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Faculty Contacts:

 

Biology 3A/3B & Biology 10

  • Vered Mirmovitch, PhD
  • mirmow@wlac.edu
  • (310) 287-4316

Biology 6, Biology 7 & Biology 110 

  • Patricia Zuk, PhD
  • zukp@wlac.edu
  • (310) 287-4452

Microbiology 20 

  • Laurimar Escudero, PhD
  • escudel@wlac.edu
  • (310) 287-4271

OFFICE LOCATION & HOURS

(310)287-4450
SSB 311 Near parking lot 5

M & W: 8:30pm - 5pm
T & Th:  8:30pm - 7pm
F: 8:30am - 2pm
Sat/Sun: Closed


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PROGRAMS OFFERED

ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Major Code 0401.00

ASSOCIATE DEGREE - HEALTH SCIENCE MAJORS: Major Code 1260.00.00

ASSOCIATE DEGREE FOR TRANSFER (ADT):

CLASSES: See class schedule & catalog 

DEGREE / CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS: See catalog 

 

LEARN MORE about careers related to Biology.

 

ABOUT BIOLOGY

Biology is the science of life. Biology studies the structure, function, growth and development of living organisms at the physical and chemical level. It also studies the origin, evolution and distribution of these organisms on Earth. Modern biology is a vast field, composed of biochemistry, botany, cellular & molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, anatomy & physiology and zoology. 

The courses offered within the Biology Discipline are listed below. The Science Division offers numerous sections of these courses in both the regular fall and spring semesters. Several Biology courses are offered in the winter and spring semesters as well. Contact the Vice-Chair for more information. 

 

COURSES OFFERED

  • BIOLOGY 3A: Introduction to Biology - 3 Units (lecture)
  • BIOLOGY 3B: Introduction to Biology  - 1 Unit (lab)
  • BIOLOGY 6: General Biology I - 5 Units
  • BIOLOGY 7: General Biology II - 5 Units
  • BIOLOGY 10: Field Biology - 3 Units
  • BIOLOGY 110: Genetic Analysis & Biotechnology - 4 Units
  • MICRO 20: Microbiology - 4 Units

 

DEGREES OFFERED

  • Associate of Arts Degree In Biology (Majors Code 0401.00)
  • Associate of Arts Degree In Biology - Health Science Option (Majors Code (1260.00.00)
  • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) In Biology

 

Transfer students should consult the Counseling Office for major preparation and general education requirements for the particular transfer institution of their choice.

Transfer students who want to also obtain an Associate degree may do so by completing all WLAC general education requirements plus at least 18 units in the major as required by the transfer institution (a total of 60 units for an Associate Degree).

 

Associate in Arts Degree in Biology (40 units, Plan B)

The Associate Degree in Biology is intended for those students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and major in a biological science. This curriculum is generally required of pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary students

Students who wish to obtain an Associate degree in Biology may do so by completing the course requirements listed below PLUS all other WLAC requirements for an Associate degree. 

REQUIRED COURSES

  • BIOLOGY 6 General Biology I (5 units)
  • BIOLOGY 7 General Biology II (5 units)

AND 30 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING THREE GROUPS:

GROUP 1

  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (5 units) AND
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (5 units)

GROUP 2

  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I (5 units)
  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors II (5 units)

GROUP 3

  • MATH 260 Pre-Calculus (5 units)
  • MATH 261 Calculus I (5 units)

 

Associate in Arts Degree in Biology - Health Science Option (21 units, Plan A)

The Health Science option of the Associate in Arts Degree in Biology provides an orientation to the health sciences while including the general background required for the fields of nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and other health fields.

Students who wish to obtain an Associate degree in Biology (Health Science Option) may do so by completing the course requirements listed below plus all other WLAC requirements for an Associate degree.

  

REQUIRED COURSES

  • ANATOMY 1 Introduction to Human Anatomy (4 units)
  • BIOLOGY 3 Introduction to Biology -Bio 3A&Bio 3B  (4 units)
  • CHEM 51 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (5 Units)      OR
  • CHEM 60 Introduction to General Chemistry (5 units)
  • MICRO 20 General Microbiology (4 units)
  • PHYSIOL 1 Introduction to Human Physiology (4 units)

 

RECOMMENDED COURSES

  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (5 units)
  • PSYCH 1 General Psychology I (3 units)
  • SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3 units) OR
  • SOC 2 American Social Problems (3 units) OR
  • ANTHRO 102 Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology (3 units)

 

NOTE: Always review requirements of the institution to which you plan to transfer.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY 3 (4 Units total)

This introductory course in biology is designed to fulfill a laboratory science requirement for students not majoring in biology. Students must be enrolled concurrently in a lecture and a lab section. The lecture portion of the course (Biology 3A) emphasizes the basic principles in biology and the fundamental characteristics of all living organisms. Lecture topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, levels of organization of living organisms, heredity, and the genetic control of cellular processes, evolution, and ecology. The laboratory portion of the course (Biology 3B) emphasizes the diversity of living organisms. Laboratory topics include an introduction to the microscope, study of the cell, a survey of the microorganisms, plants, and animals that comprise the kingdoms of life, and the anatomic study of the earthworm, grasshopper, and fetal pig.

