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Bachelor of Science in Biophysical Sciences Courses

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BIOL 121
General Biology I
Biology
4

Philosophy and methods of science, biologic molecules, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, reproduction and molecular biology. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

BIOL 122
General Biology II
Biology
4

Cosmogeny and developmental biology, diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and ecology. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in BIOL 121

BIOL 321
General Microbiology
Biology
4

Viruses and microorganisms: morphology, taxonomy, genetics, physiology, pathogenicity and biodiversity. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in BIOL 122 and CHEM 121

BIOL 421
Immunology
Biology
4

Physiology and genetics of the immune response: serology, cellular mechanisms and signaling, generation of diversity, immune dysfunction and diagnostics. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in BIOL 321

CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
Chemistry
4

Qualitative and quantitative techniques and methods used in chemical experimentation. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab. Prerequisite: math qualification documented by national scores or previous successful math coursework.

CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
Chemistry
4

Synthetic and analytic methods with organic and inorganic compounds. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in CHEM 121

CHEM 221
Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry
4

Carbon-based compounds: separation, purification and analytic principles and applications in biologic and industrial processes. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in CHEM 122

CHEM 222
Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry
4

Carbon-based compounds: synthesis, derivatives and characterization. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in CHEM 221

CHEM 421
Biochemistry
Chemistry
4

Structure, function, analysis and cellular control mechanisms of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in CHEM 222

NSCI 121
Foundations of Scientific Thought
Natural Science
3

Structure, purposes and limitations of the scientific method; experimental design, quality control and significance; effects and control of bias; presuppositions and epistemology in a scientific world.

NSCI 122
History of Science and Religion
Natural Science
3

Historical survey of scientific thought and its cultural impact on Western civilization, especially in terms of the interaction between Christianity and science over the centuries. Particular emphasis centers on diverse views of human flourishing.

Prerequisites: GENE 100

NSCI 221
Science, Theology, and Philosophy
Natural Science
3

Studies on the interrelationships formed between Biblically-based theology and philosophy and scientific development and progress.

Prerequisites: GENE 100

NSCI 222
Cosmology
Natural Science
3

Scientific theories on the origin, state, and physical aspects of the universe in general and the Earth in particular with concentration on research methods, assumptions, and current findings.

Prerequisites: GENE 100

NSCI 321
Origins
Natural Science
3

Evolutionary theory, mechanisms of speciation, and phylogenetic evidence. Includes exploration of various theories pertaining to human origins, strengths and weaknesses of each.

Prerequisites: GENE 100

NSCI 421
Bioethics
Natural Science
3

Historical development and philosophies of bioethics, especially in light of medical life extension and value, costs, in vitro fertilization, eugenics, and genetic modification of the human genome. A Christian perspective of bioethics is presented, including specific focus on the imago Dei.

Prerequisites: GENE 100

NSCI 499
Thesis Research and Writing
Natural Science
3

Capstone course for the Biophysical sciences major which includes and the development of a culminating thesis based on research and a student portfolio developed through the student's academic career.