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BIOLOGY

The Biological Sciences program has a wide range of quality course offerings. These include lecture courses, lecture-lab combinations, and an on-line hybrid course. Courses are offered in both regular semesters and some are consistently offered in summer to serve a large variety of students. Courses can be taken to complete requirements for majors transfer (Biology ADT), general education or as a prerequisite to vocational programs such as Nursing. We are particularly proud of the outstanding retention and success rates of GWC biology students – both are above 73% which is truly remarkable given the difficulty of biological science courses.

We are very happy that plans for our new MATH-SCIENCE building and STEM Center are in 2018!

MATH / SCIENCE DIVISION

Jeff Courchaine, Dean

For more information contact:
The Division Office
MathSciOffice@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8990

Associate In Arts Degree In General Biology

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In General Biology

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast different life forms that inhabit earth regarding modes of reproduction, metabolism, and adaptation.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of various interrelationships that exist between life forms and also the interactions that occur in different ecosystems on earth.
  • Relate how the theory of evolution unifies the significant principles of biological science.
  • Confidently and accurately perform various experiments and activities in biology lab classes, including the correct use of different types of standard biology lab equipment.
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to correctly interpret data they have produced in lab or data that is presented to them.
  • Explain biological concepts, theories, current research or other related topics clearly and concisely in the form of lab reports, essays, formal written papers or oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of how biology correlates with other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, ecology, geology or physics.
Required courses

Biology G180 – Cell and Molecular Biology – 5 units
Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
Chemistry G185 – General Chemistry B – 5 units
Biology G182 – Zoology – 4 units
Biology G183 – Botany – 4 units

Choose one course from the following:
Mathematics G170 – Precalculus – 5 units
Mathematics G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units
or placement in to Mathematics G180 through examination


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In General Biology

Semester 1
Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
Biology G180 – Cell and Molecular Biology – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Chemistry G185 – General Chemistry B – 5 units

Biology G182 – Zoology – 4 units
or
Biology G183 – Botany – 4 units

Math G170 – Pre-Calculus – 4 units
or placement (through examination) into Math G180

