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BIO 101 - General Biology I
Focuses on foundations in cellular structure, metabolism, and genetics in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part I of a two-course sequence. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits
Readiness to enroll in ENG 111 plus completion of developmental math unit 3 required or placement in unit 4 or above
4 credits
BIO 101 Detailed Outline
BIO 102 - General Biology II
Focuses on diversity of life, anatomy and physiology of organisms, and ecosystem organization and processes in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part II of a two-course sequence.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits
Prerequisite is BIO 101
4 credits
BIO 102 Detailed Outline
BIO 110 - General Botany
Emphasizes plant life cycles, anatomy, morphology, taxonomy, and evolution. Considers the principles of genetics, ecology, and physiology.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 145 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduces human anatomy and physiology. Covers basic chemical concepts, cellular physiology, anatomy, and physiology of human organ systems.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6-7 hours per week.
4-5 credits
BIO 145 Detailed Outline
BIO 146 - Human Heredity
Surveys basic principles of classical and molecular genetics as applied to humans.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BIO 150 - Introductory Microbiology
Studies the general characteristics of microorganisms. Emphasizes their relationships to individual and community health.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 170 - Biotechnology Methods
Provides students with laboratory skills needed for employment in the biotechnology industry. Focuses on widely used biotechnology procedures in areas of DNA analysis, protein analysis, tissue culture, monoclonal antibodies quality control assays and diagnostic procedures.
Laboratory 3 hours per week.
1-2 credits
BIO 173 - Biology for Biotechnology
Introduces the student to biological concepts essential to the understanding of biotechnology. Focuses on the structural organization, function, and chemical nature of the cell. Studies cellular processes such as membrane transport, information, processing, reproduction and heredity. Emphasizes laboratory methods of biotechnology.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BIO 205 - General Microbiology
Examines morphology, genetics, physiology, ecology, and control of microorganisms. Emphasizes application of microbiological techniques to selected fields. Prerequisites one year of college biology and one year of college chemistry or divisional approval.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
BIO 250 - Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills
Provides students with knowledge and advanced laboratory skills needed for employment in the biotechnology industry. Focuses on use of basic and specialized lab equipment and techniques such as solution chemistry, cell culture, DNA extraction and analysis, and protein extraction and analysis. Emphasis in on lab safety, documentation, quality control, and use of SOPs.
Lecture 1 hour, Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 7 hours per week.
Students are expected to have completed BIO 101 or BIO173. Co-requisite is BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts must either be taken previously or concurrent with enrollment in this course.
3 credits
BIO 250 Detailed Outline
BIO 253 - Biotechnology Concepts
Explores the growing field of biotechnology ranging from basic cellular and molecular biology concepts to both basic and advanced laboratory techniques. Emphasizes the application of biotechnology to medicine, agriculture, environmental science, and forensics. Includes discussion of the business, regulatory/legal, ethical, and societal issues of this topic as well as the growing field of bioinformatics.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 173, or instructor permission.
3 credits
BIO 253 Detailed Outline
BIO 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits