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BIOL 100 : Human Biology

Prerequisites: None
Description: Not intended for biology majors. Principles of human biology. Body structure and function, reproduction, development, heredity, and evolution. Aspects of modern biology impacting the human species.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 101 : Human Biology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 100.
Description: Laboratory exercises demonstrating scientific processes, including the scientific method, analysis of data, and drawing appropriate conclusions. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 150 : The World of Plants

Prerequisites: None
Description: Intended for non-biology majors. World of plants, their place in nature, and the relation to humans. Growing plants, field observations, and studies of the economic uses of plants. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 160 : Marine Biology

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to the marine environment including oceanic, intertidal, and near shore communities of plants, animals, and microbes. Emphasis is on marine biological and chemical processes and environmental issues both locally and globally.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 170 : Animal Diversity

Prerequisites: Intended for non-biology majors.
Description: Describes the diversity of animal life and provides an overview of basic concepts of evolution, the fossil record, physiology, behavior, ecology, geographical distribution, and issues in the conservation of biodiversity.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 171 : Animal Diversity Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 170 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Examination of photographic specimens of animal species, their habitats, and their anatomy. Computer exercises to illustrate evolutionary, ecological, and physiological principles. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 1

BIOL 176 : Science and Politics of Stem Cell Biology

Prerequisites: Not open to biology majors.
Description: Foundation for understanding concepts in stem cell biology, social and political issues in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 210 : General Microbiology and Public Health

Prerequisites: None
Description: Intended for non-biology majors. Basic concepts of microbiology; practical applications to medicine, public health, and the environment.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 211 : General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 210 or concurrent enrollment
Description: Intended for non-biology majors. Laboratory techniques in isolation, enumeration, and identification of microorganisms. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 212 : Principles of Human Physiology

Prerequisites: CHEM 101 or CHEM 115 with a grade of C or better; BIOL 100 and BIOL 101 with a grade of C or better, or BIOL 210 with a grade of C or better.
Description: Intended for non-majors. Physiology of human organ systems and principles of homeostasis. (Formerly BIOL 610.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 213 : Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 212 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Laboratory exercises in mammalian physiology. To accompany or follow BIOL 212. Extra lab fee required. (Formerly BIOL 611.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 220 : Principles of Human Anatomy

Prerequisites: BIOL 100 and 101, or BIOL 212 and 213.
Description: Study of the gross anatomy of the human body; body systems involving gross structure and history; computerized virtual anatomy lab experience supplemented with skeletal and specimen study. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 230 : Introductory Biology I

Prerequisites: Restricted to majors and minors in biology and biochemistry, majors in kinesiology, and majors in environmental studies under the natural resources management and conservation concentration. Undergraduate students; score of 50 or above on Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination or approved exemption, or MATH/ESM 70 with grade of C or better. Passing score on math and writing skills diagnostic test administered the first day of class. Recommended: CHEM 115; and qualified for ENG 114 or ENG 209.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Fundamentals of biology: chemical basis of life, cell structure, bioenergetics, plant and animal physiology, and genetics. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 240 : Introductory Biology II

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with grade of C- or better.
Description: Fundamentals of biology: gene expression, development, evolution, ecology, and the diversity of microbes, plants, and animals. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 300 : Nature Study

Prerequisites: One course in college biology.
Description: Intended for non-biology majors. Identification, structure, adaptation, life history, habits, habitat, economic status, conservation of common plants and animals. Two all-day field trips scheduled on two separate weekends. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category B Biological Sciences
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

BIOL 310 : Biology for Today's World

Prerequisites: College course in biology.
Description: Fundamental concepts and processes in genetics, cell biology, evolution, ecology, and biodiversity. Scientific inquiry. Application of concepts to current issues in science and society.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 313 : Principles of Ecology

Prerequisites: One course in college biology or an environmentally-oriented subject.
Description: Intended for non-majors. Ecological principles and methods. Introduction to population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Trips to various habitats. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and fieldwork, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 317 : Ecology of California

Prerequisites: College course in biology.
Description: Examines ecology, natural history of California, and impact humans have on the environment in a perceptual and scientific content. Focus on principal processes underlying the evolution/diversity of California's terrestrial/aquatic flora/fauna.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 318 : Our Endangered Planet

Prerequisites: One course in college biology.
Description: Intended for non-majors. The effect of humans on the ecology of our environment. Species extinctions, the role of genetics, nature reserves, biology of small populations, and restoration ecology.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 322 : Human Sexuality: Integrative Science

Prerequisites: BIOL 100 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Presents basic scientific foundations of human sexuality. Explores the symbiotic relationships between biology and society throughout the life cycle. Discusses the challenges associated with human sexuality and the tools for dealing with them.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 326 : Disease!

