Biology Courses


General Education


Bio 122: Introduction to Biology (4 units): Biology 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. (Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL101. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 123: Evolution (3 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 fi elds of sexual selection, behavior, development, and human evolution.
Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: None. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

Bio 125: Marine Biology (3 units): Biology 125 is an introduction to biology offering a general survey of the ecosystems and diversity of life in the marine environment. The course includes an introduction to the sciences of geological, chemical and physical oceanography as the basis to understand the environment where marine organisms exist. A comparative approach is used to learn about the physiological and anatomical adaptations of the different marine organisms to their environment. Aspects of the three major areas of biology, evolutionary, cell and molecular theory, are addressed throughout the course. (Prerequisite: None. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 126: Marine Biology Lab (1 unit): Biology 126 is an introductory science laboratory offering a general survey of the diversity of life in the marine environment and an introduction to some of its major ecosystems. 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 at least four field trips. Field trips introduce the student to the ecology of marine ecosystems. Note: Field trips require student contribution for meals and transportation. (Prerequisite: BIOL 125 (BIOL 125 may be taken concurrently.) Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 131: Regional Natural History (3 units): Biology 131 offers individual and group investigations 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. (Prerequisite: None. Transfer Credit: CSU)


Bio 146: Marine Mammals (2 units): Biology 146 provides an introduction to the diverse group of mammals that have secondarily adapted to life in the sea. Lecture topics include the evolution of these groups, adaptations for feeding, breeding, diving and communicating in the marine environment (anatomy, physiology, and behavior), the ecological importance of marine mammals, and a brief history of marine mammal exploitation and conservation. When taught in Baja California, Mexico, the field portion of the course takes place at the Glendale College Field Station in Bahía de los Angeles. Focus is on local species that commonly occur in the area, including California sea lions, blue, fin and Brydeâs whales, as well as common and bottlenose dolphins. This field portion includes travel to gray whale breeding lagoons on the Pacific coast of Baja. (Prerequisite: None. Transfer Credit: CSU)

Allied Health

Bio 115: Human Biology (4 units): Biology 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. Note: This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed Biology 120 or 121. (Prerequisite: None. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 120: Human Anatomy (5 units): Biology 120 comprehensively covers the systems of the human body. The laboratory includes the study of tissues using the microscope and a detailed study of the human skeleton. Dissections on the cat muscles and blood vessels, sheep brain, and cow eye, as well as the human cadaver, are included to illustrate comparative parts of human anatomy. Note: Primarily for nursing, physical education, and health science majors. (Prerequisite: BIOL 115 is strongly recommended for students with a limited background in the biological sciences. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 121: Human Physiology (4 units): Biology 121 studies the functions of the systems of the human body. Course format includes lecture and extensive lab activity including EEG, EKG, spirometry, urinalysis, blood analysis, etc. Physiology is required for nursing students and is elective for others. (Prerequisite: BIOL 120 and CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 120. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 112: Microbiology (5 units): Biology 112 is a study of life using micro-organisms (algae, bacteria, molds, protozoa, viruses, and yeasts) as prototypes. The course includes microbial biochemistry, genetics, cellular and ultra-cellular activities, applied uses, and pathogenicity of these forms of life. In the laboratory students also identify one unknown microbial organism. (Prerequisite: CHEM 101, 110, or 120. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Majors Biology

Bio 101: General Biology I (4 units): Biology 101 is the first half of a one-year course designed for biological science majors. It covers fundamental biological principles and processes from the philosophy of the scientific method through biochemistry, molecular biology, cell respiration and photosynthesis, cell structure and function, mitosis and meiosis, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics and gene regulation. (Prerequisite: CHEM 101. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 102: General Biology II (5 units): Biology 102 provides a continuation of the study of fundamental biological concepts and 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 systematics. 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.(Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and CHEM 101. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)

Bio 103: Molecular Biology and Genetics (4 units): Biology 103 is an extension of the study of molecular biology, cell biology and genetics introduced in Biology 101/102. This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins in the living cell, as well as how these molecules are studied and manipulated in the laboratory. Topics include regulation of gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, chromosome mapping and viral and prokaryotic genetics. (Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and CHEM 105 (Chem 105 may be taken concurrently.) Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC)