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Biological Science Courses at CSN

BIOL 095: Basic Biology

An introduction to the principles of math, chemistry, cell biology, energetics, and molecular genetics designed to prepare students for college freshman biology. The application of study skills to biology courses will also be emphasized. This course is non-transferable.
Terms: Fall, Spring | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: WCH, CY

BIOL 101: Biology for Non Majors

An introduction to biology with emphasis on human concerns. Topics include aspects of organism structure, function, ecology, and evolution which provide a biological perspective for issues facing modern society. Intended to satisfy the lab science general education requirement.
Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer | Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY, HN, Web

BIOL 112: Introduction to Animal Behavior

Introduction to invertebrate and vertebrate animal behavior, its description, role, genetic and evolutionary basis, and methods of study. Designed as a general education, nonmajors course.
Terms: Unavailable this year | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus:

BIOL 113: Life in the Oceans

An introduction to the environment and inhabitants of the sea.
Terms: Fall, Spring | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: WCH, CY

BIOL 116: Natural History

This course explores the ways living organisms survive in nature and demonstrates how each organism illustrates the principles of ecology and evolution.
Terms: Spring | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: CY or HN

BIOL 120: Plants and People

An introduction for non-biology majors to the social, cultural, and economic role of useful and harmful plants and
plant products in modern society. Consideration is given to the origin, history and human value of selected plants, especially those used for food, medicine and industrial raw materials, or in religious rites.
Terms: | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: HN

BIOL 121: Human Nutrition

Description of the nature and role of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals in the human body. Energy relationships and various controversies in nutrition are examined, as well as relationships between nutrition, health and disease.
Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer | Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: WCH, CY, HN, Web

BIOL 122: Desert Plants

A study of the typical desert plant community types in the United States and the identification of their more common species. Explores adaptations to aridity and the nature, origin and occurrence of arid environments.
Terms: Spring| Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 2 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: CY

BIOL 189: Fundamentals of Life Science

Survey of contemporary biology topics including biochemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, physiology, and genetics. For Health Science majors who require biology as part of their professional career preparation.
Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer | Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY, HN

BIOL 196: Principles of Modern Biology I

A study of the basic characteristics of living systems including the chemical and physical structure of cells, classification of living organisms and principles of genetics, ecology and evolution. This course is designed for science, biological science and preprofessional majors.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY

BIOL 197: Principles of Modern Biology II

A survey of major groups of organisms presented in an evolutionary context, including natural selection, biodiversity, structure and function, reproduction, physiology, and ecology.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 196

BIOL 202: General Botany

An introduction to the development, anatomy, physiology, diversity and evolutionary relationships of the major plant groups.
Terms: Unavailable this year| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus:
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 189 or BIOL 196 or permission from instructor

BIOL 211: Introduction to Field Biology

An introduction to field safety, navigation, species diagnosis, data collection, survey techniques, and regulations associated with field biology. Outdoor field work required.
Terms: Available beginning Spring 2013| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 197 or permission from instructor

BIOL 214: Molecular Processes

An introduction to the concepts of DNA replication, transcription, translation, the control of gene expression and DNA recombinant technologies. Will also include comprehensive study of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, gene expression and molecular techniques for clinical diagnosis and research. Emphasis on current techniques to assess genomes, and gene expression.
Terms: Spring| Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: WCH
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 196.

BIOL 220: Introduction to Ecological Principles

An introduction to the major principles and underlying processes of organismal, population, community and ecosystem ecology. This is the same course as ENV 220.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 3 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus: Web

BIOL 223: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of human cells and tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Designed for allied health majors.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY |
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 189, grade of C or better.

BIOL 224: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems. This course is designed for allied health majors.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 223

BIOL 251: General Microbiology

Survey of the distribution, morphology and physiology of microorganisms in addition to skills in aseptic procedures, isolation and identification. Topics in microbial genetics, human disease and immunology are also explored. Recommended for all allied health and preprofessional majors.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 189, grade of C or better.

BIOL 251H: General Microbiology - honors

Topics include prokaryotic cell structure, function, metabolism, genetics, phylogenetic classification, diversity, relation to plants/animals/humans and pathogenesis, ecology and evolution, environmental and applied microbiology, agents, and eukaryotic microorganisms. Emphasis is on bacterial metabolic strategies to include aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, chemolithotrophy, phototrophy, and role in biogeochemical cycles, ecological diversity, genetics and phylogeny/evolution, and human-microbe interactions and infectious disease.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, CY
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 196, grade of C or better.

BIOL 299: Special Topics in Biology

Covers selected topics of interest to students in the biological sciences.
Terms:| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 1-4 | Lab hours per week: 0 | Campus:
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 196, grade of C or better.

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