Biology Courses

BIO 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 

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3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture
Pre/Corequisite: Pre-requisite:MAT 010 (formerly MAT 1604) and Eng 091 (formerly ENG 1301) or ESL 091 (formerly ESL1301).
Co-requisite: BIO111 Principles of Biology laboratory 
This course is designed to give students an overview of the principles of biology that apply to living organisms. Topics examined will include the structure and function of the cell, diffusion and osmosis, types of plant and animal tissues, molecular biology, and animal reproduction and development. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students. Offered in Spanish and English.
BIO 111 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY

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1 credits, 2-hrs. laboratory
Pre/Corequisite: Pre-requisite:MAT 010 (formerly MAT 1604) and Eng 091 (formerly ENG 1301) or ESL 091 (formerly ESL1301).
Co-requisite: BIO110 Principles of Biology lecture
This course is designed to give students an overview of the principles of biology that apply to living organisms. Topics examined will include the structure and function of the cell, diffusion and osmosis, types of plant and animal tissues, molecular biology, and animal reproduction and development. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students. Offered in Spanish and English.
BIO 120

PLANTS AND SOCIETY

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3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture
Prerequisite: BIO 110
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in English: ESL 91 or ENG 91
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in Spanish: SPA 222
This course introduce students to the world of plants; their vital role in human life and in human society as sources of food, medicine, fiber, fuel, technology and the environment. Students will study plant domestication and social implications associated with the biological and technical aspects of crop production including historical developments and global environmental issues.
BIO 121

PLANTS AND SOCIETY

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1 credit, 2 hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 110, BIO 111
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in English: ESL 91 or ENG 91
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in Spanish: SPA 222
May be offered as a paired course with BIO 120
This course will provide students with knowledge of parts of the flower, to recognize the different types of fruits and how these are related to seed dispersal, and use microscopy to examine plant cells and tissues. Students examine economically important food plants such as the different varieties of legumes, grains, and starchy staples. Field trips to city parks are used to introduce students to plants in the urban environment. Students learn to recognize herbs and spices, prepare plant extracts and test them for antimicrobial activity, and practice making paper from plant fibers.
BIO 130 ORGANISMIC BIOLOGY

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4 credits, 3-hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab
Prerequisite: BIO 110
Lecture topics include the theory of evolution by natural selection, the evolution and diversity of organisms and their classification into the five kingdoms. Students will learn the main morphological features of each group as well as animal digestion, endocrine system, circulation, immunity, nervous system and basic concepts of ecology. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students.
BIO 210 GENERAL BIOLOGY I 

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4 credits, 3-hrs lecture/3 hrs lab
Prerequisite: ESL 91 or ENG 91; MAT 20 or Exempt
This course, the first of two courses in biological science is intended for students preparing for careers in science. Lecture topics include basic properties of living organisms, metabolism, energy transformation, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics and gene expression. Offered in English.
BIO 220 GENERAL BIOLOGY II (Formerly BIO 3904)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3 hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 210
This is the second part of two courses in biological science intended for students preparing for careers in science. Lecture topics include the theory of evolution by natural selection, the evolution and diversity of organisms and their classification into five kingdoms. The students will learn about animal nutrition, circulation, gas exchange, homeostasis, immunity, nervous control, reproduction and development and ecology. Offered in English.
BIO 230

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Corequisite: ENG 91, ESL 91 or ESL 35; MAT 20
The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic chemistry, body fluids, and the structure and function of the cell. The student will also list and describe the four kinds of animal tissue; list major bones and their function; and describe structure and function of the muscular and circulatory systems. Offered in English only.
BIO 240 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 230
The student will study and describe the structure and function of the urinary, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. Offered in English only.
BIO 260 INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS 4 credits; 2 hrs. lecture/ 4 hrs. Lab
Prerequisite: BIO 220
Corequisite: MAT 160
This course focuses on topics from Mendelian, molecular and population genetics; including concepts of inheritance, history of genetics, molecular genetics using the DNA organization, chromosome structure, genes, alleles and the transmission of genetic information, and the use of genetic techniques in ecological/conservation programs Laboratory work includes experiments in Mendelian genetics using plants and animals and the study of chromosome material in bacteria.
BIO 299 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN BIOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIO 220 and CHE 220 with a minimum grade of B
This course is designed to help students study particular topics of interest in the biological sciences while developing advanced research skills fundamental in planning and carrying out an independent scientific research project. Students will conduct laboratory, field research or library research using sophisticated methodology equipment and techniques to obtain and analyze data. The research findings will be presented using oral and written papers.
BIO 310

MICROBIOLOGY (Formerly BIO 3912)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 220 or 240
The student will study and describe terms related to the following aspects of microbiology: history, methods of studying and cultivation, reproduction and growth, metabolism, genetics, and control. The student will also study the following topics: pathogens, resistance and immunity, bacteria, rickettsia, chlamydia, viruses, parasitology, mycology, and epidemiology. Offered in English only.

Courses identified with an asterisk (*) will be offered when there is sufficient demand.