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The following information is current as of January, 2009.

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Course #​ Title​ Units​ Prerequisites​ Description​
Biology 054​ Language of Biotechnology​ 3​ Concurrent enrollment of Biology 055 and Biology 056 is required​ Introduction to basic biotechnology terminology stressing the importance of writing verbal communication, and reading comprehension. Prepares students for success in college level science courses. (Same as English 054.)​
Biology 055​ Introduction to Biotechnology​ 2​ Concurrent enrollment in Biology 054 and Biology 056 is required​ Introduction to basic concepts and technical skills needed to work in a modern biotechnology laboratory. Areas of study include chemistry, cell biology, genetics and microbiology. Prepares students for success in college level science courses. Designed for non-biology majors.​
Biology 056​ Math for Biotechnology​ 3​ Concurrent enrollment in Biology 054 and Biology 055 is required​ Introduction to mathematical concepts used in biotechnology, such as scientific notation, percentages, mixture, concentration and dilution, logarithms and the metric system. Prepares students for success in college level science courses.​
Biology 109​ Fundamentals of Biology​ 3​ None​ Principles of biology stressing the relationship of all organisms from anatomical, physiological and ecological points of view. Includes cell machinery, genetics, reproduction, embryology, animal behavior, botany, ecology, evolution and human physiology. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L recommended. Not open to students who are enrolled in or have credit in Biology 159. Designed for non-biology majors.​
Biology 109H​ Honors Fundamentals of Biology​ 3​ A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above​ Traditional Biology enriched in breadth and depth by extensive outside reading assignments and guest lecture presentations. Emphasis is on individual preparation for discussion and analysis of pertinent topics using critical oral and written expression. Concurrent enrollment in Biology 109L is recommended. Designed for non-biology majors.​
Biology 109 L​ Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory​ 1​ Biology 109 or 159 or concurrent enrollment​ Laboratory experiments to identify and illustrate significant organisms and their structures. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of all organisms from an anatomical, physiological, and ecological framework. Content correlates to Biology 109 or 159 lecture material.​
Biology 121​ Natural History of the Northwest​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of mountains, forests and coastal areas of the Northwestern Unites States. May be repeated.​
Biology 123​ Natural History of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of the forest and mountain ecosystem of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Animal observation, plant identification, and environmental problems will be emphasized. May be repeated.​
Biology 125​ Natural History of the Rocky Mountains​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of the Rocky Mountains of Utah and Colorado. May be repeated.​
Biology 126​ Natural History of Arizona​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of mountain, canyon, and desert ecosystems of Arizona. Animal and plant identification, geology, and environmental problems will be emphasized. This is a field study course and includes overnight camping.​
Biology 127​ Ecology​ 1​ None​ Introduction to the basic principles of ecology. Study of ecosystems, biomes, and the relationships of plants and animals in the natural world.​
Biology 128​ Natural History of Southern California​ 1​ None​ An ecological study of plant and animal life of the southern and central California coast. May be repeated.​
Biology 129​ Ecology of Southern California​ 1​ None​ Identification and study of the plants and animals of the ocean, mountain and desert regions of Southern California with emphasis on the organisms relationship to their environment.​
Biology 130​ The Wilderness of Southern Utah​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of mountains, desert, and canyon ecosystems of Southern Utah. May be repeated.​
Biology 131​ Natural History of the Southwest​ 3​ None​ An ecological study of mountain, canyon and desert ecosystems of the Southwestern United States. Animal and plant identification, geology, and environmental problems will be emphasized.​
Biology 132​ Natural History of Death Valley​ 1​ None​ Ecological relationships of desert plant and animal life will be observed and studied. May be repeated.​
Biology 133​ Desert Biology​ 1​ None​ A survey of desert plants and animals with emphasis on their identification, evolution and adaptations to an arid environment.​
Biology 134​ Natural History of the Sonoran/Colorado Desert​ 1​ None​ Ecological study of the plants and animals of the Sonoran/Colorado Desert area of Southern California.​
Biology 135​ Ecology of the Mojave Desert​ 1​ None​ Ecological relationships of Mojave Desert plant and animal life will be observed and studied. This is a field study course and includes overnight camping.​
Biology 139​ Health Microbiology​ 4​ None​ Presents practical and theoretical aspects of medical microbiology to meet the needs of those in allied health professions. Provides basic knowledge of the microbial world by covering diversity, structure, metabolic and genetic characteristics, cultivation and control. Emphasis is placed in human-microbe interactions especially infectious diseases. Laboratory deals with identification, growth, and control of microorganisms. Prior completion of Biology 109 or 149 recommended.​
Biology 149​ Human Anatomy and Physiology​ 4​ None​ Human anatomy and physiology stressing the interrelationships between normal structure and function. Designed for students in the allied health sciences, particularly those desiring the two-year RN degree. May not meet requirements for physical education or BSN majors.​
Biology 159​ Cycles of Life: Exploring Biol​ 3​ None​ Course of 26, half-hour programs that introduce the basic principles of biology. This course is a general survey which covers topics of comparative physiology, human anatomy, ecology, genetics, and evolution. Not open to students enrolled in or having credit in Biology 109.​
Biology 169​ Natural History of the Sierra Nevadas​ 1-3​ None​ A field study of the ecology, geology, and history of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Animal and plant studies, environmental problems and wilderness preservation will be emphasized.​
Biology 170​ Environmental Challenge of the 21st Century​ 1​ None​ Examines the environmental impacts of increased human population on food, water and energy resources. Land use policies and environmental effects of pollution will also be analyzed. (Same as Environmental Studies 170.)​
Biology 177​ Human Genetics​ 3​ None​ Introductory course in genetics. Topics include the principles of Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of mitosis and meiosis, process of transcription, translation and protein synthesis, non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance, the cell cycle, and cell structure. Discussions relevant to current social concerns about genetics covering topics such as cloning, DNA fingerprinting, genetic engineering, prenatal diagnosis, gene therapy and the Human Genome Project.​
Biology 200​ Environment of Man​ 3​ None​ A biological and physical science introduction to environmental problems such as energy, resources, pollution, land use, population and food, including economic and political factors. A natural science elective. (Same as environmental Studies 200 and Science 200.)​
Biology 211​ Cellular and Molecular Biolo​ 5​ Mathematics 080 with a grade of C or better.​ An investigation into the molecular and cellular basis of life, including the evolution of cells, cell structure and function, energy information flow, cellular reproduction, genetics, and the molecular basis of inheritance. Required of majors in Biology, Medicine, Forestry, and Agriculture. This course is a prerequisite for Biology 212 and Biology 214. Prior completion of Chemistry 119 or 209 or equivalent recommended.​
Biology 212​ Animal Diversity and Ecolog​ 5​ Biology 211 with a grade of C or better.​ A study of ecological principles, and relationships between animal diversity and ecosystems. Habitat, populations, ecological interactions, and environmental influences are stressed while surveying animal diversity and addressing structure, function, behavior, and adaptation of major taxonomic groups. required of majors in biology, medicine, forestry and agriculture. Field trips required.​
Biology 217​ Pathophysiology​ 2​ Biology 149, 239 or 249​ Covers dynamic aspects of human disease. Links sciences of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry with their application to clinical practice for health professionals.​
Biology 229 (CAN BIOL 14) General Microbiology​ 5​ Biology 109/109H and 109L, or 139, or 149, or 211 or Chemistry 119 or 209​ Introduction to microorganism, their classification, structure, biochemistry, growth control and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. Designed for biology, preprofessional, and prenursing (BSN) majors.​
Biology 239 (CAN BIOL 10) (CAN BIOL SEQ B = BIOL 239+249) General Human Anatomy​ 4​ None​ Structure of the human body. Systems, organs, and tissues are studied from human skeletons, models, charts, slides and CD-ROM programs. Laboratory includes the dissection of a cat; and periodic demonstrations of a prosected cadaver as available.​
Biology249 (CAN BIOL SEQ B = BIOL 239+249) General Human Anatomy​ 4​ Biology 239​ Microscopic, macroscopic and dynamic view of the human physiological processes. The lecture portion includes a thorough consideration of both "cell and systems" physiology. Laboratory work includes the use of techniques used in basic research, an introduction to the use of standard medical equipment and the performance of medical laboratory tests. Non-invasive experiments are performed on students enrolled in the class.​
Biology 259​ Environmental Biology​ 4​ None​ Introduction to Environmental Biology. Includes study of ecosystems, population dynamics, classification, diversity of plant and animal species, effects of pollutants at both the cellular and organismal levels and principles of ecology. (Same as Environmental Studies 259.)​