Biological Sciences

  • A student examining a plastic human skull in biology class.
  • A student using a microscope in Biology class.

The FSCC Biology Department offers you a variety of classes to assist you with the start of your educational goals. Class sizes are small to allow more opportunity for instructor and student interaction.


Suggested curriculum for biology

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Prepare for a degree in biological sciences

Classes you can take while you are here at FSCC to prepare for your degree in the biological sciences include:

  • Principles of Biology I
  • Chemistry I
  • Principles of Biology II
  • Chemistry II
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics I
  • Microbiology
  • Physics II
  • Ecology
  • College Algebra and/or Calculus

Biological Science Courses Offered

BIO 1215 General Biology (non majors course) 5 hrs
BIO 1245 Microbiology 5 hrs
BIO 1255 Anatomy & Physiology 5 hrs
BIO 1225 Principles of Biology I 5 hrs +
BIO 1235 Principles of Biology II 5 hrs#
BIO 2323 Ecology 3 hrs*
BIO 2713 Field Ecology 3 hrs*
BIO 2312 Wildflowers of Kansas 2 hrs*

*Offered on demand only       +Fall course only       #Spring course only

Brief Course Descriptions

  • BIO 1215 General Biology, 5 hours
    This course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of lab. It is an introduction to the study of living things, including the nature of science, levels of organization and properties of life, bioenergetics, reproduction, genetics, evolution, classification and ecological/environmental principles.

  • BIO 1245 Microbiology, 5 hours
    This course, consisting of three hours lecture & three hours lab, is an introduction to characteristics of microorganisms & methods of studying & controlling them. Prerequisite: General Biology (or BIO 1225) and General Chemistry (or a dedicated chemistry class) taken within the last ten years, both with a grade of C or higher.

  • BIO 1255 Anatomy & Physiology, 5 hours
    Integrated study of structure & functions of the human body. 3 hours lecture/3 hours lab. Prereq.: General Biology with a grade of C or higher.

  • BIO 1225 Principles of Biology I, 5 hours
    This survey includes three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. This majors’ course is intended to assist students in preparing for careers in science. Topics include basic biochemical properties of living organisms; cellular structure, processes, and functions; evolution and life origin; genetics; survey of fungi, protozoa, and bacteria; and biotechnology.

  • BIO 1235 Principles of Biology II, 5 hours
    This course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. This majors course is intended to assist students in preparing for careers in science. Lecture topics include organismal growth and development, population genetics and evolution, speciation, phylogeny of organisms and the classification system, structure and function of organs and organ systems, prokaryotes and viruses, survey of the kingdoms fungi, protista, plantae, and animalia, population dynamics and ecology, ecosystems and biomes.
  • BIO 2312 Wildflowers of Kansas, 2 hours
    This course is a survey of common wildflowers found in Kansas. Emphasis will be on identifying and collecting plants in Eastern Kansas. Herbarium sheets will be studied for plants out of season. Approximately one-half the time will be spent in the field.
  • BIO 2323 Ecology, 3 hours
    This course is a study of the interrelationship of organisms in the community of living things. The natural and man-made environments will be studied—rhythms, cycles, clocks and world biomes. Emphasis will be on man and the consequences of his industrial evolution - population growth, food production, environmental problems and solutions.
  • BIO 2713 Field Ecology, 3 hours
    This course is a study of the interrelationships of organisms found in major biological ecosystems in southeast Kansas. Natural history, identification, biogeochemical cycles, ecological theory and field assessment techniques are emphasized.