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Biology†††††††††††††††††††††††††

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences††††††††

Department of Biology

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

General Biology Option

Microbiology Option

Minors

Biology

Microbiology

Master of Science

 

Faculty

Getachew Kidane, Department Chair

John Roberts, Graduate Program Coordinator

Robert V. Giacosie, Monica Gorman, Carol D. Guze,Gus McCarthy, Laura M. Phillips, Laura Robles, Davood Soleymani

Gaby Gomez-Dominguez, Administrative Assistant

Department Office:NSM A-143, (310) 243-3381

 

Emeriti Faculty

Harbans L. Arora, David E. Brest, Lois W. Chi, Evelyn Tutt Childress, Gene A. Kalland, Richard Kuramoto

 

Program Description

The Biology Program at CSU Dominguez Hills is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organism biology, population and community biology, and environmental science.The Biology Department offers students seven programs from which to choose:1) An undergraduate program which awards the Bachelor of Arts Degree; 2) Two undergraduate major options that award the Bachelor of Science Degree: a General Option and a Microbiology Option; 3) Two minor programs: a General Minor and a Microbiology Minor;4) A Life Science Subject Matter Preparation Program for students who wish to pursue a secondary teaching credential is currently being developed; 5) A graduate program which awards the Master of Science Degree.

 

Features

The most important feature of the Biology Department is its excellent faculty, all members of which hold the doctorate.They are dedicated to excellence in teaching and are active in basic and applied research and other scholarly activities.The department currently has more than $1.5 million in private foundation, federal and international research grants.Another attractive feature of the department is its small class size.This allows students to interact frequently and effectively with instructors both within and outside of class. It also permits instructors to easily identify students in need of additional assistance, and to supply such assistance.

The Biology Departmentís teaching and research facilities are modern and well equipped.Special facilities and equipment that are available for student use include a computer laboratory, a tissue culture laboratory, controlled temperature rooms, a vivarium,a greenhouse and a 20-acre nature preserve.In addition to on-campus facilities, students may study marine biology and desert biology through the use of facilities available in the Southern California Ocean Studies Consortium and the Desert Studies Consortium.Excellent computer and library facilities also are available.

Since the Biology faculty maintains several diverse research programs that are well supported with public and private funds, the department can provide both undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to actively participate in research.Biology students have been successful, not only in conducting research, but in presenting reports at scientific meetings, publishing their findings and in receiving national recognition for the high quality of their work.

 

Academic Advisement

The Biology Department requires that each semester prior to or during registration, students meet with their biology advisor to review their progress, select new courses, update their advisement file (departmental files are maintained for all majors and graduate students), and to discuss any special problems they may have encountered.

 

Preparation

Students who plan to enter the biology program directly from high school should prepare by completing four years of English, including composition; algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus if available; and at least one year each of biology, chemistry and physics.

Students transferring from a community college should have completed one semester of calculus or, if not taken in high school, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and one year each of introductory chemistry and biology designed for the transfer major.

 

Career Possibilities

A student in the Biology Department will be prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities, depending on the curricular program chosen.An undergraduate major may choose either the General Option or the Microbiology Option.The General Option can fulfill the major entrance requirements for professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry and medical technology, or prepare the student for further graduate study in biology.Biology graduates from CSU Dominguez Hills have competed successfully for admission to professional and graduate schools in California and elsewhere. Students also may use the General Option to prepare for careers in teaching, research, government, academia or the biotechnology industry.

Students may prepare for a career in teaching science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential.As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in science have changed recently, interested students should consult the departmentally designated advisor for current information.

The Microbiology Option provides training in microbiology, medical microbiology, immunology and related courses (virology, mycology and parasitology) for students interested in a career in applied biology, biomedical research or allied fields.

The Master of Science program in Biology will provide students with an in-depth background suitable for pursuing a career in teaching and/or in biomedical research, or in a related field such as public health, psychology and human services.Students may develop a program of courses and research that is tailor-made to their individual needs within the areas of expertise of their advising faculty.The graduate program also can establish a strong foundation for professional training in medicine, dentistry, paramedical areas and Ph.D. programs.

