Biology Courses


BIOL 211 Biology I – Cellular and Molecular Biology – An introduction to the study of living systems illustrated by examples drawn from cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, neurology and developmental biology. (with lab) (4 cr.)

BIOL 212
Biology II – Organismal and Population Biology – Introduction to the study of organisms emphasizing morphology and physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of whole organisms and populations. (with lab) (4 cr.)

BIOL 303 Genetics – Study of the principles of heredity in animals and plants, including the contemporary understanding of genes and gene mechanisms. Laboratory exercises will be used to elucidate genetic principles. (with lab) Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212 (4 cr.)

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology – Designed to explore the biology and molecular regulation of gene expression and other cell functions. Other topics include the nature, control, recombination and rearrangement of genes, gene manipulation, and recombinant DNA techniques.(with lab) Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212 Recommended: CHEM 211, 212 (4 cr.)


CHEM 211 General Chemistry I – A study of the basic principles of chemistry, with an emphasis on the laws of chemical combination, descriptive inorganic chemistry, thermochemistry, the gas, liquid, and solid states of matter, the periodic law, atomic structure and chemical bonding, and the nature of intermolecular forces. (with lab) (4 cr.) Prerequisite: MATH 150 or higher

CHEM 212 General Chemistry II – A continuation of General Chemistry I with emphasis on kinetics, chemical equilibria involving gases, weak acids and bases, and slightly soluble solids, free energy changes, electrochemistry, transition metal chemistry. (with lab) (4 cr.) Prerequisite: CHEM 211

CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I – A detailed study of organic compounds, their synthesis and reactions. An introduction to modern methods of analysis and identification is included. (with lab) (4 cr.) Prerequisite: CHEM 211, CHEM 212

CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II – A continuation of Organic Chemistry I (with lab) (4 cr.) Prerequisites: CHEM 211, CHEM 212, CHEM 311


BICM 405 Biochemistry I – A study of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, metabolism, signaling pathways, transcription, translation, replication, lipids and membranes with an emphasis on the relationship of structure and function. (4 cr.) Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, CHEM 211, 212, 311, 312; PHYS 211, 212, MATH 151

BICM 406 Biochemistry II (Biophysical Chemistry)– This course discusses the concepts of energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, thermodynamics, equilibrium, calorimetry and molecular spectroscopy. There is a focus on the application of physical chemistry concepts and mathematics to biological systems. (4 cr.) Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212; BICH 405, CHEM 211, 212, 311, 312; PHYS 211, 212, MATH 151

BICM 415 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry - These unique courses consist of 2 credit modules, each consisting of 1/2 semester. This format facilitates the student's exposure to a broad range of topics in modern biochemistry and allows for flexibility in elective course selection.
Possible topics include:
Transcription Control of Gene Expression
Biochemistry of Cancer
Organic Mechanisms of Drug Action
Advanced Structural Biology
Biochemistry of Viral Action
Advanced Biochemical Techniques (lab)
Principles of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism
Protein Trafficking
Natural Products Biochemistry
Bio-organic Chemistry

BICM 497 Directed Research – Students will be instructed in laboratory and/or library research on a project currently being studied by one or more faculty members. Prerequisite: Faculty approval. (4 cr.)


PHYS 221 University Physics I (Mechanics) Mechanics is foundational to physics. Topics include: rectilinear and rotational motions of particles and rigid bodies, energy methods, conservation laws, and Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. Pre-requisites: MTH 151 (4 Cr.)

PHYS 222 University Physics II (Materials) - Topics include: materials, oscillations, travelling and standing waves, interference and diffraction, geometric optics, and the Laws of Thermodynamics. The primary objectives of this course are for you to refine your understanding of classical mechanics in the particular and important cases of mechanical oscillations and waves, and for you to study and apply the classical Laws of Thermodynamics. This course includes a laboratory component which is intended to present scientific experimentation as a subject in its own right. Pre-requisites: PHY 221 and MTH 250 (4 Cr.)

In the classroom and in the lab, an emphasis is placed on experimental design, hypothesis formation, and the scientific process. The Biochemistry program at Ave Maria is designed to provide the novice scientist – from their very first experience in the lab – with a hands-on introduction to modern experimental techniques.