Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is the study of all living things-how they reproduce, grow, and evolve and how they relate to each other and to their environment. Students develop an understanding of scientific facts and principles relating to life and life processes from molecules to ecosystems.

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Biology)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

  • BIOL 130 General Ecology
    This lab science course studies the interrelationships of organisms with their environment. This course is intended for either science or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through an understanding of general ecological principles contemporary problems such as pollution, endangered species, energy shortages, and over-population are addressed. Field trips and lab exercises support lecture discussions. Formerly BIO 130. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 150 Applied Equine Biology
    This non-lab course is focused on the structure and function of the horse and is intended for students in the farrier program or other interested students. Topics include units on the skeletal, muscular, digestive, and reproductive systems of the horse as well as nutrition, health care, emergency aid, and disease prevention. Formerly BIOL 170. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 161 Human Genetics
    Introduction to genetics with an emphasis on the impact of genetics on individuals, families and society. Topics include cell division, stem cells, meiosis and reproduction, Mendelian inheritance, multi factorial traits and diseases, DNA structure, gene expression & analytics, epigenetics, human genetic variation, mutations, chromosomal abnormalities, cancer, genetic and identity testing, human ancestry, PCR, recombinant DNA, gene therapy and genomics. Prerequisite: English 087 or placement in a higher English level. This is a non-lab course.
  • BIOL 180 Introduction to Conservation
    This is an introductory, non-lab science course designed for interested students in fulfillment o f the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics include: the history, philosophical paradigms, central concepts, techniques, and challenges of conserving major natural resources in varied social, economic, and political contexts. A brief introduction of ecology and environmental biology will serve as the foundation for discussion of conservation concepts. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 199 Special Topics
    Special Topics in biology is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics.
  • BIOL 205 Introduction to Animal Behavior
    This lab science course will study the behavior and social organization of a variety of animal groups ranging from insects to primates and is intended for the interested student in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the analysis of general principles of behavior modes and observation of animal behavior in the field and laboratory. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 221 Systematic Botany (Plant Identification)
    This course is an introduction to plant identification with emphasis on plants native to Eastern Washington. It is intended for either science or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics will include: techniques of collection, preservation, mounting, and flora identification through use of plant identification keys. This course will provide an introduction to basic botany principles related to the structure and function of a typical flowering plant. Formerly BIO 221. Prerequisite: BIOL& 100 or 211, or AGPR 113, 114 or AGRI 215. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 265 Introduction to Immunology
    This non-lab course is a brief introduction to innate and acquired immunity, with particular focus on the essential concepts of the development, applications, and disorders of the specific immune system. Topics include: antibody mediated immunity, cell mediated immunity, vaccination, immune deficiency diseases, autoimmunity, and allergy. Formerly BIO 265. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 260 or BIOL& 252, or concurrent enrollment in the WWCC Nursing Program.
  • BIOL 299 Special Topics
    Special Topics in biology is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics. Instructor permission required.
  • BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology
    This lab science course was developed around central themes in contemporary biology and emphasizes ecology, genetics, evolution and the diversity of life. This course is primarily intended for undecided or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through units on cells, plants, and animals the characteristics of living organisms and basic life processes will be illustrated. Topics will include discussions of recent advances in biology and the problems incurred. Formerly BIO 110, Survey of Biology. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 160 General Biology w/Lab
    This is an intensive course designed as a prerequisite for BIOL& 251 and BIOL& 260, and is intended specifically for students pursuing careers in Nursing or other Allied Health fields. Topics include cell chemistry, structure, metabolism, energetics, cell division, and genetic principles, and the basics of DNA technology. This course does not satisfy the prerequisite for BIOL& 212 or BIOL& 213. Formerly BIO 151, Cell Biology. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology
    This non-lab course is a survey of all of the systems in the human body and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics will provide a general overview of the structure (anatomy), organization and functions (physiology) of the human body and will investigate the range of human organization from molecules to cells to organs to organ systems to the organism as a whole. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score of grade C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.
  • BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab
    This lab science course will provide the student with sufficient background to make informed decision relating to the biological aspects of the human body. This course is designed primarily for the non-science major in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the evolution, ecology, and nutrition of cells. Additional topics include the functioning of cells, tissues, and the major organ systems of the human body. This course does not fulfill the requirements for the Nursing program. Formerly BIO 120, Bio of the Human Organism. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular
    This course is the first of a three quarter sequence intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory cell biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: an emphasis on cellular chemistry, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure and function, metabolism, energetics, cell growth, Mendelian and molecular genetics. Students preparing for Allied Health programs are advised to take BIOL& 160. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in High School Chemistry (1 year) or CHEM& 110 or higher and appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 212 Majors Animal
    This course is the second of a three quarter sequence of biology courses intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory animal biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: the general structure and classification of animals followed by a more detailed treatment of the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of each of the invertebrate and vertebrate phyla. Lectures are supported by dissections, experiments, and field trips. Formerly BIO 153, General Zoology I. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211.
  • BIOL& 213 Majors Plant
    This course is the third of a three quarter sequence of biology courses intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory plant biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: an introduction to the basic structure and function of stems, roots, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds, growth, hormones, plant movements, photosynthesis, genetics, plant breeding, plant taxonomy and a survey of the kingdoms Protista, Fungi, and Plantae. Formerly BIO 152, General Botany. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211.
  • BIOL& 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    This course is the first of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) lab science requirements. Topics include: introduction to the human body, histology and an examination of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, model study and microscopy. Formerly BIO 210, Anatomy & Physiology I. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 160 or 211.
  • BIOL& 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    This course is the second of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of the human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related)program lab science requirements; however, it may be used in order to fulfill general education lab science requirements. Topics include an examination of the following systems: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and urinary. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, study of models, and microscopy. Formerly BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology II. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 251. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 253 allowed with instructor permission.
  • BIOL& 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology III
    This course is the third of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of the human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements; however, it may be used in order to fulfill general education lab science requirements. Topics include an examination of the following: reproductive system, embryology, the special senses, lymphatic and immune systems, metabolism, and fluids and electrolyte balance. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, study of models, and microscopy. Formerly BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology III. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 251. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 252 allowed with instructor permission.
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology
    This course involves the study of the general biology of microorganisms. While this course is primarily intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors, it may also be used in fulfillment of a general education lab science requirement. Topics include the classification, morphology, and physiology of microorganisms emphasizing the importance of microorganisms causing infectious diseases. Lab work focuses on the culturing and characterization of microorganisms. Formerly BIO 230, Microbiology. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 160 or 211 or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.

