STEM

Biology Degree Requirements

Biology
A.S Degree

Natural and Applied Sciences Division (NAS)

Division Dean: Dave Reynolds

Division Office, Room 701

Department Chair: Yves Tan (831) 479-6457

Aptos Counseling: (831) 479-6274 for appointment

Watsonville Counseling: (831) 786-4734

Call (831) 4796328

Learning Outcomes

     1. Analyze structural and functional organization of organisms within the context of development and evolution.

     2. Develop scientifc literacy and use efective oral, written, and quantitative skills to communicate scientifc data and ideas.

     3. Critically evaluate global and environmental challenges, and develop a sense of stewardship.

A.S. General Education Biology Core 21 Units

BIO 9A Molecular, Cellular, and Animal Biology. ................5

BIO 9B Ecology, Evolution, and Plant Biology. ....................5

Related Disciplines (Choose 29 units) Units

CHEM 1A General Chemistry I ...................................................5

CHEM 1B General Chemistry II ..................................................5

CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry I ................................................3

and

CHEM 12AL Organic Chemistry Laboratory I.......................2

or

CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry II ...............................................3

and

CHEM 12BL Organic Chemistry Laboratory II .....................2

Foreign Language* ....................................................................... 0 - 12

MATH 5A Analytic Geometry and Calculus I ........................5

MATH 5B Analytic Geometry and Calculus II .......................5

MATH 5C Analytic Geometry and Calculus III ......................5

PHYS 2A **Physics for Life Sciences I ....................................4

PHYS 2B ***Physics for Life Sciences II .................................4

or

PHYS 4A Physics for Scientists and Engineers I ..................5

PHYS 4B **Physics for Scientists and Engineers II .............5

PHYS 4C ***Physics for Scientists and Engineers III ..........5

Total Units 60

**fall only; ***spring only

*The student should consult the catalog of the intended transfer institution

concerning the necessity or appropriateness of these courses.

Preparation for the STEM Workforce

Certificate of Competency

     The Certificate of Competency in STEM is designed to enhance student preparation for diverse STEM careers, and the knowledge, skills,  and abilities required to be successful. The Certificate emphasizes  hands-on and applied experiences for specific technical competence,  as well as skills aimed at broad preparation to enter a variety of STEM  fields.

Learning Outcomes

     1. Develop workplace skills including scienti"c communication,  scientific literacy, inter/intrapersonal skills, analyze scientific infor mation, and strategies for gaining employment in STEM fields.

     2. Demonstrate career specific skills that involve biological research,  including designing and implementing research projects, and  then evaluating and communicating the project results in a professional setting.

Required Courses

     -BIO 450 Applied Research in Biology

     -BIO 451 Advanced Applied Research in Biology

Biotechnology Skills Certificate

     Provides the student with skills and job training essential for the field  of biotechnology. Jobs include technical positions in genetic engineering, forensics, bioinformatics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and  medicine. This certifcate program allows students to attain essential  skills in biotechnology and provides opportunities to learn laboratory  procedures and safety, how to record and analyze data, perform basic calculations and write laboratory documents. Students also learn about careers and ethical issues in biotechnology.

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology:

     Careers for those with a Skills Certificate in Biotechnology would be assay analyst, laboratory assistant or technician, manufacturing techinician, QA/QC technician. Jobs for technicians may be found in environmental testing labs, forensic labs, hospitals, plant culturing labs, research labs and wineries.

Learning Outcomes

      1. Describe careers in Biotechnology and the process of obtaining  employment in Biotechnology

     2. Compare and contrast the procedures and skills used in a  Biotechnology laboratory and critically analyze scientific and  technical literature.

