BSC: Biological Sciences
BSC 1005. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE.
An introduction to essential principles of biological science. Topics include, but are not limited to, the nature of science and the scientific method, chemistry for biology, cell structure, metabolism, reproduction and genetics, organisms, evolution theory, and classification of organisms. This is a general education course for non-biology majors. It is also recommended for students who need preparation before enrolling in a biology course for science majors. Students should be prepared to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course. This course meets the General Education Core Science requirement for graduation.
BSC 1005C. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COMBINED.
Same as BSC 1005 and BSC 1005L with class and lab combined. Students should be able to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course. (Special Fee: $78.00).
BSC 1005H. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE - HONORS.
Prerequisites: Honors Program permission
Same as BSC 1005 with honors content. Honors program permission required.
(Special Fee: $78.00).
BSC 1005L. LAB IN APPLIED BIOLOGY.
A Biology laboratory course that may be taken concurrently with, or independently of, BSC 1005. Students should be able to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course. (Special Fee: $78.00).
BSC 1010C. GENERAL BIOLOGY I.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all mandated courses in reading, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes.
Introduction to fundamental biological principles emphasizing common attributes of all living organisms. Unifying concepts include chemical structure of living matter, structure and function of the cell, specialized cells, major metabolic functions, control systems, reproduction, genetics, evolution and ecology. Prerequisite for advanced biology courses. Students should be prepared to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course. (Special Fee: $72.00).
BSC 1010H. GENERAL BIOLOGY - HONORS.
Same as BSC 1010C with honors content. Honors program permission required. (Special Fee: $72.00).
BSC 1011C. GENERAL BIOLOGY II.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in BSC 1010C or BSC 1010H
A continuation of BSC1010C. Includes an analysis of biological systems at the organismal and supraorganismal levels: unity and diversity of life, organismal structure and function. Will examine such topics as: Darwinism, origin of life, diversity, and origin of Eukaryotes, evolution and diversity of the three Domains; animal and plant morphology, reproduction, development of animal behavior, population biology and ecology. Students should be prepared to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course. (Special Fee: $75.00).
BSC 1011H. GENERAL BIOLOGY II - HONORS.
Same as BSC 1011C with honors content. Honors program permission required. (Special Fee: $75.00).
BSC 1020. HUMAN BIOLOGY.
This course includes the application of the scientific method and study of the human body with an emphasis on major organ systems and processes and their links to biological concepts underlying major societal and bioethical issues. Students should be able to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course.
BSC 1020C. HUMAN BIOLOGY COMBINED.
This course is designed for students not majoring in biology that is fully integrated with a laboratory that emphasizes active learning strategies and includes application of scientific method and study of human biology with an emphasis on major organ systems and processes, human development, genetics, diseases, biochemical processes and their relation to the human body, and biological concepts underlying major societal and bioethical issues. Students should be able to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments. (Special Fee: $78.00).
BSC 1026. BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY.
General, non-laboratory course designed to introduce students to various biological aspects of human sexuality, including sexual genetics and sex determination, sexual anatomy, physiology and development, processes of fertilization, pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, menstruation, menopause, and aging. Other appropriate areas may be discussed when time permits. Students should be able to complete college level reading, writing, and mathematics assignments as part of this course.
BSC 1026H. BIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY - HONORS.
Prerequisites: Honors Program permission
Same as BSC 1026 with honors content. Honors program permission required.
BSC 1061. CENTRAL FLORIDA HABITATS.
This active learning elective science course teaches students to recognize the common habitats of Central Florida through identification of typical plants, plant species composition, and soil and topography. Supporting topics are natural fire cycles, fire-mediated succession and prescribed burning, nature of watersheds and causes and effects of flooding, invasive exotic plants and animals, and conservation land acquisition and management. A 3-hour canoe trip allows study of the floodplain swamp habitat. Field work will vary with weather conditions, with some indoor class work included. This course will not be considered for Science General Education credit.
BSC 1084. ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION.
Prerequisites: EMT program completion and Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) department approval
Comprehensive course presenting basic information on the structure and function of the human body. Applies principles of anatomy and physiology to show interaction of body systems as they maintain homeostasis. Each body system is presented with emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Course must be completed with a C or better to continue in the Paramedic Program.
BSC 1421C. INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY.
