Biology

Overview

The Biology Department offers a wide range of classes for all interests at times that are convenient to you.   We have state-of-the-art facilities in our Sequoia building for a modernized learning environment.  

Whether you intend to become a Biology Major or just need a solid Biology class for your General Education requirements, we have the course for you.

Our faculty care about your success and will give you the personal attention that can be found only at a community college like EVC.

 

Course Offerings

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BIOL-004A - General Principles and Cell Biology

Biology 004A is the first course in a two term sequence for students exploring a career in the sciences, teaching, medicine, or biochemistry. This lecture and laboratory course emphasizes: scientific method, biochemistry, cell structure and function, bioenergetics, cell reproduction, genetics, laboratory techniques in molecular genetics, and microevolutionary concepts and processes. Field trips may be required.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: MATH 013 and ENGL (092 or 104) and CHEM 015; all with C or better
Recommended: Recently completed biology course with lab with high B or better in high school or college (i.e. BIOL 020, 021).
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-004B - Organismal Biology and Biodiversity

Biology-004B is the second course in a two semester majors-level sequence for students preparing for careers in the sciences, including the health sciences, biochemistry, and teaching. This lecture and laboratory course emphasizes the form and function of plants and animals, the phylogenetic relationships among the major plant and animal taxa, macroevolution and Earth history, ecology, and scientific methods and laboratory techniques. Field trips may be required.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: BIOL 004A with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 4   |  Write: 4  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-020 - Human Biology

This course introduces students to the form and function of the human body. BIOL-020 includes an overview of atoms and molecules, acids and bases, movement in solutions, important classes of biological molecules, the cell, human genetics, biotechnology, and issues in human ecology. Emphasis is on the basic anatomy and physiology of the body's major organ systems. The course is tailored for non-science majors and meets the General Education requirement for life science with a lab.
Units: 4
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-021 - General Biology

This is an introductory biology course for non-science majors. The course covers the general principles and basic concepts of biology including the characteristics and classification of living systems, cells, metabolism, development, health, reproduction, genetics, evolution and ecology. This course is not open to biology or related pre-professional majors.
Units: 4
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-025 - Forensic Biology

This lecture-only science course is intended for those who have a general interest in the application of biological concepts to forensic science. Students will examine case studies involving crimes to demonstrate how the principles of science are used to analyze physical evidence. Scientific method, mathematical computations, and fundamental principles of physics, chemistry and biology will be applied to various forms of evidence to derive information about a crime scene.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-030 - Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab Skills

Biology 030 is a course that introduces lab skills used in molecular biology courses that include a lab. Students are introduced to standard labware and its uses. This course covers lab safety, basic techniques in microbiology and molecular biology, use of pipets and micropipets, chromatography, gel electrophoresis, and spectrophotometry. Additional activities may be included. One or more field trips may be required.
Units: 1
Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: None |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-033 - Biotechnology and Society

This course focuses on some aspects of biotechnology's impact on society. Basic concepts in biotechnology are introduced in a non-technical manner to examine advances in medicine, agriculture, and other fields. Public perception and ethical issues are also considered.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-034 - Biotechnology Laboratory Methods

Biology 034 is a first course in biotechnology laboratory methods. Topics covered include: lab safety; documentation of procedures and experimental data; measurement techniques; basic math appropriate to preparing materials used in the lab; solution and media preparation; separation techniques; microbiology techniques; and manipulation of DNA. Laboratory work emphasizes skill development in: use of standard lab equipment; documentation; safety practices; basic microbiology; DNA manipulation; solution and media preparation; and separation techniques. Field trips may be required.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 2 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Recommended: CHEM 015 and BIOL 033, both with grade of C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-061 - Human Heredity

This course discusses the importance of human heredity in our lives. Students will study the rapidly changing areas of human heredity including patterns of inheritance, specific genetic disorders, recombinant DNA and other genetic-based biotechnologies, the role of genetic counseling and genetic tests, reproductive therapies, and bioethics. This is a CSU/UC transferable general education life science course suitable for non-majors.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-062 - Plants and Human Welfare

Students are introduced to the world of plants and their ecological importance to humans; their impact on the development of civilizations; the need for conservation; and an appreciation for plants in the total environment. Class meetings may be held at alternative off campus sites.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-063 - Ecology

This course introduces students to the science of ecology, the branch of biology that studies the abundance and distribution of plants and animals and their interrelationships with the environment. Topics covered include the intersection of evolution and ecology, population biology, community organization, ecosystem function, biodiversity, preservation and conservation, and human ecology.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 2
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-064 - Marine Biology

Biol-64 is a lecture and laboratory course introducing students to the study of marine life. The course will cover physical and biological aspects of life in the sea including marine geology, physical oceanography, marine ecology, a comparative study of major marine taxa, and human exploitation and oceanic history. Special topics and required field trips to local marine habitats are an integral part of the course.
Units: 4
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-065 - Wildlife Biology

A General Education biological science course, without a lab, designed for non-science majors. This is a course emphasizing conservation. Its purpose is to identify local flora and fauna, and to become aware of human impact on plants and animals living in the area; and to motivate students to take constructive action to conserve wildlife and natural resources. Field trips may be required.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Recommended: A general science course at the high school level.
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-071 - Human Anatomy

This course covers the structure of the human body including identifying parts, understanding interrelationships, and making clinical applications. Laboratory activity includes the study of models, dissection of a human cadaver and other selected mammalian organs, and use of the microscope. This course is required for four-year nursing and pre-professional majors such as OT, PT, RT, and Chiropractic.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: BIOL 021, with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-072 - Human Physiology

Students are introduced to cellular physiology and metabolism. Students study the physiological processes of the human body systems including nervous, endocrine, muscular, urinary, respiratory, sensory, digestive, cardiovascular and reproductive. Other topics include disease and the loss of homeostasis in the body. This course is designed for college degrees in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and certain science and preprofessional majors.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: (ANAT 001 or BIOL 071) and (CHEM 001A or CHEM 015 or CHEM 030A or CHEM 032A) and MATH 013; all with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-074 - General Microbiology

General Microbiology covers the structure and activities of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, helminths, and algae. This course also covers principles of microbial control, metabolism, environmental microorganism genetics, genetic engineering, disease, modes of infection, and immunity. Emphasis is on aseptic laboratory technique, and the application of microbiology to human welfare.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 001A or CHEM 011A or CHEM 015 or CHEM 030A or CHEM 032A or CHEM 065 or CHEM 089) and (AP 003 or ANAT 001 or BIOL 001 or BIOL 071 or BIOL 072 or PHYSO 060); all with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 3
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

BIOL-080 - Biology Field Program

The Biology Field Program introduces students to the human and natural histories of a variety of ecosystems including the California seacoast, coastal and Sierra Nevada ranges, and deserts and canyon lands of the southwest. Emphasis will be given to general ecological principles, the flora and fauna of the areas visited, and the tenets of leave-no-trace. Each offering of the course focuses on one of the above areas, and involves on-campus lectures and the equivalent of one week in the field. Participation in the course requires camping, some hiking, and automobile travel. This course may be repeated for credit up to four times. Additional fees are required.
Units: 1
Lecture Hours: 0.25 |  Lab Hours: 2.25 |  Repeatable: 3 |  Grading: L
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

 Course Descriptions

​Faculty

Jack Baker
S-105   x 6583

May Chen
S-102   x 6261

Al Gonzalez III
S-106   x 6259

Lisa Hays
S-103   x 6585

Azita Tavana
S-107   x 6602

Janice Toyoshima
S-104   x 6260 

Staff

Robert Blumenkrantz
Laboratory Technician
S-128   X6599

Joaquin Li
Laboratory Technician
S-120   x 6849

Denise Medina
Instructional Asst., Lab Lead
S-203   x6890

 

 

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