Course Descriptions - Health Science

BIO1050 Life Sciences Seminar 1 semester hour
This course will serve as an introduction to either the biology or health science major at Aurora University. Topics include academic, professional and behavioral expectations of students in the sciences, potential career pathways, and tips for college and future success.

BIO1210 Biology of Cells 3 semester hours
This course studies the cell as the basic unit of biology. Topics include structure and roles of biologically important molecules, prokaryote and eukaryote cell structure, concepts of metabolism and energy flow, enzymes, photosynthesis, ATP production, cell reproduction, molecular genetics, and the principles of Mendelian genetics.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO1210Z laboratory section.
Meets General Education “Observation of the Natural World” requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

BIO1210Z Biology of Cells Laboratory 1 semester hour
The laboratory for Biology of Cells will explore the methods and techniques in biology that support the lecture topics of cell and molecular biology.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO1210 lecture section.

BIO1220 Biology of Organisms 3 semester hours
This course studies the levels of the biological hierarchy above the level of the individual organism. Topics include microevolution and natural selection, macroevolution, the history and diversity of life, and ecological principles.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO1220Z laboratory section.

BIO1220Z Biology of Organisms Laboratory 1 semester hour
The laboratory for Biology of Cells will explore the methods and techniques in biology that support the lecture topics of evolution, diversity and ecology.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO1220 lecture section.

BIO2080 Nutrition and Health Promotion 4 semester hours
This course explores all aspects of health (physical, mental, spiritual), with an emphasis on the impact of nutrition on one’s well being. Topics include biochemical, cellular and physiological roles of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals, the body’s response to excess and deficiency of various nutrients, and contemporary issues in nutrition.
Prerequisite: BIO1060 or BIO1210/1210Z.

BIO2280 Microbiology 3 semester hours
This course covers principles and techniques of microbiology. Topics include the structure and life cycles of bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, parasitic worms, characteristics of the major groups of bacteria, bacterial growth and metabolism, microbial genetics and pathogenesis, epidemiology, and selected infectious diseases.
Prerequisite: BIO1210/1210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO2280Z laboratory section.

BIO2280Z Microbiology Laboratory 1 semester hour
Laboratory experiences for Microbiology include microscopy and staining techniques, bacterial culture, control of microbes, and identification of microbes using
metabolic and morphologic characteristics plus selected topics.
Prerequisite: BIO1210/1210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO2280 lecture section.

BIO2400 Genetics 4 semester hours
This course provides an in-depth analysis of both transmission and molecular genetics. Topics include the sources of genetic variation, Mendelian inheritance, chromosomal transmission, DNA structure and function, gene expression, gene mapping, bioinformatics and the interaction between genetics and society.
Prerequisites: MTH1100 or equivalent; BIO1210/1210Z with “C” or better.

BIO2660 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 semester hours
This course is the first of a two-course sequence that provides a detailed study of the relationship between structure and function of the human organism. Topics include physical and chemical principles related to the major organ systems, including integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous and the sensory systems.
Prerequisite: BIO1210/1210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO2660Z laboratory section.

BIO2660Z Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 semester hour
Laboratory experiences for Anatomy and Physiology I will reinforce lecture material through the use of models, dissection and various modes of technology.
Prerequisite: BIO1210/1210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO2660 lecture section.

BIO2670 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 semester hours
This course is the second of a two-course sequence that provides a detailed study of the relationship between structure and function of the human organism. Topics include the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, reproductive and urinary systems, with discussion of acid-base and electrolyte balance.
Prerequisite: BIO2660/2660Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO 2670Z laboratory section.

BIO2670Z Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 semester hour
Laboratory experiences for Anatomy and Physiology II will reinforce lecture material through the use of models, dissection and various modes of technology.
Prerequisite: BIO2660/2660Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Registration in BIO2660 lecture section.

BIO2750 Health Professions Seminar 2 semester hours
This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions, and introduces them to the health care environment. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers, issues affecting healthcare in America, and the economic, political, sociological, psychological, and ethical problems facing healthcare professionals. The various factors that may influence career decisions in the health field will also be discussed. Intended for sophomore-level students.

