Biology | BCTC


What is biology?

Biology photo collage
Clockwise from top left: Science Education Center (SEC) at the Newtown campus, Biology students observing termite behavior, SEC anatomy and physiology lab, SEC first-floor lobby.

Check out Dr. Hopper's 75 gallon saltwater aquarium after 2 months.

Welcome to the Biology Department at Bluegrass Community & Technical College!

Additional Information 

Program Contact

Dr. Sheldon Sharpe
Biology Program Coordinator
(859) 246-6564

Scott Davis
Biology Program Coordinator
(859) 246-6586

Course Descriptions

3 credits

The structure of the human body will be examined at various levels: cellular, tissues, and organ systems.  The gross anatomical arrangement of the body will be studies in a system-by-system format relating structure to function and the fundamentals of human embryology/malformation with adult anatomy.  The central nervous system will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Introductory Biology or Zoology

3 credits
(Formerly BIO 103)

Basic study of structure, function and interactions of living organisms including cell theory, genetics energetics, evolution and ecology.

1 credit
(Formerly BIO 111)

Emphasizes basic laboratory studies of structure, function and interactions of living organisms including cell theory, genetics, energetics, evolution, and ecology.

Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIO 112

3 credits

An introduction to the science of microbiology addressing the role of microorganisms in nature and in human welfare. Contemporary topics will include infectious diseases, genetic engineering, the environment and biological warfare.

3 credits
(Formerly BIO 102)

Interrelationships among humans, other organisms and the environment including principles of energy and matter, resource use, biogeochemical cycling, trophic structures, sustainability and environmental impacts by humans.

1 credit

Basic laboratory studies of interactions among living organisms and their environment including biogeochemical cycling, trophic structures, sustainability and human impacts on the environment. Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIO 120 or BIO 124. Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours)

3 credits

Aspects of human biology will be introduced from the molecular level to the integrated whole. Attention will be given to the biological bases of various health and wellness issues.

4 credits

Presents the fundamental structure of the human body and the physiological mechanisms involved in normal functioning are presented through lecture and student participation in laboratory activities. Prerequisite: (Reading, English and Mathematics assessment exam scores above the KCTCS developmental placement level) or (Successful completion of the prescribed learning community to assist the student in determined areas of weakness) or (Consent of Instructor).

4 credits
(Formerly BSL 110)

The interrelationship of structure and function of each body system will be presented in two semesters (BIO 137 and BIO 139). The first semester will include basic chemistry, cell structure, cell physiology, metabolism, tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Lecture 3 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

Prerequisites: Reading, English, and Math assessment exam scores above the KCTCS developmental placement level or successful completion of the prescribed developmental course(s) or consent of the instructor.

4 credits
(Formerly BSL 111)

The second semester continues the study of the interrelationships of organ systems, including the endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems. Lecture 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours.

Prerequisite: BIO 137

3 credits

Presents knowledge of biological principles at the cellular and molecular levels, similarities and differences in structure and function of simple and complex cells and theories on the origin and evolution of biological systems. Part one of a two semester sequence (BIO 150 and BIO 152)

Prerequisite: (CHE 105 or concurrent enrollment) or consent of instructor.

2 credits

Includes studies of cellular and molecular biology

Prerequisite: BIO 150 or Concurrent enrollment

3 credits

Presents knowledge of organismal, population and community biology. Part two of a two semester sequence (BIO 150 and BIO 152)

Prerequisite: BIO 150 or consent of instructor

2 credits

Includes organismal, population and community biology

Prerequisite: BIO 152 or concurrent

2 credits

Laboratory exercises in general microbiology. Laboratory: 4 hours.

Prerequisite: One unit of chemistry or consent of instructor. BIO 208/226 should be taken concurrently.

4 credits

The characteristics of microorganisms and their relation to health and disease are studied. Lecture 3 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIO 137 and BIO 139, or equivalent.

3 credits
(Formerly BIO 208)

Introduction to fundamental microbiological principles and techniques emphasizing structural functional ecological, and evolutionary relationships among microorganisms.

Prerequisite: BIO 112 or consent of instructor

1 - 3 credits

Addresses recent trends and discoveries in selected areas of biology in a seminar format. Emphasizes discussion and critical thinking. May be repeated with different subtitle for a maximum of six credits.

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Lecture: Varies with credit.

1 - 3 credits

Investigates specific topics or problems in the field of the biological sciences. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Laboratory varies with credit.

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Laboratory: Varies with credit

3 credits

Food composition, digestion, absorption and metabolism as related to selection of nutrients essential for human life, growth, reproduction, lactation, wellness and physical activity.

Not open to NFS majors except hospitality management students.

3 credits

An introductory survey course in basic human physiology.

Prerequisite: One semester of college biology.

Science to Success Scholarship

The Science to Success Scholarship awards $10,000 per year to eligible students for two years maximum.

To learn more about eligibility, requirements, and to apply, please visit the scholarship webpage (new window).

what are my career choices?

  • Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Physiology Specialist
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Aide

what are my diploma, degree, or certificate options?

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.