Biology (BIO)

BIO-0020  Biology 0020  (6 Credits)  

A study of ecology, mitosis, the structure and functioning of DNA, the process of protein synthesis, and genetics. Topics covered are the emphasis in ecology that will help provide an understanding of the biological world, processes involving energy transfers, biogeochemical cycles, and the impact of humans on their environment. The role of DNA and protein synthesis in genetics will be examined. Students registering in this course should have successfully completed SCI-0010 or Science 10 or equivalent. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (5.0), Lab (1.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-0020L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-0030  Biology 0030  (6 Credits)  

A study of biochemistry and human anatomy and physiology. Biochemistry provides an understanding of the chemical processes within the human body. Topics covered are the study of the major organ systems within the human body. Laboratory work will include microscopy, dissection and analysis of test results. Students registering in this course should have successfully completed BIO-0020 or Biology 20 or equivalent. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (5.0), Lab (1.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-0030L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1146  Joints and Soft Tissues  (3 Credits)  

The articulating surfaces of the skeleton, and their range of motion will be discussed. The normal range of motion will be critically compared to disorders and disease involving joints. Pathologies related to joint function will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on muscle origins, insertions and actions, their innervations and joints they act upon. Discussion of connective tissue structure and ligaments will be included.

Instruction (1.5), Lab (1.5)

Equivalent to BIO-146.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1160 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-1146L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1149  Introduction to Physiology  (3 Credits)  

This course studies the basic anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (2)

Equivalent to BIO-149.

BIO-1150  Cellular Basis of Life  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the application of cellular and molecular biology in agriculture, biotechnology and medicine. Emphasis is placed on the comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, biological chemistry, metabolism, homeostasis, and the structure and function of DNA and RNA in gene expression. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering in BIO-1150. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-150.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1150L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1151  Environmental Issues  (3 Credits)  

This course is an introduction to the key concepts and principles that govern how nature works, and how they might be applied to environmental and resource problems. Concepts are presented in the context of current environmental issues facing the Earth and its inhabitants. A component of the course includes lifestyle options that may help students become more environmentally responsible and informed citizens of the planet. Service Learning opportunities may be available. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to BIO-151.

BIO-1152  Physiology of Aging  (3 Credits)  

A study of the structure and function of the body relative to basic chemistry, histology, and body systems including skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, urinary, gastrointestinal, integumentary, endocrine, and reproductive. Emphasis is on diseases and disorders associated with aging and cancer. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering in BIO-1152. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (2.0), Lab (1.0)

Equivalent to BIO-152.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1152L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1155  Human Nutrition  (3 Credits)  

A study of the sources, composition and functions of the macromolecules, water, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary components of the human body. Additionally, the social context and habits of eating and food, nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, sport, and disease will be discussed, as well as the chemical composition of food. Service Learning opportunities may be available. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering in BIO-1155. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to BIO-155.

BIO-1156  Wellness and Health Issues  (3 Credits)  

An overview of the dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and environmental wellness, with a focus on concepts of health and wellness, within the context of community, including cost to the Health Care System. An analysis, explanation and identification of individualized strategies of personal health issues, and dimensions of fitness to build resiliency and take responsibility for one's own health, will be explored. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to BIO-156.

BIO-1157  Diversity of Life  (3 Credits)  

A comparison of the biological diversity of protists, fungi, plants and animals. Topics covered include natural selection, speciation, and the evolutionary history of eukaryotes. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering in BIO-1157. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-157.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1157L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1160  Anatomy and Physiology I  (3 Credits)  

A comprehensive study of anatomical terms, body organization, basic chemistry, histology, skeletal system, muscular system, digestive system, and the reproductive system. Labs include the study of the skeleton, muscles and histology. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (1.0)

Equivalent to BIO-160.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1160L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1161  Anatomy and Physiology II  (3 Credits)  

A continuation of BIO-1160, studying respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, nervous and endocrine systems, special senses and electrolytes. Labs focus on urinalysis, hematology, internal anatomy, blood vessels, nervous system, and the eye and ear. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (1.0)

Equivalent to BIO-161.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1160 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-1161L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1162  Microbiology  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the pathogenic micro-organisms of humans with a major emphasis on bacteriology and aseptic techniques. Discussed are defence mechanisms, chemical and cellular immunity and anatomical barriers to infection in addition to the details of particular viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and prion diseases/infections. It is recommended that students have successfully completed BIO-30 or equivalent before registering in BIO-1162. Not available for supplemental. Not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (1.0)

Equivalent to BIO-162.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1162L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1165  Introduction to Biotechnology  (3 Credits)  

This introductory course stresses techniques, documentation and instrumentation in medicine, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, oceanography, the environment, radiation, and nutrition biotechnology. It introduces legal aspects, commercialization, and impact of biotechnology on humanity. This course looks at recombinant DNA technology, gel electrophoresis, forensics and DNA, vaccines, drug development, plant breeding, cell cloning, water and solid waste treatment, and scanning: MRI, CT, ultrasound. In order to be successful in this course, students should have completed Biology 30 or equivalent.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-165.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1165L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1167  Botany  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to plant evolution and diversity with a focus on angiosperms (flowering plants). Emphasis is on plant anatomy, physiology and the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on plant growth and development. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1167L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1168  Zoology  (3 Credits)  

A study of the orders and major families of mammals and birds with an emphasis on evolutionary biology, ecology, distribution, and behavior. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-168, BIO-158.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1168L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1169  Structural Human Anatomy  (3 Credits)  

A comprehensive study of microscopic and gross anatomy. Emphasis is on anatomical terminology and body organization relevant to human health. The link between anatomical structures and their function is analyzed in the lab. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1169L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1170  Plant Systematics  (3 Credits)  

A study of the identification and classification of gymnosperms and angiosperms including trees, shrubs, grasses, grass-likes, aquatics, and forbs. Emphasis is on phenotypic taxonomic characteristics while following a phylogenetic classification system and related nomenclature. Habitat and plant ecological relationships are also examined. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1167 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-1170L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1172  Ecology  (3 Credits)  

A study of the interrelationships between living organisms and their environment with an emphasis on elements of the physical world which shape and define ecosystems. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1172L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1175  Animal Science  (3 Credits)  

A study of a wide perspective of animal husbandry practices of the various species currently under production in southern Alberta. Includes physiology, nutrition, reproduction, and current environmental, marketing and welfare issues.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-175, AGR-182.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1175L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1180  Human Physiology  (3 Credits)  

A comprehensive study of the basic structures and functions of the bodily systems and their constituents. Emphasis on homeostasis and emergent properties of bodily systems in the context of human health. Dissection and microscopy skills will be applied in the lab. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1169 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-1180L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-1195  Introduction to Aquaponics Principles  (3 Credits)  

This course covers the basics involved in the integrated food production system known as aquaponics. The aspects of plant physiology, fish production, waste and nutrient management, aquatic biology and ecology, water quality, biocontrol, basics of food safety in integrated production and different growing methods are covered, where plants are grown in nutrient rich water naturally fertilized by intensive fish culture.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to AGR-1160.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1195L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-2263  Animal Physiology I  (3 Credits)  

Domestic farm mammalian and avian physiology including hematology, respiration, the cardiovascular system, renal physiology and monogastaric digestion. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-2262, BIO-262, BIO-259.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1175 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-2263L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-2264  Animal Physiology II  (3 Credits)  

Domestic farm mammalian and avian physiology including ruminant digestion, endocrinology, pre-natal growth, reproduction and lactation. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-1175 (Required, Previous). Take BIO-2264L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-3350  Comparative Animal Biology  (3 Credits)  

The functional and evolutionary themes that have given rise to the chordates will be examined. Topics include ontogeny and phylogeny, the origin of the chordates, and the structural and functional differences/similarities between extinct and extant chordates. Laboratory studies include comparative dissections, examination of structural and functional adaptations of chordates, and various laboratory techniques for animal biology. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (2.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to BIO-350.

Requisite courses: Take BIO-3350L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-3352  Applied Biotechnology  (3 Credits)  

This course deals with structural and functional diversity and their adaptive strategies in total environment. The emphasis will be on their roles in biogeochemical cycling and use of genetically engineered microbes in bioremediation design, aquatic microbes in sewage treatment, and industrial microbes in generating alternative energy sources. Pathogenic microorganisms and their inactivation, disinfection, and destruction are also discussed. In weekly laboratory sessions, students will gain experience in microbiological techniques such as isolation, cultivation, cultural characterization, and identification of microorganisms. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-3352L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-4461  Field Ornithology  (3 Credits)  

This course will encompass the biology, taxonomy, and ecology of North American avian species. An evolutionary perspective will emphasize niche adaptation and morphological differences amongst various avian orders. A strong field orientation will include identification, reproductive ecology studies and capture and banding techniques. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-4461L (Required, Concurrent).

BIO-4462  Mammalogy  (3 Credits)  

An in depth study of the Class Mammalia. Key concepts covered include mammalian characteristics (form and function), adaptations (physiological, behavioral, and ecological) and diversity of extant species. Laboratory sessions involve detailed study of the mammalian body plan through specimen dissection. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take BIO-4462L (Required, Concurrent).