BIOSC-099  Occupational Work Experience

1-4 Units: 60-360 hours of work experience, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Employment in career-related field.

For more information on this course, refer to Cooperative Education. Units are determined by number of hours worked.

This course offers on-the-job learning experiences for employed students, whether paid or volunteer, in cooperation with their employers.If students’ career goals are directly related to their work they can earn credit for jobs they hold during the term.Students must be enrolled in at least seven units, including their cooperative education units (proportionately fewer in summer session). Students who volunteer for this assignment will earn 1 unit for every 60 hours of volunteer work experience and 1 unit per 90 hours of paid work experience. Petition to repeat for a maximum of 16 units.

 

BIOSC-100  Topics in Biological Sciences

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course covers topics in Biological Sciences.Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

 

BIOSC-106  Experimental Analysis in Biology

.5 Unit: 6 hours of lecture, 12 hours of laboratory per term, P/NP, DG

This course is intended to provide preparation for the successful completion of BIOSC 119, 134, 140, 141, 148, and 155. It introduces students to common experimental techniques and situations in biology and offers practice in the collection, analysis, display, and interpretation of data. Students cover and review metric system, ratios and proportions, graphing, serial dilutions, microscope use, pH and basic chemistry, and some general cell biology and biochemistry. Students who believe they are already adequately prepared may challenge the course by examination. Students have one chance to pass this examination.

 

BIOSC-110  Introduction to Biological Science

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, and the IGETC for Area 5B: Biological Science

This course covers the principles and concepts of general biology through a study of the cell and its molecular nature, genetics, evolution, and a brief survey of the plant and animal kingdoms.

 

BIOSC-119  Microbiology

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106; AND either CHEM 119 or BIOSC 110

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science and B3-Laboratory Activity.

This course provides a survey of microorganisms of particular importance to humans, integrating basic concepts of microbiology and cellular biology.Emphasis is on medical microbiology and immunology, and their practical application to medicine and public health.

 

BIOSC-132  Human Anatomy

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5B- Biological Sciences.

This course covers the structure or morphology of the human body, covering basic cytology, histology and all major organs and organ systems. In addition, the two main integrative systems of the body, the nervous and endocrine systems are also covered, with a greater emphasis on neuroanatomy than on endocrinology. The course is taught both systemically and regionally, with developmental anatomy added when applicable. The muscles, bones, nerves and circulation of the limbs and back are approached regionally so as to better integrate all structures for student comprehension and retention. Organs, organ systems and neuroanatomy are taught from a systemic perspective. Course material progresses from a cellular and tissue level to an organ and organ system level.As each region or organ system is completed, its relationship to other organ systems and the whole organism is stressed.Specific functions especially as they are related intimately to structure are also studied.For example, the presentation of the heart and of the Central Nervous System include information on function. Finally, clinical correlations are given throughout the course as this course is primarily taken by pre-health professionals.

 

BIOSC-134  Human Physiology

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106; and either BIOSC 110 or CHEM 119

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Biological Sciences.

This course is aboutthe function of the human body and covers all major body systems and the two main integrative systems, the nervous and endocrine systems in detail.Course material progresses from a cellular and molecular level to an organism level, and regulation and integration of functions is emphasized.This is because several mechanisms within the body work in similar fashions and understanding them on a molecular level enables students to comprehend how several functions in different systems occur in the body.For example, study of binding characteristics and receptors can be applied to gated membrane transport channels, receptors for hormones, muscle contraction, action of calcium within cells, activation of second messenger systems and many others.Integration and interrelation of functions and some pathologies also are covered.Minimal anatomy is covered, mainly as it is needed to understand the function of the heart, the lungs and pleural membranes and the digestive system. Several clinical correlations are also given throughout the course.

 

BIOSC-140  Principles of Biology I

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: CHEM 120 and BIOSC 106

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5B- Biological Sciences.

General introduction to cells and their function, cellular metabolism and energetics, genetic material and its expression, classical genetics, and animal form, function, and development. Intended for transfer majors in biology. BIOSC 140 is not a pre-requisite for BIOSC 141.

 

BIOSC-141  Principles of Biology II

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106 and MATH 120

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5B- Biological Sciences.

An introduction to evolution and natural selection, population genetics, plant development, form, and function, and ecological principles.Intended for transfer majors in biology .

 

BIOSC-148  General Microbiology

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106 and CHEM 120 or BIOSC 159 and BIOSC 157. BIOSC 157, BIOSC 159 or CHEM 120 may be taken concurrently.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Biological Sciences.

This course, intended for majors, emphasizes the structure, morphology, physiology, genetics, evolution and diversity of microorganisms.  It includes the effect of microorganisms on the human body and mechanisms for disease control and prevention.  Topics include microscopy, culture of microbes and aseptic technique, control and identification of microbes, bacterial biochemistry, metabolism and physiology, cell structure and function, microbial genetics, recombinant DNA and biotechnology, viruses and their life cycles, immunology, epidemiology, and study of select infectious diseases.

 

BIOSC-157  Foundations in Biotechnology

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106 or challenge by exam; or  BIOSC 172L

Co-requisite: BIOSC 159

This course is designed to provide students wanting to enter the field of biotechnology with a solid foundation in the chemical, biochemical, microbiological, mathematical, bioinformatic and regulatory concepts used in biotechnology labs.Students practice laboratory calculations, design and analyze experiments, and become familiar with the documentation and practices important for working in a regulated environment (laboratory notebooks, QA/QC, SOP’s, cGMP).Good communication and work-readiness skills are emphasized.

