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  • BIO 1010

    Concepts in Biology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of life phenomena with focus on macromolecules, cells, inheritance, and the structure and function of bacteria and plants. Lecture and laboratory. This course is not meant for biology majors.
    Prerequisite: None
    Fall/Spring

  • BIO 1020

    Plants and People (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    Fundamentals of growth and development of plants with special reference to the history and social influence of cultivated plants. Designed for the nonscience major. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: None
    Spring

  • BIO 1030

    Conservation (LAB SCI)

    4cr A survey of principles and problems in conservation, the historical and ecological backgrounds to these, and how they have impacted public and private stewardship of natural resources. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips. Prerequisite: None Spring

  • BIO 1040

    Human Anatomy and Physiology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of structure and function of organs and systems of the human body. Lecture and laboratory.
    Fall/Spring

  • BIO 1051

    Phage Hunters II (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    The Phage Hunters II bioinformatics course is a lecture/lab combined course. Research will focus on annotation of a bacteriophage genome using up-to-date bioinformatics tools. Students will compare their bacteriophage genome to other sequenced genomes and look for relationships between their phage and other phages species. Culmination of the project will result in presentation of their findings in a scientific manner.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1110 with a C or higher or instructor permission

  • BIO 1110

    Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    This course is a lecture/lab combined course that provides first-year biology majors with hands-on original research experience. The research focus will reflect the expertise of the faculty member and contribute to ongoing authentic research. The course will cover biological content from molecules, cells, and whole organisms within an evolutionary framework; research skills appropriate to the research focus; the generation and analysis of data; and presentation of the results for the larger scientific community. The content includes topics such as molecular structures and characteristics, cellular components and functions, gene expression, energy capture and transformation, homeostasis, repair, reproduction, and processes of evolution at these scales.
    Prerequisite: This course is intended for Biology Majors. Students can take BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 in any order, but cannot enroll concurrently.

  • BIO 1120

    Organisms, Populations, and Systems (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    This course is a lecture/lab combined course, that provides first-year biology majors with a hands-on original research experience. The research focus will reflect the expertise of the faculty member and contribute to ongoing authentic research. The course will cover biological content from whole organisms, populations, and systems within an evolutionary framework; research skills appropriate to the research focus; the generation and analysis of data; and presentation of the results for the larger scientific community. The content includes topics such as the diversity of biological organisms, organismal structure and physiology, interactions among organisms and their environments, the integration of biological systems, and the processes of evolution at these scales.
    Prerequisite: This course is intended for Biology Majors. Students can take BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 in any order, but cannot enroll concurrently.

  • BIO 2010

    Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    This course, the first in a two-part sequence, is designed to allow the learner to explore foundational concepts of human anatomy and physiology. The course emphasizes the integration of anatomical structure with physiologic function and processes. This course includes a laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1110 with at least a C- or departmental approval

  • BIO 2020

    Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional II (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    This course, the second in a two-part sequence, is designed to allow the learner to explore foundational concepts of human anatomy and physiology, focusing on the selected body systems. The course emphasizes the integration of anatomical structure with physiologic function and processes. This course includes a laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2010 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 2200

    Introduction to Ecology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A field ecology course examining the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms including the physical environment, species interaction, evolutionary adaptations, and behavioral strategies. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120, or ENV 1600 with at least a C- or higher
    Fall

  • BIO 2300

    Cell Biology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A lab-oriented study of subcellular phenomena with emphasis on current techniques necessary for understanding nucleic acids, proteins, and their regulatory roles in living systems. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 with at least a C- or higher
    Fall/Spring

  • BIO 2330

    Vertebrate Field Paleontology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    This is a summer course designed to provide students with firsthand experience of vertebrate paleontology fieldwork in eastern Montana in July. Students will learn about sedimentation, fossils, taphonomy, erosinal and depositional processes, quarrying, making field jackets, collecting stratigraphic and quarry data, microvertebrate site collection, screenwashing, how to use a GPS, and other practical tools of the trade.
    Prerequisite: None
    Summer

  • BIO 2400

    Genetics (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of Mendel's concepts of particulate inheritance, recent advances regarding the physical nature of the hereditary material, and genetic variation in populations. The genetic basis of biological individuality is explored, with emphasis on the molecular basis of genetic variation. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 with at least a C- or higher
    Fall/Spring

  • BIO 2500

    Medical Ethnobotany (NLAB)

    4cr
    A study of the way plant products have been used as drugs to treat disease and modify human physiology in various cultural and historical settings. Lecture.
    Prerequisite: None

  • BIO 2650

    Photographing Nature: Investigating Biodiversity and Conservation (NLAB)

    4cr
    This course introduces the student to the use of digital photography to explore plant and animal species and their habitats. The course begins with instruction in digital photography, and then moves outside where students will focus on organisms, learning to photograph them while exploring their biology. Photography will be used to engage students in making detailed observations and beginning the process of scientific discovery. After learning about species, their ecological interactions, and conservation, students will complete a final project that utilizes visual imagery to educate others about the value of biodiversity, ecology, and/or conservation issues.
    Prerequisite: None

