Why Study Biology at SMC?
At Spartanburg Methodist College, your science courses are held in small classrooms, not giant lecture halls. Our professors are dedicated to teaching the basics of biology that will help you succeed in your upper-level courses at a 4-year institution. Our graduates benefit from the personalized attention that they receive not only in their biology classes, but also the chemistry, physics, and math classes required for their fields.
Spartanburg Methodist College offers a wide range of Biology courses, including:
- general biology
- anatomy and physiology
- and environmental science
For students pursuing an Associate in Science, eight hours of a science other than Physical Science, are required. Most advisement models for those entering the disciplines of Science, Nursing, Engineering, and others will require more than 8 hours of Science.
Biology students have the foundation to transfer into 4-year programs in:
- physical therapy
- environmental science
- sports medicine.
Kathleen Brown, Learning Communities, and QEP Director and Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Office: Library, Office 302
Professor Brown received her B.S. in chemistry at Barry University, pursued graduate research in biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine, and completed her M.Ed. at Converse College. She teaches general biology courses, and her administrative roles include directing both the Pioneer Learning Communities and the Freshman Year Experience course. Her outside interests include personal growth, chocolate making, and bee keeping.
“I love to see how our students grow here at SMC, whether it is becoming interested in science for the first time or developing the skills to navigate college and beyond.”
Jessica Harwood, Professor
Office: Montgomery Building, Office 207B
Ms. Harwood received her BS in biology at Ohio Wesleyan, her MS in botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MA in professional communications at Clemson University. She teaches introductory biology and environmental science courses. In her spare time, Ms. Harwood enjoys hiking and camping with her two children.
“I’m grateful to work at a place with such a wonderful sense of community. The faculty and staff genuinely care about the students, and the students support each other.”
Dr. Jennifer A. Hyder, Professor
Office: Montgomery Building, Office 204
Dr. Hyder received her BS in Biology and Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hyder’s research interests include conservation biology and plant ecology. She teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology and Introductory Biology courses. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
“I’ve always had an appreciation and curiosity for the many facets of Biology. It’s very rewarding to be able to share my passion for Biology with my students, allowing them to apply what they learn to their everyday lives”.
Eunice Knouse, Professor
Office: Montgomery Building, Office 204
Ms. Knouse received her BA at Bryan College and her MS in zoology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also has also taken graduate coursework in astronomy, geology, climatology, computer science, and botany. She currently teaches general biology and invertebrate zoology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mystery novels, watching old movies, and making greeting cards. She is also active in her church.
“Biology is endlessly fascinating to me. Making it understandable to students is my primary goal.”
Thomas Lytle, Biology Lab Assistant
Office: Montgomery Building
Terry Sellers, Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Office: Montgomery Building, Office 205
Dr. Sellers earned his BS at Lee University and his DC at Logan Chiropractic College. Dr. Sellers is currently the lab manager at SMC and is currently teaching both general biology and anatomy laboratories. Dr. Sellers devotes some of his spare time to biblical teaching and computer programming. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, rafting and tubing.
“I love to expose students to the wonders of the human body. As Psalms 139:14 says, ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.’”
Biology Course Descriptions
AS in Science Degree Requirements
BIOL-101: PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I. (4 hours) An introduction to biological principles and techniques including the study of basic chemistry, cell structure, cell functions, inheritance, and introductory plant and animal anatomy and physiology. Emphasis on the cellular and sub-cellular level. Laboratory.
BIOL-102: PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II. (4 hours) An introduction to basic biological principles and techniques including the study of basic plant and animal anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, and ecology. Emphasis on the organismal level. Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or permission of instructor.
BIOL-105: BIOLOGY, A HUMAN APPROACH. (4 hours) An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of humans. Ten human systems and their interrelations are studied. Applications to health and disease are discussed. Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or permission of instructor.
BIOL-201: BOTANY. (4 hours) A survey of the plant kingdom and an introduction to their classification, physiology, morphology, genetics, and ecology. The interrelationships between plants and humans, such as agriculture, horticulture, and genetic engineering, will also be explored. Laboratory work and field investigations required. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-102 or permission of instructor.
BIOL-202: ZOOLOGY. (4 hours) A survey course including the protozoan and animal kingdoms from the simplest one-celled organisms to the mammals. Topics include cell division, development, morphology, physiology, and reproductive cycles. Emphasis on the taxonomic progression. Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or 102 or 105 or permission of instructor.
BIOL-203: INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY. (4 hours) The study of invertebrate animals. Topics include principles of development, phylogeny, classification, morphology, physiology, and reproduction. Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or 102 or permission of instructor.
BIOL-205: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. (4 hours) A course designed to incorporate fundamental biological and ecological principles (including energy production/flow/use, nutrient cycling, climax communities – terrestrial and aquatic, and population biology) into a study of the interrelationship between humans and the environment. These interrelationships include the study of pollution (air, soil, water), management of resources, ethics, and policy/decision making.
BIOL-210: HUMAN ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY I. (4 hours) The course will include a review of appropriate general and organic chemistry, cell structure, cell reproduction, and metabolism. The gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the tissues (histology), the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous (including sense organs) systems of humans will be studied in depth. Emphasis will be placed on relationship between structure and function and interrelationships among organ systems in health disease. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or its equivalent or permission of the division chair after review of high school science coursework.
BIOL-211: HUMAN ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY II. (4 hours) This course is a continuation of BIOL 210: Human Anatomy and Physiology I. The course will include a brief review of appropriate topics from BIOL 210. The gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems of humans will be studied in depth. Emphasis will be placed on relationship between structure and function and interrelationships among organ systems in health and disease. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: BIOL 210 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor.
BIOL-230: MICROBIOLOGY. (4 hours) An introduction to microorganisms, including their identification, structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology. Emphasis on bacteria, viruses, and pathogenic microorganisms. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or permission of the instructor.
Biology Career Opportunities
Our students have the foundation to transfer into 4-year programs in: