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BIOL 1322   Principles of Nutrition (3)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: None. One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
Topics include classes, sources, and functions of nutrients, digestion and absorption, and metabolism with applications to normal and therapeutic nutritional needs. This course is cross-listed as Nutrition 1322. The student may register for either Biology 1322 or Nutrition 1322, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1905015109

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BIOL 1406   Biology for Science Majors I (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
An introductory survey of contemporary biology for students majoring in the sciences. Topics emphasized will include the chemical basis of life, structure and function of cells, energy transformations, and molecular biology and genetics. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2601015103

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BIOL 1407   Biology for Science Majors II (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1406. One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
An introductory survey of current biological concepts for students majoring in the sciences. Emphasis will be placed on topics which include evolution, biological diversity, ecology, and comparative structure and function of organisms. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2601015103

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BIOL 1408   Biology for Non-Science Majors I (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Presentation of biological concepts for the non-science major. Emphasis will be on scientists and their contributions to the science field, scientific problem solving, unity of life including cells and genetic information, energy pathways important to life, and current issues in biology. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2601015103

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BIOL 1409   Biology for Non-Science Majors II (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Presentation of biological concepts for the non-science major. Emphasis will be on current biological concepts pertaining to evolutionary and behavioral adaptations, biological diversity, ecology, form and function of organisms. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2601015103

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BIOL 1411   Introductory Botany (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
This course introduces plant form and function. Topics ranging from the cell through organs are included. Emphasis is on the vascular plants, including the taxonomy and life cycles of major plant divisions. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2603015103

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BIOL 1424   Intermediate Botany (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406 and 1407.
The major plant groups are surveyed. Emphasis is on morphology, physiology, classification, and life cycles. Evolutionary relationships of plants to each other and their economic importance to humans are also covered. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2603015203

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BIOL 2306   Environmental Biology (3)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
The principles of aquatic and terrestrial communities are presented. Emphasis is on the relationship of these principles to the problems facing people in a modern technological society. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0301035101

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BIOL 2389   Academic Cooperative in Biology (3)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Development Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL 0044) or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
this instructional program is designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience in biological/life sciences. In conjunction with class seminars, the student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of living organisms and their systems. (1 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2601015203

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BIOL 2401   Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406 or SCIT 1407.
This course examines cell structure and function, tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Emphasis is on structure, function, and the interrelationships of the human systems. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2607075103

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BIOL 2402   Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 2401.
This is the second course of a two course sequence. Structure and function as related to the human circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, reproductive, and endocrine systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships of these systems. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2607075103

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BIOL 2406   Environmental Biology (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) Developmental Reading 0093 AND Developmental Writing 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND DCCCD Writing score prerequisite requirement.
The principles of aquatic and terrestrial communities are presented. Emphasis is on the relationship of these principles to the problems facing people in a modern technological society. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0301035101

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BIOL 2416   Genetics (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406.
This course focuses on genetics. Topics include Mendelian inheritance, recombinant genetics, the biochemical theory of genetic material, and mutation theory. Plant and animal materials are used to study population genetics, linkage, gene structure and function, and other concepts of heredity. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2608045103

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BIOL 2420   Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406 or SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401.
An overview of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms. Emphasis is placed on applications to humans and techniques used in growing pure cultures of microorganisms on selected media. A brief preview on public health issues is also presented. Designed for non-science majors and allied health students. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2605035103

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BIOL 2421   Microbiology for Science Majors (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406, Biology 1407 and Chemistry 1411.
A study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms. Emphasis is placed on relationships that influence humans: public health, infectious diseases, and immunology, biotechnology, and environmental and industrial applications. Lab experimentation with pure cultures and selected media will be used to study extensively the medical, environmental, and industrial importance of these microbes. Designed for students in science or pre-professional programs. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2605035103

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BIOL 2428   Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (4)
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Biology 1406 and Biology 1407.
For science majors and pre-medical and pre-dental students. Major groups of vertebrates are studied. Emphasis is on morphology and evolutionary relationships. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2607015303

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.

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