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BIOL 100
Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This introductory course provides an overview of the basic anatomy and physiology of all body systems. It is designed as a non-transferable course for the Medical Assisting Programs and other related programs, and may be useful for other health-related technologies and for strengthening or developing a vocabulary in human anatomy and physiology.
BIOL 102
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This introductory course provides an overview of the basic anatomy and physiology of all body systems. It is designed as a non-transferable course and meets the minimum requirements for Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technology, Licensed Vocational Nursing, and other health-related technologies. It is also useful for strengthening or developing a vocabulary in human anatomy and physiology.
BIOL 295
Independent Studies in Biology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
BIOL 299
Experimental Offering in Biology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
BIOL 300
The Foundations of Biology
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, OR ESL 325 with a grade of C or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 101.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of major topics in the biological sciences for the non-science major with an emphasis on human biology. Units covered include cell structure and chemistry, metabolism, Mendelian and molecular genetics, genetic engineering, anatomy and physiology of humans, evolution, and ecology. Students interested in a general elective biology course are strongly advised to take either BIOL 300, BIOL 307, or BIOL 310 since some transfer institutions will provide credit for only one of the three courses.
BIOL 307
Biology of Organisms
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ELSW 310, OR ESL 325 with a grade of C or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 101.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a general biology course focusing on a survey of the plant and animal kingdoms with an emphasis on evolution and biodiversity. The course covers the general principles of biology including: methods of science, cell organization, genetics, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, and anatomy. These principles are explored in more depth through the examination of additional topics which may include: disease and epidemiology, physiological ecology, biotechnology, population growth and regulation, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. The course is designed for non-science majors and is especially useful for liberal studies, elementary education, environmental studies, recreation, and similar majors. Students interested in a general elective biology course are strongly advised to take either BIOL 300, BIOL 307, or BIOL 310 since some transfer institutions will provide credit for only one of the three courses.
BIOL 310
General Biology
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, OR ESL 325 with a grade of C or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 101.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a survey of biological science with an emphasis on human biology. This course is intended for non-science majors. Topics covered include scientific inquiry, cell structure, transmission and molecular genetics, major organ systems, evolution, and ecology. Major biological principles are explored in each topic, but an emphasis is placed on human issues. The laboratory activities are designed to further investigate and illuminate each topic area. Students interested in a general elective biology course are strongly advised to take either BIOL 300, BIOL 307, or BIOL 310 since some transfer institutions will provide credit for only one of the three courses.
BIOL 342
The New Plagues: New and Ancient Infectious Diseases Threatening World Health
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 312 and ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will cover general biological concepts and the epidemiology and pathology of selected pathogens such as prions, viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and helminthes threatening public health on a global scale. The course explores the influence of human behavior and activities on the emergence of new infectious agents and the re-emergence of ancient plagues.
BIOL 350
Environmental Biology
3 Units
Same As: ENVT 304
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 312 and ENGWR 101; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of ecosystems and natural resources. Major topics covered include ecological principles, ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, resource use and management, pollution and other human-caused environmental impacts. This course provides the background needed to understand major global and regional issues such as acid rain, global warming, hazardous waste disposal, deforestation and endangered species recovery. This course is especially useful for Environmental Science, Ecology, Recreation, and Political Science majors. Field trips, attendance at public meetings and/or a semester project may be required.
BIOL 352
Conservation Biology
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This introductory course covers biological and ecological principles involved in understanding and analyzing environmental problems and exploring scientifically sound conservation techniques. Major topics include the nature of science, basic principles of ecology, genetics and evolution, patterns of biodiversity and extinction, and the interdependence between humans and our environment. This course places emphasis on scientific processes and methodology and the application of science to conservation issues. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required.
BIOL 390
Natural History Field Study
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC; 144 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history covered in the field. Animals, plants and geology will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. The course will be offered in the appropriate area (mountains, desert or seashore and ocean). Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Lodging or campsites and some camping equipment will be provided. Students must provide their own food and some additional camping equipment. This course is ideal for future teachers, parents, resource management majors and those interested in the biological sciences.