Required Courses (8 Units) Units Students should take these courses in the following sequence: 

     -BIO 41T Biotechnology Fundamentals............................4      

     -BIO 42T Advanced Biotechnology....................................4 

     -CG 51 Planning for Success..................................................1 

or

     -CG 54 Careers and Lifestyles..............................................1 

Total Units 9

Biology Courses

BIO 4 Human Anatomy

4 units; 3 hours Lecture, 3 hours Laboratory

Recommended Preparation: MA 70 and MA 170B.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents the gross structure of the organ systems of the human  body through lecture, demonstrations, and dissection. This course is  planned for allied health students.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with limits: BIO 4 combined with  BIO 5 and 13A + 13AL: maximum credit-2 courses. C-ID: BIOL 110B

BIO 4A Human Anatomy Coordinated Studies 1 unit; 3 hours Laboratory

Co-requisite: BIO 4.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Provides an enrichment program in anatomy, to be taken concurrently  with BIO 4. This course is tailored to individual needs and interests as  enrichment or an expansion of subject area material through laborato ry or directed reading.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

BIO 5 Human Physiology

4 units; 3 hours Lecture, 3 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHEM 3 and CHEM 3L taken at college (CHEM 3 +  CHEM 3L formerly identi"ed as CHEM 2) or CHEM 30A or CHEM 32 or  CHEM 1A.

Recommended Preparation: BIO 4.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents an exploration of the functions of the various physiological  systems and their underlying chemical basis. Functions of cells, tissues,  organs and systems are examined with respect to the human organism  through lecture and laboratory. Designed for allied health students.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with limits: BIO 5 combined with  BIO 4 and 13A + 13AL: maximum credit-2 courses. C-ID: BIOL 120B

BIO 6 Microbiology

4 units; 3 hours Lecture, 3 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHEM 3 and CHEM 3L taken at college (CHEM 3 +  CHEM 3L formerly identi"ed as CHEM 2) or CHEM 30A or CHEM 32 or  CHEM 1A.

Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 101. Recommended Preparation: BIO 4.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents a survey covering cell structure metabolism, molecular genet ics and growth, control, and the role of microorganisms in infectious  diseases. Emphasis is on bacterial organisms, but includes eukaryotic  microbes and viruses as well.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC.

BIO 9A Molecular, Cellular, and Animal   Biology

5 units; 3 hours Lecture, 6 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHEM 1A.

Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 101. Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Examines the principles and applications of molecular biology, cell bi ology, and animal biology. Topics include prokaryotic and eukaryotic  cell structure and function, biological molecules, homeostasis, cell  reproduction, genetics, metabolism, cellular communication, animal  diversity, animal anatomy, and animal physiology. The philosophy of  science, methods of scienti"c inquiry and experimental design are  foundational. Students enrolled in the Honors Transfer Program may  count this course toward the Honors Scholar designation with an Hon

ors Contract.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC. C-ID: BIO 9A + BIO 9B = C-ID: BIOL  135S

BIO 9B Ecology, Evolution, and Plant Biology 5 units; 3 hours Lecture, 6 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: BIO 9A and MATH 152 or equivalent.

Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 101. Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Examines ecological and evolutionary processes, and the biology of  plants and fungi. Topics include plant and fungal structure, function,  and diversity; community, population, and ecosystem ecology; ecosys tem diversity; evolutionary mechanisms, population genetics, specia tion and extinction. Students enrolled in the Honors Transfer Program  may count this course toward the Honors Scholar designation with an  Honors Contract.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC. C-ID: BIO 9A + BIO 9B = C-ID: BIOL  135S

BIO 11A General Biology

4 units; 3 hours Lecture, 3 hours Laboratory

Recommended Preparation: BIO 101.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents an introduction to the world of living things. Topics include  molecular and cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, human biology,  diversity of life, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is on current biolog ical issues. Recommended for non-biology majors or prospective biol

ogy majors who lack previous high school biology course work. Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with limits: No credit if taken after  BIO 1A, 1B, 1C, 9A or 9B.

BIO 11B Marine Biology

4 units; 3 hours Lecture, 3 hours Laboratory

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Explores ocean processes, habitats and organisms, including those of  the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Emphasis will be on eco logical relationships, adaptations of organisms to their environments,  and marine conservation e#orts. Several "eld trips will take place  during the lab sessions.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC.

