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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: BIOLOGY

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BIOL 100 Introduction to the Life Sciences (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848 and completion of READ 400 or 405 with a grade of C or higher OR concurrent enrollment in READ 400, 405, or 415 OR appropriate skill levels as indicated by the reading placement tests or other measures.
Fundamental principles of life. The awareness of plant and animal interrelations and interdependencies. Examines the human role in the world of living things in relation to contemporary problems. One or more field trips may be required. (Intended for non-science majors with no previous experience in the biological sciences.)
(CSU/UC*)


BIOL 102 Environmental Conservation (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week.
Study of the relation-ship of humans to the immediate and global environments, including the conservation of renewable and non-renewable resources, dynamics of ecosystems, and the interaction of plant and animal populations; alternative energy sources; and current problems caused by human interactions with the environment. One or more field trips may be required.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 110 General Principles of Biology (4)
Three lecture and three lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Study of the principles of the biological sciences. Includes origin and evolution of life, cellular nature of living things, genetics, ecology, life cycles, and natural history. One or more field trips may be required. Extra supplies may be required.
(CSU/UC) (CAN BIOL 2)


BIOL 111 Natural History of California (4)
Three lecture and three lab/field hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Investigates the functioning of ecosystems, adaptations of organisms to their environment, and natural history of selected organisms. Covers natural eco-systems of California, with a primary focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. Laboratory and field investigations are conducted using the scientific methods. Emphasizes critical thinking skills. Recommended for non-science majors.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 123 Biotechnology Workshop: Techniques and Applications of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (1)
Total of sixteen lecture hours. Recommended Preparation: BIOL 110 or high school biology or equivalent.
Workshop in principles, applications, and hands-on techniques in PCR (polymerase chain reaction).
A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration.
(CSU)


BIOL 125 Physical Anthropology (3)
Three lecture hours per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Man's place in nature; man's evolution, genetics, and racial variation.
Evolutionary basis of man's behavior and social systems.
One or more field trips may be required. (Fall only.)
(CSU/UC) (CAN ANTH 2)


BIOL 130 Human Biology (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Introductory study of human anatomy and physiology, including the functional relationships of cells to
each body system, with emphasis on the relation-ships of structures to the functions of each body system. Recommended especially for students in the Medical Assisting program.
(CSU/UC*)


BIOL 140 Animals, People, and Environment (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848. Introduction to animals around us and their relationship to man.
Includes basic principles of animal biology and ecology. Views animals as predators, prey, servants, companions, and bearers of disease. Emphasizes historical and traditional view-points, contemporary issues, animal rights and human obligations. (General education course for non-science majors.)
One or more field trips may be required.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 145 Plants, People, and Environment (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848 and completion of READ 400 or 405 with a grade of C or higher OR concurrent enrollment in READ 400, 405, or 415 OR appropriate skill levels as indicated by the reading placement tests or other measures.
Introduction to plants and their functions as they apply to people. Principles of living organisms, their structure-functions, evolution, and ecology. Emphasizes the role of plants in the development of human civilization and considers their impact as a primary food source for human population.
One or more field trips may be required.
(CSU/UC*)


BIOL 160 Genetics: Principles and Applications (3)
Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: high school biology or a college-level biology course. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Integrates the principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics, including current knowledge of gene activities, regulation, and their function in relation to health and disease. Explores methods of genetic engineering with applications relevant to human societies. (Spring only.)
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 180 Introduction to Forestry (3)
Three lecture hours per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Study of the forest as a biological community; scientific and economic basis of forestry, including topics from ecology, dendrology, entomology, pathology, silviculture, mensuration, utilization, economics, and careers in forestry. One or more field trips may be required. (Fall only.)
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 184 Wildlife Biology (3)
Three lecture hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Study of wildlife species of North America, with emphasis on common mammals of the Pacific states. Additional selected and appropriate vertebrate species: identification, characteristics, life histories, abundance, and distribution. Basic biological and ecological principles directly applicable to wildlife
issues of species and habitat conservation. One or more field trips may be required.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 195 Biology Field Laboratory (1)
Three lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 100, 102, 140, 145, 180, or 184.
Emphasis on field trips to selected sites with laboratory preparation. Covers a wide range of topics including animals, both domestic and wild; natural and human-made ecosystems; forests; habitat disruption; and museums and parks. Laboratory and field investigations conducted using the scientific method. Emphasizes critical thinking skills. Designed for non-science majors to fulfill laboratory science G.E. requirement.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 200 General Ecology (4)
Three lecture and three lab/field hours per week. Prerequisite: one course in the biological sciences. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Introduction to the principles of ecology and field methodology. Includes diversity and distribution of flora and fauna, interrelationships of organisms and behavioral evolution, and energy flow relationships to ecosystems and population dynamics. Emphasizes global communities as well as local habitats and species. Lab includes methods of interpretation and presentation of field project data.
(Fall only, alternate years.)
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 210 General Zoology (5)
Three lecture and six lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisites: MATH 120 or
MATH 123 or the equivalent. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848, successful completion
of a college biology course with lab and a college chemistry course with lab.

