Chatham University

Biology Curriculum

Major Requirements (B.S. Degree)
19 courses, including:
BIO 143
The Cell
3 Credits
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours lecture per week.
BIO 143L
The Cell Laboratory
1 Credits
Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO143.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 144
The Organism
3 Credits
This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of lecture per week.
BIO 144L
The Organism Laboratory
1 Credits
Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO144. Two hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO144.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.
BIO 417
Genetics
5 Credits
Genetics laboratory consisting of investigation in molecular genetics, genomics, and classical and population genetics. Both computer and wet lab techniques will be employed. Five hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO 417
BIO 431
Advanced Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
3 Credits
An advanced course for the junior or senior science major. Topics include genes and genomes, transcription, translation, the control of gene expression by prokaryotes and eukaryotes, DNA synthesis and repair and cell signaling. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 231, or permission of the instructor.

Co-requisite: BIO 340. Recommended: BIO 317, CHM 205, or CHM 338.
BIO 417L
Genetics Laboratory
2 Credits
Genetics laboratory consisting of investigation in molecular genetics, genomics, and classical and population genetics. Both computer and wet lab techniques will be employed. Five hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO 417
BIO 440
Biochemistry, Cell, & Melecular Bio Lab
2 Credits
An advanced laboratory course for junior or senior science majors who wish to gain theoretical and practical experience with the techniques and equipment commonly used in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Topics include PCR, electrophoresis, enzyme kinetics, aseptic cell and tissue culture, cell surface receptors, and molecular modeling. Five-hour laboratory with one-hour pre-lab lecture each week. Cross-listed as CHM 340.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 231 or BIO 438, or Co-requisite BIO 331, or permission of the instructor.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 498
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
BIO 499
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
CHM 105
General Chemistry
3 Credits
This course covers the same material as Chemistry 107 below, but is specifically structured for students who have had little or no previous chemistry experience, or who need extra help with algebraic problem solving. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 107
Chemistry I
3 Credits
This course begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 108
Chemistry II
3 Credits
The second semester of general chemistry continues exploring the structure, properties, and bonding of atoms and molecules, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 105 or 107. Co-requisite: CHM 110.
CHM 109
Chemistry I Laboratory
1 Credits
Introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with the lectures in Chemistry 105 and Chemistry 107. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 105 or 107.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 110
Chemistry II Laboratory
1 Credits
Continued introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with lectures in Chemistry 108. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 108.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 205
Organic Chemistry I
3 Credits
Development of the structural theory of organic compounds. Relationship of structure to reactivity, stereochemistry, types of organic reactive intermediates, and the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, and aromatic compounds are covered. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 108 and 110; Co-requisite: CHM 215.
CHM 215
Elementary Organic Laboratory
2 Credits
Basic manipulative skills, including introduction to several chromatographic techniques, are followed by chemistry of alkenes and aromatic compounds. Four hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
IND 350
Scientific Research Methods
2 Credits
No description available.
MTH 110
Elementary Statistics
3 Credits
Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college-preparatory mathematics.
MTH 151
Calculus I
4 Credits
This is the first course in the calculus sequence. Topics include differential and integral calculus for algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications. Three hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 105 and 106, or MTH 108, or equivalent.
  • 3 additional courses selected from PSY 230 and the biology courses numbered 200 or above; at least 2 of these must have a laboratory component.
  • 2 additional courses selected from the offerings in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, and physics.