Prerequisites: BIOL 100 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for non-majors. Origin and natural history of selected infectious and non-infectious human diseases including causal agents, mechanisms, and historical impact. Factors involved in the incidence and distribution of disease.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 327 : AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic

Prerequisites: One course in college biology.
Description: Intended for biology majors and non-majors. Modern epidemic of AIDS is viewed from biological and social perspectives: virology, epidemiology, the immune system, disease states, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, public health issues, sexuality, response of the scientific community, comparison with other historical epidemics.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 328 : Human Anatomy

Prerequisites: Sophomore, upper division, or graduate level major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, clinical science, kinesiology; BIOL 230, with a grade of C- or better, or consent of instructor.
Description: Gross structures of the human body. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 330 : Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: One course in college biology or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for B.A. in General Biology majors and non-majors. Development, structure, function, and dysfunction of reproductive and sexual systems in humans, physiology of sexual response, variations in sexual expression, law, birth control and abortion, sexual health, sexual motivation, love, and sexual values.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Chemicals: Enticing, Dangerous, and Essential
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 332 : Health Disparities in Cancer

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Major determinants of health disparities in cancer including ethnic differences in biology and prevention and treatment of cancer. Strategies to overcome these disparities through research, health education, outreach, advocacy, and policy changes. (formerly cross-listed with HED 330. Not open to students who completed HED 330.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 337 : Evolution

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240, and BIOL 355.
Description: Intended for biology majors and nonmajors. The principles of evolutionary biology, concentrating on basic population genetic mechanisms and methods of analysis.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 344 GW : Research Skills - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of credit or C- or higher; BIOL 230, BIOL 240, and consent of instructor.
Description: Practical skills for successfully conducting undergraduate research. Focus on experimental design, critical review of literature, effective oral and written scientific presentation, and development of research plan. Paired with BIOL 844. Students who have completed BIOL 844 may not take BIOL 344 for credit. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 349 : Bioethics

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.
Description: Biomedical ethics: experiments on humans and laboratory animals, genetic engineering, in vitro fertilization, fetal research, abortion, the health care system, organ transplants, death and dying. (Paired with BIOL 849. Students who complete BIOL 349 may not take BIOL 849 for credit.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Science and Human Values
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 350 : Cell Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Intended for upper division biology and biochemistry majors. Cell structure and function, exracellular matrix interactions, signal transduction, and regulatory mechanisms in cell growth and differentiation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 351 GW : Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of credit or C- or higher; BIOL 350 and BIOL 355.
Description: Intended for upper division biology and biochemistry majors. Experiments introducing laboratory techniques: microscopy, cytochemistry, spectrophotometric quantitation of macro-molecules, organelle isolation, animal cell culture, gene expression, protein analysis, recombinant DNA techniques. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 355 : Genetics

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Intended for upper division biology and biochemistry majors. Viral, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic genetics. Population, human, and molecular genetics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 356 : Honors Genetics

Prerequisites: BIOL 355 with a grade of B or better.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Advanced topics, new ideas, unsolved problems, reading of original research, and review of articles in genetics: Mendelian, molecular, and population. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 357 : Molecular Genetics

Prerequisites: BIOL 355 with grade of C- or better or equivalent.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Current ideas in molecular biology including the transfer and expression of genetic information, interaction and hybridization of genes, molecular mutagens, and molecular evolution. Ethical questions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 380 : Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240 with grades of C- or better; BIOL 355 and 337 are highly recommended.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Examines embryogenesis in a comparative format to understand the diversity and evolution of developmental mechanisms from primitive multicellular organisms to mammals. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 382 : Developmental Biology

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in BIOL 350 and 355.
Description: Intended for biology and biochemistry majors. Early embryonic development: exploration of the molecular genetic basis for tissue differentiation. Gene regulation, chromatin, sex determination, oncogenesis, aging, and pattern formation. (Paired with BIOL 782. Students who complete BIOL 782 may not take BIOL 382 for credit.) Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 391 : Microscopy and Photomicrography

Prerequisites: One course in college physics or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for upper division biology majors. The use of the microscope with brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, and fluorescent optics. Principles of photomicrography. Classwork, 1 unit; laboratory,1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

