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BIO-120 Biology I: The Unity of Life

Emphasizing inquiry and investigation, this course introduces students to the discoveries, both historical and contemporary, that support the unifying theories of modern biological science. Topics considered include the nature and methods of modern biological science; the basis of life in terms of matter, energy, cells, genetics, and reproduction; and the impact of evolution on the unity of life. The course is comprised of lectures, readings, discussions, written assignments, films, and an

BIO-130 Biology II: Diversity of Life

Current and competing hypotheses explaining the origin, development, and maintenance of the Earth's biodiversity are critically evaluated. Employing a phylogenetic approach and emphasizing the Eukaryote, the major lineages of life are surveyed and compared by considering evolutionary trends and the relationships between structure and function within and among lineages. Abiotic and biotic factors, including human activity, influencing populations, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere are

BIO-210 Genetics

This course is a study of the principles of heredity based upon concepts and principles of the gene. Major topics include Mendelian genetics, sex determination and sex linkage, gene mapping, structure and function of DNA, translation, transcription, recombinant DNA technology, chromosome mutations and aberrations, transposons, extra nuclear genomes and quantitative genetics. Problem solving will be emphasized. Three lecture/discussion sections and one three hour laboratory period per week.

BIO-220 Plant Biology

This course is a study of botany based primarily upon morphological and physiological concepts and principles. Major topics include the plant cell; the ontogeny, structure and physiology of plant tissues and organs; and the forms, phylogeny and life cycles of representative plant groups. Three lecture/demonstration sessions and one two-hour laboratory period per week.

BIO-230 Animal Biology and Physiology

This course provides a comparative study of major animal groups within a taxonomic, morphological and physiological framework. Major topics include animal cells, animal tissues, organ systems, animal phylogeny, life cycles and development. Three lecture sessions and one three hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisites: BIO120)

BIO-300 Microbiology

This course explores the nature and diversity of microorganisms by considering their structural, functional, ecological and taxonomic relationships. Major topics include microbial structure and growth, metabolism, environmental and ecological interactions, viruses, genetics and representative prokaryotic groups. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120)

BIO-315 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is part one of a study of the structure and function of the human body. Major topics include the introduction to the human body, cells, tissues and skeletal, muscle, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Three lectures and one three hour lab period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120)

BIO-316 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This course is part two of a study of the structure and function of the human body. Major topics include the autonomic nerves and special senses and endocrine, respiratory, digestive, immune, metabolism, reproductive and urinary systems. Three lectures and one three hour lab period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO316 or instructor consent)

BIO-320 Ecology

This course provides the opportunity to study the inter-relationships between organisms, both plant and animal and their environment. These studies include intraspecies and interspecies relationships. The lab consists of field study techniques, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Thee lecture/discussion sections and one three hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120 and BIO130, Recommended: MAT110).

BIO-330 Cell Biology

This course is a study of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells from a molecular viewpoint. Major topics include molecular cell structure, energy requirements of the cell, membranes and compartments of the cell, nucleus and information of the cell and specialized cellular organelle functions. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. (Recommended prerequisite: BIO120 and BIO210 or instructor consent)

BIO-340 Science Issues and Ethics

This course includes a short introduction to the study of philosophy and ethics, followed by critical analyses of current issues in health and environmental sciences. Ethical discussions are framed in a solid understanding of the science behind each topic. The course will include a variety of formats, including reading and reviewing papers and/or texts, analyzing case studies, and participating in class discussions. (Prerequisite: BIO120 and CHE115).

BIO-350 Medical Terminology

This course will help students learn the components of medical terms. Students will learn the basic elements of words, such as roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining vowels, and combining forms in order to understand, the word's meaning. Students will be able to apply the meaning of the word to an anatomical structure, physiological function or pathology, the course will be mainly online but with several scheduled face-to-face meetings for discussion and examination.

BIO-415 Biology of Aging

This 3 credit course will focus on theories of human aging from a biological perspective. The structural and functional changes that occur during the aging process will be investigated at several levels: molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ system. The symptoms and clinical management of age-related diseases will also be explored. This course is targeted for students interested in the health sciences and is required for the gerontology minor/certification. Prerequisite: BIO120 (preferred)

BIO-430 Immunology

This course provides a comprehensive study of the immune system. Major topics include passive immunity, cell-mediated immunity, humoral immunity, autoimmune diseases, vaccination strategies and other medically relevant topics. (Prerequisite: BIO330)

BIO-440 Human Gross Anatomy

This course is a comprehensive study of human anatomy which includes dissection of a human cadaver. Skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urogenital systems will be covered, and emphasis will be placed on the relatedness of structure and function.

