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Biological Sciences

BI 100 Environmental Science (4)
This course covers principles of environmental biology, conservation of the environment, and human ecology. Laboratory and field trips are required. Some swimming, snorkeling, and hiking are involved. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level: None

BI 101 Principles of Biology (4)
This introductory course covers the principles of general biology and such topics as cell biology, genetics, evolution, diversity, and ecology. Laboratory exercises and field trips are required. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level: MA091

BI 103 Marine Biology (4)
This course provides an introduction to the biology of the marine environment. Special emphasis is placed on the marine environment of Micronesia and its importance to island communities. Laboratory exercises and field trips are designed to bring students into contact with local marine organisms and their habitats. Laboratory and field trips are required. Ability to swim is recommended but not required. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level: MA091.

BI 106 Agriculture Science (4)
This course provides an overview of the biology of Agriculture. BI 106 examines; the interdisciplinary role functions; and impact of animal and plant production on humans, on the environment, , and society. Topics will include production fundamentals of food, fiber, and medicinal plants; the production of food animals; integrated pest management ecology; political and socioeconomic issues of agro ecology; biotechnological advances in the discipline; and sustainable agriculture.. Laboratory and field trips are required. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level: MA 091; or permission from the instructor.

BI 120 Human Biology (4)
This course introduces the student to human anatomy and physiology at the biochemical, cellular, microscopic, tissue, and organ levels. Human Biology provides a basic knowledge of the human body systems, and the necessary foundation for more advanced coursework in human anatomy and physiology. Although the course is open to all qualified students, it is especially recommended to those wishing to enter professional health care fields. Prerequisites: English Placement Level: EN 101; Minimum Math placement Level: MA 132; a “C” grade or better in BI 101 or CH 100, or equivalent, or concurrent enrollment in either course.

BI 141 Plant Science (4)
This course introduces students to the study of living plants to illustrate the fundamental principles of plant ecology. Topics will cover cellular organization, photosynthesis, respiration, growth and development, reproduction, mineral nutrition, and water absorption. Laboratory and field trips are required. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level: MA 091 or permission from the instructor.

BI 201 Natural History of the Mariana Islands (4)
This is a natural history survey course covering the geology, ecology, and flora and fauna of the Mariana Islands. Laboratory and field trips are required. As part of the field trips, swimming or hiking maybe required. English Placement Level: EN 093/094; Math Placement Level; MA 091

BI 225 Basic Microbiology (4)
This is a survey course covering the major groups of microorganisms in relation to their classification, characteristics, and medical importance; and introduces students to related topics in immunology and epidemiology. It is intended for students entering the fields of professional health care, although other students may wish to enroll in the course. Laboratory and field trips are required. Prerequisite: is a “C” grade or higher in BI 101 or BI 120; English Placement Level: EN 101; Math Placement Level: None

BI 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
This is the first part of a two-semester course covering human anatomy and physiology at the biochemical, cellular, microscopic, tissue, and organism levels. In this course, all body systems are presented, discussed, and integrated with one another. This course is designed for those entering professional health care fields, although enrollment is open to all students. Laboratory and field trips are required. Prerequisites: BI 101, CH 100 and CH 124. English Placement Level: EN 101; Math Placement Level: per CH 124

BI 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
This is the second part of a two-semester course covering human anatomy and physiology at the biochemical, cellular, microscopic, tissue, and organism levels. This course is designed for those entering professional health care fields, although enrollment is open to all students. Laboratory and field trips are required. Prerequisite: BI 251. English Placement Level: EN 101; Math Placement Level: per CH 124

BI 270 Science Education Practicum (3)
This course is designed to enable students to more fully understand and appreciate the knowledge, skills, rewards and responsibilities of a secondary science classroom teacher so they may make an informed decision regarding which science field and level to follow upon completion of the AS Secondary Education science program at NMC. The course focus is 70 hours of observational practicum with different science teachers at different schools. Other methodologies for this course will include a weekly seminar that will use group and independent study, research and peer teaching. This course includes effective teaching and mentoring, student learning outcomes, assessment, science standards, school-community interaction, professionalism, educational requirements and licensure, legal issues, and challenging in public education. This course is the capstone course for the A.S. degree in Secondary Education, science option. Prerequisites: Completed 30 hours of program degree requirements; English Placement Level: Complete all English requirements for degree; Math Placement Level: Complete all Math requirement for degree.

BI 285 Health Career Practicum (5)
This course is designed to enable students to more fully understand and appreciate the knowledge, skills, rewards and responsibilities of a variety of medical and health careers so they may make an informed decision regarding which career to follow upon completion of the Allied Health Degree program at NMC. The course focus is 160 hours of observational practicum on location at a variety of medical-health career venues. Additional methodologies for this course will include a weekly seminar and will use several approaches including group and independent study, research and peer teaching. The course focuses on health career exploration, educational requirements and licensure, professionalism and leadership development, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities, and individual, collegial and community medical economic and professional issues and obligations. This course is the capstone course for the Allied Health degree. Prerequisites: Completed 30 hours of program degree requirements; English Placement Level: Completed English 101; Math Placement Level: Completed MA 151.

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