BIOL 401 : General Microbiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 233 (formerly CHEM 333) with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Intended for biology and biochemistry majors. Morphology, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and taxonomy of microorganisms; bacteria and viruses; importance of microbes in biotechnology, ecology, and public health.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 402 GW : General Microbiology Laboratory - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; BIOL 401 or concurrent enrollment.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Laboratory techniques in the isolation, cultivation, and identification of microbes, especially bacteria; microbial properties including nutrition, gene transfer, enzyme induction, and viral replication. (1 unit composition, 2 units lab) Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 411 : Environmental Microbiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 401, 402, and 355; CHEM 340 or 349. Intended for BIOL majors.
Description: Study of microbes and microbial communities using molecular and genomic approaches; primary research data includes novel microbial genomes and metagenomes. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3

BIOL 420 : General Virology

Prerequisites: BIOL 401 and BIOL 402 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 421 is recommended.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Molecular aspects of virus structure, genetics, reproduction, and infection. Bacterial, animal, and plant viruses. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 425 : Emerging Diseases

Prerequisites: Biol 230, 240 and one of (Biol 355, 401 or 350) and one of (Chem 130 or 333)
Description: Biology of the merging diseases that threaten humans and wildlife. The molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, ecology, and economic impact of emerging viruses.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 430 : Medical Microbiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 401 with minimum grade of C; consent of instructor. Preference to graduating biology seniors and majors requiring this course.
Description: Principles of infection, immunity, and characterization of medically important microbial agents. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 431 : Medical Microbiology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 401 and BIOL 402 with grade of C- or better; BIOL 430 (may be concurrent); consent of instructor.
Description: Enrollment priority for biology BS majors. Basic principles and current standard diagnostic procedures in medical microbiology. (Class work 1 unit; lab I unit.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 435 : Immunology

Prerequisites: BIOL 350 or BIOL 401.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Innate and acquired immunity. Recognition of antigens. Mechanisms of immune responses and their induction. Measurement and variations of immunity as in hypersensitivity and immune suppression, and their effects on the host.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 436 : Immunology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 402 or equivalent, and concurrent enrollment in BIOL 435 or 343.
Description: Laboratory illustrating antibody-antigen interactions, the cellular basis of immune responses, and the applications of immune and serological reactions. Extra fee required.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 440 : Ethical Issues in Science and Technology

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Ethical dimensions of science and technology. Conceptual and theoretical frameworks from the humanities and the life sciences. This course is offered as BIOL 440 and ENGR 440. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Science and Human Values
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

BIOL 442 : Microbial Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 401, 402 with a grade of C- or better; CHEM 349 or equivalent.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Function, biosynthesis, structure, and chemistry of cells and viruses; transport, chemotaxis, and energy metabolism; the regulation of growth rate and growth efficiency; mechanisms of viral and microbial differentiation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 443 : Microbial Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 442 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Intended for biology majors. Experiments in the physiology and metabolism of protists and bacteria: growth studies, cell fractionation procedures, enzyme preparations and assays, and analyses of cellular molecules; analytical instrumentation and statistical techniques. Extra fee required.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

BIOL 446 : Microbial Genomics

Prerequisites: BIOL 401, 402, and 355 and consent of instructor.
Description: Techniques in comparative microbial genomics, analyzing and annotating anovel microbial genome as a class project. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 453 : General Parasitology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240, and 355.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Biology of animal parasites: impact of parasitic infection on human health, culture, and socio-economic welfare; control and prevention; parasite structure/function; cellular, immunological, biochemical, and molecular parasitology.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 454 : Parasitology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 453 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Methods and techniques in the examination, preparation, recognition, and identification of protozoan and metazoan parasites of animal hosts; human parasites with orientation toward clinical science. Extra fee required.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 458 : Biometry

Prerequisites: One course in college biology.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Biological measurements, experimental design, data analysis, statistical methods as applied to biological problems, methods of data resolution and presentation. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 460 : General Entomology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240 or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors. The insects and their close relatives; physiology; external and internal structures; life cycles; classification of insects to order; ecology in desert, field, forest, and aquatic habitats; economic and medical importance of orders. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 461 : Insect Taxonomy

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Classification of insects and their close relatives to family; taxonomic categories and procedures. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

BIOL 464 : Medical Entomology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Terrestrial arthropods and how they relate to human health. Arthropod-human interactions: entomophobia, allergy, venoms, parasitism, body infestations, disease vectors, epidemiology; major arthropod borne diseases and their impact on humans and society.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 470 : Natural History of Vertebrates

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Structure, behavior, and distribution of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, especially those of Central California. One all-day field trip required. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2011

BIOL 475 GW : Herpetology - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of credit or C- or better; BIOL 230 and 240; or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Evolution, classification, and distribution of amphibians and reptiles. The ecology and behavior of California species. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 478 : Ornithology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Anatomy, physiology, behavior, distribution, classification, and evolution of birds; visits to the San Francisco Zoo, private aviaries and museums. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. One weekend field trip required. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 482 : Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Interrelationships between organisms and their environment, studied at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Field trips to various environments. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 490 : Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240 with grade of C- or better.
Description: Examination of ecological and evolutionary processes that govern the transmission of pathogens in animal and plant systems including factors that lead to disease emergence, the impact of diseases on host populations, and theoretical foundations of disease ecology.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 492 : Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Organ systems of selected vertebrate types. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4

BIOL 500 : Evolution and Diversity of Plants

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240.
Description: Comparative biology and phylogeny of the major lineages of plants. Evolution and diversification of vegetative and reproductive structures, life histories, and ecological adaptations. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 502 : Biology of the Algae

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Collection, preservation, identification, and culturing of marine and freshwater algae. Comparative studies of morphology, life history, and ecology. Field trips. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Paired with BIOL 702. Students who complete BIOL 702 may not take BIOL 502 for credit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 504 : Biology of the Fungi

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Groups of fungi including their classification, life cycles, morphology and development, and economic significance. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BIOL 505 : Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Plant cells and tissues, their structure, development, and organization into vegetative and reproductive structures; evolutionary and ecological interpretation of tissues of vascular plants. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory; 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BIOL 508 : Plants and Human Affairs

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Plants useful or harmful to humans; origins and history, botanical relationships, chemical constituents that make them economically important, and their roles in literate and preliterate cultures. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2011

BIOL 514 : Plant Taxonomy

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Principles of plant taxonomy including classification systems and phylogenetic relationships within the flowering plants; practice in identification and collecting. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 3 units. Paired with BIOL 814. Students who complete BIOL 814 may not take BIOL 514 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 525 : Plant Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Plant physiology: photosynthesis, water and mineral uptake and distribution, translocation of organic materials; environmental and internal plant regulatory factors, and their effect on growth and metabolism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 526 : Plant Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 525 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Intended for biology majors. Physiology and metabolism of plants including photosynthesis, water balance, mineral nutrition, enzyme isolation and assay, cell fractionation, plant growth and development. Extra fee required.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 529 GW : Plant Ecology - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Principles of ecology through the study of plants and plant associations. Ecological concepts, biotic-environmental dynamics and relationships, and levels of ecological integration. Biotic provinces and plant associations in California. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit; field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 530 : Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240 or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Principles of nature conservation, preservation, and management. Theory, laws, and practice of conservation science.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 532 : Restoration Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240.
Description: Focuses on restoration of degraded habitats, with emphasis on the application of ecological theory to restoration practice. A variety of habitats will be covered, especially those common to the Bay Area. (Formerly BIOL 531 Restoration Ecology.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 534 : Wetland Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240, or consent of instructor.
Description: Ecology of a variety of wetland types; biotic and abiotic characteristics and processes; conservation, restoration and management. Fieldtrips to wetland habitats and participation in field and/or greenhouse experiments. Classwork, three units; laboratory, one unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 550 : Plant and Animal Interactions

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240, and an upper division course in ecology.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Interactions between animals and plants, including such general topics as herbivory, seed dispersal and predation, mycorrhizae, mimicry, myrmechory, and the coevolutionary processes that lead to such interactions. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Formerly BIOL 532 Plant and Animal Interactions.) Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BIOL 555 : Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Comparative laboratory and field study of local marine invertebrate animals; evolution and functional morphology. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 556 : Natural History of Marine Invertebrates

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240. Recommended: BIOL 555.
Description: Investigation of concept of biodiversity using California coastal communities in local intertidal and nearshore habitats as a field laboratory. Field trips required. Class-work, 2 units; Laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2010

BIOL 570 GW : Biology of Fishes - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of credit or C- or higher; BIOL 230, BIOL 240, or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, distribution, classification, and evolution of marine and fresh water fishes; California species. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 2 units. Two weekend field trips. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 572 : Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Presentation of student and faculty research, recent journal articles, and presentations by outside speakers. Student speakers receive graduate seminar credit. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.This course is paired with BIOL 872. Students who complete BIOL 872 may not take BIOL 572 for credit.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 575 : Fisheries Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 570 or a course in ecology.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Principles and practices in fish ecology and population dynamics, fishing methods and economics, and fisheries management. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3

BIOL 577 : Ecological and Environmental Modeling

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240 or a course in ecology, CHEM 111, MATH 199 [formerly MATH 109], or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Theory and practice of mathematical and computer modeling of organisms, ecosystems, and their environment. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2008

BIOL 580 : Limnology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 215, 216. Recommended: a course in ecology.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of inland waters. Individual field projects. Field trips conducted during class time. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BIOL 582 : Biological Oceanography

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240. Intended for biology majors.
Description: Physical characteristics of oceans; biology of plankton and benthos, emphasizing production and food webs. Identification, sampling, and productivity measurements of marine organisms. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 584 : Marine Microbial Ecology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 583 (may be taken concurrently) and CHEM 115.
Description: Laboratory section covers methods of measuring microbial rate processes (growth, nutrient uptake, etc.) and assessment of cell concentration in situ; isolation and culture of microbes. Extra fee required.
Units: 1

BIOL 585 : Marine Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Plant and animal relationships in near-shore marine communities; temperate zone communities of the central California coast. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 586 : Marine Ecology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 585 (may be concurrent).
Description: Laboratory and fieldwork in marine ecology introducing students to sampling methods, laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. Field work in a variety of marine field environments. Includes use of primary literature and oral and written presentations.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 600 : Animal Behavior

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: General introduction to animal behavior. Mechanisms of behavior including development, hormones, neural processes, and cognition. Evolutionary approaches including foraging, habitat selection, communication, sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, and social behavior. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 609 : Physics in Medicine

Prerequisites: PHYS 121 or equivalent and BIOL 230 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Mechanics, thermodynamics and electricity applied to mechanical properties of tissues, metabolism, membrane transport, control and regulation of physical parameters. Sonography, electromagnetism and quantum physics applied to medical diagnostic technology and imaging.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 612 : Human Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130; PHYS 121.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Integrative mechanisms; control systems in cardio-vascular and respiratory physiology. Circulation; distribution and regulation of body fluids; digestive systems; metabolism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 613 GW : Human Physiology Laboratory - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better; BIOL 612 or 630 (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Intended for biology majors. Experiments in preparation, recording, and analysis of functioning of human and other vertebrate organ systems and tissues. Classwork, 1 unit; Laboratory, 2 units. A/A-/B+/B/B-/C+/C/ NC grading only. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 614 : Vertebrate Histology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Microscopic anatomy of tissues and organ systems of vertebrates. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 615 : Molecular Pathophysiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 350, 355, and 612.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Globally important diseases caused by genetic errors, environmental factors, or parasites. Each disease is studied at the molecular, cellular, and physiological levels.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 616 : Cardiorespiratory Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230/BIOL 240; BIOL 612 or BIOL 630 or consent of instructor; and PHYS 121.
Description: Intended for biology majors. The physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and their interrelationship. Organ function in health and disease. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 617 : Environmental Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 612 or BIOL 630. Intented for majors.
Description: The physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying adaptation of animals to diverse environments. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 618 : Biology of Aging

Prerequisites: BIOL 350, BIOL 355, and BIOL 212 or BIOL 612; major/minor only.
Description: Biological processes underlying aging. Focus on the molecular mechanisms of aging, including specific animal models of aging, age-related changes in the major physiological systems in humans. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 619 : Pathophysiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 212 or BIOL 612; major/minor only.
Description: The processes underlying disease in the major physiological systems. Focus on understanding the relationship between changes at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels and their physiological manifestations at the organ and system levels. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 620 : Endocrinology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Mammalian endocrine system: regulation of reproduction, metabolism, water and mineral balance, and growth. Molecular mechanisms of hormone action.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 621 : Reproductive Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240, 330; CHEM 130. Recommended: BIOL 492 or other course in vertebrate anatomy.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Reproductive morphology and physiology of vertebrates.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 622 : Hormones and Behavior

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240, or consent of instructor; course in physiology or endocrinology strongly recommended.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Effects that hormones exert on behavior. Hormonal activation and organization of behavior and the nervous system. Actions of hormones compared in humans and in non-human species.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BIOL 623 : Pharmacology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 with grades of C- or better; CHEM 130, BIOL 612.
Description: Pharmacology principles, including pharmacokinetics of drug absorption and elimination. Mechanisms of drug action on the body. Commonly used pharmaceutical drugs. Paired with BIOL 723. Students who have completed BIOL 623 may not take BIOL 723 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 625 : Hematology

Prerequisites: One semester of college physiology.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Origin and function of mammalian blood cells and plasma. Cell variations in health and disease. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 627 : Biophysics

Prerequisites: PHYS 121, CHEM 115, and BIOL 230, or equivalents or consent of instructor.
Description: Physical description of free energies and driving forces, energetic and timescales of biological processes, interactions of biomolecules, diffusion transport and signaling, protein DNA and membrane structure, molecular motors, cooperative binding, membrane potentials and excitability, regulation of gene expression.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 630 : Animal Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240; CHEM 130.
Description: Intended for biology majors. The physiology of animals, including structure, function, and regulation of organ systems. Unifying principles and natural adjustments to stress.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 631 GW : Animal Physiology Laboratory - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; BIOL 612 or BIOL 630. Intended for biology majors.
Description: Approaches to scientific research on environmental physiology of marine and estuarine organisms, with focus on metabolic proccesses. Emphasis on scientific writing and communication. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory 2 units. Paired with BIOL 731. Students who complete BIOL 631 may not take BIOL 731 for credit. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 638 : Bioinformatics & Genome Annotation

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 or consent of instructor.
Description: Analyze and annotate a different chunk of genomic DNA. Results from this course will be incorporated into peer-reviewed publications, students listed as an author. Paired with BIOL 738. Students who have completed BIOL 638 may not take BIOL 738 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 640 : Cellular Neurosciences

Prerequisites: BIOL 230, 240, CHEM 130, and PHYS 121. Recommended: BIOL 350, 612.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Cellular and molecular analysis of neurons. Cellular, synaptic, and retinal neurophysiology. Electrical and chemical mechanisms underlying intra-neuronal and inter-neuronal signaling.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 642 : Neural Systems Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 328 or 329, and BIOL 612; BIOL 620, 630, and 640 recommended.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Communication between neural centers controlling sensory and motor systems, homeostasis, learning, thought, and affect. Connectivity, neurophysiological regulation, and neuropathology. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 652 : Science Education Partners in Biology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240, or one upper division biology course and consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to biology teaching and learning; engage in K-12 classroom teaching; examine understanding of biology, discuss science education literature, and analyze biology lessons and student learning. Class work, 2 units; field work, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 694 : Cooperative Internship in Biology

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and consent of biology faculty adviser.
Description: Written and oral report of work performed with outside agency; requested written report from agency supervisor. Evaluation of work by biology adviser and/or faculty committee. Open to biology majors. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 2-4

BIOL 699 : Independent Study in Biology

Prerequisites: Senior standing in biology and approval of the department and instructor concerned.
Description: Special study in the laboratory, field, or library under the direction of a member of the department. The student must present a written detailed report of the work accomplished to the staff of the department. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1-3

BIOL 702 : Biology of the Algae

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240
Description: Paired with BIOL 502. For course description see BIOL 502. Students who complete BIOL 502 may not take BIOL 702 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 708 : Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to research tools and approaches used by scientists including: software for data analysis and presentation, using scientific literature, experimental design, writing scientific papers and proposals, professional communication (oral, poster, letter), time and stress management. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 710 : Advanced Biometry

Prerequisites: BIOL 458.
Description: Use of computers for critical data evaluation and decision-making. Accessing and using available statistical packages, database management, construction of phylogenetic tree models, and advanced statistical analyses. No prior computer experience required. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 711 : Immunoassays

Prerequisites: CHEM 349 and BIOL 435 or equivalent. (BIOL 435 may be concurrent.)
Description: Principles and applications of antigen-antibody interactions, immunoassay design, and detection systems. Enzyme, luminescent and fluorescent assays, and their successful application in laboratory medicine or biological research are emphasized.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 713 : Advances in Biomedical Chemistry

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 1-3

BIOL 713 : Clinical Toxicology Principles and Lab Practices

Prerequisites: CHEM 347 and 348 and BIOL 612.
Description: Pharmacokinetics of the interaction between drugs and xenobiotics and human target tissues. Reviews will be framed within the services of the clinical laboratory including therapeutic drug monitoring, drug abuse testing and assays in acute poisonings from a wide variety of compounds.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

