Biology

http://www.miracosta.edu/BIO

Biology is the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. Students take biology courses to prepare for a biology major, to fulfill general education requirements, and to meet prerequisites for related courses. A bachelor's degree in biology can lead to careers in health care, biotechnology, medical research, wildlife conservation, marine science, and education.

Contact Information

Chair: Jeanine Sepulveda

Dean: Carlos Lopez

www.miracosta.edu/BIO

Department: Biological Sciences

Office: Building OC3600, 760.795.6648

Full-Time Faculty

Suzie Bailey
Gail Baughman
Keith Cunningham
Julie Haugsness-White
Stacey Hull
Jeff Ihara
Himgauri Kulkarni
Jeanine Sepulveda
John Thomford

Courses

BIO 100: General Biology (Lecture and Lab)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and MATH 64.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BIO 101 and BIO 101L.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This entry-level course provides a broad perspective of biological concepts and principles. Topics include the process of scientific inquiry, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, systems biology, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms. The laboratory component of this course provides direct participation in experiments, demonstrations, and discussions related to fundamental concepts in biology. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, or BIO 105.

BIO 101: General Biology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and MATH 64.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in BIO 101L is strongly recommended.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BIO 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (0401.00)

This entry-level course provides a broad perspective of biological concepts and principles. Topics include the process of scientific inquiry, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, systems biology, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, or BIO 105.

BIO 101L: General Biology Laboratory

Units: 1
Prerequisites: BIO 101 and eligibility for MATH 64.
Corequisite: BIO 101 if prerequisite not met.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BIO 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This laboratory accompaniment to BIO 101 provides direct participation in experiments, demonstrations, and discussions related to fundamental concepts in biology. This course further develops the student's understanding of topics introduced in the lecture.

BIO 101S: Learning Assistance for General Biology

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour. (0401.00)

This optional learning assistance course provides students enrolled in BIO 100 or BIO 101 extended opportunities to develop their fundamental understanding and mastery of biological concepts and principles that will be directly applied toward success in BIO 100 and BIO 101.

BIO 102: Ecology and Environmental Biology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0301.00)

This general education life science course is intended for non-science track students. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the science of ecology and address contemporary environmental issues seeking sustainable solutions. Combining classroom investigation with field exploration, the lab component includes several field trips to local environmental resources.

BIO 103: Animal Diversity

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BIO 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (0401.00)

This life sciences course challenges students to think critically and demonstrate hypothetico-deductive reasoning within basic biological concepts, such as evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and development, while focusing on diversity within the animal kingdom. This course is intended for non-science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, or BIO 105.

BIO 105: Genes and Technology in Society

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (0401.00)

This introductory course relates basic biology to the emerging field of biotechnology. Topics include fundamental chemical processes common to all cells, biomolecular chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, classical and molecular genetics, and the molecular basis of immunology and cancer. The course highlights current advances in biotechnology, such as cloning, recombinant DNA technology, and gene therapy as well as the applications, social consequences, and ethical implications of biology and biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, or BIO 105.

BIO 150: General Botany

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This introductory course examines plant anatomy, physiology, and classification. It provides a broad perspective of biological concepts and principles and covers both unicellular and multicellular systems. Topics include structure and function of life, metabolism and manipulation of energy, cell division, genetics, taxonomy, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms. Field trips may be required.

BIO 170: Marine Biology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This general education life science course introduces basic biological concepts, offering students a broad perspective of biological systems. The course emphasizes the diversity of life in the ocean, how physical factors of the environment influence the biology of marine species, and anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment. The laboratory portion of the course combines classroom investigation with field exploration and emphasizes the scientific method, current research in the field of marine biology, and the development of field sampling techniques. Students are required to attend local field trips.

BIO 172: Marine Ecology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (0401.00)

This general education life science course takes an ecological approach to the study of the marine environment. Topics include the interactions between organisms and their environment, the flow of energy through food webs, the structure of marine communities, and marine environmental sustainability. This course also examines past and present anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems.

BIO 180: Biostatistics

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 64 or eligibility determined by the math placement process.
Advisory: BIO 101 or BIO 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BTEC 180, PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, SOC 104, or SOC 104H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This introductory statistics course covers the principles and practice of statistical design and analysis for scientific experimentation. Topics include hypothesis formation, experimental design and execution, data analysis, and communication with application to scientific fields, such as the biological and health sciences. The course includes laboratory application with extensive use of computer software for statistical analysis and simulation. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 180/BTEC 180, MATH 103, PSYC 104/SOC 104, or PSYC 104H/SOC 104H.

BIO 190: Survey of Human Musculoskeletal System

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BIO 210.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour. (0401.00)

This course examines the anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system. Upon successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate locations, actions, and roles of skeletal muscles and their associated skeletal attachments. Students study the gross and microscopic anatomy of bones, skeletal muscles, and joints in the human body in health and in disease states through work with human skeletons and models. This course is designed for students enrolled in selected occupational health programs.

BIO 202: Foundations of Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Organismal Biology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 64 or eligibility determined by the math placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This course surveys the organismal/meta-organismal half of biological disciplines. Topics include the taxonomy and physiology of prokaryotes and basal eukaryotes; the taxonomy, developmental biology, and physiology of plants and animals; and single-species population dynamics and interspecies interactions in communities. The laboratory emphasizes evolutionary process and mechanism, phylogeny reconstruction, comparative anatomy/physiology/survey of plants and animals, and life history evolution.

BIO 204: Foundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: CHEM 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This course surveys the molecular half of biological disciplines. Topics include biological molecules, metabolic biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. The laboratory emphasizes modern methods in cell and molecular biology, classical genetics, and experimental design.

BIO 210: Human Anatomy

Units: 4
Prerequisites: BIO 100, BIO 101, or a minimum 3-unit course in biology that presents principles of cellular life in its curriculum.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (0410.00)

This course follows a systemic approach by combining microscopic studies of tissues (histology) and organs along with gross/visual anatomical studies of the human body. Students learn dissection techniques by working with preserved mammalian specimens, including human cadavers. Because the course presents applied clinical situations, it is recommended for students majoring in the allied health field, massage therapy, kinesiology, and physical education.

BIO 220: Human Physiology

Units: 4
Prerequisites: BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 204, or BIO 210.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0410.00)

This course presents the interrelationships of the various organ systems, based upon the molecular and cellular activities of the organs that comprise those systems. It emphasizes the integration of body systems for maintaining homeostasis through regulated metabolism and coordinated flow of information. This course is designed for students majoring in pre-medicine, pre-nursing, allied health fields, and physical education.

BIO 230: Fundamentals of Microbiology

Units: 5
Prerequisites: BIO 220, CHEM 100, CHEM 104, CHEM 108, or CHEM 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (0403.00)

This course examines the fundamental concepts of life to provide students, especially those majoring in a medical/biotechnical field, with a working knowledge of microbiology and its special techniques. Students learn about bacteria, fungi, protists, and viruses as well as pathogenicity and immunology of important medical organisms. Topics include the history, morphology, and physiology of microbes and techniques for isolating, culturing, identifying, and controlling bacteria.

BIO 290: Human Dissection Laboratory

Units: 1
Prerequisites: BIO 210.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours. (0401.00)

This supervised study of human dissection techniques includes a review of dissection procedures as well as practical experience with human cadavers. The course follows a regional approach to human anatomy and covers all major muscle groups, organs, nerves, and blood vessels of the body. It is intended for students who are interested in medical careers, pathology, and normal anatomy of the human body.

BIO 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

BIO 296: Topics in Biology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (0401.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Biology that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

BIO 298: Directed Study in Biology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (0401.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

BIO 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.