Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


BIO 100 Fundamentals of Biology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will examine the characteristics of living things and the diversity of life. Current biological techniques and topics will also be discussed and the social implications of these technologies will be examined. Recommended prerequisite: Minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094.

BIO 101 Cellular Biology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is the beginning course for biology majors and for all other students who plan to take additional biology courses. It satisfies the prerequisite for all other courses in the biology curriculum except BIO 210. Its purpose is to allow students to build a thorough understanding of basic biology by investigating the principles of cell structure, metabolism, genetics, reproduction, development and evolution. Laboratory activities are designed to help students develop investigative ability and basic lab skills needed for continued study of biology, or for employment. Recommended prerequisite: Minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and minimum ACT MATH Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094.

BIO 104 Organismal Biology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is the second course in a two-semester sequence which begins with BIO 101. Students' knowledge of cell biology will be complemented by studies of evolution, biodiversity and the interrelationships of living things. The course is designed for biology majors and for all other students who plan to take higher-level biology courses. Laboratory activities are designed to engage each student actively in the processes of scientific discovery and analysis. Recommended prerequisite: BIO 101 or instructor's permission. Minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094.

BIO 105 Environmental Issues
4-4-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The impact of the individual and human society on our natural environment will be examined and discussed. Historical events, current events and future concerns will be included in relation to each of the potential topics. Technologies that affect our environment both adversely and positively will be discussed. Recommended prerequisite: An introductory science course in biology or chemistry is helpful. Minimum ACT Reading Score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and minimum ACT Math Test Score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094.

BIO 110 Anatomy and Physiology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This one semester course presents a detailed study of structure and function of the eleven (11) human body systems. Emphasis is placed on normal body systems. Laboratory exercises require hands-on experiences with three dimensional models, photomicrography, and virtual anatomy software. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Prerequisite: HCR 118 or BIO 101.

BIO 120 Ecology and Field Biology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a basic course in ecology and field biology which includes ecological principles, environmental history, and current concerns of today's society. The laboratory sessions typically emphasize off-campus field studies of habitats, land use, ecological relationships, etc. Recommended prerequisite: BIO 100 or other college level biology course. Comment: Includes hiking and off-campus trips. Appropriate shoes and clothing recommended.

BIO 121 Field Studies/Environmentl Bio
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to use the out-of-doors as a laboratory for investigating our environment and man's environmental problems. Participants will gain first-hand experience in studying the plants, animals and abiotic environment in southwestern Michigan. Throughout the course participants spend most of their time in the field. The indoor classroom becomes simply a "home base" used when necessary for analyzing data and organizing activities. Comment: Includes extensive fieldwork in all weather. Students should wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking.

BIO 130 Microbiology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a basic microbiology course that introduces students to the principles of microbiology with an emphasis on health career applications. Lecture and discussion sessions present the principles of microbiological morphology, physiology, reproduction and pathology. Laboratory exercises develop standard microbiology lab skills in the identification, culture, control and assay of microorganisms. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of BIO 101 or HCR 118 is REQUIRED.

BIO 201 Genetics
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is recommended for students majoring in biology, pre-medicine, or related fields. It is a survey of modern principles of heredity. Students will investigate the nature of genes, patterns of inheritance and the interactions of heredity and environment. Genetic systems of a variety of living things, including humans, will be studied. Recommended prerequisite: BIO 101.

BIO 210 Human Physiology
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This one-semester course presents the physiological principles which account for the regulation of body functions in humans. Normal physiology in the human is explored by emphasizing the role of cells, tissues and organ systems in maintaining body function. The course uses a lecture and laboratory format to illustrate the concepts of physiology and provide the foundation for further study in the health careers. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of BIO 110 is REQUIRED.

BIO 278 Biology Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) The Biology Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply business competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of a 2.5 in the program and a 2.0 overall. Comment: See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.