Biology

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Silvia Nadalet, Ed.D.

Department Chair: Shaunte Griffith-Jackson Ph.D.

Office: 60-125 (619) 482-6344

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Biology is a natural science that focuses on the biological, physical and chemical processes in living organisms. This discipline explores how organisms acquire and use energy to maintain homeostasis, how they reproduce, and how they interact with each other and their environment. Biological processes are emphasized as a means of answering these questions. Biologists rely heavily on a chemistry foundation since living organisms are chemical systems.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the biology major. A few of these require an associate in science degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: public health technician, nutritionist, health educator, genetic counselor, agricultural consultant, fish and wildlife biologist,  animal health technician, biotechnology technician, biomedical engineer,  dentist, environmental consultant, field biologist, bioinformatics specialist, agricultural scientist, environmental health worker, exercise physiologist, high school or college teacher, marine biologist, microbiologist, physician, physician liaison, pharmaceutical researcher, research biologist, veterinarian, and nurse practitioner. In addition, a background in biology is required for the following: registered nurse, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, dental hygienist, medical technician, physician’s assistant, and optometrist.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Biology (SB 1440) 01514
Associate in Science Degree: Transfer Preparation
Biology 01510

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Antonio Barquilla Panadero, Ph.D.
abarquilla@swccd.edu

Lukas Buehler, Ph.D.
lbuehler@swccd.edu

Nira Clark, M.A.
nclark@swccd.edu

Megan Eckles, Ph.D.
meckles@swccd.edu

Allison Green, Ph.D.
agreen@swccd.edu

Shaunte Griffith-Jackson, Ph.D.
sgriffith@swccd.edu

Sahar Mohseni Nodehi, Ph.D.
smohseni@swccd.edu

Trishana Norquist, M.S.
tnorquist@swccd.edu

Valerie Pennington, M.S.
vpennington@swccd.edu

Rosa Runcie, M.S.
rruncie@swccd.edu

Andrea Schnitz, M.S.
aschnitz@swccd.edu

Sharon Shapiro, D.P.M.
sshapiro@swccd.edu

BIOL 100

PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: BIOL 101.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Surveys the basic processes of biology which are common to all organisms. Includes scientific method, biomolecules, cellular organization, structure, function, metabolism, and reproduction, genetics, evolution, taxonomic classification, ecology of plants and animals, and current events involving biology. Not intended for biology majors. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 101

PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: BIOL 100.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory experience to supplement Biology 100. May require field trips during laboratory periods. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 130

ANIMAL BIOLOGY: A BEHAVIORAL APPROACH

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: BIOL 131.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides basic biological principles applied to the study of animals. Includes a study of the history, genetics, physiology, and ecology of animal behaviors from an evolutionary perspective. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 131

ANIMAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: BIOL 130 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides laboratory and field exercises to supplement and support BIOL 130. Introduces the student to research techniques illustrating the basic concepts of animal biology. Includes activities such as structured laboratory experiments, field observations, ethogram, and an independent project. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 140

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides environmental biology with a global emphasis. Investigates environmental interrelationships and impacts of human activities on ecosystems and on global quality of life. Focuses on population dynamics, biological diversity, global environmental change, pollution, natural resources, impacts of agriculture, industrialization, technology, and energy use. Field trips may be required. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 143

BIOLOGY, OCEANOGRAPHY, AND GEOSCIENCE OF BAJA CALIFORNIA

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides an interdisciplinary, introductory survey of Baja California's diversity in its biology, oceanography, geology, geography, and demographics. Examines the management, use, and conservation of its natural resources. Investigates regional issues associated with increased population, modernization, and industrialization of Baja California and Southern California. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 145

ECOMUNDO: ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Features basic concepts and science processes in ecology with an emphasis on international borders, regional, and global environmental interactions and issues. Focuses on scientific, economic, social, psychological, legal, and health aspects of population dynamics, pollution, solid waste, sewage, water quality, ecotourism, wildlife, land, and energy use. Includes field trips. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 146

ECOMUNDO: FIELD STUDIES AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS IN ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: BIOL 145.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Field and laboratory investigations of the ecology of selected geographic regions with an emphasis on the ecological relationships on the region's animal and plant species, the impact of humans on the region's ecosystems, and the use of scientific methodologies and principles of ecology and environmental science. Field trips required. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 150

NATURAL HISTORY OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Provides field and laboratory survey of San Diego's plant and animals, training in the collection and analysis of data, observation of animal behaviors, and identification of species. Emphasizes ecology and ecosystems. Designed for students with little field experience in biology and is appropriate for teachers of outdoor programs. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 151

THE SCIENCE OF BREWING BEER

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: MATH 45 or MATH 48 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Surveys the fundamental processes of biology and chemistry applied to the science of fermentation. Introduces organic and biological chemistry. Focuses on cellular functions and metabolism for understanding fermentation. Includes an overview of the societal impacts of fermentation geared towards the local craft brewing industry. Not intended for chemistry or biology majors. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: CHEM 151)

BIOL 151L

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF BREWING LAB

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: MATH 45 or MATH 48 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 151 or CHEM 151 or BIOL 100 or BIOL 210 or BIOL 211 or CHEM 100 or CHEM 102 or CHEM 170, or equivalent.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Introduces students to the application of the scientific method in a laboratory setting employing project-based learning focusing on the optimization and brewing of beer. Complements and reinforces concepts introduced in BIOL 151/CHEM 151. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: CHEM 151L)

BIOL 160

MARINE BIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: BIOL 161.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING, SUMMER

