Biology

Biology is the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, and growth. Courses in biological sciences satisfy general education requirements for the associate degree and lower division transfer and lead to an associate degree for transfer in biology as well as associate degrees in biological science and in pre-allied health.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Cross, Peter LH 107626-852-6474pcross@citruscollege.edu
Goedhart, Christine LH 108626-852-6467cgoedhart@citruscollege.edu
Goodman, Robert LS 129626-914-8770rgoodman@citruscollege.edu
Han, June LS 127626-914-8634jhan@citruscollege.edu
Kondo, Arnold LS 130626-914-8633akondo@citruscollege.edu
Malik, Huma CI 312626-852-8705hmalik@citruscollege.edu
Sullivan, Nora LH 107626-857-6440nsullivan@citruscollege.edu
Tsark, Eleanor CI 312626-852-6468etsark@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Natural, Physical and Health Sciences
Dean
Dr. Eric Rabitoy
Administrative Secretary
Chris Pagano
Division Office
PS 114
Division Phone Number
626-914-8789

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biological concepts through written and/or oral assignments and activities.
  • Acquire scientific information from multiple sources including textbooks, the Internet, personal communication with professionals in the field, educational computer software.
  • Estimate and/or calculate the characteristics of biological systems and demonstrate an understanding of these calculations in order to better understand the natural processes that produce these characteristics assessed through quizzes, exams, and other related assignments.
  • Develop an understanding of relevant biological processes as well as processes from related sciences (e.g. physics, geology, chemistry) and apply these processes to predict the properties of biological systems.
  • Examine how human activity has contributed to positive and negative changes in the environment to better understand and discuss past, current, and future environmental issues.

BIOL 102
Human Genetics
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; CSUGE B2; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): MATH 030 or higher.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

General principles of genetics and reproduction in wellness and disease as applied in humans. Topics include Mendelian inheritance, variations on Mendelian inheritance, multifactorial traits, DNA structure, function, and replication, cell division, population genetics, evolution, immunity, cancer, and genetic technologies.

BIOL 104
Biology: Contemporary Topics
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; CSUGE B2; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A general biology lecture course for non-majors which will cover basic life processes and address contemporary issues in biology. Biological principles covered will include chemical foundations of biology, cell structure and function, cell reproduction, and genetics. Contemporary issues may include such areas as public health, biotechnology, and environmental science.

BIOL 105
General Biology
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
Equivalent to: BIOL 105H, BIOL 106

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: MATH 030, and high school biology or chemistry; ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A general biology course, lecture and laboratory, for non-majors, with emphasis upon molecular biology, cell structure and function, energy relationships, nutrient processing, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution, ecological interrelationships, and discussion of contemporary issues. The laboratory provides the student with expanded first-hand experience in specific areas of course content.

BIOL 105H
General Biology - Honors
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
Equivalent to: BIOL 105

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

Strongly recommended: MATH 030, high school biology, or chemistry; also, ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The general biology course, lecture and laboratory, for non-majors, with emphasis upon molecular biology, cell structure and function, energy relationships, human physiological systems (including reproductive anatomy, reproductive cycles, development, and immunity), genetics, evolution, ecological interrelationships, and discussion of contemporary issues. The laboratory provides the student with expanded first-hand experience in specific areas of course content. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes strong critical thinking skills, through analysis of biological readings, presentations, and leadership skills demonstrated through class participation/presentation and service learning in community.

BIOL 109
Biology for Educators
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): MATH 030 (or higher) or concurrent enrollment.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

This course provides each prospective multiple-subject teacher with an introductory survey of the fundamental concepts of biology and the interrelationships among living organisms. Emphasis is placed upon the chemical basis of life, the role of cells in the formation of complex organisms, the relationship between structure and function in complex organisms like plants and animals, the role that genetics plays in the evolution of life, and the relationship between living organisms and the physical world around them. This course is recommended for students planning to take the CSET Multiple Subject Exam to become credentialed elementary school teachers in the State of California.

BIOL 116
HIV and AIDS: Insights and Implications
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A course covering the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with emphasis on the complex biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of the AIDS epidemic. Topics include history of the infections, agent(s), current medical knowledge, transmission, risk reduction, and societal responses. Common myths and misunderstandings will be identified to distinguish them from accepted scientific information. Selected topics will be presented by guest speakers.

BIOL 124
Molecular and Cellular Biology
5 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
72 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): MATH 142 or MATH 150 or higher.

A principles of biology course designed for biology majors and pre-med. students. Detailed study of basic structure and function of living material, with emphasis on cell and molecular biology, genetic mechanisms and their control, reproduction and development, evolution.

BIOL 125
Evolution, Ecology & Biodiversity
5 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
72 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): MATH 142 or MATH 150 or higher.

A principles of biology course designed for biology majors and pre-med students. Detailed study of the structure and function of living material, with emphasis on the diversity of living material, animal and plant form, function, reproduction and development, evolution, and ecological relationships.

BIOL 145
Environmental Science
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; CSUGE B2; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: BIOL 104 or BIOL 105 or BIOL 105H; ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A lecture course exploring contemporary global environmental concerns. Basic concepts covered will include the Earth's life support systems, population dynamics, environmental pollution, food production, and natural resource utilization. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing global environmental problems and exploring various solutions for them.

BIOL 200
Human Anatomy
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 105 or BIOL 105H or BIOL 124.

Biology 200 is a lecture/laboratory course in human anatomy focusing on the structures and organs of the human body. Students will be required to learn and understand the structures from the molecular to gross levels, using the microscope, standard anatomical (plastic) models, and preserved specimens (sheep heart, sheep brain, and cat). Required of pre-nursing students.

BIOL 201
Human Physiology
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 200; CHEM 103 or CHEM 104 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 112.

An advanced course in human physiology emphasizing muscle, nerve, circulation, respiration, excretion, digestion, and reproduction systems. Required of pre-nursing students.

BIOL 220
Microbiology
5 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B2; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 108 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 105 or BIOL 105H or BIOL 124; CHEM 103 or CHEM 104 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 112.

An introduction to the biology of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Metabolism, genetics, culture methods, identification, and control of common microbes are considered. Emphasis is placed on the virulence mechanisms and control of human pathogens and on the principles of immunology and host defense. Laboratory work includes techniques common to the control, culture, and identification of microbes. Required of pre-nursing students and medical technologists.

BIOL 698A
Cooperative Education
1 Unit (AA/AS)
60 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

BIOL 698B
Cooperative Education
2 Units (AA/AS)
120 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

BIOL 698C
Cooperative Education
3 Units (AA/AS)
180 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

BIOL 698D
Cooperative Education
4 Units (AA/AS)
240 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

BIOL 699A
Cooperative Education
1 Unit (AA/AS)
75 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of paid employment or training sites.

BIOL 699B
Cooperative Education
2 Units (AA/AS)
150 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of paid employment or training sites.

BIOL 699C
Cooperative Education
3 Units (AA/AS)
225 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of paid employment or training sites.

BIOL 699D
Cooperative Education
4 Units (AA/AS)
300 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class. A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Biology at their place of paid employment or training sites.