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Important Announcement: All Biology courses have new rubrics and numbers starting in Fall 2015

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BIO 1A: GENERAL BOTANY – 5 units

  • Formerly BOTN 1

Diversity, structure and function of plant, fungal, and protistan phyla. Topics include development, morphology, physiology and systematics. Principles of population and community ecology and ecosystem interactions. Prerequisite: MATH 55 or MATH 55B. Strongly Recommended: BIO 30. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2,B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C; CID# BIOL 155.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 1B: GENERAL ZOOLOGY – 5 units

  • Formerly ZOOL 1

Major groups of animal phyla and heterotrophic unicellular eukaryotes. Topics include comparative structure and function, development, ecology, taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, and behavior. Designed for majors in biological sciences and related fields. Prerequisite: MATH 55 or MATH 55B. Strongly recommended: BIO 30. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, USC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C; CID# BIOL 150

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 1C: CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – 5 units

  • Formerly BIOL 1

Principles of cell and molecular biology. Includes biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell homeostasis, cell metabolism, cell reproduction, cell communication, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, and evolution. Emphasis on scientific inquiry and experimental design. Prerequisite: BIO 1A or BIO 1B (completed with a grade of “C” or higher), MATH 55, and CHEM 1A, which may be taken concurrently with BIO 1C. Students must also be eligible for ENG 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C. C-ID# BIOL 190.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 7A: HUMAN ANATOMY – 5 units

  • Formerly ANAT 1

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: BIO 30 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: Eligibility for ENG 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C. *Combined BIO 7A, BIO 7B and BIO 50, max credit 2 courses. C-ID# BIOL 110B.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 7B: HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY – 5 units

  • Formerly PHSI 1

Function and regulation of the human body. This course examines general, cellular, and molecular interactions that integrate the organ systems to maintain homeostasis. Human responses and computer simulations are used to collect and analyze data. Designed for nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and other health sciences majors. Prerequisite: CHEM 30A, or CHEM 31, or CHEM 1A and BIO 7A (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: CHEM 30B and English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC*; CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C. *BIO 7A, BIO 7B, and BIO 50 combined, max UC credit, 2 courses. C-ID# BIOL 120B

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 7C: MICROBIOLOGY – 5 units

  • Formerly MICR 1

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. Prerequisites: BIO 30, CHEM 30A or CHEM 1A, and ENG 1A (completed with a minimum grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: BIO 7A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory for 2 laboratory units. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UCCSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 10: INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF BIOLOGY – 4 units

  • Formerly BIOL 10

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

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: OP

BIO 20: CONTEMPORARY HUMAN BIOLOGY – 3 units

  • Formerly BIOL 20

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

BIO 30: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE BIOLOGY – 4 units

  • Formerly BIOL 31

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 MATH 65B and eligibility for ENG 1A. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory for 1 laboratory unit. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, *UC: CSU GE: B2, B3; IGETC, 5B, 5C. *BIO 10 and BIO 30 combined, max UC credit, one course.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 40: HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT – 3 units

  • Formerly ECOL 10

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: 5B.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: OP

BIO 50: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – 4 units

  • Formerly BIOL 50

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: 5B, 5C. *BIO 7A, BIO 7B, and BIO 50 combined, max UC credit, 2 courses.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: GR

BIO 60: MARINE BIOLOGY – 4 units

  • Formerly BIOL 5

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 for 1 laboratory unit. AA/AE GE. Transfer: CSU, UC: CSR GE: B2, B3; IGETC: 5B, 5C.

  • Degree Applicable, Credit
  • Grading Option: OP

BIO 70: FIELD BIOLOGY – 3 units

(not currently offered)

  • Formerly BIOL 40

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

Biology Department

Nan Ho
Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety
925.424.1344
Email Dean's Office

Jill Carbone
Biology Coordinator
925.424.1308
jcarbone@laspositascollege.edu

Barbara Zingg
925.424.1387
bzingg@laspositascollege.edu

Ann Hight
925.424.1307
ahight@laspositascollege.edu

Michal Shuldman
925.424.1309
mshuldman@laspositascollege.edu

Darcy Ernst
925.424.1397
dernst@laspositascollege.edu

Segal Boaz
sboaz@laspositascollege.edu

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