Pre-Nursing Course Descriptions
BIO 201 - General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution
An in-depth study of the basic concepts of biology including cellular organization and function, Mendelian and molecular genetics, and Darwinian evolution. This course is designed to provide a foundation for advanced study in the biological sciences; laboratory included.
BIO 202 - General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology
A survey of botany, zoology, and ecology; this lab based course will introduce students to current scientific research in these fields. Moving from basic understandings, students will begin to practice botany and ecology in an applied manner and learn to clearly communicate the results of that work, laboratory included.
BIO 203 - General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology
This course provides a basis of the structure and function of all major organ systems and their integration. This course is designed to provide a foundation for advanced study in the biological sciences; laboratory included.
BIO 210 - Biotechnology: A Laboratory Skills Course
This course is a comprehensive introduction to biotechnology; the applied technology of biological systems in scientific research and industrial processes. It begins with a review of laboratory skills essential to the use of biotechnology, including safety, keeping laboratory notebooks, measuring volume and mass, making solutions, writing Standard Operating Procedures.
Fundamental biotechniques covered includes DNA electrophoresis, restriction digest, DNA quantification, bacterial transformation, expression and purification of recombinant proteins, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Bradford protein assay, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and ELISA. The course concludes with the selection, experimental design, data analysis, and communication of research project ideas. Ancillary topics include bioethics and biotech careers vignettes.
Prerequisites: BIO 201, CHM 109.
BIO 227 - Microbiology
A comprehensive study of the morphology, physiology, and genetics of algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses (primary emphasis on bacteria). Included laboratory emphasizes sterile culture techniques and identification of unknown cultures.
Prerequisite: BIO 201. Co-requisite: CHM 110.
BIO 252 - Human Nutrition
A study of the biological foundations of nutrition, its biological and physiological phenomena and its association with health issues, laboratory included.
Prerequisites: BIO 201, BIO 203, and CHM 109.
BIO 341 - Human Anatomy
A system-based study of the human anatomy. Includes a cadaver-based laboratory exploration of human gross anatomy.
Prerequisite: BIO 203.
BIO 342 - Human Physiology
An examination of the major physiological systems, their function, and their integration, which includes the nervous, muscular, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Laboratory included.
Prerequisite: BIO 203. Co-requisite: CHM 110. Not open to students with credit for BIO 242.
BIO 366 - Genetics
A survey of major principles of Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics and the societal issues raised by recent advances in this field; laboratory included.
Prerequisite: BIO 201.
BIO 469 - Cell & Molecular Biology
A study of processes common to life at the cellular level including: biochemical and structural organizations, membrane function, motility, signal transduction, growth, division and genetic regulation of the cell.
Prerequisites: BIO 201and 203.
CHM 109 - General Chemistry I
Foundations of chemistry for Science majors. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, phases of matter, chemical energetics, molecular geometry; includes laboratory.
Co-requisite: MTH 102 or equivalent placement.
CHM 110 - General Chemistry II
Continuation of basic principles of chemistry: solutions, equilibria; acids and bases; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry. Laboratory experiments in conjunction with the theory.
Prerequisite: CHM 109 with a minimum grade of C.
CHM 229 - Organic Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental theory and laboratory techniques of organic chemistry. Topics include reactions of functional groups, reaction theory, and stereochemistry.
Prerequisite: CHM 110. Co-requisite: BIO 201.
CHM 451 - Biochemistry
Advanced study of the molecular basis of biological systems emphasizing the relationship between structure and properties, energetics, kinetics, and metabolic pathways. Laboratory included.
Prerequisites: BIO 201; CHM 229.
CORE 179B - CORE: Borders & Transitions
Aware of ever evolving socio-political, scientific, global, and personal environments and as inhabitants of “border areas,” this course will look at how we interpret, live and cross such 'borders' as going from High School to College or one’s culture to another. The course will explore how individuals manage borders between themselves and another, themselves and God, or between their inner faith and its outward manifestation.
