Biological Science Courses

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BIOL 90
Biology Special Lab (1-3)

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. Prerequisite: Registration in a biology class.

BIOL 91
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.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Prerequisite: High School Biology, Chemistry, and English are suggested. Placement at or above ENGL 099 level required. Student option grading.

BIOL 111
Principles of Biomanufacturing - Part 1 (3)

This class focuses on protein production in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and how this knowledge is applied to biomanufacturing. This class is limited to students accepted into the Biomanufacturing Training Program for High School Students.

BIOL 112
Principles of Biomanufacturing - Part 2 (3)

This class focuses on protein production in eukaryotic cells and the methods by which differences in protein biochemistry can be used to design protein purification protocols. This course is limited to students accepted into the Biomanufacturing Training Program for High School Students.

BIOL 113
Principles of Biomanufacturing - Part 3 (3)

This class focuses on the analysis of purified proteins and the role of the FDA in regulating and approving protein therapeutics. It will involve analysis of biomanufacturing case studies. This course is limited to students accepted into the Biomanufacturing Training Program for High School Students.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 140
The Science of Cannabis (3)

Course 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.

BIOL 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. BIOL 144 and BIOL 244 are taught concurrently. BIOL 144 is designed for non-science majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 099 and MATH 098 with 2.0 or better. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. 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.

BIOL& 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.

BIOL& 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. Student option grading.

BIOL& 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 phylogenetic relationships among animals and the ecological relationships within the kingdom. Laboratory class. Student option grading.

BIOL& 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. Student option grading.

BIOL& 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. Student option grading.

BIOL& 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. Student option grading.

BIOL& 241
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (5)

The first of a two-quarter sequence of human anatomy and physiology intended for students pursuing careers in allied health fields. The course covers histology and the structure and function of the intergumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and the special senses. Laboratory includes dissection of animal specimens. Student option grading.

BIOL& 242
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

The second of a two-quarter sequence of human anatomy and physiology intended for students pursuing careers in allied health fields. The course covers structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory includes dissection of animal specimens. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 245
Introduction to Aseptic Technique (2)

The objective of this 2 credit course is to prepare students with basic skills of aseptic techniques in biomanufacturing environment. The course will offer a basic training and evaluation in aseptic handling of product and knowledge of cleaning and disinfection to prevent microbial contamination.

BIOL 246
Cleanroom Dynamics and Intro to Bioreactors (2)

Introduces basic principles of bioreactor operation and cleanroom use and maintenance. Provides hands-on experience with sterilizing, assembling, and running bioreactors. Offers training in the selection, donning, and use of personal protective equipment typically used in cleanroom settings of various ISO level.

BIOL 247
Quality Assurance and Quality Control (2)

The objective of this course is to prepare students for understanding the role of quality assurance and quality control units in overall product quality as well as the use of agency guidance documentation. The course will introduce the methods used to achieve and ensure product quality in the pharmaceutical industry.

BIOL 248
Introduction to Regulatory Affairs (2)

The course provides an overview of regulatory affaris and its importance in product development in the pharmaceutical industry. It provides an understanding of the phases of drug development process and describes market approval process and procedures and helps students identify post-marketing regulatory activities.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL& 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

BIOL 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 MDS, GLP procedures and lab safety. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

BIOL 270
Molecular Biology (3)

Provides a basic understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie cellular processes, such as gene regulation, the secretory pathway, cell signaling, and the cell cycle. Prerequisite recommended: CHEM& 131. Student option grading.

BIOL 274
Molecular Biology Lab (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. Prerequisite recommended: CHEM& 131. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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.

BIOL 281
Immunology Lab (3)

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, and the applications of antibody-based diagnostics. Student option grading.

BIOL 285
Basics of Bioinformatics (2)

This course will present the basic principles 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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. Student option grading.

BIOL 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 troubleshooting a flow cytometer, preparing and staining cells for analysis, data collection and analysis of data. Student option grading.

BIOL 290
Internship (1-2)

This course is a cooperative education experience that provides students with work experience in the biotechnology industry. 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.

BIOL 292
Special Topics in Biology (2)

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

BIOL 293
Molecular Biology Research (3)

Class focusing on the protocols involved in molecular biology research including: sample collection, genomic DNA isolation, PCR, and DNA sequence analysis. Provides an opportunity for undergraduate lab research. Student option grading.

BIOL 297
Individual Project In Biology (1)

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

BIOL 298
Individual Project In Biology (2)

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

BIOL 299
Individual Project In Biology (3)

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