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The following information is current as of August, 2014.

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Course #​ Title​ Units​ Prerequisites​ Description​
Biology 109​ Fundamentals of Biology​ 3​ None​ Principles of biology stressing the relationship of all organisms from anatomical, physiological and ecological points of view. Includes cell machinery, genetics, reproduction, embryology, animal behavior, botany, ecology, evolution and human physiology. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L recommended. Not open to students who are enrolled in or have credit in Biology 159. Designed for non-biology majors.​
Biology 109H​ Honors Fundamentals of Biology​ 3​ A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above​ Traditional Biology enriched in breadth and depth by extensive outside reading assignments and guest lecture presentations. Emphasis is on individual preparation for discussion and analysis of pertinent topics using critical oral and written expression. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L is recommended. Designed for non-biology majors.​
Biology 109 L​ Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory​ 1​ Biology 109 or 159 or concurrent enrollment​ Laboratory experiments to identify and illustrate significant organisms and their structures. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of all organisms from an anatomical, physiological, and ecological framework. Content correlates to Biology 109 or 159 lecture material.​
​Biology 111​ ​Marine Biology ​4 ​None This course covers basic concepts of marine ecosystems including oceanographic principles, ecology, and a survey of marine habitats and diversity of marine organisms.
​Biology 115 ​Concepts in Biology for Educators ​4 ​None An investigation in the basic principles of Biology and Science with content appro- priate for future multiple-subject teachers and secondary through high school. The course material is presented within the context of the human experience and includes cell biology, physiology, genet- ics, evolution, ecology, animal behavior, and the interaction of humans with the environment. The course is taught from an inquiry-based strategy using active learning. May be repeated. 
Biology 127​ Ecology​ 1​ None​ Introduction to the basic principles of ecology. Study of ecosystems, biomes, and the relationships of plants and animals in the natural world.​
Biology 128​ Natural History of the California​ Coast 1​ None​ An ecological study of plant and animal life of the southern and central California coast. May be repeated.​
Biology 129​ Ecology of Southern California​ 1​ None​ Identification and study of the plants and animals of the ocean, mountain and desert regions of Southern California with emphasis on the organisms relationship to their environment.​
Biology 131​ Natural History of the Southwest​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of mountain, canyon and desert ecosystems of the Southwestern United States. Animal and plant identification, geology, and environmental problems will be emphasized.​
Biology 132​ Natural History of Death Valley​ 1​ None​ Ecological relationships of desert plant and animal life will be observed and studied. May be repeated.​
Biology 133​ Desert Biology​ 1​ None​ A survey of desert plants and animals with emphasis on their identification, evolution and adaptations to an arid environment.​
Biology 139​ Health Microbiology​ 4​ None​ Presents practical and theoretical aspects of medical microbiology to meet the needs of those in allied health professions. Provides basic knowledge of the microbial world by covering diversity, structure, metabolic and genetic characteristics, cultivation and control. Emphasis is placed in human-microbe interactions especially infectious diseases. Laboratory deals with identification, growth, and control of microorganisms. Prior completion of Biology 109 or 149 recommended.​
Biology 149​ Human Anatomy and Physiology​ 4​ None​ Human anatomy and physiology stressing the interrelationships between normal structure and function. Designed for students in the allied health sciences, particularly those desiring the two-year RN degree. May not meet requirements for physical education or BSN majors.​
Biology 169​ Natural History of the Sierra Nevadas​ 1-3​ None​ A field study of the ecology, geology, and history of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Animal and plant studies, environmental problems and wilderness preservation will be emphasized.​
Biology 177​ Human Genetics​ 3​ None​ Introductory course in genetics. Topics include the principles of Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of mitosis and meiosis, process of transcription, translation and protein synthesis, non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance, the cell cycle, and cell structure. Discussions relevant to current social concerns about genetics covering topics such as cloning, DNA fingerprinting, genetic engineering, prenatal diagnosis, gene therapy and the Human Genome Project.​
​Biology 190 Introduction to Biotechnology ​3​ ​None This course will define the field of biotechnology and provide students with a brief history of its development, an understanding of the foundational molecular biology principles relating to its modern industrial practices and appli- cations, create an awareness of bioethics, and introduce students to the variety of jobs available in this field. This course will allow students to acquire the basic foundational knowledge and skills for the biotechnology field. Industry practices and ethics will be emphasized.​ 
​Biology 191 ​Biotech A: Basic Skills ​4 ​None Introduction to the fundamental skills necessary for any biotechnology labora- tory. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents and media, utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, and lab safety regulations. 
