Biological Sciences Course Offerings
Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.
Some 400/500/600-level courses are on an alternate-year schedule. Check with Department of Biological Sciences Office for schedule.
|BIOL||101||Concepts of Biology||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Study of the nature and interaction of living things on the planet. Includes cell organization; diversity and structure of plants and animals; DNA and genetics; ecology; and evolution. Primarily for students without a strong high school biology or chemistry background. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 001.
|BIOL||103||Human Anatomy||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Study of the structure of the human body, to include muscles, bones, heart, brain, ear, eye, and other systems, as well as a short look at development of the fetus. Lab work entails dissection of the cat and study of the human skeleton. This is an approved General Education course. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 003. CAN BIOL10.
|BIOL||104||Human Physiology||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Basic functioning of the organ systems of the human body, including the brain and nervous system; vision and hearing; heart and circulation; blood and immunity; respiration, digestion and metabolism; muscles; excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 004. CAN BIOL12.
|BIOL||105||Food, Fiber, and Drugs||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Designed specifically for non-majors. Emphasis on broad biological principles, as illustrated by plants, and the economic importance and role of plants in human ecology. Formerly BIOL 005.
|BIOL||108||Principles of Biology||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Principles of Biology provides an understanding of the human ecosystem and the effects of human populations on ecosystem productivity; the theories of evolution and heredity; modern genetic technology; the biology of cancer and AIDS; and human reproduction. Laboratory consists of scientific investigations designed by students. Designed primarily for students in the sciences and related fields. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 008.
|BIOL||151||Biological Principles||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Introduction to biological molecules, bioenergetics, cellular structure and function, elements of molecular biology and genetics, and mechanisms of macroevolution and systematics. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 006A.
|BIOL||152||Biological Principles||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Introduction to evolutionary history and biological diversity, microbes and protists, invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Form and function of plants and animals. Ecological principles. Formerly BIOL 006B.
|BIOL||198||Special Topics||1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly BIOL 098.
|BIOL||209||General Botany||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Introduction to morphology, physiology, ecology, and evolution of all plant groups. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 009. CAN BIOL 6.
|BIOL||210||General Zoology||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Introduction to the animal kingdom, emphasizing relationships, adaptations, development, morphology, and physiology of the major groups. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 010. CAN BIOL 4.
|BIOL||211||General Microbiology||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Introduction to structure/function, metabolism, genetics, ecological interactions and pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms. In addition, the roles of microorganisms in sanitation and in the food and biotechnology industries will be discussed. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 011. CAN BIOL14.
Analysis of the evidence for evolution and the nature of the process. Darwinism, neo-Darwinism, sociobiology, conflicts and misconceptions regarding evolution, creationism, and evolution of the human body and mind are considered. Formerly BIOL 102.
|BIOL||303||Human Genetics||3.0 Fa/Spr|
The inheritance, expression, and evolution of the genetic material in humans. Topics include genetic engineering, gene therapy, prenatal diagnosis, cancer, the human genome project, genetic influences on human behavior, such as homosexuality and mental illness, and the social and ethical consequences of the new technologies. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 103.
|BIOL||305||Museum Techniques||2.0 Inquire|
Techniques of preparing biological specimens for study and display, with emphasis on vertebrate specimens. Museum and taxidermy mounts, wet and dry skeletons, and other preservation and display techniques will be covered. Practical work will be stressed. Formerly BIOL 007.
|BIOL||307||Microbes and Disease||3.0 Spring|
Overview of infectious diseases, immunological diseases, vaccines, and modern approaches to disease control. Formerly BIOL 107.
|BIOL||315||Human Biology||3.0 Spring|
A study of human beings from a biological perspective, including their evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Formerly BIOL 115.
|BIOL||318||Biology of Childhood||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Basic biological principles, including the scientific method, reproduction, development, physiology, and anatomy. The biological basis of childhood diseases, immunity, nutrition, issues of health and well-being, and the relevance of biological information in social, political, and ethical decision making regarding children. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 118.
