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BIOL 100: Concepts Of Biology
(4) F, S, Summer - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Basic concepts of biology. Designed for non-biological sciences majors with no prior general biology course. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. (*UC Transfer Limit: no credit for BIOL 100 if taken after BIOL 101, 102 or 103)

BIOL 101: Plant Biology
(5) F, S - CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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

BIOL 102: Animal Biology
(5) F, S - CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
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
(5.5) F, S - CSU, UC*
Prerequisites:CHEM 155 or CHEM 104 and MATH 107 or MATH 111and ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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 the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology majors. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Communication & Analytical Thinking. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Communication & Analytical Thinking. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 103 maximum credit, 5 units)

BIOL 104: Molecular Biology
(4) S - CSU, UC*
Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
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. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 104 and 105 combined: maximum credit, 5 units)

BIOL 105: Molecular Biology Laboratory
(2) F and /or S - CSU, UC*
Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Co-requisites: BIOL 104

Laboratory in molecular cell biology and genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes; emphasis on transmission and molecular biology of genes. Strongly recommended for the Biological Sciences major; required for Biotechnology majors. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 104 and 105 combined: maximum credit, 5 units)

BIOL 106: Biology Of Research Organisms
(5) S - CSU
Prerequisites: MATH 107 or MATH 111
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Biology, life histories and diversity of research organisms and tissues. Culture and maintenance of bacteria, fungi, protoctists, and plant and animal tissues. Required for the Biotechnology major.

BIOL 110: Natural Science
(3) S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to the physical and chemical principles important to an understanding of biological systems. Forces, matter and light; molecular structure and biochemical reactions; origin of life; bioenergetics; nerve and muscle; biological architecture; modes of locomotion; hearing and vision. In combination with BIOL 111, BIOL 110 satisfies General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 110 and 110HR combined: maximum credit, one course)

BIOL 110H: Natural Science, Honors
(4) - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 110 and 110H combined: maximum credit, one course)

BIOL 111: Natural Science Laboratory
(1) F and/or S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Co-requisites: BIOL 110

Laboratory and field investigations of forces, light and biomaterials; optimal form; bioenergetics; functional design. In combination with BIOL 110, 111 satisfies General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

BIOL 112: Evolution And Adaptation
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: ART 120

Traditional and contemporary techniques of scientific illustration of biological subjects for technical and medical print and electronic publications. May be taken four times for credit.

BIOL 118: Nature Photography
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Field and laboratory photography of biological subjects. Camera, light and film, and the special methods of wildlife photography, photomacrography, photomicrography and converting images to digital formats. May be taken four times for credit.

BIOL 120: Natural History
(4) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(1) F, S, Summer - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Co-requisites: 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
(4) F - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 124 combined with EARTH 151: maximum credit, one course)

BIOL 125: Marine Biology
(4) S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Marine plants and animals, with emphasis on local organisms and their ecological adaptations. Laboratory covers particular habitats in the littoral zone during low tides. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 125 and 126 combined: maximum credit, one course)

BIOL 126: Freshwater Biology
(4) F and /or S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Diversity of plants and animals associated with marshes, ponds, lakes and streams; ecological relationships and adaptations to life in water. Field studies emphasized. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 125 and 126 combined: maximum credit, one course)

BIOL 130: Methods In Field Biology
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Nature photography, photomicroscopy, illustration and data collection to record events in nature. Students participate in research projects, maintain a field notebook/journal and produce a research report displaying the results of techniques learned over the semester. May be taken four times for credit.

BIOL 133: Ecology Of Morro Bay Area
(1) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(3) F, S, Summer - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Basic principles of biology. Designed for Non-Biological Sciences majors. Not open to students who have completed Biology 100. (*UC Transfer Limit: no credit for BIOL 140 if taken after 100, 101, 102 or 103)

BIOL 141: Biology Laboratory
(2) F,S - CSU,UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Corequisites: BIOL 140 or BIOL 112

Laboratory investigation of biological principles and techniques of investigation. Satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences when combined with Biology 140 or Biology 112. (*UC Transfer Limit: no credit for BIOL 141 unless taken after or concurrently with BIOL 112 or 140)

BIOL 142: Marine Science
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(3) F, S and / or Summer - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Survey of the ecology and distribution of life on Earth.

BIOL 150: Biodiversity
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
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 151A: Biodiversity
(0.5-2) F and / or S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110
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 151L: Biodiversity: Insects And Allied Forms
(0.5-2) F and / or S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
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 151S: Biodiversity: Birds
(0.5-2) F and / or S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
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
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(3) F and/or S- CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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
(2) F, S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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. May be taken four times for credit. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 291 computed as Independent Studies; please see counselor). For prerequisites and eligibility information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index. In order to enroll in a BIOL 295 or 299 course, a 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.

BIOL 295: Internship In Biology
(1-4) F, S- CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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 299: Independent Research In Biology
(1-4) F, S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

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. (*UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 299 computed as Independent Studies; please see counselor)

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