SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 6:02:33 AMBIO 2B Course Outline as of Spring 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 2BTitle:  FUNDAMENTALS OF BIO  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Biology
Last Reviewed:8/14/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled6.008 min.Lab Scheduled105.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BIO 1.1

Catalog Description:
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Intended for major in biological sciences, pre-medical or related pre-professional programs. Phylogeny of bacteria, protists, fungi and plants with emphasis on the development, morphology and physiology of higher plants. Mendelian and chromosomal genetics; principles of ecology; methods of science and biostatistics. Field trips taken. (Formerly Biology 1.1)

Course Completion of BIO 2.2 ( or BIO 2A or BIO 1.2 or BIO 1B)

Recommended Preparation:
Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intended for majors in bio sciences, pre-med or related pre-professional programs. Phylogeny of bacteria, protists, fungi & plants with emphasis on the development, morphology & physiology of higher plants. Mendelian genetics; chromosomal genetics; principles of ecology methods of science & biostatistics. Field trips taken. Course fee required.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of BIO 2.2 ( or BIO 2A or BIO 1.2 or BIO 1B)
Recommended:Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: BIOL 155 Botany / Plant Diversity and Ecology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): BIO2.3

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will be able to:
1.  Describe the basic functions and parts of the light microscope, and
   apply this knowledge by practicing microscope techniques in many
   laboratory exercises.
2.  Explain the principles of biosystematics, emphasizing the phylogenetic
   basis for modern systems of classification.
3.  Outline the classification system for major groups within the
   bacteria, protists, fungi and plants, and be able to correctly
   identify and classify selected example organisms with emphasis on
4.  Identify and explain the functions of the basic structures of
   organisms (emphasis on plants) and describe the complementary
   relationships between these structures and their functions.
5.  Describe the physiological functions of plants (including water
   relations, nutrition, transpiration and photosynthesis), especially in
   relationship to the natural habitats in which plants have evolved.
6.  Explain the phylogenetic relationships between major taxonomic groups
   and relate these links to evolutionary history.
7.  Explain the processes of life histories and development in plants from
   the embryo to the mature adult, including the influences of hormones
   and environmental factors.
8.  Explain and diagram the steps of cell reproduction, including mitosis
   and meiosis.
9.  Explain the principles of heredity, emphasizing Mendelian and non-
   Mendelian genetics, the chromosomal basis of inheritance, and the
   application to human genetics.
10. Apply the laws of probability in solving genetic problems.
11. Integrate the concepts of genetics with the processes of evolution and
12. Explain the principles of ecology, emphasizing populations,
   communities, and ecosystems.
13. Explain the basic steps of the scientific method and apply this method
   in laboratory exercises.
14. In the laboratory, (1) propose hypotheses based on initial
   observations, (2) test hypotheses by gathering additional data and (3)
   analyze data using statistical methods.
15. Prepare laboratory reports that use the format of scientific papers,
   and integrate discussion and statistical analysis of results.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Principles of Biosystematics
2.  Theories of the origin of life
3.  Structure of the Prokaryotic Cell
4.  Kingdom Monera (Archaebacteria and Eubacteria)
5.  Structure of the Eukaryotic Cell
6.  Review of Cellular Reproduction: Mitosis and Meiosis
7.  Multicellularity; Alternation of Generations
8.  Kingdom Protista (Slime Molds, Green, Brown and Red
9.  Kingdom Fungi including Lichens and Mycorrhizae
10. Kingdom Plantae: Origin and Development
11. Bryophytes and seedless Vascular Plants
12. Evolution of Seed Plants
13. Gymnosperms (morphology and life cycles)
14. Angiosperms (morphology)
15. Seed plant anatomy (stems, roots, and leaves, primary and secondary
16. Soils and Mineral Nutrition
17. Water in living systems (diffusion, osmosis, water potential)
18. Active and Passive Transport in plants
19. Transport of Water and Solutes in Plants
20. Plant Growth and Development
21. Photosynthesis (C3, C4 and CAM)
22. Chromosome Structure
23. Mendelian Genetics (Monohybrid and Dihybrid Crosses)
24. Non-Mendelian Genetics (multiple alleles, gene interaction, sex
25. Human Genetics
26. Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance (Recombination, Crossover, Linkage,
   and Mapping
27. Dynamics of biological systems
28. Population biology (structure and demographics)
29. Community dynamics (structure, species interaction and succession)
30. Ecosystem (energy flow, trophic structure, water and nutrient cycling)
31. Statistical Analysis of Data (chi square test, etc.)
32. Probability Theory

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1.  Read textbook and other assigned readings.
2.  Genetics problems sets.
3.  Laboratory reports and drawings.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 40%
Reading reports, Lab reports, Essay exams, Field Reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Homework problems, Field work, Lab reports, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Class performances, Field work, Performance exams, Use of laboratory equipment
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion, Lab Practicals
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Active participation in class, including field trips

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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BIOLOGY, 4th ed., by Neil Campbell, Benjamin-Cummings, 1996.
HANDBOOK OF BIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION, 4th ed., by Ambrose and Ambrose,

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