Course Descriptions

BIOL 100 Introduction to the Life Sciences (3 units)

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.

BIOL 110 Principles Of Biology (4 units)

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.

BIOL 130 Human Biology (3 units)

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.

BIOL 132 Human Biology Laboratory (1 units)

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.

BIOL 225 Biology Of Organisms (5 units)

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.

BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology (5 units)

This course is designed for biology majors and is an introduction 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 of recombinant DNA technology.

BIOL 240 General Microbiology (4 units)

This course introduces microorganisms in nature: their cellular and molecular structure and functions, metabolisms, genetics, gene regulation, 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.

BIOL 250 Human Anatomy (4 units)

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.

BIOL 260 Human Physiology (5 units)

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.

BIOL 310 Nutrition (3 units)

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.

BIOL 380 Travel Study in Biology - Preparing for the Trip (1 units)

This course prepares students for a travel experience focused on biological concepts, including evolution, as shown by ecosystems and adaptations of organisms. Coursework may include case studies, videos, guest lectures, and museum visits. The course gives context to the trip experience so that students better understand what they are seeing, and are able to observe and analyze the environment as a biologist would.

BIOL 381 Travel Study in Biology (1.5 units)

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.

BIOL 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

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.