|BIOL||322||Science and Human Values||3.0 Spring|
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 116.
|BIOL||322H||Science and Human Values <197> Honors||3.0 Fall|
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 116H.
|BIOL||334||Conservation Ecology||3.0 Fa/Spr|
An examination of ecological principles and the impact of increasing population and technology upon the environment. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 134.
|BIOL||341||Agricultural Entomology and Insect Control||3.0 Spring|
Recognition, taxonomy, morphology, and life histories of agriculturally important insects. Control measures, including biological, cultural, and chemical. Formerly BIOL 141.
|BIOL||342||Field Biology||3.0 Fa/Spr|
Plant and animal morphology, classification, and ecological relationships examined through field and laboratory study. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 142.
|BIOL||345||Biology of Cancer||3.0 Fa/Spr|
An introduction to cancer; what it is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed and treated. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly BIOL 195.
|BIOL||351||Introduction to Biological Literature||1.0 Fa/Spr|
Majors are expected to take this course prior to or concurrent with enrollment in any 200-level biology course. Principles of library research, scientific writing, and scientific data recording. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. Formerly BIOL 201.
A detailed study of the principles of classical, molecular, and population/evolutionary genetics. Activities will include computer simulations of segregation, linkage, and population genetics, internet-based database searches for genetic diseases and cloned genes, and searches of the current genetic literature. Formerly BIOL 207.
|BIOL||380||Computer Applications in Biology||3.0 Spring|
Models of biological processes and systems will be used to introduce the potentials for computing in biological research. Formerly BIOL 152.
|BIOL||389||Clinical Laboratory Observation||1.0 Fa/Spr|
Students observe in a clinical hospital laboratory and in a private clinical laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly BIOL 189.
|BIOL||398||Special Topics||1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly BIOL 198.
|BIOL||399||Special Problems||1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Research in biology under direct supervision of faculty member. For majors only. This course counts toward the upper-division biology units required for the BS. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly BIOL 199.
|BIOL||400||Fundamentals of Ecology||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Interrelationships among living organisms, field observations of such phenomena. Application of quantitative and qualitative methods to the interpretation of ecological phenomena. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 258.
|BIOL||402||Microbial Ecology||4.0 Spring|
The roles and interactions of viruses, bacteria, algae, protozoa, and fungi in the natural and human environment, stressing fundamental principles of ecology and evolution. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 275.
|BIOL||404||Aquatic Ecology||4.0 Fall|
Physical, chemical, and biological factors influencing the ecology of inland waters. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 259.
|BIOL||408||Principles of Evolution||3.0 Fall|
A detailed study of the evolutionary process, including history, natural selection, population genetics, molecular evolution, speciation, coevolution, and macroevolution. Formerly BIOL 251.
|BIOL||410||Cell and Molecular Biology||4.0 Fall|
Introductory analysis of the structure and related functions of cells with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms involved in membrane functon, signal transduction, intracellular compartments and transport, cell division, and apoptosis. Formerly BIOL 202.
|BIOL||412||Bacterial Physiology||4.0 Spring|
Study of bacterial structure and function, modes of metabolism, regulatory responses to environmental change and stress, and microbial aspects of nutrition and growth. Formerly BIOL 272.
|BIOL||414||Plant Physiology||4.0 Fa/Spr|
Functions in higher plants; water and soil relations, photosynthesis, respiration, enzyme action, and growth. Formerly BIOL 215.
|BIOL||416||Vertebrate Physiology||4.0 Fa/Spr|
General features of vertebrate physiology. Function of muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, and endocrine systems. Formerly BIOL 214.
|BIOL||417||Cell Physiology||3.0 Spring|
Detailed study of cellular function, with emphasis on regulation of cellular processes, modern experimental techniques, and a chemical approach to the cell in general. Formerly BIOL 206.
