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Course Information and Descriptions
Biology (BIO)
Biological and Health Sciences Division,
Room C140, (847) 543-2042
BIO 111
Human Form and Function (3-2)
4 Hours
This course is intended to provide students with a preliminary, nontransfer level introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It is
designed to prepare students requiring only a technical level of
familiarity with human anatomy, providing the background required
for fields such as surgical technology and Emergency Medical
Technology - Paramedic.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
Course fee
BIO 120
Environmental Biology (3-2)
4 Hours
This course focuses on the relationships between humans and the
environment. Topics include ecology, population biology,
modification of our environment, resource use, land use planning,
pollution, and energy. The goal is to better understand the biological
and social problems that human use and misuse of the environment
cause. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 120 and BIO
140.
Note: Required, local field trips are scheduled during several
(approximate1/2) of the lab periods. Students are responsible for
their own transportation to and from field sites. This course is
recommended for non-science majors needing a one-semester lab
science course.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
Course fee
IAI: L1 905L
BIO 123
Principles of Biology (3-2)
4 Hours
This course introduces basic biological principles of life processes
held in common by all organisms. Topics covered include the
chemical and physical basis of life, cell structure and function,
concepts of heredity, population genetics, and evolution.
Note: Though this course will provide a general understanding of the
basics of cellular biology qualifying it as general education course it
will also provide a foundation for those students potentially entering
an allied health program (dental hygiene, nursing, medical images,
etc.).
Prerequisites: MTH 102 (C or better) or an appropriate score on the
Math Placement Test or Math ACT of 22 or higher - AND - College
Reading and Writing Readiness
Course fee
IAI: L1 900L
BIO 126
Local Flora (1-2)
2 Hours
Introduces lab and field identification of plants of northeastern
Illinois. Students use taxonomic keys and make useful collections of
plants from various habitats.
Note: Field trips during scheduled class time are an essential part of
this course and are, therefore, required. The cost of travel to the site
of the field work will be borne by the student.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
Course fee
May be taken three times, but any topic only once
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BIO 127
Introduction to Evolution (3-0)
3 Hours
This course examines the concept of evolution and mechanisms by
which evolution proceeds. An analysis of the evidence for evolution,
a section on basic genetics, and a brief treatment of challenges to
evolution are included.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
Course fee
IAI: L1 907
BIO 128
Natural History of Selected Areas (2-2)
3 Hours
This course examines a specific biogeographical area that has been
selected for its unique biological communities. Organisms and
ecological relationships are considered, and the effects of human
activity are emphasized. Some of the areas that have been studied
include the American Tropics, the Everglades, and the Appalachian
Mountains.
Note: This course is taught as a field course and should be
considered a general education elective; it will NOT meet the CLC
laboratory science requirement. Camping, backpacking, and/or
canoeing may be included. Travel expenses are paid by the student.
May be taken twice, but any topic only once
BIO 140
Environmental Biology without Lab (3-0) 3 Hours
This non-lab course studies environmental issues that arise from the
interaction of humans and the environment. Topics include ecology,
population biology, modification of our environment, resource use,
land use planning, and energy. The goal is to better understand both
the problems brought about by human use and misuse of the
environment and potential solutions for those problems. Students
may not receive credit for both BIO 140 and BIO 120.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
IAI: L1 905
BIO 141
Concepts in Biology (3-2)
4 Hours
This course emphasizes scientific inquiry through selected concepts
of biology, such as organization, function, heredity, evolution and
ecology. Biological issues with personal and social implications will
be introduced to enable students to make informed decisions. A
laboratory component will reinforce concepts introduced in the
lecture portion of class.
Note: This course is recommended for non-science majors needing a
one-semester lab science course and is not intended for students
wishing to enter an allied health or pre-professional field.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
Course fee
IAI: L1 900L
BIO 149
Genetics and Society (3-0)
3 Hours
This course examines cell structure and function, the nature of the
gene, cell division (mitosis vs. meiosis), Mendelian genetics,
hereditary disorders, recombinant DNA technology, the genetic
evidence supporting evolution, and ethical issues that arise due to
our increased knowledge and technology as it relates to genetics.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic
Algebra Readiness
Course fee
IAI: L1 906