Biology (BIOL)



91 Employment Skills In Biotechnology 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: Biology 109 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Biology 206.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 265C. TThis course integrates conceptual and technical biotechnology skills with interpersonal and communication skills essential for entry level employment in biotechnology. Emphasis is placed on literature and employment database searching, use of data analysis software, resume writing, interview techniques, seminar presentations, team building, independent learning, time management, collaboration, hands on experience in the field, and service learning. This course requires field trips to area biotechnology companies and research institutions. This course is intended for students seeking entry level employment in biotechnology. (FT) AA/AS.

101 Issues in Environmental Biology 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 100. This is a course in contemporary issues in environmental biology. Topics include basic ecological principles, biodiversity, human population dynamics, human resource management, and pollution. These are viewed within the context of their environmental, economic, cultural, and ethical setting. Issues are examined utilizing the process of scientific inquiry. The laboratory is coordinated with lectures, and emphasizes the environmental issues of Southern California. This course is intended for students majoring in sustainability, business and peace studies, as well as all students interested in environmental science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

107 General Biology - Lecture and Laboratory 3 hours lecture, 3 hour lab, 4 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6 or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent; Mathematics 46 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M40.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 105, Biology 106, Biology 210A, or Biology 210B.
This course is an examination of living organisms and their environment. The lecture and laboratory are intended for students planning on taking more advanced courses in the Life Sciences, or students majoring in Education, Child Development, Physiological Psychology or related areas. Topics include the fundamental chemical and physical processes common to all living organisms, the interactions between organisms and their environment, classical and molecular genetics, metabolism, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, evolution, cellular and molecular biology, and the experimental and cognitive processes used to examine these fields. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: No credit for Biology (BIOL) 105, 106 or 107 if taken after 210A, 210B.

109 Introduction to Applied Biology 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 5 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level W6/R6; Mathematics 46 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M40.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 265B.
This course is as an introductory biology course which emphasizes an application of the scientific method and laboratory investigation of a broad range of topics in the biological sciences. This course rigorously covers knowledge and application of basic concepts in math, chemistry, and the biological sciences to serve as a foundation for students interested in more advanced coursework in the biological sciences, as well as to foster a general interest in and appreciation for the diverse applications of the biological sciences in society. Topics include the basic chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, gene expression, microbial genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and genetic engineering. The relationship and impact of applied biology on evolution and ecology are also discussed. This course is intended for students interested in further studies in biology, physiology, biotechnology, pharmacology, allied health and biomedical sciences, as well as students with a general interest in the broad applications of the biological sciences in their daily lives. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

110 Introduction to Oceanography 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is a survey of physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography. This course is designed for all students interested in marine science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

111 Cancer Biology 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 123.
This is an introductory course that examines the basic biology of cancer and the approaches currently taken in cancer treatment. Basic principles of cell biology and genetics are explored to unravel the mechanisms of cancer development and the development of effective cancer therapeutics and preventative measures. The course emphasizes the process of scientific inquiry to illustrate how cancer biologists gather and analyze data in order to better understand and treat this disease estimated to be the number two killer in the US. The course is intended for all that want to learn about the types of cancer, causes of cancer, treatments of cancer, and the social impact of this disease on patients, families and society. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

115 Marine Biology 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course is a study of marine biology. Emphasis is placed on marine organisms, their natural history and special adaptations to the ocean environment. Topics include the marine environment, plankton, marine plants, marine invertebrates, fishes, marine birds, marine reptiles, and marine mammals. Students participate in several field trips to local marine habitats and museums. This course is intended for all students interested in marine biology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

130 Human Heredity 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of human heredity. It deals with both classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics. Topics include gamete formation, human karyotypes, genetic crosses, sex-linked inheritance, structure and function of DNA and RNA, gene expression, transcription and translation, genetic engineering, and population genetics. This course is designed for students interested in biology and human heredity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

135 Biology of Human Nutrition 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 48, English 49 and Mathematics 34A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M20.
This is an introductory course that relates biological principles to human nutrition. This course integrates concepts from biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and psychology to explain the interaction between nutrients and the human body. The scientific process used to establish nutrient requirements, address dietary fads, and correlate diet and health is explored. Topics include food composition and diet analysis; digestion, absorption and nutrient utilization; psychological and cultural aspects of diet; food value, cost, and sustainable food production; world food and population issues; and nutritional needs at different stages of life.

180 Plants and People 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This is an introductory course that examines the interdependence of humans and plants. This course is intended for all that want to learn about the uses of plants, especially those students with an interest in biology, anthropology, environmental sciences, and/or agriculture. Emphasis is on plant ecology as well as the basic biology of plant groups that provide us with food, medicine, recreation, decoration, and material goods as well as those that produce stimulating, intoxicating, or harmful effects. Basic principles of taxonomy, cell structure, plant physiology, plant anatomy, ecology and genetics are explored as they relate to these plants. Current environmental and economic issues and the role of molecular genetics in future plant development and the importance of genetic diversity are also examined. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Credit will only be granted for either Biology (BIOL) 180 or 215 and 250 combined. No credit for Biology (BIOL) 180, 215 or 250 if taken after 210A or 210B.

200 Biological Statistics 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biology 107 or Biology 210A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent and Mathematics 116 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6 or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Biology 107, Biology 210A and Mathematics 116 completed within five years of enrollment in Biology 200.
This is an introductory course in statistics using biological examples and experimental design. Students learn methods and gain experience in defining and solving quantitative problems in biology. Descriptive and inferential statistics, basic probability, binomial and normal distributions are introduced. Students learn to estimate population parameters, test hypotheses, linear regression and correlation using clinical and biological data and experiments. This course is intended for students majoring in biological science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Mathematics (MATH) 119, Biology (BIOL) 200 or Psychology (PSYC) 258 combined: maximum credit, one course; C-ID SOCI 125.

205 General Microbiology 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 5 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biology 107 and Chemistry 100 and 100L or Chemistry 152 and 152L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This introductory course covers fundamental aspects of microbiology including taxonomy, structure, physiology, reproduction, genetics, control, immunology, diversity, and host-symbiont relationships. Lab work emphasizes basic techniques for culturing, staining, counting, and identifying microorganisms. This course is intended for students pursuing careers in allied health fields and may meet entry requirements for these allied health fields. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC..

206 Biotechnology Instrumentation 3 hours lecture, 9 hours lab, 6 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biology 109 or Biology 205, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Biology 91.
This is an advanced lecture/laboratory course implementing major techniques used in the biotechnology industry. Topics include tissue culture methods, purification and analysis of nucleic acids and proteins, DNA amplification and cloning procedures, protein identification methods, scientific information retrieval, and technical writing. This course is intended for students seeking employment opportunities in biotechnology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210A Introduction to the Biological Sciences I 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Chemistry 152 and Chemistry 152L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent completed within five years of enrollment in BIOL 210A and Mathematics 96 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M50 completed within five years of enrollment in BIOL 210A. 
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 200 and Chemistry 200L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course covers biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, classical and molecular genetics, and the molecular basis of evolutionary biology. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed for biological science and pre-professional majors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

210B Introduction to the Biological Sciences II 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: Biology 210A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course covers the three Domains of life, including the phylogenetic relationships of major groups of organisms. Topics include adaptive radiation, anatomy, physiology, development, behavior, and ecology. This is the second semester of a two-semester sequence designed for biological science and pre-professional majors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

215 Introduction to Zoology 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: Biology 107 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 48 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5. This is an introductory course that surveys the basic principles of animal biology. These principles include morphology, life processes and evolutionary relationships of the invertebrates and vertebrates. Laboratories include the identification of organisms, dissection and recognition of the anatomy of varied animal representatives, embryological development, histology, behavior and physiology. This course is intended for students majoring in Biological Science, Allied Health and Animal Science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Credit will only be granted for either Biology (BIOL) 180 or 215 and 250 combined. No credit for Biology (BIOL) 180, 215 or 250 if taken after 210A or 210B.

230 Human Anatomy 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 4 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biology 107, Biology 160 or Biology 210A each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a systems approach to the study of human body structure from the microscopic level of organization to the gross level. Structure related to function from study of histological slides, photomicrographs, anatomical models and charts, and mammalian (cat) dissection. This course is intended to meet the requirements of students in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic, psychology, physical education, and biology or those who wish to extend their knowledge of the human body beyond the scope of introductory biology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

231 Media Experiences in Human Anatomy - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

Corequisite: Biology 230.
This course is self-paced study of anatomy through the use of computer software, microscope slides, anatomical models, and graphics. This course is intended to meet the requirements of students in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic, psychology, physical education, and biology or those who wish to extend their knowledge of the human body beyond the scope of introductory biology. AA/AS; CSU.

232 Experience in Human Dissection 3 hours lab, 1 unit Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: Biology 230 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Biology 230 completed within five years of enrollment in Biology 232. Biology 230 Preregistration counseling with instructor is highly recommended.

This course provides a supervised study and actual experience in human dissection. Topics include dissection techniques and human anatomy. This course is intended for students pursuing careers in nursing, medicine, and other allied health professions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

235 Human Physiology 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: Biology 107 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Biology 230,Chemistry 100 and Chemistry 100L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
TThis course is an introductory study of human body functions. Emphasis is placed on the nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. This course is intended for students majoring in nursing, allied health, psychology, biology and physical education. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC..

290 Independent Study Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from instructor for registration.
The course consists of individualized research problems, conferences with the instructor at prearranged intervals and a final report on the work completed. AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.