BIOL 400
Principles of Biology
5 Units
Prerequisite: Chem 400 or Chem 305 with a grade of "C" or better AND Intermediate Algebra (Math 120 or Math 125 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process)
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 320, or ESL 325 with a grade of "C" or better; or eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course introduces universal biological principles, including biological molecules, enzymes, cell structure and function, biochemistry, Mendelian and molecular genetics, ecology and evolution. BIOL 400 is recommended for science majors and students in pre-professional programs. (C-ID BIOL 190; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S)
BIOL 410
Principles of Botany
5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 320, OR ESL 325 with a grade of "C" or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the diversity, classification, life cycles, and evolutionary trends of plants, fungi, algae, and cyanobacteria. Emphasis is on the anatomy, morphology, physiology, development, evolution, and ecology of plants. A field trip may be required. (C-ID BIOL 155; Part of C-ID BIOL 130S; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S)
BIOL 420
Principles of Zoology
5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 320, OR ESL 325 with a grade of "C" or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to zoology with particular emphasis on comparative anatomy and physiology of vertebrates and invertebrates. The basic principles of evolution, taxonomy, embryology, morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology will be covered. A field trip may be required. (C-ID BIOL 150; Part of C-ID BIOL 130S; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S)
BIOL 430
Anatomy and Physiology
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305, 309, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in which the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented in an integrated fashion. This course covers anatomical terminology, basic organic chemistry, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Both BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 must be taken to study all of the major body systems. (Part of C-ID BIOL 115S)
BIOL 431
Anatomy and Physiology
5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 430 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in which the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented in an integrated fashion. This course covers the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic/immune, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems. Both BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 must be taken to study all of the major organ systems. (Part of C-ID BIOL 115S)
BIOL 439
Human Cadaver Dissection
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BIOL 420 or 430 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
The Human Cadaver Dissection course is a one-unit, intensive course for nursing, medical, physical therapy, sonography, chiropractic, or other health-related majors. Using a regional approach, students will study the structure of the human body through the dissection of cadavers. Students will gain experience in dissection techniques, more fully understand relationships between organs, and discuss physiological concepts as they pertain to anatomy. Maintaining a detailed lab notebook is an integral part of the course. This course may be taken one time for credit.
BIOL 440
General Microbiology
4 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305, 309, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB
This course introduces the concepts of microbiology with an emphasis on forms, modes of growth, cell specialization, mutual, commensal and parasitic relationships of bacteria, fungi, molds, protozoans and viruses. Topics will be correlated with medical and health applications to animals and human beings.
BIOL 462
Genetics in Contemporary Human Society
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to the principles of modern genetics, especially as they apply to human health and society. Rapid advances in scientists' knowledge of what genes are and how they work impact the daily life of people through genetically modified foods, DNA fingerprinting, therapies for human disease and a variety of reproductive technologies. This course includes the study of Mendelian inheritance, the roles of chromosomes and genes in human disease, how genes direct development, the relationship between genes, environment and behavior, and the contribution of genes to human diversity. Ethical, legal and social issues will be explored through class discussions and written reports. This course is primarily intended for non-biology majors; however, biology majors may enjoy the opportunity to explore human genetics in greater depth than is possible in BIOL 400.
BIOL 485
Honors Seminar in Genetics
3 Units
Same As: HONOR 385
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course offers honors students the opportunity to study, critique, and discuss advanced topics in genetics such as genetically modified foods, whole-genome rapid sequencing, gene therapies for human disease, and a variety of reproductive technologies. Furthermore, this course includes the study of Mendelian inheritance, the roles of chromosomes and genes in human disease, how genes direct development, the relationship between genes, environment and behavior, and the contribution of genes to human diversity. Students will engage with each other to discuss ethical, legal and social issues during class discussions, and analyze scientific literature in written reports. Enrollment is limited to Honors students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the Catalog and on the CRC website. This course is the same as HONOR 385. This course, under either name, may be taken a total of one time for credit.
BIOL 490
Science Skills and Applications
.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: Current enrollment in a science course (designated by ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, PHYS, or PS).
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LAB
This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to acquire or improve reading skills in the various science classes--majors, non-majors, and allied health courses. A partial list of skills may include the following: textbook comprehension, principles of learning and retention, note taking, annotating, discipline-based vocabulary, paraphrasing, reading graphics, test taking, and problem solving. Registration is open through the twelfth week of the semester. Credit/ No Credit only.
BIOL 495
Independent Studies in Biology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
BIOL 498
Work Experience in Biology
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Biology.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
BIOL 499
Experimental Offering in Biology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
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Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB