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BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: EXPLAIN THE BASIC STRUCTURE OF CELLS AND TISSUES AND THE RELEVANCE OF THIS STRUCTURE TO HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: EXPLAIN THE BASIC STRUCTURE OF CELLS AND TISSUES AND THE RELEVANCE OF THIS STRUCTURE TO HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

BIOL 295 Independent Studies in Biology

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Transfer Credit Limitations: 1) BIOL 300, 307 and 310 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course; 2) No credit for BIOL 300 or 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: EXPLAIN THE BASIC MECHANISMS BY WHICH ORGANISMS MAINTAIN HOMEOSTASIS

BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Transfer Credit Limitations: 1) BIOL 300, 307 and 310 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course; 2) No credit for BIOL 300 or 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: ARTICULATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIVERSITY OF ORGANISMS TO ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING.

BIOL 308 Contemporary Biology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

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.

This course is a survey of biological science intended to equip the student to think and act intelligently with respect to contemporary issues in biology. Biological topics are introduced in a framework of natural selection. The course is for those not intending to major in biological sciences, particularly liberal studies majors. Genetics is a significant focus of the course, as are origin of cellular life, cellular physiology, and diversity of organisms. An optional laboratory illustrating these introduced principles is offered as a separate, one-unit course (Biol 309).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: UTILIZE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND EVALUATE SCIENTIFIC DATA.

BIOL 309 Contemporary Biology Laboratory

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: BIOL 308; BIOL 308 may be taken during a previous semester. Grade of "C" or better required if taken previously.

Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, OR ESL 325 with a grade of C or better; OR eligibility for ENGRD 310 AND ENGWR 101.

This course is an optional laboratory accompaniment to BIOL 308. The sessions will illustrate biological phenomena and their relationship to contemporary concerns and discoveries in biology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: UTILIZE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND EVALUATE SCIENTIFIC DATA.

BIOL 310 General Biology

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Transfer Credit Limitations: 1) BIOL 300, 307 and 310 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course; 2) No credit for BIOL 310 if taken after BIOL 400)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO1:EXPLAIN THE BASIC BIOCHEMICAL, CELLULAR, STRUCTURAL, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS BY WHICH HUMANS MAINTAIN HOMEOSTASIS.

BIOL 342 The New Plagues: New and Ancient Infectious Diseases Threatening World Health

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGRD 312 and ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Examine the biology, pathogenesis, and transmission of infectious agents threatening global health.

BIOL 350 Environmental Biology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGRD 312 and ENGWR 101; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1-APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY TO THE ANALYSIS OF INDIVIDUAL ADAPTATION, POPULATIONS, COMMUNITIES, AND ECOSYSTEMS. This includes the ability to...

BIOL 351 Global Climate Change

Units: 3

Same As: GEOG 305

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This interdisciplinary course explores the natural and human factors causing the Earth’s climate to change. Whether alarmed, skeptical, or just curious about climate change, this course will provide the scientific tools to analyze the evidence that climate change is a looming threat. Through lectures, readings, discussions and projects, students will examine the Earth’s present and past climates as well as the influence of climate on the geographical distribution of plants, animals and human societies. This course is the same as GEOG 305, and only one
may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSICAL FACTORS AFFECTING CLIMATE AND THE RESULTING GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION OF ENERGY RECEIPT, TEMPERATURE, PRECIPITATION, AND BIOMES.

  • 1. Explain the factors responsible for the latitudinal variation in energy receipt and its affects on global temperature and precipitation patterns.
  • 2. Diagram the global energy balance, accounting for major sources of input and outputs, heat exchange and absorption.
  • 3. Describe the various layers of the atmosphere and explain their role in producing the Greenhouse Effect and anthropogenic global warming.
  • 4. Apply knowledge of meteorology as well as global oceanic circulation to hypothesize how terrestrial and marine biotic communities may be impacted by climate change.
  • BIOL 352 Conservation Biology

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: APPLY BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY, GENETICS, AND EVOLUTION TO THE ANALYSIS OF CONSERVATION ISSUES. THIS INCLUDES THE ABILITY TO...

    BIOL 390 Natural History Field Study

    Units: 0.5 - 4

    Hours: 3 - 24 hours LEC; 18 - 144 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    APPLY BASIC PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY TO OBSERVATIONS IN THE FIELD (SLO #1).

    BIOL 400 Principles of Biology

    Units: 5

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

    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.

    Transferable: CSU; UC (1) No credit for BIOL 300 or 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431; 2) No credit for BIOL 310 if taken after BIOL 400; 3) No transfer credit for BIOL 462, if taken after BIOL 400)

    CID: C-ID BIOL 190; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE, SYNTHESIZE, EVALUATE AND PRESENT INFORMATION IN BIOLOGY.

    BIOL 410 Principles of Botany

    Units: 5

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

    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.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    CID: C-ID BIOL 155; Part of C-ID BIOL 130S; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    APPLY SCIENTIFIC METHOD TO TEST HYPOTHESES AND EXPLAIN BOTANICAL PHENOMENA. (SLO 1)

    BIOL 420 Principles of Zoology

    Units: 5

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

    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.

    Transferable: CSU; UC (1) No credit for BIOL 300 and 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431 )

    CID: C-ID BIOL 150; Part of C-ID BIOL 130S; Part of C-ID BIOL 135S

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE, SYNTHESIZE, EVALUATE, AND PRESENT INFORMATION IN ZOOLOGY.

    BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology

    Units: 5

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: CHEM 305, 309, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better

    Transferable: CSU; UC (Transfer Credit Limitations: No credit for BIOL 300 and 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431)

    CID: Part of C-ID BIOL 115S

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: EXPLAIN THE BASIC STRUCTURE OF CELLS AND TISSUES AND THE RELEVANCE OF THIS STRUCTURE TO HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

    BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology

    Units: 5

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: BIOL 430 with a grade of "C" or better

    Transferable: CSU; UC (1) BIOL 300, 307 and 310 combined: maximum transfer credit is one course; no credit for BIOL 300 and 307 if taken after BIOL 400, 420, 430, or 431)

    CID: Part of C-ID BIOL 115S

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: ANALYZE VARIOUS CONTROL SYSTEMS UTILIZING THE CONCEPT OF HOMEOSTASIS

    BIOL 439 Human Cadaver Dissection

    Units: 1

    Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Advisory: BIOL 420 or 430 with a grade of "C" or better

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: DEVELOP DISSECTION TECHNIQUES

    BIOL 440 General Microbiology

    Units: 4

    Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: CHEM 305, 309, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1—Evaluate the cellular structure and function of microorganisms.

    BIOL 462 Genetics in Contemporary Human Society

    Units: 3

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC (Transfer Credit Limitation: No transfer credit for BIOL 462 if taken after BIOL 400)

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: SOLVE GENETICS PROBLEMS BY APPLYING PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE.

    BIOL 485 Honors Seminar in Genetics

    Units: 3

    Same As: HONOR 385

    Hours: 54 hours LEC

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU; UC

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO 1: SOLVE GENETICS PROBLEMS BY APPLYING PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE.

    BIOL 490 Science Skills and Applications

    Units: 0.5

    Hours: 27 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Corequisite: Current enrollment in a science course (designated by ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, PHYS, or PS).

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: Apply strategies to effectively preview science text chapters or other course materials.

    BIOL 495 Independent Studies in Biology

    Units: 1 - 3

    Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

    BIOL 498 Work Experience in Biology

    Units: 1 - 4

    Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

    Prerequisite: None.

    Enrollment Limitation:

    Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Biology.

    Transferable: CSU

    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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)