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function, and preservation of life, from the smallest cell to the largest ecosystem. Students with a degree in Biology can continue their education to pursue careers in research or medicine, or students can gain employment in industry, non-profit organizations, or government agencies with their knowledge of the biological sciences. Students with a degree in Freshwater and Marine Biology can continue their education or gain employment in fields dedicated to understanding, monitoring, and restoring water resources and the organisms that inhabit them. Students who complete their degree in Biology-Secondary Education can pursue a career teaching biology in secondary schools.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Courses numbered BIOL 101 - BIOL 118, BIOL 140, and BIOL 191 may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a Biology major. BIOL 100: First-Year Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Biology The First-Year Seminar serves the new student as an introduction to Gannon University through a unique and challenging learning experience. While each section of the First-Year Seminar course focuses on different content, each has as its intentions: the forging of the relationship between the new student and the Gannon community, the development of the integration of the academic, social, personal, and spiritual aspects of each student’s life, and the animation of the tenets of Catholic social teaching in daily life and work. In addition to the general goals inherent in each First Year seminar, BIOL 100 provides the student with the opportunity to examine the process of scientific reasoning and analysis, to review career options in the field of biology, to consider how one can merge the philosophies of science and the humanities, and how one can reconcile the empirical disciplines of the sciences with the spiritual aspects of faith based learning. 2 credits, Fall BIOL 101: General Biology This course is for the nonbiology major dealing with general biological principles and brief surveys of the plant and animal world including some laboratory exercises and demonstrations. 3 credits, Fall BIOL 103: Environmental Issues This course is a study of our environment and some of the interactions between humans and their surroundings. The course analyzes through an interdisciplinary approach how humans and their social institutions interact with physical and biological systems of the environment. The course surveys the most urgent environmental health problems facing humanity today. 3 credits, Fall, Spring BIOL 104: Human Biology This course is designed to introduce students to some of the many complex, yet fascinating, processes of the human body. The course begins with a review of basic principles of chemistry. This introduction is followed by a limited discussion of cellular structure and metabolism. Subsequently, the basic structure and functions of selected organ systems are discussed. The course introduces students to some of the newer advances in medical and research technologies that are impacting our society, e.g. cloning, recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering, stem cell research, and gene therapy. Students will also learn about the influences of globalization on human health. 3 credits, Fall, Spring BIOL 105: Human Biology Lab Lab exercises complement topics in BIOL 104. Concurrent with BIOL 104.

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BIOL 106: Introductory Microbiology This course covers basic morphological and behavioral characteristics of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, prions, viruses, and protozoa) predominately associated with humans. Topics expand over microbial affiliations with different diseases, epidemiology, pathology and

2017 2018 Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog  
2017 2018 Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog