CES 16-15 REV PROG ECOLOGY. revised 4.13.17

March 10, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Biological Sciences


  • Document No: CES 16-15 REV PROG ECOLOGY
  • Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2017
  • Submitting Department: Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Date Reviewed by Department: March 10th, 2016
  • Submission Date: March 24th, 2017
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: March 31st, 2017
  • Contact Person: Robin Scribailo, Interim Head of Biological Sciences

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  • Approval by Faculty Senate: May 5, 2017
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: 4/14/17
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: No


Task: Program/Concentration Change or New Program/Concentration Proposal

  • Program Name(s):Biological Sciences
  • Degree Name(s): B. S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution

Section I: This section is for changes in programs, minors and certificates

  • List the major changes in each program of study, minor or certificate:
    • Change of degree name from B. S. in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology to B. S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution
    • Removal of chose one category under Ecology & Evolution Concentration Required Courses. Reduction in credits in this category from 10-11 to 7. Increase in credits under Ecology & Evolution electives by 3 credits.
    • Addition of new courses BIOL 3XXXX Plant Form and Function, BIOL 4XXXX Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, to the degree (as separate curriculum documents).
    • Addition of existing courses from Westville into the degree (highlighted in yellow).
    • Bioinformatics or other computer courses (with permission of the department) may be used as an option for CIS 20400 for students who have tested out of this course or have equivalent computer background.
    • Removal of Experiential learning requirement.
  • Impact on Students: The changes make the degree more applicable to both campuses and give the students more choices in course offerings.
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only

  • Subject:
  • Justification: 



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BIOL 3XXXX Form and Function of Vascular Plants.

Credit 4.0 Lecture 3.0. Lab. 3.0.

An examination of external and internal characteristics of vascular plants and how these functional attributes impact their survival. Investigations of morphological traits and physiological mechanisms in the context of reproduction, photosynthesis, mechanical support, and mineral uptake and transport. Laboratory sessions include various aspects of plant form and function relationships associated with adaptations to environmental conditions.

Prerequisites: BIOL 10100 AND BIOL 10200 OR permission of instructor; BIOL 24300 AND BIOL 24400 are highly recommended



Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the major groups of vascular plants
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of how plant morphology, anatomy, and physiological mechanisms are related to environmental conditions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how plants sense and respond to different environmental conditions.
  4. Apply that knowledge to environmental issues that impact plant communities.
  • Impact on Students:
  • Impact on University Resources:
  • Impact on other Academic Units:

Plan of Study Revision

Degree Name: B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology & Evolution

Degree Requirements

PNW General Education Core (30 credits)

Core Categories Credits Courses: Enter “Select from list” or designate course(s) from list
English Composition 6 ENGL 10400 and ENGL 10500
Speech Communication 3 COM 11400
Quantitative Reasoning  3  MA 16031
 Natural Sciences 4  CHM 11500
 Technology 3 CIS 20400
Humanities 3 Select from social science core list
Additional credits 4 CHM 11600
General Ed Elective
First-Year Experience (FYE) 1 biol 10700 or BIOL 11400
Total (minimum) 30


Other Required Courses (51 credits)

Chemistry (11 credits)

CHM 25500 3 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 25501 1 Organic Chemistry I Lab.
CHM 25600 3 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 25601 1 Organic Chem. II Lab.
Choose 1 course from the list below based on your study plan 3
CHM 33300 3 Principles of Biochemistry
CHM 32400 3 Environmental Chemistry
Physics (8 credits)
PHYS 22000 4 General Physics I Nat. Sci.
PHYS 22100 4 General Physics II Nat. Sci.
Mathematics, Statistics, & Computer Science (6 credits)
MA 22400 or 16032 3 Intro Analysis II or Calculus for Life Sciences II
STAT 33001 or 30100 3 Biostatistics or Statistics
Humanities & Social Sciences (9 credits) 4
Free Elective (17 credits)


Core: Required Courses (17 credits)

BIOL 10100 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL 10200 Introductory Biology II 4
BIOL 24300 Introductory Cell Biology 4
BIOL 24400 Genetics 4
BIOL 42600 or

BIOL 40700

Senior Capstone 1


Ecology Concentration Required Courses (7 credits)

Subject Code/ Course Number Program Requirements (Course Title) Lab Credit Hours Semester


BIOL 33300 General Ecology X 4 SP BIOL 10100 and 10200
BIOL 58000 Evolution 3 FA BIOL 24400 or 33300 recommended

Choose one of the following courses. Courses that are not chosen (any two of BIOL 30700, BIOL 31600 or BIOL 35700) can be counted as Group B Ecology Concentration Electives.

