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BIOL 100 INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE SCIENCES

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Study of the nature of the physical and chemical aspects of life, the concepts of cellular biology, life as it exists on earth today, plant and animal interrelationships and interdependencies, and the role of humans in the world of living things. Transfer: CSU: B2, UC*. (IGETC: 5B)

BIOL 103 NATIVE PLANTS AND WILDFLOWERS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 32 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Study of the native ferns, trees, shrubs and wild flowers of California. Mainly fieldwork, designed to allow the student to acquire skills in collection and identification of the flora of any region. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3.

BIOL 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This introductory course addresses the biological perspective and scientific method, the chemical and cellular bases of life, cellular transport and energetics, reproduction, heredity, classification of organisms and their evolution, plant and animal physiology, and ecology. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 130 HUMAN BIOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Study of biological principles using the human body as a model. Topics are structure and function of major organ systems and some common disorders. Heredity, evolution, and human ecological roles are also discussed. Transfer: CSU: B2, UC. (IGETC: 5B)

BIOL 132 HUMAN BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 130.

Description: Laboratory exercises concerning mammalian anatomy and physiology and utilizing the scientific method, analysis of data, and drawing appropriate conclusions. This course is a supplement to BIOL 130, Human Biology. Transfer: CSU: B3, UC. (IGETC: 5C*)

BIOL 225 BIOLOGY OF ORGANISMS

Units (Letter grade) 5; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/96 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): MATH 120 or 123, or appropriate score on District math placement test and other measures as appropriate.

Description: Designed for biology majors, this course focuses on principles of evolutionary theory, classification of organisms, and their phylogenetic relationships. Emphasis is on physiology and structures of representative plants and animals. Topics include development, behavioral biology, ecology, and population genetics. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 230 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 5; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/96 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): CHEM 210, AND BIOL 210, or 215 (offered at Skyline College), or 220 (offered at College of San Mateo), or 225.

Description: This course is designed as a thorough introduction for biology majors to life functions at the cellular and molecular levels. Students learn about cellular structure and the macromolecular architecture of the cell, the functional processes of cellular energetics, metabolic regulation, photochemical activities, reproduction, molecular and Mendelian genetics, regulation of gene expression, and methods and applications of recombinant DNA technology. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 240 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/48 lab/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, and MATH 110 or 111; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110, or 130 and 132, or 210 ,or 215 (offered at Skyline College), or 220 (offered at College of San Mateo), or 225, or 230, or 250, or 260; AND CHEM 192, or 210, or 410, or equivalent (any college level biology course with a lab and any college level chemistry course with a lab).

Description: This course introduces microorganisms in nature: their cellular and molecular structure and functions, metabolisms, and techniques and procedures used by microbiologists. Emphasis is on microbes that play important roles in human daily life, especially those that cause disease and impact the environment. Laboratory emphasizes isolation, cultivation, and identification of bacteria. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 250 HUMAN ANATOMY

Units (Letter grade) 4; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100, 110 or 130, and completion or eligibility for ENGL 100 and MATH 120.

Description: Students learn the gross and microscopic structure of the human body organ systems through lecture and laboratory study of models and prosected human cadavers. This course is intended for students in kinesiology, nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, and other allied health majors. This course is an elective for pre-dental, pre-medical and pre-veterinary students. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 260 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

Units (Letter grade) 5; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/96 lab hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 250 and CHEM 192, 210 or 410, and completion or eligibility for ENGL 100 and MATH 120.

Description: Students learn through lecture and laboratory experiences how human organ systems integrate functions to maintain homeostasis and to regulate change and growth processes in humans. This course is intended for students in kinesiology, nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, and for those in related fields such as psychology. This course is an elective for pre-dental and pre-medical students. Transfer: CSU: B2, B3, UC. (IGETC: 5B*, 5C)

BIOL 310 NUTRITION

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400, and MATH 110 or 111; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Comprehensive introduction to scientific principles of nutrition and the interrelationships of metabolism; nutrient functions, structure and food sources; health consequences of nutrient excesses, deficiencies and diet related chronic diseases. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the nutrient content of foods, applying information to personal diet, and using reference tools. Transfer: CSU: E1, UC.

BIOL 380 TRAVEL STUDY IN BIOLOGY – PREPARING FOR THE TRIP

Units (Grade Option) 1-2; Class Hours: Minimum of 16-32 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, and MATH 110 or 111; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or equivalent;

Description: Prepares students for a travel experience focused on biological concepts, especially evolution, as shown by ecosystems and adaptations of organisms. Coursework includes case studies, videos, guest lectures, and museum visits. The course gives context to the trip experience so that students not only understand what they are seeing, but are able to observe and analyze the environment as a biologist would. Transfer: CSU.

BIOL 381 TRAVEL STUDY IN BIOLOGY

Units (Grade Option) 1.5-3; Class Hours: Minimum of 72-144 lab hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): BIOL 380;

Description: Students travel under the supervision of an experienced biologist. They apply the knowledge gained through the preliminary course and other biology courses to the exploration of sites with ecological and evolutionary significance. Concepts of biodiversity, adaptation, and webs of life are experienced first-hand. Transfer: CSU.

BIOL 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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: CSU.

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