A list of all Undergraduate courses in Biology.

Lower Division

001 Introductory Biology for Majors: Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics

This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed for biology majors and others requiring a rigorous treatment of the subject. It is designed to prepare students for in-depth, upper-division work in areas related to cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Three hours of lecture per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 1L.  Prerequisites: Chemistry 8, 9 (lab), 10, 11(lab) with grades of C- or better. 

001L Introductory Biology for Majors: Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 1. One laboratory per week for four hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 1. Laboratory fee $185 (includes lab manual).

002 Introductory Biology for Majors: Organisms and Evolution

This is the second semester of a courses designed for biology majors and others requiring a rigorous introductory treatment of the subject. This course is a systematic introduction to all forms of life, covering all three domains (formerly five kingdoms), from bacteria and protozoa, through fungi, plants, and animals. To account for life's unity and diversity, the guiding principle of the course is the concept of evolution. Biology 2 builds upon the cellular and molecular foundation given in Biology 1 (which is pre-required for Biology 2), and assumes knowledge of hereditary principles, both Mendelian and molecular. Through the study of the molecular evidence, morphology, physiology, development, and behavior of each types of organism, we provide a broad understanding of the evolutionary origins and phylogenetic relationships of all forms of life. Required for biology majors and prerequisite to ALL upper-division courses. Three hours of lecture per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 2L. PrerequisitesChemistry 8, 9 (lab), Chemistry 10, 11 (lab), Biology 1, 1L, with a grade of C- or better. 

002L Organisms and Evolution Laboratory 

Laboratory to accompany Biology 2. One laboratory per week for four hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 2L. Laboratory fee $175. 

005 Concepts in Evolutionary Biology

This question-oriented course designed for non-majors explores how science works through an examination of the concepts of the theory of evolution by natural selection, which is considered to be the unifying theme of the biological sciences. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Fulfills Area B requirement for the pre-2012 general requirements. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternate years.

006 Heredity and Society

An introduction to the basic concepts and technologies of genetics as they apply to humans, and the ethical issues that rise as result of the application of those principles. Students will engage these areas through lectures, discussion, guest presenters, videos and hands-on laboratory experience. Intended for students in an major regardless of background. Six hours of lecture/discussion/laboratory per week. Fulfills Area B requirement for pre-2012 general education requirements. Laboratory fee $185 (includes reader). Offered in alternative years. 

007 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Study of the variation and evolution of the human species and its place in nature. Molecular, Mendelian and population genetics serve as a basis to discussions of natural selection and how that affects biological and physiological adaptation. The emphasis of this course is directed towards why we see broad variations among Homo sapiens and how these variations affect humans in their life cycle, health and culture. Three lecture hours and one three-hour lab per week. Laboratory fee $175.

010 Introduction to Biology 

Study of the chemistry of life, the organization of cells and the molecular processes inside of cells. This course emphasizes the genetic basis of life and includes an introduction into biotechnology. Designed for 2+2 Pre-Nursing students as a prerequisite for microbiology, human anatomy and human physiology. Three hours of lecture per week. Must be accompanied by Biology 11.

011 Introduction to Biology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 10. Includes techniques for studying organic molecules, cell biology and genetics. One lab per week for three hours. Laboratory fee $175.

012 Human Nutrition

This course is an overview of human nutrition. Concepts from biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology are used to describe the nutrients and their function in the body. Focus is on the physiological need for food and promotion of healthy eating practices as they relation to optimum body function and disease prevention. 

013 Human Anatomy for Kinesiology

Study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. This course, emphasizing the structural relationships and functional aspects of gross anatomy, proceeds from the cell to tissues to organs. A strong high school science background is recommended. Three hours of lecture per week. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 14 is required for enrollment in Biology 13. Limited to  kinesiology majors or by consent of instructor. Does not qualify for Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. Prerequisites: Biology 10, 11 (lab) and Chemistry 2, 3 (lab) with a grade of C- or better in both courses. 

014 Human Anatomy for Kinesilogy Lab

Laboratory to accompany Bio 13 taught from virtual materials and models. One three-hour lab per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 13. Laboratory fee $175.

 015 Human Anatomy

Study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. This course, emphasizing the structural relationships and functional aspects of gross anatomy, proceeds from the cell to tissues to organs. A strong high school science background is recommended. Three hours of lecture per week. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 16 is required for enrollment in Biology 15. Limited to majors in Biology, health science, kinesiology and nursing or by consent of instructor. Does not qualify for Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. Prerequisites:  Chemistry 8, 9 (lab), 10, 11 (lab) with a grade of C- or better, or Biology 10, 11 (lab) and Chemistry 2, 3 (lab) with a grade of C- or better. 

 016 Human Anatomy Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 15. Laboratory will be taught from dissected human material, models and microscopic slides to allow students to learn from direct experience. One three-hour lab per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 15. Laboratory fee $175.

 025 Human Physiology

Study of the function of the major organs and organ systems of the human body. This course, emphasizing regulation and integration, proceeds from general cell function to an overview of the controlling mechanisms and finally to the individual systems. A strong high school science background is recommended. Three hours of lecture per week. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 26 is prerequisite to enrollment in Biology 25. Does not qualify for Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. Prerequisites: Chemistry 8, 9 (lab), 10, 11 (lab) with a grade of C- or better, or Biology 10, 11 (lab) and Chemistry 2, 3 (lab) with a grade of C- or better.  

 026 Human Physiology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 25. The laboratory consists of experiments and demonstrations designed to incorporate principles of physiology. One three-hour lab per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 25. Laboratory fee $185 (includes lab manual).

034 Protecting Biodiversity

The primary goal of Biol 034 (Protecting Biodiversity) is to introduce students to basic concepts of evolution, ecology and conservation in the service of protecting planetary biodiversity.  The course will often focus on California, and how the natural history, ecology and issues within our state relate to topics elsewhere in the US and abroad. The information contained in this course will provide of some of the intellectual tools necessary to understand the worldwide environmental crisis we are living through, and perhaps some possible solutions.  I also expect students to develop a deeper appreciation for the intricacy and beauty of natural systems.  Attention will be placed on honing the student’s general knowledge of the scientific method through the laboratory and in-class exercises. Satisfies Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements.  

 040 Introductory Microbiology

The biology of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, with emphasis on those forms of medical importance to man. Three hours of lecture per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 41.

 041 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 40. Includes techniques for culture, isolation, characterization, and identification of microorganisms. One lab per week for three hours. Must be concurrently  enrolled in Biology 40. Laboratory fee $175.

 050 General Biology

A one semester introduction to the basic principles and concepts of biological science. Designed for students not majoring in biology. Three hours of lecture per week. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 51. Fulfills Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum.  

 051 General Biology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 50. One lab per week for three hours. Must be concurrently in Biology 50. Laboratory fee $175.

 055 Oceanography

An introductory course that examines the ocean world and its inhabitants. Topics include: physical and chemical properties of sea water; tides and currents; geological principles; coastal and open ocean habitats; life in planktonic and benthic communities; coral reef, hydrothermal vent and mangrove ecosystems. Three hours of lecture per week. One lab per week for three hours. Laboratory fee $175. Satisfies Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. 

080 Human Biology

This is a course to connect basic biology concepts using the humans as an illustrative example. Basic scientific processes and the concepts of human biology will be explored through lecture and laboratory exercises. Topics will include science and society, the chemistry of living things, structure and function of cells, genetics, anatomy and physiology of the organ systems, reproduction, cancer, aging, evolution, human impacts and environmental issues. Open to all students interested in discovering the scientific process and the concepts of human biology. One three-hour lab per week. Fulfills Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements.

081 Human Biology Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 80. One lab per week for three hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 80. Laboratory fee $175. 

 088 Biology of Women

Biology of Women is an introduction to the structure, physiology, and genetics of women across the life span. The first half of the course will explore the genetic, hormonal, and developmental basis for one’s gender. We will study physiology and development from conception, through puberty, pregnancy, and aging. The latter part of the course will deal with specific health concerns of women and focus on high frequency or uniquely gender-related illnesses and their physiologic basis. The lab is intended to demonstrate the varied processes of science and the scientific method using women’s biology as the basic subject material. Open to men and women.  Laboratory fee $175. Fulfills Area B requirement in pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisifies the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

089 Biology of Women Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany Biology 88. One lab per week for three hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in Biology 88. Laboratory fee $175.

Upper Division

Each upper-division course has prerequisites of Biology 1, 1L and 2, 2L with a grade of C- or better in each of these prerequisites.

100 Comparative Anatomy 

The course examines vertebrate form and function through the topics of vertebrate evolution, functional morphology, and development, along with the study of soft tissues, organ systems, and skin. Three lecture hours and two labs per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L.

102 Developmental Biology and Embryology

Explores the processes and patterns of fertilization and embryonic development of animals with an emphasis on mechanisms controlling cell differentiation and morphogenesis. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1Land Biology 2, 2L and Chemistry 104, 106.

105 Genetics

Principles of biological inheritance in animals, and plants, including some consideration of classical, molecular, population and human genetics. Three hours per week of lecture and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L. 

 110 Parasitism and Symbiology

A comprehensive course in parasitology, focusing on the many facets of symbiosis common to every level of biology. It embraces the three basic types of intimate interrelationship between different species of organisms: parasitism, mutualism and commensalism. This course examines an array of interactions in all three types of interrelationships, at many levels of interdependency. All five kingdoms, from bacteria, protoctists, and fungi to plants and animals, are studied. Three lecture hours and one lab per week.  Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L.

113 Aquatic and Marine Biology

Examines aquatic and marine life in terms of physiological, evolutionary, systematic and ecological principles. Topics covered include: marine procaryotes, unicellular eucaryotes and the multicellular eucaryotes (i.e., the invertebrates, vertebrates and marine plants). The organization of and interrelationships among marine organisms and their environments are considered from an ecosystem perspective. Shallow and deep benthic, intertidal, estuarine, coastal water, coral reef and open ocean systems are examined in detail. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L.

115 Theory of Evolution

Historical development of evolutionary theories. Modern concepts concerning the process of organic evolution, including population genetics, natural selection, and the origin of species. Topics on macroevolution, including adaption and extinction. Three hours of lecture per week. Biology 105 highly recommended. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L.

116 History and Philosophy of Biology

Development of the major concepts of biology from antiquity to the modern era, with a consideration of what these developmental sequences show about the nature of the scientific process. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L. 

119 Research Design and Biostatistics

Principles of experimental design, sampling methodologies, data collection and analysis are discussed, along with practical applications of these area in biological experimentation. Course includes use of computers. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L. 

120 Vertebrate Zoology

Advanced study of the vertebrates, with attention to phylogeny, morphology, and natural history of the major vertebrate groups. Laboratory and field work emphasize taxonomy of local forms, methods of study, and special projects. Three lecture hours and one lab/field period per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L. 

122 Comparative Animal Physiology

The functions of the major organ systems of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Emphasis on general principles of function as exemplified in the major animal phyla. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L and Chemistry 104, 106. 

125 General Ecology

An examination of the classical and emerging concepts of ecology from a primarily but not exclusively descriptive perspective. Topics include: comparative study of marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems; global warming; population ecology; the decomposition cycle; nutrient cycling; concepts related to niche theory, fitness, competitive exclusion, natural selection, and evolution. This course satisfies the Writing in the Siciplines requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L.

127 Systemic Physiology

Fundamental principles of general mammalian physiology combined with physiology of organ systems; including integrative and homeostatic mechanisms. Emphasis is on human physiology with examples taken from mammalian systems. Application of these principles to interpretation of disease is included. Laboratory includes human and mammalian experiments with emphasis on instrumentation and interpretation of results. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L, Chemistry 104, 106. 

