Biology Course Offerings

The Biology department offers laboratory courses for general education requirement (MACRAO), Support courses for the Allied Health programs, Biology Major/Paraprofessional curriculum.

BI 101 - General Biology

Biology 101 is a survey course for non-science majors introducing the following topics: the nature of science, ecology, biological diversity, evolutionary theory, genetics, biotechnology, cellular biology, and human anatomy and physiology. An emphasis is placed upon how these topics apply to students\' lives. Biological issues with societal impact such as stem cell use, cloning, genetic engineering, climate change, and conservation are also explored.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 110 - Biology in Society

In this course, students apply the scientific method and biological principles to problems and decisions confronting society today. Students develop their basic biological knowledge of DNA, molecular biology, and physiology in order to discuss the importance and ethical impact of the biological sciences on society. General topics include DNA technology, stem cells, genomics, and forensic applications of biology. Specific topics discussed may vary from semester to semester as new issues and biological developments warrant.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 117 - General Human Anatomy and Physiology

BI 117 is a survey course for non-science majors introducing the structure and function of the human body through the study of cells, tissues and body systems. The nature and process of science are explored through the study of cell biology, tissues and systems of the body including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 118 - Environmental Science

This is an introductory biology course that studies the natural world and how it is influenced by humans. Major topics include food, energy, human population growth, biodiversity, climate change, land use, resource and energy utilization, population trends, air and water pollution as well as economic factors influencing decision-making. In addition, the interactions and impact of economic factors, technology, science and societal issues underlying major environmental issues are explored.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 121 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course covers a structural and functional approach to human biology with an emphasis upon cell biology, tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and an introduction to the endocrine system. This course is the first of a two course sequence (BI 121 and BI 122).
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 122 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

This course covers a structural and functional approach to human biology, with an emphasis on the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course is the second of a two course sequence (BI 121 & BI 122).
Course Fee: $11 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 125 - Personal Health

This course is designed to expand the student\'s knowledge of a diversity of health topics. The principles of personal health are studied, including the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and occupational concepts that influence health and wellness. Students also examine their attitudes toward health issues and decide how they can modify their behaviors to improve their overall health status and perhaps prevent or delay certain health conditions.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 126 - Fundamentals of Medical Microbiology

BI 126 presents the basic principles of microbiology for students in health career programs. It will provide students with a working knowledge of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminths) and the infections they cause. Epidemiology, antibiotic therapy, sterilization and disinfection, and host defense mechanisms are also studied. Understanding the etiology of infectious diseases and the applications of microbiology will result in improved patient management and infection control. This course does not fulfill the laboratory science requirement for an Associate\'s degree at GRCC. It is not recommended to transfer as a laboratory science course to baccalaureate institutions. The course meets for three hours per week. Recommended Skills: C- or better in high school biology, BI 101, or BI 117 Reading level: 12th grade Math level: 12th grade Writing level: 12th grade
Course Fee: $20 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 127 - Microbiology

This introductory course in microbiology prepares students with the necessary background to enter medically-related professions such as nursing, dental hygiene, and physician assistant. Major topics of study include the structure and biology of microbial pathogens, techniques for culturing, identifying, and controlling pathogenic microorganisms, host-parasite relationships and epidemiology of infectious disease, and host defense mechanisms. Recommended skills: College-level math, writing, and reading skills.
Course Fee: $40 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 151 - Introduction to Cells, Molecules, and Genes

This course is an introduction to molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and growth and development, with an emphasis on the scientific observations and experiments that support these topics. This course is part of a two-semester introductory biology sequence. (BI 151/152). BI 151/152 can be taken in any sequence. Both courses may not be required for all majors.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 152 - Biological Diversity

An introduction to the diversity of living organisms and their anatomy and physiology, behavior, patterns of reproduction, ecology and the evolutionary processes and patterns that have led to this diversity. This course is part of a two-semester introductory biology sequence* for students that plan to major in the biological sciences or pursue careers in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. *BI 151 & BI 152 can be taken in any sequence.
Course Fee: $50 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 153 - Plant Biology

Plant Biology is designed to give students a broad background in the diversity, ecology, and evolution of plants. The study of plants incorporates information from the sub-disciplines of anatomy, morphology, development, ecology, physiology, paleobotany, systematics, and evolution. Selected organisms such as Cyanobacteria, Green Algae, and Fungi are studied in the context of their relationships with plants. This course may be required for students majoring in biology, crop and soil sciences, environmental studies, forestry, horticulture, or natural resources and will fulfill a laboratory science requirement for all other students.
Course Fee: $17 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 154 - Animal Biology

Biology 154 (Animal Biology) is a comprehensive biodiversity survey of the animal-like protists and metazoan animals, incorporating broad and unifying biological and evolutionary concepts. Animal Biology stresses the classification, evolution, embryology, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of representative species of major phyla of unicellular animal-like protists and metazoan animals. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in the study of the biodiversity of animals.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 232 - Genetics

This is an integrated study of classical transmission genetics and molecular genetics which emphasizes the human organism and draws attention to the evolutionary relatedness of all organisms. Major topics include Mendelian principles, the chromosomal basis of inheritance, the structure and function of DNA, the tools of biotechnology and genomic analysis, and the regulation of gene expression.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

BI 240 - Pathophysiology

BI 240 Pathophysiology emphasizes the fundamental concepts of disease processes. The course covers the basic principles of physiologic dysfunction, such as mechanisms of cell injury and cell death, inflammation, necrosis, tissue regeneration, infectious disease and neoplasia, the body\'s normal response to insult or injury, and disease manifestation. These principles are then applied to dysfunction of the major organ systems: Pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of various systemic diseases are examined and discussed. Students who have not taken BI 121 and BI 122, but have taken BI 117 (and received a B or Higher) may be allowed to enroll in this course. Please contact the Biology department for more information.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)