​Biology 192 ​Biotech B: Proteins ​4 ​Biology 191 with a minimum grade of C Fundamental skills in applied biotechnol- ogy necessary for any biotechnology laboratory but particularly focused on downstream manufacturing processes in biomanufacturing. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents and media; utiliza- tion of good aseptic technique; proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment; adherence to quality control protocols and lab safety regulations; in vitro translation, large scale expression, purification, modification, western blot analysis, ELISA, antibody tagging, and fluorescent microscopy. Compliance with industry standards and regulation will be incorporated in course procedures. 
​Biology 193 ​Biotech C: Nucleic Acids ​4 ​Biology 191 with a minimum grade of C This course introduces the fundamental skills in applied biotechnology focusing on the upstream research and develop- ment process. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook; preparation and sterilization of solu- tions, reagents and media; utilization of good aseptic technique; proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment; adherence to quality control protocols and lab safety regulations; DNA/RNA ex- traction and purification, bioinformatics, polymerase chain reaction, electrophore- sis, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, DNA cloning, fluoresence in situ hybridization, and Southern blot analysis, and in vitro transcription. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures. 
​Biology 194 ​Quality and Regulatory Compliance in Biosciences ​2 ​None This course will cover quality assurance and regulatory compliance for the biosci- ence industries. Topics will span quality control and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical device and food industries. Theories and ap- plication of quality assurance and quality control will be presented and several different quality systems will be discussed such as cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), ISO9000 (International Standards Organization), Six Sigma and Lean. 
​Biology 195 ​Biotech: QC Microbiology ​2 ​Biology 229 with a minimum grade of C This course will cover the skills necessary to work in a regulated quality control microbiology laboratory. 
​Biology 197 ​STEM Internship/Work Experience ​1-16 ​Biology 193 and 194 with a minimum grade of C Supervised paid or volunteer experience in student’s major including new or ex- panded responsibilities. 75 hours of paid work or 60 hours of unpaid work equals one unit. Course may be taken 4 times for a maximum of 16 units of occupational cooperative work experience credit. Grade: Pass/No Pass only. 
Biology 200​
(Env St 200)
(Sci 200) 
Environment of Man​ 3​ None​ A biological and physical science introduction to environmental problems such as energy, resources, pollution, land use, population and food, including economic and political factors. A natural science elective. (Same as environmental Studies 200 and Science 200.)​
Biology 211​ Cellular and Molecular Biolo​ 5​ Mathematics 080 with a grade of C or better.​ An investigation into the molecular and cellular basis of life, including the evolution of cells, cell structure and function, energy information flow, cellular reproduction, genetics, and the molecular basis of inheritance. Required of majors in Biology, Medicine, Forestry, and Agriculture. This course is a prerequisite for Biology 212 and Biology 214. Prior completion of Chemistry 119 or 209 or equivalent recommended.​
Biology 212​ Animal Diversity and Ecolog​y 5​ Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.​ A study of ecological principles, and relationships between animal diversity and ecosystems. Habitat, populations, ecological interactions, and environmental influences are stressed while surveying animal diversity and addressing structure, function, behavior, and adaptation of major taxonomic groups. required of majors in biology, medicine, forestry and agriculture. Field trips required.​
​Biology 214​ ​Plant Diversity and Evolution ​5​ ​Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.​ Principles and processes of evolution leading to biodiversity. Survey of the organisms, viruses, prokaryotes, fungi, algae, and plants with emphasis on evolutionary adaptations of the anatomy, physiology, and life cycles of these organ- isms. Field trips required. 
Biology 217​ Pathophysiology​ 2​ Biology 149, 239 or 249​ Covers dynamic aspects of human disease. Links sciences of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry with their application to clinical practice for health professionals.​
Biology 229 General Microbiology​ 5​ Biology 109/109H and 109L, or 139, or 149, or 211 or Chemistry 119 or 209​ Introduction to microorganism, their classification, structure, biochemistry, growth control and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. Designed for biology, preprofessional, and prenursing (BSN) majors.​
Biology 239 General Human Anatomy​ 4​ None​ Structure of the human body. Systems, organs, and tissues are studied from human skeletons, models, charts, slides and CD-ROM programs. Laboratory includes the dissection of a cat; and periodic demonstrations of a prosected cadaver as available.​
Biology249 General Human Anatomy​ 4​ Biology 239​ Microscopic, macroscopic and dynamic view of the human physiological processes. The lecture portion includes a thorough consideration of both "cell and systems" physiology. Laboratory work includes the use of techniques used in basic research, an introduction to the use of standard medical equipment and the performance of medical laboratory tests. Non-invasive experiments are performed on students enrolled in the class.​
Biology 259​ Environmental Biology​ 4​ None​ Introduction to Environmental Biology. Includes study of ecosystems, population dynamics, classification, diversity of plant and animal species, effects of pollutants at both the cellular and organismal levels and principles of ecology. (Same as Environmental Studies 259.)​