Biology 003 - Introduction to Biology (4 units)
Introductory biology for non-majors with an emphasis on scientific methodology and
basic biological principles. This course explores the differences between bacteria,
fungi, plants and animals. Students will learn how organisms gain energy through
metabolism, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. The nature of reproduction will
be explained through cell division, genetics and inheritance. These concepts can
then be tied to larger concepts of evolution, organismal diversity, and ecology.
This course is meant for students who are not majoring in the life sciences or who
are new to science and wish to learn more.
Biology 006 - General Biology I (5 units)
This course is the first semester of general introduction to biological principles
designed for biology majors. Lecture focuses on concepts which are common to all
biological organisms. Biological molecules, cell structure and function, bio-energetics,
molecular and organismal genetics, evolution, and biosystematics are discussed. Laboratory
includes exercises illustrating lecture principles and procedures used in modern biotechnology.
An additional hour is required which covers some of the tools necessary to becoming
a professional biologist. Included is the writing of a curriculum vitae, writing of
scientific papers, and readings on the history of biology.
This course is meant for students who are majoring in a STEM-related field. This
includes students pursuing majors/careers in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine,
health sciences, research science, biotechnology, etc.
Biology 007 - General Biology II (5 units)
This course is a general introduction to the principles of organismal biology. The
diversity of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals, plant and animal anatomy
and physiology, and ecology are covered. This major course is a continuation of Biology
Biology 009 - Human Ecology (3 units)
This course utilizes basic biological concepts in an interdisciplinary approach to
address environmental challenges. Topics addressed may include ecosystem characteristics
and functions, population dynamics, energy and material resource use, and pollution
and alternative energy sources.
Biology 022 - Marine Biology (4 units)
In this course, the major principles of biology are studied in relation to marine
organisms. Intertidal, subtidal, and off-shore marine habitats are investigated from
an ecological perspective and the human impact on the marine environment is also assessed.
Biology 040 - The Science of Biotechnology (3 units)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the science of biotechnology
by providing both theory and hands-on experience with laboratory protocols that include
the isolation, purification, and cloning of a gene. Students analyze the principles
of gene cloning and other applications of DNA technology, including the use of restriction
enzymes, electrophoresis, blotting, hybridization, and sequencing. Polymerase chain
reaction is explained in detail and how it has revolutionized research in molecular
biology, medicine, forensics, and systematics.
Biology 046 - Genetic Analysis (3 units)
This course is designed for Life Science majors as a continuance of their general
biology studies. It provides a comprehensive introduction to genetic analysis examining
topics such as chromosome analysis, population genetics, and genomics.
For more information, please check the latest version of the ELAC College General Catalog