Sep 28, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)

CROSS-LISTED/CONJOINED COURSES

Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.

COREQUISITE COURSE

A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

PREREQUISITES

Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

For all undergraduate courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required.

For all graduate courses a “B” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “S/U” grade then a “S” grade is required.

WORLD LANGUAGES

No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the world languages. This applies only to lower division world language courses, not upper division courses. 

GRADING OPTIONS

Unless otherwise stated in the course description, each course is letter graded with a P/NP or S/U option (unless required for your major or graduate program). The policy regarding Grading Options , can be found in an alternate section of the catalog.

More information about Course Substitutions  and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.

 

Bio Engineering Small Scale Technology

  
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    BEST 221: Mechanical Behavior of Materials


    Units: 4

    Matrix, tensor, and representation surface descriptions of stress, strain, and material properties (elastic, plastic, photoelastic and piezoelectric). Isotropic and anisotropic properties. Microscopic and macroscopic response of materials to stress, including plasticity due to dislocation motion, twinning and martensitic transformations. Kinetics of plastic deformation. Applications to materials processing, strengthening, and failure. Knowledge in an introductory materials course such as ENGR 045 is strongly suggested.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: MSE 121
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Physics (Graduate) - PHYI
    • IGP Bio Eng & Sm Scale Tech (Graduate) - IGBT
    • Mechanical Engineering (Graduate) - MECE
    • Applied Mathematics (Graduate) - AMAT
    • Bioengineering (Graduate) - BIOE
    • Materials & Biomaterials Science & Engineering (Graduate) - MBSE

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 224: Polymeric Materials


    Units: 4

    Relationships between molecular characteristics, thermodynamics, kinetics, microstructure and properties in the context of polymeric materials. Students will apply their knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to develop a proficient understanding of how structure and processing affect the properties and performance of biological and synthetic polymers.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: MSE 114
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Graduate) - CCB
    • Physics (Graduate) - PHYI
    • IGP Bio Eng & Sm Scale Tech (Graduate) - IGBT
    • Elec Eng & Computer Sci (Graduate) - EECS
    • Environmental Systems (Graduate) - ESYS
    • Quantitative & Systems Biology (Graduate) - QSB
    • Mechanical Engineering (Graduate) - MECE
    • Applied Mathematics (Graduate) - AMAT
    • Bioengineering (Graduate) - BIOE
    • Materials & Biomaterials Science & Engineering (Graduate) - MBSE

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 226: Nanodevice Fabrication: Bridging Research and Education


    Units: 4

    Basic properties of nanomaterials and their applications as transducers (the lecture part). Nanomaterial synthesis using both solution and vapor-based approaches will be performed and a transducer will be fabricated and tested (the lab part). The interactive and experiential education will be blended with theoretical concepts.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: MSE 126
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 230: Computation and Modeling for Interdisciplinary Biophysical Sciences, Biomaterials and Biotechnology


    Units: 3

    Covers cutting-edge applications of computation and modeling tools to problems in biophysical sciences, biomaterials and biotechnology. Team of students will undertake open research projects utilizing tools and languages such as R, Python and C/C++ to address questions ranging from epidemic spreading to protein design.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHYS 230
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Completion of the NSF-CREST CCBM IB3 Summer Training Module in Computation and Modeling is strongly recommended.


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    BEST 231: Imaging and Spectroscopy for Interdisciplinary Biophysical Sciences, Biomaterials and Biotechnology


    Units: 3

    Covers cutting-edge applications of imaging and spectroscopy tools to problems in biophysical sciences, biomaterials and biotechnology. Teams of students will undertake open research projects utilizing tools such as protein expression and purification, single molecule, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy to understand the structure and dynamics of biomolecules.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHYS 231, BIOE 231
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Completion of the NSF-CREST CCBM IB3 Summer Training Module in Computation and Modeling is strongly recommended.


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    BEST 232: Bio and Nano Fabrication for Interdisciplinary Biophysical Sciences, Biomaterials and Biotechnology


    Units: 3

    Covers cutting-edge applications of fabrication tools to problems in biophysical sciences, biomaterials and biotechnology. Teams of students will undertake open research projects utilizing tools such as lithography, electrospinning, cell culture and confocal microscopy to explore cellular and multicellular systems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHYS 232, BIOE 232
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Completion of the NSF-CREST CCBM IB3 Summer Training Module in Nano Biofabrication is strongly recommended.


