Courses

Biological Sciences

BIO 9, Human Biology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: MATH 30; ENGL 88 or ESL 184 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to scientific and biological principles through the study of humans as exemplary organisms. Lectures and laboratory exercises will explore current scientific issues, develop critical thinking skills, and examine the structure and function of the human body in relation to health and disease.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 10, Animal Biology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the biology, evolution, and ecology of animals. Topics include chemistry, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, classification, genetics, and the diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ZOOL 10 Biology 10 is designed for students not specializing in biology, zoology, botany, or the medical sciences and is not recommended for students who have taken BIO 100A, 100B, 11, or PHYS 1.

BIO 11, Science of Living Organisms
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The major concepts of the biological sciences including biochemistry, cells, evolution, genetics, bioenergetics, microbiology, botany, mycology, zoology, ecology, and biotechnology

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Not recommended for students who have taken BIO 100A or 100B.

BIO 12, Plant Biology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to structure, function, evolution, classification and ecology of plants. Topics
include life history plants, levels of organization, metabolism, form and function, and a
survey of major taxa (including fungi and photosynthetic protists). Laboratory exercises
are coordinated with lecture topics and may include field exercises.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly BOT 10

BIO 14, Plant Ecology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

Plant ecology is the study of interrelationships between plants and their environment and informs us about processes behind patterns observed in nature. Within plant ecology we will synthesize information across levels of ecological organization and address plant physiological ecology, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology and biogeography.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 15, Biology of HIV
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

This course presents the biological basis for HIV/ AIDS origins and emergence; epidemiology; virus structure and replication; interaction of HIV with the immune system and disease; HIV testing; current prevention, treatment, and cure strategies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 19, Ecology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Fundamental concepts of ecology, field observations and experiments applying the scientific method; chemical and energy cycles; effect of physical and biological environment on community structure; diversity and distribution; population dynamics and interspecific reactions; biodiversity of the genetic, species, and ecosystems level and relevant social ecological problems.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Ecology 20, Biology 19 may include several required Saturday field trips in exchange for class time.

BIO 20, Introduction to Ecology
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This introductory ecology course will study the relationships between organisms and their environment. We will examine species adaptations, population, community and ecosystem ecology, and survey the worlds biomes. We will also evaluate humanities impacts on the living world and explore sustainable solutions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ECOL 10. Class will have field trips which may include a Saturday field trip. The course is not open to students concurrently enrolled in ECOL 10 or to those who have taken ECOL 10 in the past.

BIO 21A, Ecology of San Francisco Bay
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An investigation of the ecological significance of San Francisco Bay and historical and current abiotic and biotic factors shaping it. Identification of habitats and the adaptations of their key microbial, plant, and animal components.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ECOL 80A. This course is offered as a weekend course with a prior mandatory evening orientation on campus.

BIO 21B, Ecology of the City of San Francisco
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An examination of abiotic and biotic factors shaping nature in San Francisco. An analysis of plant, animal, and human interactions within diverse habitat types over time.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly BIO 81A. This is a course taught on two weekend days with a mandatory evening orientation.

BIO 21C, Ecology of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An investigation of the ecological significance of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the role of historical and current biotic and abiotic factors in shaping it. Observe and describe the diverse habitats and their associated fauna and flora. Highlight management issues that affect the conservation and restoration of these biological and cultural resources.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly BIO 28 and ECOL 80C

BIO 21D, Ecology of Point Reyes National Seashore
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An investigation of the ecological significance of the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) and the role of historic and current biotic and abiotic factors that shape it. Observation of the diversity of habitats within PRNS and description of their associated fauna and flora.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ECOL 80D

BIO 21E, Ecology of Coastal Mendocino County
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An investigation of the ecological significance of coastal Mendocino County and historical and current abiotic and biotic factors shaping it. Identification of habitats and the adaptations of their key microbial, plant and animal components.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ECOL 80E. This is a one weekend field course with a mandatory orientation on campus.

BIO 21F, Ecology of the San Francisco Bay Delta
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An investigation of the ecological significance of the San Francisco Bay Delta and historical and current abiotic and biotic factors shaping it. Identification of habitats and the adaptations of their key microbial, plant and animal components.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ECOL 80F. This course is taught on two weekend days with one mandatory on-campus orientation.

BIO 21J, Agroecology
Lec-18 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An examination of ecological issues surrounding agriculture. Analysis of ecosystem services (benefits) provided by sustainable agriculture. Evaluation of different farming methods practiced on local urban farm and how this may relate to personal food choices.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly BIO 80C. Topics in Biology-Agroecology

BIO 21M, Coastal Ecosystem Field Studies
Lec-35 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English and proficiency in swimming and wading to access study sites

An investigation into coastal patterns and processes that shape marine ecosystems with emphasis on biodiversity. Students will apply ecological concepts during field studies of natural history, adaptations and community dynamics. Course field sites will vary among years from domestic to international locations.

UC/CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 26, Habitat Restoration Field Studies
Lec-18 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory course analyzing the principles of habitat restoration and habitat restoration techniques. This class will be conducted as a field experience class. The concepts will be developed at specific restoration sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students will participate in a restoration activity under the direction of a field ecologist.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 32, Marine Biology
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The natural history of California marine biota with emphasis on the interrelationships between marine life and their environment.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 32L, Marine Biology Laboratory
Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: BIO 32

A laboratory course, utilizing a laboratory/field trip format, designed to reinforce and augment the student's understanding of basic principles of marine biology as taught in BIO 32.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 33, Introduction to Conservation Biology
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the discipline of conservation biology focusing on biodiversity, the
threats to biodiversity from human activities and the practical aspects of conserving
species, habitats and ecosystem function.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 40, Plants and Animals of California
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Analysis of California's natural geographic, biological, and climatic regions. Examine the basic concepts of ecology and evolution as they relate to the adaptations and distributions of California's plants and animals. Assessment of impacts of modern human society on the California biodiversity hotspot and evaluation of mitigating strategies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 51, Introduction to Genetics
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 184 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English ; High school biology course or BIO 9 or BIO 11

A general survey of the basic principles of genetics and organic evolution with a historical perspective. Classical genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics and evolution, current genetic research and technologies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly GEN 10

BIO 51L, Genetics Laboratory
Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: BIO 51 BIO 53

Hands-on investigative laboratory experiments encompassing cellular genetics, classical plant and animal genetics, microbial genetics, molecular genetics, biotechnology, forensics, and natural selection.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly GEN 11.

BIO 53, Human Genetics
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or ENGL 1A ; High school biology course or BIO 9 or BIO 11

Basic principles of human genetics. Genetics in development, health and behavior. Family and population genetics. Effects of mutation, assortative mating, and reproductive rates upon gene distribution. Potential advances in human genetic engineering, and the role of genetic counseling.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly GEN 15

BIO 61, The Biology of Cancer
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course discusses the history of cancer and its molecular and cellular underpinnings. It examines possible causes and progression of cancer, prevention, screening tests, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 92, Work Experience in Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Studies and Science
field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Approval of Biology Department

College work experience on-campus or with an approved community partner in the fields of biology, ecology, or environmental studies and science under the supervision of an instructor.

One unit of credit is earned for 60 hours of unpaid or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 100A, General Biology
Lec-52.5 Lab-105

PREREQ.: CHEM 101A ADVISE: (BIO 11 or 1 yr. HS Biology) and ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A general introduction to cell structure and function, cell biochemistry, cell cycle,
principles of molecular and organismal genetics, genetic engineering, and animal form
and function. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all
qualified students.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 100B, General Biology
Lec-52.5 Lab-105 field trips

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A general introduction to evolution, the diversity of life, plant form and function, and
ecology. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all
qualified students.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 106, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An integrated course covering the fundamental principles of human anatomy and physiology.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ANAT 14

BIO 108, General Human Anatomy
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly ANAT 25

BIO 111, Human Physiology
Lec-52.5 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: CHEM 32 or CHEM 101A ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A course in systems physiology with an emphasis on the quantitative aspects of cellular and molecular mechanisms contributing to homeostasis of the human organism. This course is intended for students transferring to four-year institutions and for those entering graduate-level professional allied health programs.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly PHYS 1