BIO3050 Pathophysiology 4 semester hours
This course surveys the principles and mechanisms of disease on the cellular and organismal levels. Topics include the immunologic, inflammatory, genetic, nutritional and neoplastic mechanisms of disease, and reviews the major diseases of each organ system. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite: BIO2670/2670Z with a grade of “C” or higher.

BIO3100 Human Physiology 4 semester hours
This course covers the fundamentals of human physiology from a homeostatic perspective, emphasizing the intrinsic and extrinsic control of body systems. Topics include membrane and neuronal physiology, fluid and acid-base balance, energy balance, and temperature control, as well as the physiology of the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiac, immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Prerequisites: BIO1210/1210Z; BIO2300/2300Z.
Highly Recommended: PHY2220; BIO/CHM3550.

BIO3360 Biogerontology 4 semester hours
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the biology of aging in humans and distinguishes pathophysiological conditions from “normal aging.” Topics include theories of aging and how nutrition, exercise, stress, and social interaction affect aging. Students will have the opportunity to conduct service learning projects with older adults at long-term care facilities.
Prerequisites: BIO1060; BIO2650 or BIO2670/2670Z.

BIO/CHM3550 Biochemistry 4 semester hours
This course explores the properties of the four classes of macromolecules and chemical processes important to living organisms. Topics include the structure, properties, function and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, emphasizing enzymology, bioenergetics and metabolic regulation. Research methods and primary literature will be discussed.
Prerequisite: CHM2420/2420Z with a grade of “C” or higher.

BIO/PSC/SOC3700 Politics of Global Health and Medicine 4 semester hours
The course addresses the question of how social and political factors, such as race, nationality or social class, as well as governmental laws, regulations and politics shape and are shaped by individual and population health and well-being around the world. Among other questions, students discuss the impact of structural violence of social inequalities on human suffering and on the access to health care and medical care, including access to medications. The ethicality of medical research is also included in that discussion. Assigned readings and discussions address (1) the determinants of disease and health inequalities between populations and over time; (2) how social and political factors influence medical knowledge, health care and medical care; and 3) what must be done to combat and prevent health inequalities in local, national and global contexts.

BIO3790 ACCA Affiliated Course 2 –4 semester hours
Aurora University in collaboration with the other Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), the Shedd Aquarium, and Morton Arboretum offers a range of courses, including lecture series, laboratory courses and field experiences which enrich our core curriculum. These will be offered as student interests and needs indicate.
Prerequisite: Consent of program chair.

BIO3970 Research in Biology 1–4 semester hours
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to do biological research that has the potential to be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and/or presented at a scientific meeting. Students will accomplish these goals by performing a supervised research project, and attending weekly seminars with their supervising instructor on how to conduct scientific research. A maximum of two semester hours can be used toward graduation.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and program chair.

BIO4985 Senior Capstone in Health Sciences 2 semester hours
This course examines problems and issues at the intersection of the health sciences and society. These problems will be explored through readings, writing, class discussion, group projects and presentations. Students will gather and analyze information from scientific journals, secondary sources and popular literature.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CHM1310 General Chemistry I 3 semester hours
Fundamental principles of chemistry are covered in this course. Topics include atoms and molecules, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonding and geometry, and thermochemistry.
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent registration in MTH1100.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM1310Z.

CHM1310Z General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 semester hour
This course introduces students to basic principles of experimental general chemistry: aqueous reaction chemistry, mass composition, solid state chemistry, ionic and covalent compounds and their reactions, stoichiometric reactions, and molecular structure. Compounds will be analyzed and characterized. Lab reports are required.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM1310.

CHM1320 General Chemistry II 3 semester hours
This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics include chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, solubility, reaction rates, electrochemistry, and spontaneity of reactions.
Prerequisites: CHM1310 and CHM1310 Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM1320Z.

CHM1320Z General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 semester hour
The course introduces students to fundamental concepts, such as acid-base chemistry (pH and titrations), thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and crystallography. Includes characterization of compounds. Lab reports are required.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM1320.

CHM2410 Organic Chemistry I 3 semester hours
This course addresses the fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including
nomenclature, molecular structure, stereochemistry, physical and chemical properties.
Emphasis on chemical bonding and mechanistic studies.
Prerequisites: CHM1320 and CHM1320Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM2410Z.

