This department is in the division of Science.

Biology

The courses offered in the Biology Department are designed to meet the demands of science and non-science majors.

Overview

The courses offered in the Biology Department are designed to meet the demands of science and non-science majors. For non-majors, the department's goal is to educate students so they can make informed choices about key environmental and personal issues. The public's awakening to environmental issues emphasizes the increasing need to appreciate various life forms, life form interactions with other life forms and the environment, and the human impact on our finite resources. The public is increasingly asked to make economic and ethical decisions on issues concerning the environment and to make choices about personal habits in their daily lives that effect the earth and future generations.

For Biology majors or those pursuing Health Science careers, the courses provide a strong background in the biological sciences. The first two years of university academic preparation can be completed for students transferring to four-year institutions. Courses in the department are coordinated with Chemistry, Physics, and Math to streamline students efforts in taking all foundational courses in a reasonable period of time. These students are typically interested in careers such as teaching, research, or other biological endeavors. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in biology or a related field should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

For students transferring to a Health Science program, the department offers all courses that are typically prerequisite for entry to these programs. Anatomy and Physiology classes are offered in both a 2 semester systemic format and in separate courses of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

Degrees/Certificates

Biology Associate of Science Degree A.S. Degree Major

The Associate of Science degree in Biology is intended to provide breadth in the aspects of biology that investigate the living world including cellular physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Majors in Biology prepare for a wide variety of occupations in education, government, medicine, research, and biotechnology. This degree prepares students to transfer to four-year universities to pursue a Bachelor's degree. At the four-year institutions, students may choose to specialize in one particular field of Biology.

To graduate with the A.S degree in Biology, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate's Degree (minimum total = 60 units).
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
BIOL 205 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 206 Organismal Biology 4
BIOL 207 Evolutionary Ecology 4
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I 4
  or
CHEM 212H Organic Chemistry I - Honors 4
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II 4
  or
CHEM 213H Organic Chemistry II - Honors 4
PHYSIC 151 General Physics for the Life Sciences I 4
PHYSIC 152 General Physics for the Life Sciences II 4
 
Total Units 30
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Master basic cellular, organismal, and environmental concepts and apply them to other scientific studies, voting decisions, personal habits, and lifestyle choices
  2. Transfer to an accredited university as a junior with a major in Biology or a related subject
  3. Use the principles and concepts of Biology to make a positive impact on your life, your career, and your world
  4. Communicate your knowledge of biological concepts to enhance the understanding of others
  5. Demonstrate a proficiency in standard biological laboratory techniques commonly acquired in lower-division coursework

Biotechnology A.S. Degree Major

This degree has been designed to meet the increasing need for entry-level laboratory technicians in biotechnology.  Technicians in this field must be proficient in the application of scientific methodology to solve problems. They must learn/implement laboratory procedures and use specialized laboratory equipment.  Much of the technician's work involves repetitive routines that must be done precisely, quickly and safely. Upon completion of this degree students will be eligible for positions such as lab assistant, and laboratory support worker.  In addition, competency in organizational, computational and communications skills is essential.  Students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate  Degree for a total of 60 units.
NOTE:  BIOL 270 has a prerequisite of a Biology course (BIOL 250 or BIOL 260 or BIOL 261 or BIOL 201) and CHEM 101.  MATH 102 and 108 have a prerequisite of MATH 095 or eligibility for MATH 102 as determined through the SBVC assessment process.

 

Required Courses: Units
BIOL 205 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 270 Microbiology 5
BIOL 290 Biotechnology I 5
BIOL 291 Biotechnology II 5
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I 4
  or
CHEM 212H Organic Chemistry I - Honors 4
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II 4
  or
CHEM 213H Organic Chemistry II - Honors 4
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
MATH 102 College Algebra 4
MATH 108 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
PHIL 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
 
Total Units 51

Biotechnology Certificate

The certificate has been designed to meet the increasing need for entry-level laboratory technicians in biotechnology.  Technicians in this field must be proficient in the application of scientific methodology .  They must implement laboratory procedures and use specialized laboratory equipment. Much of the technician's work involves repetitive routines that must be done precisely, quickly and safely. Upon completion of this certificate students will be eligible for positions such as lab assistant, and laboratory support worker. Competency in organizational, computational and communication skills is essential.
NOTE:  BIOL 270 has a prerequisite of a Biology course (BIOL 250 or BIOL 260 or BIOL 261 or BIOL 201) and CHEM 101

Required Courses: Units
BIOL 270 Microbiology 5
BIOL 290 Biotechnology I 5
BIOL 291 Biotechnology II 5
CHEM 104 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 101 Freshman Composition 4
  or
ENGL 101H Freshman Composition-Honors 4
PHIL 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
 
Total Units 29

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