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BIOLOGY CLASSES

BIOL 8 - Biology of Plants


4 units
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This biology course focuses on the world of plants and plant-like organisms. Students will study vascular plant anatomy, physiology, and ecology as well as explore the significance of plants to human life. The laboratory work will include a survey of algae, fungi, and all representative plant groups.

BIOL 10 - Fundamentals of Biology


4 units
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This course is a survey of all living things: prokaryotes, protists, fungi plants, and animals. Basic principles of structure, function, and relationships of living organisms are discussed with special reference to humans.

Note: Students will not receive UC credit for Biology 10 if taken after BIOL 101.

BIOL 10H - Honors Fundamentals of Biology


4 units
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This honors course is designed for students in the Honors Transfer Program. This course is a survey of all living things: prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Basic principles of structure, function, and relationships of living organisms are discussed with special reference to humans. This course is enriched through writing assignments that involve research and analysis.

Note: Students may take either BIOL 10 or Biology 10H. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for BIOL 10 and Biology 10H.

BIOL 11 - Fundamentals of Zoology


4 units
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course introduces major animal groups and the single-celled protozoans. Comparative studies of animal structure and physiology will illustrate principles of classification and evolution. Ecological topics include animal behavior, natural history, and relationships of animals to humans. Genetics and basic cell biology are also covered.

BIOL 12 - Field Zoology


4 units
2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of invertebrate and vertebrate animals involving general principles of biology, taxonomy, physiology, and ecology with an emphasis on California. Major invertebrate phyla will be introduced in the classroom and through field trip experiences. The taxonomy, anatomy, and natural history of all major vertebrate animal classes will be explored through classroom lecture and demonstration and field assessment. Field experience will include both optional and required trips to museums, aquariums, and field locations.

BIOL 15 - Environmental Aspects of Biology


3 units
3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 82
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Basic ecological and biological principles and concepts are emphasized in the study of the structure and function of ecosystems. Major ecological problems such as overpopulation, resource depletion and food production are related to endangered species and habitat degradation. Environmental pollution of air and water resources is considered in local areas as well as national and international situations. Air quality and global warming issues are considered. Students are encouraged to participate in local activities addressing environmental problems and restoring and improving local habitats.

BIOL 16 - Field Entomology


4 units
2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This is a survey course in insect biology, taxonomy, physiology, and ecology, and considers the methods and economic importance of controlling insect populations. Major insect orders and families are introduced through lecture with slides and live and preserved specimens. Emphasis is placed on learning how to identify insect specimens in the laboratory and to recognize them in the field. Field trips to local sites, local desert and coastal mountain habitats will be taken to practice collection, preparation, and recognition techniques.

BIOL 17 - Marine Biology


3 units
3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 1 or eligibility for ENGL 1A or qualification by appropriate assessment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This is an introductory marine biology lecture course exploring biological principles of structure, function and adaptation for marine life. It includes a review of the history of marine biology and a discussion of local species of marine plants and animals and major marine communities. Human interaction and impact on the ocean is also discussed.

BIOL 18 - Marine Biology Laboratory


1 unit
3 hours lab
Prerequisite: BIOL 17 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 1 or eligibility for ENGL 1A or qualification by appropriate assessment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This is an introductory marine biology laboratory course designed to complement the marine biology lecture course. The laboratory course will explore the animals and plants living in the ocean and their structure and adaptations for a marine environment. Local species will be identified and classified and local aquariums will be visited.

BIOL 99 - Independent Study in Life Science


1-3 units
hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: any two Life Science courses, except Biology 10 or Biology 15, with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Biology not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Biology projects (54 hours per unit).

Note: *Transfer limitations apply. For eligibility requirements, go to www.elcamino.edu/admissions/credit.asp
(formerly Biology 99abc)

BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I


5 units
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 4 or CHEM 4H with minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of eukaryotic organisms, their evolution and ecology. The student will have a thorough exposure to plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and will utilize animal dissection in the lab. Students will be expected to complete a project that includes hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, and presentation of results. This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors, including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences.

Note: It is recommended that CHEM 1A be taken concurrently in preparation for BIOL 102.

BIOL 101H - Honors Principles of Biology I


5 units
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 4 with minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This honors course, intended for students in the Honors Transfer Program, is a survey of eukaryotic organisms, their evolution and ecology. The student will have a thorough exposure to plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and will utilize animal dissection in the lab. Students will be expected to complete a project that includes hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, and presentation of results. This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors, including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences. This course is enriched through extensive rigorous reading, writing, and research assignments.

Note: Students may take either BIOL 101 or Biology 101H. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for BIOL 101 and Biology 101H.

BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II


5 units
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 1A with minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course offers a detailed study of eukaryotic cell anatomy, metabolism, and division, including the study of Mendelian genetics and the molecular genetics of eukaryotes. Prokaryotic cellular structure (eubacteria and archaea), microbial genetics, and viruses are also studied. The scientific method is discussed in the lecture component and students implement elements of the process in various laboratory exercises. This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors, including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences.

BIOL 102H - Honors Principles of Biology II


5 units
3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: CHEM 1A with minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for ENGL 1A or ENGL 1AH 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This honors course, intended for students in the Honors Transfer Program, offers a detailed study of eukaryotic cell anatomy, metabolism, and division, including the study of Mendelian genetics and the molecular genetics of eukaryotes. Prokaryotic cellular structure (eubacteria and archaea), microbial genetics, and viruses are also studied. The scientific method is discussed in the lecture component and students implement elements of the process in various laboratory exercises. This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors, including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences. This course is enriched through extensive rigorous reading, writing, and research assignments.

Note: Students may take either BIOL 102 or Biology 102H. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for BIOL 102 and Biology 102H.

BIOL 103 - Fundamentals of Molecular Biology


3 units
3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or BIOL 101H and BIOL 102 or BIOL 102H with a minimum grade of C in each course CHEM 7A with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is an introduction to molecular biology. The student will study DNA, RNA and protein structure; protein biochemistry; protein purification and analysis; genome organization of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes; DNA replication; transcription and splicing; regulation of transcription; translation; and recombinant DNA technology. The student will also explore the uses of DNA technology, such as forensics and agriculture, as well as the ethical considerations of these uses.