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BIOLOGY (BIOL)

BIOL 204
Principles of Biology I
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study (with a home lab) or grouped study.
Prerequisite: Senior-level high school chemistry or biology is strongly recommended but not required.

This is an introductory course in general biology. The course is designed entirely for Individualized study with home laboratory exercises. Topics covered include the chemical bases of life, cell structure, biological membranes, cellular metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, principles of heredity, molecular genetics, genetics of development, natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and evolution.


BIOL 207
Principles of Biology II
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Home lab and grouped lab. Video component.
Prerequisite: BIOL 204.
Precluded course: BIOL 207 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for BIOL 205 and BIOL 206.

This is a continuation of BIOL 204 and uses the same text and study guide. The course covers bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals as well as the structure and life processes of plants and animals. Besides the home labs and video materials, the course includes a compulsory six-day grouped lab. The home labs include a mammalian (pig) dissection and some microscope work. Students from outside of Canada must come for one to two days of grouped lab work that would otherwise be done in the home labs. Together, BIOL 204 and 207 have enough lab work for 6 credits of lab science credit. For grouped lab dates, refer to http://science.athabascau.ca/lab/schedule.html#biol or contact the lab coordinator or professor.

Special instructional features: BIOL 207 replaces BIOL 205 and BIOL 206. Students who have BIOL 205 and just need the lab portion of this course may take it separately for 1 credit. Teachers wanting to upgrade could do the same; approximately eight days of lab work.



BIOL 230
Human Physiology
6—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic chemistry or biology is recommended but not required.

Human Physiology introduces all major elements of the human body from cellular structure and function through basic systems to integration, organization, and control mechanisms. Students will acquire an understanding of normal human physiology, physiological adaptations to special conditions, and some of the physiological factors in disease processes. This course has no lab activities and is especially appropriate for allied health professionals and students who require an introductory course in the biological sciences.


BIOL 235
Human Anatomy and Physiology
6—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study.
Prerequisite: Although this course assumes no prior knowledge of the human body, a basic understanding of biology and chemistry would be an asset to the student.
Precluded course: BIOL 235 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for BIOL 230.

This is an introductory course that describes structural and functional elements of the human body. The course covers all essential themes in physiology and provides a thorough foundation of human structure. Emphasis is placed on ways in which the internal environment of the body attempts to maintain normality and how it overcomes imbalances during disease or malfunction. The course is especially appropriate for nurses, paramedic students, and allied health professionals and students who require an introductory course in the biological sciences.


BIOL 321
Wild Flowers (Available only for a May 1/01 start date; August 31/01 end date)
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study and a grouped lab.
Prerequisite: BIOL 204 and BIOL 205 or BIOL 207 and permission of the professor.

Wild Flowers (plant taxonomy) is the study of flowering plants of North America and some of their non-flowering relatives such as ferns and conifers. Close attention is paid to reproductive structures, identification, classification, phylogenetic relationships, and plant habitats.

Special instructional features: Wild Flowers is a field-oriented course and students must participate in a nine-day workshop held in June 29 to July 8, 2001 at the Kananaskis Field Station at Barrier Lake (70 km west of Calgary). Students are responsible for paying their own board and lodging (approximately $350) in addition to course tuition. Students must register for a May 1 start date and will have no option to extend past August 31. Course availability is subject to a minimum number of enrolments.


BIOL 325
Introductory Microbiology
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study with a grouped lab or via independent lab (reduced credit) only.
Prerequisite: Professor approval required.

This course provides an introduction to microorganisms and the microbial world. The course deals with the structure, biochemistry and physiology of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. Students will learn systematics of microorganisms through microscopy, stain techniques, and biochemical and genetic analyses. An appreciation of the positive and negative consequences of microbial interactions with their host and environment is emphasized.

Special instructional features: BIOL 325 has a compulsory lab component. Refer to Athabasca University's biology lab Web site at http://science.athabascau.ca/lab/schedule.html#biol or contact the science lab coordinator or course professor for lab dates and sites.


BIOL 341
Human Genetics
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study.
Prerequisite: BIOL 204 and BIOL 205 or equivalent undergraduate courses taken at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Human Genetics is the understanding of heritable characteristics and their transmission to progeny. This course examines fundamental genetic principles and probes hereditary aspects of congenital defects, sex-linked diseases, blood groups, twins, genetic counselling, genetic engineering, and the genetic variation in human populations.


BIOL 345
Ecology
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study with a home and grouped lab. Also via independent lab (reduced credit) only.
Prerequisite: BIOL 204 and BIOL 205 or BIOL 207.

Ecology is the study of the interactions of organisms with their environments. This course covers experimentation and models, relationships between organisms and their abiotic environments, ecosystems, energetics, biogeochemical cycles, biomes, population ecology, various symbiotic relationships, and community ecology. This basic ecology course is fundamental to understanding biological relationships in aquatic and terrestrial regions as well as solving human environmental problems such as waste handling, pollution, pests, overpopulation, and extinctions.

Special instructional features: BIOL 345 has a compulsory four-day lab component (July 11 to 14/01).

Refer to Athabasca University's biology lab Web site at http://science.athabascau.ca/lab/schedule.html#biol or contact the science lab coordinator or course professor for lab dates and sites.


BIOL 401
Cell Biology
3—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study.
Prerequisite: BIOL 204, BIOL 205, and BIOL 206 or equivalent undergraduate courses taken at an accredited post-secondary institution.

This course examines the general principles of cell biology, such as cellular structure and function, bioenergetics, molecular genetics, motility, cell regulation, and intercellular signalling. Cell Biology provides a basis for understanding the impact of drugs, environmental toxins, and medical technology on the health and survival of organisms. This course is appropriate for individuals who are considering careers in biotechnology, genetics, and biomedical studies.


BIOL 495-496
Biology Projects
3 each—Science
Delivery Mode: Individualized study.
Prerequisite for BIOL 495: Permission of the course professor and at least 15 credits (at least nine at the senior level) in biology.
Prerequisite for BIOL 496: BIOL 495.

These courses are suitable for senior-level students who wish to do research projects in biology or applied fields such as agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. The courses are based on a learning contract between each student and an approved supervisor. By doing research, students learn to choose and define problems; obtain information from libraries, field work, or experiments; organize facts and ideas; and report ideas and conclusions in written form. Projects can only be done on work planned; they cannot be done on work already completed. Contact the course professor before registering. These courses are excluded from the Challenge for Credit Policy.



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