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Biology (BIOL)


BIOL 103  Introduction to Botany  (5)
Presents fundamentals of plants at the cellular, organism, and population levels to non-biology majors. Covers plant structure and function, genetics, photosynthesis, ecological principles, and their inter-relationships. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
BIOL 110  Northwest Ecology  (5)
Presents the diversity, characteristics, and interactions of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine organisms, especially as they relate to community and ecosystem sustainability of the Pacific Northwest. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL 125  Field Studies  (3-5)
Focuses on natural history, ecological and environmental topics at specific geographical areas, and involves online, classroom and field work. A reference letter is required. Students must be able to walk 3-7 miles in one day, sleep outside, and follow class and instructor guidelines. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101, and instructor’s permission.
BIOL 127  Natural Science of Australia and New Zealand  (5)
Focuses on the ecology of Australia and New Zealand, including ecosystems and human impact on ecosystems. Investigates the biodiversity, characteristics, and interactions of Australian flora and fauna within various habitats and ecosystems. Involves field observations and experiences. Does not meet the lab requirement. PREREQUISITE: Enrollment in Australia Study Abroad Program and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL 140  Field Trips in Biology  (1)
Explores various biological ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Locations of the field trips vary from year to year. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission. Satisfies an activity requirement for AA degree.
BIOL 177  Biology Work Experience  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171; and eligible for ENGL& 101; and instructor's permission.

BIOL 194  Special Topics-Biology 1  (1-5)
Focuses on topics such as bird study, local plants, and environmental issues such as timber management and pollution in Puget Sound. Instructor lectures, leads class and group discussion and readings. May be repeated when a different topic is presented. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
BIOL 195  Special Topics-Biology 2  (1-4)
A lab component that may be linked to BIOL 194. Focuses on topics such as bird study, local plants, and environmental issues such as timber management and pollution in Puget Sound. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101.

BIOL 298  Independent Study-Biology  (1-5)
Independent study of selected topic(s) in various areas of the biological sciences. Student and instructor determine topics and scope. Successful students apply their understanding of the principles taught to new situations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission.
BIOL& 100  Survey of Biology  (5)
Presents fundamental topics from all areas of modern biology including the environment, ecology, physiology and cell biology to non-biology majors. Uses examples from all the kingdoms of life. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL& 160  General Biology with Lab  (5)
Introduces major concepts in cell biology, including science process, cell biochemistry, cell physiology and structure, molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Course is a prerequisite for professional health-science programs. Format includes group work in a laboratory setting. Intended for health science majors. Strongly recommend MATH 097 or higher and CHEM& 121. PREREQUISITE: ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
BIOL& 211  Majors Cellular  (6)
Helps students develop an understanding of the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell division, mitosis/meiosis, principles of inheritance, molecular genetics, DNA technology, and natural selection; interpret and evaluate biological information; and understand science as a process. For students planning to take advanced biology courses and/or completing pre-professional programs. PREREQUISITE: CHEM& 131 or CHEM& 163; and ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL& 212  Majors Animal  (6)
Surveys the animal kingdom in the context of evolution, taxonomic classification, fundamental physiology, and fundamental ecology. Focuses on selected representatives of the animal kingdom. Laboratory portion of this class corresponds to selected lecture topics, and provides hands-on experience. PREREQUISITE: BIOL& 211 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
BIOL& 213  Majors Plant  (6)
Covers the phylogenetic relationships of flowering plants, photosynthesis, plant structure and function, water and mineral nutrition, control of growth and development, and animal and plant ecology. Presents topics using a problem solving approach to plant biology through observation and discussion. Stresses independent laboratory work. Successful students apply their understanding of the principles taught to new situations. PREREQUISITE: BIOL& 211 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL& 241  Human Anatomy and Physiology 1  (5)
First of a two-quarter sequence covering the study of human structure and function. Includes the study of cells, tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Explores mechanisms of common human disease processes. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy, palpation, and dissection and the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. Prepares transfer students for careers in health profession fields. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101; and AP 104 or BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211, all with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
BIOL& 242  Human Anatomy and Physiology 2  (5)
Second of a two-quarter sequence covering the study of human structure and function. Includes the study of endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Explores mechanisms of common human disease processes. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy, palpation, and dissection and the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. Prepares transfer students for careers in health professions. PREREQUISITE: BIOL& 241 with a minimum grade of 2.0 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

BIOL& 260  Microbiology  (5)
Introduces the characteristics and activities of microorganisms with emphasis on the role of microorganisms in medicine, the environment and industry. Topics include microbial classification, growth, metabolism, the role of microorganisms in disease, and immune responses of the host. Laboratory portion includes culture, identification and control of selected microorganisms. PREREQUISITE: AP 104, BIOL& 212, or BIOL& 242; and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.