Biological Sciences Courses

Biological Sciences Courses

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BIO - Biological Sciences

BIO-001A: General Biology: Cells (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite CHM 001A ; Prerequisite MAT 000C or any higher math ; and Prerequisite BIO 010 or Prerequisite BIO 011 ; Advisory CHM 001B This 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. Grade Only.

BIO-001AH: General Biology: Cells-Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

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.

BIO-001B: General Biology: Organisms (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite BIO 001A 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.

BIO-004: Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite CHM 001A or Prerequisite CHM 060 or Prerequisite CHM 030A or Prerequisite CHM 030B ; and Prerequisite BIO 010 and Prerequisite BIO 010L , or Prerequisite BIO 011 or Prerequisite BIO 022 or Prerequisite BIO 041 or Prerequisite BIO 043 or Prerequisite BIO 048 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.

BIO-010: Introduction to Biology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-010L: Introduction to Biology Lab (1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 1)

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.

BIO-011: Human Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4)

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.

BIO-012: Emerging Infectious Diseases (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-014: Introductory Neuroscience (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-016: Marine Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4)

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.

BIO-017: Genetics and Society (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-017H: Genetics and Society - Honors (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-019: Oceans: Life in the Sea (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-022: Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health Workers (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4)

Advisory: MAT 903 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. BIOSC 022 is designed to meet the state board requirements for VN and PT programs.

BIO-025: Environmental Biology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-030: Tropical Ecology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3)

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.

BIO-030L: Tropical Ecology Field Studies (1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 1)

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.

BIO-032: California Plants and Animals (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 4)

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.

BIO-041: Principles of Evolution and Animal Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

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.

BIO-042: Principles of Plant Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

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.

BIO-043: Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite BIO 010 and Prerequisite BIO 010L , or Prerequisite BIO 011 or Prerequisite BIO 041 or Prerequisite BIO 042 or Prerequisite equivalent course in College Biology ; and Prerequisite CHM 001A and Prerequisite MAT 000C Advisory CHM 001B 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.

BIO-043H: Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

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. This section requires enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project. More information and the online application can be found at http://honors.missioncollege.edu.

BIO-047: Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite BIO 010 and Prerequisite BIO 010L ; or Prerequisite BIO 011 , or Prerequisite BIO 022 , or Prerequisite BIO 041 , or Prerequisite BIO 043 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.

BIO-048: Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

Prerequisite BIO 047 ; and Prerequisite CHM 001A or Prerequisite CHM 001AH or Prerequisite CHM 030A or Prerequisite CHM 060 ; Advisory MAT 000C or Advisory MAT 000CM This course provides students with a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying body function, including the chemical and cellular basis for the workings of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive systems. The laboratory portion familiarizes students with scientific analysis and research techniques.

BIO-048H: Human Physiology - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 5)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying body function, including the chemical and cellular basis for the workings of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive systems. The laboratory portion familiarizes 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 48 and BIOSC 48H. This section requires enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project. More information and the online application can be found at http://honors.missioncollege.edu.

BIO-081H: Honors Seminar in Biology Studies (1.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 1)

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.