Biological Sciences Course Updates

The courses listed below are either new to the Biological Sciences curriculum or have had a significant change in the last academic year.

BILD 1 - The Cell

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2018

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were CHEM 6A and CHEM 6B
  • NEW: no prerequisites; high-school or college level Chemistry is recommended.

BICD 102 - Genetic Inquiry

New lecture course

Students will interact with primary literature in genetics through reading, writing, and in-class discussions. The focus will be to learn to analyze research data and develop critical thinking skills, while applying concepts in genetics to understand scientific discoveries. Topics may vary from quarter to quarter; examples include but are not limited to genetic basis of complex human traits or genetics and evolution of form and function in organisms. Prerequisites: BICD 100 and BIMM 100.

BICD 156 - Population Genetics

Course re-numbering, description update, and prerequisite change - effective Winter 2019

  • PREVIOUS: course subject/number was BIEB 156; prerequisites were BICD 100 AND BIEB 100 or MATH 186 or MATH 11
  • NEW: course subject/number is now BICD 156; prerequisites are now BICD 100 AND MATH 10A or 20A

How do natural selection, mutation, migration and genetic drift drive evolution? Students will learn how these forces operate and how to describe them quantitatively with simple mathematical models. We will discuss how to apply this knowledge to understand the spread of drug resistance in pathogens, the evolution of beneficial as well as disease traits in our own species, the evolution of engineered organisms and more.

BIEB 100 - Biostatistics

Course discontinued - effective Fall 2017

BIEB 100 will be offered for the last time in Fall 2017.  Ecology, Behavior & Evolution majors that are required to complete BIEB 100 (entered UC San Diego in Fall 2017 or earlier) who have not yet completed BIEB 100 should speak with an advisor about options for completing major requirements.

BIEB 121 - Ecology Laboratory

Prerequisite change - effective Winter 2019

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BIEB 100 or MATH 11 AND BIEB 102
  • NEW: prerequisite is now BIEB 100 or MATH 11 or SIO 187

BIEB 130 - Marine Conservation Biology

Course description update

Course integrates principles of ecology and marine biology to examine marine biodiversity loss from over-exploitation, habitat loss, invasion, climate change, and pollution. We examine consequences of biodiversity loss to marine ecosystems, discuss management regimes, and address global and local ocean conservation problems. Course includes basic overviews of climate, marine biology, and oceanography which may be similar to topics covered in introductory courses at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prerequisite: BILD 3.

BIEB 182 - Biology of Global Change

New lecture course

This class will focus on ecological and evolutionary responses to three major anthropogenic stressors - climate change, resource exploitation and urbanization. Students will learn about the eco-evolutionary changes that are currently happening due to anthropogenic impacts and also predictions about future changes due to such impacts. They will also learn about the economic and societal impacts of such changes and some of the strategies for conservation and sustainability in a changing world. Prerequisite: BIEB 102.

BIMM 100 - Molecular Biology

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2018

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BILD 1 and BIBC 100 or 102
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BILD 1 and CHEM 40A and CHEM 40B and BILD 4 or BIBC 103 or BIMM 101

BIMM 162 - 3-D Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Macromolecules and Cells

Course title, description and prerequisite change - effective Winter 2019

  • PREVIOUS: title was 3D Electron Microscopy of Marcomolecules. prerequisites were BIBC 100 or CHEM 114A and PHYS 1C or 2C or 2D
  • NEW: prerequisite is now BIBC 100 or CHEM 114A; recommended preparation includes PHYS 1C or 2C

The resolution revolution in cryo-electron microscopy has made this a key technology for the high-resolution determination of structures of macromolecular complexes, organelles, and cells. The basic principles of transmission electronmicroscopy, modern cryo-electron microscopy, image acquisition, and 3-D reconstruction will be discussed. Examples from the research literature using this state-of-the-art technology will also be discussed.

BIMM 172 - Genome Science

New lecture course

Genomes are the immortal agents of evolution, passing from one individual to another in an unbroken line since the origin of life. This course explores the structure of genomes, the functions of its parts on a genome scale, the mechanisms of genome change, and the applications of genomic methods and knowledge. Prerequisites: BICD 100 and BIMM 100.

BIMM 185 - Bioinformatics Laboratory (Advanced)

Course discontinued - effective Spring 2017

BIMM 185 will be offered for the last time in Spring 2017.  Biology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics majors that  have not yet completed BIMM 185 should take CSE 185 instead.

BIPN 145 - Neurobiology Laboratory

Reinstated lab course

Students will gain experience with an array of methods used in modern neurobiology, including electrophysiology, optogenetics, and big data analysis. This laboratory course begins with the electric and chemical underpinnings of the nervous system and then dives into innovative techniques that we can use to study and change it. Attendance at the first lecture/lab is required. Nonattendance may result in the student being dropped from the course roster. Material lab fees will apply. Prerequisites: BILD 2 and BILD 4 and MATH 11.

BIPN 146 - Computational Cellular Neurobiology

Course title change, description update, prerequisite change - effective Winter 2019

  • PREVIOUS: course title was Computational Neurobiology; prerequisite was BILD 1 or BIPN 140 or PSYC 106 or COGS 107
  • NEW: course title is Computational Cellular Neurobiology; prerequisites are now BILD 2 and MATH 10A or 20A and MATH 10B or 20B and MATH 11

Biophysical models of neurons and small neural circuits, including ion channels, synapses, dendrites and neuromodulators. Analysis of neurons as nonlinear dynamical systems.

BIPN 147 - Computational Systems Neurobiology

New lecture course

Models of neural coding and computation in the olfactory, visual, auditory, and somatosensory systems. Models of the motor system including central pattern generators, reinforcement learning and motor cortex. Models of memory systems including working memory, long term memory and memory consolidation. Prerequisites: BILD 2 and MATH 10A or MATH 20A and MATH 10B or MATH 20B and MATH 11.