Home >  Academics >  Biology >  BIOL Courses

Biology (BIOL)

Courses

The following Biology courses are offered:

BIOL 300
The Foundations of Biology 3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 and MATH 100;
with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of major topics in the biological sciences for the non-science major with an emphasis on human biology. Units covered include the origin of life, cell structure and chemistry, metabolism, Mendelian and molecular genetics, genetic engineering, evolution, anatomy and physiology of humans, animal behavior and ecology.

BIOL 307
Biology of Organisms 4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 and MATH 100;
with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a general biology course focusing on a survey of the plant and animal kingdoms. The course covers the general principles of biology including: methods of science, cell organization, genetics, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, and anatomy. These principles are explored in more depth through the examination of additional topics which may include: disease and epidemiology, physiological ecology, animal behavior, biotechnology, population growth and regulation, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. Evolution and biodiversity are continuing themes included in each major topic. The course is designed for non-science majors and is especially useful for liberal studies, elementary education, environmental studies, recreation, and similar majors. Field trips scheduled outside of class time (including day-length weekend field trips) may be required. Students may be required to purchase eye protection and disposable gloves.

BIOL 310
General Biology 4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 and MATH 100;
with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course introduces the major concepts of biological science with an emphasis on human biology. It is intended for non-science majors and disciplines requiring a broad overview of Biology (e.g. some Allied Health programs). Topics covered include: cell biology, metabolism, Mendelian and molecular genetics, evolution, anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, and ecology. The laboratory activities are designed to further investigate and illuminate each topic area. Students may be required to purchase eye protection and disposable gloves. Field trips outside of class time may be required. Additionally, students may be required to provide their own transportation to field trip sites.

BIOL 323
People and Plants 4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 and MATH 100;
with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This introductory course focuses on the scientific study of the interactions between plants and humans. Students will use the scientific method to investigate the ecological and biological traits of plants, how these traits have shaped multicultural human use, and how plants have been affected by humans. Topics include plant anatomy, structure, and reproduction; the role of biodiversity in natural and cultivated systems; plant evolution under domestication; sustainable use of resources; ethical issues surrounding plant use; and comparison of plant use by various cultures for food, medicine, shelter, and dyes. Laboratory topics may include plant identification, experimental investigation of medicinal and food value of selected plants, traditional preparation of selected plants, plant structure and anatomy, and analysis of plant fibers and dyes. Field trips may be required.

BIOL 332
Introduction to Ornithology 3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This introductory course covers the biology and natural history of birds. Topics include the evolutionary origins of birds and flight, avian physiology and sensory systems, migration, social behavior, reproduction, and conservation. Laboratory work explores bird structure and function, and teaches the taxonomic classification and identification of birds, particularly those found in California and the western United States. Laboratory work includes field trips to study bird identification, behavior, and ecology.

BIOL 350
Environmental Biology 3 Units
Same As: ENVT 304
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of ecosystems and natural resources. Major topics covered include scientific methods, data interpretation, ecological principles, ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, resource use (including historical and cultural values) and management, and human-caused environmental impacts (e.g. pollution). This course provides the background needed to understand major global and regional issues such as acid rain, global warming, hazardous waste disposal, deforestation, ecological sustainability, and endangered species recovery. BIOL 350 is a general education course that is especially useful for Environmental Technology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Recreation, Education, and Political Science majors. This course is the same as ENVT 304. You cannot enroll in this course if you have passed ENVT 304. Field trips, attendance at public meetings, and/or a semester project may be required.

BIOL 380
Natural History Field Studies: Coastal Ecosystems 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of coastal ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to coastal areas will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 382
Natural History Field Studies: Desert Ecosystems 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of desert and arid ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to desert-related areas will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 384
Natural History Field Study of Forest Ecosystems 1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of forest ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to forest and mountain areas will be studied and their interrelationship investigated. Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. Additional fees for tours or transportation may also be required. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 386
Natural History Field Studies: Marine Ecosystems 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of marine ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to ocean areas will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 388
Natural History Field Studies: River Ecosystems 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of river ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to rivers and riparian areas will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. Assignments, field notes, and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 389
Natural History Field Studies: Wetland Ecosystems 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course will study the ecology and natural history of wetland ecosystems covered in the field. Animals, plants, geology, and environmental impacts unique to wetland areas will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. Assignments, field notes and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 390
Natural History Field Study .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 48 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB
This course will study ecology and natural history covered in the field. Animals, plants, and geology will be studied and their interrelationships investigated. The course may be offered in the mountains, desert, or seashore and ocean. Assignments, field notes, and appropriate exams/quizzes will be an integral part of the course. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging or camping equipment and meals. Campsites will be available. Additional fees for tours or transportation may also be required. This course is ideal for anyone interested in nature, environmental topics, and the biological sciences. Teachers and resource managers seeking professional growth, and students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to take this course.

