Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Biology

BIOL 0080 Life Sciences 3 credits

Provides a broad base of learning related to the total discipline, in that selected biological relationships are used to demonstrate the scope of a rapidly changing science. After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for general biology 1 (BIOL 0110) or any higher numbered biology course, a student may not enroll in or receive credits (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course.

Biology

BIOL 0083 Human Ecology    3 credits

A course for non-majors surveying how humans interact with their environment, especially short-term and long-term effects on the biosphere. After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for general biology 1 (BIOL 0110) or any higher numbered biology course, a student may not enroll in or receive credits (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course.

BIOL 0085 Human Health And Disease   3 credits

A course for non-majors in basic human physiology and disease mechanisms. After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for general biology 1 (BIOL 0110) or any higher numbered biology course, a student may not enroll in or receive credits (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course.

BIOL 0110 General Biology 1       3 credits

A study of structure function and energetics on a cellular level, integrating biological systems and their control mechanisms. Required for all biology majors. A general chemistry or preparation for chemistry course is recommended as a corequisite.

BIOL 0111 General Biology Laboratory 1                1 credit

A laboratory in conjunction with General Biology 1. Corequisite: BIOL 0110.

BIOL 0120 General Biology 2       3 credits

A continuation of General Biology 1. Topic include genetics, growth and development, evolution and ecology. Prerequisite: BIOL 0110.

BIOL 0121 General Biology Laboratory 2                1 credit

A laboratory in conjunction with General Biology 2. Corequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 0350 Genetics         4 credits

An introduction to the field of genetics discussing various patterns of inheritance in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, molecular genetics, laboratory genetic techniques, and genomics. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 0360 Cell Biology   3 credits

A detailed consideration of the structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and viruses. Lecture emphasizes chemical composition of cells, cell metabolism, and the molecular structure and function of major cell organelles. Prerequisites: BIOL 0120 or BIOSC 0160 and CHEM 0112 or 0120. Corequisite: BIOL 0361.

BIOL 0361 Cell Biology Laboratory            1 credit

Laboratory associated with Cell Biology lecture. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 0360.

BIOL 0950 Anatomy And Physiology 1     3 credits

An introductory course in structure and function of the human body designed as a foundation course for nursing students. Emphasis is given to the chemical and cellular organization of the body, as well as the principal systems. Throughout the course, concepts of homeostasis, stress response, metabolic activities, and pathological diseases are continually stressed. The first term covers cell chemistry, cell ultrastructure and physiology, histology, integument, musculoskeletal physiology, nervous system, endocrine system, and sense organs.

BIOL 0951 Anatomy And Physiology Laboratory 1         1 credit

Laboratory associated with Anatomy and Physiology 1 lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 0950

BIOL 0970 Anatomy And Physiology 2     3 credits

The second term of the introductory course in structure and function of the human body for nursing students. The body systems discussed are the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, and reproductive. Prerequisite: BIOL 0950.

BIOL 0971 Anatomy And Physiology Laboratory 2           1 credit

Laboratory associated with Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 0970

BIOL 0980 Medical Microbiology              3 credits

An introduction to basic microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic microorganisms. Designed for students in the Nursing program. Corequisite: BIOL 0981

BIOL 0981 Medical Microbiology Laboratory       1 credit

A lab to accompany Medical Microbiology. Corequisite: BIOL 0980.

BIOL 1110 Biodiversity Conservation      3 credits

Examines the role of humanity in utilizing and protecting the vast variety of species and ecosystems that make up the natural world. In particular, the roles of science, management, policy, and advocacy will be elucidated in the context of strategies designed to conserve the diversity of life. Prerequisites: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1120 Vertebrate Anatomy                 4 credits

A lecture/lab course with heavy emphasis on the anatomy of all mammalian organ systems. The lecture emphasizes human anatomy, and the lab uses extensive dissection of the cat and other mammalian organs. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1125 Animal Physiology     3 credits

Emphasizes homeostatic mechanisms of all mammalian organ systems with emphasis on humans. Prerequisites: BIOL 0120, CHEM 0112.

BIOL 1130 Biology Of Plants        3 credits

Structure, reproduction, and phylogeny of the various groups of autotrophic plants. Consideration of the evolution of these plants through the process of natural selection. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120; Corequisite: BIOL 1230.

