Biology (BIOL)

BIOL-100  Human Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course is an introduction to scientific and biological principles presented in a human context. Topics covered include the scientific method, cell structure and function, biochemistry, metabolism, genetics, human anatomy and physiology with a review of organ systems and the application of biotechnology.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-100H  Honors Human Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course is an introduction to scientific and biological principles presented in a human context. Topics covered include the scientific method, cell structure and function, biochemistry, metabolism, genetics, human anatomy and physiology with a review of organ systems and the application of biotechnology.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-115  Topics in Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This introductory course includes a lecture and lab component and is designed for non-science majors and those who need a biology foundation before entering science major's curriculum. This course emphasizes scientific inquiry in investigation of biological principles presented in an evolutionary context and an ecological framework. Principles covered include molecular and cellular biology, biochemical processes, genetics, classification, diversity of life, ecosystems, evolution, and current issues. Field trips may be required.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-115H  Honors Topics in Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This introductory course includes a lecture and lab component and is designed for non-science majors and those who need a biology foundation before entering science major's curriculum. This course emphasizes scientific inquiry in investigation of biological principles presented in an evolutionary context and an ecological framework. Principles covered include molecular and cellular biology, biochemical processes, genetics, classification, diversity of life, ecosystems, evolution, and current issues. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-117  Conservation Biology  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course investigates the science of preserving biodiversity and sustaining the earth. This is an interdisciplinary, introductory course that examines the human impact on biodiversity and the earth. The course synthesizes the fields of ecology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, economics, sociology, and political science with emphasis on the development of strategies for preserving populations, species, biological communities, and ecosystems. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B

CSU Area(s): B2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-125  Microbiology  

5 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 96-108)

This is a general microbiology course covering topics on morphology, metabolism, genetics, epidemiology, infectious diseases, immunity and control of microorganisms. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Prerequisite: CHEM-100 or higher and BIOL-100 or BIOL-115 or BIOL-150 or ANAT-101(with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-125H  Honors Microbiology  

5 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 96-108)

This is a general microbiology course covering topics on morphology, metabolism, genetics, epidemiology, infectious diseases, immunity and control of microorganisms. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., CHEM-100 or higher and BIOL-100 or BIOL-115 or BIOL-150 or ANAT-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-128  History of Science  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course surveys the history of science from its early beginnings to its development in various civilizations, eras and regions. Students explore the impact of science on humanity in the context of the economic, social, and political realities of different cultures. Underlying assumptions, methods and key ideas in science are surveyed from ancient insights through the Scientific Revolution and recent biotechnology innovations, with particular emphasis on the intersection of science and popular belief. *Cross-listed as HIST-128.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4F, 4G

CSU Area(s): D6, D7

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A, AA/AS B2

BIOL-128H  Honors History of Science  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course surveys the history of science from its early beginnings to its development in various civilizations, eras and regions. Students explore the impact of science on humanity in the context of the economic, social, and political realities of different cultures. Underlying assumptions, methods and key ideas in science are surveyed from ancient insights through the Scientific Revolution and recent biotechnology innovations, with particular emphasis on the intersection of science and popular belief. *Cross-listed as HIST-128H.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4F, 4G

CSU Area(s): D6, D7

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A, AA/AS B2

BIOL-130  Marine Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course explores biology by examining the characteristics of marine organisms and the ocean environment. Some of the topics covered in this course are the physical and chemical environment of the ocean, diversity of marine organisms, marine ecosystems and interactions, adaptations to the marine environment, and human impacts on the oceans. Students may be required to attend field trips. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-131  Genes and Biotechnology in Society (formerly Introduction to Biotechnology I)  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course examines a variety of topics in biology related to genes and DNA technologies. Topics emphasized include the structure and biochemical processes of cells, classical and molecular genetics, gene expression, stem cell technologies and biotechnology. The laboratory experience develops fundamental skills used in biotechnology labs including performing biological assays, laboratory documentation, microscopy, DNA manipulation, and genetic modification of bacterial cells. Field trips may be required. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-131H  Honors Genes and Biotechnology in Society  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course examines a variety of topics in biology related to genes and DNA technologies. Topics emphasized include the structure and biochemical processes of cells, classical and molecular genetics, gene expression, stem cell technologies and biotechnology. The laboratory experience develops fundamental skills used in biotechnology labs including performing biological assays, laboratory documentation, microscopy, DNA manipulation, and genetic modification of bacterial cells. Field trips may be required. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-134  Human Heredity and Evolution  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This is an introductory course in basic human genetics and evolution. This course introduces students to central theories of the biological sciences using the chemical and biological aspects of human genetics as its main theme. In addition, students are introduced to the political, philosophical and ethical implications of human heredity and evolution. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B

