Biology Classes

BIO 2 – Environmental Biology

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This survey course provides a foundation in environmental issues such as global warming, overfishing, endangered species, human population growth, habitat destruction, energy usage, air and water pollution, resource usage as well as over-consumption in an effort to build sustainable solutions towards solving these problems.

BIO 10 – Introduction to Biology

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Corequisite: BIO 10L

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is an introductory course in general biology designed for non-science majors. 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 environment. UC/CSU will accept credit for only one course, Bio 10 or Bio 11, not both.

BIO 10L – Introduction to Biology Lab

1 unit – Lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Corequisite: BIO 10

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This lab is a required co-requisite to the Biology 10 lecture course. This introductory laboratory class in general biology is designed for non-science majors and covers topics in ecology, evolution, anatomy, cell and molecular biology, and genetics. Emphasis is on using critical thinking skills to understand and apply biological principles to better understanding topics in general biology

BIO 11 – Human Biology

4 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Using human anatomy and physiology as its medium, this is an introduction course in biology designed for non-science majors. 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, basic chemistry, genetics, cell structure and function, as well as how human systems interact with their inter nal and external environment. 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. UC/CSU will accept credit for either Bio 10 or 11, not both.

BIO 11H – Honors Human Biology

4 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Human Biology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This is an introductory biology course that uses humans as the model for understanding and applying the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is placed on using critical thinking skill to find solutions to everyday problems. Topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, the physiology of human nutrition, circulation, excretion, reproduction, heredity, and how humans are related and adapted to their environment. Laboratory work includes hands-on application of concepts discussed in lectures. This course will be of particular interest to students considering careers in health. This course meets the same general education requirements as Bio 10. Biology 11 is not open to students who have completed Biology 010 with a grade of C or better.

BIO 12 – Introduction to Ecology & Wildlife

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This non-major 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.

BIO 13 – Natural History of California

2 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 0 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course explores the plant and animal communities of California. The students have the opportunity to learn about the ecology of California in both the classroom and field settings. Preliminary class meetings are followed by a field trip(s). Students must successfully complete class preparatory requirements in order to participate in the field trip(s). Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, meals, camping equipment and related expenses.

BIO 14 – California Plants and Animals

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, 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 Califor nia 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. Intr oduction to the natural history of California with an emphasis on plants and animals. The most common life forms from the coast to the mountains to the desert will be explored within the ecological context. Anyone who is interested in teaching, recreation or park management will learn identification and useful field techniques. This class is designed for non-majors.

BIO 15 – Conservation of Our Natural Resources

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

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 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 14, Conservation of Our Natural Resources.

BIO 18 – Marine Biology

4 units – Lecture 3 units lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

A survey of the biological 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 laboratory study and field trips, and the relationship of the ocean to man are also included.

BIO 22 – Genetics

4 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This general education course is 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 heredity process, pedigrees, mutation, medical genetics, recombinant DNA, biotechnology genetics, population genetics.

BIO 23 – Introduction to Infectious Diseases

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This introductory biology course explores infectious diseases, parasites, and human immunity. The course begins with a survey of infectious disease agents, including emerging 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 epidemiological patterns of disease in human populations.

BIO 24 – Contemporary Biology

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed for students of all disciplines to introduce a wide range of currently relevant biological topics that affect students’ lives including issues relating to the environment, human physiology, genetics, and many others. Basic biological concepts are presented to encourage meaningful discussions of these issues and to help students understand news articles, books, and essays on these topics.

BIO 36 – Animal Behavior

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Have you ever wondered why animals behave the way they do? 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

BIO 37 – Evolution – Life on Earth

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an introduction to the history of life on earth by the exploration of past and current environments through the evolution of different types of species over time. The course emphasizes Darwin’s theory of evolution, the evidence supporting it, mechanisms of evolution as well as modern viewpoints having implications for society and culture.

BIO 38 – Biodiversity and Extinction: Hotspots, Crisis and Conservation

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

The class surveys the biodiversity on Earth with a focus on plants and animals in selected hotspots across the world. It examines ecological and evolutionary principles necessary to understand the nature and importance of the worldwide environmental crisis.

BIO 41 – Principles of Animal Biology

5 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisites: BIO 010 or BIO 011 or equivalent high school biology course, MATH 106 or MATH 106R

Advisory: BIO 43

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID BIOL 150

This course is intended for biology majors and introduces the principles and concepts of animal biology. The material includes a survey of animal phyla and non-photosynthetic, single-celled, eukaryotic taxa and covers the comparative structure, function, and life cycles of animals, as well as principles of evolution, taxonomy, and systematics. Topics include development, morphology and physiology, phylogeny, and behavior of animals, as well as principles of evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and speciation.

BIO 42 – Principles of Plant Biology

5 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisite: MATH 106/106R

Advisory: BIO 43

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID BIOL 155

This course for biology majors surveys basic principles of the plant sciences by examining all levels of biological organization. It covers comparative diversity, structure, and function of plant, fungal and protistan phyla. Topics include development, morphology and physiology, taxonomy, systematics, and evolution. Principles of population and community ecology and ecosystem interactions are emphasized. 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.

BIO 43 – Principles of Cell Biology

5 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisites: CHEM 1A; and MATH 106 or MATH 106R; and BIO 10; and BIO 11 or successful completion of any college biology course.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course, intended for majors, covers principles and applications of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, taxonomy, viruses, biological molecules, homeostasis, cell reproduction and its controls, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, mitosis, cell metabolism including photosynthesis and respiration, cellular communication, 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. The philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry and experimental design are foundational to the course. This course is designed to complete the preparation of the biology and preprofessional major for specialized upper division courses.

BIO 45 – Microbiology

5 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisite: Completion of a college biology course and any college chemistry course

Advisory: 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.

BIO 47 – Human Anatomy

5 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisite: Math 106; Bio 10 or Bio 11 or successful completion of an equivalent high school general biology course. (Course should include an overview of cellular structure, cellular function, cell division and the scientific method).

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID BIOL 110B

This course for health professionals covers the principles and concepts of human anatomy through the comprehensive study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. Lab consists of HUMAN CADAVER examination, CAT dissection, and microscopic examination of human tissues.

BIO 48 – Human Physiology

5 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 2 units

Prerequisite: BIO 47; CHEM 2 or CHEM 30A or CHEM 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID BIOL 120B

Physiology is the study of the organ systems of the human body and the physiological principles involved in normal function. Emphasis is upon cellular and organ system function, integration and homeostasis, and regulatory mechanisms. The laboratory includes experiments stressing function of the body systems. Some experiments will be carried out on the students themselves.

BIO 50 – Human Cadaver Dissection

1 unit – Lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: BIO 47

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 course 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. (Summer Only) Pass/No Pass Option

BIO 55 – Biology of Sex

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

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 organisms use to mix their genes. Topics covered include the evolution of sex, sex differences, mating strategies, costs of reproduction, sexual conflict, sperm competition, sexual selection, promiscuity, and female choice.

BIO 56 – Ecology of Sierra Nevada

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

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

BIO 58 – Field Ecology

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

This course explores the ecology of plant and animal communities. The students have the opportunity to learn about field ecology in both the classroom and outdoor settings. Preliminary class meetings are followed by a field trip(s). Students must successfully complete class preparatory requirements in order to participate in the field trip(s). Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, meals, camping equipment and related expenses.

last published: 10/16/17 • validate xhtml css 508