This course provides students with background and fundamental information necessary to pursue neuroscience at the graduate or professional level. Cellular and molecular mechanisms within mammalian central nervous system are emphasized. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 269.
|BIOL||420||Invertebrate Zoology||4.0 EvenSp|
A survey of the basic biology of the principal invertebrate phyla. Emphasis placed both on morphology and contribution of each group to biological principles. Formerly BIOL 250.
|BIOL||422||General Entomology||4.0 Spring|
The morphology, ecology, and physiology of insects. Economic entomology and medical entomology, and taxonomy. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 263.
Biology of human and animal parasites, with emphasis on life cycles and control strategies. Formerly BIOL 212.
Principles and theories of animal delevopments, emphasizing the vertebrate. Formerly BIOL 220.
|BIOL||428||Animal Behavior||3.0 OddFa|
Consideration of the basic problems in animal behavior, including orientation, social behavior, and the nature and organization of animal societies. Formerly BIOL 256.
|BIOL||430||Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates||4.0 Fall|
Explanation of the anatomical similarities and differences of selected vertebrates. The evolution and adaptive significance of various systems are considered. Formerly BIOL 205.
Morphology, ecology, behavior, and systematics of California fishes, with an introduction to fisheries biology. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 261.
The morphology, evolution, physiology, behavior, ecology, and taxonomy of amphibians and reptiles. California amphibians and reptiles are emphasized, including field studies of local species. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 264.
The morphology, evolution, ecology, physiology, taxonomy, and behavior of birds, including field studies of local species. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 265.
Study of evolution, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior of mammals. California mammals will be emphasized in lab. Formerly BIOL 266.
|BIOL||440||Plant Anatomy and Development||4.0 Spring|
Plant anatomical study with inclusion of modern genetic methods of analysis for a molecular understanding of plant development. Developmental concepts include biochemical signal, genetic control of cell division, cell differentiation and cell death in relationship to formation of the plant body and life cycle completion. Formerly BIOL 223.
|BIOL||442||Plant Morphology||4.0 Fall|
Comparative morphology of plant and fungal types, emphasizing evolution of structures and methods of reproduction. Formerly BIOL 225.
|BIOL||446||Plant Pathology||4.0 Fall|
Study of plant pathology encompassing parasitism and disease in plants, pathogen attack strategies, diseased plant physiology, plant defense mechanisms, environmental effects on disease and descriptions of diseases and treatments. Formerly BIOL 228.
|BIOL||448||Plant Systematics||4.0 Spring|
Principles of plant classification with field study of local flora, emphasizing the higher plants and their phylogenetic relationships. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 240.
|BIOL||450||Plant Geography||2.0 Fall|
Discussion of the major plant communities with interpretation of environmental, migrational, and evolutionary processes affecting their distribution. Formerly BIOL 255.
|BIOL||450L||Plant Geography Laboratory||1.0 EvnFa|
Field trips to local plant communities and laboratory work emphasizing range patterns of California plants. Formerly BIOL 255L.
Reproduction, morphology, taxonomy, and economic importance of the algae. Field and laboratory work with both freshwater and marine representatives. Formerly BIOL 226.
A survey of the fungi, with emphasis upon structure and development, classification, and economic importance. Formerly BIOL 227.
|BIOL||456||Field Botany||2.0 Summer|
An examination of the ecological factors of plant distribution; taxonomy of the plants of biotic communities of northeastern California. Offered only at Eagle Lake Biological Field Station. Formerly BIOL 262.
Microscopic analysis of tissues, organs, and organ systems of vertebrates emphasizing mammalian histophysiology. Formerly BIOL 203.
The study of blood in normal and abnormal conditions. Formerly BIOL 208.
|BIOL||464||Medical Genetics||3.0 Spring|
Lectures on genetic diseases in humans, emphasizing the biochemical and molecular advances in diagnosis, treatment, gene therapy, and prevention. A significant portion of the course will deal with the molecular biology of cancer and the Human Genome Project. Formerly BIOL 217.