BIO-450 Special Topics in Biology

The topic for this course will vary each semester, chosen from a wide range of current research in biology. Students will read background material, participate in discussions and complete writing assignments as directed by the instructor. This course will meet for one lecture/discussion hour per week. (Prerequisite: BIO120)

BIO-455 Research Proposal

This course provides the foundation for the Research in Biology Course (BIO456). The students will engage in a literature survey of research in the instructor's area of expertise and develop a research proposal consisting of a research hypothesis, a rationale for the work and experimental design. Course will meet one hour per week. (Open to students in the last two years of study and with instructor consent. Students will plan to complete BIO456 in the following semester with the same

BIO-456 Research in Biology

This course offers students an opportunity to do original research in an area of expertise of one of the biology faculty members. When applicable, the research will be followed with presentation of a poster or a paper at a research symposium.

BIO-497 Biology Teaching Assistant

Students enrolled in this course will work with a faculty member to gain teaching experience in biology courses. Activities may include: designing laboratory exercises; working with students in laboratory, classroom and tutoring environment; preparing and delivering lectures; developing course materials; and grading.

BIO-498 Biology Internship

This internship is designed to provide students with a work/educational experience which will help them determine their future educational and occupational goals.

CHE-110 Chemistry in Perspective

Chemistry principles will be developed on a need to know basis within the context of selected societal problems. Class format will encourage students to contribute knowledge from non-scientific fields to expand the base of applicability. This course is especially designed for the non-science major and may not be used for credit in any of the science majors or minors. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week.

CHE-115 General Chemistry I

Systematic introduction to the conceptual and symbolic aspects of chemistry. Critical and quantitative thought as applied to the topics of measurement, formula and equation writing, stoichiometry, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding and molecular geometry, gases, phases and phase changes. Brief introduction to Organic Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisites: High School chemistry and one year of algebra or consent of instructor)

CHE-116 General Chemistry II

Continuation of General Chemistry 1. Solutions and Colligative Properties, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Qualitative Analysis, Kinetics, Reduction, Oxidation, Nuclear Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE115)

CHE-141 Household Chemistry

A general education course emphasizing applications of chemistry to daily living. Topics range from baking to medications, from cleaning to cosmetics and from secrets under the sink to close encounters with clothing. Hands-on lab activities supplement the topics. (Prerequisites: A high school chemistry course and access to a kitchen and basic utensils)

CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I

This course is an introductory study of organic compounds using a functional group approach and stressing basic principles. Topics covered include the covalence of carbon, isomerism, stereoisomerism and the structure, properties, nomenclature and reactions of the common functional groups. The determination of molecular structure is introduced.

CHE-222 Organic Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics covered include additional functional group chemistry, reaction mechanisms, heterocyclic compounds, proteins, lipids and synthetic macromolecules. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.

CHE-230 Environmental Chemistry

This course considers the chemistry of earth's natural environment: air, water, and soil. Systems will be examined to contrast their natural chemistries with potential environmental pollution effects. Three lectures per week and several field trips are taken to various laboratories. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

CHE-326 Analytical Chemistry I

Introduction to the wet and instrumental techniques of analytical chemistry. Emphasis on Gravimetric and Volumetric Analysis, Statistical Evaluation of Data and Quality Assurance. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one four-hour laboratory period per week.

CHE-328 Biochemistry

Molecular determinants of structure and function of biomolecules. Biological processes at the molecular level. Enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, and metabolism. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one laboratory period (180 minutes) per week. (Prerequisite: CHE321)

CHE-431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Introduction to ligand field theory, group theory, organometallics, and catalysis. This lecture course will provide students with an introductory look at appropriate molecular theories and related descriptive chemistry. (Prerequisites: CHE115, CHE116, CHE321, CHE326, MAT135, MAT255, PHS221, PHS222, or permission of instructor.)

CHE-456 Chemistry Research

This course offers students an opportunity to do original research in an area of expertise of one of the chemistry faculty members. When applicable, the research will be followed with presentation of a paper at an undergraduate research conferences and submission of a paper for publication. Two to three hours of laboratory and/or library work per credit per week.

CHE-498 Chemistry Internship

The internship is designed to provide students with a work/educational experience that may help determine future educational and occupational goals.

CSC-301 Programming & Problem Solving

This course emphasizes structured programming and problem solving techniques as implemented in a high level language. Topics include input and output procedures, control structures and boolean expressions, functions and procedures with parameters, recursion, looping techniques and data structures. (Prerequisite: MAT125 or equivalent)

ENV-120 Intro to Envrionmental Science

This course is designed to introduce students to environmental science. Course topics will include factors influencing the quality of the environment, ecological principles and relationships, and their relationship to population growth, pollution, resource allocation and depletion, conservation, and technology. The course will make use of the Concordia University Natural Science Research Station as an outdoor laboratory.