BIO 112, Introduction to Human Physiology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5

PREREQ.: CHEM 32 or CHEM 101A ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A course in general human physiology which stresses the analysis of normal function of the human body, including the physiology of cells, muscles, the nervous system, sensation, digestion, circulation, respiration, metabolism, excretion, endocrines, and reproduction. This course is intended for students entering allied health professions.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly PHYS 12

BIO 114, Exploring Neuroscience: An introduction to the Brain
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Designed to expose students to topical questions in neural science, this course will
investigate cellular communication, simple reflexes, complex neural networks and
complex behaviors such as consciousness, coordinated movement, emotions, motivation,
and memory. Intended for all students interested in understanding the science behind the
brain.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly PHYS 67

BIO 118, Introduction to Entomology
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5

ADVISE: BIO 100A or BIO 100B or BIO 11 or BIO 9 or ZOOL 10 or a high school biology course; MATH 40 or placement in MATH 60; ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the biology of arthropod organisms, including insects and arachnids. Topics include the biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, classification, genetics, diversity, and distribution of arthropods and their effects on human populations and public health.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 118B, Introduction to Entomology
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the biology of arthropod organisms, including insects and arachnids. Topics include the biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution, classification, genetics, diversity, and distribution of arthropods and their effects on human populations and public health.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
BIO 119, Emerging Diseases
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 184 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A general education course emphasizing the intersection of microbiology, epidemiology, ecology and public health as they relate to selected infectious disease agents that threaten human and animal welfare around the globe. It analyzes the influence of biological, environmental and socio-political factors on the emergence of "new" diseases as well as the reemergence of ancient plagues.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Microbiology 10 (M B 10)

BIO 120, Introduction to Microbiology
Lec-52.5 Lab-70 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHEM 32 or CHEM 101A or demonstration of CHEM 32 or 101A exit skills ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course explores the evolution, structure, function, diversity, and medical importance of microbes and infectious disease agents. Emphasis is placed on the interactions of microbes with the environment, animals, plants, and other microbes in health and disease.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly M B 12

BIO 121, Principles of Food Safety
Lec-35 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

Principles of food-borne illness etiology and transmission; food-borne agents resulting in food spoilage, infections, and poisonings; sanitary, preventive, and managerial practices mandated by public health laws for food service personnel and health inspectors to ensure food safety. Use of fermentation microorganisms in food preparation.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly MB 51

BIO 122, Food Safety Manager Preparation
Lec-17.5 P/NP Available

This course prepares culinary professionals for the implementation of food safety practices, maintenance of a safe and hygienic foodservice operation, and oversight and training of hourly food workers to prevent the transmission of foodborne illness. The course content is aligned with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code and prepares certification candidates for any of the nationally-accredited Certified Food Safety Manager Exams.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

This course is designed for students who have previously become certified food safety/protection managers and are refreshing their knowledge prior to recertifying.

BIO 130, Nutrition and Culinary Arts
Lec-35 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

Nutrition and food concepts relevant to students in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs. Review properties of nutrients, common metabolic and digestive problems and the required diet modifications and treatment.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly NUTR 51. Not intended for students who have completed BIO 132, BIO 134, NUTR 12 or NUTR 52.

BIO 132, Introduction to Nutrition
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

Emphasis on the practical application of nutrition to everyday life such as planning a healthy diet, assessing one's nutritional food intake, understanding nutritional labels and useful sources for nutrition information. Scientific principles behind the development of Dietary Reference Intakes (DRls) and Food Guidelines.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly NUTR 52. Not intended for students who have completed BIO 130, 134, NUTR 12 or NUTR 51.

BIO 134, Introduction to Nutrition for Health Sciences
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory nutrition course intended for students interested in entering the allied health fields with emphasis on physiology, metabolism of nutrients, metabolic diseases and dietary modification to optimize recovery and health. Students will understand and evaluate dietary intake, nutritional assessment, and nutrition care commonly used at clinics and hospitals.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly NUTR 12