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BIOL 100: Concepts Of Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Basic concepts of biology. Designed for non-biological sciences majors with no prior general biology course. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 101: Plant Biology

Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Principles of biology, with emphasis on major plant groups. Anatomy, physiology, evolution, and diversity of the Archaea, Bacteria, Protista, Fungi and Plantae. Required for the Biological Sciences major. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 102: Animal Biology

Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.
Course Advisories: BIOL 101.

Principles of animal taxonomy, evolution, population and community ecology; protist and animal diversity and adaptations; emphasis on vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Required for the Biological Sciences major. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 103: Cell Biology

Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or CHEM 104 and MATH 107 or MATH 111and ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Cell structure and function: molecular architecture, reproduction and growth; mechanisms of genetics; intercellular communication; cell and organ system physiology; life's origin. Study scientific literature with instruction in critical thinking, composition and logical analyses of ideas and experiments. Required for Biological Sciences majors. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Communication and Analytical Thinking.

BIOL 104: Molecular Biology

Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.
Course Advisories: CHEM 155 and CHEM 156.

Molecular cell biology and genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes; emphasis on transmission and molecular biology of genes. Required for the Biological Sciences majors.

BIOL 105: Molecular Biology Laboratory

Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.
Corequisites: BIOL 104.

Laboratory in molecular cell biology and genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, with emphasis on transmission and molecular biology of genes. Strongly recommended for the Biological Sciences major; required for Biotechnology majors.

BIOL 110: Natural Science

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Physical and chemical principles underlying biological architecture and function. In combination with BIOL 141, BIOL 110 satisfies General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 110H: Natural Science, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. Introduction to the physical and chemical principles important to an understanding of biological architecture and function. Laboratory and field investigations of forces, light and biomaterial; optimal form; bioenergetics; functional design. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 112: Evolution And Adaptation

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Principles of biological evolution, diversity of life on Earth, and a survey of living and extinct organisms. Investigates theories of life's origin, modes of speciation and adaptations of dominant life forms through the ages. In combination with BIOL 141, BIOL 112 satisfies General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 116: Biological Illustration

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.
Course Advisories: ART 120.

Traditional and contemporary techniques of scientific illustration of biological subjects for technical and medical print and electronic publications.

BIOL 118: Nature Photography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Photography of biological subjects. Camera, light and the special methods of field and wildlife photography.

BIOL 120: Natural History

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H Proficiency in MATH 104 or 107 or 111.

Survey of the natural environment through studies of Earth's ecosystems: emphasis on the plant and animal inhabitants and the influences of cosmic, geological and meteorological phenomena. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 122: Ecology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Organisms and populations as integrated elements of communities and ecosystems. Population structure, growth and evolution; relationships between species: competition, predation, coevolution; community structure and development; biodiversity; biogeography. Satisfies SBCC General Education Requirement in Natural Sciences when combined with Biology 123.

BIOL 123: Ecology Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H. Proficiency in MATH 104 or MATH 107 or MATH 111.
Corequisites: BIOL 122.

Laboratory and field investigations of ecological principles. Satisfies SBCC General Education Requirement in Natural Sciences when combined with Biology 122.

BIOL 124: Biological Oceanography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Relationships between marine plants and animals and physical characteristics of Earth's oceans. Emphasis on forms of marine organisms found in the open sea, their characteristics and ecological relationships. Biological sampling techniques and physical measurements studied in laboratory and at sea.

BIOL 125: Marine Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Marine plants and animals, with emphasis on local organisms and their ecological adaptations. Laboratory covers particular habitats in the littoral zone during low tides.

BIOL 126: Aquatic Ecosystems

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H. Proficiency in MATH 95.

Diversity of life associated with marine and freshwater aquatic ecosystems; ecological relationships and adaptations to life in water.

BIOL 130: Methods In Field Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Through weekly field trips and 2-3 weekend field experiences, students will study flora and fauna of California using current biological and ecological field research methods, collect and analyze data, demonstrate leadership and group work skills, and write and present a research proposal. Students must be able to hike in rough terrain and carry bulky equipment.

BIOL 133: Ecology Of Morro Bay Area

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Field course of study introducing the ecology of the relatively undisturbed wetland habitats of the Morro Bay region of the central California coast (mudflats, salt marsh, rocky outer coast).

BIOL 140: Principles Of Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Basic principles of cells, genetics, evolution, biodiversity and ecology. Designed for Natural History majors. Satisfies Natural Science General Education requirement when combined with Bio 141.

BIOL 141: Biology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 110.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or Proficiency in MATH 104 or 107 or 111.
Corequisites: BIOL 112 or BIOL 140.

Laboratory investigation of biological principles and techniques of investigation. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences when combined with BIOL 110 or 112 or 140.

BIOL 142: Marine Science

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Introduction to oceanography and marine biology: ocean properties, marine ecology of the tropics, poles, temperate and deep-sea regions, and marine environmental concerns.

BIOL 144: Biogeography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Survey of the history, distribution and diversity of life and the methods by which biodiversity is defined and measured.

BIOL 150: Biodiversity

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.
Course Advisories: High school biology.

Diversity, adaptations and evolutionary history of life on Earth; principles of ecology and evolution. Examination of theories of systematics and nomenclature.

BIOL 161: DNA and Society

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Introduction to DNA structures and functions, heredity, genetics, biotechnology, cloning, genetically modified organisms, and stem cells from a biological perspective; relevant ethical issues and implications for society and the individual will be explored. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 172: Symbiosis

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Origins and nature of biological partnerships. Symbiotic relations from microbial landscapes to global ecology. Emphasis on ecological, behavioral and chemical exchanges between organisms and ecosystems.

BIOL 291: Seminars In Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Topic or group of interrelated topics presented in seminar format by students enrolled in the course. Course content varies. Information on course content may be obtained from the Biological Sciences Department Office or SBCC Schedule of Classes.

BIOL 295: Internship In Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must have completed 12 units at SBCC with a G.P.A. of 2.5 and a minimum of 6 units with a G.P.A. of 3.0 in the Biological Sciences Department. Structured, on-the-job experience in a field directly related to the student's area of interest in the biological sciences.

BIOL 298: Independent Reading in Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Independent literature search and/or reading of material on a topic in biology. A final report, including an annotated bibliography, is required.

BIOL 299: Independent Research In Biology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must have completed 12 units at SBCC with a G.P.A. of 2.5 and a minimum of 6 units with a G.P.A. of 3.0 in the Biological Sciences Department. Independent, systematic research investigation of a problem in biology. A final report on research conducted is required. May be taken four times for credit.

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