Biology Courses


Biology Course Descriptions

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Class Schedule or contact the Biology Division office for offerings in the current semester.

NOTE For up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the current GCC catalog.

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BIOL 101

101
GENERAL BIOLOGY
4.0 Units
BIOL 101 is the first half of a one-year course designed for biological science majors. It covers fundamental biological principles and processes including: the scientific method, biochemistry, metabolism, cell respiration, photosynthesis, molecular biology, cell structure and function, mitosis and meiosis, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, and gene regulation. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID BIOL 190)

BIOL 102

102
GENERAL BIOLOGY
5.0 Units
BIOL 102 provides a continuation of the study of fundamental biological processes introduced in Biology 101. The course includes the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, animal development, population genetics, evolutionary theory, origin of life, ecological principles, conservation biology, and sytematics. The course also includes an extensive survey of biodiversity covering the evolution, anatomy and physiology of the three domains of life and the eukaryotic phyla. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 6 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID BIOL 140)

BIOL 103

103
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
4.0 Units
BIOL 103 is an extension of the study of molecular biology, cell biology and genetics introduced in Biology 101. The course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins in the living cell, how they are studied and manipulated in the laboratory, and how the study of entire genomes and proteomes has given unprecedented insight into the workings of cells and organisms. Topics include regulation of gene expression, tissue culture, protein purification and analysis, antibodies, recombinant DNA technology, extensions of Mendel, linkage mapping, pedigree analysis, genomics, genome-wide association studies, and proteomics, all with a strong emphasis on data analysis and problem-solving. Lecture 4 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and CHEM 105 (CHEM 105 may be taken concurrently.)

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 112

112
MICROBIOLOGY
5.0 Units
BIOL 112 is a study of microorganisms (algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses). The course includes microbial biochemistry, genetics, cellular activities, applied uses, and the pathogenicity of these microorganisms. In the laboratory, students utilize various staining procedures and biochemical tests to identify at least one unknown microorganism. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 6 hours.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or CHEM 120 or equivalent and BIOL 101 or 120 or 122 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/ Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 114

114
HUMAN FORM AND FUNCTION
3.0 Units
BIOL 114 provides the student with a broad descriptive introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered include: cells, tissues, the major body systems and some of the major human conditions and diseases. This course is aligned with accreditation standards for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), and is required for completion of the Associate of Science Degree program in Health Information Technology (HIT).

Note: BIOL 114 is designed for Health Information Technology students. It is not recommended for pre-nursing students. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: high school biology, MOA 181 or 182, MOA 185, eligibility for ENGL 120 or ESL 151, BUSAD 106 or equivalent.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 115

115
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4.0 Units
BIOL 115 is an introductory course covering biological principles as they apply to the human body. The central theme is the structure and function of the human organism. Topics covered include: human evolution, the human species in the environment, cells, tissues, the major body systems, heredity, and the major human conditions and diseases. A weekly laboratory allows students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the techniques necessary to study the health sciences. Lecture 3 hours/ Laboratory 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: High school biology.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 120

120
HUMAN ANATOMY
5.0 Units
BIOL 120 covers the systems of the human body including microscopic and gross anatomy of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, male and female reproductive, and endocrine. The effects of disease and aging on these systems are also included in the course. The laboratory includes the study of tissues using the microscope, a study of bones of the human skeleton, and the use of models to illustrate respective systems of the human body. Dissections of a sheep brain, cow heart, and cow eye are made to illustrate comparative parts of human anatomy. Observations are also made of a human cadaver. This course is primarily intended for nursing, kinesiology, and other health related majors. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 6 hours.

Recommended Preparation: BIOL 115 is strongly recommended for students with a limited background in the biological sciences.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/ Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID BIOL 110)

BIOL 121

121
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOLOGY
4.0 Units
BIOL 121 covers the functions, homeostasis, and integration of the organ systems of the human body. The organ systems studied include: integumentary, nervous, sensory, bone, muscle, endocrine, blood, lymphatic, and immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Laboratory activities include using the scientific method to predict experimental outcomes, acquire data, analyze it and draw conclusions, and apply concepts learned in both lecture and the laboratory to clinical pathophysiological scenarios. This course is primarily intended for Nursing, Kinesiology, and other health related majors. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 120 and CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 120.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/ Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID BIOL 120)

