SLO’s & Courses

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and apply the steps of the scientific method in order to design and conduct laboratory or field experiments, collect and analyze results, and solve problems in the biological sciences.
  • Identify and apply the central concepts, hypotheses, and theories that comprise the major areas of the biological sciences, including cell and organism structure and function, evolution, and ecology.
  • Communicate biological information in oral and/or written form (scientific lab reports, oral presentations, posters, research proposals, etc.), using appropriate oral and written presentation formats, proper scientific terminology, and appropriate use and evaluation of primary literature and/or news media reports.

Courses

BIOL 1—Principles of Biology (5 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC

An introduction to biology for majors that emphasizes the molecular, cellular, and environmental processes that are common to most organisms. Topics include an introduction to: biomolecules, cell structure, reproduction, enzymes, fermentation, respiration, photosynthesis, molecular genetics, heredity, and evolution. Background in high school biology or chemistry is recommended. Prerequisite: MATH 52. (L,C

BIOL 2—General Zoology (4 units)
Lecture: 36 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC Applies the concepts introduced in Biology 1 to the study of animals and evolution. Animal topics include: patterns of diversity and classification, anatomy and physiology, development and significance of sexual reproduction. Evolution topics include: emphasis on speciation, macro and microevolution, adaptation to environmental and social challenges, and natural selection. Designed for biology majors and related fields but open to all qualified students. Prerequisite: BIOL 1 or BIOL 15 AND MATH 52. (L)

BIOL 3—General Botany (4 units)
Lecture: 36 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC This course applies the concepts introduced in Biology 1 to the study of plants and general ecology. Topics include morphology, physiology, systematics, and evolutionary trends among cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and plants. Population, community, and ecosystems dynamics of higher plants will be emphasized. Designed primarily for biology majors and related fields, but open to all qualified students. Prerequisite: BIOL 1 or BIOL 15 ANDMATH 52. (L)

BIOL 4—Human Anatomy (4 units)
Lecture: 36 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC An introduction to the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. With an emphasison the anatomy and the interrelationship between structure and function of the tissues, organs and organ systems. Pre-requisite: BIOL 1 or 15. (L)

BIOL 5—Human Physiology (4 units)
Lecture: 36 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC Introduction to the physiological mechanisms of the human body that lead to homeostasis. Emphasis on the interrelationship of the cells, tissues, organs, and systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 1 or 15. (L)

BIOL 6—Introductory Microbiology (4 units)
Lecture: 36 hrs; Lab: 108 hrs CSU/UC History, structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology of microscopic life forms; their relationship to disease, immunology, agriculture, and industry. Laboratory emphasizes the development of techniques for the detection, isolation, and identification of both harmless and pathogenic species. Prerequisite: BIOL 1 or 15. (L)

BIOL 10L—General Biology (4 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs; Lab: 54 hrs CSU/UC UC-Unit Limit The science of life for non-science majors. Provides an overview of the world of living organisms including their classification and unifying characteristics. Introduces basic biological processes such as homeostasis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA function, cellular reproduction, evolution, and ecosystem interactions with an emphasis on the relationship of structure to function and the interrelationships of living organisms. Lab and lectures. Not open for credit to student with credit in BIOL 10. (L).

BIOL 12— Marine Biology (3 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs CSU/UC Introduction to the biology and natural history of marine organisms. Basic scientific principles, classification, ecology, behavior, and evolution of marine organisms are explored in relation to their environment. The impact of human populations on marine ecosystems and ocean resources is also addressed. Not open for credit to student with credit in ECOL 12. (L,M)

BIOL 15—Bioscience (4 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs; Lab: 54 hrs CSU/UC UC-Unit Limit Introduction to the unifying principles of biology including the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, energy, genetics, evolution, and organismal structure. (L)

BIOL 24—Human Biology (3 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs CSU/UC Introduction to general biology of human beings. Emphasis is placed on the concepts, mechanisms and terminology used in anatomy, physiology, and ecology. Topics include cell structure and function, human evolution, anatomy and p

BIOL 25—Human Genetics (3 units)
Lecture: 54 hrs CSU/UC Designed for non-science majors to provide an understanding of basic principles of genetics, current developments in genetics, and the influence of genes and the environment in determining human characteristics. (L,M)

BIOL 30—Emerging Infections and the History of Infections Disease (3 units)
Designed for non-science majors. This course examines current biological threats to societies including emerging and re-emerging diseases (such as AIDS and avian flu) and the release of infectious bio-agents either by terrorists or military organizations, We will also discuss these threats in a historical contest by reviewing diseases that have had significant effects on human societies (such as smallpox and polio). The biology of infectious disease and treatment will be covered.