 

Pre-Medical Professions Training in Biology

Students who wish to satisfy the entrance requirements of professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other medical areas usually choose to major either in chemistry or biology.Students majoring in biology and seeking admission to a medical school in California should complete the requirements for the Biology Degree and take the following courses:

CHE 310.††††††† Organic Chemistry I (4) and

CHE 311.††††††† Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 312.††††††† Organic Chemistry II (3) and

CHE 313.††††††† Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

Also recommended are the following courses which are suggested by many medical schools:

BIO 314.†††††††† Embryology (4)

CHE 230.††††††† Quantitative Analysis (4)

CHE 450.††††††† Biochemistry I (4)

CHE 451.††††††† Biochemistry Lab I (1)

The following courses are not usually required for inclusion in premedical programs of study, but it is recommended that students consider them when planning their academic program. Many former students have found them to be a valuable preview of courses that must be taken in medical school.

BIO 422.†††† Histology (4)

BIO 453.†††† Endocrinology (3)

BIO 483.†††† Human Physiology (3)

 

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Biology provided the following criteria are satisfied:

1.†† A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.†† A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used
to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.†† Recommendation by the Biology Department faculty.

Students who achieve Honors in Biology will have the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Student completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.

 

Major Requirements (61-64 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

All biology courses applied to the B.A. in Biology must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.

A.Prerequisite Courses(39 units)

BIO 120.†††††† Principles of Biology I (4)

BIO 122.†††††† Principles of Biology II (4)

BIO 230.†††††† Evolution (3)

CHE 110.††††† General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112.††††† General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 316.††††† Survey of Organic Chemistry(3) and

CHE 317.††††† Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory(1)

CSC 101.††††† Introducation to Computer Education (3)

MAT 131.††† Elementary Statistics & Probability (3)

PHY 120.††††† Elements of Physics I (4)

PHY 122.††††† Elements of Physics II (4)

B.Core Upper Division Requirements (9 units)

BIO 320.†††††† Cell Biology (3)

BIO 340.†††††† Genetics (3)

BIO 342.†††††† Cell and Genetics Laboratory (1)

BIO 490.†††††† Senior Project (2)

C.Additional Upper Division Requirements (13-16 units)

1.†† Select one course from the following (4 units):

BIO 310.†††† Plant Physiology (4)

BIO 312.†††† Animal Physiology (4)

BIO 324.†††† Microbiology (4)

2.†† Select three additional upper division biology courses (9-12 units).

 

Bachelor of Science in Biology

 

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of
132 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

 

Major Requirements (76-83 units)

Students must select one of the options listed.The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

All biology courses applied to the B.S. in Biology must be passed with a grade of ďC-Ē or better.

 

A.Prerequisite Courses (49-51 units)

BIO 120.†††††† Principles of Biology I (4)

BIO 122.†††††† Principles of Biology II (4)

BIO 230.†††††† Evolution (3)

CHE 110.††††† General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112.††††† General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 310.††††† Organic Chemistry (4) and

CHE 311.††††† Organic Chemistry Lab (1)

CHE 312.††††† Organic Chemistry II (3) and

CHE 313.††††† Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

CSC 101.††††† Introduction to Computer Education (3)

MAT 131.††† Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

MAT 171.††† Survey of Calculus I (4) or

MAT 191.††† Calculus I (5)

PHY 120.††††† Elements of Physics I (4) and

PHY 122.††††† Elements of Physics II (4) or

PHY 130.†††† General Physics I (5) and

PHY 132.†††† General Physics II (5)

B.Common Core Requirements(9 units)

BIO 320.†††††† Cell Biology (3)

BIO 340.†††††† Genetics (3)

BIO 342.†††††† Cell and Genetics Laboratory (1)

BIO 490.†††††† Senior Project (2)

 

General Biology Option (77-79 units)

A.Prerequisite Courses (48-50 units)

B.Common Core Requirements (9 units)

C.Additional Upper Division Requirements (20 units)

1.†† Select one course from the following (4 units):

BIO 310.†††††††† Plant Physiology (4)

BIO 312.†††††††† Animal Physiology (4)

BIO 324.†††††††† Microbiology (4)

 

2.†† Select a minimum of 16 units

††††† Students must complete at least 16 units of upper division biology and chemistry courses.By taking CHE450 and CHE 451, and either CHE 452 and CHE 453 or CHE 456 or CHE 458, students may complete the equivalent of an organic/biochemistry minor within the biology major.For students planning to attend professional school, CHE 450 and CHE 451, in particular, are strongly recommended.Note that CHE 230 is a prerequisite for CHE 450 and CHE 451.

 

Microbiology Option (81-83 units)

A.Prerequisite Courses (48-50 units)

B.Common Core Requirements (9 units)

C.Required Upper Division Courses(12 units)

BIO 324.†††††† Microbiology (4)

BIO 425.†††††† Medical Bacteriology (4)

BIO 426.†††††† Immunology (4)

D.Electives: Select a minimum of 13 units from the following:

BIO 420.†††††† Histotechnique (4)

BIO 421.†††††† Molecular Biology (3)

BIO 422.†††††† Histology (4)

BIO 428.†††††† Virology (3)

BIO 458.†††††† Human Parasitology (4)

CHE 450.††††† Biochemistry I (4) and

CHE 451.††††† Biochemistry Laboratory I (1) or

CHE 456.††† Clinical Chemistry (3)

 

NOTE:As with the General Option, students may complete the equivalent of an organic/biochemistry minor by taking CHE 450 and CHE 451; and either CHE 452 and CHE 453; or CHE 456 or CHE 458.

 

 

Minor in Biology (19-21 units)

The Biology Minor requires 19-21 units: 7-9 units are lower division requirements, which may also be used, where allowed, to satisfy General Education requirements; 12 units of upper division biology courses are required.

 

A.Lower Division Required Courses(7-9 units)

BIO 102.†††††† General Biology (3) and

BIO 103.†††††† General Biology Laboratory (1)or

BIO 120.††††† Principles of Biology I (4)

CHE 102.††††† Chemistry for the Citizen (3) or

CHE 110.††† General Chemistry I (5)

 

B.Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

††††† Select any 12 units of upper division biology courses;BIO 250 or BIO 254 may be included in the 12 units.At least three courses, or nine of the 12 units required must be upper division and at least six units must be taken in residence.No more than three units may be from BIO 394, Independent Study.

††††† Students who have not taken BIO 120 and CHE 110 should choose from the list below:

BIO 250.†††††† Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3) or

BIO 254.††††† Human Biology (3)

BIO 336.†††††† Environmental Biology (3)

BIO 346.†††††† Human Heredity (3)

BIO 370.†††††† Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3)

BIO 374.†††††† Drug Abuse (3)

BIO 380.†††††† Biology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)

BIO 386.†††††† Human Aging (3)

BIO 395.†††††† Special Topics in Biology (2,3)

 

††††† Students who have taken BIO 120, CHE 110 and additional biology and chemistry courses may select from the list above and any 300 and 400 level biology courses for which they have met the prerequisites.

 

Minor in Microbiology (43-46 units)

The Microbiology Minor requires 43-46 units: 18 units are lower division courses, which also may be used, where allowed, to satisfy General Education requirements; 25-28 units of upper division biology and chemistry courses are required.

A.Lower Division Required Courses(18 units)

BIO 120.†††††† Principles of Biology I (4)

BIO 122.†††††† Principles of Biology II (4)

CHE 110.††††† General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112.††††† General Chemistry II (5)

 

B.Upper Division Requirements (25-28 units)

1.†† Required Courses(18-20 units)

BIO 320.†††††††† Cell Biology (3) or

CHE 450.††††† Biochemistry I (4) and

CHE 451.††††† Biochemistry Lab I (1)

BIO 324.†††††††† Microbiology (4)

BIO 426.†††††††† Immunology (4)

BIO 428.†††††††† Virology (3)

CHE 316.††††††† Survey of Organic Chemistry(3) and

CHE 317.††††††† Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory(1) or

CHE 310.††††† Organic Chemistry I (4) and

CHE 311.††††† Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

2.†† Select two courses from the following(8 units):

BIO 310.†††††††† Plant Physiology (4)

BIO 425.†††††††† Medical Bacteriology (4)

BIO 458.†††††††† Human Parasitology (4)

CHE 452.††††††† Biochemistry II (4)

 

 

Single Subject Waiver Program in Life Science

The Single Subject Waiver Program is no longer recognized by the State of California Credentialling Committee.A Subject Matter Preparation Program in Integrated Sciences with a concentration in Life Science is currently being developed.Interested students should contact the departmentally designated advisor for current information.

