BIOL - Biology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • A one-credit hour course to supplement the General Biology (BIOL 1104) course for biology majors only. The focus of this course is to expand on topics discussed during the lecture/laboratory portions of BIOL 1104 and to discuss current topics of interest to biology students. The format of the course is reading and discussion. Each participant will be responsible for being a discussion leader at least once during the semester.
  • This course incorporates a survey of molecular, cellular, and hereditary principles. Topics include the chemistry and physics of cellular activities; the ultrastructure of cells, photosynthesis and cellular metabolism; the structure and function of DNA; recent developments in DNA bio-technology; and hereditary aspects of early embryonic development of plants and animals into complex structures (organogenesis).

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This is a lecture- and lab-based online course that is the first in a two-semester sequence, including laboratory components, that covers the structure and function of the human body. General study covers the organization, covering, support, and movement of the body. Topics include an orientation to the human body, chemistry of life, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and sensory systems.

  • This course focuses on the biology of organisms residing in the sea, from the diversity of planktonic communities to marine megafauna, taking into consideration the ecological principles that govern marine life. The course aims to provide a solid educational background in basic and applied marine biology. Emphasis will be placed on marine environment issues and the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms of organisms that allow them to occupy marine habitats.

  • This course is designed to familiarize students with the sustainable management of New York hardwood forests. Students are introduced to the history of forests and forestry practices in North America and New York State, as well as basic tree biology, silvicultural systems, and forest management. Major emphases are placed on practical management strategies for maintaining and developing wood lots and farm forests for a variety of desired outcomes, including lumber, fuel, aesthetics, erosion control, and wildlife habitat.

  • Each of us is intimately involved with plants. We wear them, ingest them, exchange gas molecules with them, live under them, etc. In this course students will develop knowledge of plant morphology (form) and function that later enhances their lives. Topics include the study of human food, ornamental plants, feed, forestry, and any other use of plants to sustain life on the planet Earth or provide other ecosystem services.

  • This course is the study of the gross and microscopic anatomy of various human systems, emphasizing how structure facilitates function. The areas emphasized are; cells, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and their organs. Various sense organs are investigated in connection with the nervous system.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is intended for students typically in their fourth semester of the two-year biological sciences program. The course is designed to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution and/or enter the workforce. Students are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of preparing and delivering a full-feature (40-45 minute length ) presentation on a given topic within the realm of a biological discipline.

  • A continuation of BIOL 1104 (General Biology I), with emphasis on animal and plant systematics, evolution, and ecology. Laboratory topics include the study of the following mammalian organ systems: digestion, respiration, circulation, homeostasis, reproduction, chemical and nervous control, and musculoskeletal structure and function. Lecture topics include systematics, evolution, ecosystems, and bioenergetics, including human impacts on the environment.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • The second in a two-semester Internet-based course sequence, including laboratory components, that covers the structure and function of the human body.  General issues include the maintenance of the human body, pregnancy, human development and heredity. Topics include the endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immunity, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive body systems.

  • A group of laboratory exercises to aid in the study of human systems and their physiology. The laboratory sessions are designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and functions of cells, tissues and organ systems. The goals of the course are to promote an appreciation for the extraordinary complexity of our bodies; to develop a proficiency in the use of laboratory equipment and the proper handling of materials, and to foster the development of self-sufficiency in the conduct of laboratory experiments and observations.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • An introduction study of human systems and their physiology. Included in the course are examination of how the body normally functions at the cellular, tissue, organ system levels. Topics will include basic chemistry, cell structure and biochemistry, digestion, circulation and blood, immunity, respiration, excretion, nervous integration, senses, endocrine system, and reproduction. Sexually transmitted diseases also will be discussed. Students cannot receive credit for BIOL 2303 if BIOL 1404 or BIOL 1114 is concurrently or previously taken.

