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Department of Biology - West Valley College
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Bio 10 - Introduction to Biology Bio 45 - Microbiology
Bio 11 - Human Biology   Bio 46 - Anatomy & Physiology
Bio 12 - Intro. to Ecology & Wildlife   Bio 47 - Human Anatomy
Bio 13 - Natural History of California   Bio 47A - Anatomy Coordinated Enrichment
Bio 14 - California Plants & Animals   Bio 48 - Human Physiology
Bio 15 - Conservation of Our Natural Resources   Bio 49 - Biological Techniques
Bio 18 - Marine Biology   Bio 50 - Human Cadaver Dissection
Bio 22 - Genetics   Bio 52 - Biology Skills and Concepts
Bio 23 - Introduction to Infectious Diseases   Bio 55 - Biology of Sex
    Bio 24 - Contemporary Biology   Bio 56 - Ecology of Sierra Nevada
    Bio 34 - Tropical Ecology   Bio 57 - Ecology of Alaska
  Bio 35 - Biology of Birds   Bio 91,92,93 - Directed Studies
  Bio 36 - Animal Behavior Bio 100 - Special Topics
  Bio 41 - Principles of Animal Biology .
  Bio 42 - Principles of Plant Biology .
Bio 43 - Principles of Cell Biology .



Biology 10 - Introduction to Biology (4 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 3 hours
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This is an introductory course in biology designed for the non-science major. Emphasis is on using critical thinking skills to understand and apply biological principles to the solution of everyday problems. Topics discussed include the scientific method, evolution, ecology, cell function and structure, cell energy, DNA and biotechnology, as well as how organisms interact with their internal and external environments. Laboratory work includes hands on application of concepts discussed in lectures, computer simulations and field work. A passing grade in both lecture and laboratory is required to receive credit for the course. BIOLOGY 10 IS NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED BIO 11 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER.
 

Biology 11 - Human Biology (4 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 3 hours
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
Using human anatomy and physiology as its medium, this is an introductory course in biology designed for the non-science major. Emphasis is on using critical thinking skills to understand and apply biological principles to the solution of everyday problems. Topics discussed include the scientific method, evolution, ecology, cell function and structure, as well as how human systems interact with their internal and external environments. Laboratory work includes hands on application of concepts discussed in lectures through dissection, computer simulations and field work. A passing grade in both lecture and laboratory is required to receive credit for the course. BIOLOGY 10 IS NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED BIO 11 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER.

 


Biology 12 - Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 2 hours per week; Scheduled lab 3 hours per week
Recommended preparation: Math 102
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This non-majors course is an introduction to the general ecological principles that integrate all life on earth, with special focus on wildlife populations and their natural history. Energy and material flows will be covered, along with animal biology, behavior, population dynamics and human impact and management. Laboratory and field exercises emphasize investigational techniques used in scientific studies.

 


Biology 13 - Natural History of California (3 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 2 hours; lab 1 hour.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
The course explores the plant and animal communities of California. The student has the opportunity to learn about the ecology of California in both the classroom and field settings. Preliminary class meetings are followed by field trip(s). Students must successfully complete preparatory requirements in order to participate in the field trip(s). Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated travel, meas, camping equipment and related expenses. Pass/No Pass Option.

 


Biology 14 - California Plants and Animals (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 2 hours; lab 3 hours
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course is a general education course which introduces California plants and animals in an ecological context. An ecosystem approach is used to explain the geographic distribution of life forms and their community associations. In class activities and out-of-class projects involve learning the natural history of California life forms, as well as recognizing and naming them. Anyone who is interested in teaching, recreation or park management will learn identification and display techniques that will be of use. This course has been analyzed and the course decription changed to support student and vocational needs.

 


Biology 15 - Conservation of Our Natural Resources (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This is a course in the conservation of our natural resources with a view of conservation problems by considering the history of human populations in the relation to natural resources, their present predicament, and their future outlook. Students will look at conservation as it pertains to water, timber, wildlife, soil and air. This course is dual listed with PKMGT 014 Conserbation of Our Natural Resources. g

 


Biology 18 - Marine Biology (4 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 3 hours
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
A survey of the biologival principles of marine science. Designed to acquaint the student with the natural history of the local coastline, the Monterey Bay and its adjoining areas. The use of oceanographic instruments and marine sampling devices, a descriptive survey of the flora and fauna as found in the laboratory study and field trips, and the relationship of the ocean to man are also included.

 


Biology 22 - Genetics (4 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 3 hours
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
A general education course primarily for the non-science major. This is an introduction to the basic principles and concepts of heredity and their application to plants and animals, with emphasis on the hereditary process, pedigrees, mutation, medical genetics, recombinant DNA, biotechnology genetics and population genetics.