Introduction to the principles of animal biology. Includes molecular basis of life; structure, function, and behavior as seen in invertebrates and selected chordates; ecology; zoogeography; and animal evolution. One or more field trips may be required. Extra supplies may be required.
(CSU/UC) (CAN BIOL 4)


BIOL 220 General Botany (5)
Three lecture and six lab hours per week. Prerequisites: MATH 120 or 123 or higher with a grade of C or higher. Recommended Preparation: READ 830 with a grade of C or higher and concurrent enrollment in READ 400 or 405 OR appropriate skill level as indicated by the reading placement tests or other measures; successful completion of a college biology course with lab and a college course with a lab.
Principles of biology as illustrated by plants with emphasis on structure, physiology, evolution and reproduction in green plants. One or more field trips may be required. A materials fee in the amount
shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration.
(CSU/UC) (CAN BIOL 6)


BIOL 230 Introductory Cell Biology (4)
Three lecture and three lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 220;
BIOL 110 or one year of high school biology with lab with a grade of B or higher. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 231.

Evaluation and analysis of the living cell and its components. Examines cell structures and metabolism
as they relate to cell function and reproduction. (Recommended for all life science and medical science majors.) A materials fee in the amount shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration.
One or more field trips may be required. Extra supplies may be required.
(CSU/UC)


BIOL 240 General Microbiology (4)
Three lecture and three lab hours per week. Prerequisites: one semester of college chemistry and
college-level biology with lab course. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.

Introduction to the morphology, physiology, and genetics of micro-organisms, with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Includes environmental, applied microbiology, and the role of bacteria and viruses in health and disease. Laboratory work consists of isolation, cultivation, and identification of bacteria and techniques used to demonstrate microbial properties. (Recommended for students majoring in life science, physical science, and health science.) One or more field trips may be required. Extra supplies may be required.
(CSU/UC) (CAN BIOL 14)


BIOL 250 Anatomy (4)
Three lecture and three lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisites: college level biology course with a grade of C or higher. Re com-mended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848 and completion of READ 400, or 405 with a grade of C or higher OR concurrent enrollment in READ 400, 405, OR appropriate skill level as indicated by the reading placement tests or other measures.
Structure of the human body. Laboratory study and dissection of the human male and female.
(Primarily intended for students of nursing, physiotherapy, physical education and related fields such as chiropractic. Elective for pre-dental, pre-medical, and pre-veterinary students.)
Extra supplies may be required.
Students may take either the BIOL 250-260 or the BIOL 265-266 series.
(CSU/UC*)
(CAN BIOL 10)
(Completion of BIOL 250 and 260 = CAN BIOL SEQ B)


BIOL 260 Introductory Physiology (5)
Three lecture and six lab hours plus one hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 and CHEM 192 or 410 OR one year of high school biology with lab with a grade of B or higher and one year of high school chemistry with lab with a grade of B or higher. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 848.
Functions of the organs and systems of the human body. (Intended for students of nursing, physiotherapy, physical education, psychology and related fields. Elective for pre-dental, pre-medical, and pre-veterinary students.) A materials fee in the amount shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. Extra supplies may be required. Students may take either the BIOL 250-260 or the BIOL 265-266 series.
(CSU/UC*)
(CAN BIOL 12)
(Completion of BIOL 250 and 260 = CAN BIOL SEQ B)


BIOL 641 Cooperative Education (1-4)
See first page of Description of Courses section in the Catalog.
(CSU)


BIOL 666 Careers in Biotechnology and Biology (1-2) (Credit/No Credit or letter grade option.)
One to two lecture hours per week. Recommended Preparation: high school biology or equivalent.
Intended for general audiences interested in understanding modern Biology and genetic engineering. Explores the mechanisms that underlie the normal functions of living cells and living organisms and the ways in which those functions are regulated by genes. Recombinant DNA methods used in medicine, agriculture, and industry in general, including genetic disease mapping, DNA fingerprinting, monoclonal antibodies, polymerase chain reaction and genetic diagnosis, growth factors, pharmaceuticals, and other topics. Exploration of employment possibilities in the field of biotechnology. One or more field trips may be required. Extra supplies may be required.
(CSU)


BIOL 675 Honors Colloquium in Biology (1) One lecture hour per week.
Prerequisite: limited to students in the Honors Program who have completed or are concurrently enrolled
in an associated non-honors course in biology.

Readings, discussion, and lectures covering selected advanced topics in biology to be determined by the Biology Department and the Honors Program.
(CSU/UC*)


BIOL 680 – 689 Selected Topics (1-3)
See first page of Description of Courses section in the Catalog.
(CSU)


BIOL 690 Special Projects (1-2)
See first page of Description of Courses section in the Catalog.
(CSU)


BIOL 879 Selected Topics (1-3)
See first page of Description of Courses section in the Catalog.


BIOL 880 – 889 Selected Topics (1-3)
See first page of Description of Courses section in the Catalog.