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Biology Department - Courses

 

BIOLOGY 109, FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY LECTURE

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.


Principles of biology stressing the relationship of all organisms from anatomical, physiological and ecological points of view.  Includes cell machinery, genetics, reproduction, embryology, animal behavior, botany, ecology, evolution and human physiology.  Designed for non-biology majors. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L recommended.

Prerequisite: None.


BIOLOGY 109H, HONORS FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY LECTURE

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

 

Traditional Biology enriched in breadth and depth by extensive outside reading assignments and guest lecture presentations. Emphasis is on individual preparation for discussion and analysis of pertinent topics using critical oral and written expression.  Designed for non-biology majors. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L recommended. 

 

Prerequisite: A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above.


 

BIOLOGY 109L, FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Class hours: 48 laboratory total.

  

Laboratory experiments to identify and illustrate significant organisms and their structures.  Emphasis is placed on the relationship of all organisms from an anatomical, physiological, and ecological framework.  Content correlates to Biology 109/109H lecture material.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 109/109H or concurrent enrollment.

 

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BIOLOGY 139, HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture and 64 laboratory total.

 

Presents practical and theoretical aspects of medical microbiology to meet the needs of those in allied health professions. Provides basic knowledge of the microbial world by covering diversity, structure, metabolic and genetic characteristics, cultivation and control. Emphasis is placed on human-microbe interactions especially infectious diseases. Laboratory deals with identification, growth, and control of microorganisms. Field trips may be required for this course. Prior completion of Biology 109 or 149 recommended.

 

Prerequisite: None.



BIOLOGY 149, HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.


Human anatomy and physiology stressing the interrelationships between normal structure and function. Laboratory may include the dissection of mammalian tissues. Designed for students in the allied health sciences, particularly those desiring the 2-year registered nurse (RN) degree.  May not meet requirements for physical education or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) majors.

 

Prerequisite: None.


BIOLOGY 177, HUMAN GENETICS

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

 

Introductory course in genetics. Topics include the principles of Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of mitosis and meiosis, process of transcription, translation and protein synthesis, non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance, the cell cycle, and cell structure. Discussions relevant to current social concerns about genetics covering topics such as cloning, DNA profiling, genetic engineering, prenatal diagnosis, gene therapy, and genomics.

 

Prerequisite: None.



BIOLOGY 190, INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

 

Introduction to the field of biotechnology including a history of its origin and development, a survey of modern industrial applications and accomplishments, ethical considerations, and career paths. Field trips may be required.

 

Prerequisite: None.


 

BIOLOGY 191, BIOTECHNOLOGY A: BASIC LAB SKILLS

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook; preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media; utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, and laboratory safety regulations. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures. Prior completion of Mathematics 080 recommended.

 

Prerequisite: None.



BIOLOGY 192, BIOTECHNOLOGY B: PROTEINS

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

Fundamental skills in applied biotechnology necessary for any biotechnology laboratory but particularly focused on downstream manufacturing processes in biomanufacturing. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents and media; utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, lab safety regulations, in vitro translation, large scale expression, purification, modification, western blot analysis, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), antibody tagging, and fluorescent microscopy. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 191 with a grade of C or better.


BIOLOGY 193, BIOTECHNOLOGY C: NUCLEIC ACIDS

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

This course introduces the fundamental skills in any biotechnology laboratory focusing on the upstream research and development process. Skills include the maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media, utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, lab safety regulations, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, bioinformatics, polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, DNA cloning, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and Southern blot analysis.  Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 191 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 194, QUALITY AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE IN BIOSCIENCES

2 UNITS

Class hours: 32 lecture total.

 

This course will cover quality assurance and regulatory compliance for the biosciences industries. Topics will span quality control and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical device and food industries. Theories and application of quality assurance and quality control will be presented and several different quality systems will be discussed such as GMP (good manufacturing practices), ISO9000 (International Standards Organization), Six Sigma and Lean. Prior completion of Biology 190 recommended.

 

Prerequisite: None.


 

BIOLOGY 196, FOOD SAFETY AND MICROBIOLOGY

2 UNITS

Class hours: 32 lecture total.

 

This course will cover the regulatory agencies that oversee and the methodologies prescribed to ensure a safe food supply.  The Food Safety Modernization Act, hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP), product traceability, food allergens, and food contaminants including microorganisms will be presented.  Discussion of illnesses known to result from ingestion of contaminated foods will occur. Prior completion of Biology 190 or Biology 229 recommended.

 

Prerequisite: None.


 

BIOLOGY 197, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS (STEM)INTERNSHIP

1 - 4 UNITS

Increment: 1 Unit

Class hours: 60 - 240 laboratory total.

 

This is an Internship of supervised paid or unpaid work experience in the student's major which could include new or expanded responsibilities. 75 hours paid work or 60 hours of unpaid work equals one unit. A maximum of 4 units is allowed per semester. Limitation of 16 units in occupational cooperative education courses.