BIOL 714 : Biomedical Enzymology

Prerequisites: CHEM 349 or equivalent.
Description: Fundamental knowledge of enzymes, cofactors, and enzyme kinetics. Laboratory and computer exercises focus on action and kinetics of enzymes commonly used in medical diagnosis and/or biotechnology research. Classwork, two units; laboratory, one unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3

BIOL 716 : Skills for Scientific Proposal Writing

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Development of technical writing skills through the process of writing and editing research proposals based on students' own research projects.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 723 : Pharmacology

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 with grades of C- or better; CHEM 130, BIOL 612.
Description: Paired with BIOL 623. For course description, see BIOL 623. Students who have completed BIOL 723 may not take BIOL 623 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 731 : Animal Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOL 630 or BIOL 612
Description: Paired with BIOL 631. For course description see BIOL 631. Students who complete BIOL 731 may not take BIOL 631 for credit.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 737 : Plant Metabolism

Prerequisites: BIOL 525 or CHEM 340 or 349.
Description: Intended for biology and chemistry majors. Plant metabolism: photosynthesis, cell wall biosynthesis, nitrogen and sulfur metabolism, secondary plant products. Common metabolic pathways with emphasis on functioning and regulation of these pathways in plants.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2008

BIOL 738 : Bioinformatics & Genome Annotation

Prerequisites: BIOL 357 or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see BIOL 638. Paired with BIOL 638. Students who have completed BIOL 738 may not take BIOL 638 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 741 : Electron Microscopy

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing, and consent of instructor.
Description: Preparation of biological and inorganic materials for scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray microanalysis, EBSD, CL, operation of the electron microscope(s), and data interpretation. This course is offered as BIOL 741, CHEM 741, and GEOL 741. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. Classwork, 1 unit; laboratory, 3 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 743 : Cell and Molecular Techniques

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; BIOL 357 (may be concurrent); CHEM 340 and 341.
Description: Lecture and discussion of modern techniques and design of strategies used in cell and molecular biology research. Includes discussion of societal issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 756 : Principles of Human Genetics

Prerequisites: Upper-division genetics course and consent of instructor. Intended for graduate students in biology and genetic counseling.
Description: Inheritance, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, variation, mutation, family history, pedigree analysis, genetic risk calculation, quantitative traits, evolution and population genetics. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

BIOL 760 : Cancer Biology

Prerequisites: CHEM 340 or CHEM 349; BIOL 350 or BIOL 401; BIOL 357; and classified graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Molecular and cellular basis of cancer. Emphasis on potential therapeutic targets, including cell cycle regulators, signal transduction mechanisms, cellular differentiation factors, oncogenes, tumor suppressors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 763 : Molecular Biology of Cancer

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; a course in biochemistry.
Description: The biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer focuses on how recent advances have been achieved by application of molecular biology principles and techniques. Topics include metastasis, angiogenesis, carcinogenesis, genetics, therapeutics, and potential future advances. (Formerly BIOM 863.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BIOL 765 : Biomedical Immunology Advanced Topics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Faculty direct and evaluate student presentations of seminars on selected advanced topics in clinical immunology. (Formerly BIOM 884.)
Units: 1-2

BIOL 765 : Biomedical Immunology Advanced Topics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Faculty direct and evaluate student presentations of seminars on selected advanced topics in clinical immunology. (Formerly BIOM 884.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 772 : Molecular Methods in Medical Microbiology

Prerequisites: Graduate status, biochemistry and microbiology courses with laboratory, or consent of instructor.
Description: Overview of clinically significant microorganisms, emphasizing functional roles of biological macromolecules in pathogenesis and genetic applications. Lab covers basic principles and current molecular techniques used in model microbes. Classwork, 1 or 2 units; laboratory, 1 or 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4

BIOL 773 : Advances in Biomedical Microbiology: Molecular Microbiology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; BIOL 355.
Description: Overview of molecular and genetic approaches that are used to study microbial physiology. May be repeated for a total of 4 units in consultation with departmental advisor, as topics may vary.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 775 : Biomedical Microbiology Advanced Topics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Primary scientific articles on important human microbial diseases and a centenary perspective of scientific discovery in microbiology are emphasized. Students are required to participate in article presentations and discussion. (Formerly BIOM 882.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

BIOL 781 : Biomedical Virology Foundations

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Core lectures with emphasis on virology. May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 1-3