In this lecture/lab course, students will be introduced to the field of biotechnology. Focus will be placed on applications of biotechnology, career opportunities, basic chemistry and cell biology, as well as on concepts and techniques necessary to work effectively in a biotechnology lab. Basic skills learned will include following procedures and keeping records, laboratory safety procedures, laboratory mathematics and measuring, preparing solutions; and basic techniques used for DNA extraction, processing and quantification. Students will develop confidence in their ability to work safely and proficiently with basic biotech lab instruments. (Special Fee: $87.00).
BSC 2062. EVERLGLADES ECOLOGY.
A non- lab science course designed to introduce students to the history, biology, climatology, ecology, geology, hydrology, biodiversity, evolution and restoration of the Everglades. Topics include: the Greater Everglades watershed, natural communities, flora and fauna interactions, ecological niches, hydro-pattern modification and its impact on the Everglades, exotic and invasive species, endangered species, nutrient loads and cycles, habitat alteration, protected areas, and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. This course will not be considered for Science General Education credit.
BSC 2093C. HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all mandated courses in reading, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes and a minimum grade of C in BSC 1010C or departmental approval.
Scientific method, biochemical processes of life, cells, tissues, structure and function of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine and nervous systems, and organs of special senses. Lab exercises emphasize anatomic and physiologic principles associated with classroom work.
(Special Fee: $70.00).
BSC 2094C. HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in BSC2093C or department approval
Continuation of BSC 2093C, including cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems with considerable emphasis on biochemistry of metabolic processes and body fluids.
(Special Fee: $75.00).
BSC 2366. NEOTROPICAL ECOLOGY.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: PCB 2350
This course emphasizes observations of ecological relationships of plants and animals of the New World Tropics and associated habitats. Onsite studies in neotropical locations (Costa Rica, Belize, Amazonia, etc.) will emphasize basic ecological concepts, such as the niche concept, niche portioning, symbiosis, competition, trophic structure, evolutionary relationships, co-evolution, and predation. In addition, this course will emphasize identification of representative forms of life of various tropical ecosystems in the study country located within the Neotropics. Both natural and artificial biological comunities will be visited. Special travel fees apply. A valid passport is required prior to travel. This course will not be considered for Science General Education credit.
BSC 2423C. PROTEIN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND CELL CULTURE.
Prerequisite: MCB 2010C and BSC 2427C
This combined lecture and laboratory course will address the use of proteins and cell culture in the field of Biotechnology. Students will conduct experiments to learn protein-based techniques including protein expression, purification, quantification, and analysis. Students will also perform protein-based assays. Cell culture will include instruction in growing both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. (Special fee $132.00).
BSC 2426C. BIOTECHNOLOGY METHODS I.
Prerequisite: BSC 1010C and CHM 1045C or higher
This is a hands-on course that focuses on techniques and concepts of modern molecular biology with an emphasis on nucleic acid manipulation and analysis. The lecture will complement the lab to provide essential technical training to enable students to work in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and research laboratory settings. The instruction involves standard protocols in bacteria culture, DNA purification and manipulation, basic sequence analysis, and appropriate instrument operations and maintenance through project-based learning. (Special fee $96.00).
BSC 2427C. BIOTECHNOLOGY METHODS II.
Prerequisite: BSC 1010C and CHM 1045C
This lecture/lab course will provide students with an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in Biotechnology Methods I in a Capstone DNA cloning project. Students will also learn about RNA structure and function. Students will perform RNA-based molecular biology techniques. (Special fee $100.00).
BSC 2933. SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Selected topics in biological sciences based on historical, traditional or contemporary approach as background and interest of students and professor dictate. Multiple credit course. May be repeated for credit, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied.
BSC 2941. INTERNSHIP EXPLORATION IN BIOLOGY.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all mandated courses in Reading, Mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes; a minimum 2.0 institutional or overall GPA; and 12 credits, including BSC 1010C.
The Program Director/Program Chair/Program Coordinator or Internship Placement Office has the discretion to provide override approval as it relates to the waiver of required program/discipline-related courses.
This course is a planned work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/ or practical experiences. Each earned credit of internship requires a minimum of 80 clock hours of work. Multiple credit course. May be repeated for credit, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied. (Internship Fee: $10.00).