  • This course is a continuation of BIOL 1404. It is a study of the gross and microscopic anatomy of various human systems, emphasizing how structure facilitates function. The areas emphasized are the endocrine, respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, urinary, lymphatic, immune, and digestive systems.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • An applied and theoretical technology course which provides instruction and hands-on experiences in the preparation of tissues for microscopic examination by paraffin, and frozen section and smear techniques. Normal and diseased animal and plant tissues will be used to provide the students an opportunity to use a variety of techniques involved in processing tissues. Tissue identification and classification will be discussed as it relates to preparation procedures. Care, maintenance, and use of instrumentation in tissue preparation will be stressed.

  • An introduction to the natural and human ecology of Central American rain forests, coastal habitats, and near-shore environments. Major topics of study include rain forest, mangrove, and coral reef structure and biodiversity, ethnobotany, environmental impacts of plantation monoculture, and models of sustainable agriculture. Ecological principles will be observed in a variety of settings in the highland and lowland forests and coastal environments of Costa Rica.

  • A series of field-oriented laboratory experiences involving analyses of various local ecosystems. Topics to be stressed include identification of organisms, use of environmental monitoring equipment, and collection and interpretation of field data.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is an introduction to the science of ecology and the interrelationship between humans and their environment. The physical environment of the Earth’s climate, geographic and geologic systems, and the cycling of minerals and water are described. The biology of populations, species, ecosystems and biomes section deals with organisms and their interactions with one another and their environment is discussed.

  • Bacteria and their related infections are emphasized along with viruses, rickettsia, fungi, and other disease causing agents. The primary emphasis is the terminology related to microbial agents, clinical diagnosis, laboratory detection, disease and control of microorganisms. Other topics include bacterial reproduction, morphology, structures, nomenclatures, physiology, genetics, diagnostic bacteriologic media and the immune system.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • An introductory course dealing with the ways to handle first aid situations. Included are measures to be taken in treating shock, bleeding, fractures, poisonings, and drug overdoses. Emphasis is placed on preparing individuals to handle common household emergencies, and recognizing and treating cardiac arrest and choking victims. Completion of the course leads to certification in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • A study of disruptions of normal physiology, the processes that bring about these disruptions, and the various ways in which disruptions manifest themselves as symptoms, signs, physical findings, and laboratory findings. The course will explore the pathophysiology of genetic diseases, hypersensitivity and autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, neoplasia, diseases due to physical and chemical agents, disturbances of fluid and electrolyte balance, and endocrine dysfunction.

  • This course requires active participation in the field of Emergency Medical Services (ambulance, rescue squad, hospital, etc.) and permission of the instructor. The fundamentals of emergency medical care are presented in accordance with the New York State EMS Code. Emphasis is placed on the theory and practice of pre-hospital emergency care. Successful completion of the course requires attendance at all sessions and achievement of a passing grade in all evaluation phases as required by the New York State Department of Health.

  • Elective courses for students interested in advanced work in the biological sciences on problems in their special field of interest. Enrollment limited in order to allow each student the opportunity to pursue his/her field of special interest.
  • The course will analyze the biotic and abiotic factors that influence or limit distributions of organisms. Emphasis will be placed on population and community biology, including evolution, genetics, behavior, models of population growth, species interactions and community structure. Metabolic and energy relationships at the ecosystem level also will be explored. Examples will be drawn from all domains and kingdoms of organisms.

  • A survey of microorganisms, their structures, physiology, and identification, with the various medical and non-medical implications in our daily lives. Topics include prokaryotic cell structure and function; biochemical processes; physical and chemical factors that affect cell growth; classification and identification; and physical and chemical methods of control. A major portion of the course deals with the pathogenic properties of microorganisms and the body’s defense mechanisms including the functions of the immune systems.

  • This Internet-based course examines abnormal human physiology in a clinical context, with intent to develop specific intellectual skills related to nursing and other allied health professions. Pathophysiology is considered from a systemic perspective, with emphasis given to cellular abnormalities, disruptions of homeostasis, infectious disease, inflammation, and disorders of the blood, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, renal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems.

  • A study of heredity and the gene from the perspective of the individual, the cell, and the population. The human species will be emphasized along with the recent advances in biotechnology.  Laboratory work includes Drosophila breeding, polymerase chain reaction, and DNA electrophoresis.

    Lab Fee - $13