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.

BILD 30 - Biology of Plagues: Past & Present

Course reinstated - effective Fall 2019

An introduction to diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites, and the impact of these diseases on human society.  Topics include the biology of infectious disease, epidemiology, and promising new methods to fight disease.  Open to nonbiology majors only.

Note: Students may not receive credit for BILD 30 after receiving credit for BIMM 120.

BILD 32 - Introduction to Cancer Biology

Course reinstated - effective Fall 2020

Cancer is the second leading cause of death both in United States and globally. This course is an introduction the basic biology of cancer including the cellular and genetic changes that characterize the development and progression of cancer, as well as a review of the major therapies currently being pursued to treat cancer. Topics that are emphasized in this course include the fundamental causes of cancers, the socioeconomic implications of cancer incidence, and basic preventative measures.

Note: This course does not satisfy any requirement for a biology major. Students may not receive credit for BILD 32 after receiving credit for BIMM 134.

BILD 42 - Our Sustainable Future

New lecture course - effective Spring 2020

This course will provide an overview of existing methods for energy, food, and materials production and utilization, and describe new technologies for their sustainable production and the consequences of this to our society and the planet.

Note: Open to all majors.

BILD 44 - Scientific Perspectives for a Changing World

New lecture course - effective Fall 2020

Science can help us define and solve problems of the modern world-from how to improve health and change people's behavior to how to protect the environment. This course will train students to assess scientific claims and their implications in today's complex information ecosystem, critically engaging from the scale of data analysis through to the social framework in which research is carried out and presented. Contemporary case studies from natural and social sciences will be discussed.

BILD 46 - Ecology of a Changing Planet

New lecture course - effective Fall 2020

Biodiversity is changing worldwide in response to global changes; what do these changes in biodiversity foretell for the continued provisioning of ecosystem services on which humans depend? How can we develop conservation and management strategies that preserve biodiversity, backed up by sound science? These are some of the most important questions of our time. Topics will be presented at an introductory level appropriate for students in all majors.

BICD 100 - Genetics

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2020

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisite was BILD 1
  • NEW: prerequisites are BILD 1 and BILD 3

BICD 102 - Genetic Inquiry

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2020

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BICD 100 and BIMM 100
  • NEW: BICD 100 and MATH 11

BICD 104 - Genetic Neurobiology

New lecture course - effective Spring 2021

This course will survey studies of the genetic influences on behavior, and the use of genetic tools to study behavior and neurobiology, with particular emphasis on studies of the mechanisms underlying various behaviors. Studies of model organisms (bacteria, Paramecium, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice) will be discussed along with their implications for understanding human behavior. The material is highly interdisciplinary, reflecting the variety of experimental approaches to the subject.  Prerequisites: BILD 2 and BICD 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 2020

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BIEB 100 or MATH 11 or SIO 187
  • NEW: prerequisite is now BIEB 100 or MATH 11 or SIO 187 and BILD 3

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

Course description and prerequisite change - effective Fall 2020

    • Course Description - Molecular basis of biological processes, emphasizing gene action in context of entire genome. Chromosomes and DNA metabolism: chromatin, DNA replication, repair, mutation, recombination, transposition. Transcription, protein synthesis, regulation of gene activity. Procaryotes and eukaryotes.
    • Prerequisites - BILD 1 and CHEM 40A and CHEM 40B and BILD 4 or BIBC 103 or BIMM 101
  • NEW:
    • Course Description - Molecular mechanisms and applications of the central dogma. Genome structure and function. Transcription and translation. Regulation of gene expression. Use of DNA technology in basic and applied biology.
    • Prerequisites - BILD 1 and BIBC 103 or BILD 4 or BILD 70 or BIMM 101 and BENG 120 or CHEM 40A or CHEM 40AH and BENG 120 or CHEM 40B or CHEM 40BH

BIMM 120 - Microbiology

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2019

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BILD 1 and BIBC 100 or BIBC 102
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BILD 3 and BIBC 100 or BIBC 102 or CHEM 114A or CHEM 114B and BIMM 100

BIMM 121 - Laboratory in Microbiology

Course title, description update, prerequisites, and unit value change - effective Fall 2019

  • PREVIOUS: course title was Laboratory in Microbiology; prerequisites were BILD 1 AND BIBC 100 or BIBC 102; course value was 6 units
  • NEW: course title is now Microbiology Laboratory; prerequisites are now BILD 1; course value is now 4 units

Techniques in microbial physiology, microbial genomics, microbial evolution, and microbial ecology will be used to explore the role of microbes in industry, health, and the environment. Inquiry-based experiments will cover the fundamentals of both working with live microscopic organisms at the bench and bioinformatically analyzing their genomes at the computer.

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.

BIPN 152 - The Healthy and Diseased Brain

Course description update and prerequisites change - effective Spring 2019

  • PREVIOUS: Coverage of the history of research, diagnosis, and treatment of common neuropsychiatric disorders. Comparisons will be made between primary research data and existing treatments, and on developing skills to digest scientific literature aimed at understanding the neuroscience of disease. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 2.
  • NEW: Covers the clinical symptoms, treatment, and molecular mechanisms of neurological, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Emphasis on understanding methods and developing the ability to read and evaluate the scientific literature.  Prerequisite: BIPN 100

BIPN 154 - Neurobiology of Stress and Mental Disorders

New lecture course - effective Winter 2020

This course will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate stress-induced behavioral change in animal models and in humans. Topics will range from the effects of stress hormones on brain function, to modern techniques for examining and treating stress-induced, long-lasting mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.  Prerequisites: BIPN 100

BIPN 162 - Neural Data Science

New lecture course - effective Winter 2020

Project-based course in which students will use computational notebooks to perform exploratory data analyses and to test hypotheses in large neuroscience datasets, including the differences between unique neuron types, leveraging text mining of the neuroscience literature, and human neuroimaging analyses.  Prerequisites: MATH 11 and BIPN 100.