 

NOTE: Biology 3A is divided into :

  • Introduction to Biology 3A (Lecture) - 3 Units
  • Introduction to Biology 3B (Laboratory) - 1 Unit

Biology 3A and 3B must be taken concurrently as they do not transfer separately

UC Transfer Credit Limit: No credit will be given for Biology 3A or 3B if taken after Biology 6

 

BIOLOGY 3A Lecture (3 Units)

Textbook: “Inquiry Into Life” 15th edition. By Sylvia s. Mader and Michael Windelspecht. Publisher: McGrow Hill Education 2017

Co-requisite: Current enrollment in Biology 3B

Recommended: English 28, Math 105

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Identify the functions of selected carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins & minerals & how a deficiency or excess could affect one’s health.

2. Relate the structure of a cell and its organelles to essential processes of life

 

BIOLOGY 3B Laboratory (1Unit)

Textbook: Biology 3B Lab Manual. Revised Fall 2017. Steven Fink, MS, Vered Mirmovitch, PhD & Patricia Zuk, PhD.

Co-requisite: Current enrollment in Biology 3A

Recommended: English 28, Math 105

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Determine whether an unknown solution contains a sugar, a protein or a starch using the benedicts test, biuret test and the Iodine test.

2.Understand the principles of taxonomy and apply those principles to classify organisms

 

GENERAL BIOLOGY I  - BIOLOGY 6 (5 Units)

The principles of molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and organization at the tissue level in plants and animals are studied in this general biology course. Biology 6 and Biology 7 satisfy the requirements of lower division  biological science majors, pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy majors. 

Note: Many four-year institutions recommend the completion of both Biology 6 and 7 as a core program.

 

Textbook:  Campbell's Biology. Urry et al. Pearson Publishing

Lab Manual: Biology 6 Lab Manual. Spring 2018. Kareen Martin, PhD OR Patricia Zuk, PhD. (Available at WLAC Bookstore) 

Pre-requisite: Biology 3A/3B or equivalent college-level biology; Chemistry 60 (or 101); Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra) 

Recommended: English 28

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the major components of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

2. Understand and discuss the major cellular processes of eukaryotic cells such as membrane transport, cell division/mitosis, DNA replication, RNA transcription, protein translation, cellular organization and secretion and energy production 

 

GENERAL BIOLOGY II  - BIOLOGY 7 (5 Units)

This course covers the principles of organ and organ system physiology in plants and animals,  together with ecology and the course of evolution. A survey of the various plant and animal groups is included in the laboratory section of this course.  Biology 6 and Biology 7 satisfy the requirements of lower division  biological science majors, pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy majors. 

Note: Many four-year institutions recommend the completion of both Biology 6 and 7 as a core program.

Textbook:  Campbell's Biology. Urry et al. Pearson Publishing

Lab Manual: Biology 7 Lab Manual. Spring 2018. Vered Mirmovitch, PhD & Patricia Zuk, PhD. (Available at WLAC Bookstore) 

Pre-requisite: Biology 3A/3B (or Biology 6) or equivalent college-level biology 

Recommended: English 28

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the principles of taxonomy and how it works & how molecular genetics has changed taxonomy

2. Understand the differences between a prokaryotic and a eukaryotic cell and how each are structured 

 

 

FIELD BIOLOGY  - BIOLOGY 10 (3 Units)

Students examine biological principles including evolution, adaptation and scientific methods using the local environment. Includes the role of climate in the distribution of plant and animal species and a systematic survey of the common local plants, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, birds, and mammals.

Textbook:  

Pre-requisite: None

Recommended: English 28

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Explain how a species can change using a Darwinian explanation.

2. Explain how different biotic and abiotic factors effect species distribution and population dynamics

 

 

GENETIC ANALYSIS & BIOTECHNOLOGY  - BIOLOGY 110 (4 Units)

This course is designed for Life Science majors as a continuance of their general biology studies. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to molecular genetics, genomics and genetic analysis, whereby students examine topics such as the molecular biology of DNA and RNA, chromosome analysis, population genetics and genomes. This course also provides a comprehensive introduction to the science of biotechnology by providing the theory of current laboratory procedures, together with and hands-on experience.

Textbook:  contact professor for textbook information

Lab Manual: Biology 110 Lab Manual. Summer 2018.  Patricia Zuk, PhD. (Available at WLAC Bookstore)

Pre-requisite:  Biology 6, Chemistry 101, Math 125

Recommended: English 28

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the students should understand and be able to explain the fundamental concepts of the following:

  1. What a genome is
  2. Mendelian genetics and the chromosomal basis of inheritance including the laws of segregation and independent assortment
  3. What is a genetic mutation and where do they occur?

 

MICROBIOLOGY  - MICRO 20 (4 Units)

Study of microorganisms, including their structure, metabolism, methods of multiplying, and  classification. The techniques used to control microorganisms and the human body’s defenses against microbial attack are emphasized. The laboratory covers the microscopic examination of microorganisms, aseptic techniques, the cultivation of bacteria, the effects of antimicrobial agents, and the influence of the environment on bacterial growth.

Textbook:  Microbiology: an Introduction. G.R. Tortora, B.R. Funke, & C.L. Case.   Benjamin Cummings Publishing Co. 12th edition

Lab Manual: Microbiology Laboratory Theory & Application, Brief 3rd ed. Leboffe, Pierce.  Morton Publishing Company. Customized for WLAC (Available at Bookstore)

Pre-requisite:  Biology 3A/3B (or Biology 6) or college-level biology

Recommended: English 28

Transfer: UC/CSU

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the physiology, molecular composition, identification and microorganisms, and the structure and replication of infectious particles 

2. Understand and discuss the characteristics of infectious diseases, and the molecular and cellular principles of the human immune response to them.