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Note: all courses and course numbers discussed refer only to those within the LACCD system.

If you want to check out your interest in Biology, we recommend that you take either our general Introduction to Biology (Biology 3) or Marine Biology (Biology 22).  Both will give you an impressive overview of living organisms and an opportunity to begin acquiring essential laboratory skills.  One word of caution, however; Biology 3 can serve as a prerequisite to Anatomy, whereas Biology 22 stands as a great course all on its own – in other words, it has no prerequisite status to other courses.  We recommend considering taking Medical Terminology concurrently with or before taking Anatomy.

If you already know you want science classes, you are probably in one of two groups – you want to major in Biology, or you are interested in one of the many Allied Health Careers.  Either way, the sometimes surprising information here is that you will soon need a chemistry class, and if you major in Biology, one math class (125) as well.

Seriously?  Whatever for? Well, Biology is actually a multi-disciplinary approach to studying life.  Many concepts can only be understood or worked with by using these other subjects.

For Allied Health Careers, the required Chemistry is Chemistry 51 or higher.  If you have taken a higher course, make sure to see a counselor before trying to enroll in a class that has this as a prerequisite.  The database that is used when you enroll will not be able to recognize that Chem 60 is higher than Chem 51 – only a counselor can configure the computer to recognize this. You can see a recommended course pathway for finishing prerequisites in the Biology Department for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy.

All those Chemistry options will serve as a prerequisite for our Microbiology and Physiology courses.  Physiology has Biology 3 or Biology 6 and Anatomy as additional prerequisites to Chemistry.  In all cases the term ‘prerequisite’ means having completed the previous course with a grade of C or better. 

Biology majors need to complete Chemistry 101 before enrolling in General Biology I (Biology 6).  Both courses serve as prerequisites to The Science of Biotechnology (Biology 40).  And majors students also need to complete Intermediate Algebra (Math 125) before enrolling in General Biology II (Biology 7.)  Good news, though – it is permitted to take Biology 7 before Biology 6 or both at the same time! Another consideration for students transferring to UCLA is taking Genetic Analysis (Biology 46.) You can see recommended course pathways for an AS degree in Biology or the more ambitious and comprehensive recommendations for a Biology transfer student to UCLA.

COURSES in BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

 
 Anatomy 1 Introduction to Human Anatomy (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
Note: Not open for credit to students who have had Physiology 8 & 9.
Prerequisite: Biology 3 with a grade of C or better.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.
A detailed study of structure and systems of the human body. Laboratory work includes dissection of fresh and preserved mamma­lian organs, use of anatomical models and skeletal materials, and histology.
MAXIMUM UC CREDIT FOR ANY COMBINATION OF ANATOMY I, PHYSIOLOGY 1, 8 OR 9 IS 8 UNITS.

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Biology 3 Introduction to Biology (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
(Not open for credit to students who have had Biology 6 or Biology 7.)
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.
The major principles of biology including the structure and function of cells, the reproductive process, the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, ecology and the orga­nization of plants, animals and the human organism. This course is not designed to meet requirements for a major in biology at most universities. Field Trips are included in lab activities, typically scheduled during class hours.
MAXIMUM UC CREDIT FOR COMBINATION OF BIOL 3 AND 25 IS ONE COURSE. NO UC CREDIT FOR BIO 3 OR 25 IF TAKEN AFTER BIO 6 OR 7.

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  Biology 6 General Biology I (5) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
(Biology 7 may be taken before Biology 6.)
Prerequisite: Chem 101, and Math 125 with grades of C or better.
Note: UCLA and CSUN recommend the com­pletion of both Biology 6 and Biology 7.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 6 hours.
This course is intended for biology majors, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-pharma­cy and pre-veterinary students. It deals with selected topics illustrating the major concepts in biology, including molecular structure, cell structure and physiology, bio­energetics, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, development, and animal form and function. Laboratory experimentation in chemical analysis, microscopy, chromatogra­phy, cell structure and physiology, genetics, development, and DNA technology.

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Bilology 7 General Biology II (5) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
(Biology 7 may be taken before Biology 6.)
Prerequisite: Math 125 with a grade of C or better.
Note: UCLA and CSUN recommend the com­pletion of both Biology 6 and Biology 7.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 6 hours.
Intended for biology majors, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy and pre-veter­inary students. Deals with unifying biologi­cal concepts including evolution, biological diversity, adaptation and the biotic rela­tions to the environment. Laboratory exper­imentation includes the study of plants, animals and microorganisms along with field trips to reinforce major topics.

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Biology 10 Natural History I (4) UC: CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2

Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hour

Biological principles including evolution, adaptation and scientific methods are examined using the local environment. The course includes the role of climate in the distribution of plant and animal species and a systematic survey of the common local plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals. Note: surveys of the local ecosystems are done during off-campus field trips.


Biology 22 Marine Biology (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.
The major principles of biology will be studied in relation to marine plants and animals. Intertidal, subtidal and offshore marine habitats will be investigated from an ecological perspective. Human impact on the marine environment will be studied. Field trips will be offered which may include: tide pools, Cabrillo Beach Aquarium or the Aquarium of the Pacific, Morro Bay or one of the Channel Islands. (Credit may not be awarded for both Biology 22 and Oceanography 2).

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Biology 33 Medical Terminology (3) CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours.
Develops a comprehensive medical vocabu­lary applicable to all specialties of medicine, through the learning of Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, root words and combining forms. Training in the spelling, pronuncia­tion and definitions of medical terms is pro­vided. A brief overview of human anatomy is included.

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Biology 40 The Science of Biotechnology (3) UC:CSU

GE Certification B2
Prerequisite: Biology 6 and Chem 101 with grades of C or better.
Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
This is a comprehensive introduction to the science of biotechnology. The course pres­ents theory and offers hands-on laboratory experience. Representative techniques pre­sented in this course include DNA purifica­tion, hybridization, sequencing and finger­printing; construction of a genomic library; bacterial transformation; electrophoresis; polymerase chain reaction; protein purifica­tion; western blot and bioinformatics.
$20.00 Lab Fee to be paid with registration.

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Biology 46 Genetic Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: Biology 6 with a grade of C or better.
Lecture, 3 hours.
This course is designed to cover Mendelian genetics, chromosome analysis, and genom­ics. This class will examine the experi­mental approach to genetic analysis by introducing key concepts as well as solving experimental problems.

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Biology 97 Seminar Topics in Biology (1)
Prerequisite: Biology 6
Lecture, 1 hour.
This course is intended for science majors who wish to gain a basic understanding of how to read and interpret peer reviewed, scientific journal articles. It will include a critical discussion and presentation of selected topics in biology such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology and/or genetics as they relate to diseases and disor­ders currently being researched.

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Biology 185 Directed Study - Biology (1) CSU
Biology 285 Directed Study - Biology (2) CSU
Biology 385 Directed Study - Biology (3) CSU

Prerequisite: None.
Conference, 1 hour per unit.
Allows student to pursue Directed Study in Biology on a contract basis under direction and supervision of an instructor. Various formats are utilized to introduce students to methods used by scientists to study topics in biological sciences. Strategies emphasize development of problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Credit limit: A maximum of 3 units per subject in Directed Study may be taken for credit.
UC CREDIT FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY/DIRECTED STUDY COURSES NUMBERED 185, 285, AND 385 IN ANY DEPARTMENT IS NOT AUTOMATIC; CREDIT IS CONTINGENT ON UC CAMPUS EVALUATION AFTER APPLICATION AND ADMISSION. THESE UNITS SHOULD NOT BE USED TOWARD CALCULATION OF THE MINIMUM 60 UNITS NEEDED FOR ADMISSION TO THE UC.

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Microbiology 20 General Microbiology (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
Prerequisite: Chem 51 with a grade of C or better.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.
An introduction to principles of microbiol­ogy, with emphasis on clinical microbiology for the allied health sciences, including the chemistry, biology, taxonomy, and genetics of pathogenic microorganisms. Principles of pathology and interactions of pathogenic microorganisms with the host are presented by examining infectious diseases of major organ systems. Laboratory exercises develop skills and strategies employed in the clinical microbiology laboratory. $15 dollar lab fee to be paid with registration.
MICRO 1 COMBINED WITH MICRO 20, MAXIMUM UC CREDIT IS ONE COURSE.

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Physiology 1  Introduction to Human Physiology (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 5B/5C GE Certification B2
Note: Not open for credit to students who have had Physiology 6.
Prerequisite: Anatomy 1, Chem 51, and Biology 3 or 6 with grades of C or better.
Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.
Principles of cellular and systemic func­tions of the human body. Lecture topics include basic organic chemistry, solute and water transport and balance, homeostatic mechanisms, and functions of major organ systems including, but not limited to, the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, immune, and muscle systems. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations of physiological concepts and processes covered in lecture.
MAXIMUM UC CREDIT FOR ANY COMBINATION OF ANATOMY 1, PHYSIOLOGY 1, 8 OR 9 IS 8 UNITS.

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Catalog Descriptions for Biotechnology /Biomanufacturing Skills Certificate Classes

The Skills Certificate is comprised of 14 units with the following classes to be completed: Biotech 1, Biotech 2, Biotech 3 or Biotech 4, Biotech 5 and Biotech 6.


Biotechnology 001- Biotech 1
(Fundamentals of Biomanfacturing & Biotechnology)
(CSU)- 3.00 Units
Prerequisite: None
This class offers an introduction to the fundamentals of biomanufacturing and biotechnology. An overview of biology used in biotechnology is covered and the history of biomanufacturing is explored along with key concepts and practices utilized currently in biomanufacturing. An overview of the processes used by companies in the development of drugs and therapies along with instrumentation utilized in the production of medical products will be provided. This class is suggested for students exploring career options in biology.
 
Biotechnology 002- Biotech 2
(Biomanufacturing I)
3.00 Units
Prerequisite: Biotech 1
This course offers an introduction to the concepts and laboratory skills in biomanufacturing of human drugs and related products. Students will be introduced to techniques such as spectrophotometry, pH meter, ELISA, and chromatography. Students will learn the general concepts of documentation, clean room behavior, lab safety, handling of blood products and working in a team. Students will become proficient in the use of aseptic techniques.
 
Biotechnology 003- Biotech 3

(Biomanufacturing II)
4.00 Units
Prerequisite: Biotech 1 and Biotech 2
This class expands concepts from Biomanufacturing I focusing on proteins & bioseparation methods. Protein purification and separation techniques including column chromatography, enzyme activity bioassays, gel electrophoresis (SDS- PAGE) and HPLC will be introduced. The use of immunochemistry and the applications of using antibodies in molecular biology will be explored and concepts and principles of fermentation will be introduced. Students can apply this knowledge in the manufacturing of commercial pharmaceutical products.
 
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Biotechnology 004- Biotech 4
(Biomanufacturing III)
4.00 Units
Prerequisite: Biotech 1 and Biotech 2
This class expands on concepts from Biomanufacturing I. It explores DNA recombinant technology in depth and includes techniques in molecular biology such as nucleic acid isolation, DNA transformation and recombinant DNA analysis. An introduction to cell and tissue culture and media preparation is also given.
 
Biotechnology 005- Biotech 5

(Environmental Control & Support Processes)
2 Units
Prerequisite: None
This class provides and overview of biomanufacturing with an emphasis in environmental control and support processes within the biopharmaceutical industry. Skill sets introduced will focus on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) as it relates to clean room procedures, environmental monitoring and required documentation.
 
Biotechnology 006- Biotech 6
(Quality Control & Validation)
2 Units
Prerequisite: Biotech 1
This class introduces quality control and validation. An overview of biomanufacturing is given incorporating the importance of quality control and assurance in the manufacturing of biomedical products focusing on validation assays, system evaluations and process testing and reporting.

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PATHWAYS

BIOLOGY A.S. DEGREE

Recommended pathway for the Associates Science
degree at LAVC with prerequisites



 

BIOLOGY TRANSFER PATHWAY
Recommended Courses for Transfer to UCLA

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