The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. Click on the blue arrow below to view a dropdown list of course descriptions for each program. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

Please note: Special Studies is a general heading for experimental courses or those for which the demand is untested, unknown, immediate, or temporary. You can visit our Special Studies page for a list of Special Studies courses.

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BIO - Biology
BIO 114 - Natural History of Greater Rochester - WR
Teaches the basic biological concepts through an experience-based approach. Field trips will be held at local sites of geological and biological interest. Topics covered will include: identification of woody plants, wildflowers, insects, birds and mushrooms; the ecology of fields, woods and wetlands; and bedrock and glacial geology. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. 3 Credits.
BIO 116 - Introduction to Environmental Science
A course which deals with biological aspects of humans and their impact on the environment. Students will study ecological principles that govern the world and will examine current environmental problems and issues. They will develop a greater awareness of global interdependence and the role of individuals in affecting environmental issues. This course is designed for the career or non-science student. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.
BIO 117 - Basic Consumer Nutrition
A lecture course that will present information on nutrients and their use by the body. Topics include digestion, usage of nutrients, consequences of nutrient deficiencies or excesses, energy production and analysis of individual diets. Current research is integrated into the course. Depending on program requirements, this course can meet both Food Service (FSA 117) or Natural Science (BIO 117) elective or course requirement. A student may earn credit for BIO 117 or FSA 117, but cannot earn credit for both courses because they are equivalent courses. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
BIO 118 - Practical Botany
A basic course emphasizing the significance and use of plants. Studies include simplified plant anatomy and physiology, propagation, cultivation and use of plants for food, landscaping and other purposes. This course is designed for the career or non-science student. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. 3 Credits.
BIO 120 - Essentials of Life Science
An introduction to selected principles of the biological sciences explored through current topics in biology. Areas of study will include the organization of life, cell structure and function, DNA structure and heredity, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. This course is designed for the career or non-science student. Three class hours, two laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.
BIO 123 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
Sports nutrition combines the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology. The student will learn which type of foods, beverages, and/or supplements are needed for optimal performance in sporting events. The student will gain practical experience on how nutrition plays a role in how the body functions and performs during sporting events. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
BIO 132 - Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology
Laboratory exercises in human anatomy and physiology to supplement BIO 133 class lectures and text information. Bio 132 is a late start, 10 week course that has 3 lab hours per week. NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both BIO 132 and BIO 133 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS) 1 Credit.

Prerequisite or corequisite: BIO 133.
BIO 133 - Human Biology
A study of the structure and function of the human body. The cause and effects of certain diseases are also included. The course is designed for the career or non-science student. NOTE: Students who successfully complete BIO 133 may, with the addition of BIO 132, complete the requirement for SUNY Natural Science General Education (SUNY-NS). BIO 132 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY-NS requirement until both BIO 132 and BIO 133 are successfully completed. Three class hours in lecture/laboratory demonstration formats. 3 Credits.
BIO 134 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The study of the structure and function of cells (including metabolism), tissues, integument, and musculoskeletal, nervous, and sensory systems. Designed for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene, Health Information Management, and Physical Education programs. Also open to interested Liberal Arts students with some biology background. Two class hours and three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: High school Biology with a grade of C or better, or any laboratory-based Biology course numbered 120 or higher with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.
BIO 135 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II
A continuation of BIO 134. Includes the study of the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Two class hours and three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: BIO 134, or permission of instructor.
BIO 136 - Introductory Forensic Science
This is an introductory natural science course designed for the non-science, primarily criminal justice, major. The course will cover those biological and chemical fundamentals necessary for the student to understand topics of instrumentation and techniques employed in a crime laboratory. Topics such as matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, chromatography, hair and fiber examination, blood and drug analysis, toxicology, and DNA typing will be included. The laboratory will include demonstrations and hands-on activities of methods used to study chemical and biological evidence. This course complements the existing CRJ 209 course which emphasizes the investigative procedures involved at the crime scene. A student may earn credit for BIO 136 or CHE 136, but cannot earn credit for both courses because they are equivalent courses. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