  • BIO 2810

    Geography and Biology of China (NLAB)

    4cr
    Throughout China's history, the relationship between humans and the native plant and animal communities has fueled the growth of civilizations and created new ecological challenges. This course aims to present students with geographical and biological perspectives to help them understand how the Chinese people have been interacting with their environment through time and across a vast country.
    Prerequisite: None

  • BIO 3050

    Plant Physiology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    The scientific study of plants with a focus on how the structure and function of plants enable these organisms to respond dynamically to a wide variety of environments. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2400 with at least a C- or higher.
    Spring

  • BIO 3200

    Aquatic Ecology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of lakes and streams with an emphasis on macroinvertebrates. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2200 with at least a C- or higher
    Fall

  • BIO 3210

    Animal Behavior (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    An examination of the interactions of organisms with their environment, specifically responses to various environmental stimuli. The physiology, development, evolution, and adaptive nature of behaviors, including human behavior, will be addressed. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2200 or ENV 1600 with at least a C- or higher

  • BIO 3300

    Human Anatomical Systems (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    Examination of structure as it relates to the organization of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Includes a study of human structure and its functional adaptation to changing environments. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 or BIO 1040 with at least a C- or higher

  • BIO 3310

    Systemic Physiology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A systemic approach to the study of human physiology. Includes the fundamental regulatory mechanisms associated with homeostatic functions of major body systems. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 2300 or BIO 1040 and BIO 3300 with a C- or higher
    Spring

  • BIO 3320

    Entomology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of the structure, function, life cycles, economic impact, and taxonomic classification and identification of arthropods, with an emphasis on insects. Lecture, laboratory, field trips, and insect collection.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 with a C- or higher
    Fall

  • BIO 3330

    Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A study of structural, functional, and phylogenetic relationships among the chordates, particularly the vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1110 and BIO 1120 with a C- or higher
    Fall

  • BIO 3340

    Microbiology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    An introduction to microorganisms and how microbes interact with their environment, with emphasis on microbial-human interactions. A variety of techniques used in research and clinical microbiology laboratories will be utilized. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 2300 and BIO 2400 with a C- or higher
    Fall

  • BIO 3350

    Parasitology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    A survey of symbiotic relationships in humankind and animals, with emphasis on animal parasites causing harm, and evaluation of humankind's efforts throughout history at combating parasites. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2300 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 4100

    Biostatistics and Experimental Design

    4cr
    An introduction to the techniques necessary to design and carry out original research in biology. Students will focus on the proper use of statistics in analyzing results and how to model an experimental system. Lecture.
    Prerequisites: Junior standing and 16 credits in biology
    Spring

  • BIO 4120

    Senior Seminar in Biology

    4cr
    Students are expected to use the techniques mastered in the Experimental Design course to write and successfully present research results to a broad audience. The course culminates in a completed Senior Thesis. Lecture.
    Prerequisite: BIO 4100 with a C- or higher (This course is typically taken Fall of senior year.)
    Fall

  • BIO 4200

    Advanced Ecology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    An examination of the relationships between organisms in their environments stressing quantitative methods of data collection and analysis and a more thorough examination of the theoretical basis of ecology. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2200 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 4300

    Immunology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    An introduction to the immune system and mechanism of defense in the human body with emphasis on antigen-antibody reactions, roles of immunoglobulins, cellular immunity, allergic reactions, and autoimmune diseases. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisites: BIO 2300 with a C- or higher and BIO 2400 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 4310

    Developmental Biology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    The study of the development from egg and sperm to mature adult of representative organisms. Original scientific literature will be a focal point for the exploration of how a single cell develops into a complex multicellular organism. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2400 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 4320

    Recombinant DNA Technology (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    An introduction to the principles and practices of cloning and analyzing genes with an emphasis on applications and hands-on experience. Lecture and laboratory.
    Prerequisite: BIO 2300 or BIO 2400 or CHM 3010 with a C- or higher

  • BIO 4350

    Dinosaur Evolution and Extinction (LAB SCI)

    4cr
    The lectures in this course present an introduction to the evolution, anatomy, growth, and behavior of dinosaurs, and will promote discussion of the function and evolutionary importance of adaptive changes. The labs will train students in anatomical description and tree thinking.
    Prerequsite: BIO 3330

  • BIO 4500

    Independent Study in Biology

    2-4cr
    A student can conduct an independent study in a topic of interest in biology. It is understood that this course will not duplicate any other course regularly offered in the curriculum, and that the student will work in this course as independently as the instructor believes possible.
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • BIO 4900

    Research in Biology

    1-4cr
    Work on a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Students may enroll for credit more than once, but may not count more than 4 credits toward the major.
    Prerequisite: Selection of a research project and advisor must be approved by the department chair
    Fall/Spring

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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