The development and expression of the immune response, the basic principles of antigen-antibody reactions and their relevance to medicine, genetics, taxonomy, and evolution. Formerly BIOL 270.
|BIOL||470||Medical Bacteriology||5.0 Fall|
Biological characteristics of medically important bacteria. Mechanisms of pathogenecity and host-resistance. Laboratory procedures for isolation and identification. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 216.
|BIOL||472||Microbial Genetics||4.0 Fall|
The molecular basis of mutation and recombination, mechanisms of gene transfer, transcription in bacteria and bacteriophages, genetics and biochemistry of regulation of bacterial operons, and bacteriophage development, and recombinant DNA application to genetic engineering. Formerly BIOL 273.
|BIOL||474||Food and Industrial Microbiology||3.0 Spring|
Study of micro-organisms of industrial importance, emphasizing nutrition, metabolism, cultivation, and processing. Formerly BIOL 219.
|BIOL||476||General Virology||4.0 EvnFa|
The physical, chemical, and biological properties of bacteria and animal viruses, and their interactions with the host at cellular and organismic levels. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 218.
|BIOL||479||Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology||3.0 Summer|
This comprehensive field course introduces students to zooarchaeology, vertebrate osteology, fragmentary bone identification, as well as vertebrate ecology and natural history through a spectrum of lectures, laboratory exercises and field activities. This course is offered at the Eagle Lake Biological Field Station. Formerly BIOL 279.
|BIOL||480||Developmental Biology||3.0 EvnFa|
Includes concepts of macro-molecular assembly, biochemical signals, genetic controls, and morphological processes involved during development of organisms. The experimentally oriented laboratory exercises cover cell differentiation in fungi, plants, and animals, cell movement and communication mechanisms, teratogenic effects on limb development, regeneration, and metamorphosis. Formerly BIOL 230.
|BIOL||484||Field Ecology||3.0 Inquire|
Principles of ecology illustrated in the context of biotic communities of northern California. Field studies using quantitative and qualitative approaches. Laboratory segment offered at Eagle Lake Biological Field Station. Formerly BIOL 254.
|BIOL||485||Electron Microscopy||2.0 Spring|
Introduction to electron optics and electron microscope construction. Electron microscope operation by demonstration only. Formerly BIOL 295.
This internship course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register with a supervising faculty member. The internship program is designed to provide students with direct field or laboratory research experience in occupational settings. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly BIOL 289.
|BIOL||492||Seminars in Biological Science||1.0 Fa/Spr|
Analysis of seminars on various topics in the biological sciences. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly BIOL 292.
|BIOL||494||Senior Seminar in Biology||1.0 Fa/Spr|
Presentation and discussion of scientific reports based on current literature. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly BIOL 291.
|BIOL||496||Field Studies in Natural History||1.0-3.0 Inquire|
This course is a field study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with as supervising faculty member. Concentrated field study of habitats or organisms in the field. Forty-five hours of field work for each unit of credit. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Formerly BIOL 296.
|BIOL||498||Special Topics||1.0-4.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly BIOL 298.
|BIOL||499H||Honors Research in Biological Sciences||6.0 Inquire|
An intensive 6-unit, one-year course in biological research. See department office for details. (Open only to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major.) The course will consist of participation in a team research effort. Formerly BIOL 299H.
|BIOL||510||Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology||3.0 EvnFa|
Theory and strategies used in procaryotic and eucaryotic molecular biology. DNA manipulations, cloning systems, immunological assays, and protein purification and analytical techniques. Formerly BIOL 331.
|BIOL||512||Advanced Physiology/Cell Biology||3.0 OddFa|
Examination of the underlying molecular and bio-chemical mechanisms which allow physiological adaptations, establishment of pattern formation and differentiation of eucaryotic organisms. Formerly BIOL 332.