128 Advanced Anatomy

Study of the anatomy of the human body. This course is taught through a regional approach, emphasizing the structural relationships and functional aspects of gross anatomy, histology and embryology. References to the evolution of anatomic structure will be included.  Extensive out of class dissections will be expected. This course is limited to Biology majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Note: Students who have taken Biology 15, 16 are not eligible to take Biology 128. Laboratory fee $185. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L. 

130 Microbiology

An introduction to the structure, physiology, and genetics of microorganisms with focus on bacteria and viruses. The application of fundamental knowledge about these organisms to problems of medical microbiology is included. Laboratory involves application of bacteriological techniques to the study of taxonomy, physiology and genetics of bacteria and viruses. Three hours of lecture and two two-hour labs per week.  Chemistry 104, 106. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. 

132 Cell Biology

A special topics course in which selected areas of current interest in cell biology are studied. Choice of topic varies (e.g., membrane structure and function, nerve and muscle, control of cell division, cellular immunology). Emphasis is placed on experimental methods and answering the question “How do we know what we know?” Three hours of lecture and one lab per week.  Chemistry 104, 106. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L, Chemistry 104, 106. 

135 Biochemistry

An introduction to the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Consideration is given to the properties of enzymes and enzyme catalyzed reactions in the cell. Applications to human function, disease, and diet are included. Three hours of lecture and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175.  Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L, Chemistry 104, 106.

137 Molecular Biology

An introduction to the structure and function of the genetic apparatus at the molecular level. This course is a study of how genomes are replicated, what genes are and how they operate.  Recent discoveries in the areas of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes are  an important focus of the course.  Laboratory includes both discussion and practice of techniques used in molecular genetic analysis and the measurement of gene engineering.  Three hours of lecture and one lab per week. Three hours of lecture and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $185. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L,  Chemistry 104, 106. 

139 Immunology

An introduction to the immune system: its cell types, how those cells interact, how the immune system functions as a whole and how it protects us from disease.  The immune response to pathogens and our ability to react to a diverse range of molecules with specificity are discussed in detail.  In addition, the immunologic basis for tissue/organ transplant rejection, disease prevention through vaccination and new forms of immunotherapy are presented.  Three hours of lecture and one lab period per week.  Laboratory fee $185Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L and Biology 2, 2L, Chemistry 104, 106.  

142 Califorina Flora and Communities 

Survey of selected plant communities of California. Includes a dual emphasis on field recognition of important plant families and genera of these communities and an understanding of the relationship of the component species to their environment. Three lecture hours and one lab per week.  Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L or permission from instructor. Laboratory fee $175.

144 General Botany

The study of plant biology at an advanced level, including topics in the structure and development, reproductive patterns, taxonomy, identification, phylogeny, and distribution of major plant groups. Three lecture hours and one lab per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L or permission from instructor.

146 Plant Ecophysiology

The functional aspects of plant life and the relation of plants to their physical, chemical, and biological environment. Emphasis on the vascular plants. Three lecture hours and one lab/field period per week. . Laboratory fee $175. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L, 2, 2L. 

152 Conservation Science

Conservation biology is a field of biological science that draws upon the principles of ecology, genetics and evolution in an effort to understand the patterns and processes underlying the biological diversity of our planet. The course examines the current status of our scientific understanding of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity resulting from human activities, and strategies to conserve and restore the integrity of the earth’s biological systems. Course activities include case studies, computer modeling and field trips. Three hours of lecture and one lab/field period per week. Laboratory fee $175. Offered in alternative years. Prerequisites: Biology 1 1L, 2, 2L or permission from instructor. 

197 Special Study

An independent study course for students whose needs are not met by courses available in the regular offerings of the department. Permission of the instructor and the department chair required. Laboratory fee, when appropriate, $175.

199 Special Study - Honors

A research course for upper-division majors with a B average in Biology. Permission of instructor and department chair required. Laboratory fee, when appropriate, $175.

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