ESC-120 Observational Geology

This course emphasizes the observational nature of geology. Observations are made of sites near campus and sites more distant from campus. Observations are made of Minnesota's rocks and minerals and evidence of water, glacial, volcanic and earthquake activity in Minnesota's history. The course considers terms and concepts of geology, with special emphasis on use of the Internet and current geology literature. Observations result in being able to discover the history of each Minnesota site.

ESC-160 Earth Science

This introductory course covers the areas of geology, meteorology and astronomy. Knowledge is gained from the text, supplementary sources, class sessions, field work and by use of geology, meteorology and astronomy equipment. A great variety of supplementary aids, including the use of web sites, enhance the course. Three lectures and one two hour laboratory per week.

ITM-312 Harnessing Personal Innovation Available online

Utilize reflective tools and course feedback to examine individual strengths and opportunities for growth as a writer and communicator. Harness this self-awareness to develop a personalized strategic plan that clarifies each student�s unique ability to collaborate on teams and innovate for the organization. Begin comparing the effectiveness and efficiency of various electronic and face to face communication strategies amidst a contemporary exploration of technology�s global impact on business.

ITM-325 Bus Mgmt for Information Tech Available online

Conduct an in-depth examination of the characteristics of a business and the circumstances that affect their success. Explore varying activities and styles of managers within organizations to develop an effective personal style for managing technology as a business-savvy professional. Study ways to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of application development and operations management teams. Topics include managing change, compliance, finances, marketing, business intelligence, and

ITM-342 Project & Lifecycle Mgmt Available online

Channel effective project management skills to innovate and deliver on business strategy. Utilize a project management simulation to study planning, scheduling, and tracking techniques for effective project management. Apply learning to a draft of the following deliverables for the student�s own Applied Research Project: 1) project scope/charter, 2) work breakdown structure, 3) cost-benefit analysis, 4) project schedule, 5) risk register, and 6) quality management plan. Identify the

ITM-351 Bridging the Techology-Bus Gap Available online

Compare technical to non-technical staff in studying ways to build collaborative effectiveness for the business. Investigate sources of power from the local to global setting to better understand how power can be lost or gained within an organization. Empower each employee with defined outcomes and the right organizational fit. Utilize collaborative software tools to practice communicating virtually across diverse settings and maximize teamwork to deliver on business strategy.

ITM-410 Bus Driven Info Systems & Sec Available online

Analyze how information systems are designed to interact with people and carry out business strategy. Analysis will include a study of enterprise-wide applications, coupled with a discussion of the infrastructure necessary to support these applications. Implications for security and privacy are key threads discussed throughout the module. Topics include business continuity and disaster recovery, virtualization, and the effects of compliance on infrastructure development (e.g. HIPPA, SOX, GLBA).

ITM-420 Applied Syst Analysis & Design Available online

Study all phases of the project lifecycle with an emphasis on creating a first draft for the Planning and Analysis phases of the student�s Applied Research Project. Utilize contemporary case studies such as mobile applications development to compare software and infrastructure development methodologies such as the Systems Development Lifecycle and Agile Methods. Create a common understanding of project requirements by interviewing key stakeholders and diagramming to communicate process

ITM-421 Bus Strategy & Tech Innovation Available online

Examine strategies that businesses use to be competitive in the marketplace. Determine how tactical strategies for technology support the business strategy. Practice working in teams to develop techniques for innovation management of technologies.

ITM-425 Data Mgmt for Intelligent Bus Available online

Use business strategy and data-based applications as a foundation for making intelligent business decisions. Utilize a database tool to create a prototype for output that meets real-life business outcomes. Practice working individually and in teams to learn the normalization process, minimizing the potential for losing customers through redundant, inaccurate data. Study the Structured Query Language (SQL), data warehouse team-building, de-normalization, and data-mining for faster access to

ITM-435 Business Ethics for Inf Tech Available online

The conduct of technical and business professionals is considered from a moral and ethical perspective. Students develop their capability and depth as a reflective practitioner by using a rich framework for processing ethical decisions. A rare opportunity is provided to prepare a personal moral and ethical statement as a foundation for future decision-making.

ITM-440 Applied Research Project Available online

This seminar helps students complete a synthesis project integrating business and technology knowledge gained through the Innovation and Technology Management (ITM) program coursework. The project addresses actual worksite needs, both human and technical. A problem or need is selected and a proposal to solve the problem or meet the need is prepared. A thorough analysis is conducted including cost-benefit, requirements gathering, options analysis, and measured success to address a business need.

