A student looks through a microscope

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Biological Sciences

Coursework and study in the biological sciences provides a foundation for future employment in many of the fastest growing and emerging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields today. Students of biology are at the front lines of many of the most critical questions our society is facing in the 21st century and beyond, including addressing climate change, the biodiversity crisis, resource management and population growth, emerging/infectious diseases and public health. Students of biology become lab technicians, nurses, genetic counselors, physicians, environmental scientists, landscape architects, state and national park rangers, researchers in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, teachers and college professors. Logic and critical thinking skills developed as a student of biology are applicable to nearly every field and every discipline and provide a foundation for making informed personal, business and public policy decisions.

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.

ANATMY 1, General Human Anatomy 4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: BIOL 110B. IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: English 1.

This course is an intensive study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body including the four major types of tissue and their subgroups, and the following organ systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, nervous, and sensory. Functions of the organ systems are included at the introductory level to prepare students for a course in Human Physiology. Laboratory assignments develop the skills of observation, investigation, identification, discovery and dissection. The use of actual specimens, including cat dissection and observation of a human cadaver, is emphasized to assure that students learn the relative structure, functions, textures and variations in tissues not incorporated in models. Supplemental materials such as models, photographs, charts, videotapes, and digitized images are also provided. This course is required for students preparing for many Allied Health professions including, but not limited to, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physical Education and Kinesiology Training, and Physician’s Assistant and is a prerequisite for Human Physiology 3.

Course Number:1039 Time:7:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 220 Instructor:Ziv N B

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Course Number:1040 Time:7:45 a.m.-11:05 a.m. MTWThF Location:SCI 224 Instructor:Wissmann P B

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Course Number:1041 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 220 Instructor:Williams R R

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Course Number:1042 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 224 Instructor:Olsen B D

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Course Number:4002 Time:5:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 220 Instructor:Breidenthal S

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Course Number:4003 Time:5:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 224 Instructor:Perkins K K

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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.

Course Number:1064 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 151 Instructor:Skydell J L

Course Number:1065 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 151 Instructor:Bober M A

Course Number:1067 Time:2:45 p.m.-4:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 145 Instructor:Nelson R E

Course Number:1068 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Houghton J L Above section 1068 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1069 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Houghton J L Above section 1069 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1070 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Johnson Ja J Above section 1070 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NewCourse Number:1747 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Houghton J L Above section 1747 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineE.

BIOL 3, Fundamentals of Biology 4 units

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

*No UC credit given for Biology 3 if taken after Biology 21, 22 or 23.

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 either Biology 3 or Botany 1, but not both.

Course Number:1071 Time:8 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 227 Instructor:Jayachandran S

Course Number:1072 Time:8 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 225 Instructor:Fennoy S L

Course Number:1073 Time:12:45 p.m.-5:05 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 227 Instructor:Moss J L

Course Number:1074 Time:12:45 p.m.-5:05 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 225 Instructor:Bland J D

Course Number:4009 Time:5:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 227 Instructor:Gartner G E

Course Number:4010 Time:6:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. MTTh Location:SCI 225 Instructor:Nagendran M

Course Number:  Time:Arrange-7.5 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Chen T T Above section 4010 is a hybrid class taught on campus and online via the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:1075 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 145 Instructor:Jordan E A

Course Number:1077 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:McLaughlin D Above section 1077 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1078 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Sakurai D S Above section 1078 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

BIOL 15, Marine Biology with Laboratory 4 units

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

*Total of four units credit for Biology 15 and Biology 15N is transferable.

This survey course of marine organisms and their relationships to their environment emphasizes intertidal and offshore life forms. Included is an investigation of behavior, ecology, morphological and physiological adaptations and environmental relationship to humans. This course is three hours each of lecture and laboratory work.

Course Number:1079 Time:12:45 p.m.-5:05 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 134 Instructor:Baghdasarian G

BIOL 15N, Marine Biology (Non-Laboratory) 3 units

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

*Total of four units credit for Biology 15 and Biology 15N is transferable.

This survey course of marine organisms and their relationships to their environment emphasizes intertidal and offshore life forms. Included are investigation of behavior, ecology, morphological and physiological adaptations and environmental relationship to humans. This course includes three hours of lecture per week.

Course Number:1080 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Wall C B Above section 1080 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

BIOL 21, Cell Biology and Evolution 4 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Science, + Lab) Prerequisite: Chemistry 11. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

*No UC credit for Biology 3, Botany 1 or Zoology 5 if taken after Biology 21, 22 or 23.

This is the first course of a three-course lecture and laboratory sequence for Biology majors, including Biology 21, 22, and 23. It describes how scientists approach the scientific method to generate scientific knowledge; studies the history, evidence, and mechanisms of evolution; identifies the chemistry of four classes of macromolecules; elucidates the cell principle including cell structure, function, and physiology; describes general energy metabolism; and illustrates the processes of growth and reproduction through mitosis, meiosis, development, and life cycles. Students are required to perform at least two experiments that require data collection, computer-based data management and graphing, and scientific analysis and interpretation of data. The course is designed to meet the needs of students transferring to upper division biology study.

Course Number:1081 Time:8 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 124 Instructor:Scuric Z

MCRBIO 1, Fundamentals of Microbiology 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: Chemistry 19 (preferred) or 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.

Course Number:1549 Time:8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 209 Instructor:Buchanan A G

Course Number:  Time:8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 209 Instructor:Buchanan A G

Course Number:1550 Time:3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 209 Instructor:Kanjanapangka J

NUTR 1, Introduction to Nutrition Science 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: NUTR 110. 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. Scientific information and principles provide the foundation for evaluating current concepts in nutrition for practical application in daily living.

Course Number:1577 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 159 Instructor:Perl S M

Course Number:1578 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTThF Location:SCI 159 Instructor:Arussi J B

Course Number:1579 Time:12:30 p.m.-2:35 p.m. MTThF Location:SCI 159 Instructor:Arussi J B

Course Number:1580 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Richwine D R Above section 1580 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1581 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Richwine D R Above section 1581 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1582 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Novak D S Above section 1582 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1583 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Stafsky G B Above section 1583 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

PHYS 3, Human Physiology 4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 5B (Biological Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: Chemistry 19 (preferred) or Chemistry 10 or eligibility for Chemistry 11; and Anatomy 1. 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, sensory, endocrine, muscle, skeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, renal, digestive, reproductive, and integumentary. 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.

Course Number:1604 Time:8 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 201 Instructor:Hawk R

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Course Number:1605 Time:12:30 p.m.-4:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 201 Instructor:Price W M

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Course Number:4060 Time:5:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. MTWTh Location:SCI 201 Instructor:Fickbohm D J

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