We are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research about the science of life, from molecules to ecosystems. Our primary job is to prepare students for careers in health science, teaching, research, and graduate study in biology and environmental science. Please consider a quality education in a caring environment at Hardin-Simmons University.
1301 Modern Concepts in Biology (3-3-0) This course presents the application of the scientific method in the biological sciences at the introductory level. Designed for non-majors, the emphasis of this course will be in the area of expertise of the professor. Fall, Spring
1401 Life Science (4-3-2) [#] A study of the fundamental concepts of biology with special application to man. This is a one-semester course designed to serve as an option to satisfy the core requirement in natural science. Credit is not given for both BIOL 1401 and SCIE 2410. Fall, Spring
1320 General Zoology (3-3-0) [#] An introduction to the study of invertebrates and vertebrates, emphasizing morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology of individuals and populations. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1120 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. This course is designed for students majoring or minoring in biology. (Not intended for core requirement for non-science majors and minors.) Fall, Spring
1120 General Zoology Laboratory (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course providing an introduction to the study of invertebrates and vertebrates emphasizing morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology of individuals and populations. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1320 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. (Not intended for core requirement for non-science majors and minors.) Fall, Spring
1321 Plant Biology (3-3-0) [#] An introduction to the study of plants with major emphasis on plant anatomy, physiology, life histories, and ecology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1121 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. This course is designed for students majoring or minoring in biology. (Not intended for core requirement for non-science majors/minors.) Fall, Spring
1121 Plant Biology Laboratory (1-0-2) [#] Laboratory course providing an introduction to the study of plants emphasizing plant anatomy, physiology, life histories, and ecology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1321 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. (Not intended for core requirement for non-science majors and minors.) Fall, Spring
2099 (1-4 hrs. credit) Special Topics Special course designed to serve the general interest of students. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Will not count toward a major or minor in biology.
2101 Introduction to Physical Therapy (1-3-0) Introductory study of professions and professional education for students interested in any of the health sciences with emphasis on physical therapy; includes an overview of the duties, responsibilities and education of physical therapists. A major focus of the course will be presentations by physical therapists and visits to healthcare facilities. Fall
2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4-3-2) [#] Structure and function of the human body. Systems covered include muscular, skeletal and nervous. This first course will introduce materials in histology, cytology, and body chemistry. Fall, Summer
2403 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4-3-2) [#] Structure and function of the human body. Systems covered include circulatory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine. Spring, Summer
2405 Public Health Microbiology (4-3-3) Fundamental principles and procedures of bacteriology are emphasized in regard to disease-producing organisms. Organism characteristics, culture, and control are also included. May not be counted toward a major or minor in biology. Will not satisfy science core requirements. Spring, Summer
2410 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4-3-2) Survey of the structure and function of the human body. All major body systems are covered. Laboratory emphasis will be placed on skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. (This course will not satisfy the degree requirements for Nursing and Exercise Science majors or Biology as a teaching field) (May be used to satisfy the four-hour core requirement of a science course with lab for non-Science majors). Fall, Spring
2420 Introduction to Cell Biology (4-3-2) Study of structure and function of cells and cell components. Included are biochemical and biophysical aspects of cell architecture, cell cycle, energy transductions, nucleic acid and protein syntheses, membrane structure and function, and cell cycle regulation. This course is required before students can take BIOL 3411.Prerequisites: BIOL 1320 and 1120 or BIOL 1321 and 1121, or approval of instructor. Fall, Spring
3099 (1-4 hours credit) Special Problems Field or laboratory studies of biological material. Emphasis is to be placed in the area of research of the professor teaching the course. Prerequisite: One to three years of biology (depending on level for which credit is given) or permission of the Department Head. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Fall, Spring, Summer
3103 Forensic Science Lab (1-0-2) Laboratory application of techniques used in crime scene investigation and scientific analysis of evidence. The use of microscopes, basic chemical analysis of solutions, some field work, and group projects are required. Videos, demonstrations, and field trips will augment the experience. This lab is designed to parallel the information presented in BIOL 3303. Concurrent enrollment or previous completion of BIOL 3303 required. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Corequisite: enrollment in BIOL 3303. Spring, Summer.
3302 Drugs and Society (3-3-0) A survey of the history of drug development and use in the United States and other countries. The major classes of drugs and their effects on the body, the laws regulating drug development and use, and the sociological and psychological theories on drug use are the core of the class. Comparative cultural views of drug use and a brief history of drug legislation around the world will be included. Both licit and illicit drugs will be studied. This course will not count for science credit for science majors/minors. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Fall, even years.
