Academic Programs

Biology

Albertus Magnus College

The Biology major at Albertus Magnus College also offers students opportunities to develop practical experience, through participation in faculty-directed research and career-related internship experiences. Moreover, students interested in earning a teaching certificate in secondary education in biology may follow the approved sequence leading to initial teacher certification offered by our Education Programs Department. The B.S. in biology is the best choice for a major for those planning to teach biology at the secondary level. Students interested in teaching science at the middle school level need a variety of science courses including biology. Please contact our Education Programs Department for additional information.

A major in Biology leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides broad preparation including pre-medical, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental training. Our department gives the student the basic entrance requirements for a variety of U.S. colleges of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Entrance into these colleges is highly competitive. The completion of the degree does not guarantee acceptance. Albertus Magnus graduates have gone on to pursue medical, dental, and veterinary medical degrees.

The Curriculum:

Biology Major (42 Credits)

BI 111 General Biology I

BI 111L General Biology Laboratory I

BI 112 General Biology II

BI 112L General Biology II Laboratory

BI 216 Cell Biology

BI 216L Cell Biology Laboratory

BI 310 Genetics

BI 310L Genetics Laboratory

CH 121 General Chemistry I

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 122 General Chemistry II

CH 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

CH 221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

CH 222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

SC 131 General Physics I

SC 131L General Physics I Laboratory

SC 132 General Physics II

SC 132L General Physics II Laboratory

SC 351 Senior Science Seminar I

SC 352 Senior Science Seminar II Required Correlatives: (10 credits)

MA 120 or MA 121 Pre-Calculus or Calculus

CH 324 Biochemistry

CH 324L Biochemistry Laboratory

SC 302 Internship/Practica Additional electives may be selected from Biology or Chemistry courses.

Biology Minor (20 Credits)

Biology Minor (20 credits) Students wishing to complete a minor in Biology are required to take: BI 111, BI 111L, BI 112, BI 112L, and three additional 200-300 level biology (BI) courses w/labs.

Course Descriptions

BI 111 General Biology I
The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with fundamental principles which govern all organisms. Topics introduced include biological themes illustrated throughout the semester, cell structure and physiology, Darwinian evolution, and genetics. General Education choice, Level A. To be taken in conjunction with BI 111L. Scheduled each fall term. P: High school biology. 3 credits

BI 111L General Biology Laboratory I
BI 111L uses a series of laboratory exercises designed to provide hands-on experience in addressing various biological principals and to introduce the scientific method of experimental design. 1 credit

BI 112 General Biology II
This course is a continuation of General Biology I with the introduction to plant life, and a comparative approach to various organ systems. What is an animal? What are the various modes of nutrition? What evolutionary steps have organisms made to become more efficient at surviving? What organ systems have they exploited? Their physiology, maintenance of homeostasis and the relationships the systems have to each other will be explored. To be taken in conjunction with BI 112L. Scheduled each spring semester. 3 credits

BI 112L General Biology II Laboratory
BI 112L explores the anatomy and physiology of selected organisms through dissection-based activities. One three-hour laboratory period per week. To be taken in conjunction with BI 111 and BI 112 respectively. 1 credit

BI 216 Cell Biology
This course addresses life at the cellular level. Topics include the composition and physiology of major organelles, the mechanisms of energy production, storage and utilization, signal transduction, cancer, cell migration, and adhesion. Offered in fall semester. P: BI 111. 3 credits

BI 216L Cell Biology Laboratory
This course includes exercises employing methods commonly used in studying areas in cell biology. Laboratory techniques include mammalian cell culture, DNA/protein electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, protein expression, and purification. To be taken in conjunction with BI216. 3 hours. 1 credit

BI 310 Genetics
This course is designed to introduce the student to DNA and its roles in the forming of genes, heredity, and the variation of organisms. Mendelian genetics, fundamental molecular genetics, and the genetic basis of evolution are included as well. P: BI 111, BI 112. 3 credits

BI 310L Genetics Laboratory
Laboratory exercises include DNA/protein electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction enzyme analysis, computer-based image analysis, and the manipulation of selected model organisms. To be taken in conjunction with BI 310. 3 hours. 1 credit

CH 121 General Chemistry I
A study of matter and atomic structure, mass-mole relationships, reaction stoichiometry, solution chemistry including redox and precipitation reactions, the Theory of gas laws, electronic structure and the Periodic table of elements, covalent bonding and thermochemistry. General Education choice, Level A. Scheduled each fall semester. P: Background in Mathematics equivalent to Algebra II. 3 credits

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory
Laboratory experiments which correlate with General Chemistry I lecture. General laboratory incorporating qualitative and quantitative techniques such as titrations, filtrations and chromatography will be included. To be taken in conjunction with CH 121. 1 credit

CH 122 General Chemistry II
Course includes studies in liquids, solids and intermolecular bonding, concentration units and colligative properties, chemical kinetics, equilibrium in gaseous systems, acid and bases, acid-base theory and equilibria studies (including buffers and titrations), precipitation equilibria, coordination compounds, spontaneity of reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear reactions (time permitting). Scheduled each fall semester. P: CH 121. 3 credits

CH 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory
Laboratory experiments which correlate with CH 122 lecture. Laboratory experiments include basic analytical techniques: titrations, gravimetry, spectroscopy and electrochemistry. To be taken in conjunction with CH 122. 1 credit

