NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

BIOL 1000    Life Science     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

The course introduces the breadth of biology from the principles of chemistry to ecology. The production and utilization of biological energy is explored at the cellular and organism level. The principles of inheritance and cellular reproduction are explored at the molecular, cellular level and organism levels. The unity and diversity of life and life processes is emphasized. The laboratory focuses on the techniques required to discover biological principles. Activities are hands-on. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).



BIOL 1001    Biology I     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).



BIOL 1030    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Field Biology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This is a lecture, lab, and field based course in which students will study the biological communities and ecology of the mixed coniferous/deciduous forests, lakes, and wetland ecosystems of the BWCA region. The course culminates with an eight to nine day long field trip to the area. This course is open to all students.



BIOL 1040    Rocky Mountain Field Biology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course considers field characteristics and ecological relationships of Rocky Mountain flora and fauna. It includes principles of plant and animal anatomy, identification, practical (edible, poisonous wild plants and animals) and economic considerations. Students participate in a nine-day field trip in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This course is open to all students. This course will likely and be part of a two or three course package/program and have co-requisite courses.



BIOL 1101    Principles of Biology I     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This is the first course in a two-semester biology sequence. This course introduces students to the concepts of cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, heredity and genetics. This course is intended for students for biological and physical science majors or those planning to enter a professional program. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1061 or Concurrent Registration with Biol 1101.



BIOL 1102    Principles of Biology II     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is the second in the two semester sequence of introductory biology. Topics include principles of evolution, ecology, biodiversity and an introduction to living systems. Utilization of preserved animal specimens is a required part of this course. One semester of college chemistry is recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: BIOL 1101; or BIOL 1001 with instructor permission and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1061



BIOL 1120    Human Biology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This introductory level course provides students with a one semester overview of the structure and function of the human body. The course is open to all students: however, it does not fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement for those who are planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.



BIOL 1130    Human Biology with a Lab     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This introductory level course provides students with a one semester overview of the structure and function of the human body. The course is open to all students: however, it does not fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement for those who are planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. This course has a laboratory experience and fulfills the requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)



BIOL 1160    Global Environment Field Biology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course will introduce students to the ecology and environmental issues of various locations abroad, and present them within the context of the social, cultural and political conditions of that country or region. Students will examine how various cultures and societies approach ecological and environmental problems. The impact of globalization on these issues will be a major focus of the course. Students will travel to the country or region of study to examine first-hand the issues covered in the course.



BIOL 1200    Current Environmental Issues     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines various aspects of natural and human-made ecosystems, human's intervention, and the subsequent impact on society and nature. It emphasizes current problems, values, and projection for the future. The lab involves internet exercises, videos, group discussion, individual and group projects, field trips and other outdoor activities. (3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)



BIOL 1230    Medical Terminology I - Basics     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to introduce students to the Greek and Latin derivatives used to form medical terminology. Students will learn how to build and analyze medical terms. Emphasis will be placed on proper spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation of medical terms. Other topics include: prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, introduction to basic biology, and introduction to body systems.



BIOL 1231    Medical Terminology II - Application     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is a continuation of Biol 1230 Medical Terminology I - Basic. The focus is on applying proper medical terminology in reading medical reports, case histories and using the medical dictionary. Prerequisite: Biol 1230



BIOL 1300    Careers in Biology     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Career choice is based upon your personal values, needs and goals. Through outside speakers, networking and workshops, we will explore the diversity of biology-related careers and industries to match your values and needs. We will learn how to make academic plans that involve course selection and experiences that allow us to achieve our goals. Prerequisite: Biol 1000, 1001 or concurrent enrollment



BIOL 1350    Biology of Women     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is designed to allow students to explore the biological aspects of being female throughout her life cycle from sex cell formation through menopause and aging. Students will also gain an historical perspective of women over the ages including women in science, will be introduced to the nature of science and the scientific method, study the biology of gender differences, gain a multicultural perspective of women's health issues as well as a comprehensive study of female and male reproductive biology. Topics that will be covered include sex cell formation, genetic inheritance, gene expression, sex determination, pregnancy and birth as well as other health issues such pre-menstrual syndrome, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer. This course includes a lab-like experience. The course is open to both male and female students.



BIOL 1360    Biology of Women with a Lab     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is designed to allow students to explore the biological aspects of being female throughout her life cycle from sex cell formation through menopause and aging. Students will also gain an historical perspective of women over the ages including women in science, will be introduced to the nature of science and the scientific method, study the biology of gender differences, gain a multicultural perspective of women's health issues as well as a comprehensive study of female and male reproductive biology. Topics that will be covered include sex cell formation, genetic inheritance, gene expression, sex determination, pregnancy and birth as well as other health issues such pre-menstrual syndrome, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer. The course is open to both male and female students. (3 hours lecture/2 hours lab) NOTE: This course has a lab component that incorporates active learning in a lab setting to support classroom material.



BIOL 1600    Biology of Nature Series     Credits  1         Goal Areas  10     View Course Outline

Explore the natural history of Minnesota! A series of courses on topics as diverse as wetlands, wild flowers, edible plants, predatory birds, prairie ecology, and winter biology are offered throughout the year. These one-credit courses are taught on an introductory level. Each course may be taken for one credit.



BIOL 1610    Field Ecology     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course is a team-taught, field-based introduction to the flora, fauna and biological communities of the woodland, lake, and wetland ecosystems of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. This course is a field experience including observations, hypothesis, predictions, and evaluation of scientific data and results. A three-day trip to a university biological field station provides the venue for this hands-on course which is open to all students.



BIOL 1650    Human Biology Series     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course provides students with an Intensive overview of sophisticated, timely topics in biology related to the human condition. This course is intended for general audiences. The overview will include development of scientific background for understanding the topic historical perspective, significance of the issue in both a societal and a scientific context, and exploration of the scientific processes related to the topic. These courses include a variety of topics of interest to any student. Topics have included: Bioethics, Biology of Alcoholism, Biology of HIV, Biology of Viruses, Emerging Diseases, and other current topics pertaining to human biology. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirement for MnTC Goal area 3. Check web site for each semester's topics. This course is open to all students.



BIOL 1990    Biology Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



BIOL 2020    Animal Biology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course provides a framework for understanding the phylogenetic relationships among the major groups (phyla) of animals. Knowledge of the ecology, morphology, and evolutionary history of the phyla informs the student's understanding of how diverse groups of animals have solved the common problems of existence (e.g., feeding, movement, respiration, and reproduction) and how their solutions have given rise to increasing levels of structural complexity. The laboratory is an integral part of the course; activities are hands-on and require dissection of preserved animals.(3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) Pre-requisite: Biology 1001/1101 and Biology 1002/1102 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the professor.



BIOL 2030    Plant Biology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to plant biology, and is intended for students majoring in biology and related fields. The course includes a survey of the major taxonomic groups of plants, fundamentals of plant anatomy, physiology, reproduction and development, evolution, and systematics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 1001/1101 and Biol 1002/1102 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the professor.



BIOL 2100    Microbiology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is a study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, infection, immunity, human diseases and microbiology of food and water. Laboratory exercises stress detection, isolation and control of microorganisms. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 1001 or 1101 with grade of "C" or better



BIOL 2111    Human Anatomy and Physiology I     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is the first course of a two-course sequence. The course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include anatomical terminology, homeostasis, cell structure and function, histology, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems; integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, special senses and endocrine. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Prerequisite: Biol 1001 or 1101 with grade of "C" or better. Recommendations for student success in this class include: a prior course in medical terminology, college level reading and basic algebra skills



BIOL 2112    Human Anatomy and Physiology II     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is the second course of a two-course sequence. This course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems: circulatory, non-specific and specific defenses, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and early development. Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 2111 with a grade of "C" or better.