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    BEST 240: Biomolecular Engineering


    Units: 4

    Focuses on the analysis and design of custom biomolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular complexes. Students will learn the experimental and computational tools/approaches for engineering biomolecules and how to apply these new technologies to solving some of the most pressing problems in biotechnology, medicine and bioengineering.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 285: Seminar: Nanomaterials for Space Exploration


    Units: 1

    Designed for students in materials engineering, physics, and chemistry. Intended to expose students to various nanomaterial-based devices, foster students’ critical thinking in postulating feasible approaches, and develop students’ communication and presentation skills.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: CHEM 285, ME 285, PHYS 285
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 291: Research Seminar


    Units: 1

    Seminar series covering various topics in bioengineering, biomaterials and materials science and engineering, and nanotechnology, hosted by Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies Graduate Group.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 12

    Crosslisted with: BIOE 291
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 292: Group Meeting


    Units: 1

    Meetings to describe current research progress and future research plans led by BEST faculty.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 12

    Crosslisted with: QSB 292
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 293: Journal Club


    Units: 1

    Student-led presentation, analysis and discussion of reading assignments from the scientific literature.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 12

    Crosslisted with: QSB 293, BIOE 293
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 294: Responsible Conduct in Research


    Units: 1

    Covers responsibilities and expectations for researchers as well as advice for success in graduate school and science careers, required for NIH-funded graduate students.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: QSB 294
    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BEST 295: Graduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 12

    Supervised research with BEST faculty.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 12

    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    BEST 298: Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 6

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    BEST 299: Directed Independent Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 6

    Supervised course study with BEST faculty.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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Biological Sciences

  
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    BIO 001: Contemporary Biology


    Units: 4

    Introduces the major concepts in biology including origin of life, evolution, DNA, genes and genomes. Principles and patterns of inheritance, biotechnology, biodiversity, earth systems, environments and disease relationships in addition to ecosystem structures, function, nutrient cycles, pollution, and genotypes to phenotypes.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 001L
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS
    • Chemical Sciences (Undergraduate) - CHEM
    • Cognitive Science (Undergraduate) - COGS

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 001L: Contemporary Biology Lab


    Units: 1

    BIO 001L is the laboratory component of BIO 001 Contemporary Biology

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS
    • Chemical Sciences (Undergraduate) - CHEM
    • Cognitive Science (Undergraduate) - COGS
    • Earth Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESS
    • Environmental Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESY

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 002: Introduction to Molecular Biology


    Units: 4

    Introduces the molecules and molecular processes underlying life. Overview of structures and chemical properties of biological macromolecules.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 002L
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 002L: Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab


    Units: 1

    Laboratory exercises demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 002

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 002
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 003: To Know Ourselves: Molecular Basis of Health and Disease


    Units: 4

    Introduces the molecular basis of a number of human diseases and molecular-based therapies for disease treatment.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 005: Concepts and Issues in Biology Today


    Units: 4

    Fundamental biological concepts in the areas of genetics, evolution and ecology are explored in the context of current issues enabling students to understand the relevance of biology to their lives both as individuals and as voting citizens.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Cannot be taken for credit after successfully completing: BIO 001, BIO 002
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Not recommended for BIO majors


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    BIO 018: Statistics for Scientific Data Analysis


    Units: 4

    Analytical and computational methods for statistical analysis of data. Descriptive statistics, graphical representations of data, correlation, regression, causation, experiment design, introductory probability, random variables, sampling distributions, inference and significance.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 005 or MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 015 or CSE 005 or CSE 020 or ENVE 105 or equivalent exam)
    Cannot be taken for credit after successfully completing: MATH 032
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 034: Introduction to Marine Science


    Units: 4

    An introduction to biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, marine geomorphology, and their synthesis in the study of marine life; also including relationships with atmospheric, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. Areas of emphasis include ecosystems (from the deep sea to saltwater ponds), the integrated coastal zone, resource management, and global change.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 034
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 043: Biodiversity and Conservation