CHM2410Z Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 semester hour
Laboratory activities will provide integration of experimental techniques, such as extraction, chromatography, isolation of natural compounds, and applications of concepts learned in CHM 2410. Lab reports will be required.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM2410.

CHM2420 Organic Chemistry II 3 semester hours
This course is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics include properties and reactions of aromatics, amines, and carbonyl compounds with emphasis on product synthesis and strategies. Introduction to spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHM2410 and CHM2410Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM2420Z.

CHM2420Z Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 semester hour
Laboratory activities will provide integration of experimental techniques and applications of concepts learned in CHM2420. Introduction to spectroscopy and characterization of compounds. Lab reports will be required.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in CHM2420.

COM1550 Professional Communication 4 semester hours
Students learn principles for effective written and oral communication in professional settings, with significant in-class presentation and out-of-class topical research. Students analyze the needs of divergent audiences and craft messages using technology tools and media appropriate for effective professional communication. The course focuses on the structure and effective delivery of ideas, use of language, supporting evidence, reasoning and emotional appeals, diction, pronunciation and nonverbal communication, and listening. Topics include making effective informative and persuasive presentations, communication ethics, organizational and workplace diversity, interviewing, and conflict management.

MTH2320 General Statistics 4 semester hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will include types of data, frequency distributions and histograms, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, probability, probability distributions including binomial, normal probability and student’s t distributions, standard scores, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and linear regression analysis. This course is open to any student interested in general statistics and it will include applications pertaining to students majoring in athletic training, pre-nursing and business.
Prerequisite: MTH1100 or placement based on AU Mathematics Competency Examination or ACT score.

MTH2700 Statistics for Research 4 semester hours
This course is designed to provide the science student with the requisite background in descriptive and inferential statistics to design and analyze results of research in his/her field. Special emphasis is placed on experimental design, derivations of statistics, and will use applications from the sciences. Topics will include measures of central tendency, measures of variability, probability, the normal distribution, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression, analysis of variance, and multiway factorial design. Students will use a statistical calculator, and be given an introduction to computer software packages applicable to statistical analysis.

PHY2210 General Physics I 3 semester hours
This is the first of a two-course non-calculus sequence in physics intended primarily for students in health science and biology. Mechanics topics covered in the first term include force and motion, work, energy, fluid behavior and waves. Biomedical applications are emphasized in all topics being explored.
Prerequisite: MTH1310 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in PHY2210Z.

PHY2210Z General Physics I Laboratory 1 semester hour
This is a one-semester course that reinforces physics concepts of mechanics by engaging in experiments related to motion, free body diagrams, acceleration, momentum, conservation of energy, circular motion, material properties, fluid flow and waves. Data collection, analysis and presentation are emphasized with scientific practices. Lab reports required.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in PHY2210.

PHY2220 General Physics II 3 semester hours
This is the second of a two-course, non-calculus sequence in physics intended primarily for students in health science and biology. Topics include electrical force and field, circuits, electromagnetism, optics, and electromagnetic radiation. Modern communication and health-related technologies will be used to explore the four fundamental forces that govern the world.
Prerequisites: PHY2210 and PHY2210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in PHY2220Z.

PHY2220 General Physics II Laboratory 1 semester hour
A one semester course that reinforces physics concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics by engaging in experiments related to electric fields, capacitors, circuits, magnetic fields, motors, spectroscopy, and optics. Data collection, analysis and presentation continue to be emphasized scientific practices. Real-world physics connections are explored in researching modern technological and healthcare related instrumentation. Lab reports required.
Prerequisites: PHY2210 and PHY2210Z with a grade of “C” or higher.
Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in PHY2220

PSY1100 General Psychology 4 semester hours
This course addresses the study of psychology as a behavioral science; basic research methods and design, learning, motivation, emotion, perception, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and the social and biological bases of psychology.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY3250 Lifespan Development 4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in either PSY3350 or PSY3360. Psychology majors should not enroll in this course, as this course does not count toward the psychology major.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY3660 Abnormal Psychology 4 semester hours
This course addresses the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of mental disorders in adults (such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders); may include discussion of such topics as stigma, diagnostic interviewing, alternatives to traditional classification schemes, and ethical/legal issues in mental health.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.