BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Associate in Science Degree: Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences covers all aspects of the scientific study of life and emphasizes both the unity and diversity of living things. The structure, function, and behavior of organisms are studied at the molecular, cellular, organismal and environmental levels. The biology program serves three areas of: a broad background of studies for the biology major preparing for transfer to a four-year institution; support courses in human anatomy, human physiology, and general microbiology, which may be used to satisfy prerequisites for nursing programs and other allied-health fields; and courses in natural sciences to fulfill general education requirements.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and evaluate Biological knowledge using the scientific method.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 32
 

    Units
Eight units from the following:  
     
BIOSCI-106 Organismal & Environmental Biology 4.0
BIOSCI-107 Molecular and Cellular Biology 4.0
OR    
BIOSCI-107H Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors 4.0
     
Eight units from the following:  
     
BIOSCI-215 General Zoology 4.0
BIOSCI-216 General Botany 4.0
BIOSCI-201 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOSCI-202 Introduction to Human Physiology 4.0
BIOSCI-204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOSCI-205 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
BIOSCI-221 Introduction to Microbiology 5.0
BIOSCI-230 Introduction to Biotechnology 4.0
BIOSCI-240 Molecular Genetics 4.0
     
Sixteen units from the following:  
     
CHEM-201 General Chemistry I 6.0
CHEM-202 General Chemistry II 5.0
CHEM-255 Organic Chemistry I 5.0
CHEM-256 Organic Chemistry II 5.0
MATH-211 Calculus I 5.0
MATH-212 Calculus II 5.0
PHYSIC-110 General Physics I 4.0
PHYSIC-111 General Physics II 4.0
PHYSIC-220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 4.0
PHYSIC-221 Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism 4.0
     
Recommended electives:  
     
BIOSCI-130 Environmental Biology 3.0
BIOSCI-132 Concepts in Evolution 3.0
BIOSCI-140 Principles of Human Genetics 3.0
BIOSCI-180 Biology of Cancer 3.0


BIOSCI 090 BIOLOGY FOR TECHNOLOGY
Units: 3.00
18.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Introduces the basic concepts of applied biology as they relate to the fields of biotechnology and emerging technology, including the principles and methodologies of biotechnology, instrumentation, data analysis, record keeping, safety, lab techniques, and teamwork.


BIOSCI 095 CLEANROOM TECHNOLOGY
Units: 1.00
9.00 hours lecture, 27.00 hours lab
Introduces basic techniques and theory of clean room science, including general building design, water systems, HVAC, utilities, instrumentation, process control systems and external environmental effects.


BIOSCI 096 CELL CULTURE TECHNIQUES
Units: 2.00
18.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Introduces cell culture techniques emphasizing aseptic practices in the preparation of media and maintenance of insect, mammalian, and bacterial cell cultures. Discusses small and large scale cell culture processes and compares basic research laboratory and industrial biotechnology.


BIOSCI 098 QUALITY CONTROL AND VALIDATION
Units: 1.00
18.00 hours lecture
Examines the important aspects of QA (Quality Assurance), QC (Quality Control), and methods of validation from the development to the production of biopharmaceuticals.


BIOSCI 100 GENERAL BIOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Explores the nature of science, including cell structure and processes, energetics in living systems, heredity, development, evolution, diversity, and environmental relationships. UC credit limitation: No credit for BIOSCI-100 if taken after BIOSCI- 106, 107, 107H, 201, 202, 204, 205, 215, 216, 221, or 250.


BIOSCI 106 ORGANISMAL & ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Introduction to organismal and environmental biology, cell theory, patterns of reproduction, embryological and organ development in major plant and animal groups, behavior, Mendelian genetics, population genetics, diversity of plants and animals, classification, and principles of ecology and evolution.


BIOSCI 107 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-070

Introduces the principles of cellular form and function including: bioenergetics and metabolism, molecular structure and evolution, gene regulation, cellular anatomy and physiology, and the principles of biotechnology.


