Topics in Biology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: BIO 290

       Course Name: Topics in Biology

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies by topic

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course meets special interest needs of BIO students.  Special topics offered for variable credit from one to four semester credit hours.  Students may repeat CHM 290 up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students who satisfactorily complete all of the work will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic issues in a particular subject related to Biology, e.g. Environmental Restoration.  Students will be required to use effective communication skills, including listening oral and written.  Student will be expected to discuss relevant topics and issues related to those topics.
  2. Understand and discuss the significance and influence of the specific topic being discussed.
  3. Others as may be appropriate for the specific topic.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study.  Examples of possible topics and themes are as follows:

Topic Examples
Environmental Restoration

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be conducted on a lecture/discussion basis.  The text will be augmented by readings, videos, guest speakers, in-class group work, written and/or oral student projects and presentations, and field trips when appropriate.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading and writing skill level appropriate for college work is required.  Oral skills should be developed to a level that will allow the student to effectively communicate with superiors, peers, subordinates, and guests in a variety of situations.  Analytical skills should be developed to a level that will allow the student to accurately identify, evaluate and make viable suggestions for problems associated with the topic.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

TBA, as appropriate for the subject matter.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be determined by the student’s demonstration of proficiency and understanding of the course material based on the quality of projects and the presentation of same (if required), tests and quizzes, attendance and prepared participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

May vary depending on instructor, and may include:

  • group and individual reviews scheduled outside of class time
  • individualized sessions with microbiology tutor
  • careful note taking by students
  • use of study sheets prepared by students prior to lecture and laboratory examinations

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.