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Biology or Life Sciences

1. Program Description

The BIOLOGY undergraduate program aims to cultivate researching, teaching and managing elite in biology field. To achieve this goal, the program provides and requires undergraduates to take and to study broad courses in art and natural sciences, especially those in biology, to get profound, wide and deep knowledge. Meanwhile, students should practice and master related biological experimental methods, techniques and skill. More importantly, all undergraduates must participate in real researching group to do certain scientific researches, to write the academic reports and articles, to know the exact creative methods and procedure. By doing these, graduates are expected to have teamwork abilities, scientific mindset and innovative qualities.

2. Program Duration and Credit

This is a four-year undergraduate program, which can be completed within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.

A total of 161 credits are required upon the completion of the program.

3. Curriculum

Three modules of courses are offered for the program: Basic Curriculum, Essential Curriculum, and Elective Curriculum. The Basic and Essential curricula are compulsory for a Bachelor’s degree.

The Elective Curriculum in the list includes extended disciplinary courses offered by the school into which an individual student is admitted, as well as cross disciplinary courses offered by other schools. Students can choose the extended and cross disciplinary courses according to their personal interests and career plans; however, credits should be approved by the School.

(1)Basic Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100701062105

Advanced Mathematics (C level, I)

4

1

 

100701062106

Advanced Mathematics (C level, II)

4

2

 

100010191004

Visual Basic language and program design

4

2

 

100010072101

College Physics (B,I)

3

2

 

100010072102

College Physics (B,II)

2

3

 

100702072211

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

4

1

 

100703082207

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Experiment (B)

1

1

 

100703082207

Organic Chemistry (C)

3

2

 

100703082209

Organic Chemistry Experiment (C)

1

2

 

100710092001

Introductory biology and Life Sciences (including supervised reading and seminar)

2

1

 

100710092002

Biostatistics

3

5

 

(2)Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100710093001

Plant Science (I) *

3

3

 

100710093002

Plant Science (II) *

3

5

 

100710093003

Experiment of Botany(I)

1

3

 

100710093004

Experiment of Botany(II)

1

5

 

100710093005

Animal Science (I) *

3

3

 

100710093006

Animal Science (II) *

3

5

 

100710093007

Experiment of Zoology(I)

1

3

 

100710093008

Experiment of Zoology(II)

1

5

 

100710093009

Biochemistry*

4

3

 

100710093010

Experiment of Biochemistry                

1.5

3

 

100710093011

Microbiology*

3

4

 

100710093012

Microbiological Experiments

1

4

 

100710093013

Genetics*

3

4

 

100710093014

Genetic experiment

1

1

 

100710093015

Cell Biology*

3

5

 

100710093016

Experiment of Cell Biology

1

5

 

100710093017

Molecular Biology*

3

4

 

100710093018

Experiment of Molecular Biology

1

4

 

100710093019

Fundamental Ecology*

2

6

 

100710093020

Fundamental Ecological Experiments

1

1

 

100710093021

Evolutionary Biology or Evolution

2

6

 

100710093022

Modern Biological Experimental Technology

1.5

7

 

100710093023

Scientific Research Methods

2

6

 

100710093024

Field Practical Training on General biology

1

5

 

100710093025

Bachelor's Degree Thesis

4

8

 

(3)Elective Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100710094001

Biodiversity

2

2

 

100710094002

Practical Training of Scientific Research

2

7

 

100710093026

Genetic Engineering

3

6

 

100710093025

Cell engineering

2

6

 

100710094003

Human Genetics

2

6

 

100710093035

Bioinformatics

2

7

 

100710094004

Human Anatomy and Histology

2

6

 

100710094005

Hydrobiology

2

7

 

100710094006

Plant Systematics

2

6

 

100710094007

Plant Tissue Culture

2

6

 

100710094008

Developmental Biology

2

6

 

100710094009

Cancer Biology (Oncology)

2

7

 

100710094010

Virology

2

7

 

100710094011

Microbiological Inspecting and Quarantine

2

7

 

100710094012

Advanced Cell Biology

2

6

 

100710094013

Immunology

2

7

 

100710094014

English for Biology Students

2

7

 

100710094015

Cell Engineering and Treatment

2

7

 

100710094016

Animal Transgenic Techniques

2

7

 

(Note: 1. Odd-number semesters are the fall semesters and even-number semesters are the spring semesters in each academic year. 

      2. The asterisk * marks a core course.

4. Core Courses and Introductions

100710093001   Plant Biology (I, Structure, Anatomy and Systematics of Plant)   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Basic Biology or Introductory biology and Life Sciences

Plant Biology (I) is a core curriculum for the sophomore undergraduates of College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Normal University. It is not only considered as a compulsory fundamental specialty for those students who major in life science, biotechnology, environmental science, but also as a preparatory or pilot course that precedes such courses as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, etc.

This course concentrates on the bases and forms of the activities of plant life, elementary structures, growth and developments of plants, and phylogeny and evolution of the plant kingdom. It systematically introduces the basic knowledge, fundamental theories of the major branch fields of plant science and the rules of plant life activities. The content of this course mainly includes the brief history of plant science, major current research trends in plant science both at home and abroad, morphology and structure of plants, developmental growth and plant reproduction, plant diversity and plant classification, phylogeny and evolution of the plant kingdom, plants and their environments, and plant resource utilization.

100710093002   Plant Biology (II, Plant physiology)   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Plant Biology(I), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell biology.

