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Fall 2017 Catalog 
Fall 2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BI 109 - Laboratory for BI 107

Credit Hours: 1.5

A science elective for non-science majors to accompany BI 107, Human Biology. The lab will give students hands-on experience in use of the scientific method and common means of analysis used on the human body. This does not satisfy the lab science requirement for LA Science majors.

Fulfills SUNY General Education -- Natural Sciences.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Scientific Method

  • explain the process of the scientific method; and
  • critically analyze examples of its use.

The cell and organelles

  • recognize an animal cell; and
  • identify the parts of a cell visible in the microscope.

Body organization

  • identify the major body cavities and the organs contained in each; and
  • be able to locate major organs of the integumentary, digestive, nervous, circulatory, muscular, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, and reproductive systems.

Basic Chemistry

  • discuss the role of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids in nutrition and body composition;
  • determine pH using standard chemical tests; and
  • observe changes due to osmosis and diffusion in a lab setting.

Microscopy and Measurements

  • use metric measurement; and
  • use a microscope and identify the function of each part


  • identify representative examples of the four major tissue groups; and
  • name at least two organs and the tissues that comprise them.

Musculoskeletal System

  • name some of the major bones of the body using a model; and
  • identify a few of the major muscles from a dissection.

Nervous System and sense organs

  • locate and describe the functions of the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and diencephalon; and
  • perform some tests that determine functioning of vision, hearing and touch.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

  • name and locate major structures of the heart;
  • trace the pathway of blood through the heart;
  • recognize the cells of the blood under a microscope; and
  • record results of spirometry tests before, during and after exercise.

Digestive System and Nutrition

  • list the organs of the alimentary canal and accessory organs giving their characteristics, location and function;
  • assess personal nutritional patterns; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of good nutrition in overall body health and disease prevention.

Reproductive System

  • describe the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems;
  • discuss the male and female hormones and menstrual cycle; and
  • examine chromosomes and conduct tests on DNA.


Concurrent Registration: BI 107
F/S (C, N, S)