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 10 units within the Biotechnology Program.



BIOLOGY 200, ENVIRONMENT OF MAN

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

 

A biological and physical science introduction to environmental problems such as energy, resources, pollution, land use, population and food, including economic and political factors.  A natural science elective. (Same As Course: ENVR 200, Environment of Man)


Prerequisite: None.

 

BIOLOGY 211, CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

An investigation into the molecular and cellular basis of life, including the evolution of cells, cell structure and function, energy and information flow, cellular reproduction, genetics, and the molecular basis of inheritance. Required of majors in Biology, Medicine, Forestry, and Agriculture. Prior completion of Chemistry 209 or equivalent recommended.

 

Prerequisite: Mathematics 080 with a grade of C or better.



BIOLOGY 212, ANIMAL DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

A study of ecological principles, and relationships between animal diversity and ecosystems. Habitat, populations, ecological interactions, and environmental influences are stressed while surveying animal diversity and addressing structure, function, behavior, and adaptation of major taxonomic groups. Required of majors in biology, medicine, forestry and agriculture. Field trips required.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 214, PLANT DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

Principles and processes of evolution leading to biodiversity. Survey of the Bacteria, Archaea, and the Eukarya domain, emphasizing the kingdoms Protista, Fungi, and Plantae with a detailed view of the evolutionary adaptations of the anatomy, physiology, and life cycles of these organisms. Field trips required.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 221, ANIMAL DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

This course is intended for biology majors and surveys the diversity, structure, function, evolution and taxonomy of the major animal phyla. Topics also include behavior, development, comparative anatomy, and evolutionary relationships with an emphasis on the principles and mechanisms of microevolution and macroevolution accentuating molecular and morphological phylogeny. Field trips are required. (Previous Title: Biology 212, Animal Diversity and Ecology)  

 

Prerequisite: Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 229, GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

Introduction to microorganisms, their classification, structure, biochemistry, growth, control and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. Designed for biology, preprofessional, and prenursing (BSN) majors. This course may also include an optional field trip.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 109/109H and Biology 109L or Biology 139 or Biology 149 or Biology 211 or Biology 239 or Biology 249 or Chemistry 209 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 231, PLANT DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

This course is intended for biology majors and surveys the diversity, structure, function and taxonomy of the kingdoms Protista, Fungi, and Plantae.  Topics include development, morphology, physiology, taxonomy and systematics, and the principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Field trips required. (Previous Title: Biology 214, Plant Diversity and Evolution)

 

Prerequisite: Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 239, GENERAL HUMAN ANATOMY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

Structure of the human body.  Systems, organs, and tissues are studied from human skeletons, models, charts, slides and CD-ROM programs.  Laboratory includes the dissection of a cat and periodic demonstrations of a prosected cadaver as available.

 

Prerequisite: None.



BIOLOGY 249, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

Microscopic, macroscopic and dynamic view of the human physiological processes.  The lecture portion includes a thorough consideration of both “cell and systems” physiology.  Laboratory work includes the use of techniques used in basic research, an introduction to the use of standard medical equipment, and the performance of medical lab tests.  Non-invasive experiments are performed on students enrolled in the class.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 239 with a grade of C or better.


 

BIOLOGY 259, ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.

 

Introduction to Environmental Biology includes study of ecosystems, population dynamics, classification, diversity of plant and animal species, effects of pollutants at both the cellular and organismal levels, and principles of ecology. (Same As Course: ENVR 259, Environmental Biology)

 

Prerequisite: None.


 

BIOLOGY 290, BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

5 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 96 laboratory total.

 

Introduction to biochemistry and molecular biology. Included are discussions of biological macromolecules, energy production, metabolic pathways and regulation, genetic code, genomics, DNA replication, transcription and RNA processing, translation, and gene regulation. Laboratory activities will include use of visible and UV spectroscopy, chromatography, cell fractionation, ultracentrifugation, protein purification, electrophoresis, and recombinant DNA methods. This course is designed for biology majors, health pre-professionals, and biotechnology majors.

 

Prerequisite: Biology 211 and Chemistry 209 with a grade of C or better.



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 200, ENVIRONMENT OF MAN

3 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

 

A biological and physical science introduction to environmental problems such as energy, resources, pollution, land use, population and food, including economic and political factors.  A natural science elective. (Same As Course: BIOL 200, Environment of Man)


Prerequisite: None.


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 259, ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Class hours: 48 lecture, 48 laboratory total.



Introduction to Environmental Biology includes study of ecosystems, population dynamics, classification, diversity of plant and animal species, effects of pollutants at both the cellular and organismal levels, and principles of ecology. (Same As Course: BIOL 259, Environmental Biology)

 

Prerequisite: None.




 

Not all classes are offered every semester.