis, and treatment will also be introduced.

  • BIOL 4381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 4381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL 4423 HISTOLOGY

    BIOL 4423 Histology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4023

    A study of the fine structure of normal human tissue is the principle area of consideration in this course. Tissue techniques will be included in order to afford an appreciation of the types of preparations used in the laboratory. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 4424 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

    BIOL 4424 Molecular Biology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4024

    This course presents recent developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Topics included are recombinant DNA; DNA cloning; DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; monoclonal antibodies; genetic engineering of plants and animals; and the human genome project. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Offered also as BCMB 4424.)

  • BIOL 4425 DRUG ACTION

    BIOL 4425 Drug Action
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4025

    This course presents the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology as related to the anatomy and physiology of certain body systems. Specific topics include principles of drug receptors; pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; the actions of cholinoceptor-activating, cholinesterase-blocking, and cholinesterase-inhibiting drugs; adrenoceptor-activating and adrenoceptor-blocking drugs; and antihypertensive, antidepressant, and chemotherapeutic drugs. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 4433 EMBRYOLOGY

    BIOL 4433 Embryology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4033

    This is a study of the normally developing human from conception through birth. Common congenital defects are briefly discussed. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 4443 NEUROSCIENCE

    BIOL 4443 Neuroscience
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4043

    This course surveys the organization and functioning of the human nervous system. Action potentials and synaptic transmissions are emphasized. Sensory systems and movement are also considered along with new models that illustrate the function of memory systems. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

  • BIOL 4444 VIROLOGY

    BIOL 4444 Virology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4044

    This course is an introduction to the principles of animal virology. The classification and replicative cycles of viruses are compared to their pathogenic mechanisms. Viral oncogenes and modern anti-viral chemotherapy and immunization are discussed. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory. (Offered also as BCMB 4444.)

  • BIOL 4464 IMMUNOLOGY

    BIOL 4464 Immunology
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3444
    Corequisite(s): BIOL 4064

    This course is an introductory study of the biological and clinical approaches to immunology. Discussions center on the mechanisms responsible for various clinical syndromes as well as basic immunological phenomena such as antibody diversity, T cell receptor diversity, antigen presentation, signaling across cellular receptors, and cell activation. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory. (Offered also as BCMB 4464.)

  • BIOL 4481 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    BIOL 4481 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s):BIOL 2454 and BIOL 2455 and BIOL 3301
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

  • BIOL Biology 3335

    NUTRITION AND METABOLISM