Prerequisite:MCC LEVEL 6 MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT OR MTH 098 WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF C
BIO 144 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first course of a 2-semester comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cells and tissues, integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and special senses. Laboratory study includes microscope work, substantial organ and animal dissection, and experiments designed to illustrate normal function and physiologic responses to specific stresses. Designed for students in Nursing, Radiologic Technology and other health related programs. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

A grade of C or better in a college biology course with lab (BIO 120, BIO 132/133, BIO 155) or a C or better in high school biology, in addition to a C or better in a college chemistry course (CHE 100, CHE 124, CHE 145, or CHE 151) or a C or better in high school chemistry.
BIO 145 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
A continuation of BIO 144 and the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, and fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance. Laboratory study includes microscope work, substantial organ and animal dissection, and experiments designed to illustrate normal function and physiologic responses to specific stresses. Designed for students in Nursing, Radiologic Technology and other health-related programs.Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: BIO 144
BIO 148 - Fundamentals of Biology and Inheritance
Principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function, genetics and population genetics. Topics will include cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression, Mendelian genetics and population genetics. This course is an introductory biology course for science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for programs that do not require a laboratory science. Three class hours. (SUNY-NS) 3 Credits.

Prerequitie(s): High school biology with a grade of C or better, or BIO 120 with a grade of C or better, and high school chemistry with a grade of C or better, or any college chemistry course with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.
BIO 150 - Introduction to Biological Evolution
Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of the theory of evolution. Topics will include natural selection and other forces driving evolution, speciation, evolutionary genetics, hominid evolution, and major lines of evidence supporting the theory of evolution. Three class hours. 3 Credits.
BIO 155 - General Biology I
Principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function, and organic evolution. Topics will include cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression, Mendelian genetics, natural selection and speciation. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for science-interested students. Two class hours, one conference hour, three laboratory hours. WR (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: High school biology with a grade of B or better, or BIO 120 with a grade of C or better, and high school chemistry with a grade of C or better, or any college chemistry course with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.
BIO 156 - General Biology II
Principles of biology with an emphasis on the diversity of life, the structure and function of plants and animals, and general ecological principles. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. This course is the second in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for science-interested students. Two class hours, one conference hour, three laboratory hours. WR (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: BIO 155 with a grade of C- or higher.
BIO 195 - Field Studies in Biology
This course is designed for students who wish to study a particular natural habitat or environment in a focused, hands-on, field setting. The majority of course work is completed in the field at a local or distant location depending upon the title and focus of the course for a given semester. Students will conduct field observations, record data, participate in and design field experiments and construct a field notebook detailing all aspects of their field experience. Credit hours are variable depending upon the field experience offered. Additional fees for travel, lodging, food, and other field expenses may apply. (SUNY-NS) Variable Credit.

Prerequisite: One Biology lab course preferred. Permission of instructor required.
BIO 202 - Microbiology
A one term course for health professionals. A brief introduction to principles of general microbiology with major emphasis on control of microorganisms by physical and chemical processes. Medical microbiology including pathogenicity and epidemiology of infectious diseases, and immunology. Three class hours, two laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: BIO 134 or BIO 143 or BIO 145 or BIO 155 or permission of instructor.
BIO 209 - General Microbiology
A survey of microorganisms: bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, protozoa, algae and fungi. Major emphasis is placed upon bacteria: classification, genetics, ecology, morphology, physiology, physical and chemical control and economic importance. An introduction to applications of microbiology to food and water analysis, industry and medicine, including principles of immunology and transmission of infectious diseases. This course is designed for the Liberal Arts or science-interested student. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. 4 Credits.

Prerequisites: BIO 156 as prerequisite or corequisite, and CHE 145 or CHE 151 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor. Students who have completed BIO 156 with a grade below C- are advised to repeat BIO 156 before attempting BIO 209.