KHS-473 Biomechanics Available online

This course examines the physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone construction, muscle contraction, ligament, and tendon plasticity and elasticity. Sport implement mechanics and the mechanics of environmental conditions (e.g. friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Sport performance issues will also be analyzed for mechanical efficiency.

MAT-110 Intro Probability & Statistics Available online

This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or level 3 placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

MAT-125 Precalculus

This course emphasizes functions and their applications. It starts with investigating graphs and solutions of the algebraic functions including polynomial, rational, and root functions. The course continues by exploring transcendental functions including exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. The course concludes with a study of conic sections. The course is a good preparation for Calculus and for those students who will encounter functions in their course of study.

MAT-135 Calculus I

This course explores the concepts of limit and continuity, investigates techniques of differentiation and its applications, introduces integration, and provides the framework for the Fundamental Theorem. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT125 or level 4 placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

MAT-145 Calculus II

This course is a continuation of MAT135. Topics covered include techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, sequences and series and applications of these concepts. Other topics include parametric equations, polar equations, and conic sections. Students will be introduced to a computer algebra system. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT135 or equivalent)

MAT-220 Discrete Mathematics

This course serves as an introduction to formal proofs and is prerequisite for several upper level math courses. Additional topics covered include logic, set theory, function and relations. (Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT135 or consent of instructor)

MAT-230 Probability and Statistics

This is an introductory probability and statistics course designed primarily for math and science students with a Calculus background. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. (Prerequisite: MAT135)

MAT-255 Calculus III

This course is a continuation of MAT145. Topics covered include analytic geometry in three-dimensional space, vector calculus, partial differentiation, multiple integration, the Fundamental Theorems, and related applications. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT145)

MAT-305 Foundations of Geometry

This course provides a systematic survey of Euclidean, hyperbolic, transformation, and fractal geometries. Through the use of technology, the students are better enabled to construct, analyze, and prove conjectures. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT135)

MAT-310 Linear Algebra

This course introduces algebraic techniques in vector space. Topics include systems of linear equations, matrices, vector spaces, inner products, linear transformations, and the eigenvalue problem. (Prerequisite: MAT145 or consent of instructor)

MAT-365 Differential Equations

The theory, solutions, techniques, and applications of ordinary differential equations will be discussed. A computer algebra system will be utilized to enhance the experience. Topics include first-order equations, higher order linear equations, and some numerical methods.

MAT-450 Abstract Algebra

This course is a rigorous introduction to abstract algebra. Topics include mappings, groups, equivalence relations, isomorphisms, rings, and fields. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT220)

MAT-460 Foundations of Analysis

This course is a formal treatment of functions of a real variable. It covers the topology of the real line, sequences and series, and classic results in continuity, differentiation, and integration. (Prerequisite: MAT145 and MAT220)

MAT-478 Mathematics Seminar

Students in this seminar will explore a variety of exciting mathematics problems. The course will be offered every spring but the topic will vary depending on the interests of the faculty member and the students. Students will sharpen their mathematical abilities by exploring an assortment of problem-solving strategies and clearly presenting generalized solutions. The opened-ended course number allows for more than one such experience. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT220 or

MAT-488 Independent Study

There are a plethora of topics in mathematics an advanced student could explore such as Difference Equations, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Chaos Theory, Optimization, Operations Research, or Cryptography to name a few. The opened ended course number allows for more than one such experience. The student will work with a faculty mentor to choose an appropriate course, number of credits, and assessment scheme.

MAT-498 Mathematics Internship

An exemplary real-world experience which allows for a deeper understanding of the mathematics used in a student's field of interest.

PHS-221 General Physics I (Calc Based)

This calculus-based course deals with the areas of mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Physics' concepts related to these topics are presented, applied to practical situations, and measured and analyzed in the laboratory setting. Students make use of the computer as a tutorial aid, use a great variety of laboratory equipment (including sensors along with the computer) to procure and analyze data, and use selected software to demonstrate physics' concepts and model practical

PHS-222 General Physics II-Calc Based

This calculus-based course deals with the areas of electricity and magnetism, light and optics and modern physics. Physics' concepts related to these topics are presented, applied to practical situations, and measured and analyzed in the laboratory setting. Students make use of the computer as a tutorial aid, use a great variety of laboratory equipment (including sensors along with the computer) to procure and analyze data, and use selected software to demonstrate physics' concepts and model

PSY-310 Physiological Psychology

This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of brain and nervous system physiology. The focus will be on how the nervous system governs behavioral and cognitive processes. Functional and dysfunctional physiology and what this tells us about maladaptive behaviors will also be discussed. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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