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Biological Sciences

Students must be present for the first session of biological science classes to be assured of admission to limited laboratory spaces.

Students who wish to enroll in a Life Sciences course must demonstrate that they have met the prerequisites for the course prior to enrollment. Continuing students must complete prerequisite courses with a C or better. If currently enrolled in a prerequisite course at SMC at the time of enrollment, students will be admitted to subsequent courses based upon midterm placement results, but will be dropped if the prerequisite course is not completed with a C or better. Students who have successfully completed one or more prerequisite courses (earning a grade of C- or better in both the lecture and lab courses and an average of C (2.0) or better overall) at another institution may be able to verify having met the prerequisites by submitting a transcript and course description and course syllabus for the prerequisite courses.

BIOL 2, Human Biology    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences non-lab) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This survey course explores the principles of biology using humans as examples. It includes introductions to the scientific method, cell biology, heredity, evolution, human ecology, behavior, and the major concepts of structure, function and pathology of most organ systems. The course may serve as an introduction to the future study of biology, including anatomy and physiology, or stand by itself as a non-lab life science course for general education students.

1213   12:30p-2:35p MTWTh   SCI 151   Colavito M C

1265   9:00a-11:05a MTWTh   SCI 151   Colavito M C

BIOL 3, Fundamentals of Biology   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This general biology course is for transfer students who are not biology majors. Topics include basic molecular and cellular biology, genetics, the anatomy and physiology of plants, animals and humans, the diversity of life, evolution, and ecology. Current environmental issues and new developments in biological science are discussed. Laboratory experiences are integrated and stress scientific methodology and thinking. *Credit is allowed for one course from either Biology 3, 4, Botany 1. No UC credit given for Biology 3 if taken after Biology 21, 22 or 23.

1214   8:00a-12:15p MTWTh   SCI 227   Sakai W H

1215   10:30a-2:45p MWTh   SCI 225   Chen T T

   Arrange-5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Chen T T

Above section 1215 is a hybrid class taught on campus and online via the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

BIOL 9, Environmental Biology   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies Santa Monica College’s Global Citizenship requirement.

This survey course covers ecological principles including ecosystem structure and function, population dynamics and the interdependence of living organisms. Current environmental issues and controversies such as global warming, biodiversity and species extinction, habitat destruction, food and energy resources and pollution will be explored. Strategies for sustainable living will be emphasized.

1284   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Staff

Above section 1284 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

BOTANY 1, General Botany   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course provides an overview of photosynthetic organisms (the Plant Kingdom, photosynthetic Monerans and Protistans) and Fungi. Flowering plants are emphasized. Topics covered include a survey of botanical life forms, taxonomy, the structure, development and function of cells, stems, roots leaves, flowers, and seeds; chemistry, photosynthesis, respiration, plant physiology, Mendelian and molecular genetics, genetic engineering, evolution, and ecology. Scientific thinking skills will be developed in laboratory exercises. One or more labs are field trips to local natural areas or Plant society meetings. *Credit is allowed for one course from Biology 3, 4, Botany 1. *No UC credit for Botany 1 if taken after Biology 21, 22 or 23. No credit for Biology 4 if taken after Botany 1 or Zoology 5.

1266   8:00a-12:15p MTWTh   SCI 333   Baker E H

MCRBIO 1, Fundamentals of Microbiology   5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: Chemistry 10 or eligibility for Chemistry 11, and Physiology 3 or Biology 3 or 21. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course involves study of several types of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria. Principles of microbiology, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and medical and nonmedical applications are considered. The laboratory includes aseptic transfer techniques, cultural characteristics, methods of microscopy, and analytical techniques for identifying microbial organisms. The course content is related to both general and clinical applications including recent molecular biological and serological techniques.

1218   8:00a-2:30p MTWTh   SCI 209   Buchanan A G

NUTR 1, Introduction to Nutrition Science    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Human nutrition, integrating anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and psychology, is studied in relation to wellness and degenerative disease prevention. The relationship between lifestyle choices, particularly nutrition, and health are established. Scientific information and principles provide the foundation for evaluating current concepts in nutrition and wellness for practical application in daily living.

1268   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   SCI 159   Ortega Y

1292   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gonzalez C L

Above section 1292 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

PHYS 3, Human Physiology   4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: Anatomy 1 and Chemistry 10 or eligibility for Chemistry 11. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This rigorous course provides a basic understanding of physiological mechanisms with a focus on the human body. Basic concepts of cellular physiology, including: molecular control; mechanisms of gene expression; ligand-binding site interactions; energy and cellular metabolism; membrane transport; membrane and action potentials; and cellular communication, including signal transduction, will be integrated within the concept of homeostasis involving the following body systems: nervous and sensory, endocrine, muscular, circulatory, immune, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive. The course content includes both general and clinical applications and is intended to prepare students for advanced courses in Allied Health and Medical professions including Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Pharmacy, and Exercise Science/Kinesiology Training.

1267   8:00a-12:15p MTWTh   SCI 201   Price W M

   Arrange-3 Hours    SCI 245   

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