Course Topics

Dr. Enos-Berlage explains how to interpret bacterial growth in the microbiology laboratory.
Dr. Enos-Berlage explains how to interpret bacterial growth in the microbiology laboratory.

BIO 152 Principles of Biology: Molecules, Cells, and Genes

Cells serve as the building blocks of all biological systems, so understanding cellular biology is critical to comprehension of life systems. This course examines the structural and chemical composition of cells, processes related to cellular metabolism and homeostatic control, and genetic concepts related to protein formation, genetic replication and patterns of inheritance. Laboratory methods reinforce concepts and increase students' ability to design experiments, analyze data, and communicate results in written form.

BIO 243 Microbiology

A basic introduction to the study of microorganisms and the principles of immunology and virology. Laboratory includes the study of basic cell processes and the identification and culturing of typical forms.

BIO 357 Immunology

This course examines how the cells and molecules of the human immune system develop and how they work together in providing defenses against invading microorganisms. A portion of the course will emphasize reading, evaluation, and presentation of primary and secondary immunological literature.

BIO 380 Internship

Luther students during a January term internship at Gundersen Health Clinic in LaCrosse, WI.
Luther students during a January term internship at Gundersen Health Clinic in LaCrosse, WI.

Registration in the following internships only by permission of the biology department and the cooperating institution. At least 40 interning hours are required for one credit, in a minimum of one 3-hour block of time per week during the semester. To earn study away credit during J-term, the internship must be full time for a minimum of three weeks. Students keep a journal and submit reflective essays and an academic paper to earn credit. BIO 380 credits do NOT apply toward the major. Prerequisites: BIO 151, 152, 12 hours in biology, and/or consent of instructor.

A. Environmental biology internship. A work-study program in soils, conservation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, or outdoor education. Field work to be completed in cooperation with conservation agencies, zoos, nature centers, and other environmental agencies.

B. Health career internship. A work-study program in the various health professions in cooperation with area health care delivery institutions.

C. Research internship. A work-study program at a major research institution or in an industrial setting. This would usually include participation in a specific research project.

SCI 340 Science Communication Seminar

This course examines the role of communication in math and science as well as the theory and practice of different types of science communication. The course will include observation, evaluation, and practice of oral and poster science presentations for different audiences, both general and scientific. Communication strategies for science educators will also be explored. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Intended for students participating in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Trio program. Offered as credit/no credit.