BIOL 122

122
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
4.0 Units
BIOL 122 is a survey course in the biological sciences designed to meet the laboratory science or life science requirement for most general education programs. Biology 122 covers the scientific method, molecular and cellular organization and function, genetics, and plant/animal anatomy and physiology. This course also covers evolution, a survey of biodiversity, ecology, and the impact of humans on the environment. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/ Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

BIOL 123

123
EVOLUTION
3.0 Units
BIOL 123 examines the history of life on earth, and the mechanisms that have led to the diversity we see today. Topics to be covered include a brief history of evolutionary thought, adaptive vs. neutral evolution (natural selection and genetic drift), biogeography, the origin of life, population genetics and speciation, an exploration of the fossil record and modern systematics, and recent work in the fields of sexual selection, behavior, development, and human evolution. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 125

125
MARINE BIOLOGY
3.0 Units
BIOL 125 is a general survey of the ecosystems and biodiversity of life in the marine environment. The course includes a brief introduction to the sciences of geological, chemical and physical oceanography as the basis to understand the environment where marine organisms have evolved. A comparative approach is used to study the anatomy, physiology, and evolution of the major groups of marine organisms. This course compares the ecology of the following marine ecosystems: epipelagic, deep sea, hydrothermal vents, intertidal, estuaries, coral reefs, and polar. Aspects of evolutionary, cell, and molecular theory are addressed throughout the course. The impact of humans on the marine environment is analyzed by studying historical and current problems regarding pollution and fisheries. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

BIOL 125H

125H
HONORS MARINE BIOLOGY
3.0 Units
BIOL 125H is a general survey of the ecosystems and biodiversity of life in the marine environment. The course includes a brief introduction to the sciences of geological, chemical and physical oceanography as the basis to understand the environment where marine organisms have evolved. A comparative approach is used to study the anatomy, physiology, and evolution of the major groups of marine organisms. This course compares the ecology of the following marine ecosystems: epipelagic, deep sea, hydrothermal vents, intertidal, estuaries, coral reefs, and polar. Aspects of evolutionary, cell, and molecular theory are addressed throughout the course. The impact of humans on the marine environment is analyzed by studying historical and current problems regarding pollution and fisheries. The Honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1) Students will complete a set of selected readings from science journals or books. Critical analysis of these readings is expected and the students will be evaluated with extra questions during the regular examinations of the course. 2) Students will attend a field trip where they are expected to work in groups for the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. 3) Students will prepare a written and oral presentation on a specific topic that was not covered in lecture. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 126

126
FIELD AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS IN MARINE BIOLOGY
1.0 Unit
BIOL 126 is an introductory science laboratory offering a general survey of the diversity of life in the marine environment and the ecology of some of its major ecosystems. This course covers aspects of microscopy, pH, cell respiration, photosynthesis, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. The laboratory exercises utilize the comparative method in order to study the anatomy, physiology, and evolution of some of the major phyla of marine organisms. This course requires the participation in three or more field trips, which introduce the student to research methods, marine biodiversity, evolution, and the ecology of marine ecosystems. Field trips total a minimum of 9 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 125 (BIOL 125 may be taken concurrently.)

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

BIOL 131

131
REGIONAL NATURAL HISTORY
3.0 Units
BIOL 131 offers individual and group investigation of the biological environment and the impact of human activities upon it. Students examine the inter-relationship between living organisms and their habitats by special projects. Library research, a scientific paper, and/or an oral presentation may be a part of the course. Field studies will investigate a variety of world localities. When taught in Baja California, Mexico, the field portion of the course is based at the Glendale College Field Station in Bahia de los Angeles. Lecture 2 hours/Laboratory 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: A biology or ecology course in high school or college.

Transfer Credit: CSU.

BIOL 298

298
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
3.0 Units
BIOL 298 is intended to give undergraduate students hands-on experience in microbiology and molecular biology research while working collaboratively in a laboratory setting with a faculty-led team of students on various projects. It allows the student to practice and apply various scientific techniques and methods (e.g. wet lab skills) and concepts learned in biology (e.g. molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, and bioinformatics). Students are expected to apply knowledge from prerequisite courses, to use their problem solving skills in carrying out assigned projects, and to write up and present the results of their research on-campus. Lecture 1 hour/Laboratory 6 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or BIOL 112 or equivalent.

Recommended Preparation: BIOL 103, eligibility for ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU.