Class Descriptions

All Biology Courses Offered by the North Carolina Community College System. Wake Tech does not offer all of these and course availability may vary by semester depending upon enrollment needs.

BIO-106: Intro to Anatomy/Physiology/Microbiology

This course covers the fundamental and principle concepts of human anatomy and physiology and microbiology. Topics include an introduction to the structure and function of cells, tissues, and human organ systems, and an overview of microbiology, epidemiology, and control of microorganisms. Upon completion, students should be able to identify structures and functions of the human body and describe microorganisms and their significance in health and disease.

Course Prerequisites:
None
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:2
Lab Credits:2
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-110: Principles of Biology

This course provides a survey of fundamental biological principles for non-science majors. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and better understanding of biology as it applies to everyday life. Laboratory exercises are designed to illustrate the basic principles presented in lecture.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take DMA-010 DMA-020 DMA-030 DMA-040(S23170) DMA-050(S23171) ENG-111(S24022); Option: Take DMA-010 DMA-020 DMA-030 DMA-040(S23170) DMA-050(S23171) DRE-098(S23643); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-111: General Biology I

This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. This course is the first in a two-semester series intended for science majors.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take DMA-010 DMA-020 DMA-030 DMA-040(S23170) DMA-050(S23171) ENG-111(S24022); Option: Take DMA-010 DMA-020 DMA-030 DMA-040(S23170) DMA-050(S23171) DRE-098(S23643); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-112: General Biology II

This course is a continuation of BIO 111. Emphasis is placed on organisms, evolution, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of life at the organismal and ecological levels. This course is the second in a two-semester series intended for science majors.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-111(S24020); Take previously. Required.Take BIO-111(S24020); Minimum grade C; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-120: Introductory Botany

This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of plants. Topics include reproduction and development of seed and non-seed plants, levels of organization, form and function of systems, and a survey of major taxa. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of plant form and function, including selected taxa of both seed and non-seed plants. Laboratory exercises are correlated with lecture topics.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) or BIO-111(S13307); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-130: Introductory Zoology

This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of major animal phyla. Emphasis is placed on levels of organization, reproduction and development, comparative systems, and a survey of selected phyla. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of animal form and function including comparative systems of selected groups. The evolutionary relatedness of the organisms studied will be emphasized.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) or BIO-111(S13307); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-140: Environmental Biology

This course introduces environmental processes and the influence of human activities upon them. Topics include ecological concepts, population growth, natural resources, and a focus on current environmental problems from scientific, social, political, and economic perspectives. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of environmental interrelationships and of contemporary environmental issues. Individual actions as part of the solution to regional environmental problems is stressed.

Course Prerequisites:
None
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-140A: Environmental Biology Lab

This course provides a laboratory component to complement BIO 140. Emphasis is placed on laboratory and field experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of environmental interrelationships and of contemporary environmental issues. Environmentally responsible behavior at the individual level is investigated.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-140; Take either previously or concurrently. Required.
Total Credits:1
Class Credits:0
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-145: Ecology

This course provides an introduction to ecological concepts using an ecosystems approach. Topics include energy flow, nutrient cycling, succession, population dynamics, community structure, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of basic ecosystem structure and dynamics. The laboratory component of this course provides an introduction to basic field techniques used in modern ecological research.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) or BIO-111(S13307); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-150: Genetics in Human Affairs

This course describes the importance of genetics in everyday life. Topics include the role of genetics in human development, birth defects, cancer and chemical exposure, and current issues including genetic engineering and fertilization methods. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the relationship of genetics to society today and its possible influence on our future. Through the analysis of current topics in genetics , students will develop skills in reading scientific articles and in compiling information into written an oral communications.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) or BIO-111(S13307); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-155: Nutrition

This course covers the biochemistry of foods and nutrients with consideration of the physiological effects of specialized diets for specific biological needs. Topics include cultural, religious, and economic factors that influence a person's acceptance of food, as well as nutrient requirements of the various life stages. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the functions and sources of nutrients, the mechanisms of digestion, and the nutritional requirements of all age groups.