 

 

Master of Science in Biology

About the Master's Program

The Masterís Program in Biology is a two-year program in which a student must complete a required core of courses and additional elective courses. The academic program is expected to culminate in a thesis.During the first semester of the program, the student should choose a major advisor who will assist him or her in the choice of elective courses.The major advisor will chair the student's advisory committee for the thesis.Two additional members of the student's graduate advisory committee will need to be selected.

The graduate program can provide a strong background for future study in a doctoral program.It also provides graduate training as preparation for professional studies in medicine, dentistry or other health science fields.Students with a master's degree in biology are also prepared for a career in teaching and/or research.

Many graduate classes are scheduled to accommodate late afternoon and evening students.

 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission as a classified graduate student are a bachelorís degree in biology or a related field with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the last 60 upper division semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work, completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) at the graduate level and completion of courses equivalent to the CSU Dominguez Hills' degree in biology.Specifically, a student must have completed an upper division course in each of the subject areas listed below with a grade of "B" or better.

Subject Area††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CSUDH Course Equivalent

Cell Biology††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BIO 320

Genetics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BIO 340

Experimental Laboratory††††††††††††††††† BIO 342

Animal or Human Physiology††††††††† BIO 312 or BIO 483

Evolution or Ecology††††††††††††††††††††††† BIO 230 or BIO 332

Statistics†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MAT 131 or equivalent

†††† Students who do not satisfy all these requirements may be admitted as a second baccalaureate student while they complete therequirements.Students who meet all but one requirement may be admitted as a conditionally classified graduate student at the discretionof the Biology Graduate Committee.They must meet any conditions by the end of the first semester in that status.

Final decision on admission to the graduate program is made by the Biology Graduate Committee.

 

Admission Procedures

Prospective graduate students must:

1.†† Submit an application to the University for admission (or readmission) with graduate standing, and official transcripts of all previous college work following the procedures outlined in the Admissions section of the University Catalog.

2.†† Submit to the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator:

a.†† a second set of official transcripts;

b.†† a letter to the department describing interests, goals andexpectations in pursuing the master's degree in biology;

c.†† three letters of recommendation sent directly from individuals who can evaluate potential for graduate study;

d.†† verification of completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) either by passing the Graduation Writing Examination (GWE) with a grade of†† eight or better or passing an approved course with a grade of"B" or better, before the student has completed 9 semester units.

 

Degree Requirements (30 units)

The Master of Science Degree in Biology requires completion of 30 units, at least 15 of which must be graduate (500-level) courses in biology.

A.Required Courses (19 units)

BIO 421.†††††† Molecular Biology (3) or

BIO 440.††††† Molecular Genetics (3)

BIO 501.†††††† Biological Literature (3)

BIO 502.†††††† Biostatistics (3)

BIO 503.†††††† Biological Instrumentation (3)

BIO 520.†††††† Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology (3)

BIO 590.†††††† Graduate Seminar (2,2)

 

B.Electives (11 units)

Select from the following:

1.†† Other graduate (500 level) courses in biology.A required course indicated as being repeatable may be used both as a required course and as an elective.

2.†† Upper division (400 level) courses in biology.

 

3.†† BIO 597.†††† ††† Directed Reading (1-3)

BIO 598.†††††††† Directed Research (1-3)

BIO 599.†††††††† Thesis (1-4)

 

NOTE:Students completinga thesis may count a maximum of nine units of BIO 597, BIO 598 and BIO 599.However, no more than six units of BIO 599 may be applied to the degree.

 

4.†† Any of the following courses:

CHE 320.††††††† Physical Chemistry I (5)

CHE 450.††††††† Biochemistry I (4)

CHE 451.††††††† Biochemistry Laboratory I (1)

CHE 452.††††††† Biochemistry II (4)

CHE 453.††††††† Biochemistry Laboratory II (2)

 

Students must take all courses within five years of the date of graduation.If approved by the Graduate Committee and the Graduate Dean, a student may revalidate a limited number of courses.However, under no circumstances can a course taken more than seven years before graduation be revalidated and counted in the program.