BIOL 781 : Human Retroviruses

Prerequisites: Molecular biology course or consent of instructor.
Description: Molecular biology, immunology and pathogenesis of the avian and murine RNA tumor viruses; retroviruses that are directly associated with human disease, including HTLV-1, HIV and hepatitis B virus. (Formerly BIOM 774.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 782 : Developmental Biology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; grade of C- or better in BIOL 350 and 355 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BIOL 382. See BIOL 382 for course description. Students who complete BIOL 782 may not take BIOL 382 for credit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 784 : Biomedical Virology Applications

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 1-3

BIOL 784 : Cell Culture and Stem Cell Techniques

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Introduction to theory and laboratory techniques utilized in animal cell culture and basic stem cell research. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 793 : Advances in Biomedical Hematology

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 1-3

BIOL 793 : Reproductive Technologies

Prerequisites: None
Description: Addresses the modern technologies that have evolved to assist in the treatment of subfertility, elimination of genetic disease, and micromanipulation of gametes and embryos to produce stem cells and clones.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 800 : Mushroom Taxonomy

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing, BIOL 504 or equivalent and/or consent of instructor.
Description: Morphology, microscopic anatomy, taxonomy: biochemical and cytological aspects, ecology and artificial cultivation of the macroscopic fungi. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 801 : Population Genetics

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing and BIOL 355 or consent of instructor.
Description: Genetic basis of evolution. Effects of mating system, drift, migration, selection on genetic variation. Quantitative genetics, applications of molecular techniques in evolutionary biology. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 803 : Core Concepts of Biotechnology

Prerequisites: CHEM 340 and 341, or BIOL 355 or BIOL 357, or equivalent background with consent of instructor.
Description: Introductory course for students interested in careers in biotechnology. Core concepts of biotechnology to keep abreast of current trends, biomedical applications and historical foundations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 805 : Evolutionary Genetics

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing and BIOL 355 or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles of evolutionary genetics, including an emphasis on evolutionary quantitative genetics, molecular population genetics, molecular evolution and genomics. Classwork, 2 units; Laboratory 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4

BIOL 814 : Plant Taxonomy

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240
Description: Paired with BIOL 514. For course description see BIOL 514. Students who complete BIOL 514 may not take BIOL 814 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 815 : Advanced Phylogenetic Analysis

Prerequisites: BIOL 812 or consent of instructor.
Description: Methods and techniques of phylogenetic inference. Parsimony, maximum likelihood, quantitative phylogenetic analysis, and comparative methods. Molecular data in evolution. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 818 : Molecular Techniques in Evolution and Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 355 or equivalent and consent of instructor.
Description: Molecular techniques commonly used in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology. PCR and direct DNA sequencing. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 821 : Fire Ecology

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing and BIOL 529 or consent of instructor.
Description: Role of fire as an environmental factor in the life histories and succession of plants and/or animals. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 830 : Advanced Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; BIOL 530; or consent of instructor.
Description: Theory and practice of nature conservation; traditional resource management; new theory of the conservation of small populations. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

BIOL 840 : Community Ecology

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing in biology; course in ecology.
Description: Modern concepts and approaches to natural community structure, organization, and dynamics. Historical and current theoretical models, forces structuring communities, interactions among communities, role of exotic species. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BIOL 843 : Population Biology

Prerequisites: Graduate or senior standing, a course in genetics, ecology, biometry.
Description: Modern concepts of structure, organization, and evolution of plant and animal populations. Genetical, ecological, evolutionary, and theoretical approaches to the study of populations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

BIOL 844 : Research Skills

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BIOL 344. See BIOL 344 for course description. Students who have completed BIOL 344 may not take BIOL 844 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 848 : Behavioral Ecology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Evolution of behavior: optimal foraging, predation, sexual selection, social organization, habitat selection, and communication. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 849 : Bioethics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BIOL 349. See BIOL 349 for course description. Students who complete BIOL 849 may not take BIOL 349 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BIOL 861 : Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology

Prerequisites: graduate status and consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 2

BIOL 861 : Biology of the Cell Cycle

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: The basic features of the cell cycle with emphasis on temporally specific elements, kinetic analysis, and models of control. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BIOL 861 : Chromatin Structure and Function

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Seminar on exploration of the relationship between environmental factors and gene expression, focusing on non-genetic forms of inheritance that can influence behavior. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2010

BIOL 861 : Gene Expression

Prerequisites: Graduate status and BIOL 357 or BIOL 382.