General Education Courses

The Fall 2009-Spring 2010 "Student's Registration & Advising Handbook" contains an error: "only Bio 1 and Bio 7 meet the B3 requirement". Students can meet the B2 & B3 requirement by taking Bio 15L (B3) along with one of the lecture courses (Bio 9, 10, 20, or 106).

Course Units Type Audience Description Area
Lower Division General Education
Bio 1 5 Lec, Lab & Activity

Science
majors

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology. Introduction to properties of life and cells leading to genetic and biological diversity. Survey of biological diversity emphasizing variation leading to natural selection; introduction to ecological concepts within an evolutionary framework; a survey of ecosystems and global climate change; Development of scientific skills will be emphasized. Designed for science majors; Lecture three hours; laboratory three hours; activity two hours. Note: Field trips may be required. 
Corequisite: CHEM 1A suggested.
B2,B3
Bio 7 4 Lec & Lab
Future teachers
Introduction to the Science of Biology. Introduction to major concepts of biology, including properties of living things, cells and their molecular constituents, the unity and diversity of organisms, genetics, ecology, evolution, and the scientific methods of investigation employed by biologists.  Satisfies requirements in biology for students planning to obtain the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  Lecture three hours; laboratory three hours. Fee course. B2,B3
Bio 9 3 Lec only
Non-majors
Our Living World: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. Designed for non-majors, this course is an introduction to the biological science behind important issues that face us today, such as those surrounding evolution, endangered species, conservation of ecosystems, and the behavior of organisms. By gaining an understanding of the scientific approach and the principles of evolution, ecology and behavior, students will be equipped to evaluate scientific developments and arguments in these and other issues as informed citizens. Lecture three hours. Note: Not open to Biological Sciences majors or students who have received credit for BIO 1 or BIO 2. B2
Bio 10 3 Lec only
Non-majors
Basic Biological Concepts. Introduction to the biological sciences with emphasis at the molecular and cellular levels. Concepts and principles common to all living systems and how these help us understand current issues facing society today will be stressed. Designed for non-majors. Lecture three hours. Note: Not open to Biological Sciences majors or students who have received credit for BIO 1 or BIO 2. B2
Bio 15L 1 Lab only
Non-majors
Laboratory Investigations in Biology. Introductory laboratory investigation of the major principles of biology, including properties of all living things, the unity and diversity of organisms, structure and function of cells, energy and metabolism, genetics, ecology, evolution, and the scientific methods of investigation employed by biologists. Laboratory three hours. Note: Not open to Biological Sciences majors or students who have received credit for BIO 1 or BIO 2. Prerequisite: BIO 9, BIO 10 or BIO 20. Corequisite: BIO 9, BIO 10 or BIO 20. B3
Bio 20 3 Lec only
Non-majors
Biology: A Human Perspective. Introduction to the major concepts of biology and their application to humans. Major topics include reproduction and heredity, energy and metabolism, ecology, evolution, and the levels of biological organization using the human as an example. Lecture three hours. Note: Not open to majors in biological sciences and students who have received credit for BIO 10. B2
Upper Division General Education
Bio 106 3 Lec only
Non-majors
Genetics: From Mendel to Molecules. Introduction to the principles of genetics and scientific approaches used to define those principles. The physical basis of heredity, the impact of selective breeding and genetic engineering will be discussed. Lecture two hours; discussion one hour. Note: BIO 10 recommended. B2