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19-23 units
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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BIOLOGY G100 – 4 Units
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Introduction to Biology
This is a survey course emphasizing basic concepts of cell biology, animal and plant physiology, genetics and evolution, and plant, animal and human ecology. This course is specifically designed for non-science majors and is recommended to meet the general education breadth requirements. A traditional format may be followed on lectures, demonstrations, and laboratories may be integrated into the learning system. UC Credit Limitations. No credit if taken after Biology G180; maximum credit of one course for Biology G100 and G100H. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G101 – 3 Units
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The Biology of Food and Cooking
Advisories: Chemistry G110, or AP Chemistry with a grade of C or better, or AP Biology with a grade of C or better
The Biology of Food and Cooking is a lecture-only survey course covering the same topics as Biology G100: Introduction to Biology (non-majors) with a focus on examples from food and cooking. In this demonstration-filled class we will use the methods and reagents of the kitchen to learn the basics of molecular and cell biology, genetics, ecology and evolution. Despite the fact that there is not an associated lab with this course, critical thinking skills and practice with the scientific method will be addressed through the many in-class demonstrations, small group activities, and kitchen experiments (out-of-class assignments). Access to a kitchen is required to complete some assignments. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G104 – 3 Units
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Marine Life
This course examines the marine environment, interaction of species, populations and communities, including geology of ocean basins, physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean basins. A survey of marine plants and animals through invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. The renewable and nonrenewable resources from the ocean realm. The influence of humans on the health of the environment. Current issues-including the concepts of: (global warming, types of pollution and the consequences thereof, greenhouse effects, and fisheries management) Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G104L – 1 Unit
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Marine Life Laboratory
Corequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Biology G104
This course explores the basic principles of the life sciences taking its examples from the sea. The ecological relationship between humans and the sea is emphasized. This course is designed for non-science majors and is recommended to meet the general education breadth requirements, or the natural science requirement with Biology G104. Lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G110 – 3 Units
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Ecology and Field Biology
This course is a survey course that integrates lectures, laboratory experiences and field trips to emphasize the natural environment, ecological processes of Southern California, and the roles that humans assume as they change the environment and ecology of the areas from which resources are taken. This course is recommended to meet the laboratory requirement for an associate in arts degree. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G120 – 3 Units
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Health and Disease
(Formerly known as: Man and Disease)
An introduction to the study of human anatomy, physiology with a comprehensive study of diseases which affect man. Diseases will be studied from historical and contemporary point of view, with particular references to causes, means of transmission, normal and abnormal functioning of the body. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G160 – 3 Units
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Physiology and Disease Mechanisms
Advisories: Biology G225
This course will discuss and utilize the principles of physiology to analyze the symptoms and signs of disease. Emphasis is given to cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal diseases although all body systems are discussed. Intended for students in or aspiring to various health professions including nursing. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BIOLOGY G180 – 5 Units
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Cell and Molecular Biology
(Formerly known as: Principles of Biology)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment and Chemistry G180 or G185 or G220 or G225
Advisories: English G099, or English G090
This course is designed as the first in a three-course sequence for students desiring to major in biology. The topics to be covered in this course are among those which serve to unify the science of biology. Included in these concepts are: prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, function and homeostasis, cell reproduction and metabolism, cell communication, classical and molecular genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, and evolution. C-ID: BIOL 190 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G182 – 4 Units
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Zoology
(Formerly known as: Biology G185 – Principles of Zoology)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Advisories: Biology G180
This course provides students with a broad foundation of kingdom Animalia and animal-like protists. It focuses on ecological, evolutionary, anatomical and physiological relationships among major animal taxa. Topics include embryology, body plans, life strategies, general characteristics, reproductive modes, and life cycles of each of the major animal phyla. This course provides a solid background in animal science for those students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution or professional school (dental, pharmacy, or optometrist schools, for example). The laboratory portion of this course emphasizes hands-on learning using dissection, models, slides, charts, living specimens and non-living specimens. Students will gain experience in using compound light microscopes and dissecting microscopes to study protists, animal tissues, and body plans of appropriately sized animals (the lancelet, for example). C-ID: BIOL 150 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G183 – 4 Units
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Botany
(Formerly known as: Biology G190 – General Botany)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Advisories: Biology G180
This course is designed to satisfy the major requirements for an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in the Biological Sciences. Biology G183 complements Biology G180 and G182 as the third of three in a sequence of survey courses. Topics include: fundamentals of chemistry and biochemistry; cytology, with an emphasis on plant cytology; fundamentals of biological energy: catalysis, cellular respiration and photosynthesis; Mendelian and molecular genetics; ethnobotany; evolution and speciation; plant population, and community ecology; systematics and taxonomy, with light surveys of (taxonomic) Kingdoms Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Fungi, and Protista – emphasis is on Kingdom Plantae: plant histology, anatomy, physiology, morphology and diversity; and principles of plant culture (cultivation). C-ID: BIOL155 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G186 – 5 Units
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Diversity of Organisms
Prerequisites: Biology G180 and Mathematics G030 or G115 or G120 or G170 or G180, or Mathematics Placement Assessment
A survey of extant living organisms including physiological and anatomical adaptations of organisms in response to their environment. Each kingdom is examined, with an emphasis on evolution and ecology of organisms found in kingdoms Plantae and Animalia. Included in this survey is an introduction to scientific methodology including student-centered experimental design, execution, and subsequent analysis of data. C-ID: BIOL 140 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BIOLOGY G200 – 3 Units
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Pharmacology – Medications and Drugs
Prerequisites: Biology G225 or Biology G221
This course covers the classification of medications and basic principles of pharmacology from legislation and pharmacokinetics through receptor theory, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Medications will be grouped by body systems and treatment options will be related to the pathophysiological state of the patient. Drug groups are discussed rather than individual medications, with emphasis on autonomic, central nervous system, and cardiovascular agents. Drugs affecting all body systems will be discussed. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BIOLOGY G205 – 1 or 2 Units
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Biology Laboratory Learning Skills
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
This is a course in which students will help peers in lab sections of Biology classes. After successfully completing a lab course, students will assist lab instructors by monitoring lab safety, clarifying lab skills and techniques, and explaining experiments that are presented. Students will prepare and present one or more oral and/or written presentations of topics not covered in lecture. This course is recommended for students interested in teaching science. Lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BIOLOGY G210 – 5 Units
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General Microbiology
Prerequisites: Biology G100, or G180, or G220, or G225 and English G099 or Placement Test, and Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Major concepts of general microbiology are discussed, including 1) procaryotic and eucaryotic cell types, 2) structural organization of cells, 3) cellular metabolism, regulation of metabolism, and genetics, 4) host-parasite relationships, 5) microorganisms in human health and disease, 6) immunology and serology, 7) recombinant DNA technology, 8) growth of microbial cells, 9) controlling growth by chemical and physical means. Bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses are studied. Laboratory skills include: microscopy, staining techniques cultivation techniques, and aseptic techniques. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G219 – 1 Unit
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Human Anatomy Discussion
Corequisites: Biology G220
This discussion course affords students enrolled in BIOL G220, Human Anatomy, the opportunity to develop background information, problem solving, extend discussion and exchange ideas concerning human structure. Discussion focuses on anatomical components and other key topics covered in BIOL G220 as well as background information not generally covered in lecture. Designed to help students succeed in their study of human anatomy. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Transferable to CSU.