BIOSCI 107H MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY HONORS
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-070

Introduces the principles of cellular form and function including: bioenergetics and metabolism, molecular structure and evolution, gene regulation, cellular anatomy and physiology, and the principles of biotechnology. Critical analysis combined with written and oral presentation of primary scientific literature will differentiate BIOSCI 107H from BIOSCI 107.


BIOSCI 130 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces basic ecological principles, current environmental issues such as pollution (air, water, and soil), global warming, deforestation, the impact of human population growth on the earths environment, and possible solutions to these problems. Not designed for biological science majors.


BIOSCI 132 CONCEPTS IN EVOLUTION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores the emergent concepts of evolution by natural selections, elementary population genetics, concepts of fitness and adaptation, genetic and developmental basis for evolutionary change, speciation, micro and macro evolution, human evolution, evolutionary science, creationism and society.


BIOSCI 140 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GENETICS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the principles of human genetics and function of DNA; genes, chromosomes and patterns of inheritance are explored. Not designed for biological science majors.


BIOSCI 180 BIOLOGY OF CANCER
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the basic principles underlying the development and treatment of cancer, including risk factors, tumor formation, cancer genes, and cancer vaccines.


BIOSCI 190 INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Recommended preparation: BIOSCI-100, CHEM-110 or CHEM-151 or CHEM-151H

Introduces the structural and functional analysis of nucleic acids and proteins using computer based modeling programs and online databases including: NCBI, SWISS-PROT, BLAST, PDB, PIR, KEGG, OMIM, PubMed, ExPASY, and Genbank.


BIOSCI 201 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN ANATOMY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Covers the major structural characteristics of the human body, including cells, tissues, organs, and the following organ systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine. UC credit limitations: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units.


BIOSCI 202 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Develops a general understanding of the functioning of the human body, including cells and membranes, nerve and muscle function, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal physiology, metabolism, endocrinology and reproduction. Students gain experience in the use of standard and computerized physiological equipment. UC credit limitations: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units.


BIOSCI 204 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Introduces the structure and function of the human body. UC credit limitation: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units.


BIOSCI 205 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-204

Continues the study of the structure and function of the human body. UC credit limitation: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units.


BIOSCI 208 HUMAN PROSECTION
Units: 1.00
CSU 54.00 hours lab
May be taken two times for credit
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-201 or BIOSCI-204 and 205 or BIOSCI-250.

Provides experience in the dissection of a human cadaver including identification of major visceral organs and structures, and fine dissection of specific regions or organs.


BIOSCI 215 GENERAL ZOOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-070
Recommended Preparation: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Surveys the animal kingdom with emphasis on integrating mechanisms at the cellular, organismal, and population levels. Includes cell organization, morphology, and comparative development (anatomy/physiology) with principles of population biology, population genetics, evolution and ecology.


BIOSCI 216 GENERAL BOTANY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: MATH-070
Recommended Preparation: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Introduces morphology, anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy of the plant kingdom with an emphasis on seed-bearing plants. Includes principles of plant genetics, population biology, and plant ecology and economics.


BIOSCI 219 MARINE BIOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
A study of the description, distribution and natural history of marine organisms. Laboratories will include both in class and field studies - which may extend outside the assigned laboratory times.


BIOSCI 221 INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY
Units: 5.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Introduces the biology of micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasitic worms, algae, fungi), their significance, and their role in human affairs.


BIOSCI 230 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 36.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Introduces the basic concepts and techniques of modern molecular biology, including the uses and applications of DNA manipulation techniques.


BIOSCI 240 MOLECULAR GENETICS
Units: 4.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture, 54.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

Introduces the principles of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics, while emphasizing the structure, function and regulation of genes along with patterns of inheritance.


BIOSCI 250 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Units: 8.00
UC:CSU 108.00 hours lecture, 108.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-107 or BIOSCI-107H

A one-semester course covering the structure and function of the human body. UC credit limitation: BIOSCI-201, 202 and 204, 205, 250 combined; maximum credit 8 units.



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