Biology is a rich, varied discipline. Biological sciences are: 

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Human Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Structural Biology.

Related fields are:

Anatomy/Physiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Evolution, and Genetics.

Miami-Dade College offers a wide range of courses in the Biological Sciences. They are: 

BOT 1010 Botany - 3 credits 

A survey of the plant kingdom based on a detailed study of the morphology, anatomy and physiology of selected representative specimens. 
Corequisite: BOT 1010L

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BOT 1010L Botany Laboratory - 1 credit

Laboratory for BOT 1010. 
Corequisite: BOT 1010. Laboratory fee.

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BSC 1005 General Education Biology - 3 credits 

Selected principles in biological science, including the cell concept, the organization of multi-cellular systems, plants and animals as organized systems, and man in relation to his environment. 
Pre/Corequisite: PSC 1515 


BSC 1005L General Education Biology Laboratory - 1 credit

An optional one-credit lab to provide students with experience in the scientific process. Laboratory fee.

BSC 2010 Principles of Biology I - 3 credits 

The principles of modern biology, including the cell doctrine, the basic physical phenomena of life; an elementary consideration of bioenergetics and biosynthesis; reproduction; the gene concept; the mechanism and evidence of organic evolution; phylogeny; community and population ecology. 
Corequisite: BSC 2010L and CHM 1045 

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BSC 2010L Principles of Biology Laboratory I - 2 credits

Laboratory for BSC 2010. Corequisites: BSC 2010 and CHM 1045.

BSC 2011 Principles of Biology II - 3 credits

The internal aspects of homeostasis, the inter-dependencies of specialized tissues and organ systems in the development of multi-cellular organisms, transport and absorption, gas exchange, body fluid composition control, hormonal regulation, nervous integration and behavior.  Prerequisites: BSC 2010, 2010L; corequisites: BSC 2011L and CHM.

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BSC 2011L Principles of Biology Laboratory II - 2 credits

Laboratory for BSC 2011. 
Corequisites: BSC 2011 and 1046. Laboratory fee.

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BSC 2420 Biotechnology - 5 credits 

An introduction to the principles of DNA science. The course includes: the chemical and physical properties of nucleic acid (DNA and RNA), cloning, restriction analysis, gene transfer, DNA replication and expression, plasmids and other vectors, transcription and translation, DNA libraries, polymerase chain reaction. Practical applications of biotechnology will be explored.
Prerequisites: CHM 1045 and BSC 2010. Special fee.

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 credits

This course covers tissues and cell structure, skeletal system, muscular system, integumentary system, nervous system and special senses.
Corequisites: BSC 2085L. 

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BSC 2085L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory - 1 credit

Laboratory for BSC 2085. 

Corequisites: BSC 2085. Laboratory fee.
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BSC 2086 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 credits 

This course covers circulatory system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, excretory system, fluid & electrolytes, endocrine system, and reproductive system. 
Corequisites: BSC 2086L. 

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BSC 2086L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory - 1 credit

Laboratory for BSC 2086. 
Corequisites: BSC 2086. Laboratory fee.

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HUN 1201 Essentials of Nutrition - 3 credits

Introduction to the nutrients found in foods; the body systems which process the nutrients; energy balance, consumer concerns such as food additives, food-borne illnesses, and nutrition labeling; and the nutritional requirements in each state of the life cycle. Application of basic concepts from the sciences of biology, microbiology, physiology and chemistry to the study of human nutrition and the concepts of nutrition to the planning of healthful, balanced and adequate diets. 
Pre/corequisite: PSC 1515. Laboratory fee.

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HUN 1201L Essentials of Nutrition Laboratory - 1 credit

A laboratory course which accompanies HUN 1201. The course covers fundamental techniques used in the measurement of food quantities, nutrient contents of foods, and serum contents of vital nutrients. Laboratory fee.

MCB 2013 Microbiology - 3 credits 

The identification, morphology and physiology of bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi, rickettsiae, and viruses, with emphasis on the effects of their activities upon human affairs. 
Prerequisites: CHM 1033, 1033L; BSC 2085,2086. 



MCB 2013L Microbiology Laboratory - 2 credits

Laboratory of MCB 2013. 
Corequisite: MCB 2013. Laboratory fee.

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OCB 1010C Introductory Marine Biology - 3 credits

Introduction to the Biology of the seas. Emphasis is placed on the variety of Marine organisms, their structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptations within a specific marine environment. Special attention is directed to marine communities, e.g., coral reefs, shallow grass flats, and the factors limiting the distribution of organisms within those communities. Identification of local marine organisms, the presentations of sampling techniques, and an introduction to field collection methods is facilitated through field trips to selected local marine habitats. 

PCB 2340 Introduction to Ecology - 3 credits 

This course will provide students with an understanding and appreciation for how organisms relate to one another and their environment at the levels of biological organization from the individual to the biosphere. 
Prerequisite: PCB 1515 or BSC 2011.

PCB 2340C Field Biology - 3 credits

The plants and animals of South Florida, their natural history and ecological relationships. Some emphasis on basis biological principles as applicable to local phenomena. Field and laboratory work and collection, preservation and identification of local plants and animals will be stressed and at least bimonthly field trips, both marine and terrestrial, will be made. Laboratory fee.

ZOO 1010 Zoology - 3 credits

A survey of the animal kingdom based on a detailed study of the morphology, anatomy, and physiology of selected representative specimens. 
Corequisite: ZOO 1010L. Special fee. 

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ZOO 1010L Zoology Laboratory - 1 credit 

Laboratory for ZOO 1010. 
Corequisite: ZOO 1010. Laboratory fee.

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