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BIO 101-102: General Biology I-II (4 cr.) — Explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. Prerequisite for BIO 101: Completed MTE 1-3 and ENG 111 eligible. Prerequisite for BIO 102: Completed BIO 101.

BIO 141-142: Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II (4 cr.) — Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Prerequisite for BIO 141: ENG 111 eligible, OR (Allied Health only) 2 units of college prep high school science with a grade of C or better, OR BIO 101 or equivalent, OR permission of department or instructor. Prerequisite for BIO 142: Completed BIO 141. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.

BIO 149: Microbiology for Allied Health (1 cr.) — Studies the characteristics of microorganisms that are especially important to programs in the Allied Health fields. This course also emphasizes these characteristics in regard to individual and community health. Prerequisites: ENG 111 eligible, MTE 1-3, and NAS 05. Co-requisite: BIO 141/142 for allied health majors. Lecture 1 hour per week.

BIO 205: General Microbiology (4 cr.) — Examines morphology, genetics, physiology, ecology, and control of microorganisms. Emphasizes application of microbiological techniques to selected fields. Prerequisites: Completed ENG 111 and BIO 102 and CHM 112 OR permission of the instructor. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 206: Cell Biology (4 cr.) – Introduces the ultrastructure and functions of cells. Emphasizes cell metabolism, cell division, and control of gene expression. Prerequisite one year of college biology or one year of college chemistry. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 226: Vertebrate Zoology (4 cr.) – Focuses on structure, embryology, function, ecology, classification, and evolution of vertebrate animals. Prerequisite: Completed BIO 102. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 231-232: Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II (4 cr.) — Integrates the study of gross and microscopic anatomy with physiology, emphasizing the analysis and Interpretation of physiological data. Prerequisites: Completed one year of college biology and one year of college Chemistry or divisional approval. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 256: General Genetics (4 cr.) — Explores the principles of genetics ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of the gene. Includes experimental design and statistical analysis. Prerequisite: Completed BIO 102 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 275: Marine Ecology (4 cr.) — Applies ecosystem concepts to marine habitats. Includes laboratory and field work. Prerequisite: Completed BIO 102 or divisional approval. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

BIO 285: Biological Problems in Contemporary Society (3 cr.) — Discusses major biological problems facing society which may include environmental and health concerns such as pollution, bioengineering, drug abuse, conservation, famine and others. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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