Course Descriptions



BIO 109 Introduction to Applied Biology 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 5 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level W6/R6; Mathematics 46 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M40.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Biology 265B.
This course is as an introductory biology course which emphasizes an application of the scientific method and laboratory investigation of a broad range of topics in the biological sciences. This course rigorously covers knowledge and application of basic concepts in math, chemistry, and the biological sciences to serve as a foundation for students interested in more advanced coursework in the biological sciences, as well as to foster a general interest in and appreciation for the diverse applications of the biological sciences in society. Topics include the basic chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, gene expression, microbial genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and genetic engineering. The relationship and impact of applied biology on evolution and ecology are also discussed. This course is intended for students interested in further studies in biology, physiology, biotechnology, pharmacology, allied health and biomedical sciences, as well as students with a general interest in the broad applications of the biological sciences in their daily lives. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

BIO 206 Biotechnology Instrumentation 3 hours lecture, 9 hours lab, 6 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biology 109 or Biology 205, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Biology 91.
This is an advanced lecture/laboratory course implementing major techniques used in the biotechnology industry. Topics include tissue culture methods, purification and analysis of nucleic acids and proteins, DNA amplification and cloning procedures, protein identification methods, scientific information retrieval, and technical writing. This course is intended for students seeking employment opportunities in biotechnology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.