Science Division

In accordance with CVCC’s mission, the science department is committed to providing all of our students with a learner-centered, hands-on experience in a small classroom setting. We offer traditional science courses as well as hybrid courses. Course descriptions for all CVCC science classes are listed below. 

Our science instructors recognize our students’ goals and work to support them. CVCC’s science department has a successful student placement rate with many institutions in the area including Auburn University and Columbus State University.  The Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement helps our students decipher course transfer within the Alabama system and we have several articulation agreements with neighboring colleges and universities in Georgia. Our science students are well-prepared for the academic rigor of these programs and institutions.

At CVCC, you can build an excellent foundation for an exciting career in the sciences as a healthcare professional or a professional in any one of the many areas of science. Condensing our mission to its essence, we take our students from where they are academically to where they need to be. We offer many support services to help students progress through their programs of study and achieve their goals. We would love to help you!

Prospective students are always welcome to contact one of our faculty. We look forward to having you as a student at CVCC!

PIRaTe Elements is a student organization that was created with the students interests in mind.  Our goal is to offer a place for students to interact and share ideas and thoughts about the scientific world as well as to provide opportunities for field trips to broaden students’ experiences.  Students do not have to currently be in a science class to participate, anyone who is a CV student is welcome!! 


Principles of Biology I is an introductory course for science and non-science majors. It covers physical, chemical, and biological principles common to all organisms. These principles are explained through a study of cell structure and function, cellular reproduction, basic biochemistry, cell energetics, the process of photosynthesis, and Mendelian and molecular genetics. Also included are the scientific method, basic principles of evolution, and an overview of the diversity of life with emphasis on viruses, prokaryotes, and protist. A 120 minute laboratory is required. Principles of Biology II is an introduction to the basic ecological and evolutionary relationships of plants and animals and a survey of plant and animal diversity including classification, morphology, physiology, and reproduction. A 180 minute laboratory is required. 

BIO 103. Principles of Biology I (3-1-4)
Core, Area III

This is an introductory course for science and non-science majors. It covers physical, chemical and biological principles common to all organisms. These principles are explained through a study of cell structure and function, cellular reproduction, basic biochemistry, cell energetics, the process of photosynthesis and Mendelian and molecular genetics. Also included are the scientific method, basic principles of evolution and an overview of the diversity of life with emphasis on viruses,
prokaryotes and protist. A 120-minute laboratory is required. Code A

BIO 104. Principles of Biology II (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: BIO 103 with a grade of “C” or better

This course is an introduction to the basic ecological and evolutionary relationships of plants, fungi and animals and a survey of plant, fungi and animal diversity, including classification, morphology, physiology and reproduction. A 180-minute laboratory is required. Code A

Human Anatomy and Physiology I covers the structure and function of the human body. Included is an orientation of the human body, basic principles of chemistry, a study of cells and tissues, metabolism, joints, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the senses. Dissection, histological studies, and physiology are featured in the laboratory experience. Human Anatomy and Physiology II covers the structure and function of the human body. Included is a study of basic nutrition, basic principles of water, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, the endocrine, respiratory, digestive, excretory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. Dissection, histological studies, and physiology are featured in the laboratory experience. A 120 minute laboratory is required in both courses.

BIO 201. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-1-4)
Prerequisite: BIO 103 with a grade of “C” or better

Human Anatomy and Physiology I covers the structure and function of the human body. Included is an orientation of the human body, a study of cells and tissues, joints, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and the senses, and the senses. Dissection, histological studies and physiology are featured in the laboratory experience. A 120-minute laboratory is
required. Code B

BIO 202. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-1-4)
Prerequisite: BIO 103 and BIO 201 with a grade of “C” or better

Human Anatomy and Physiology II covers the structure and function of the human body. Included is a study of basic nutrition and metabolism; basic principles of fluids, electrolyte and acid-base balance and the endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular, lymphatic and reproductive systems. Dissection, histological studies and physiology are featured in the
laboratory experience. A 120-minute laboratory is required. Code B

BIO 220. General Microbiology (2-2-4)
Prerequisite: BIO 103 with a grade of “C” or better

This course includes historical perspectives, cell structure and function, microbial genetics, infectious diseases, immunology, distribution, physiology, culture, identification, classification and disease control of microorganisms. The laboratory experience includes micro-techniques, distribution, culture, identification and control. Two 120-minute labs are required. Code B

Physical Science I provides the non-technical student with an introduction to the basic principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and Astronomy.  Physical Science II provides the non-technical student with an introduction to the basic principle of chemistry and physics. A 120 minute laboratory is required in both courses.

General Physics I and II -Trig-based AND General Physic I and II -Calc-based (PHY201/202 and PHY213/214) offered periodically. Please check current schedule.

PHS 111. Physical Science I (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: Regular admission status; MTH 092/098 strongly recommended

This course provides the non-technical student with an introduction to the basic principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Laboratory is required. Code A

PHS 112. Physical Science II (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: Regular admission status; MTH 092/098 strongly recommended

This course provides the non-technical student with an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry and physics. Laboratory is required. Code A

CHM 104. Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: MTH 098 or appropriate math placement score

This survey course of general chemistry is for students who do not intend to major in science or engineering and may not be substituted for CHM 111. Lecture will emphasize the facts, principles and theories of general chemistry, including math operations, matter and energy, atomic structure, symbols and formulas, nomenclature, the periodic table, bonding concepts, equations, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, phases of matter, solutions, pH and equilibrium reactions. Laboratory is required. Code A (Offered intermittently.)

CHM 105. Introduction to Organic Chemistry (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: CHM 104 or CHM 111

This is a survey course of organic chemistry and biochemistry for students who do not intend to major in science or engineering. Topics will include: basic nomenclature, classification of organic compounds, typical organic reactions, reactions involved in life processes, the function biomolecules and the handling and disposal of organic compounds. Laboratory is required. Code A (Offered intermittently.)

CHM 111. College Chemistry I (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite or Corequisite MTH 112 or equivalent math placement score

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence designed for the science or engineering major who is expected to have a strong background in mathematics. Topics in this course include: measurement, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, equations and reactions, basic concepts of thermochemistry, chemical and physical properties, bonding, molecular structure,
gas laws, kinetic-molecular theory, condensed matter, solutions, colloids and some descriptive chemistry topics. Laboratory is required. Code A

CHM 112. College Chemistry II (3-1-4)
Core, Area III
Prerequisite: CHM 111 and MTH 112 with a grade of “C” or better

This is the second course in a two-semester sequence designed primarily for the science and engineering student who is expected to have a strong background in mathematics. Topics in this course include: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, ionic equilibria of weak electrolytes, solubility product principle, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, oxidation-reduction, nuclear chemistry, an introduction in organic chemistry and biochemistry, atmospheric chemistry and selected topics in descriptive chemistry, including the metals, nonmetals, semimetals, coordination compounds, transition compounds and post-transition compounds. Laboratory is required. Code A

CHM 221. Organic Chemistry I (3-1-4)
Prerequisite: MTH 112, CHM 111, CHM 112 with a grade of “C” or better

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence. Topics in this course include: nomenclature, structure, physical and chemical properties, synthesis and typical reactions for aliphatic, alicyclic and aromatic compounds with special emphasis on reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and stereochemistry. Laboratory is required and will include the synthesis and confirmation of representative organic compounds with emphasis on basic techniques. Code B (offered intermittently.)

CHM 222. Organic Chemistry II (3-1-4)
Prerequisite: MTH 112, CHEM 111, CHM 112, CHM 221 with a grade of “C” or better

This is the second course in a two-semester sequence. Topics in this course include: nomenclature; structure; physical and chemical properties; synthesis and typical reactions for aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic and biological compounds; polymers and their derivatives, with special emphasis on reaction mechanisms; spectroscopy and stereochemistry. Laboratory is required and will include the synthesis and confirmation of representative organic compounds with emphasis on basic techniques. Code B (Offered intermittently.)

Merry Cuervo Science Division, Chair
Biology Instructor

merry.cuervo@cv.edu
Brassell Hall 118
334-291-4958
Amanda HuffstutlerBiology Instructor
amanda.huffstutler@cv.edu
Brassell Hall 113
334-291-4952
Michelle McGuireChemistry/Physical Science Instructor
michelle.mcquire@cv.edu
Brassell Hall 120
334-291-4953
Andrew CollinsBiology Instructor
andrew.collins@cv.edu
Brassell Hall 119
334-291-4959