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Biology Courses at Centralia College


Biology& 100 Survey of Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Biology& 170 Human Biology (5), lecture.
Biology& 221 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Biology& 222 Introduction to Cellular Biology and Genetics (5), lecture and lab
Biology& 223 Plant and Animal Physiology (5), lecture and lab.
Biology 250 Introduction to Marine Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Biology& 260 Microbiology (5), lecture and lab.

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Biology& 100 Survey of Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Course description: At the end of this course, you should be able to use the scientific method to solve problems; understand the structures and functions of cells and organisms, describe fundamental genetic and evolutionary processes, and investigate the characteristics of life, its history, and biodiversity.
Target audience:  This course is designed primarily to provide non-science students with an overview of key processes in biology;  BIOL& 100 satisfies part of the science distribution requirement.  BIOL& 100 is also an excellent refresher course for students whose grasp of basic biology needs strengthening before enrolling in higher-level biological science courses.
Prerequisites:  None.

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Biology& 170 Human Biology (5), lecture.
Course description: This course studies the structure, organization and functions of humans.  Levels of investigation range from cells to organ systems.  BIOL& 170 also covers the arc of human existence from embryo to old age, human evolution, and ecology.
Target audience:  This course satisfies part of the science distribution requirement.  It is also an excellent refresher/warm up for students who plan to enroll in the Anatomy and Physiology series (Zoology 251 – 253).
Prerequisites:  None.

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Biology& 221 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Course description: This course investigates the ecological and evolutionary factors that govern the diversity of life on Earth. Topics covered include population and community ecology, evolution, taxonomy, and phylogeny, and the diversity of life.
Target audience:  This is the first quarter of a three-quarter sequence in biology.  Students who enroll in this course are generally pursuing an associate degree in biology or have interests in a biology-related or health-related profession at the bachelor's degree level or above.
Prerequisites: High school biology or BIOL& 100 and MATH& 098 or equivalent.

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Biology& 222 Introduction to Cellular Biology and Genetics (5), lecture and lab
Course description: This course investigates the chemical nature of biological compounds, the structure and function of membranes and cells, energy and metabolism within a cell, Mendelian and molecular genetics, and biotechnology.
Target audience: This is the second quarter of a three-quarter sequence in biology.  Students may start the series with either BIOL& 221 or BIOL& 222.  Students who enroll in this course are generally pursuing an associate degree in biology or have interests in a biology-related or health-related profession at the bachelor's degree level or above.
Prerequisites:  High school biology or BIOL& 100; MATH& 098 or equivalent. A college-level chemistry class, preferably CHEM& 161, is highly recommended.

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Biology& 223 Plant and Animal Physiology (5), lecture and lab.
Course description: This course investigates plant and animal comparative anatomy and physiology. Lecture and lab explore the relationships between form and function in biological diversity.
Target audience: This is the third quarter of a three-quarter sequence in biology.  Students who enroll in this course are generally pursuing an associate degree in biology or have interests in a biology-related or health-related profession at the bachelor's degree level or above.
Prerequisites: BIOL& 221 or BIOL& 222 or instructor's permission.

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Biology 250 Introduction to Marine Biology (5), lecture and lab.
Course description: This course is an introduction to the physical and chemical factors affecting marine organisms.  It reviews various marine habitats and the animals and plants that inhabit them.  Biol 250 also examines the impact of human exploitation on marine resources.  During several weekend field trips, students observe marine intertidal habitats and identify characteristic marine life.
Target audience: This course satisfies part of the science distribution requirement.  It is also a nice follow-up to BIOL& 221.
Prerequisites: None.

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Biology& 260 Microbiology (5), lecture and lab.
Course description:  BIOL& 260 explores the principles and techniques of microbiology.  Students will investigate the morphology, physiology, metabolism, and taxonomy of the major microbial taxa.  They will also examine the role of microbes in human disease and epidemiology and review extrinsic and intrinsic processes that restrict or reverse microbial diseases.  BIOL& 260 also examines the importance of microbes in industrial and agricultural settings.  In lab, students will develop skills for culturing, identifying, and manipulating microbes.
Target audience:  This course is especially designed to meet the needs of pre-nursing and pre-dental hygiene students.  It is also a valuable introduction for students interested in pursuing careers in microbiology, molecular biology, or health professions.
Prerequisites: One college level chemistry course (e.g., CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161).

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