BIOL 392
Principles of Heritage Interpretation 3 Units
Same As: ANTH 392 and HIST 392
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This interdisciplinary course covers the basics of interpreting historical, cultural, and natural resources to the general public. Interpretation is a communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the inherent meanings of the resource. Topics include developing an interpretive program using a thematic approach and learning program delivery techniques. Completion of this course will qualify students to apply for professional certification through the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). This course is recommended for students interested in history, biology, anthropology, recreation, education, and communication. Not open to students who have received credit for Anthropology 392 or History 392. This course requires field trips.

BIOL 400
Principles of Biology 5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 400 with a grade of "C" or better; AND Intermediate Algebra (Math 120 or the equivalent)
Advisory: CHEM 401; AND: ENGWR 101 AND ENGRD 110 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course introduces universal biological principles, including biological molecules, enzymes, cell structure and function, biochemistry, Mendelian and molecular genetics, ecology and evolution. BIOL 400 is recommended for science majors and students in pre-professional programs.

BIOL 410
Principles of Botany 5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 101 and MATH 120;
with grades of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course introduces the biology of plants, fungi, cyanobacteria, and algae. Topics covered include the morphology, anatomy, physiology, development, classification, evolution, and ecology of botanical organisms and other non-botanical organisms traditionally included in an introductory botany course for biology majors. Students may be required to purchase eye protection and disposable gloves. Additionally, students may be required to provide their own transportation to field trip sites.

BIOL 420
Principles of Zoology 5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 101; with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course is part of a three-semester sequence in general biology for biology majors. Topics include zoology with particular emphasis on comparative anatomy and physiology of vertebrates and invertebrates. The basic principles of evolution, taxonomy, embryology, morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology will be covered. Students may be required to purchase eye protection and disposable gloves. Field trips scheduled outside of class time may be required. Additionally, students may be required to provide their own transportation to field trip sites.

BIOL 430
Anatomy and Physiology 5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: BIOL 310 and ENGWR 101; or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in which the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented in an integrated fashion. This course covers anatomical terminology, basic organic chemistry, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Both BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 must be taken to study all of the major body systems. Purchase of personal protective equipment including lab coats, safety glasses, and disposable gloves is required.

BIOL 431
Anatomy and Physiology 5 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 430 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 101; or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3;
IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in which the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented in an integrated fashion. This course covers the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, immune, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Both BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 must be taken to study all of the major body systems. Purchase of personal protective equipment including lab coats, safety glasses, and disposable gloves is required.

BIOL 440
General Microbiology 4 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305 or CHEM 400 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent high school chemistry.
Advisory: BIOL 307, BIOL 310, and ENGWR 101; or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB
This course introduces the concepts of microbiology with an emphasis on forms, modes of growth, cell specialization, mutual, commensal and parasitic relationships of bacteria, fungi, molds, protozoa and viruses. Topics will be correlated with medical and health applications to animals and human beings. Students are required to purchase a laboratory coat, microscope slides, safety glasses, disposable gloves and a laboratory notebook. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required.

BIOL 442
General Microbiology and Public Health 5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305, 306, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better; Or equivalent high school/college chemistry
Advisory: BIOL 307, BIOL 310, or ENGWR 101; or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course provides a survey of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminths that are associated with human infectious diseases. It examines their cellular and molecular structure, physiology, metabolism, and genetics. Laboratory work introduces methods for cultivating and characterizing microorganisms. Students are required to purchase a laboratory coat, microscope slides, safety glasses, disposable gloves and a laboratory notebook. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required.

BIOL 470
Behavioral Biology 3 Units
Prerequisite: BIOL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: BIOL 420
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2;
IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of animal and human behavior in an evolutionary and ecological context. The course includes an introduction to patterns of animal and human behavior, cell and physiological processes, the structure and function of nervous systems, the genetics of behavior, the principles of evolution, and behavioral ecology. It is useful for both science and nonscience majors.

BIOL 472
Teaching Science to School-Age Children 3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Completion of any general education
lab-science course.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will train future teachers in the art and skill of making elementary and middle-school science teaching successful and interesting. Students will gain hands-on experience with numerous ways to teach life, physical, and earth science, including teaching students at an elementary or middle school. Other topics will include how students learn, how to set up labs, lab safety, environmental education, and assessment. This course is suitable for students majoring in education, interpretation, or science. Field trips to educational facilities are required.

BIOL 495
Independent Studies in Biology 1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU

BIOL 499
Experimental Offering in Biology .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU


Updated 05/22/15

  • Auditions for Fall Play

    Auditions for Fall Play

    Falcon’s Eye Theatre auditions for its fall production of "Rhinoceros" Mon., Aug. 31
    morenews
  • Fall begins

    Fall begins

    The Fall semester starts August 22. Click on the photo for helpful tips to prepare!
    morenews
  • Looking for open classes?

    Looking for open classes?

    Fall classes are available! Click on the photo for info.
    morenews
  • Spotlight Night

    Spotlight Night

    Join us for a special open house event on Thurs., Sept. 10 from 6-8pm
    morenews
  • Rancho Cordova Center

    Rancho Cordova Center

    Folsom Lake College ramps up for opening of new site
    morenews
  • Labor Day

    Labor Day

    Folsom Lake College will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day
    morenews
If you have javascript disabled, click here to view the content