Biological Science

 

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule. 

 

BIOLOGY 090
Biology Special Lab (3)

This class is an opportunity for tutorial instruction for students in biological subject matter areas where assistance may be needed. No appointments are necessary. Come in when you need help. An instructor/tutor is available. Previously BIOSC 090. Prerequisites: Registration in a biology class. Mandatory P/NC grading.

BIOLOGY 091
Biology Success Strategies (1)

Students learn organizational and time management skills, skills for independent learning, problem-solving approaches, test-taking strategies, vocabulary and techniques that promote confidence and success in biology. Concurrent enrollment in any 200-level BIOL course required. Mandatory P/NC grading.

BIOLOGY 107
Biology and Society (5)

This non-majors lab course examines the basic biological principles that underlie many of the issues facing our society. Among the topics addressed will be human impact on the environment and biodiversity, genetically modified organisms, gene therapy, stem cells, evolution and natural selection. Previously BIOSC 107. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 110
Biotechnology:Science, Applications/Implications (3)

This overview class will cover current topics in Biotechnology. It will include basic elements of the science, current and expected capabilities and products, the structure of the industry, impact on society and the health care field and social questions. Previously BIOSC 110. Prerequisites: High School Biology, Chemistry, and English suggested. Placement at or above ENGL 100 level required. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 124
Northwest Flora (5)

Plant classification, field study, and laboratory identification of common Pacific Northwest plant families and investigating the ecology, cultural uses & conservation of plants at the local & global level. Laboratory. Previously BIOSC 123. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 124W
Northwest Flora (5)

Introduction to plant classification, field study and laboratory identification of the common plant families of the Pacific Northwest. Previously BIOSC 123W. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 126
Sustainable Gardening/Horticulture (5)

This lab science course teaches environmentally responsible gardening practices and landscaping. Content includes plant identification, plant anatomy, soils, fertilizers/composting, integrated pest management, and water conservation. Previously BIOSC 126. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 140
The Science of Cannabis (3)

Biology 140 will investigate the active compounds of cannabis and their various effects on human physiology in contrast with alcohol, nicotine, and morphine. Included are genetics and medical uses of cannabis. Historical perspectives on prohibition/legalization, and modern laws related to testing will be included. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL& 101.

BIOLOGY 144
Marine Biology (5)

A study of local marine organisms and the environments in which they live. Laboratory and field work are designed to implement this study. Local field trips are included. BIOL 144 and BIOL 244 are taught concurrently. BIOL 144 is designed for non-science majors. Previously BIOSC 143. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 and MATH 080 with 2.0 or better. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 150
Epidemics & Culture (5)

Students will explore epidemic disease from multiple perspectives, including scientific, political, economic, religious, and artistic. The Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages will serve as a paradigm for studying individual and cultural responses to other historical and modern epidemics. Previously BIOSC 150. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 150W
Epidemics & Culture (5)

Students will explore epidemic disease from multiple perspectives, including scientific, political, economic, religious, and artistic. The Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages will serve as a paradigm for studying individual and cultural responses to other historical and modern epidemics. Previously BIOSC 150W. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 170
Human Biology (5)

Introduction to the systems of the human body. Structures and functions of these systems will be stressed along with unifying principles such as nutrition, sex, genetics, environment, exercise and the aging process. Previously BIOSC 108. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 211
Majors Cellular: Biology (5)

Examines the cell as the basic unit of life. Topics covered include: the function of cell organelles, metabolic processes, cell division signaling, the genetics of individuals and populations. For life science majors and allied health students. Laboratory class. Previously BIOSC 201. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 with 2.0 or better. ENGL& 101 recommended. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 212
Majors Animal: Biology (5)

A survey of animals involving a study of the identification structure and function. Evolution, embryology, and ecology of the kingdom is included. The emphasis is on the phylogenetic relationships among animals and the ecological relationships within the kingdom. Laboratory class. Previously BIOSC 202. Prerequisites: BIOL& 211. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 213
Majors Plant: Biology (5)

Survey of major taxonomic groups Fungi, Protista and Plantae. Study of morphology, physiology and reproductive patterns and evolutionary relationships. Origins of life, development of ecosystems, succession and features of the major terrestrial biomes. Laboratory class. Previously BIOSC 203. Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.0 in BIOL& 211, or permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 231
Human Anatomy (5)

Understanding the structure of the human body through the study of the various body systems. Intensive laboratory dissection and lectures are utilized. Laboratory class. Previously BIOSC 210. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 w/2.0 or higher. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 232
Human Physiology (5)

A systems approach to the study of the functions of the human body. Includes the nervous, muscular, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, digestive and urogenital systems. Laboratory class. Previously BIOSC 211. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 and BIOL& 231 or permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 244
Marine Biology for Science Majors (5)

A study of local marine organisms and the environments in which they live. Laboratory and field work are designed to implement this study. Local field trips are included. BIOL 144 and BIOL 244 are taught concurrently. Previously BIOSC 243. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 249
Tissue Culture and Staining (4)

Introduction to theory and concepts of animal cell & tissue culturing. Teaches the fundamentals in tissue culture techniques, subculturing & maintenance of cell lines. Skills also include: cell viability testing, cell counting, feeding of cell lines & quality control.Previouly BIOSC 260. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 with 2.0 or better. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY & 260
Microbiology (5)

