Academic Catalogs

Biology

The Biological Associate of Science degree is intended to instill a desire in our students to learn more about the biological sciences, encourage critical thinking about how life functions in the natural world, and help students become scientifically literate citizens who can make informed decisions about biologically related issues.

Department Contact Information

Farah Sogo
fsogo@occ.cccd.edu

Biology Department Website

Credit Courses

BIOL A0201 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
Making Connections in Cell and Molecular Biology  
Co-requisite(s): BIOL A180.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

This course complements Biology A180 lecture and laboratory and will provide essential additional opportunities for students to develop study skills in cell and molecular biology. The curriculum is designed to improve critical thinking, content application, and science writing. Opportunities to work in a collaborative environment will also be provided in order to reinforce this aspect of scientific inquiry. Speakers from and/or field trips to visit laboratories from transfer institutions may be provided to allow students to see direct application of the skill set promoted in Biology A180. This course will be the equivalent to the one hour study skills/discussion section that most four-year universities offer. Not applicable to AA or AS degree.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A020

    BIOL A1004 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
    Introduction to Biology  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    A general study of life processes with emphasis on biological chemistry, cells, molecular biology, heredity, ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life. Suitable as a general education elective for the non-science major. This course may also be offered online.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A100

      BIOL A100H4 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
      Introduction to Biology Honors  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

      A general study of life processes with emphasis on biological chemistry, cells, molecular biology, heredity, ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life. Suitable as a general education elective for the non-science major.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A100H

        BIOL A1014 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
        The Biology of Cooking  
        Advisory: CHEM A100 or AP Chemistry.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

        Ever wondered why grilled meat tastes so good? Why meringues are made with egg whites and not egg yolks? Why tomatoes are considered a fruit instead of a vegetable? These questions (and more!) will be answered in demonstration-filled classes as we use the reagents of the kitchen to teach the basic principles of biology and the scientific method.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A101

          BIOL A1142 Units (18 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
          Basic Microbiology  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          Microbiology as applied to disease, treatment, immunity and the environment. Introduction to history, theory, and techniques of microbiology as applied to microbial nutrition, disease, immunity, control and the environment.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A114

            BIOL A1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Introduction to the Biology of Animals  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU

            Introduces the diversity and biology of animals in a manner appropriate for students who have little to no background in science. Topics include an introduction to the anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, systematics, life history, and cell biology of animals. Suitable as a non-lab general education elective for the non-science major.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A115

              BIOL A1201 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
              Anatomy Discussion  
              Advisory: enrollment in BIOL A220.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

              Student-centric discussion of topics covered within BIOL A220 (Human Anatomy): structural organization of the human body, gross and microscopic structure of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Taught from a functional perspective, it emphasizes the relationship of structure (Anatomy) to function (Physiology). This course is primarily intended for students concurrently enrolled in BIOL A220 (Human Anatomy), as well as nursing, allied health, kinesiology, and other health-related majors.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A120

                BIOL A1253 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                Human Biology  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                A transferable general education biology course for students not majoring in the life sciences. Emphasis on relationships of biology to human beings with emphasis on molecular genetics, heredity, major body systems, disease, and human interactions with the environment. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A125

                  BIOL A1722 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                  Nature of Birds  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  An introductory course to bird identification, their life, and their habitats. Emphasis will be on the physical characteristics of birds, how birds evolved, their classification, diet, behavior, reproduction strategies, flight mechanics, migration patterns, and characteristics of their natural habitat. There will be at least four field trips. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A172

                    BIOL A1804 Units (63 lecture hours; 45 lab hours)  
                    Introduction to Biology for Majors 1: Cell and Molecular Biology  
                    Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHEM A130 or concurrent enrollment in one of the following: CHEM A180 or CHEM A185 or CHEM A220 or CHEM A225.

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                    Designed for the major in the biological sciences and pre-health profession majors. Emphasizing central concepts of biology, including biochemistry, cell biology, membrane dynamics, molecular genetics, classical genetics, and biotechnology. CHEM A180 qualifying exam does not substitute for CHEM A130 prerequisite or CHEM A180 corequisite. Non-native speaking students must be eligible to enter ESL A031 and ESL A035. C-ID: BIOL 190.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A180

                      BIOL A1823 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                      Zoology  
                      Prerequisite(s): MATH A030.
                      Advisory: BIOL A180; Any college level Biology and/or Chemistry course.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                      Includes basic aspects of phylogeny, morphology, physiology and behavior of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Emphasizes comparing the variety of mechanisms animals have evolved to solve common biological problems. C-ID: BIOL 150 when BIOL A182L is also completed.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A182

                        BIOL A182H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                        Zoology Honors  
                        Prerequisite(s): MATH A030.
                        Advisory: BIOL A180; Any college level Biology and/or Chemistry course.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Includes basic aspects of phylogeny, morphology, physiology and behavior of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Emphasizes comparing the variety of mechanisms animals have evolved to solve common biological problems.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A182H

                          BIOL A182L1 Unit (9 lecture hours; 45 lab hours)  
                          Zoology Lab  
                          Prerequisite(s): BIOL A182 or BIOL A182H, or concurrent enrollment.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                          A laboratory course emphasizing animal phylogeny, anatomy, and physiology using representative types.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A182L

                            BIOL A1833 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                            Botany  
                            Prerequisite(s): MATH A030.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                            Includes the dynamics of plants and their processes with particular emphasis on the structure and function of living plants. C-ID: BIOL 155 when BIOL A183L is also completed.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A183

                              BIOL A183L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                              Botany Lab  
                              Prerequisite(s): BIOL A183 or concurrent enrollment; and MATH A030 or higher (or appropriate placement).

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                              A course in the dynamics of plants and their processes with particular emphasis on the structure and function of living things. Field Trip Required. Lab.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A183L

                                BIOL A1855 Units (54 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
                                Introduction to Biology for Majors 2: Ecology, Evolution, Diversity, and Physiology  
                                Prerequisite(s): BIOL A180.

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                An introduction to the evolution, ecology, physiology, anatomy, and life history of all major groups of organisms, including bacteria, archaea, fungi, plants, animals, other eukaryotes, and viruses. Students also develop their scientific experimentation skills, including statistical data analysis and writing. Fieldtrip required. C-ID: BIOL 140.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A185

                                  BIOL A2002 Units (16 lecture hours; 64 lab hours)  
                                  Advanced Anatomy Practicum  
                                  Prerequisite(s): BIOL A220.
                                  Co-requisite(s): BIOL A225.

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                  Advanced exploration and discussion of topics and concepts within Human Anatomy, which include: structural organization of the human body: gross and microscopic structure of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Taught from a functional perspective, it emphasizes the relationship of structure (Anatomy) to function (Physiology). Laboratory participation and instructor shadowing are required. This course is primarily intended for students who have successfully completed BIOL A220 (Human Anatomy) and desire to further their knowledge and understanding of Human Anatomy, while being mentored by instructors in laboratory discussion and presentation, and instructing, mentoring and tutoring current anatomy students. BIOL A200 students will be expected to assist BIOL A220 (Human Anatomy) students utilizing newly acquired educational techniques in the following: dissection; identification of specimens and structures on both the micro- and macroscopic level.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A200

                                    BIOL A2105 Units (54 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
                                    General Microbiology  

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                    Fundamentals of bacteriology, mycology, protozoology, and virology. Includes food, water and medical microbiology, factors in resistance, infection, and disease. Human normal flora and the immune response are included. Microbial ecology, genetics, and bioenergetics are covered. Recommended for biological science majors.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A210

                                      BIOL A2205 Units (54 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
                                      Human Anatomy  

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                      Structural organization of the human body: gross and microscopic structure of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovasuclar, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Taught from a functional perspective, it emphasizes the relationship of structure (Anatomy) to function (Physiology). Laboratory participation is required. This course is primarily intended for nursing, allied health, kinesiology, and other health-related majors. C-ID: BIOL 110B.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A220

                                        BIOL A2214 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                        Anatomy-Physiology  

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                        Anatomy and physiology as a combined discipline. Designed for Career and Certificate Programs. Suitable as a general education elective for the non-science major. This course may also be offered online.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A221

                                          BIOL A2255 Units (54 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
                                          Human Physiology  
                                          Prerequisite(s): CHEM A110 or CHEM A130.
                                          Advisory: BIOL A220 or BIOL A221.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                          This course studies the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at all levels of biological organization with an emphasis on the relationship of structure (Anatomy) and function (Physiology). Basic concepts and practical applications are stressed. Laboratory participation is required. This course meets requirements for pre-nursing, physical therapy and physical education majors. C-ID: BIOL 120B.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A225

                                            BIOL A2804 Units (67.5 lecture hours; 40.5 lab hours)  
                                            Evolutionary Ecology  
                                            Prerequisite(s): BIOL A180.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                            For majors in the biological sciences. Evolutionary and ecological principles and their relevance at several levels of organization. Includes principles governing classification of life, principles of evolution, conditions for life, adaptations to the environment, analysis of ecological niches, population, and community/ecosystem ecology from an evolutionary viewpoint. Field trips are required for this course. Lecture/Lab.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A280

                                              BIOL A2812 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                                              Biochemistry  
                                              Prerequisite(s): BIOL A180 and CHEM A220.

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                              An introduction to the chemistry of biology. This course is designed to satisfy transfer requirements for some biology majors.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A281

                                                BIOL A2822 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                                                Molecular Biology  
                                                Prerequisite(s): BIOL A180 and CHEM A220.

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                An introduction to molecular biology emphasizing gene structure and function. This course is designed to satisfy transfer requirements for biology majors.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A282

                                                  BIOL A2834 Units (72 lecture hours)  
                                                  Genetics  
                                                  Prerequisite(s): BIOL A180 and CHEM A180.

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                  This course covers the principles of Mendelian inheritance; gene transmission in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; recombination and mutation; gene regulation, replication, and expression; cell division; and biochemical genetics. Additional emphasis is placed on problem solving.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing BIOL A283