Biological Sciences

BIOL-130: General Ecology, Credits = 5
Study of the interrelationships of organisms with their environment. General ecological principles are applied to contemporary problems such as pollution, endangered species, energy shortages, and over-population. Field trips and lab exercises support lecture discussions. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly BIO 130.

BIOL-150: Applied Equine Biology, Credits = 3
Focuses on the structure and function of the horse. Topics include units on the skeletal, muscular, digestive, and reproductive systems. Nutrition, health care, emergency aid, and disease prevention will also be discussed. This course does not include a lab. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly BIOL 170.

BIOL-180: Introduction to Conservation, Credits = 5
Introductory course covering the history, philosophical paradigms, central concepts, techniques, and challenges of conserving major natural resources in varied social, economic, and political contexts. A brief introduction of ecology and environmental biology will serve as the foundation for discussion of conservation concepts. This course does not include a lab. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087. Recommended: READ 088.

BIOL-199: Special Topics, Credits = 1 - 5
Special Topics in biology is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics.

BIOL-205: Introduction to Animal Behavior, Credits = 5
Study of the behavior and social organization of a variety of animal groups ranging from insects to primates; analysis of general principles of behavior modes; observation of animal behavior in the field and laboratory. Lab work required. Prerequisites: BIOL& 100, or BIOL& 160, or BIOL& 211, or BIOL 130.

BIOL-221: Systematic Botany (Plant Identification), Credits = 5
Introduction to plant identification with emphasis on plants native to Eastern Washington. Techniques of collection, preservation, mounting, and flora identification through use of plant identification keys will be applied. Basic botany principles related to the structure and function of a typical flowering plant will be introduced. Lab work required. Prerequisite: BIOL& 100 or 211, or AGPR 113, 114 or AGRI 215. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly BIO 221.

BIOL-265: Introduction to Immunology, Credits = 2
Tissues, cells and molecules of immune system, innate immunity and complement, adaptive immunity, cellular and humoral immune responses, cytokines, T-cell activation, the major histocompatibility complex, antibody structure and function, immune system and cancer, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity. This course does not include a lab. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 260 or BIOL& 252, or concurrent enrollment in the WWCC Nursing Program. Formerly BIO 265.