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Biological Sciences

Courses

For course outlines in the Biology Department, refer to this link.

Anatomy

ANAT 1: General Human Anatomy 5 units

Structure and function of the human body with emphasis on microscopic, gross, and developmental anatomy. Microscopic examination of normal and pathological tissues, and dissection, supplemented by use of charts, models, and computer assisted instruction. Prerequisite: Biology 31 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: Eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 10) AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2 & B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
*Combined with BIOL 50 & PHSI 1: max credit, 2 courses
Degree Applicable, Credit
Grading Option: GR

Biology

BIOL 1: INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY 5 units

Basic principles of biology with emphasis on the experimental approach to solving modern problems in biology. Includes cell physiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, DNA, and evolution. Prerequisite: Zoology 1 or Botany 1 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: Chemistry 1B or concurrent enrollment; Physics 2A or concurrent enrollment, and eligibility for English 1A or 52A.  3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 2; CAN BIOL SEQ A = BIOL 1 + ZOOL 1 + BOTN 1) AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
Degree Applicable, Credit
Grading Option: GR

BIOL 5: MARINE BIOLOGY 4 units

Ocean as a habitat, the organisms that inhabit marine waters, their ecology, adaptations and evolution, and the role of the ocean in the ecology of the biosphere. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
Degree Applicable, Credit
Grading Option: OP

BIOL 10: INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF BIOLOGY 4 units

Basic principles of biology dealing with the nature of living things, and the nature of scientific investigation and its bioethical impact in our modern world. Designed for non-majors in biology and the biomedical sciences.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
*Transfer unit limitations, see page 59
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: OP

BIOL 20: CONTEMPORARY HUMAN BIOLOGY 3 units

A study of the Human organism, beginning at the cellular level, emphasizing organ systems, and also including topics of genetics and biotechnology. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2; IGETC 5B
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: OP

BIOL 31: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE BIOLOGY 4 units

Basic principles of biology.  Cell structure and function, cell division, cell metabolism, reproduction, genetics, taxonomy, origin of life, and evolution.  Laboratory emphasis on developing various laboratory skills, using the metric system, collecting data, graphing, interpreting data, and preparing for and taking laboratory exams.  Designed to prepare the necessary concepts and laboratory skills and experience that are needed to succeed in more advanced courses in biology.  Strongly recommended:  Math 65 or 65B or 65Y and eligibility for English 1A or 52A.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab  *Transfer unit limitations, see page 59
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: GR

BIOL 40: FIELD BIOLOGY 3 units (not currently offered)

California ecosystems and living vertebrates, their behavior, evolution and ecology, and their interactions with humans.  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; CSU GE: B2, B3
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: OP

BIOL 50: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 4 units

Structure and function of the human body is studied. Emphasis on human anatomy and physiological principles at the cellular and systemic level. Designed primarily for majors in paramedic, and medical assisting programs. and pre-medical students who wish to explore the realm of anatomy and physiology. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.  AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab  *Transfer unit limitations, see page 59
Degree Applicable, Credit     
Grading Option: GR

Botany

BOTN 1: GENERAL BOTANY 5 units

Plant structure and function, with emphasis on anatomy, morphology, and physiology of higher (flowering) plants. Includes evolutionary sequence of plant forms and basic principles of ecology. Prerequisite: Math 55 or 55B or 55Y or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the mathematics assessment process. Strongly recommended: Biology 31.  3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 6; CAN BIOL SEQ A =BIOL 1 + ZOOL1 + BOTN1) AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: GR

Ecology

ECOL 10: HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT 3 units *

Identification of problems created by humans’ modification of their environment by focusing on ecological interactions involving the human species; investigating the life processes of organisms as they relate to specific environments. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2; IGETC: Area 5B  *Transfer unit limitations, see page 59
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: OP

Microbiology

MICR 1: MICROBIOLOGY 5 units

Bacteria, fungi, protozoans, parasites, and viruses with an emphasis on their relationship to humans. Cultivation, control, metabolism, body’s defense against disease, microbial genetics, laboratory tests, and contemporary diseases are discussed. Methods used in the laboratory include staining, investigation, cultivation, identification of unknowns, and sensitivity testing. Prerequisite: Biology 31 and Chemistry 30A or Chemistry 1A (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly Recommended: Anatomy 1, and eligibility for English 1A or 52A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 14). AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: GR

Physiology

PHSI 1: Human Physiology 5 units

Cellular and systemic body functions. Emphasis placed on physico- and electro-chemical and clinical methods, collection and analysis of data, extrapolations and conclusions. Working models, including human responses, computer simulations are studied. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30A and Anatomy 1 (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly Recommended: Chemistry 30B, and eligibility for English 1A or 52A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 12) AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab  *Transfer unit limitations, see page 59
Degree Applicable, Credit       
Grading Option: GR

Zoology

ZOOL 1: GENERAL ZOOLOGY 5 units

Major groups of organisms from Protista and Animalia kingdoms with emphasis on the evolution of form and function and their relationship to behavior and ecology. Laboratory dissection and observation of anatomy with correlative studies in animal behavior in the laboratory and field. Designed for majors in biology, zoology, wildlife management and related fields. Prerequisite: Math 55 or 55B or 55Y or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the mathematics assessment process. Strongly recommended: Biology 31.  3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (CAN BIOL 4; BIOL 1 + ZOOL 1 + BOTN 1 = CAN BIOL SEQ A.) AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: Area 5B & Lab
Degree Applicable, Credit
Grading Option: GR

Biology Department

Jill Carbone
Biology Co-Coordinator
925.424.1308

Nan Ho
Biology Co-Coordinator
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Barbara Zingg
925.424.1387

Ann Hight
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Michal Shuldman
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Lisa Everett
Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety
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