Grades

An overall "B" average is requiredin courses in the student's program and all courses must be passed with a grade of "B-" or above.

 

C.Thesis

Each student should select a major advisor to guide them in their program.The student and the major advisor will select two more faculty to serve as the studentís graduate committee.At least two of the committee, including the chair, must be full-time faculty from the CSUDH biology department.When additional expertise is required, the third member may be a faculty member from another department, or other academic institution.

The thesis is appropriate for all students and a necessity for those who plan a career in research and plan to continue to a doctoral program.The student and his or her major advisor will prepare a one or two page hypothesis-based proposal of the thesis research along with the time line of no more than two years to completion. This proposal is also to be approved by the two other members of the studentís thesis committee and submitted to the Biology Graduate Committee for review and approval.

Upon the completion and acceptance of the thesis, the student and his or her advisor will arrange for an oral defense of the thesis. This ordinarily takes the form of a seminar to which the faculty, students and public are invited to attend.

D.Continuing Student Status

Students must maintain continuous enrollment throughout their time in the graduate program.Students who miss a semester will have to reapply to the university and to the program.

Students who have completed their course work and are working on their thesis may enroll in BIO 600 Graduate Continuation Course (0 units) to maintain continuous attendance.Students must be enrolled the semester they graduate.

E.†† Biology Graduate Program Policy on Revalidation of Outdated Course Work

The Biology Department requires that all course work taken in the master's degree program be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of graduation.

Revalidation of outdated course work may be requested from the University Graduate Studies Office through the Biology Graduate Coordinator.Outdated course work means courses that were completed earlier than five years, and no more than seven years, immediately preceding the date of graduation.The request must be accompanied by a petition from the Biology Graduate Program committee that verifies that the student has done one of the following:

1.†† repeated the course and passed it with a grade of "B"
or better;

2.†† taken the exams and completed the assignments of the course as it is currently offered and earned a grade of "B"
or better;

3.†† taken and passed a special section of the written comprehensive which covers the course contents.

The choice of the revalidation method is at the discretion of the Biology Graduate Committee.

F.†† Classified Standing

If a student has been admitted as conditionally classified, he or she must fulfill the conditions for classified standing by the end of the first semester after admission.The student must submit an application for classified standing to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will forward the request to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. To receive classified standing, the student must have:

1.†† completed all prerequisite courses and requirements including the GWAR;

2.†† a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses taken at CSUDH and received a grade of B- or better in all courses.

G.Advancement to Candidacy

An application for advancement to candidacy is submitted when the student has completed most of the course work and is completing the thesis.Application is made through the Biology Graduate Coordinator and must be done before the student can complete the thesis.This application will list the student's program of courses and other requirements which must be completed for the degree.

The student should have:

1.†† classified standing;

2.†† completed all required courses;

3.†† taken the GRE by the semester he/she applies for graduation;

4.†† maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses taken in the graduate program; and received a grade of B- or better in all courses;

5.†† approval of his or her thesis proposal by the graduate advisor and committee.

The Graduate Program Coordinator sends the advancement to candidacy form to the College Dean and Graduate Dean who forwards it to the graduation unit of the Registrar's Office.It is used for the degree check after the student has submitted an Application for Graduation form to the Office of the Registrar.

H.Masterís Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the masterís degree.Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled ďRequirements for the Master's Degree."

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Lower Division

 

BIO 102††† General Biology (3).

Representative topics in modern biology, emphasizing the present state of knowledge and the major means whereby this knowledge is being expanded.

BIO 103††† General Biology Laboratory (1).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).

Laboratory work and demonstrations in representative areas of modern biology.Emphasizes scientific methodology.Three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 120††† Principles of Biology I (4).

Prerequisite:CHE 110 or concurrent enrollment.

Introduction to basic biological concepts including structure, organization and function of life at the cellular and molecular levels and the biology of monerans and plants in terms of their structure and function.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 122††† Principles of Biology II (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 120, CHE 112 or concurrent enrollment.

Evolution, life histories, anatomy and physiology of major classes of protozoa, invertebrates and vertebrates.Low-tide field trip required.Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.

BIO 195††† Selected Topics in Biology (2,3).

Introductory course of special interest in Biology for entry level students.Topic and content will vary as announced.Two to three hours of lecture per week.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 230††† Evolution (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 122.

Genetic and ecological factors affecting evolution, microevolution and macroevolution, classification systems.

BIO 250††† Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology††† (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent.

Basic principles of anatomical structure and physiological processes of human organ systems.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 251††† Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1).

Prerequisite: BIO 250 or concurrent enrollment.

Laboratory work and demonstration in the anatomical structure and processes occurring in man.Not open for credit toward the Biology major. Three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 254††† Human Biology (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent.

Biological aspects of humans with emphasis on structure and function of organ systems. Additional topics may include human origins, diseases, and health aspects of human genetics and the environment.Not open for credit towards the Biology major.

 

Upper Division

 

BIO 310††† Plant Physiology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; BIO 230 recommended.

An introduction to cell metabolism in plants.Topics include photosynthesis, respiration, amino acid synthesis and lipid metabolism.Physiology of plants, including hormones, photoperiodism and circadian rhythms, will also be covered.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 312††† Animal Physiology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; BIO 230 recommended.

Introduction to comparative animal physiology with emphasis on the vertebrates.Topics include gas exchange, circulatory function, digestion temperature regulation, metabolism, osmoregulation and excretion.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 314††† Embryology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; BIO 230 recommended.

Development of animals from gametogenesis through organogenesis.Organismic approach to vertebrate embryonic development with emphasis on chick and selected comparison to frog and mammals.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 320††† Cell Biology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; CHE 310 & CHE 311 or CHE 316 & CHE 317.

Structure and function of eukaryotic cells with emphasis on the role of organic macromolecules, mechanisms of energy metabolism, DNA and protein synthesis, protein sorting, endo- and exocytosis, cell signaling, cytoskeletal elements, biotechnology and cell research techniques.

BIO 324††† Microbiology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; CHE 310 & CHE 311 or CHE 316 & CHE 317 recommended.

The morphology, physiology, genetics and classification of microorganisms; applied aspects of microbiology.Basic bacteriological techniques included in the laboratory.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 332††† Ecology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; BIO 230 recommended.

Concepts in ecology including energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, community structure, succession, and population growth and interaction.Sampling techniques and use of ecological instrumentation learned in laboratory.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 336††† Environmental Biology (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or BIO 122.

Principles of ecology applied to contemporary environmental problems. Emphasis is placed upon human impact in Southern California.One day (18 hour) field trip is required.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 340††† Genetics (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; CHE 310 & CHE 311 or CHE 316 and CHE 317 recommended.

Principles of heredity, gene expression at the molecular and organismic levels, variation and mutation.

BIO 342††† Cell and GeneticsLaboratory (1).

Prerequisite:BIO 320 or BIO 340.

An introduction to modern techniques of biological research on cell biomolecules and genetics, with emphasis on microscopy, protein isolation and characterization, enzyme activity, electrophoresis of biomolecules, transformation and PCR.Three hours of laboratory per week.Fee required.

BIO 346††† Human Heredity (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent.

Introduction to human genetics, including human reproduction.Mendelian inheritance, chemical basis of gene action, mutation, and eugenics. Not open for credit toward the Biology major or to students with credit in BIO 340.

BIO 360††† Marine Biology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 122; BIO 230 recommended.

Introduction to the biology of marine life; general descriptions of the marine environments, their inhabitants and ecology; emphasis on the plants and animals of the Southern California seashores. Two hours lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 370††† Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent.

Biological structure and function as it relates to human behavior.Emphasis on the structure of the central and peripheral nervous systems, sensory systems, neurotransmission, endocrine system and hormones, genetic influences, neuropharmacology and the impact of disease on human behavior. Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 374††† Drug Abuse (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or equivalent.

Introduction to the problem of drug abuse.The action of commonly abused drugs on the human nervous system will be examined including the physiological and behavioral effects which are produced.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 380††† Biology of Childhood and Adolescence (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 250 or BIO 254.