Survey of microorganisms with focus on healthcare applications. Structure, classification, metabolism and genetics of bacteria and viruses are main themes. Emphasis on disease process, microbial control and immunology. Laboratory techniques include isolation and identification of bacteria. Previously BIOSC 215. Prerequisites: BIOL& 211 with minimum 2.0. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 265
Solution and Media Preparation (2)

Preparation of media and solutions commonly used in biotechnology laboratories. Use of basic lab tools such as pipettors, pH meters, scales, centrifuges, autoclaves and spectrophotometers, and lab notebook maintenance. Previously BIOSC 245. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 266
Media and Solution Preparation II (2)

Preparation of media and solutions commonly used in biotechnology laboratories. Use of basic lab tools such as pipettors, pH meters, scales, centrifuges, autoclaves and spectrophotometers. Use of MSDS, GLP procedures and lab safety. Previously BIOSC 245. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 270
Molecular Biology (3)

To provide a basic understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie cellular processes, such as gene regulation, the secretory pathway, cell signaling, and the cell cycle. Previously BIOSC 250. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 with 2.0 or better. Recommended CHEM& 131. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 274
Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Laboratory course emphasizing hands on experience with molecular biological techniques utilized in modern research laboratories. Techniques include gene cloning, PCR, DNA and protein electrophoresis, and protein purification. Previously BIOSC 251. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 and concurrent with BIOL 270. CHEM& 131 recommended. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 275
Recombinant DNA Techniques (6)

Basic course in the theory and concepts of recombinant DNA techniques. Course will focus on the methods of gene cloning with viral and plasmid vectors, growth and maintenance of E. coli, extraction and purification of DNA, polymerase chain reaction, and protein expression.The lab will focus on 'hands on' techniques. Previously BIOSC 265. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 with 1.8 or better or permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 276
Immunology Lecture (3)

This course focuses on the concepts necessary to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Emphasis will be placed on antigen and antibody structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex. Prerequisite: BIOL 270. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 277
Immunology (6)

This course focuses on the concepts and laboratory procedures necessary to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Emphasis will be placed on antigen and antibody structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex. Previously BIOSC 270. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 or permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 279
Biotechnology Techniques (3)

Students learn basic Biotechnology lab manufacturing and production techniques used to isolate and purify recombinant and/or therapeutic proteins in academic and industrial research laboratories. Previously BIOSC 275. Prerequisite: BIOL 270, 274 with 2.0 or better or permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 280
Seminar in Biotechnology (1)

This course will focus on the skills needed to find internships and jobs in biotechnology. It will include speakers from the biotechnology industry, HR experts, and special topics such as cover letter and resume writing as well as interviewing skills. Previously BIOSC 295. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 plus completion of at least ten additional credits toward the AAAS degree or Certificate of Proficiency in the Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Program or permission. Mandatory P/NC grading.

BIOLOGY 285
Basics of Bioinformatics (2)

This course will present the basic priciples of genomic and proteomic analysis using public databases. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on training using BLAST searches to analyze protein and DNA sequences, using Entrez to study genomic structures and Cn3D to study protein structure. Previously BIOSC 256. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 or equivalent experience. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 286
Molecular Lab Techniques in Medical Diagnostics (2)

Practical experience using molecular techniques, such as PCR and ELISA, for medical diagnostic assays. Emphasis will be placed on understanding theory, experimental design, interpretation of results, and the limitations of these assays. Previoiusly BIOSC 253. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211, BIOL& 260. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 287
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) (2)

This laboratory will present the theory of High Performance Liquid Chromatography as well as practical experience using the instrumentation. Students will receive hands-on training setting up and trouble shooting an HPLC, preparing protein samples for analysis, data collection and analysis of results. Previously BIOSC 255. Prerequisite: BIOL 270/274, BIOL 279, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 288
Basic Principles of Flow Cytometry (2)

This course will present the theory of flow cytometry as well as provide practical laboratory experience using the instrumentation. Students will receive hands-on training calibrating and trouble shooting a flow cytometer, preparing and staining cells for analysis, data collection and analysis of data. Previously BIOSC 252. Prerequisite: BIOL 270/274, BIOL 277 or equivalent. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 289
Molecular and BiochemicalTechniques in Forensics (1)

Overview of the techniques used to analyze DNA and chemical crime scene evidence. Students will gain laboratory experience in the isolation and analysis of proteins and DNA from tissue samples using techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, UV spectrophotometry, and chromatography. Previously BIOSC 254. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 290
Internship (2)

This course is a cooperative education experience that provides students with work experience in the biotechnology industry. Previously BIOSC 290. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 plus completion of at least 10 additional credits toward the AAAS degree or Certificate of Proficiency in the Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Program. Instructor permission required. Mandatory P/NC grading.

BIOLOGY 292
Special Topics in Biology (2)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Biology.

BIOLOGY 297
Individual Project in Biology (1)

Individual project in a specific area of BIOL. By arrangement with instructor. Previously BIOSC 297. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 298
Individual Project in Biology (2)

Individual project in a specific area of BIOL. By arrangement with intructor. Previously BIOSC 298. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Student option grading.

BIOLOGY 299
Individual Project in Biology (3)

Individual project in a specific area of BIOL. By arrangement with intructor. Previously BIOSC 299. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Student option grading.