CSU Area(s): B2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-140  Ecology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course covers ecological principles with a focus on biodiversity, ecosystem function, and the inter-relationship of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment. There are four required field trips to major ecosystem types, including ocean, mountain, chaparral, and desert biomes.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-144  Plant Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course is a survey of the biology of plants, other photosynthetic organisms and fungi. It explores the structure, function, evolution, reproduction, genetics, and ecology of plants in addition to their importance to people. The lab component provides experience with plant anatomy, morphology, growth, metabolism, reproduction and propagation. Field trips may be required. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-144H  Honors Plant Biology  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course is a survey of the biology of plants, other photosynthetic organisms and fungi. It explores the structure, function, evolution, reproduction, genetics, and ecology of plants in addition to their importance to people. The lab component provides experience with plant anatomy, morphology, growth, metabolism, reproduction and propagation. Field trips may be required. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to CSU only

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-146  Biodiversity  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course examines the biodiversity of life. Theories about the evolution and diversity of life are introduced with an emphasis on current threats to biodiversity by human activity. This course is a survey of the biodiversity of life on earth through an exploration of the structure, function, evolution, reproduction, genetics, and ecology of organisms past and present. Field trips may be required. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5B

CSU Area(s): B2

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-150  General Biology I  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course, intended for science majors, is an intensive modern study of biology designed to prepare students for upper-division science courses. Topics include the biochemical, molecular, metabolic, genetic, and evolutionary aspects of cells and organisms. Students will apply their understanding of biology concepts in the laboratory to develop an understanding of the philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry and experimental design. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite: MATH-105 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Additional high school or college Biology and Chemistry courses., ENGL-101.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: BIOL 190
C-ID: BIOL 135S

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-150H  Honors General Biology I  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course, intended for science majors, is an intensive modern study of biology designed to prepare students for upper-division science courses. Topics include the biochemical, molecular, metabolic, genetic, and evolutionary aspects of cells and organisms. Students will apply their understanding of biology concepts in the laboratory to develop an understanding of the philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry and experimental design. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., MATH-105 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Additional high school or college Biology and Chemistry courses., ENGL-101.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: BIOL 190
C-ID: BIOL 135S

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-151  General Biology II  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course, intended for science majors, is the second in a two-semester sequence of intensive modern biology study designed to prepare science majors for upper-division science courses. Topics include the biodiversity, phylogeny, anatomy, physiology and ecology of bacteria, archaea, simple eukaryotic organisms, plants and animals. Students will investigate these topics through laboratory activities that include extensive specimen observation, dissection, and field experiences. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite: BIOL-150 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: BIOL 135S

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-151H  Honors General Biology II  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course, intended for science majors, is the second in a two-semester sequence of intensive modern biology study designed to prepare science majors for upper-division science courses. Topics include the biodiversity, phylogeny, anatomy, physiology and ecology of bacteria, archaea, simple eukaryotic organisms, plants and animals. Students will investigate these topics through laboratory activities that include extensive specimen observation, dissection, and field experiences. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., BIOL-150 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: ENGL-098 or ESL-098.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: BIOL 135S

IGETC Area(s): 5B, 5C

CSU Area(s): B2, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

BIOL-299  Special Projects: Biology  

1-5 Unit (IS 16-90)

This is an arranged class to study a selected topic or experimental design by contract with the instructor for students with previous course work in the specific program area. Arrangements may be made with the instructor to supervise the special project. These projects are available for variable units and involve research and special study in areas of interest within a give subject field. The actual nature of the project MUST be determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisite: Two Biology classes must be completed prior to enrollment; a contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Transfers to CSU only