The physiology of growth and development through the second decade of life; reproductive maturation and the hormonal regulation of puberty; common illnesses, growth disorders and health hazards, including a brief introduction to venereal diseases and drug abuse.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 386††† Human Aging (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 250 or BIO 254.

The effects of aging on the structure and physiology of the human body and the effects of drugs used in the treatment of the elderly.Not open for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 394††† Independent Study(1,2).

Prerequisite: BIO 122.

Advanced library, field or laboratory work.A contract must be signed by the student and supervising faculty. Credit in this course is contingent upon completion of a written report of work accomplished. Not more than three units may be applied toward the Biology major or minor.Repeatable course.

BIO 395††† Special Topics in Biology (2,3).

Prerequisites: BIO 102 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

Courses of special interest in Biology for students not majoring in the field. Topic and content will vary as announced. Not openfor credit toward the Biology major.Repeatable course.Two or three hours of lecture per week.

BIO 420††† Histotechnique (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 122.

Preparation of tissues for microscopic study, methods of fixation and infiltration with emphasis on paraffin embedding and staining. Two hours of lecture and six hours ††††††††† of laboratory per week.

BIO 421††† Molecular Biology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 320, BIO 340 and BIO 342.

Recombinant DNA techniques used in the study of genome organization and gene structure, expression and regulation; emphasis on eukaryotic cells.One hour of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 422††† Histology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 250 or BIO 312, and CHE 310 or CHE 316.

Microscopic study of the structure and function of cells and tissues and their integration into organs.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratoryper week.

BIO 425††† Medical Bacteriology (4).

Prerequisites: BIO 324, CHE 310 and CHE 311 or CHE 316 and CHE 317.

Characteristics of bacterial agents in human disease emphasizing host-parasite relationships, epidemiology and infection control, laboratory methods for detection, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 426††† Immunology (4).

Prerequisite: BIO 320 or BIO 340;BIO 342 recommended.

Principles of immunology. Emphasis on the cellular and molecular nature of antigens and immunoglobulins; immunobiology; laboratory immunoassays. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 428††† Virology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 324 and CHE 310 and CHE 311 or CHE 316 and CHE 317; BIO 425 recommended.

The anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pathogenesis of bacterial and animal viruses emphasizing virus diseases of humans. Topics include structure, classification, theory and practical aspects of growth, purification and identification, host-virus interactions, tumor viruses and antiviral agents.

BIO 430Comparative Biology:A Phylogenetic Approach
(3).

Prerequisites:BIO 230 and BIO 340; BIO 332 is recommended.

Strategies for rigorous comparisons of different species:Permissions (legal), collection, identification (diagnosis), taxonomy, maintenance-alive and preserved, character state description, phylogenetic analysis and biogeography.Two hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.

BIO 440††† Molecular Genetics(3).

Prerequisites:BIO 320 and BIO 340.

Genome structure in relation to control of gene expression in prokaryotic and eucaryotic cells; interplay between genes and regulatory reactions that control development.Topics include antibody diversity, neoplastic transformation by oncogenes, and pattern formation.

BIO 442††† Human Genetics (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 320 and BIO 340.BIO 440 recommended.

Principles of human genetics including cytogenetics, Mendelian inheritance, pedigree construction, complex patterns of inheritance, biochemical defects, gene mapping, hemoglobinopathies, molecular genetics, prenatal diagnosis and gene therapy.

BIO 453††† Endocrinology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 312 and BIO 320.

The role of endocrine glands and tissues in metabolic regulation, environmental adjustment, reproduction, and development of vertebrates, with emphasis on mammals.

BIO 458††† Human Parasitology (4).

Prerequisite: BIO 122.

Physiological aspects of parasites in man, their symbiotic host and parasite relationships and clinical diagnostic techniques. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 483††† Human Physiology (4).

Prerequisite: BIO 312 or BIO 320.

Advanced lecture and discussion of the functional activities occurring in the human organ systems.

BIO 490††† Senior Project (2).

Prerequisites: Senior standing; completion of lower division general education courses, GWAR, statistics, and required courses in the biology major.