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the study of biodiversity and conservation. Patterns, origin, and importance of biodiversity are discussed. An introduction to the major biological groups and the conservation efforts used to preserve contemporary biodiversity.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 043
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 046: Paleobiology: Age of Dinosaurs


    Units: 4

    Dinosaurs are used to explore the development of science and fundamental concepts of geology, evolution, and biodiversity. Students are also introduced to basic anatomy and the underlying unity of animal form. Current controversies such as mass extinctions are explored, and students weigh evidence in coming to their own interpretations.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 047: Astrobiology


    Units: 4

    Astrobiology refers to the study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos: What is life, how did it form, and where is it? It is an integrative, multidisciplinary field that includes areas of astronomy, biology, (bio)chemistry, geology, and physics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 047
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 050: Human Development


    Units: 4

    Male and female reproductive systems, hormonal control of egg-sperm interactions, fertilization, venereal disease, embryonic development, fetal physiology.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 051: Cancer and Aging


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the biology of cancer and aging, including discussions of the biological and molecular basis of aging and cancer, novel and conventional cancer treatments, cancer prevention, and prospects for new approaches to increase longevity and health.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 060: Nutrition


    Units: 4

    Introduction to nutrition science that integrates basic concepts of nutrients, human physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and the psychology of wellness.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs


    Units: 4

    Provides an introduction to the history of life, emphasizing the radiation of dinosaur species throughout the Mesozoic Era, and ecological roles filled by different dinosaur groups. Connections will be made between the ecological, and environmental events shaping the Mesozoic and those experienced throughout the Anthropocene.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 065
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Weekly meetings to discuss biological research and current issues in the biological sciences, including career opportunities.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    BIO 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    BIO 099: Lower Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    BIO 101: Biochemistry I


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of proteins, enzymes, enzyme kinetics, and carbohydrates metabolism in living organisms.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: CHEM 111
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CHEM 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 102: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    Units: 4

    Mechanisms of amino acid, nucleic acid, and lipid metabolism plus advanced mechanisms of gene expression, signal transduction, and regulation of gene expression.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: CHEM 122
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 104: Biophysics


    Units: 4

    Aims to give students an understanding of relevant physical principles for biological systems, introduce them to experimental and theoretical techniques of biophysics and to communicate the excitement of cutting-edge biophysics research. Topics include diffusion, fluids, entropic forces, motor proteins, enzymes, nerve impulses, networks and evolution.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHYS 104
    Conjoined with: PHYS 204
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 018 or PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 019 or PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 104L: Biophysics Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 104 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 101 or BIO 002) and (ENGR 130 or CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 104
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 105: Enzymology


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of enzyme mechanisms and regulation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002 and (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 105L: Enzymology Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 105 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002 and (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam)
    Corequisite: BIO 105
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 106: Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of the mechanisms of nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation as well as gene regulation and expression.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 107: Physical Biochemistry


    Units: 4

    Study of Biochemistry via properties that can be quantitatively assessed to provide specific molecular information. Such properties include macromolecular folding, multimerization, structure, and ligand binding. Properties of macromolecules and on the experimental techniques that can quantitatively probe these properties.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 207
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 and (MATH 021 or MATH 011 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 110: The Cell


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the structure and function of bacterial, plant and animal cells, with an emphasis on universal cellular systems, including regulation of sub-cellular organization, control of cellular processes by internal and external signaling, energy capture, storage and usage, and cell cycle.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHEM 111, either of which may be taken concurrently, or BIO 002
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 111: Cells, Tissues and Organs


    Units: 4

    Introduction to principles of cell structure and the organization of cells into tissues, organs, and organ systems. Both the cellular and extracellular components of the primary tissues and their compilation into the major organic systems are covered. Emphasis on understanding the link between cellular architectures and organ function.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 113: Sustainability in the Anthropocene


    Units: 4

    Teaches intermediate-level concepts in sustainability and Anthropocene studies in the context of societal issues facing this and future generations. The goal is to help prepare students to effectively interpret, generate, and use data and multiple modes of communication in future venues as a researcher or a citizen.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 113
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 120: General Microbiology