Course Prerequisites:
Take CHM-090 or CHM-092; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-161: Introduction to Human Biology

This course provides a basic survey of human biology. Emphasis is placed on the basic structure and function of body systems and the medical terminology used to describe normal and pathological states. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology and the appropriate use of medical terminology.

Course Prerequisites:
None
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-163: Basic Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take DRE-098(S23643) CHM-090; Option: Take DRE-098(S23643) CHM-130; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:5
Class Credits:4
Lab Credits:2
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-165: Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first of a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the structure, function, and interrelationship of organ systems with emphasis on the processes which maintain homeostasis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

Course Prerequisites:
Take CHM-090; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-166: Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is the second in a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the structure, function, and interrelationship of organ systems with emphasis on the processes which maintain homeostasis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and the interrelationships of all body systems.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-165; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-168: Anatomy and Physiology I

This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory exercises will include investigation of structural and functional aspects of the indicated organ systems.

Course Prerequisites:
Take DRE-098(S23643); Take previously. Required.Take 1 group; Option: Take CHM-090; Minimum grade C; Option: Take BIO-110(S24019); Option: Take BIO-111(S24020); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-169: Anatomy and Physiology II

This course provides a continuation of the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism, nutrition, acid-base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory exercises will include investigation of structural and functional aspects of the indicated organ systems.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-168(S11555); Take previously. Required.Take BIO-168(S11555); Minimum grade C; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-175: General Microbiology

This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of microorganisms and the disease process as well as aseptic and sterile techniques.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) BIO-111(S13307) BIO-163 BIO-165 or BIO-168(S11555); Take previously. Required.Take BIO-110(S24019) BIO-111(S24020) BIO-163 BIO-165 or BIO-168(S11555); Minimum grade C; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:2
Lab Credits:2
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-230: Entomology

This course covers the biology of insects. Topics include harmful and beneficial insects, their identification, classification, life cycles, behavior, distribution, economic importance, and the methods involved in collection and preservation. Upon completion, students should be able to identify common insects and describe their biology and ecology.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-112(S13261); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-242: Natural Resource Conservation

This course covers the importance of natural resources and their role in our environment. Emphasis is placed on the physical, biological, and ecological principles underlying natural resource conservation with attention to the biological consequences of human impacts. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of natural resource conservation. Local environmental issues dealing with resource conservation are emphasized.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take BIO-112(S13261); Option: Take BIO-140 BIO-140A; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-243: Marine Biology

This course covers the physical and biological components of the marine environment. Topics include major habitats, the diversity of organisms, their biology and ecology, marine productivity, and the use of marine resources by humans. Upon completion, students should be able to identify various marine habitats and organisms and to demonstrate a knowledge of their biology and ecology.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) or BIO-111(S13307); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-250: Genetics

This course covers principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell genetics. Emphasis is placed on the molecular basis of heredity, chromosome structure, patterns of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, evolution, and biotechnological applications. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and describe genetic phenomena and demonstrate knowledge of important genetic principles.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-112(S13261); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-271: Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of human pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. Emphasis is placed on interrelationships among organ systems in deviations from homeostasis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of pathophysiology.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-163 BIO-166 or BIO-169(S16244); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BIO-275: Microbiology

This course covers principles of microbiology and the impact these organisms have on man and the environment. Topics include the various groups of microorganisms, their structure, physiology, genetics, microbial pathogenicity, infectious diseases, immunology, and selected practical applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills including microscopy, aseptic technique, staining, culture methods, and identification of microorganisms.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take BIO-110(S13284); Option: Take BIO-111(S13307); Option: Take BIO-163; Option: Take BIO-165; Option: Take BIO-168(S11555); Take previously. Required.Take BIO-110(S13284) BIO-111(S13307) BIO-163 BIO-165 or BIO-168(S11555); Minimum grade C; Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0