Degrees

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Biology)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

Courses

  • BIOL 130 General Ecology
    This lab science course studies the interrelationships of organisms with their environment. This course is intended for either science or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through an understanding of general ecological principles contemporary problems such as pollution, endangered species, energy shortages, and over-population are addressed. Field trips and lab exercises support lecture discussions. Formerly BIO 130. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 150 Applied Equine Biology
    This non-lab course is focused on the structure and function of the horse and is intended for students in the farrier program or other interested students. Topics include units on the skeletal, muscular, digestive, and reproductive systems of the horse as well as nutrition, health care, emergency aid, and disease prevention. Formerly BIOL 170. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 161 Human Genetics
    Introduction to genetics with an emphasis on the impact of genetics on individuals, families and society. Topics include cell division, stem cells, meiosis and reproduction, Mendelian inheritance, multi factorial traits and diseases, DNA structure, gene expression & analytics, epigenetics, human genetic variation, mutations, chromosomal abnormalities, cancer, genetic and identity testing, human ancestry, PCR, recombinant DNA, gene therapy and genomics. Prerequisite: English 087 or placement in a higher English level. This is a non-lab course.
  • BIOL 180 Introduction to Conservation
    This is an introductory, non-lab science course designed for interested students in fulfillment o f the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics include: the history, philosophical paradigms, central concepts, techniques, and challenges of conserving major natural resources in varied social, economic, and political contexts. A brief introduction of ecology and environmental biology will serve as the foundation for discussion of conservation concepts. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 199 Special Topics
    Special Topics in biology is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics.
  • BIOL 205 Introduction to Animal Behavior
    This lab science course will study the behavior and social organization of a variety of animal groups ranging from insects to primates and is intended for the interested student in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the analysis of general principles of behavior modes and observation of animal behavior in the field and laboratory. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 221 Systematic Botany (Plant Identification)
    This course is an introduction to plant identification with emphasis on plants native to Eastern Washington. It is intended for either science or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics will include: techniques of collection, preservation, mounting, and flora identification through use of plant identification keys. This course will provide an introduction to basic botany principles related to the structure and function of a typical flowering plant. Formerly BIO 221. Prerequisite: BIOL& 100 or 211, or AGPR 113, 114 or AGRI 215. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL 265 Introduction to Immunology
    This non-lab course is a brief introduction to innate and acquired immunity, with particular focus on the essential concepts of the development, applications, and disorders of the specific immune system. Topics include: antibody mediated immunity, cell mediated immunity, vaccination, immune deficiency diseases, autoimmunity, and allergy. Formerly BIO 265. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 260 or BIOL& 252, or concurrent enrollment in the WWCC Nursing Program.
  • BIOL 299 Special Topics
    Special Topics in biology is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics. Instructor permission required.
  • BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology
    This lab science course was developed around central themes in contemporary biology and emphasizes ecology, genetics, evolution and the diversity of life. This course is primarily intended for undecided or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through units on cells, plants, and animals the characteristics of living organisms and basic life processes will be illustrated. Topics will include discussions of recent advances in biology and the problems incurred. Formerly BIO 110, Survey of Biology. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 160 General Biology w/Lab
    This is an intensive course designed as a prerequisite for BIOL& 251 and BIOL& 260, and is intended specifically for students pursuing careers in Nursing or other Allied Health fields. Topics include cell chemistry, structure, metabolism, energetics, cell division, and genetic principles, and the basics of DNA technology. This course does not satisfy the prerequisite for BIOL& 212 or BIOL& 213. Formerly BIO 151, Cell Biology. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology
    This non-lab course is a survey of all of the systems in the human body and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics will provide a general overview of the structure (anatomy), organization and functions (physiology) of the human body and will investigate the range of human organization from molecules to cells to organs to organ systems to the organism as a whole. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score of grade C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.
  • BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab
    This lab science course will provide the student with sufficient background to make informed decision relating to the biological aspects of the human body. This course is designed primarily for the non-science major in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the evolution, ecology, and nutrition of cells. Additional topics include the functioning of cells, tissues, and the major organ systems of the human body. This course does not fulfill the requirements for the Nursing program. Formerly BIO 120, Bio of the Human Organism. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular
    This course is the first of a three quarter sequence intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory cell biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: an emphasis on cellular chemistry, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure and function, metabolism, energetics, cell growth, Mendelian and molecular genetics. Students preparing for Allied Health programs are advised to take BIOL& 160. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in High School Chemistry (1 year) or CHEM& 110 or higher and appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • BIOL& 212 Majors Animal
    This course is the second of a three quarter sequence of biology courses intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory animal biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: the general structure and classification of animals followed by a more detailed treatment of the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of each of the invertebrate and vertebrate phyla. Lectures are supported by dissections, experiments, and field trips. Formerly BIO 153, General Zoology I. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211.
  • BIOL& 213 Majors Plant
    This course is the third of a three quarter sequence of biology courses intended for biology majors and other pre-professional students planning to transfer to a four-year university. It is an introductory plant biology course that can be taken in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) lab science requirements. Topics include: an introduction to the basic structure and function of stems, roots, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds, growth, hormones, plant movements, photosynthesis, genetics, plant breeding, plant taxonomy and a survey of the kingdoms Protista, Fungi, and Plantae. Formerly BIO 152, General Botany. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211.
  • BIOL& 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    This course is the first of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) lab science requirements. Topics include: introduction to the human body, histology and an examination of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, model study and microscopy. Formerly BIO 210, Anatomy & Physiology I. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 160 or 211.
  • BIOL& 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    This course is the second of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of the human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related)program lab science requirements; however, it may be used in order to fulfill general education lab science requirements. Topics include an examination of the following systems: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and urinary. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, study of models, and microscopy. Formerly BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology II. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 251. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 253 allowed with instructor permission.
  • BIOL& 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology III
    This course is the third of a three quarter sequence which studies the structure and function of the human body. This course is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements; however, it may be used in order to fulfill general education lab science requirements. Topics include an examination of the following: reproductive system, embryology, the special senses, lymphatic and immune systems, metabolism, and fluids and electrolyte balance. Laboratory work may include mammalian dissections, study of models, and microscopy. Formerly BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology III. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 251. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 252 allowed with instructor permission.
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology
    This course involves the study of the general biology of microorganisms. While this course is primarily intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors, it may also be used in fulfillment of a general education lab science requirement. Topics include the classification, morphology, and physiology of microorganisms emphasizing the importance of microorganisms causing infectious diseases. Lab work focuses on the culturing and characterization of microorganisms. Formerly BIO 230, Microbiology. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in BIOL& 160 or 211 or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.