    Units: 4

    Molecular basis for diversity in bacteria and archae. Students explore the significance of molecular diversity in microbial biology and gain an understanding of the genetic, physiologic, and structure-function relationships that underlie the remarkable ability of these organisms to adapt to the environment.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 120L: General Microbiology Laboratory


    Units: 3

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 120 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 120
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 121: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology


    Units: 4

    Fundamentals of microbiology in ecological and environmental systems, including the distribution of microbial diversity throughout terrestrial, ‘extreme,’ and marine environments; microbial control of global biogeochemical cycles; and environmental services provided by microorganisms. Both classical and contemporary biochemical, molecular, and genomic approaches to microbial physiology, metabolism, and ecology will be discussed.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 120
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam) and (ESS 001 or BIO 001 or ENVE 020 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 122: Microbial Pathogenesis


    Units: 4

    Covers the biology of medically important microorganisms, including bacterial and fungal pathogens. Focuses on the mechanisms and epidemiology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on the strategies used by microorganisms to infect their hosts.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or BIO 151
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 123: Human Parasitology


    Units: 4

    Introduction to protozoan and helminth parasitism in animals and humans and resultant diseases. Emphasis will be on epidemiology, biology, and immunology of parasitic infections.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 223
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or BIO 151
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 124: Microbial Evolution


    Units: 4

    Evolution of microbes. Concepts covered include horizontal exchange, genome evolution, dispersal of microbes, population size, cryptic genes, mutagenesis and mutagenic pathways, phylogenetics, experimental evolution, metabolic evolution and antimicrobial resistance evolution.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 127: General Virology


    Units: 4

    Introduction to biology of bacterial and animal viruses, focusing on structure, infective cycle, interactions with host, transmission and methods of detection and control. Discusses scientific literature and current topics in virology.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 227
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    BIO 140 strongly recommended


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    BIO 127LA: General Virology Lab A


    Units: 4

    Introduction to discovery-based research through a two-semester experience. In the first semester, students isolate bacteriophages (bacterial viruses), purify and characterize them by restriction digestion and electron microscopy, and prepare viral genomic DNA for sequencing in the first semester. Students are expected to enroll in the second semester to complete the two-semester discovery-based research experience.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002 and BIO 002L
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Applied Mathematical Sciences (Undergraduate) - MATH
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS
    • Chemical Sciences (Undergraduate) - CHEM
    • Computer Science & Engineering (Undergraduate) - CSE
    • Earth Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESS
    • Environmental Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESY
    • Environmental Engineering (Undergraduate) - ENVE

    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 127LB: General Virology Lab B


    Units: 4

    Introduction to discovery-based research through a two-semester experience. In the second semester, students receive genomic sequences from previously isolated and characterized bacteriophages. Students then employ bioinformatics methods to annotate the bacteriophage’s genome sequence. After quality control checks, the students’ annotated sequence is submitted to the GenBank database. Students present their isolated, characterized, and annotated bacteriophage in a poster presentation, which completes the two-semester discovery-based research experience.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 127LA
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Applied Mathematical Sciences (Undergraduate) - MATH
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS
    • Chemical Sciences (Undergraduate) - CHEM
    • Computer Science & Engineering (Undergraduate) - CSE
    • Earth Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESS
    • Environmental Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESY
    • Environmental Engineering (Undergraduate) - ENVE

    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 129: Paleoecology


    Units: 3

    Introduction to the relationships of fossil organisms to one another and to their physical environment, focusing on terrestrial paleoecology of the past 2.5 million years. This class will introduce past environments, discuss common proxies for studying paleoecology, and examine ecological principles as applied to the past.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 129
    Conjoined with: ES 229
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 148 or ESS 148) and (one lower-division BIO or ESS course, or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 130: Plant Biology


    Units: 4

    Introduces students to the basics of plant biology. Topics covered include plant biochemistry and metabolism, anatomy, reproduction, evolution, and ecological interactions, as well as the interactions between plants and humans in the context of agriculture, medicine, and global change.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 130
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or BIO 148 or ESS 148 or equivalent exam) and (CHEM 002 or CHEM 002H or equivalent exam)
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 133: Flora of California


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the plant diversity of California. It consists of lectures and labs focusing on plant identification in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada and covers concepts such as endemism, plant/soil interactions, and vegetation types.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 133
    Conjoined with: ES 227
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or ESS 001 or BIO 148 or ESS 050 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 134: Marine Sciences Theory and Practice


    Units: 4

    Integrative studies of ocean and coastal ecosystems, including current issues. Also referencing relationships with atmospheric, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. Areas of emphasis include practical field study in the coastal zone in any area of marine science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 034 and (BIO 141 orBIO 148)
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 135: Public Health Genetics


    Units: 4

    Explores the structure of genes and the human genome, types of genetic variation, their mechanistic and evolutionary origins, their roles in shaping health, and the societal implications of genetic variation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PH 135
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PH 001 or PH 100 or PH 005 or BIO 001 or PSY 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 140: Genetics


    Units: 4

    Includes concepts of inheritance, structure and function of genes and genomes, recombination, genetic mapping, gene regulation, mutations, and recombinant DNA technology including labs and discussions.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002
    Concurrent Prerequisites: (MATH 012 or MATH 022) and (MATH 018 or BIO 018 or MATH 032 or ENVE 105 or PSY 010 or equivalent course accepted by the Biology major or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 141: Evolution


    Units: 4

    Explores the fundamentals of modern evolutionary biology, including natural selection, population genetics, molecular evolution, speciation, and phylogenetics.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHEM 111 or BIO 002
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 142: Genome Biology


    Units: 5

    Introduction to the concepts behind genome biology and a detailed overview of the many tools used in comparative genomics. Specific topics include genome assembly, gene modeling and comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Students carry out real scientific projects in collaboration with course faculty and produce new genomic data of publishable quality. Includes mandatory weekly three hour lab.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 143: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the biological diversity in the three domains of the Tree of Life (Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, and Eukaryotes): overview of species diversity as well as diversity in the deep characteristics (e.g., reproduction, metabolism, structure) of plants, animals, fungi, and microbes. Illustrated by complementary field trips and labs (part of BIO 143F).

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 143F: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life


    Units: 1

    Field trips and labs reinforcing topics covered in BIO 143 . Five field trips illustrate the biodiversity of different regions of California (seashore, Central Valley, foothills, and Sierra Nevada). Wet labs serve to examine the organisms collected during field trips, and participate in a long-term DNA Barcoding project of the field sites visited.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    Corequisite: BIO 143
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 144: Phylogenetics


    Units: 4

    Theory behind phylogenetic reconstruction and an introduction to the diverse methods for phylogenetic inference. How to deal with morphological and molecular characters is discussed as well as the comparative method.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 140 and (MATH 032 or MATH 018 or BIO 018 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 144L: Phylogenetics Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 144 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Corequisite: BIO 144
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 145: Introduction to Population and Community Ecology


    Units: 4

    Comprehensive introduction to the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems. Examines the dynamics of single-species populations, and then moves to species interactions including competition, predation, parasitism, and mutualism. Structure and dynamics of entire communities and food webs also are examined. Discusses conservation biology applications throughout.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 146: Paleobiology


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the major geological factors that have affected the evolution and the diversity of organisms. We also present how the fossil record can help us understand evolution of Life through time, with an emphasis on macro-evolutionary events (e.g., mass extinctions, transitions between habitats, radiations).

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 140
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 148: Fundamentals of Ecology


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the principles of ecology at population, community, ecosystem, landscape, and global scales.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 148
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or BIO 005 or ESS 001 or ESS 005 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 148F: Ecology Field and Lab Course


    Units: 1

    Supports field and lab activities for BIO 148  and ESS 148  and will reinforce class activities. Some lessons will occur off campus and students will need to arrange transportation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 148 or ESS 148
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 149: Conservation Biology


    Units: 4

    Detailed examination of the evolutionary, ecological, management, and policy issues related to the conservation of ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. Theory and practical aspects of biological conservation are also presented, with special reference to case studies from California.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 149
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 018 or BIO 018 or MATH 032 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    BIO 148 recommended


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    BIO 149F: Conservation Biology Lab


    Units: 1

    Field and laboratory exercises reinforcing material presented in BIO 149 /ESS 149 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 149
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 150: Embryos, Genes, and Development


