Biology

Program Plan

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Biology
1.0 credits BIOL-104: Spin: (special Interest) Spin: (special Interest)
Course is designed to address a variety of subjects.
Offered: DMND
1.0 - 3.0 credits BIOL-105: SPIN: (Special Interest)
Course is designed to address a variety of subjects required to meet the needs of lifelong learning students. Not available for transfer nor applicable as an elective.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits BIOL-110: Non-Majors Biology
An understanding of how biological issues affect society is crucial for citizens of today's society. This non-majors course is an introduction to such issues as cloning; genetics, genetic screening and genetically modified organisms; global warming and the carbon cycle; population growth, environmental hazards, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, especially local flora. This course does not substitute for BIOL 121 or 122.
Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL-095 and RDNG-095 or appropriate Reading and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits BIOL-112: Human Body Structures & Functions
The organization, metabolic processes and regulation of cells and tissues. Basic concepts of the physical and chemical operation of the organs and systems of the human body. System review to include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. This course does not substitute for BIOL 121, 252, or 253. Non-transferable.
Prerequisites: RDNG-095 or appropriate Reading Accuplacer score.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits BIOL-121: Introductory Biology I
An introduction to the basic processes of living organisms. Topics to be covered will include cell structure and function, cellular reproduction, metabolism, photosynthesis, the basic chemical processes, introductory biochemistry, energetics, enzyme structure and function, protein synthesis, and basic Mendelian genetics.
Prerequisites: Completion of MATH-095 , RDNG-113, and ENGL-099 or appropriate Math, Reading, and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
4.0 credits BIOL-122: Introductory Biology II
An introduction to dynamic processes of living things, and includes local natural history, population genetics, ecology and evolutionary dynamics.
Prerequisites: Completion of MATH-095 , RDNG-113, and ENGL-095 or appropriate Math, Reading, and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FASP
2.0 - 4.0 credits BIOL-210: Field Biology
A field oriented course to be offered during semester break, spring break, or the summer. This course will consist of travel and field-based biological education at distant sites. The course may involve attendance at one or more preparatory classes before field work begins. May require additional travel and accommodation fees.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits BIOL-220: General Botany
This course is an introduction to plant biology for majors and non-majors. Topics include plant cell biology, anatomy, physiology, and pollination studies as well as phylogenetic study of Fungi and photosynthetic Bacteria and Protista. Plant ecology and introductory plant systematics will also be introduced.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits BIOL-222: Invertebrate Zoology
This course will provide an introduction to all phyla of invertebrates, emphasizing the unifying characteristics within each group. It will examine how form relates to function, and differences in structure and physiology between phyla. Systematics and phylogenetic relationships will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-121 or BIOL-122.
Offered: FALL, Even Year
4.0 credits BIOL-223: Vertebrate Zoology
This course covers the taxa of animals with backbones: fishes, amphibians, reptiles (including birds) and mammals. It includes relationships, structure, niches and behaviors.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-122.
Offered: FALL, Odd Year
4.0 credits BIOL-224: Microbiology
This course is an introductory survey of microorganisms including bacteria, protists, fungi and viruses. The course is not limited to the study of pathogenic species and will include taxonomy, ecology, microbial physiology, and gentics.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-121. High school biology within the last three years may be accepted.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits BIOL-230: Environmental Conservation
Topics covered include the study of basic ecological principles, human population growth and its impact on the global environment, including air, water and land pollution; global climate change; renewable and non-renewable energy sources; and biodiversity.
Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL-099 and RDNG-113 or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits BIOL-237: Ethnobotany
Integrates classical botanical knowledge and identification techniques with historical and current native uses of plants for food, healing, fiber, housing, arts, and sacred activities. Although a broad view will be taken, this interdisciplinary course will emphasize the ethnobotany of the Four Corners region. The class may include field trips.
Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL-099 and RDNG-095 or appropriate Accuplacer English and Reading scores.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits BIOL-240: Ecology
A study of the dynamics of biological systems. Covers population genetics, population ecology (interactions such as mutualism, competition and predation), and evolutionary theory.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-122.
Offered: SP
4.0 credits BIOL-250: Systematic Botany
A study of classification and taxonomy of vascular plants. Topics covered in lecture and laboratory deal with taxonomic principles and philosophy, nomenclature, terminology, use of keys, and history of classification systems. The use of cytogenetics, anatomy, ecology, palynology, chemistry, and the computer in modern systematics is discussed. Students will learn to recognize many of the major plant families and will be taught the methods of botanical fieldwork. A plant collection will be made. Field trips are required, including a three-day excursion to southeastern Utah.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits BIOL-252: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
The organization of cells and tissues and their metabolic and homeostatic processes and regulation. Physical and chemical operation of organs and systems of the human body, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-121. CHEM-110 and HITP-110 is strongly recommended. High school biology within the last 3 years may be accepted.
Offered: ALL
4.0 credits BIOL-253: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Physical and chemical operation of the organs and systems of the human body, including endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Basic concepts of metabolism, energy, fluid and electrolyte balance, heredity and human development.
Prerequisites: Take Biol-252
Offered: ALL
4.0 credits BIOL-255: Introduction to Genetics
This course will provide an introduction to modern genetic principles, including mechanisms of inheritance (Mendelian rules and non-Mendelian inheritance), molecular genetics, population genetics, and modern genetic laboratory techniques.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-121.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits BIOL-260: Introduction to Cell Biology
A detailed look at the composition and organization of cells, biochemistry and bioenergetics, molecular genetics, and cellular interactions. Major modern research tools will also be explored.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-121 and CHEM-111.
Offered: SP, Odd Year
3.0 credits BIOL-281: Pathophysiology I
This is the first of a two semester course designed for students pursuing degrees in allied health or biological sciences. The initial material covers the central concepts of cellular and tissue pathophysiology. Thereafter, a systematic survey of genetic diseases, cancer, and the diseases of the immune, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems is undertaken. The etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and other clinical considerations are discussed.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-252.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits BIOL-282: Pathophysiology II
The second semester of pathophysiology builds on the information acquired during the first semester. The systematic survey of diseases continues with the hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, musculoskeletal, and integumentary systems. The etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and other clinical considerations are discussed.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-281.
Offered: SP
1.0 - 4.0 credits BIOL-298: Hnrs:spto Biology
1.0 - 4.0 credits BIOL-299: Special Topics
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Prerequisites: Take CHEM-251
Offered: FASP

For more information, please call Dr. Callie Vanderbilt at 505-566-3080. Or send us an email at Vanderbi@sanjuancollege.edu.