Biology (BIO)

BIO 101 - General Biology I

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides students with an opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge of the principles and living systems and their applications to everyday life. The course is designed for both science and non-science majors. It may serve as a prerequisite for advanced biology courses, a laboratory science graduation requirement, or as transfer credit for a four-year institution. BIO 101 is a prerequisite for BIO 102.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Readiness to enroll in ENG 111 plus completion of developmental math unit 3 required or placement in unit 4 or above

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BIO 102 - General Biology II

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

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
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides students with an opportunity to continue to acquire fundamental knowledge of the principles and living systems and their applications to everyday life. The course is designed for both science and non-science majors. It may serve as a prerequisite for advanced biology courses, a laboratory science graduation requirement, or as transfer credit for a four-year institution.

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Prerequisite is BIO 101

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BIO 145 - Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course is designed for non-nursing students interested in health-related professions. The course introduces basic anatomy and physiology concepts from cells through human organ systems.

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BIO 147 - Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-01

Prepares students to work effectively in a scientific laboratory through instruction of the metric system, scientific notation, exponents, solution making, pH readings, and the creation of standard curves for data analysis. Focus will be on quantitative skills needed to perform most basic laboratory work. Skills will be practiced and reinforced through application-based problems and hands on activities.
Lecture Hours: 1, Total Contact Hours: 1
1 credits

General Course Purpose

Because entry-level technicians need to have strong quantitative skills, this course is designed to be taken previous to or to accompany BIO 250 Research Method and Skills to allow adequate time for instruction in this area. Such skills include the use of units, calculations, measurements, and conversions. This course will be taken concurrently with BIO 250 ? Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills so that students can maximize their laboratory experiences while still learning all of the required basic laboratory calculations. This course is designed for students in the AAS in Biotechnology and the Biotechnology Lab Technician Career Studies Certificate.

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None

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BIO 206 - Cell Biology

Course Description

Effective: 2014-05-01

Introduces the ultrastructure and functions of cells. Emphasizes cell metabolism, cell division, and control of gene expression.
Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course profiles the ultrastructure and function of cells & cell organelles. Emphasis will be on cell components, metabolism, cell division, and control of gene expression. The laboratory portion of the course will demonstrate basic cell biology techniques as well as introduce the student to new research advances in cell and molecular biology.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and CHM 111

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BIO 215 - Plant Life of Virginia

Course Description

Effective: 2019-05-01

Focuses on identification and ecological relationships of the native plants of Virginia. Emphasizes the natural communities of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, ferns, and some invasive species.
Lecture 2 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course introduces students to the diverse plant communities in the Virginia ridge and valley, piedmont, and coastal plain regions. Plant species covered in the course will vary among VCCS campuses depending on the location of each college.

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BIO 250 - Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills

Course Description

Effective: 2011-08-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide students with lab skills in order to prepare them to pursue entry-level, technical-level, or professional-level careers in bioscience and biotechnology. This course will focus on providing students with a set of basic biotechnology labs skills such as documentation, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) and good laboratory practices (GLPs). Students will also learn concepts of experimental design and analysis, cell culture, bio-manufacturing, immunology, protein analysis, DNA techniques (i.e. genetic engineering, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing, and forensic analyses), and bioinformatics. This course is also designed to serve as the prerequisite to other biotechnology courses in DNA analysis (BIO 251) and protein analysis (BIO 252).

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

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.

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BIO 253 - Biotechnology Concepts

Course Description

Effective: 2008-05-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to apply basic biological concepts to the applied field of biotechnology, preparing them to pursue entry-level, technical-level, or professional-level careers in bioscience. Students will review the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology and then use this knowledge to understand the science involved in the many biotechnology techniques and applications. In addition, this course is designed to be interdisciplinary, integrating the science with the business of biotechnology (i.e. bringing biotech products to market), the laws and policies regulating this industry, and the ethics of performing bioscience research. This course will be an introduction to the biotechnology field and serve as the prerequisite to other biotechnology courses in Protein Applications in Biotechnology (BIO 251) and DNA methods (BIO 252).

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: BIO 101 or BIO 173, or instructor permission.

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BIO 255 - Bioinformatics and Computer Applications in Biotechnology

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

Covers basic computer concepts and Internet skills and uses a software suite, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills as they are applied to biotechnology. Introduces students to basic online tools and resources to retrieve and analyze biological data, such as DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, structures, functions, pathways, and interactions. Includes hands-on sessions to allow students to become familiar with these resources and their navigation and applications.
(2 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to prepare students to be successful entry level laboratory technicians by teaching and reinforcing their computer skills, including the navigation and adept use of biological information databases. Computer skills are requisite in most of the upcoming careers in the knowledge based economy, and this course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to use office management programs, send netiquette appropriate emails, and use the online bioinformatics databases and tools to mine for information relevant to biotechnology.

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Local

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