    Units: 4

    Principles of developmental biology as revealed through analysis of invertebrate and vertebrate systems. Animal models are used to examine the molecular and cellular mechanisms that influence cell fate. Cell signaling is studied in the context of embryonic pattern formation and the development of body plans and organ systems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 250
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 150L: Developmental Biology Laboratory


    Units: 3

    Laboratory exercises and experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 150 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 150
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Bioengineering (Undergraduate) - BENG
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS

    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 151: Molecular Immunology


    Units: 4

    Emphasis on development and function of hematopoietic and immune systems and their roles in responding to environmental change, maintenance of health, and disease pathogenesis.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 151L: Molecular Immunology Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 151 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 151
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 152: Cancer Genetics and Tumor Biology


    Units: 4

    Topics include viral and hormonal carcinogenesis, molecular aberrations in cancer, tumor development, epigenetics and cancer, tumor immunology, oncogenes.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 153: Evolution and Development


    Units: 4

    Comparison and contrast of the development and developmental cues of a variety of animals and emphasizes how conserved developmental pathways have been manipulated through evolutionary processes to produce different physical features. The effects of regulatory region mutations, gene duplication, and genetic co-opting are investigated.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 253
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 154: Developmental Immunology


    Units: 4

    An in-depth exploration of the development of the immune system. Topics include the biology of primary lymphoid organs (particularly the thymus and bone marrow) and early development of lymphoid and myeloid cells. Emphasis is on the temporal, microenvironmental, genetic and molecular control of immune cell development.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 151 or BIO 150
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 155: Microbial Symbiosis


    Units: 4

    Focuses on symbiotic interactions between eukaryotes and microbes, and the molecular and genetic techniques that enable their study. Course materials focus on the fundamental concepts of symbioses; their evolution, ecology, and role in plant- animal- and human health. Includes a genomics bioinformatics lab component and individual research projects.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 155 
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002 and BIO 140
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 156: Ecological Dynamics


    Units: 3

    Introduction to theoretical ecology, involving a tour through population dynamics, stochastic processes, and ecological networks. Students will become familiar and comfortable with basic theoretical models in ecology and understand how these models are used to gain information about biological systems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 156
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 157: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology


    Units: 4

    Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their physical environment within an Earth-system context. Focuses on energy, water, and nutrient flows through the living (plants, animals, microorganisms) and nonliving (soils, atmosphere) components of both natural and human-modified terrestrial ecosystems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 124
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 148 or ESS 148
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 160: Comparative Physiology


    Units: 4

    Covers the function of the major organ systems by studying species-specific adaptations across the vertebrate subphylum, emphasizing physiological adaptations to environmental challenges. Locomotion, reproduction, cardiovascular, renal, and pulmonary function serve as the models for assessing the cellular basis for physiologic adaptation across the spectrum of vertebrates.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 002 or BIO 101
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 160L: Comparative Physiology Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 160 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 160
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 161: Human Physiology


    Units: 5

    Understanding the mechanisms underlying function of major human organs. Emphasis includes neural transmission and action potential, cardiovascular, renal and gastrointestinal physiology, metabolism, and endocrinology. Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in lecture with an emphasis on scientific method.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 261
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHEM 111
    Concurrent Prerequisites: PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 162: Evolutionary Constraints of Physiology


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the materials upon which evolution acts. We study the structure of animals, the materials from which living organisms are made and the limitations that those materials impose upon evolution.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 160
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 163: Endocrinology


    Units: 4

    Basic principles of endocrinology; structure and functions of endocrine glands primarily in mammals with reference to other vertebrates for comparison; hormonal control of kidney function, metabolism, neural transmission, and reproduction; mechanisms of hormone actions.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110 and BIO 160 and (CHEM 008 or CHEM 008H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 163L: Endocrinology Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 163  with an emphasis on analytical techniques in endocrinology.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Corequisite: BIO 163
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 164: Human Anatomy


    Units: 5

    Introduction to the basic concepts of human anatomy at the cell, tissue, and organ levels, through a system-based approach (e.g., skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive). Laboratories include dissection of mammal organs (cat, sheep, cow), observation of human models and histological slides of human tissues, and interactive computer based exercises.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 170: Neurobiology


    Units: 4

    Examination of the general operations of the central and peripheral nervous system. Covers cellular neuroscience, including the molecular basis of excitability, synaptic transmission, and neuronal signal transduction, as well as the organization and operations of the major neural systems associated with sensation, locomotion, and higher brain function.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 170L: Neurobiology Laboratory


    Units: 1

    Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 170 .