 


Biology 23 - Introduction to Infectious Diseases (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
A survey This introductory biology course explores infectious diseases, parasites, and human immunity. The course begins with a survey of infectious disease agents, including emergent pathogens, agents of bioterrorism, and newer complications seen in ancient diseases. The course continues by examining how the human immune system responds to these infections and helps students interpret epidemological patterns of diseases in human populations.

 


 
Biology 24 - Contemporary Biology (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours (also offered as an online course)
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course is designed for students of all disciplines to introduce a wide range of contemporary biological issues that will affect their lives: environmentally related issues, issues related to human physiology, and issues related to inheritance. Basic biological, chemical and physical principles are presented as appropriate for meaningful discussions of these issues and to understand articles, essays and lectures.

 


Biology 34 - Tropical Ecology (4 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This introductory level course is designed for students of all disciplines who are interested in learning about tropical ecology first hand by studying at field stations in Costa Rica. Principles of ecology, biodiversity, and conservation will be examined and applied in both terrestrial and marine environments. This intensive field course will emphasize two main tropical ecosystems: the rain forest and the rocky intertidal region. Costa Rican culture, economy, and public policy and their relationship to resource conservation will also be examined. Students will participate in naturalist led hikes and group research projects in the field. They will also design and carry out independent ecological studies.

This class will be held at biological field stations in Costa Rica, with other required class meetings at West Valley College. Students will be responsible for their own trip costs and for the purchase of items required for the trip. Pass /No Pass Option.

 


Biology 35 - Biology of Birds (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 2 hours, lab 2 hours.
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course introduces the natural history and biology of birds. The anatomy, ecology, diversity, behavior, and identification of birds will be explored through lectures, laboratories, slide presentations, and field trips. The biology of birds in Santa Clara County will be emphasized. The course is directed towards biology students, science educators (K-12), natural history museum and environmental docents, environmental educators, as well as bird enthusiasts. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel.

 


Biology 36 - Animal Behavior (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.
This course will explore different aspects of animal behavior ranging from the hardships of growing up, capturing food, escaping, migrating, navigating, communicating, making homes, competing for mates, courting, sex, taking care of offspring to the complex social behavior found in many animals. Pass/No Pass Option.

 


Biology 41 - Principles of Animal Biology (5 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology and MATH 106/106R, Intermediate Algebra, or equivalent.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course introduces the principles and concepts of animal biology. The main focus of the class is on the diversity, ecology, natural history, morphology, physiology, and development of animals with an evolutionary emphasis. The class is designed for biology majors.

 


Biology 42 - Principles of Plant Biology (5 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology and MATH 106/106R, Intermediate Algebra, or equivalent.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course for biology majors surveys basic principles of the plant sciences by examing all levels of biological organization. It provides an overview of plant diversity, ecology, evolution, morphology, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. In addition to plants, fungi, algae, and cyanobacteria are also examined. Laboratory activities include microscopic work, experimental physiology, and studies of biodiversity, natural history and ecology. Field trips to several ecosystems in the Bay Area provide numerous opportunities to study local flora.

 


Biology 43 - Principles of Cell Biology (5 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology and MATH 106/106R, Intermediate Algebra, or equivalent.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course is a comprehensive study of the unifying principles of cell biology, including the principles of cell chemistry and metabolism, structure and function of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells and viruses, bacterial and protistan taxonomy, meiosis, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, and hypotheses of the origin of life. Laboratory exercises demonstrate lecture concepts, and give students practical experience in performing standard laboratory methods used in cell biology. This course is designed to complete the preparation of the biology and pre-professional major for specialized upper division courses.

 


Biology 45 - Microbiology (5 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course and any college chemistry course.
Recommended preparation: Math 103/103R
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course is designed for nursing and other majors in life science. An introduction to microorganisms and the laboratory techniques employed in their study. The characteristics, particularly of bacteria, but including viruses, rickettsiae, algae, fungi, yeasts and protozoa will be studied with emphasis on their relationship to human life. Laboratory work will include morphological, cultural, nutritional and biochemical characteristics of microorganisms. The student will gain experience with the basic laboratory skills of the microbiologist.

 


Biology 46 - Anatomy and Physiology (5 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology.
Recommended preparation: Math 902
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
A survey of human anatomy and physiology to understand the correlation of structure and function of the systems of the human body. Laboratory work will consist of animal dissection, cadaver material, microscopic work, experimentation and demonstration of materials to supplement the lectures. Designed for the liberal arts student, those planning careers in education, psychology, and the social sciences.

 


Biology 47 - Human Anatomy (5 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology.
Recommended preparation: Math 902
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course for health professionals includes study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. Lab will consist of HUMAN CADAVER examination, CAT dissection, and microscopic examination of human tissues.

 


Biology 47A - Anatomy Coordinated Enrichment (0.5 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 0 hours; lab 1.5 hours
Enrichment program coordinated with Human Anatomy - BIO 047. This course provides students with more advanced study of materials covered in the Human Anatomy course. Additional opportunities are available to examie anatomical structures and speciments, including microscopic slides, human bones, and human cadavers are available. Pass/No Pass Option.

 


Biology 48 - Human Physiology (5 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Biology 47 and any college chemistry course.
Recommended preparation: Math 103/103R
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
A study of the organ systems of the human body and the physiological principles involved in normal function. Emphasis is upon regulatory mechanisms and cellular function. The laboratory includes experiments stressing function of the body systems. Some experiments will be carried out on the students themselves.

 


Biology 49A,B,C,D - Biological Techniques (1 unit) (return to top of page)
Lecture 0 hours; lab 3 hours, each course
Prerequisite: Completion of a college biology science course; Biology 49A is prerequisite to 49B; Bio 49B is prerequisite to 49C; and Bio 49C is prerequisite to 49D.
Recommended preparation: Math 902
Acceptable for credit: California State University
Designed for, but not restricted to, pre-teaching biology majors. The student works with individual instructors and the laboratory technician in the preparation of demonstration materials and laboratory setups. Provides practical experience in the use and care of laboratory apparatus.

 


Biology 50 Human Cadaver Dissection (1 unit) [summer only] (return to top of page)
Lecture 0 hours, lab 3 hours
Prerequisite: Bio 047
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course is a whole dissection of a human cadaver. The course is designed for nursing, medical, physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic and other health related majors. The courde will use a regional approach to cadaver dissection. Working in small groups, students will dissect cadavers while the instructor provides the necessary information for the dissection. This course may be repeated once. (Summer only). Pass/ No Pass Option.

 


Biology 52 Biology Skills and Concepts (0.5 unit) (return to top of page)
Lecture 1 hour (over 9 weeks); lab 0 hours
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course offers students an opportunity to learn effective study strategies for biology classes. These strategies are applied to the review of topics in concurrent biology classes. Students will review biology concepts to help them learn more efficiently. The course is presented in 6-week sections, and students may take any of the sections within a semester. This course may be repeated twice. Pass / No Pass Option.

 


Biology 55 Biology of Sex (3 units) (return to top of page)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours
Acceptable for credit: California State University
Directed This course explores the natural history of sex and how it is fundamental to understanding the evolution and diversity of sexual reproductive strategies. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the biology behind the fantastic strategies organims use to mix their genes. Topics overed include the evolution of sex, sex differences, mating strategies, costs of reproduction, sexual conflict, sperm competition, sexual selection, promiscuity, and female choice.

 


Biology 56 - Ecology of Sierra Nevada (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 2 hours; lab 3 hours.
Acceptable for credit: California State University.
This course explores the natural history and ecology of the Sierra Nevada. This general education course includes an overview of the climate, evolutionary history, biogeography, community structure, natural history, and ecology of the plants, mammals, birds and insects of the Sierra Nevada range. Students also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic field techniques. This class is held in the field with required preliminary class meetings at West Valley College. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, camping equipment, and related expenses.Pass/No Pass Option.

 


Biology 57 - Ecology of Alaska (3 units) (return to top of page)

Lecture 2 hours; lab 3 hours.
Acceptable for credit: California State University.
This course introduces students to the natural history and ecology of Alaska. This general education course includes an overview of the climate, evolutionary history, biogeography, community structure, natural history, and ecology of the plants, mammals, birds and insects of Alaska. Students also have the opportunity to learn basic field techniques. These topics are explored through lecture and field settings. Students must successfully complete class preparatory requirements in order to participate in the field trip. This class is held in the field with required preliminary class meetings at West Valley College. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, meals, camping equipment, and related expenses.Pass/No Pass Option.

 


Biology 91,92,93 - Directed Studies (1-3 units) (return to top of page)
Laboratory 3 (Bio 91), 6 (Bio 92), 9 (Bio 93) hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: Interview with the instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
Directed studies are investigations of special interest to the student which are related to, but not included in, regular courses offered by the college. Pass / No Pass Option.

 


Biology 100 - Special Topics (0.5-3 units) (return to top of page)

Recommended preparation:
Math 902
The course will explore topics related to this discipline and will be offered as needed. See the class schedule for current offerings. Pass / No Pass Option.

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