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.

BIBC 151 - Chemistry of Biological Interactions

New laboratory course

Nearly all interactions between organisms, including host-pathogen interactions and mate attraction, have a chemical basis. Plants and microorganisms are the dominant life forms on earth and remain a major source of pharmaceutical leads. Students in this course will utilize biochemical methods to extract, fractionate, and analyze plant and microbial compounds of medicinal and ecological significance including antibiotics, growth regulators, toxins, and signaling molecules. Students required to use own laptop for course.  Course requires field studies; transportation not provided by the university. Students must comply with all risk management policies/procedures. Prerequisite: BIBC 100 or BIBC 102.

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 Fall 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisite was BIEB 100
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BIEB 100 or MATH 11 AND BIEB 102

BIEB 146 – Genome Diversity and Dynamics

New lecture course

Modern sequencing technology has revolutionized our ability to detect how genomes vary in space (between individuals, populations, and communities) and over time. This course will review methods and concepts in ecological and evolutionary genomics that help us understand these differences, including their relevance to health (human microbiome, cancer evolution), evolutionary history (ancestor reconstruction, human evolution), and the environment (effect of climate change). Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 3.

BIEB 154 – Evolutionary Inquiry

New lecture course

Students will investigate selected topics in evolutionary biology in depth through reading and writing. Students will read books and articles written for a general audience as well as primary literature. Example topics include the origins of novel features, the impact of human activity and environmental changes on evolutionary processes, the rate and intensity of natural selection, and how our own evolutionary history affects human health. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 3.

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 134 - Biology of Cancer

Prerequisite change - effective Winter 2018

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BICD 110 and BIMM 100
  • NEW: prerequisite is now BILD 1

BIMM 143 – Bioinformatics Laboratory

New lab course

Bioinformatics is the analysis of big data in the biosciences. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the computer-based analysis of biomolecular and genomic data. Major topic areas include: advances in sequencing technologies, genome re-sequencing and variation analysis, transcriptomics, structural bioinformatics, and personal genomics. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and either BILD 4 or BIEB 123 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 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 108 - Biology and Medicine of Exercise

Prerequiste change - effective Winter 2018

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisite was BIPN 100
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BIBC 102 and BIPN 100

BIPN 160 - Neuroanatomy

New lecture course

The course will cover a broad anatomical and functional description of the human nervous system and explore evidence implicating key brain areas in specific functions. This course will discuss modern techniques and the use of model organisms for dissecting the anatomical organization of the brain. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 2.

Organic Chemistry Course Updates

CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C, and 143A - Organic Chemistry

Effective Fall 2017, the organic chemistry sequence will be renumbered as follows:

CHEM 140A (Organic Chemistry I) = CHEM 40A (Organic Chemistry I)

CHEM 140B (Organic Chemistry II) = CHEM 40B (Organic Chemistry II)

CHEM 140C (Organic Chemistry III) = CHEM 40C (Organic Chemistry III)

CHEM 143A (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) = CHEM 43A (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)

Organic chemistry coursework taken prior to Fall 2017 will grant upper-division units; organic chemistry coursework taken in Fall 2017 or later will grant lower-division units.  Completion of the lower-division version of these courses, may result in a student not meeting the Upper-Division Unit Requirement.  Please plan accordingly.

CHEM 140C taken prior to Fall 2017 can apply as one Biology Elective (pending Biology Residency can be met); CHEM 40C is not applicable toward Biology major requirements.

If you have questions, please contact a Biology staff advisor.