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 170
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 171: Neurobiology of Brain Dysfunction and Disorders


    Units: 4

    Teaches in-depth cellular- and molecular-based mechanisms of brain dysfunctions by drug abuse, altered neuronal activities, and neurodegenerative diseases. Fundamental neurobiology of the central nervous system, pharmacology/toxicology, and biochemistry and anatomy of the brain will also be covered.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110 and BIO 170
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 172: Sustainability of Agricultural Ecosystems


    Units: 4

    Application of ecological theory to understand sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems at local to global scales. Topics include nutrient cycling, biodiversity, landscape connectivity, soil fertility, organic matter management, and climate resilience.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 172
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 148 or BIO 148  
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 174: Stable Isotope Ecology


    Units: 4

    The fundamentals of stable isotope ecology, biochemistry, and geochemistry using both lecture and lab. Isotope systematics for carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur and how they operate in plants, animals, soils, microbes, and enzymes are the course’s framework. Lab section will teach sample preparation and hypothesis building using stable isotopes.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ESS 174
    Conjoined with: ES 274
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 148 or ESS 148
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 175: Biostatistics


    Units: 4

    Advances in statistical techniques to investigate experimental data generated in molecular, cellular, and evolutionary biology, and health sciences research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 018 or MATH 032 or BIO 018 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 177: Genes, Brains, and Behavior


    Units: 4

    Physiological systems underlying animal behavior, including the genetic basis for normal and abnormal behaviors. Topics include: history of behavioral genetics; nature vs. nurture; genetic model systems including worms, flies, and mice; molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral phenotypes; gene regulation in behavioral change; circuits; genetics of human behavior and psychiatric disorders.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 110
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 161 or BIO 170 or PSY 181 or COGS 144
    Corequisite: BIO 161 or BIO 170 or PSY 181 or COGS 144
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 180: Mathematical Modeling for Biology


    Units: 4

    Statistical analysis and mathematical modeling skills for life scientists. The first half of this course is about building statistical models of complex data sets and the second half is about using population models to describe demographic change, ecosystems and epidemics. Extensive computer laboratories using the “R” statistical language.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 002 or CHEM 111 or BIO 101) and (MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 018 or PSY 010 or MATH 032 or BIO 018 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Since this class is being converted to an online format, there is no longer the limitation of seats in a computer room for the lab/discussion sessions.  However, during at least the first semester (S19) that this online course is offered, the 2 1-hour midterm and 3-hour final exams will be conducted in-person.  Therefore, a suitable room or rooms will need to be available for these exams.


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    BIO 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation


    Units: 4

    Uses lectures and laboratory exercises to teach the principles and practice of molecular modeling with a focus on simulations of biological macromolecules. Topics covered include classical molecular dynamics, molecular mechanics, docking, and visualization. The computational laboratories will involve simulations of systems including water, micelles, DNA, and proteins.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 281
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (CHEM 008 or CHEM 008H) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 015 or CSE 020 or BIO 180 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 182: Bioinformatics


    Units: 5

    Detailed introduction to the tools, algorithms, statistics and databases used in bioinformatics, emphasizing an open-source, command-line toolbox approach. Topics may include: alignments, search, gene/motif classification, phylogenetics, genomics, gene expression, ontologies, structure and networks. Course includes a mandatory computer laboratory. Prior programming experience recommended, but not assumed.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 101 and (MATH 018 or MATH 032 or BIO 018 or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: BIO 140
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    BIO 183: Population Genetics


    Units: 4

    A study of the various factors that affect gene flow and frequency within a population. Theories of selection, neutrality, drift, hitchhiking, recombination, mutation, isolation, in-breeding, and selfish genetic elements are taught along with statistical tests and experimental methods for detecting these forces.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: QSB 283
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 140 and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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