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Biological Sciences

New Undergraduate Courses

This page provides information about courses to be offered in upcoming semesters that are either new courses, not yet in the Undergraduate Catalog, or courses for which the topic changes each time it is taught.

New undergraduate courses are taught as sections of BIOL 190 or BIOL 490. BIOL 190 is a non-majors freshman biology course with a lab, which is being offered for the first time in fall 2021. Different sections of BIOL 490 are usually entirely different 400-level courses taught by different faculty.

For information on new graduate courses, please click here.

Fall 2021

Fundamentals of Biology – 37479 or 37480 – BIOL 190 - 01A or 02A

Credit hours: 4.0
Lecture: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 – 9:50 AM (Face to Face).
Thursday 12:00 – 1:50 PM or 2:00 – 3:50 PM (Face to Face).
Pre-requisite: None. Students must not be a Biology major or minor.
Instructor: Dr. Maurina Aranda

This non-major biology course will serve as an introduction to basic biology concepts, including cell theory, genetics, systems biology, and evolution. Students will apply these concepts and learn how they are relevant to them, their communities, and the world. These topics will also allow students to learn about viewpoints and ideas that may differ from their own and make informed decisions about scientific topics in the world. Topics will be reinforced in lab where students will practice inquiry-based and knowledge-building laboratory activities. This course will satisfy a life science with a lab course requirement for non-majors.  

For more information about this course, please contact  Dr. Aranda.

Vertebrate Natural History – 37488 – BIOL 490 – 02A

Credit hours: 4.0
Lecture: Tues/Thurs 12:30 – 1:45 PM.  HYFLEX (some content will be delivered online).
Tues 9:00 - 11:50 AM.
Pre-requisite: BIOL 220 with C or better; or Graduate Status
Instructor: Dr. Rick Essner

This course will examine ecology, evolution, diversity, behavior, and paleontology of major vertebrate groups, including extinct forms. Labs focus on the diversity of Illinois vertebrates. Satisfies a DIV or MPD elective requirement for biology degree concentrations.  It is available for graduate credit.

For more information about this course, please contact  Dr. Essner.


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