BIOLOGY G220 – 4 Units
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Human Anatomy
(Formerly known as: Biology G170)
Prerequisites: Biology G100 or Biology G155 or Biology G180 or Biology G221 and English G099 or Placement Test and Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
A course in basic human anatomy, covering the major body systems and including topics of both gross and microstructure of the organ systems. Designed for paramedical biology majors (nursing, x-ray technicians, physicians assistant, chiropractic, dental hygiene, pharmacy) and physical education majors. Will not satisfy transfer requirements for biological science majors. UC Credit limitations: Maximum credit of two courses for Biology G221, G220 and G225. C-ID: BIOL 110B Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G221 – 4 Units
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Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
(Formerly known as: Biology G155)
The elements of human structure and function are described and related. Topics explored are: the body system, cell structure and function, the maintenance of physiological balance and equilibrium (e.g., fluid and electrolytes, blood pressure, acid base levels), and the physiology of nutrition and exercise. Designed for non- science majors (including some para- medical majors) and is recommended to meet the general education breadth requirement. UC Credit limitations: Maximum credit of two courses for Biology G220, G221 and G225. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G225 – 4 Units
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Human Physiology
(Formerly known as: Biology G175)
Prerequisites: Biology G155 or Biology G220 or Biology G221 and English G099 or Placement Test and Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This course covers physiological function of the basic systems of the human body. Emphasis will be on integration of body systems and the inter-relationships for maintaining body homeostasis. Designed for paramedical biology majors (nursing, x-ray technicians, dental hygiene, physical therapy, etc.) and physical education majors. Will not satisfy transfer requirements for biology majors. UC Credit limitations: Maximum credit of two courses for Biology G220, G221 and G225. C-ID: BIOL 120B Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BIOLOGY G260 – 3 Units
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Biostatistics
Prerequisites: Biology G180 or G182 or G186 or G210 and Mathematics G120 or G170 or G180, or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Biostatistics introduces students to data analysis and experimental design. This course specifically focuses on the nature, generation, and testing of biological data. Analyses learned include, but are not limited to, one-sample t-test, two-sample t-test (both pooled and unpooled), variance ratio test, 1-way ANOVA, 2-way ANOVA with replication, block design ANOVA, Tukey’s test of pairwise comparisons, chi-squared tests, and non-parametic tests. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

Annamaria Crescimanno
Instructor, Biology
B.A., Ohio State University; M.S., University of Indianapolis.

Catherine Egan
Instructor, Biology

Darla Kelly
Professor, Biology and Microbiology
A.A., Fullerton College; B.S., California State University, Long Beach; Medical Technology Certificate, University of California Irvine, Medical Center; M.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Mary Lynne LaMantia
Professor, Biology
B.S., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook; further graduate study: University of California at San Diego.

Stephen Miller
Professor, Biology
B.A., Azusa Pacific University; B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.S., California State University at Long Beach.

Nikki Plaster
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.A, B.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Utah.

Travis J. Vail
Professor, Biology
B.S., California State University, Long Beach; M.S., California State University, Long Beach.

Michael Valinluck
Instructor, Biology
B.S., University of California at Los Angeles; M.S., California State University at Long Beach