Biology Course Descriptions

BIO1. Fundamental Biological Concepts (5 credits)
Prerequisites: MAT 123 or two years of high school algebra; CHM 22 or CHM 60 or CHM 1A, or successful completion of any college level chemistry course. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 6 Hrs
An introduction to the study of the structure and function of living systems with an emphasis on t he molecular and cellular levels of organization and the roles of DNA, genetics, and evolution as the unifying concepts of biology. Recommended for biology, pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary majors. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]
[C-ID BIOL 190]

BIO2. General Zoology (5 credits)
Prerequisite: MAT 123 with a grade of “C” or better or placement by Hartnell’s assessment.
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 6 Hrs
An introduction to the study of animals and their diversity of form and function. An emphasis will be made on comparative morphology, physiology and behavior and on the application of evolutionary and ecological principles to animal populations. This course will also explore the historical development of animal sciences and current innovations in zoological research. Laboratory and field activities will introduce students to methods of systematics and ecological study and to the diversity of the animal groups. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO3. General Botany (5 credits)
Prerequisite: MAT 123 with a grade of “C” or better or placement by Hartnell’s assessment. Advisory: A college-level biology course.
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 6 Hrs
An introduction to the principles of plant biology with emphasis on t heir structure, function, reproduction, genetics, systematics, and ecology. Required for biology majors. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO5. Human Anatomy (4 credits)
Advisory: A college-level biology course.
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
A survey of the structure of the human body including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, lymphatic, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. The course is designed to appeal primarily to physical education and nursing majors but may be profitably taken by any student. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO6. Introductory Physiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 1 or BIO 5, and completion of any college-level chemistry course. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Lec 3 Hrs
An introduction to the study of the structure and function of human systems with an emphasis on the contribution of cellular andtissue structure and function to homeostasis. Recommended for health-related certificate programs, registered nursing, biology, physical education, pre-med, pre-dental and pre-veterinary majors. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2; IGETC, AREA 5B]

BIO6L. Physiology Laboratory (2 credits)
Corequisite: BIO6
Lab 6 Hrs
An introduction to the laboratory study of the structure and f unction of human systems with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of chemical and physical data which relate to the concept of homeostasis in the human body. Recommended for health-related certificate programs, physical education, biology, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary majors. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5C]

BIO10. General Biology (4 credits)
Pass/No Pass Option
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
An introduction to the principles of general biology with emphasis on diversity, morphology, cellular and organismal physiology, heredity, evolution, and ecology of living organisms. This is a general education course intended for students not majoring in biology. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO11. Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
An introduction to the biology of the human being. The structure and f unction of the organ systems of the human body, and their contributions to homeostasis will be emphasized in lecture and laboratory. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO12. Introduction to Genetics (3 credits)
Pass/No Pass Option
Advisory: Completion of one-year of beginning algebra (high school or college)with a grade of “C” or better.
Lec 3 Hrs
An introduction to the fundamental principles of genetics and heredity. Students will investigate the transmission of traits from one generation to the next, the molecular structure of genes and gene products, the regulation of gene expression, and factors affecting gene frequencies in populations. Students will also analyze the social, legal and ethical implications of advances in genetic technology as applied to medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. The course is designed for all students interested in the science and applications of genetics. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2; IGETC AREA 5B]

BIO13. Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis (3 credits)
Pass/No Pass Option
Lec 3 Hrs
An introduction to forensic DNA analysis with emphasis on biology. Students will develop an appreciation for forensic DNA methodologies and an under standing of their limitations in solving crime. Designed for students interested in learning the basic principles of molecular human identification. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2]

BIO18. Introduction to Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Lec 3 Hrs
Prerequisite: BIO 11 with a grade of “C” or better, or BIO 6, BIO 6L and BIO 5 with a grade of “C” or better.
Introduction to the concepts and principles of disease processes of the human body. The course will utilize the format of detection, diagnosis, treatment, etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention of diseases in all major body systems. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2; IGETC, AREA 5B]

BIO20. Field Biology/Natural Science (4 credits)
Pass/No Pass Option
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
An introduction to the natural history of bacteria, fungi, protists, plants and animals. Identification, classification, life histories, and ecological relationships will be investigated. Recommended for students interested in outdoor biological studies. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO27. Principles of Microbiology (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Completion of CHM 1A or CHM 22 or CHM 60 with a grade of “C” or better. Advisory:  Completion of any college-level biology course with a grade of “C” or better. For nursing students, completion of coursework in human anatomy and physiology (i.e., BIO 5 and BIO 6/6L) is strongly recommended.
Lec 3 Hrs;  Lab 3 Hrs
A general introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae protozoa, and helminths, with major emphasis on t he  study of bacteria. Aspects of microbiology  important in health, sanitation, food  processing and biotechnology are  emphasized in lecture and laboratory. This course is designed for students majoring in biological sciences, nursing, and other health science majors. [CSU, UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO30. Marine Biology (4 credits)
Pass/No Pass Option
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
An introduction to the study of marine life.  Emphasis on the fundamentals of biology, with a s urvey of the prokaryotes, algae, invertebrates, vertebrates and their physiology and ecology. Recommended for non-science majors who desire a general knowledge and appreciation of life in the sea. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO42. Human Biology (3 credits)
Lec 3 Hrs
Introduction to human biology, including biochemistry, cytology, histology, organ systems, and genetics. Behaviors related to health and diseases are presented, as well as advances in biotechnology and the impact of humans on the environment. Will benefit non-majors as well as students interested in health careers. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, E; IGETC, AREA 5B]

BIO47. Ecology (4 credits)
Lec 3 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
Introduction to the relationships between organisms and their environments. Emphasis on habitats, organismal biology, energy flow, nutrient cycles, natural populations, communities, and human interactions with natural ecosystems. Field trips required. Recommended for science and non-science majors who desire a general knowledge and appreciation of ecosystems. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2, B3; IGETC, AREA 5B, 5C]

BIO48. Environmental Science (3 credits)
Lec 3 Hrs
An introductory and multidisciplinary study of the biology of our environment and its interrelationships. Emphasis is on the impact of human population and policies in regard to air, water, land use, resources and waste management. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE, AREA B2; IGETC AREA 5B]

BIO48L. Environmental Science Laboratory (1 credit)
Pass/No Pass Option
Corequisite: BIO 48
Lab 3 Hrs
Introduction to the study of the environment through hands-on field and laboratory experiments. Emphasis on ecological principles, populations, natural resources, energy use, and lifestyle choices. [CSU; UC; CSU-GE AREA B3; IGETC AREA 5C]

BIO59. Biological Research Methods (3 credits)
Advisory: MAT 121 or placement by Hartnell’s assessment. Completion of a chemistry class at either the high school or college level.
Lec 1.5 Hrs; Lab 4.5Hrs
This course provides training in research methods in the biological sciences. It is intended to prepare students for work on independent projects in a professional laboratory environment. Students will learn how to develop a project, collect and record data using appropriate techniques, conduct and analyze experiments, and communicate their findings. This course provides intensive training in research methods used in biology, chemistry, agriculture, and other disciplines in which living organisms are studied in a laboratory setting. Lecture and lab experiences include laboratory safety, data collection and record keeping, use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, aseptic technique, calculation and preparation of solutions and media, fundamentals of measurement, separation technologies, and specialized methods in field studies and biotechnology. This course is recommended for students seeking to acquire skills that can be applied in the workplace or in advanced studies.