Courses Offered

BIOL 101 OUR BIOLOGICAL WORLD (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Study of biology as it relates to humans and their environment, with special emphasis on ecological interrelationships, evolution and genetics, and topics of current importance. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill laboratory science transfer requirement. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent..

Using natural selection and physiological survival as a unifying theme, this course deals with the basic problems common to all living systems, and compares the functional solution that various organisms have evolved, illuminating the unity in diversity that characterizes life on earth. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill laboratory science transfer requirement. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 111 NATURAL HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester with frequent field trips. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Students will investigate the functioning of ecosystems, adaptations of organisms to their environment and natural history of selected organisms. Students will become familiar with natural ecosystems of California, with a primary focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. Laboratory and field investigations will be conducted using the scientific method; critical thinking skills will be emphasized. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill laboratory science transfer requirements. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 130 HUMAN BIOLOGY (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

A course designed to provide students with an appreciation of the structure, function, and development of their own bodies. Topics include an introduction to science and to scientific methods of investigation, and some elementary chemistry (no previous background necessary) as a basis for understanding human functions such as digestion, circulation, reproduction and other systems. Some diseases and other causes of body malfunction are discussed. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

BIOL 140 ANIMALS, PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

This course will familiarize the student with the methods and importance of behavioral investigation in animals. Emphasis on past and current human-animal relationships, the impact on animal populations and increasing need for wildlife protection. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

BIOL 145 PLANTS, PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent..

A survey of plants emphasizing those aspects of plant biology that have affected the lives of people. Topics include: the success and failure of modern agriculture; the impact of humans on the environment; and the importance of plants in solving critical problems of hunger and conservation of energy. Attention is given to modes of inquiry or ways in which scientists carry out their investigations. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

BIOL 150 INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent..

A non-technical introduction to the scientific method used in studies of marine biology. Major emphasis is given to the natural history of marine animals and plants and their relationship with the oceanic environment. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

BIOL 170 PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BIOSCIENCE (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

A survey of the principles that govern the living world, from molecules to cells and tissues, to organs and whole organisms, to populations and ecosystems, to the entire biosphere. Special emphasis is placed upon experimental approaches, current issues, and practical application of the scientific method and biological principles to issues affecting public health, agriculture, and socioeconomic change. Current news and developments in relevant areas of biological sciences and biotechnology will be reviewed and discussed. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

BIOL 171 LABORATORY PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BIOSCIENCE (1)

Minimum of 48 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 170. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Laboratory course introducing students to practical methods in preparing materials, reagents and media for conducting biological investigations and products of genetic engineering. Students will learn to measure and prepare solutions of various concentrations and pH, how to use basic chemistry and biological instrumentation such as digital scales, pipettes and micropipettes, centrifuges, and vertical and horizontal electrophoresis apparatuses. Students will plan and conduct biological experiments using the scientific method and employing modern laboratory methods and instrumentation. Data will be analyzed using spreadsheet software for tabulation and graphing. Teamwork, responsible lab technique, and proper and thorough notebook keeping will be emphasized. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B3).

BIOL 215 ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY: CORE I (5)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 96 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or MATH 123, or appropriate math placement test score and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

As part of a two-course core program, BIOL 215 is an introductory survey of organismal form and function. Analysis of fundamental biological functions including nutrition, gas exchange, reproduction, natural selection, and ecology using representative living organisms. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 230 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY: CORE II (5)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 96 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: CHEM 210; and BIOL 210 (College of San Mateo), or 215, or 220 (College of San Mateo), or 225 (Cañada College).Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

As part of a two-course core program, BIOL 230 is an introduction to life functions as seen at the cellular level; cellular structure, macromolecular architecture and function, cellular energetics, chemical regulation, photochemical activities, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 240 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a college-level laboratory science course. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Morphology, taxonomy, ecology and physiology of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria. Laboratory techniques on culture and identification of bacteria. Recommended for agriculture, biochemistry, nursing, pre-medical and pre-dental, biotechnology engineering, and other life science majors. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 250 HUMAN ANATOMY (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or BIOL 110 or BIOL 130, or equivalent; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or equivalent; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 120 or equivalent.

Students learn the gross and microscopic structure of the human body through lecture and laboratory study of dissections, histology slides, anatomy models, and prosected human cadavers. This course is intended for students in allied health areas such as nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, physical therapy, hygiene, and physical education. This course is an elective for pre-dental, pre-medical, and pre-veterinary students. Recommended for general life science, respiratory therapy and physical education majors. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 260 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (5)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 96 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: BIOL 250 or equivalent; and CHEM 192, or CHEM 210, or CHEM 410, or equivalent; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or equivalent; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 120 or equivalent.

Students learn through lecture and laboratory experiences how the organ systems function in maintaining homeostasis – regulating change and growth processes in humans. Recommended for students in allied health areas such as nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, and related fields such as physical education and psychology. This course is an elective for pre-dental and pre-medical students. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2, B3).

BIOL 365 INTERTIDAL INTERPRETATION (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week plus field trips.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the major life forms of the intertidal zone of the California coast, their taxonomic groupings, common names, basic anatomical and physiological characteristics and their role in the ecosystem. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 415 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING (9)

A total of 96 lecture hours and 144 lab hours plus 32 hours by arrangement. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and eligibility for MATH 110 or MATH 111, or equivalent.

An introductory course to prepare students who possess transferable skills from other occupations for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. Course instruction will include basic skills in biology, biomanufacturing, chemistry, and an introduction to biotechnology careers. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 422 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Overview of the origin and development of biotechnology and the bioscience industries. Includes cell growth, career opportunities, and medical and food products. Also includes laboratory experience with bioreactors and making products. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 426 GENETIC ENGINEERING (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

This course will examine how genes work and how they can be manipulated and cloned. Topics include DNA and protein synthesis, genetic engineering, and DNA fingerprinting. Also includes laboratory experience with DNA analyses: RFLP and PCR. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 430 INTRODUCTION TO IMMUNOLOGY (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

This course will examine the immune system and how it protects us from disease. Topics include vaccine and antiserum production by traditional methods and by genetic engineering. Also includes laboratory experience with laboratory techniques. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 432 FERMENTATION TECHNOLOGY (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Overview of the origin and development of industrial fermentations. Course will use fermentation of beverages, food ingredients, enzymes, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to demonstrate microbial metabolism.

BIOL 665 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2) (Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 8 lecture hours per .5 unit.

This course is designed to develop specific skills, techniques or concepts that are appropriate to biology and/or biotechnology. The course will focus on one specific topic; for example, new or leading edge developments in biotechnology. Transfer credit: CSU.

BIOL 675 HONORS COLLOQUIUM IN BIOLOGY (1)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in any non-Honors biology level 100 or 200 course.

Readings, discussion, lectures and activities covering selected advanced topics in biology to be determined by the Biology Department and the Honors Program. Honors credit will be earned for both Biology 675 and the concurrently enrolled course. Transfer credit: CSU.

ART 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOL (0.5-3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer credit: CSU.

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