|BIOL||514||Population Ecology||4.0 EvnFa|
Study and lecture/discussion of population ecology, with an emphasis on field methods used on local populations. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 357.
|BIOL||558||Community and Ecosystem Ecology||3.0 OddSp|
The analysis, modeling, and computer simulation of the structure and function of communities and ecosystems, with emphasis on patterns of competition, predation, energy and nutrient flow and succession. Formerly BIOL 358.
|BIOL||562||Experimental Parasitology||3.0 Inquire|
Laboratory and field studies of parasitic infections. Directed original investigations and experimentation on the parasites of humans, domestic animals, and natural infections of animals in the wild. Formerly BIOL 312.
|BIOL||563||Social Insects||3.0 OddFa|
An advanced course for studying the problems of phylogeny, behavior, social organization, ecology, and zoogeography of social insects. Formerly BIOL 363.
|BIOL||569||Topics in Limnology||4.0 OddSp|
Study of the functional dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. Formerly BIOL 359.
|BIOL||570||Developmental Plant Biology||4.0 EvnFa|
A consideration of the processes involved in plant growth and the development of form, with emphasis on higher plants and recent experimental approaches. Formerly BIOL 330.
|BIOL||571||Plant Systematics||4.0 OddSp|
Advanced principles of plant classification, with emphasis on the grasses, sedges, and composites. Formerly BIOL 340.
|BIOL||572||Plant Ecology||4.0 EvenSp|
Autecology, emphasizing California vascular plants, with focus on current topics in behavioral and reproductive ecology. Field project work and detailed literature survey. Formerly BIOL 352.
|BIOL||575||Ecological Plant Physiology||4.0 Spring|
This course focuses on the way different plant species and functional types react in various locations and in all climatic zones. Emphasis is placed on mechanisms underlying plant physiological ecology at the levels of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and whole-plant physiology. Formerly BIOL 315.
|BIOL||585||Electron Microscope Operation Laboratory||2.0 Spring|
Introduction to the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopes, including daily operation, alignment, and routine maintenance. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 395.
|BIOL||586||Biological Preparations for Electron Microscopy||4.0 Inquire|
Preparation of biological specimens for scanning and transmission electron microscopes, using chemical and physical procedures. Emphasis is on preservation, localization, and identification of biological molecules. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly BIOL 396.
|BIOL||600||Research in Biological Sciences||3.0 Fall|
Orientation to literature review and thesis research. Strategies and techniques used in molecular, cellular, organismic, and ecological research. Required of all biology/botany graduate students during their first fall semester and will include sign-up for the Graduate Qualifying Examination to be given the next semester. Formerly BIOL 300.
|BIOL||605||Biological Seminar||1.0 Spring|
Presentation and discussion of reports based on current biological literature and special studies by graduate students. Formerly BIOL 305A.
|BIOL||610||Topics in Cell/Molecular Biology||1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Detailed discussion of selected topics in molecular and cellular biology. Extensive survey of current literature and analysis of research strategies. Topics will be selected and advertised by instructor. Past topics have included molecular actions between plants and microbes; pathogenesis of disease; oncogenes and signal transduction. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Formerly BIOL 333.
|BIOL||612||Topics in Physiological/Developmental Biology||1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Detailed discussion of selected contemporary topics in physiological and developmental biology. Topic will be selected and advertised by the instructor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Formerly BIOL 334.
|BIOL||614||Topics in Ecology and Systematics||1.0-3.0 OddSp|
This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Detailed investigation of selected special topics in ecology, systematics, or evolutionary biology. Extensive survey of current literature. Topics will be selected and advertised by the instructor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Formerly BIOL 341.
|BIOL||697||Independent Study||1.0-4.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Survey and careful study of literature, experimentation, observation, and collection of data in field and laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly BIOL 398.
|BIOL||699T||Master's Thesis||1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr|
This course is a master's study offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly BIOL 399T.