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BIOL 99: Biology for Health Careers

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or higher OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Topics reviewed in this course will include an introduction to scientific methods and terminology, fundamentals of chemistry and biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. This course is intended for pre-nursing and allied health students who need a review of biology prior to entering more advanced life science courses in their programs. This course may be used as a pre-requisite to BIOL 181 and BIOL 191. It may not be used to fulfill any part of HCC’s general education science requirement for graduation. Students who have completed BIOL 161 or who plan to major in biology should not enroll in this course. 2 credit hours

Developmental Course: This course is not college level and will not transfer or count towards a degree or certificate program.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 114: Contemporary Biology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at college level math
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

BIOL 114 will introduce students to a broad range of biological principles, including organization, structure and function, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Students will demonstrate how their knowledge in biology is relevant to them, their community, and their world. Students will use scientific evidence as the basis for their arguments. Students will improve their skills in relaying biological information to peers and to others. In addition, students will leave with a better understanding of scientific views that differ from their own. The laboratory component will emphasize scientific inquiry and use of knowledge in problem solving. This course is intended for students who are not pursuing a science career. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 900L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 116: Genetics and Society

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 093 OR
-Placement at college level math OR
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Introduction to basic genetic principles and to contemporary issues in biotechnology. Addresses the ethical, political, and social implications of biological advances in the area of genetics. Life science lab credit can be obtained by concurrent or subsequent enrollment in BIOL 117. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 906

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 117: Genetics and Society Lab

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 116
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

A laboratory course designed to enhance and expand the student’s understanding of concepts covered in BIOL 116. 2 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 906L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 121: Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 OR
-Placement at college level math
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Basic structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, and organ system levels will be covered in this course. This course explores both normal and pathologic conditions. Lab exercises include human models and preserved animal specimens. (This course cannot be used for credit in programs requiring BIOL 181 and BIOL 182). 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 904L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 131: Plants and Society

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This general education course emphasizes scientific inquiry using plants as the study organism. Concepts covered include cell and molecular biology, plant structure and function, plant genetics, classification, evolution and ecology. The importance of plants in human society will be an ongoing theme throughout the course. The laboratory exercises will make extensive use of plant models, living and preserved plant specimens, and wet mount and prepared slides. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 901L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

BIOL 132: Animals and Society

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This general education course emphasizes scientific inquiry using animals as the study organism. Concepts covered include cell and molecular biology, animal structure and function, animal genetics, classification, evolution and ecology. The importance of animals in human society will be an ongoing theme throughout the course. The laboratory exercises will make extensive use of animal models, living and preserved animal specimens and wet mount and prepared slides. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 140: Evolution: Big Bang to Biotechnology

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This course is intended for those not majoring in science. The course explores the broad outlines of evolution, focusing on past and ongoing changes in the universe and life on Earth, as they are understood from a scientific perspective. It includes the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, the formation and development of the solar system and Earth, and the origin and evolution of life. Major emphasis is given to the evolution of life as deduced by evidence from the fossil record and from comparisons among living species. Practical applications of evolutionary theory in medicine, sociology and other fields of study are also explored. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 907

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 161: Principles of Biology I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 093 OR
-Placement at MATH 106 or higher OR
-Completion of a college level math course
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

BIOL 161 is one semester of a first year, general biology course for students who plan to pursue science careers. Students question and analyze concepts related to cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Students apply their knowledge to their life and the world around them. Students improve collaboration skills as they work with peers to solve different problems. The laboratory component emphasizes data collection and analysis. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 910L
IAI Major Code - BIO 910

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Life Sciences

BIOL 162: Principles of Biology II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of BIOL 161 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Completion of MATH 093 OR
-Placement at college level math OR
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

BIOL 162 is one semester of a first year, general biology course for students who plan to pursue science careers. Students question and analyze concepts related to comparative animal biology, botany, and ecology. Students apply their knowledge to their life and the world around them. Students complete projects to demonstrate responsibility to the community and global environment. Students improve collaboration skills as they work with peers to solve different problems. The laboratory component emphasizes animal dissection and data collection and analysis. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - L1 910L
IAI Major Code - BIO 910

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

BIOL 181: Anatomy and Physiology I

Prerequisite(s):
-High school or college level biology course within the last five years OR
-Completion of BIOL 099 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Placement at college level math
AND
-Placement at college level English and reading

This course is the first in a two semester sequence dealing with the structure and function of the human body that begins with the biochemical, cellular and tissue levels of organization, homeostasis and feedback loops. Information from all levels of biological organization is presented for the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. The course explores both the normal and pathologic conditions. The laboratory exercises use human models and preserved animal specimens. (BIOL 182 completes the sequence). 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

BIOL 182: Anatomy & Physiology II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of BIOL 181 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Placement at college level math
AND
-Placement at college level English and reading

This course is the second in a two semester sequence dealing with the structure and function of the human body that includes excretion and fluid balance, human development, metabolism and nutrition. Information from all levels of biological organization is presented for the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. This course explores both the normal and pathologic conditions. The laboratory exercises use human models and preserved animal specimens. (BIOL 182 completes the sequence begun in BIOL 181). 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

BIOL 191: Introductory Microbiology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of BIOL 121, BIOL 161, or BIOL 181
AND
-Placement at college level math
AND
-Placement at college level English and reading

Completion of college level chemistry course recommended. This course explores the nature and diversity of microorganisms. Both beneficial and detrimental interrelationships between microbes, other organisms, and the environment are examined. Two weekly laboratory sessions consist of practical and investigative studies. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

BIOL 297: Independent Study In Biology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Completion of a college level biology course
AND
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Intensive work in an area of the life sciences of special interest to the student. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report. 1-2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.