Introduces the student to the marine environment and to the biology of marine organisms. Provides a survey of marine ecosystems based on physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography. Includes major themes such as evolution, adaptation, classification, and interactions of organisms, marine ecology, and current issues in marine biology. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 161

MARINE BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: BIOL 160 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: SPRING, SUMMER

Provides laboratory and field exercises to supplement and support Biology 160. Introduces the student to the biology and adaptations of marine organisms and surveys local marine ecosystems. Field observation and data analysis are integral components of this course. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 180

HUMAN HEREDITY, EVOLUTION, AND SOCIETY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SUMMER

Introduces principles and applications of human heredity. Includes Mendelian and molecular genetics, cell reproduction, genetic and chromosomal mutations and disorders, structure and function of DNA and RNA, genetic engineering, and the application of genetics to the study of evolution of species, and the origin of humans. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 185

BIOLOGY OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the study of the biological principles underlying the effects of major legal and illegal drugs on the human body. Surveys the commonly abused drugs with regard to their chemical nature, where and how they act, and the factors that modify their effects. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 190

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; MATH 45 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces human anatomy and physiology, including structural-functional relationships, scientific method, precise terminology, and related human conditions and diseases. (Not open to students with credit for or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 260 or BIOL 261.) [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 205

DNA SCIENCE I

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides theoretical background useful in the biotechnology job market or for a bachelor's degree in biology. [D; CSU]

BIOL 206

DNA SCIENCE II

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: BIOL 211.

Prerequisite: BIOL 205 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: SPRING

Provides theoretical background useful in the biotechnology job market or for a bachelor's degree in biology. [D; CSU]

BIOL 207

INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Provides an analysis of genes, proteins, and genomes. Examines the broad question of information flow in biology and the history and criticism of defining a gene. Introduces the fundamentals of computer-based analysis of gene and protein database organization, retrieval, and search rules. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 210

GENERAL ZOOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 62 or MATH 72 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Explores general zoology for biological science and related majors. Surveys major animal phyla and heterotrophic protistans from an evolutionary perspective. Covers comparative structure, morphology, anatomy and function of animals. Includes topics on phylogeny, cladistics, systematics, principles and mechanisms of evolution, animal behavior, biodiversity and population ecology. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID BIOL 150]

BIOL 211

INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: BIOL 210 or equivalent; ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: CHEM 170 or CHEM 200 or equivalent; MATH 62 or MATH 72 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Introduces basic principles of cell and molecular biology for biology and related science majors. Emphasizes basic atomic structure and bonding, the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformation, cell division, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and the origin of life. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID BIOL 190]

BIOL 212

BIOLOGY OF PLANTS

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 211 or equivalent; CHEM 170 or CHEM 200 or equivalent; MATH 62 or MATH 72 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

This course is intended for biology majors. Provides the comparative study of plants, protistan and fungal groups emphasizing their diversity, evolution, structure, function, growth, and metabolic pathways. Includes plant genomics, taxonomy, systematics, morphology, physiology, cytology, population-community ecology, local ecosystems, evolution of populations, global importance of autotrophs. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID BIOL 155]

BIOL 215

BIOSTATISTICS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: MATH 122 or MATH 244 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; BIOL 210 or BIOL 211 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces basic probability, descriptive, and inferential statistics. Includes experimental design, collection of data, and selection of appropriate statistical tests used to analyze data, solve quantitative problems, and test hypotheses using biological examples. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 229

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: CHEM 100 or equivalent; ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: CHEM 170 or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 62 or MATH 72 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces biological laboratory skills, safety procedures, and disposal of laboratory waste materials; experimental design and data analysis; preparation of laboratory reagents; aseptic technique, chromatography and electrophoresis; maintenance of laboratory records, library research, and resume writing; and management of a research laboratory. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 230

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 211 or BIOL 229 or equivalent; MATH 62 or MATH 72 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: CHEM 170 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Emphasizes current concepts and laboratory training in modern molecular biological techniques. Designed for biology majors and students interested in working in a molecular biology and/or biotechnology industry laboratory. [D; CSU]

BIOL 260

HUMAN ANATOMY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 100 and BIOL 101, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes a systematic study of fundamental principles of human anatomy at cellular, tissue, organ, and organ system levels of organization. Introduces precise terminology, structural-functional relationships, scientific method, and appreciation of related human diseases. Laboratory uses preserved animal and organ dissection, skeletal study, models, and other visual aids. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID BIOL 110B]

BIOL 261

PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 260 or equivalent; CHEM 100, CHEM 102, or CHEM 170, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Studies physiological principles, functions, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system, and organism level: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course is primarily intended for Nursing and Allied Health-related majors. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID BIOL 120B]

BIOL 265

GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: BIOL 100 and BIOL 101, or equivalent; CHEM 100, CHEM 102, or CHEM 170, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces fundamental concepts, methods, and relevant applications of microbiology, including microbial structure, physiology, genetics, epidemiology, agents of disease, mechanisms of pathogenesis and resistance, approaches to control and treatment of disease, immunology, and biotechnology. Emphasizes laboratory activities, stressing cultivation, characterization, identification, and biotechnological applications involving microbes important in clinical medicine. [D; CSU; UC]

BIOL 266

BIOMEDICAL WET LAB EXPERIENCE

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: CHEM 100 or CHEM 170 (may be taken previously); CHEM 102 or CHEM 110 (may be taken previously); BIOL 260 (may be taken previously); BIOL 261 (may be taken previously); BIOL 265 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides wet lab experiences to support chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology and general microbiology prerequisite courses for majors pursuing allied health professions. Intended for students who took chemistry and biology prerequisite courses through distance education lacking a wet lab component. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: CHEM 266)

BIOL 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of the biological sciences of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)