BIOL 1132 Population Biology    3 credits

A survey of the genetics and ecology of biological populations from a conceptual and theoretical viewpoint.  Some modeling and simulations will be included. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120

BIOL 1135 Developmental Biology           4 credits

This course will provide an overview of the fundamental principles of animal development, as well as highlight the recent advancements in this field. The material presented will include classical embryology of both invertebrate and vertebrate embryo, as well as more contemporary studies on the cellular mechanisms of axis determination, segmentation, germ layer specification and gastrulation. In addition topics in limb development, cell differentiation, and stem cell biology will be discussed. Course includes a required weekly laboratory where topics will be further explored. Prerequisites: BIOL 0360.

BIOL 1136 Population Genetics      3 credits

An addendum to BIOL 0350 Genetics; describes the genetics of populations and the basic causes of evolutionary changes. Prerequisite: BIOL 0350.

BIOL 1137 Molecular Genetics     3 credits

A general overview of molecular biology in a genetic context focusing on structure and function of biological molecules, particularly DNA, and details and applications of modern genetic techniques. Prerequisite: BIOL 0350.

BIOL 1142 Entomology   4 credits

An introduction to insect structure, function, and classification. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1148 Embryology   4 credits

A survey of reproduction and early developmental events among vertebrates and the final results as demonstrated by human anatomy. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120

BIOL 1158 Plant Diversity And Local Flora             4 credits

A field- and laboratory-oriented course encouraging the morphological, life history, taxonomic, and phylogenetic investigation of the plant kingdom.  Collecting and preserving samples, identifying features, and taxonomic/systematic methods serve as a core for instruction. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1161 Internship      1–15 credits

Applied experience involving an agency outside UPJ. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1165 Evolution        3 credits

A general survey of organic evolution from the molecular to the macroevolutionary level. Historical and current controversies will be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite: BIOL 0350

BIOL 1170 Vertebrate Biology    3 credits

A survey of the biology of vertebrate animals. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1171 Wildlife Management              3 credits

Emphasis on practices and techniques of wildlife management. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1172 Animal Behavior         3 credits

The goal of this course is to learn why animals do the things they do, as well as which questions to ask when investigating animal behavior. Humans are animals too, and the concepts we cover in this class can also serve as tools for understanding human behavior. In this course we will examine how natural selection, learning and cultural transmission shape the natural behaviors of animals. We will seek to understand both the proximate mechanisms underlying behavior and ultimate evolutionary reasons for the existence of a behavior. Course material will be covered in both lectures and in discussions of research papers.

BIOL 1173 Mammalogy  3 credits

Classification, structure, habits, ecology, and distribution of mammals, with emphasis on North American forms. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1175 Ornithology   3 credits

The classification and natural history of birds. Those species living in Pennsylvania will be emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1176 Vertebrate Natural History    4 credits

Natural history of the vertebrates: fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Local species are emphasized. Open to any student who has had one term of biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1177 Vertebrate Histology          3 credits

Microanatomy of the mammal.  Characteristics and identification of normal mammalian tissues, functional interpretation of microstructure and fine structure. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1185 Microbiology    4 credits

A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and fungi. Cell and organism structure and function are discussed. Industrial and medical microbiology and taxonomy of microorganisms are included. Laboratory activities include observation and characterization of representative microorganisms. Prerequisite: BIOL 0360.

BIOL 1186 Immunology      3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the molecular and cellular basis of immune responses in vertebrates. Prerequisite: BIOL 0360.

BIOL 1187 Laboratory Techniques In Molecular Biology   2 credits

This course will expose the student to current laboratory techniques in the field of molecular biology using genetic engineering; hands-on experience in isolation and recombination of DNA will occur. Prerequisite: BIOL 1185.

BIOL 1188 Laboratory Techniques In Immunology             2 credits

The purpose of this course is to expose the student, through discussion and hands-on experimentation, to procedures and principles used in the field of immunology. Prerequisites: BIOL 0361. Corequisite: BIOL 1186.

