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Biology Courses for Non-Majors


Biology 107: Biology & Society*


Biology 124: Northwest Flora*

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.



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 126: Sustainable Gardening/ Horticulture*


Biology 144: Marine Biology*

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.



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   Biology 170: Human Biology

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.



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.

*Satisfies the Laboratory Science requirement.