2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions


BIO 10

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory, CSU General Education Area Requirement: B2, B3

Biology 10 is recommended for the non-science major. The primary objective of this course is to teach basic biological concepts as they relate to the cell and the organism as a whole. Consideration will be given to the cellular and chemical basis of life, genetics, evolution, and ecology.  (AA, CSU, UC)

BIO 11

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC

Biology 11 is a week-long field trip to Death Valley with an emphasis on the items that make the Mojave Desert and Death Valley unique with regard to the flora and fauna. (AA, CSU)

BIO 12      

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC

Biology 12 is a week-long field trip to the Colorado Plateau and specifically the Grand Canyon emphasizing the flora and fauna of this unique setting.  (AA, CSU)

BIO 20      

Class Hours:  3 lecture, 6 laboratory ,CAN BIOL 4 CSU General Education Area Requirement: B2, B3

Biology 20 is a general study of the animal kingdom using the phylogenetic approach.  The emphasis will be placed on structure, function, and ecology as they relate to each group of  animals. (AA, CSU, UC)

BIO 24      

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 6 Laboratory CAN BIO 6 CSU General Education Requirement: B2, B3

Biology 24 is an introduction to the study of plants and their relatives with an emphasis on  their structure, function, evolution, ecology and economic importance. (AA, CSU, UC)

BIO 30/60

Class Hours:  18 Lecture hours or 54 Laboratory  hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit departments to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken for CR/NC.

BIO 32      

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN BIO 10, CAN BIO SEQ BCSU General Education Area Requirement:  B2, B3, SEQ B

Biology 32 is an introductory class in examining the human body from the systemic viewpoint.  Although this class is intended for biology or health science majors, it can also be taken by non-majors as a transferable life science course. Lab exercises utilizing the domestic cat will be integrated with the lecture. (AA, CSU, UC)

BIO 35      

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN BIOL 12, CAN BIO SEQ B CSU General Education Area Requirement:  B2, B3 SEQ B Strongly Recommended Preparation:  A college biology course.

Biology 35 is an introductory study in the functioning of human systems, with an emphasis on maintaining homeostasis.  This course is recommended for health related programs, physical education, and biology majors. (AA, CSU, UC)

BIO 38      

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN BIOL 14,CSU General Education Area Requirement:  B2, B3

Biology 38 is a consideration of the morphology, anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy of micro-organisms with an emphasis on the methods of isolation, identification, and the diseases they cause. (AA, CSU, UC)


Class Hours:  54 Laboratory for each semester unit. No more than 2 unit per semester per 49/99 series.

Biology 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field. Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA, CSU)

BIO 52

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Environmental Biology 52 is a course which offers a means of evaluating our environment through an interdisciplinary approach that applies basic scientific and ecological concepts by which the natural world operates.  Special attention is given to the effects the human population has on the global, regional and local environments. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for students to investigate and apply basic principles of science. (AA)

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