Application and assessment of previously learned material in courses required in biology and general education.Activities such as the design and conduct of an experiment requiring statistical analysis, resume writing, oral presentations on career choices, and critiques of classmates presentations. One hour of seminar and two of activity per week.

BIO 491††† Seminar in Biomedical Research (1).

Prerequisite: CHE 110, CHE 112, BIO 120, BIO 122, CHE 310, CHE 311 or permission of professor.

Current topics in biomedical research presented by CSUDH faculty and prominent scientists from throughout the country.CR/NC grading.Repeatable for up to 2 units.

BIO 495††† Selected Topics in Biology (2,3).

Prerequisite: BIO 122.

Advanced course of special interest for students majoring in Biology. May include laboratory exercises. Topic and content will vary as announced. Repeatable course.Two to three hours of lecture per week.

Graduate

Graduate standing in the biology program is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500) level courses.

BIO 501††† Biological Literature (3).

Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Requirement (GWAR).

Standard forms of presentation of scientific research, including research articles, review papers, abstracts, poster and oral presentations.Sources of biological literature and contemporary literature search skills as well as data presentation formats and technical writing conventions will be addressed.

BIO 502††† Biostatistics (3).

Prerequisite: MAT 131 or equivalent.

Application of statistical analyses to biological research with emphasis on experimental design. Analysis of variance, regression and correlation will be the primary topics. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 503††† Biological Instrumentation (3).

Introduction to the operation and application of common instruments used in biological research.Emphasis on those instruments available for graduate research.Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

BIO 520††† Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology (3).

Prerequisite: BIO 421 or BIO 440.

Current developments in the structure and function of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells. Three hours of lecture per week.Repeatable for credit in biology masterís program for up to six units.

BIO 590††† Graduate Seminar (2).

Presentation and discussion of selected topics in Biological Science. A minimum of two and a maximum of four units may be applied toward the biology masterís degree.†† The repeated courses must be taught by different instructors or must be on different topics.Two hours of seminar per week.

BIO 595††† Graduate Selected Topics in Biology (2-3).

Advanced course of special interest to graduate students in Biology.Topic and content will vary as announced.Repeatable course.Two to three hours of lecture per week.

BIO 597††† Directed Reading (1-3) FS.

Library research on a specific subject in biology. Topic for study to be approved and directed by instructor.Can be used to prepare for the comprehensive examinations or to formulate a research problem prior to enrollment in BIO 598 or BIO 599.†† A maximum of three units may be applied toward the masterís degree.Repeatable course.

BIO 598††† Directed Research (1-3) FS.

Laboratory research on a specific subject in biology. Topic of research to be approved and directed by an instructor. A maximum of three units may be applied toward themasterís degree.Repeatable course.

BIO 599††† Thesis (1-4) FS.

Laboratory research and writing of thesis for the masterís degree. Topic of research to be approved by graduate advisor.A maximum of 9 units of BIO 597, 598 and 599 combined may be applied toward the masterís degree.Open only to thesis option graduate students.Repeatable course.††

BIO 600††† Graduate Continuation Course (0) FS.

Graduate students who have completed their course work but not their thesis, project, or comprehensive examinations, or who have ††††††††††† other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.

 

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled only on a "demand" basis.Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

 

BIO 412††† Comparative Vertebrate Biology (4) S-EOY.

Prerequisites: BIO 230 and BIO 312.

Vertebrate evolution, classification and ecology and adaptive morphology will be investigated through observations of behavior, study of fossils, and comparative anatomy dissections.Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.Several field trips, including one or more weekend trips required.

BIO 423††† Cell Fine Structure (3) F-EOY.

Prerequisite: BIO 320 or BIO 422.

Structure and function of eucaryotic sub-cellular constituents at the light and electron microscopic and biochemical level.

BIO 427††† Clinical Mycology (3).

Prerequisites: BIO 324; BIO 425 recommended.

Comparative morphology, physiology and pathogenicity of medically important fungi. Laboratory methods for identification emphasize interpretation and evaluation of results including the recognition of contaminating or opportunistic organisms. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

BIO 523††† Electron Microscopy(3)

Prerequisite:BIO 421.

Theory and use of the electron microscopy preparation of tissue and photographic techniques.One hour of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.