BIOL 1190 Clinical Microbiology                     6 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1191 Hematology                  6 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1192 Parasitology      2 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1193 Immunology & Serology          2 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1194 Blood Banking & Compatability Test    6 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1195 Mycology       2 credits

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

BIOL 1197 Ecology Of Infectious Disease               3 credits

This course introduces the methodological and conceptual foundations of epidemiological science. Emphasis will be placed upon the links between ecological processes and the prevalence, incidence, and dissemination of emerging infectious diseases. Prerequisites: BIOL 0120. 

BIOL 1199 Introduction To Research Methods     2 credits

Students in this course will identify a research topic in biology, write a literature review, and prepare a research proposal. Students will gain expertise in writing in the scientific style, library research, and experimental design. The course will culminate with oral presentations of student proposals. Prerequisites: BIOL 0120. 

BIOL 1200 Independent Study    1–6 credits

Independent study or internship designed to give the student an opportunity to investigate a particular topic in some depth. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1210 Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory               1 credit

Laboratory associated with Biodiversity Conservation lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1110.

BIOL 1225 Animal Physiology Laboratory              1 credit

Laboratory associated with Animal Physiology lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1125.

BIOL 1230 Biology Of Plants Laboratory     1 credits

Laboratory associated with Biology of Plants lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1130.

BIOL 1231 Field Studies In Ecology           3 credits

The content of this course will vary depending on the instructor and the field site(s) chosen for instruction.  The subject matter of the course will address some aspect of the interaction between species and their habitat conditions. Except for a few lectures, activities will be entirely field-based often including remote field locations.  The field studies may be descriptive or experimental in nature, or both, and may involve a group project, individual projects or both. Prerequisite: BIOL 1515.

BIOL 1270 Vertebrate Biology Laboratory             1 credit

Laboratory associated with Vertebrate Biology lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1170.

BIOL 1271 Wildlife Management Laboratory       1 credit

Laboratory associated with Wildlife Management lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1171.

BIOL 1272 Animal Behavior Laboratory                  1 credit

The study of animal behavior is the study of everything animals do, regardless of whether one is studying single celled organisms, invertebrates, fish, birds or mammals. Animal behavior can be rich and fascinating, with as much capacity for intrigue, deception, and strategizing as any soap opera. The goal of this class is to explore and become familiar with some of the methods used to study and understand development, adaptive function, evolution and physiological control of behavior of vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition, students will design their own animal behavior experiment that can be tested observationally. Intellectual skills to be emphasized include the interpretation of graphs and other data, the critical evolution of the primary literature (i.e. research papers), the formulation of testable hypotheses, simple statistical analyses and writing of scientific reports. Corequisite: BIOL 1172.

BIOL 1273 Mammalogy Laboratory           1 credit

Laboratory associated with Mammalogy lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1173.

BIOL 1275 Ornithology Laboratory            1 credit

Laboratory associated with Ornithology lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1175.

BIOL 1515 General Ecology          3 credits

Energy relationships, nutrient cycling, population dynamics, environmental factors, and human ecology are stressed. Course is required for terrestrial ecology majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1520 Aquatic Ecology           3 credits

An introduction to the animals and plants living in aquatic systems and the processes that control their distribution and abundance. Freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems will be explored. Permission of instructor required if prerequisites are not met. Prerequisite: BIOL 1515, CHEM 0112.

BIOL 1530 Operations And Supply Chain Management   3 credits

This course embodies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues. Reading assignments form the basis for class discussions and study. Occasional outside speakers address specific areas of interest. Prerequisite: BIOL 1515.

BIOL 1531 Seminar In Neurobiology And Behavior           1 credit

An examination of current thinking about the correlation between neural activity and behavior using examples from invertebrate and vertebrate simple systems. The role of single neurons and neural networks in controlling animal behavior will be emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 1125 or PSY 1500.

BIOL 1535 Environmental Philosophy     3 credits

This course covers philosophical aspects of the relationship between humans and their environment, including historical, ethical, and cultural dimensions and emerging concepts. Permission of instructor may replace the prerequisites. Prerequisites: BIOL 0080 or BIOL 0083 or BIOL 0120.

BIOL 1615 General Ecology Laboratory     1 credit

Laboratory associated with General Ecology lecture. Corequisite: BIOL 1515.