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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.

BIBC 100 - Structural Biochemistry

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B
  • NEW: prerequisites are now CHEM 40A or 140A and CHEM 40B or 140B OR BENG 120

BIBC 102 - Metabolic Biochemistry

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B
  • NEW: prerequisites are now CHEM 40A or 140A and CHEM 40B or 140B OR BENG 120

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.

BICD 120 - Molecular Basis of Plant Development

Course name change and prerequisite change - effective Fall 2016

  • PREVIOUS: Fundamentals of Plant Biology; prerequisites were BILD 1 and BILD 2
  • NEW: Molecular Basis of Plant Development; prerequisite is now BILD 1

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 123 - Molecular Methods in Evolution and Ecology Lab

Prerequisite change - effective Winter 2017

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

BIEB 131 - Marine Invertebrate Ecology Lab

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BILD 3 and BIEB 100
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BILD 3 AND BIEB 100 or MATH 11

BIEB 156 - Population Genetics

Prerequisite change - effective Winter 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisite was BICD 100
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BICD 100 and either BIEB 100 or MATH 11 or MATH 186

The goal of the course is to learn about the population-level processes that govern evolution. Mathematical foundations of population genetics are laid out and applications are discussed. Topics include: evolution of drug resistance, origin of species, evolution of engineered organisms.

BIEB 167 - Animal Communication Lab

Prerequisite change - effective Fall 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisites were BIEB 100 and BIEB 166
  • NEW: prerequisites are now BIEB 100 or MATH 11 AND BIEB 166

BIEB 176 - Biology of Conservation and the Human Predictament

Prerequisite change and cross-listing removed - effective Spring 2017

  • PREVIOUS: prerequisite was BILD 3 or ANTH 2; course was cross-listed with ANBI 132
  • NEW: prerequisite is now BILD 3; course is no longer cross-listed with ANBI 132

BIMM 120 - Microbiology

Course name change and prerequisite change - effective Fall 2016

  • PREVIOUS: Bacteriology; prerequisites were CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B and co-requisite was BIBC 100 or 102
  • NEW:Microbiology; prerequisites are now BILD 1 and either BIBC 100 or 102

NOTE: Students that have taken and earned a “C-“ or higher in BIMM 120 (Bacteriology) should NOT enroll in BIMM 120 (Microbiology).  Doing so will result in duplication of credit which yields zero units, zero impact to GPA, and zero applicability to a biology major.

BIMM 121 - Laboratory in Microbiology

Unit value change and prerequisite change- effective Fall 2016

  • PREVIOUS: 4 units; BILD 1 and BIBC 102
  • NEW: 6 units; BILD 1 and either BIBC 100 or 102

BIPN 108 - Biology and Medicine of Exercise

Course name change - effective Fall 2016

  • PREVIOUS: Physiology of Exercise
  • NEW: Biology and Medicine of Exercise

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.