 

BIOSC-159  Foundations in Biotechnology Laboratory

1 Unit: 54 hours of laboratory per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Co-requisite: BIOSC 157

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Biological Sciences.

This course is designed to provide students with training in the skills and applications commonly used in biotechnology and molecular biology laboratories.It will provide technical practice with analytical instruments, the formulation and use of reagents, and the culture and study of model organisms.Students will learn and apply the Scientific Method, perform data analysis, keep a laboratory notebook according to cGMP, follow Standard Operating Procedures and practice good communication and teamwork skills as they carry out laboratory experiments that reveal foundational concepts of biology, biotechnology, and molecular biology.

 

BIOSC-160  Nutrition

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course provides a study of the essential nutrients, their function in the body, and how to determine the food needs of the normal individual.

 

BIOSC-172  Introduction to Biotechnology

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, and the IGETC for Area 5B: Phys Biological Science

This course will teach students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Topics will include the biology, business, and legal/ethical issues surrounding biotechnology; cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field.

 

BIOSC-172L           Introduction to Biotechnology Lab

2 Units: 18 hours of lecture and 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LG, DG, CSU, UC

Materials fee: $25.00

This is an introductory laboratory course in which scientific and biotechnology methodology is taught and used to explore and experiment with topics found in the Introduction to Biotechnology lecture course (BioSc 172). It is a brief introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to work in the biotechnology industry, allied health, or related fields. Topics will include: the biology, business, and legal/ethical issues surrounding biotechnology; cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field, and a survey of general methodologies utilized in biotechnology research and manufacturing. Field trips may be included.

 

BIOSC-182  GLP and GMP: Principles and Compliance

1 Unit: 18 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course will introduce students to the laws, regulations, and quality practices associated with the biotechnology industry, with emphasis on the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Students will gain hands-on experience navigating and using the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

BIOSC-183  Mammalian Cell Culture

1 Unit: 15 hours of lecture and 9 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: BIOSC 159 (may be taken concurrently) or challenge by skill demonstration, including accurate use of micropipetors, dilution mathematics, and cell culture hood.

This course is designed to prepare students for employment as cell culture technicians. Students will learn aseptic techniques, how to work in a cell culture hood, how to compose mammalian cell culture media and the function of each medium component, how to use a hemacytometer and vital staining to count cells and determine viability, how to passage cells, and how to cryopreserve cell cultures. In addition, students will be introduced to concepts of stem cell research, including multi-potent and totipotent cell lines.

 

BIOSC-184  ELISA Methodology and Assay Development

1 Unit: 15 hours of lecture and 9 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: BIOSC 159, 172L or 148-(may be taken concurrently) or challenge by skill demonstrations, including accurate use of micropipetors, dilution mathematics, generation and interpretation of a standard curve.

This course introduces students to Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assays (ELISA), a highly versatile method used to identify and quantify proteins, both in the biotechnology industry and in medical diagnosis. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience with instruments, method development and optimization, and data analysis.

 

BIOSC-185  Polymerase Chain Reaction, Theory and Applications

1 Unit: 15 hours of lecture and 9 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: BIOSC 159,172L or 148-may be taken concurrently; or challenge by successful completion of a college level course in Cell or Cell and Molecular Biology.

This course will teach the theory and practice of DNA replication in vitro (the Polymerase Chain Reaction [PCR]), with emphasis on understanding the role of each reaction component. In addition, this course will provide students with hands-on experience in extracting genomic DNA from a variety of sources, choosing primer pairs needed to amplify selected genes, composing experimental and control reactions, programming the DNA thermalcycler, and analyzing the reaction products with agarose gel electrophoresis. Applications of PCR in medical diagnosis, forensic analysis, research, and agriculture will be discussed.

 

BIOSC-186  Protein Purification and Analysis

1 Unit: 15 hours of lecture and 9 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: BIOSC 159, 172L or 148-may be taken concurrently; or challenge by successful completion of a college level course in Cell or Cell and Molecular Biology.

This course will teach how to isolate a specific protein from a complex cell lysate using affinity chromatography. The isolated protein will be analyzed by qualitative and quantitative protein assays. The size and purity of the isolated protein will be analyzed by SDS-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE).

 

BIOSC-187  DNA Manipulation and Cloning

1 Unit: 15 hours of lecture and 9 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: BIOSC 159, 172L, or 148-may be taken concurrently; or challenge by successful completion of a college level course in Cell or Cell and Molecular Biology.

This course is designed to teach students how to construct a genomic library of a viral DNA. Students will learn to use the molecular tools of cloning and analysis of recombinant DNAs.

 

BIOSC-298  Independent Study

.2-4 Units:  3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and Vice President. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in Biological Sciences under the direction of an instructor.

 

BIOSC-300  Field Studies

.1-4 Units: 1.8-72 hours of lecture and/or 5.4-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in field experience in various disciplines.In all cases, field classes will be oriented toward direct involvement by the student in some outside activity which should supplement the classroom experience.Petition to repeat for maximum units.