Academics

Bioarchaeology Track

Students interested in bioarchaeology study the physiological and anatomical qualities of the adaptive success story of genus Homo. Course offerings and undergraduate research projects are organized around the notion of survival and reproductive success. Often, the methodological principles of paleodemography and archaeology are applied to mortuary communities across a variety of timelines.

Required Courses:

ANT 303 Death and Archaeology
This course introduces students to mortuary rituals and the methods of mortuary archaeologists. Topics will include: applications for human osteology, forensic analyses, bioarchaeology, and mortuary ritual. Prereq: sophomore standing

BIO 240 Nutrition
Essentials of normal nutrition and its relationship to the health and wellbeing of individuals and families will be emphasized. Included will be the study of the physiological, psychological, and economic aspects of obtaining an adequate diet. 3 lec.

BIO 255 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with emphasis on the function of organ systems and cellular mechanisms responsible for homeostasis. 3 lec, 2 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 225

BIO 265 Muscle Physiology
In-depth focus on the mechanisms, regulation and function of striated muscle metabolism and contraction with emphasis on performance and adaptation in both normal and pathological situations. Cellular and molecular adaptations to physical activity and inactivity are covered. Athletic injury and recovery and other conditions that impact muscle function are studied. 3 lec, 2 hrs. lab. Prereq: CHE 101 or CHE 161 and BIO 225

BIO 355 Pathophysiology
An integration of human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry with special emphasis on the etiology and mechanisms of disease. Lecture topics will include: cell injury, inflammation, immunity, neoplasia, blood and circulatory disorders, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, electrolyte imbalances, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, musculoskeletal disease, pain management and disorders of the central nervous system. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 202

BIO 372 Developmental Biology
An introduction to the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that direct the development of multicellular organisms. Topics include: gametogenesis, fertilization, gastrulation, organogenesis, sex determination, developmental gene regulation, and teratology. The scientific, ethical and political issues surrounding assisted reproductive technology, cloning, and stem cell technology will also be considered. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 201 and BIO 202

BIO 380 Ecology
Properties of populations, communities, and ecosystems; energy and nutrient exchange, population growth and regulation, competition, predation, mutualism, nature of communities, and biogeography. 3 lec, 2 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 201 and BIO 202

BIO 455 Advanced Physiology
An integration of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics focused on understanding gene expression, inter and intra-cellular signaling, and other regulatory systems that maintain cellular and organismal homeostatis. Labs will examine how these topics serve to coordinate developmental, immuniological, or disease processes. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 225 and BIO 331