Courses for Non-Majors

Listed below are Biology courses designed primarily for non-Biology students. These include required courses for students in the College of Nursing and the Villanova School of Business, courses that fulfill the Core Science requirement in the College of Arts & Sciences, and some internships that can be taken for free elective credit.

For more information on these courses, consult NOVASIS.

BIO 1057 - Intro to Occupational Therapy

Description: Provide an understanding of the practice of Occupational Therapy through observation & readings in an independent study format.
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Credit Hours: 2.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1101 - Biology

Description: General principles, cells and energy, hereditary mechanisms, survey of organisms, evolution and ecological principles. For non-biologists who do not plan a more extensive study of biology. Open to VSB majors.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1181 - Cell Biology and Genetics

Description: The structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; microbial classification; control of microbial growth, principles of disease; pathogenic mechanisms; host defenses. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene organization and function; analysis of patterns of inheritance; recombinant DNA technology; linkage and genetic maps, genetic variation in human populations; inheritance, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disease; cytogenetics; immunogenetics; cancer; developmental genetics. Open to Nursing majors.
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008

BIO 1205 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Description: Basic concepts and laboratory studies of anatomy and physiology with presentation of overall morphology and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Designed primarily for Nursing majors and students interested in allied health professions.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2010, Summer 2010

BIO 1206 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Description: Continuation of Biology 1205. The structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and immune systems. Designed primarily for Nursing majors and students interested in allied health professions.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Summer 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1303 - General Biology II

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Credit Hours: 3.0
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BIO 1505 - Biology for Today

Description: Biology of cells, comparative animal physiology, genetics, reproduction and development, evolutionary biology and ecology. Experimental approaches used by biologists in problem solving. Writing assignments on the interpretation of science presented in the news media. Open to Arts sophomores.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2010, Summer 2010

BIO 1555 - Environmental Science

Description: Fundamentals of ecology; energy use and alternatives for the future; mineral resources; population, food nutrition, hunger; air and water pollution; pesticides; waste disposal; global warming; oil spills.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Spring 2003, Spring 2002, Spring 2001, Summer 1998

BIO 1605 - Heredity & Human Affairs

Description: Genetic variation in humans and human populations including metabolic diseases, chromosomal aberrations and cancer. Genetic aspects of biotechnology, biodiversity and environmental hazards.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Summer 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1625 - How Microbes Rule the World

Description: How microbes benefit humans through the recycling of elements and their uses in food and fuel production, water purification and detoxification of wastes. Microbes as the causative agents of disease and as agents to produce lifesaving cures through biotechnology.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1655 - Human Physiology - Body Works

Description: The principles and mechanisms underlying how the human body functions, with emphasis on physical fitness.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Summer 2011, Summer 2010, Fall 2009, Summer 2009

BIO 1705 - Life in the Sea

Description: Fundamentals of chemical, physical, and geological oceanography and their relationship to the evolution of marine organisms. The biology and ecology of marine algae, invertebrates, fishes and marine mammals. The ecological dynamics of marine habitats including saltmarshes, coral reefs and the deep sea.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Spring 2001

BIO 1785 - Plants and Civilization

Description: Introduction to basic plant structure and function, the roles of plants in ecosystems, and plant-human interactions (including water pollution, agriculture, human nutrition, herbal medicine). Laboratories include experiments that complement topics in lectures.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008

BIO 1885 - Special Themes in Core Biology

Description: A selected theme on some aspect of biology. Topics will be announced for upcoming semester. Specific information will be available in the department office.
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Credit Hours: 4.0
Last Offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2007

BIO 1903 - Internship Elective

Description: Open to BIO and BSC majors.
Prerequisites: (BIO 2105 or HON 1075) and (BIO 2106 or HON 1076)
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Credit Hours: 3.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1906 - Internship Elective

Description: Open to BIO and BSC majors.
Prerequisites: (BIO 2105 or HON 1075) and (BIO 2106 or HON 1076)
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Credit Hours: 6.0
Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

BIO 1909 - Internship Elective

Description: Open to BIO and BSC majors.
Prerequisites: (BIO 2105 or HON 1075) and (BIO 2106 or HON 1076)
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Credit Hours: 9.0
Last Offered: Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004

What We Offer

The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova

The undergraduate Minor in Biology

Villanova's affiliated programs in the Health Professions

Courses for the Core Curriculum in A&S and required courses for Nursing and VSB students Courses for non-biology majors

mentor research

The undergraduate program features advanced course work that provides exposure to the primary literature and research in diverse areas of faculty expertise. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake research with mentors who are teacher-scholars in a variety of biological subdisciplines.

* Faculty Research Interest 2013.pdf
Faculty Research Interests