BIO 11C Ecology

5 units; 3 hours Lecture, 6 hours Laboratory

Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 101. Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for MATH 154.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Covers factors in$uencing distribution, abundance, and evolution of  organisms. Includes simulations, experiments, individual projects and  "eld trips. For Biology and Environmental Studies majors. Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC.

BIO 13A Biology of People—Anatomy and   Physiology

3 units; 3 hours Lecture

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents a survey of the integration of structure and function of the  most wonderful of machines, the human body. The healthy state is  emphasized but selected disease processes are covered. Intended for  nonscience majors or selected pre-health professionals. Not open to  students who have taken BIO 4 or BIO 5. Portions of this course may be  o#ered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with limits: BIO 13A + 13AL com bined with BIO 4 and 5: maximum credit-2 courses.

BIO 13AL Biology of People—Anatomy and  Physiology Lab

1 unit; 3 hours Laboratory

Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 13A  and BIO 101.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents a human anatomy and physiology laboratory course de signed to accompany BIO 13A. Course involves hands-on experiences  to assist in understanding the various structures and functions of the  body. Includes use of models, experimentation, demonstrations, and  limited dissection.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with limits: BIO 13A + 13AL com bined with BIO 4 and 5: maximum credit-2 courses.

BIO 31 Animal Behavior

3 units; 3 hours Lecture

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Explores basic principles of genetics, evolution, ecology, and the scien ti"c method as illustrated in the study of animal behavior. Includes the  challenges of growing up, catching food, avoiding predators, migrat ing, navigating, communicating, making homes, competing for mates,

courting, sex, taking care of o#spring, and complex social behaviors. Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC, with conditions: No credit if taken  after BIO 1B, 9A or 9B.

BIO 41T Biotechnology Fundamentals 4 units; 2 hours Lecture, 6 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: MATH 154 or MATH 154B; CHEM 3 and CHEM 3L (CHEM  3 +CHEM 3L formerly identi"ed as CHEM 2) or high school chemistry  or equivalent or higher level chemistry course; BIO 11A or high school  biology or equivalent or higher level biology course.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents the "eld of biotechnology and teaches fundamental skills re quired to obtain employment in biotechnology. Topics include careers  in biotechnology, basic laboratory skills and equipment use, DNA iso lation and manipulation, DNA technology, keeping a notebook, safety,  scienti"c literacy, and report writing.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC.

BIO 42T Advanced Biotechnology

4 units; 2 hours Lecture, 6 hours Laboratory

Prerequisite: BIO 41T or equivalent skills.

Recommended Preparation: MATH 152 or MATH 152B or equivalent  skills.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Presents a deeper understanding of the "eld of biotechnology and  strengthens skills required to obtain employment in biotechnology.  Topics include DNA, RNA, and protein technologies, bioinformatics,  plant and agricultural technologies, mammalian cell culture, medi

cal biotechnology, and emerging biotechnologies. This is a follow-up  course to Bio 41T.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU; UC.

BIO 101 Introduction to Microscopy 0.25 units; 0.25 hour lecture, 0.25 hour Laboratory

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Introduces proper use and handling of light compound and dissection  microscopes. Other topics include the history and principles of micros copy, and preparation and observation of biological specimens for mi croscopy.

Transfer Credit: Non-transferable.

BIO 450 Applied Research in Biology 0 units; 18 total hours Lecture, 54-162 total hours Laboratory Recommended Preparation: BIO 9A.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated.

Provides opportunities for Biology students to participate in original  research projects to gain skills for career and academic success. Ac tivities include experimental design, data collection and analysis, and  interpretation and presentation of results. Research areas span mo lecular biology and microbial genetics to population biology, marine  biology, and ecology.

BIO 451 Advanced Applied Research  in Biology

0 units; 18 total hours Lecture, 54 total hours Laboratory Recommended Preparation: BIO 9A.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated.

Provides opportunities for Biology students to gain advanced skills in  laboratory and "eld biology research. Students will participate in origi nal research projects to gain skills for career and academic success. Ac tivities include applied experimental design, advanced data collection  and analysis, and interpretation and presentation of results. Research  areas span molecular biology and microbial genetics to population bi ology, marine biology, and ecology.