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I
This course focuses on fundamentals of structure and bonding in organic compounds. Study of the structure, properties, preparation, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Includes stereochemistry of organic compounds; nucleophilic substitution reactions. This is a writing intensive (W) course. Scheduled each fall semester. P: CH 121, CH 122. 3 credits

CH 221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Laboratory experiments correlated with Organic Chemistry I lecture. Introduction to various organic laboratory techniques including distillation, reflux, extractions, recrystallization, chromatography, qualitative analysis, and laboratory safety (and related matters). Experiments include paper and thin-layer chromatography, elimination, nucleophilic substitution, and addition reactions. To be taken in conjunction with CH 221. P: CH121, CH121L, CH 122L. 1 credit

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II
Study of the structure, properties, preparation, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds including alkadienes, arenes, organometallics, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, and various other derivative groups. Basic theory of spectroscopic methods NMR, UV, IR and MS will be introduced and spectral interpretation of organic compounds emphasized. Scheduled each spring semester. P: CH 221. 3 credits

CH 222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Laboratory experiments correlated with Organic Chemistry II lecture. Experiments will incorporate spectroscopic analysis (NMR, UV, IR and MS) with synthesis and organic reaction experiments such as oxidation-reduction, esterification, and nucleophilic substitution reactions. Scheduled each spring semester. 3 credits

SC 131 General Physics I
The study of selected topics, e.g., motion, force, work, energy and thermodynamics, using algebra and trigonometry. Laboratory exercises will illustrate these principles. This course is a requirement for students preparing for teaching certification in Biology or Chemistry. P: high school physics, algebra or departmental permission. Offered fall semester of even years. 3 credits

SC 131L General Physics I Laboratory
Offered in conjunction with SC 131, this course illustrates selected topics through handson work. 3 hours. 1 credit

SC 132 General Physics II
The study of the fundamental principles of sound, electricity, magnetism, optics and atomic physics. Laboratory exercises will illustrate these principles. Offered spring semester of odd years. P: SC 131 or departmental permission. 3 credits

SC 132L General Physics II Laboratory
Offered in conjunction with SC 132, this course illustrates selected topics through handson work. 3 hours. 1 credit

SC 351 Senior Science Seminar I
Students examine current research advances by reviewing reports in the scientific literature. Experimental techniques used in the research laboratory are studied in-depth. Course structure involves instruction on the use of literature databases and student presentations. Offered each fall semester. P: Senior status or instructor permission.1 credit

SC 352 Senior Science Seminar II Required Correlatives: (10 credits)
Extension of SC 351. Students focus on a single research area of their choosing, conducting a thorough analysis of the pertinent literature and formulating questions for future study in the field. The student is guided in the preparation of a written research proposal that details an experimental approach to address the identified questions. The course is designed to demonstrate a senior studentís breadth of scientific knowledge and use of the scientific method. Scheduled each spring semester. P: Completion of SC 351 or instructor permission. 1 credit

Take MA 120 Pre-Calculus or MA 121 Calculus I

MA 120 Pre-Calculus
For students who require review and extension of mathematical background before undertaking the more advanced calculus courses. Topics include numbers, functions, graphing, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. Generally offered each spring semester. P: MA 100 or its equivalent or by permission of the Mathematics Program Director. 3 credits

MA 121 Calculus I
Presentation of the fundamental concepts of functions, limits, and differential calculus with an introduction to integral calculus. Techniques and applications of differentiation and calculating areas as limits are explored. Offered each fall semester. P: MA 120 or its equivalent. 4 credits

CH 324 Biochemistry
Study of the structure and function of complex macromolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Intermolecular interactions and regulatory mechanisms that control these interactions will be examined. Cellular metabolism and a quantitative analysis of certain biochemical reactions will also be covered. Scheduled each fall semester. P: BI 111, BI 112, CH 221, and CH 222. BI 216 is strongly recommended.3 credits

CH 324L Biochemistry Laboratory
Offered in conjunction with CH 324. Experimental techniques are aimed at extracting and quantitating nucleic acids and proteins from cells. Purified macromolecules are analyzed using a combination of chromatographic, electrophoretic, and immunobiological methods. Students gain proficiency in operating equipment and instruments commonly found in a biochemical laboratory. The course also includes visits to off-campus sites engaged in advanced and highly specialized biochemical experimentation. 3 hours 1 credit

SC 302 Internship/Practica Additional electives may be selected from Biology or Chemistry courses.
Program of supervised practical experience in an external setting related to studentsí interest. P: Permission of Department Chair 3 - 6 credits

Faculty

Mark Barreuther

Name:Mark Barreuther
Department:Biology/Chemistry/Math Dept.
Title:Professor of Biology
Office:Tagliatela Academic, Room 202
Phone:(203) 773-8583
Email:mbarreuther@albertus.edu

Mark B. Case

Name:Mark B. Case
Department:Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics Dept.
Title:Associate Professor and Mathematics Program Director
Office:Aquinas Hall, Room 302
Phone:(203)-773-8569
Email:mbcase@albertus.edu

Patricia A. Compagnone-Post

Name:Patricia A. Compagnone-Post
Department:Biology/Chemistry/Math Dept.
Title:Professor
Office:Tagliatela, Room 203
Phone:(203) 401-4682
Email:pcpost@albertus.edu

Isaac Hon

Name:Isaac Hon
Department:Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics
Title:Associate Professor
Office:Tagliatela Academic Center, Room 204
Phone:(203) 401-4610
Email:ihon@albertus.edu