The course includes insights from sociology, psychology, theology, education; among others.
CORE 179K - CORE: Virtues & Vices
Human beings are social beings who live within cultures. All cultures include values, standards for what is seen as good and what is seen as evil. Are there any values common to all cultures in all times and all places? Do values vary according to time and place? What is the significance of value differences among subcultures and contracultures? What are the major values taught by the major religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam?
ENG 110 - College Writing I
This course emphasizes the strategies students need for writing and thinking across the curriculum. By practicing writing strategies such as argumentation, researched writing (or writing with sources), summary, analysis, comparison and contrast, definition, students will build the skills needed to succeed as college writers. Each section will focus on a specific theme. Themes from previous classes have included the following: American identity, family, love, the politics of food, Native American culture, and biography.
This course does not fulfill the literature requirement for the Core. Not open to students with credit for ENG 101.
EXSC 125 - Introduction to Exercise, Health & Nutrition
This course will examine the components that contribute to the concept of health and wellness. Theories and principles of health promotion and disease prevention on local, national, and international levels will be explored.
Topics to be covered include health beliefs and behaviors, community health, Healthy People 2010, fitness, mental health, stress management, nutrition, disease prevention, drug usage, cultural differences, and health promotion. Content will be applied in education situations.
Not open to students with credit for PEH 125.
MTH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to the basic concepts and computations used in statistical analysis as well as their application to problems in other disciplines, especially biology, business, education, and social sciences. Topics include the description of data graphically and numerically, the collection of data via samples and experiments, and the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data.
The laboratory component of the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, interpretation
of statistical quantities, and written/oral communication and will require the use
of mathematical software.
Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement.
MTH 240 - Calculus I
Topics include relations and functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, Mean Value Theorem, extrema, curve sketching, related rates, differentiation of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, introduction to Integral Calculus, the fundamental theorems of Calculus, elementary methods of integration, and applications. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes mathematical modeling, problem solving, and written/oral communication and will require the use of graphing calculators and mathematical software.
Prerequisite: MTH 160 or placement.
PHL 242 - Applied Ethics
An examination of ethical principles and their application to ethical issues. Specific areas of application announced when the course is offered.
Prerequisites: For two-credit sections, one prior PHL course other than PHL 101.
PHL 243 - Bioethics
An examination of ethical principles and their applications to ethical issues in medicine, health care, and biological sciences. Not open to students with credit in PHL 348B.
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
A survey course on the basic principles of psychology and their applications to human behavior and social problems. Multiple perspectives emerging from different philosophical and sociohistorical contexts are used to examine domains of human thought and behavior.
Topics include research methods, human development, gender differences, learning and cognition, psychobiology, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, methods of treatment, and the impact of social situations and culture on behavior
PSY 224 - Human Development: Lifespan
A broad overview of theory, research, and applications in human psychological development from conception to death. Using the lifespan developmental perspective, patterns of growth, change, and stability in various domains of development (e.g., physical, cognitive, social, and personality) 251 are examined. Furthermore, the interaction of domains within the context in which development occurs is emphasized (e.g., the interaction of biological, psychological, and sociological factors within a sociohistorical context). This course is for non-psychology majors.
Prerequisite: PSY 100.
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
A survey of the basic concepts of the sociological analysis of human behavior. Topics include culture and socialization; deviance and social control; stratification and social class; inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; collective behavior and social change; and the role of social institutions in society including family, health care, education, religion, politics, and the economy.
Some sections may include a service-learning component. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.
THL 315 - Introduction to Spirituality
A study of the characteristics and forms of spirituality with emphasis on the Christian experience.
Prerequisite: One of the following courses: THL 106, THL 107, or THL 225. Not open to students with credit for THL 115.
THL 343 - World Religions
An overview of the major religions of the world, their history, and their oral traditions and written scriptures. The course includes the perspective of the Catholic Church on inter-religious dialogue.