3303 Topics in Forensic Science (3-3-0) A course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of forensic science including: the role of the forensic scientist, crime scene investigation, analysis of evidence, the forensic laboratory, and careers in various areas of the forensic sciences. Actual case studies, many of which are documented on videos, will enhance the application of information presented in each major area. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Spring, Summer.
3307 Nutrition (3-3-0) A study of the biochemical role of the various food substances essential to good nutrition. Practical experience will be provided in planning diets for persons of different ages and different needs. Prerequisite: 8 hrs of BIOL or consent of instructor. Fall
3312 Statistical Methods (3-3-0) (See MATH 3312 for course description.) Spring, Summer
3313 Kinesiology (3-3-0) (See FSSC 3313 for course description.) Prerequisite: 4 hours of human anatomy. Fall, Spring
3335 Computers in Science (3-3-0) (CSCI 3335) A lecture and project-based course designed to introduce numerical methods, parametric statistics, data analysis, various scientific statistics software, and techniques used to portray data in the sciences will be explored in this course. Various public domain databases, and uses of this data, will be explored. Current topics will include biometry, bioinformatics, and Geographic Information Science (GIS). This course fulfills the university technology competency. Prerequisite: two semesters of science and two semesters of mathematics are required or consent of instructor. Fall
3410 General Ecology (4-3-3) A course studying the interactions of organisms with each other and with their environments. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology. Fall, Spring, Summer 3411 Genetics (4-3-3) Focus on the fundamental principles of genetics including Mendelian inheritance, expression and interaction of genes, linkage, biochemical nature of genetic material and mutation. Prerequisite: BIOL1320, 1120, 1321, 1121, 2420. Spring, Fall 3416 Advanced Vertebrate Biology (4-3-3) A survey of the phylogeny, life history, evolution and behavior of vertebrates. Field and laboratory investigations of vertebrate ecology, natural history, and phylogeny will be undertaken. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology. Fall
3417 General Physiology (4-3-2) Functions of living systems with both theoretical and laboratory investigations. Major emphasis is placed on mammals. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology and CHEM 1410 and 1411. Spring
3418 Advanced Human Anatomy (4-3-2) An in-depth study of structures of the human body incorporating both gross and microscopic coverage of major body systems. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology. Fall
3420 General Microbiology (4-3-3) The biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacterial morphology, physiology, and genetics. Topics in applied microbiology, immunology, and virology are introduced. Prerequisite: Eight hours of biology and eight hours of chemistry or consent of instructor. Fall
3421 Advanced Botany (4-3-3) An examination of trends in the morphology, physiology, and life history of plants with emphasis on higher plants. Topics covered include plant anatomy; plant reproduction; plant growth and development; and plant identification. Prerequisites: BIOL 1320 and 1120, 1321 and 1121. Spring (even years)
3424 Cell Biology (4-3-3) An in depth study of eukaryotic cell structure and function at the molecular level. Emphasis will be placed on cellular and molecular mechanisms of development. Prerequisite: BIOL 2420. Spring (even years)
4099 (1-4 hours credit) Special Topics Special topics in biology that meet a special student need. The course may be repeated as a different subject matter is taught. Prerequisite: 12 hours of biology and permission of department. Fall, Spring, Summer
4104 Seminar in Biology (1-1-0) Papers and discussion on subjects of biological interest. Prerequisite: 2 years of biology and permission of department. Fall, Spring 4223 Microscopic Anatomy (2-1-1) A general comparative study of human cells, tissues, and organ systems. Principles of cytology, histology and embryology are included. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology.
4302 Immunology (3-3-0) A study of the vertebrate immune system, its chemistry, histology and genetics. Also covered is disease prevention and cause, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Prerequisite: BIOL 1320, 1120, 1321, 1121 and 2420, or consent of instructor. Spring. (Odd years.)
4330 Molecular Biology (3-3-0) An in-depth analysis of the structure, organization, and replication of DNA, and the components that control gene expression through transcription and translation. An emphasis on the theory of current techniques will also be included. Prerequisite: BIOL 3411 or CHEM 4311 or consent of instructor.
4411 Natural History of the Southwest (4-3-3) Travel course designed to provide active learning about the flora, fauna, and habitat associations in the southwestern United States. Emphasis will be placed on the natural history, adaptation and ecology of organisms in these biomes. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology and consent of instructor. May term
4422 Advanced Environmental Biology (4-2-4) Quantitative and qualitative concepts of plant and animal community structure, interrelationships, and development. Emphasis to be placed in the area of research of the professor teaching the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 3410. Spring (odd years)
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