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Biological Sciences Courses

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BIO - Biological Sciences

BIO-001A: General Biology: Cells (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent Prerequisite BIO 010 or BIO 011 ; Advisory CHM 001B or CHM 001BH This course is a comprehensive introduction to cell and molecular biology, and is designed for students pursuing degrees in biology or professional programs such as medicine or pharmacy. Topics addressed in lecture and lab include biochemistry, the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular metabolism, prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression and regulation, and selected topics in human physiology.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-001AH: General Biology: Cells-Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent. Prerequisite: BIO 010 or BIO 011 Anti-Requisite: BIO 001A Advisory: CHM 001B or CHM 001BH This honors course is a comprehensive introduction to cell and molecular biology, and is designed for students intending to transfer to majors in the biological sciences as well as for those seeking to enter professional programs such as medicine or pharmacy. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 001A and BIO 001AH. Enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project is required.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-001B: General Biology: Organisms (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: BIO 001A or BIO 001AH This course examines the unity and diversity of multicellular life, ecological and evolutionary principles, and form/function relationships in plants and animals. The course is designed for students majoring in the biological sciences or seeking entry to professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-004: Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: BIO 011 and CHM 030A OR Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH and BIO 011 OR Prerequisite: BIO 011 and CHM 060 OR Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH and BIO 001A or BIO 001AH OR Prerequisite: CHM 030A and BIO 001A or BIO 001AH OR Prerequisite: CHM 060 and BIO 001A or BIO 001AH OR Prerequisite: BIO 010 and BIO 010L and CHM 001A or CHM 001AH OR Prerequisite: BIO 010 and BIO 010L and CHM 030A OR Prerequisite: BIO 010 and BIO 010L and CHM 060 OR Prerequisite: BIO 022 and CHM 001A or CHM 001AH OR Prerequisite: BIO 022 and CHM 030A OR Prerequisite: BIO 022 and CHM 060 This course is intended for nursing and other health-science majors. Lecture topics include the morphology and physiology of the major groups of microorganisms, microbial genetics, mechanisms of infection and disease, and the human immune response to infection. Laboratory activities focus on the culture and identification of bacteria of medical importance.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-010: Introduction to Biology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

BIO 010 is an introductory course in biology designed for the non-biological sciences major. Topics include cell structure and function, energy exchange and life processes, taxonomy, ecology, heredity, diversification and evolution. This lecture course may be taken with or without BIOSC 010L, Introduction to Biology Lab.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-010L: Introduction to Biology Lab (1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 1.0)

Corequisite: BIO 010 or Prerequisite: BIO 010 This is an introductory general biology laboratory course designed for non-science majors. All students who enroll in this lab course must also enroll in a BIO 010 lecture.

5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-011: Human Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4.0)

This course is an introduction to biology concepts and principles, using humans as a model. BIOSC 011 satisfies the same general education requirement as BIOSC 010.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-012: Emerging Infectious Diseases (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

In this introductory biology course, learn how infectious agents cause disease, and what factors are leading to the emergence of new diseases such as mad cow, SARS, and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-014: Introductory Neuroscience (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course is an introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. The physiology of the brain and senses are discussed. Emotions, sleep, language, attention, memory, and a survey of nervous system disorders are explored.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-014H: Introductory Neuroscience - Honors (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: ENG 001A and REA 054 OR Advisory: ENG 001AX and REA 054 This honors course is an introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. The physiology of the brain and senses are discussed. Emotions, sleep, language, attention, memory and a survey of nervous system disorders are explored.

CSU - California State University

BIO-016: Marine Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4.0)

This four unit course introduces students of all disciplines to ocean ecology and marine life. Topics are explored through classroom learning and seven required field trips to local marine habitats and research facilities in the San Francisco and Monterey Bays. Some field trips may extend beyond regularly scheduled class meeting time. Students arrange their own transportation to the field sites.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-017: Genetics and Society (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course is a broad survey of genetics, with a focus on the societal impacts of topics in genetics such as human genetic disease, biotechnology, reproductive technologies, and evolution. This course is a broad survey of genetics, with a focus on the societal impacts of topics in genetics such as human genetic disease, biotechnology, reproductive technologies, and evolution. It is designed for the general education student.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-017H: Genetics and Society - Honors (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course is a broad survey of genetics, with a focus on the societal impacts of topics in genetics such as human genetic disease, biotechnology, reproductive technologies, and evolution. The honors component involves an in-depth analysis of specific topics, using current information from research journals. Students cannot get credit for both BIOSC 017 and BIOSC 017H. This section requires enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project. More information and the online application can be found at http://honors.missioncollege.edu.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-019: Oceans: Life in the Sea (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This non-majors course surveys the biological principles of marine science. It provides an overview of the ocean environment, diversity of marine life, basic ecological principles and types of marine ecosystems. The relationship between humans and the ocean is emphasized, focusing on conservation biology and sustainability.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-022: Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health Workers (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4.0)

Advisory: MAT 903 or High School Algebra I, or equivalent. This course is an overview of the normal structure and function of the human body and is designed to provide a foundation for the study of disease and dysfunction in the clinical setting. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved materials. BIO-022 is designed to meet the state board requirements for the vocational nursing and psychiatric technician programs.

AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University

BIO-025: Environmental Biology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course is designed for student of all disciplines to introduce a wide range of contemporary biological topics that will affect their lives; e.g., population growth and control, environmental problems, genetic manipulation, nutrition, energy issues, etc.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, AE - AA-AS Lifelong Learning, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, E - CSU Life Long Learning/SelfDev, UC - University of California

BIO-030: Tropical Ecology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

The amazing diversity of life in the tropics is the subject of this introductory level class. Students explore rainforest inhabitants and their relationships, and learn about their value and conservation. This lecture course may be taken with or without BIOSC 030L, Tropical Ecology Lab.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-030L: Tropical Ecology Field Studies (1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 1.0)

In this introductory level class, students carry out research methods that ecologists use to observe and investigate tropical ecosystems. This lab course may be taken with or without BIOSC 030, Tropical Ecology.

AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-031L: Tropical Ecology Field Studies (1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 1.0)

Anti-Requisite: BIO 030L In this introductory level laboratory class, students carry out research methods that ecologists use to observe and investigate tropical ecosystems. This course includes a field trip to Costa Rica. Students who take this course are not required to complete BIO 30, the lecture course in Tropical Ecology.

CSU - California State University

BIO-032: California Plants and Animals (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4.0)

This field course explores the ecology of California flora and fauna through studies of plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems within the San Francisco Bay region.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-041: Principles of Evolution and Animal Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: MAT 000C (or any higher level mathematics course) , Prerequisite: CHM 002 (or any higher level chemistry course) ; and Prerequisite: BIO 010 or Prerequisite: Equivalent High School or College Biology course with lab. This course is intended for students majoring in biology and related fields. The course introduces the principles of animal biology and evolutionary theory to the biology major. Topics include animal phylogeny, diversity, principles of evolution, natural history, morphology, physiology, and development.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-042: Principles of Plant Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: High School or College biology course and Prerequisite: MAT 000C and Prerequisite: CHM 001A This is a course for biology majors that examines principles of botany through comprehensive studies of the major plant, fungi and algal phyla, with emphasis on structure, function and evolution of vascular plants. Ecological principles are also discussed.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-043: Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Advisory: CHM 001B or CHM 001BH Prerequisite: BIO 010 or Equivalent course in College Biology Prerequisite: BIO 010L Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent OR Advisory: CHM 001B or CHM 001BH Prerequisite: BIO 011 or Equivalent course in College Biology Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent OR Advisory: CHM 001B or CHM 001BH Prerequisite: BIO 041 or Equivalent course in College Biology Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent OR Advisory: CHM 001B or CHM 001BH Prerequisite: BIO 042 or Equivalent course in College Biology Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH Prerequisite: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent This course is a comprehensive introduction to cell and molecular biology, and completes the general biology sequence required for transfer students in the biological sciences and for those seeking to enter Pharmacy and other professional programs.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-047: Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: BIO 010 and BIO 010L OR Prerequisite: BIO 011 OR Prerequisite: BIO 022 OR Prerequisite: BIO 001A OR Prerequisite: BIO 001AH This course is a detailed lecture and laboratory study of the gross and microscopic structures of the human body in preparation for careers in nursing,physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, etc.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-048: Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Advisory: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent. Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH OR Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 030A OR Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 060 This course provides students with a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying body function in order to provide a foundation for more in-depth study and practical application. With an emphasis on cause and effect, details of the chemical and cellular basis for the workings of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive systems are emphasized. Laboratory investigations of physiological processes familiarize students with scientific analysis and research techniques.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-048H: Human Physiology - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Advisory: MAT 000C or High School Algebra II, or equivalent. Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 001A or CHM 001AH OR Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 030A OR Prerequisite: BIO 047 and Prerequisite: CHM 060 This honors course provides students with a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying body function in preparation for more in-depth study and clinical application. The chemical and cellular basis for the workings of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive systems are emphasized. Laboratory investigations of physiological processes familiarize students with scientific analysis and research techniques. The honors component involves an in-depth analysis of specific topics, using current information from research journals. Students cannot get credit for both BIOSC 048 and BIOSC 048H. Enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project is required.

5B - IGETC Biological Sciences, 5C - IGETC Laboratory Sciences, AB - AA-AS Natural Sciences, B2 - CSU Life Sciences, B3 - CSU Laboratory Activity, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

BIO-081H: Honors Seminar in Biology Studies (1.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 1.0)

This course is an honors course involving discussion and analysis of current and significant research work in the field of biological science. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the application of the scientific method to research areas such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, cancer, neuroscience, ecology, sustainability, etc. The course includes presentations by students and invited guests. This section requires enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project. More information and the online application can be found at http://honors.missioncollege.edu.

CSU - California State University

BIO-092E: Special Projects in Environmental Studies (Min Credits: 2.0)

Advisory:BIOSC 025. Under the guidance of a faculty member, student groups carry out research projects that address global problems by applying local solutions on topics such as vermiculture, sustainable aquaponics, habitat enhancement, or burrowing owl conservation. This course is also listed as GLOBL 092E. Pass/No Pass Option.