Subject Code/ Course Number Program Requirements (Course Title) Lab Credit Hours Semester


BIOL 30700 Plant Physiology 3 SP BIOL 10100 and BIOL 10200
BIOL 31600 Basic Microbiology X 4 FA, SP BIOL 10100 and 10200, CHM 11600
1BIOL 35700 Introductory Animal Physiology1 X 4 FA BIOL 10100 and 10200

1 BIOL 35700 may be replaced by BIOL 21400.  BIOL 21300, prerequisite of BIOL 21400, is counted as a free elective course.  BIOL 21400 cannot be counted for Ecology Concentration elective.


Ecology & Evolution Concentration Elective Courses (Minimum 1512 credits)

Choose 9 credits from course in Group A, 3 credits from Group B and an additional 3 credits from either group.

Maximum 3 credits of independent study/ research/ internship/ practicum can be used to fulfill the minimum 12 credit elective Additional credits from this group can be used as free electives.

Subject Code/ Course Number Group A

Program Electives (Course Title)

Lab Credit Hours Pre/Co-requisite Courses
BIOL 40500 or

BIOL 48300

Conservation Biology or Environmental and Conservation Biology  no/yes 3 BIOL 33300
BIOL 32400 Natural History Smoky Mountains 2
BIOL 32500 Natural History of Northwest Indiana 3
BIOL 4XXXX Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL 41200 Climate Change and the Environment 3 BIOL 33300
BIOL 41300 Aquatic Ecology 3 BIOL 33300
BIOL 41400 Invasive Species Ecology 3
BIOL 44200 Ecology of Shallow Lakes 4
BIOL 46000 Herpetology 3
BIOL 46100 or

BIOL 59500

Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 46200 Evolution of Human Mating Systems 3
BIOL 48800 Bio Sci Internship (Ecology Related EXL) 1 to 3
BIOL 48900 Biol Sci Research (Ecology Related EXL) 1 to 3
BIOL 49500 Special Assignments (Ecology Related) 1 to 3
BIOL 51605 Environmental Microbiology X 4 BIOL 22100 or 31600, C- or better
BIOL 58700 Biogeography 3 BIOL 33300
BIOL 58800 Plant Ecology 3 BIOL 30700 or 33300
BIOL 59100 Field Ecology X 4 BIOL 33300 recommended
BIOL 59500 Special Assignments (Ecology Related) Varies
Animal Behavior 3 BIOL 33300 recommended
Microbial Ecology 3
Environmental Microbiology X 4
Ornithology X 4 BIOL 33300 recommended
Wetland Ecology 3 BIOL 33300 recommended
Independent Study Related to Ecology 1 to 3 BIOL 33300
BIOL 59700 Sex and Evolution 3
  BTNY  55500 Aquatic Botany 3


Subject Code/ Course Number Group B

Program Electives (Course Title)

Lab Credit Hours Pre/Co-requisite Courses
BIOL 30700 or


Plant Physiology or Plant Form and Function No/Yes 4 BIOL 10100 and BIOL 10200
BIOL 31600 Basic Microbiology X 4 BIOL 10100, BIOL 10200 and CHM 11600
BIOL 35700 Introductory Animal Physiology X 4 BIOL 10100 and 10200
BIOL 49200 Mycology X 3
BIOL 50700 Molecular Biology 3 BIOL 24300 and BIOL 24400
BIOL 50800 Recombinant DNA Techniques X 3 BIOL 24300 and BIOL 24400
BIOL 51801 Biology Ethical Frontiers 3 BIOL 21300 and BIOL 24400
BIOL 54401 Epigenetics X 3 BIOL 24300 and BIOL 24400
BIOL 59500 Bioinformatics 3

*Availability of elective courses in a particular semester may change. Please consult your advisor or check the biology website for current availability of elective courses.

Total credits required for baccalaureate degree: __120____*

*For degree programs that require an excess of 120 credit hours, provide explanation and attach documentation, if appropriate.