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Biology

Science, Math and Engineering Division

BIOL-01 GENERAL BIOLOGY FOR NON-MAJORS
(CSU breadth area B2/B3) 4 units: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.Note: This course is not available to students having a grade of "C" or better in BIOL-04 or BIOL-04H.
This is an introductory-level course designed for non-majors. Areas stressed include the origin of life, structure and function of cells, basic processes of life, reproduction, ecology, microbiology, evolution, classification, genetics, and metabolic processes. (11/04)

BIOL-04 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY FOR SCIENCE MAJORS
(CSU breadth area B2/B3) 4 units: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
One-way corequisite: CHEM-04A.
Advisories: BIOL-01; ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is a study of the principles of biology. Areas of study will include aspects of the philosophy of science, chemistry of life, cellular organization, biological membranes, energy transfer, including photosynthesis and cellular metabolism, reproduction, Mendelian and molecular genetics, taxonomy and classification, evolution, bio-diversity, and ecology. This course is intended for science majors. (11/04)

BIOL-04H HONORS PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY FOR SCIENCE MAJORS
(CSU breadth area B2/B3) 4 units: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
One-way corequisite: CHEM-04A.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Honors Program. See the college catalog for a description of enrollment requirements. Advisories: BIOL-01; ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is a study of the principles of biology and is intended for the honors student. Course emphases include cellular and molecular biology, biological membranes, bioenergetics, storage, processing, and expression of genetic information, classification and taxonomy, evolution, bio-diversity, and ecology. There will be an emphasis on collaborative learning, research, and scientific writing. (11/04)

BIOL-06 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
(CSU breadth area B2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This introductory course examines Earth as an ecosystem composed of biological, chemical, and physical processes with emphasis on man's impact on the planet. Topics include the structure and function of ecosystems, bio-diversity, the impact of industrialization and urbanization, energy, populations, resources, pollution, pesticides, and risk/benefit assessment. (10/04)

BIOL-08 CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
(CSU breadth area B2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
This course is a study of human interactions with our physical and biological environment. Included in this course are a survey of human use of resources, the history of ideas about resources, the role of ecology as a basis for wise decisions, and current environmental problems. Maintenance and improvement of long-term productivity and quality of the environment will be emphasized.

BIOL-20 MICROBIOLOGY (CAN BIOL 14)
(CSU breadth area B2/B3) 4 units: 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab.
Prerequisite: BIOL-01. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This is a basic course involving the identification, morphology, metabolism, pathogenicity and genetics of microorganisms. Lecture topics include an historical review, systematics, growth and metabolism of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasitic protozoa. Laboratory work will cover basic staining and culture techniques, effects of physical and chemical factors on growth, and basic biochemical activities of some bacteria and protozoa. The course is designed for students majoring in any of the allied health professions. (3/00)

BIOL-25 THE OCEANS
(CSU breadth area B2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
This is an introductory study of the modern biology of the oceans. The marine world is treated as man's last frontier on earth; various discoveries, problems and methods of the marine biologist will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include classification of marine environments, ocean currents, tides, continental drifts, sea floor spreading, marine resources, pollution, and the biology of important marine fishes and invertebrates. A number of these topics will be related to the marine ecology of the California coast.

BIOL-31 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY I
[CILC areas C,F] 4 units: 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab.
Prerequisite: BIOL-01 or BIOL-04; CHEM-02AB or CHEM-04AB. One-way corequisite: GENE-10.
Advisories: BIOL-20; ENGL-A, ENGL-41; MATH-A or MATH-B.
This is an introductory course in biotechnology theory and techniques.
This course will cover safety and good lab practices; preparation of solutions; DNA isolation, manipulation, transformation, and quantization; isolation of RNA, PCR and analysis of PCR products; and electrophoresis. The primary focus of the course will be the development of laboratory skills and principles underlying them. This course is recommended for students seeking a certificate in biotechnology, for students majoring in biotechnology or a related field, or for students transferring to a university who are interested in undergraduate research. (10/00)

BIOL-33 BIOTECHNOLOGY II: ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
4 units: 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab. Prerequisite: BIOL-31. Advisories: BIOL-20; ENGL-A, ENGL-41; MATH-A or MATH-B.
This is an advanced course on techniques in biotechnology. This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in BIOL-31. It will provide both discussion of theory along with the extensive hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. Topics will cover techniques in the isolation, detection, and manipulation of bio-molecules, including RNA, DNA, and proteins. Field trips may be required. (11/00)


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