Plant physiology focuses on the laws of plant life activities; it is one of the main subjects of life science. Life activity of green plants is the ultimate source of all organic material on earth, it is the main way to use solar energy biologically, and it provides oxygen for human and other life’s activity. Therefore, higher green plants are the main objects of plant physiology research, its life activities are the key issues and main contents of plant physiology course. Students will be guided to understand the phenomenon and laws of plant life, and its relationships between plants and its external environments through studying plant physiological metabolism, growth and development physiology and stress physiology, etc. Further, students will be guided to master the law of life activity in plants and its regulation methods and techniques, and will be trained to have the capacity of applying plant physiology theories into research and practice.

100710093005   Animal Science(I, Structure, Anatomy and Systematics of Animal)   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Basic Biology or Introductory biology and Life Sciences

Animal Biology is the study of animals. It is one of the compulsory courses offered to undergraduate students who major in bioscience in a college or university. Animal Biology includes three parts. Part One covers the common life processes, including cell, tissue, organ, system structure, function, and the embryonic development of multicellular organisms. Part Two is the body form, functions, characteristics, taxonomic diversity, life-history strategies and phylogenesis of protists and animals, including invertebrate (Porifera, Cnidaria, Acoelomates, Molluscs, Annelida, Pseudocoelomates, Arthropods, Echinoderms, Hemichordata, and Invertebrate chordate) and vertebrate ( Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals) , emphasizing evolutionary relationships, aspects of animal organization that unite major animal phyla, and animal adaptations. Part Three covers animals’ origin and evolution, evolution principles, geographical distribution and ecological principles.

100710093006   Animal Science (II, Animal physiology)   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Animal Science(I), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell biology.

Animal Science (II, Animal physiology) now comprises three levels of function: cell and molecule level,organ and system level and a general level. Molecular biology has shown that the ultimate components of the machine-proteins can be understood as machines in themselves. Cells, long considered the basic building blocks of organisms, are now understood as highly organized intercommunicating systems. The main content of this lecture is: cell physiology, function of nervous system, the special sense, blood, cardiovascular system, respiration, the gastrointestinal system, energy metabolism and thermoregulation, the urinary system, the endocrine and reproduction system.  

100710093011   Microbiology   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Basic Biology or Introductory biology and Life Sciences

The microbiology course includes the scope, significance and history of microbiology, functional anatomy and diversity of prokaryotes, functional anatomy and diversity of eukaryotes, and morphology and diversity of viruses, microbial nutrition and growth, microbial metabolisms, microbial heredity and mutation, microbial ecology, microbial infection and immunology. This course gives the students the attention on the modern molecular microbiology frontier, microbial diversity, popular hot and public health events related with microbiology, and issues from research, development and manufacturing processes in microbiological field. Teaching types include teacher lectures, student discussion, reading outside of class, review composition, and visiting manufactories, etc. The course provides microbiology study website and English teaching website with various kinds of references, and current abroad textbook of Microbiology writing in English for supplementary reading.

100710093009   Biochemistry   (4.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Chemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of biological processes in living organisms. It seeks to explain how a collection of atoms like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen interact to build the bio-molecules necessary for life. With the accelerated accumulation of updated experimental data and biochemical novel results, Biochemistry has been becoming a growing discipline that provides insight into the related fields of genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, and physiology. Its increasing basic fundamental knowledge advances our understanding of the chemical reactions and molecular interactions which govern living organisms and makes important contributions to help students learning other basic professional curriculum, and building a solid foundation for their future careers.

100710093015   Cell Biology   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany

Cell Biology is a discipline that she could explore and explain the transportation and metabolism of material, transition and usage of energy, transduction and transmission of information, and the formation and development of cell structure. She is one of the most rapidly moving areas of the life sciences, including a number of substantial advances in constitute, structure, and function & mechanism of the cell. The Undergraduate curriculum will introduce the cellular the component, the structure, the metabolism, the signal transduction, the expression of gene, the proliferation, the differentiation, the apoptosis, and the malignancy of cells. The students' ability of learning and practice will be enhanced and developed. This course will guide the students to enter the development of the discipline of front, and understand the basic theory of the practical significance and application prospect.

100710093013   Genetics   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Biochemistry,Cell biology, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology

As a newly emerging subject in area of life science, Genetics mainly discusses law and mechanism of inheritance and variation. Genetics is the basis of life science. It broadly overlaps with various courses and thus produces plenty of branch subjects. The development of genetics bears close relationship with numerous areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry, fishery, industrial fermentation, medical care, the development of national defense, etc. This course not only introduces basic discipline, law and theories of genetics, but also lays emphasis on the research technology, new trends and applicable prospect.

100710093019   Fundamental Ecology   (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Zoology (or Animal Science), Botany (or Plant Science), Microbiology

The course Fundamental Ecology contains both principle studying and method training. Theoretically, it can be divided generally into Physiological Ecology, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology. Through learning and practice, students can understand the fundamental principles and models between organism and their environments in different levels. Further, they can form and hold a deep scientific view that in order to keep harmonious relationship between organisms and their environments, and to keep a sustainable development of human being, we must satisfy our need, consumption or developing under ecological natural laws. Only by this way, we can have and build a bright and sustainable future.

100710093017   Molecular Biology  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Biochemistry

Molecular biology is a relatively new scientific discipline that has revolutionized research in the life sciences. Molecular biology provides some answers to enduring questions in the biological sciences, such as the transfer mechanism whereby genetic information passes from one generation to the next. It also provides the necessary tools to approach and answer such questions. Researchers in human or veterinary medicine, biology, botany, microbiology and biotechnology have all benefited from this emerging revolution. The Molecular Biology Courses offered by NNU have a purpose: familiarize participants with or refresh the basic knowledge that leads to the understanding of the theory and mechanisms behind Molecular Biology research tools.

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