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Biology

The life sciences can provide you with a wide variety of career possibilities and Chaffey College’s biology department can get you prepared. You’ll explore life at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels with the help of our diverse group of professors. We offer associate’s degrees that can lead to jobs as lab assistants and technicians, or you can transfer to 4-year colleges and universities for further study to eventually become a teacher, researcher, doctor and more. We prepare students for general education, pre-health professions and biological sciences majors.

Contact

Full Time Faculty

Name Phone Office Email
Avila-Teeguarden, Emily (909) 652-6417 ZH-130 emily.avila@chaffey.edu
Burk Herrick, Angela (909) 652-6409 ZH-104 angela.burkherrick@chaffey.edu
Cobos, Rose (909) 652-6416 ZH-102 roseann.cobos@chaffey.edu
Collins, Sandra (909) 652-6414 ZH-111 sandra.collins@chaffey.edu
Cosand, Diana (909) 652-6410 ZH-105 diana.cosand@chaffey.edu
Cotton, Sarah (909) 652-6420 DL-110 sarah.cotton@chaffey.edu
Derose, Nicole (909) 652-6415 ZH-128 nicole.derose@chaffey.edu
Diaz, Sonia (909) 652-7442 FNAC-212 sonia.diaz@chaffey.edu
Ikeda, Robin (909) 652-8012 CMHB-220 robin.ikeda@chaffey.edu
Jessen, Shannon (909) 652-6433 CHMB-218 shannon.jessen@chaffey.edu
Kolb, Erik  (909) 652-7843 HS-102 Erik.Kolb@chaffey.edu

 



Part-Time Faculty

Name Voicemail Email
Adams, Emma (909) 652-7260 emma.adams@chaffey.edu
Anderson-McGill, Taylor (909) 652-8290 taylor.andersonmcgill@chaffey.edu
Andrews, Mithra (909) 652-7101 mithra.andrews@chaffey.edu
Barr, Tasha (909) 652-8286 tasha.barr@chaffey.edu
Beaman, Kent (909) 652-7845 kent.beaman@chaffey.edu
Blacquiere, Luke (909) 652-7020 luke.blacquiere@chaffey.edu
Castro, Emma (909) 652-7209 emma.castro@chaffey.edu
ChristianScher, Sarah (909) 652-8291 sarah.christianscher@chaffey.edu
Conilogue, Amy (909) 652-7204 amy.conilogue@chaffey.edu
Dutton, Debra (909) 652-7938 debra.dutton@chaffey.edu
Frazier, Cole (909) 652-8247 cole.frazier@chaffey.edu
Fridolfsson, Heidi (909) 652-8261 heidi.fridolfsson@chaffey.edu
Garcia, Shannon (909) 652-7154 shannon.garcia@chaffey.edu
Harker, Katherine (909) 652-7174 katherine.harker@chaffey.edu
Hassanzadah, Mehgan (909) 652-7818 mehgan.hassanzadah@chaffey.edu
Hill, Alyse (909) 652-7338 alyse.hill@chaffey.edu
Iyengar, Melissa (909) 652-7132 melissa.iyengar@chaffey.edu
Johnsen, Torgeir (909) 652-7299 torgeir.johnsen@chaffey.edu
Jones, Marry (909) 652-7703 marry.jones@chaffey.edu
Kaur, Raminder (909) 652-7358 raminder.kaur@chaffey.edu
Kim, Olivia (909) 652-7550 olivia.kim@chaffey.edu
King, Clara Jo (909) 652-7365 clarajo.king@chaffey.edu
Kuo, Tina (909) 652-7527 tina.kuo@chaffey.edu
Lee, Monica (909) 652-7705 monica.lee@chaffey.edu
Marion, Jeremy (909) 652-7575 jeremy.marion@chaffey.edu
Martinez, Jorge (909) 652-7721 jorge.martinez@chaffey.edu
Mcguire, Iryna (909) 652-7244 iryna.mcguire@chaffey.edu
Ochoa, Vanessa (909) 652-7046 vanessa.ochoa@chaffey.edu
Parsa, Arya (909) 652-7848 arya.parsa@chaffey.edu
Pasala, Sumana (909) 652-8273 sumana.pasala@chaffey.edu
Pupka, Taylor (909) 652-7504 taylor.pupka@chaffey.edu
Rivera, Ignacio (909) 652-8295 ignacio.rivera @chaffey.edu
Saad, Nancy (909) 652-7146 nancy.saad@chaffey.edu
Shea, Nan  (909) 652-7363 nan.shea@chaffey.edu
Spring-Pearson, Senanu (909) 652-7876 senanu.springpearson@chaffey.edu
Tariq, Ayesha (909) 652-8292 ayesha.tariq@chaffey.edu
Villeneuve, Louisa (909) 652-7373 louisa.villeneuve@chaffey.edu
Waters, Christopher (909) 652-7396 christopher.waters@chaffey.edu
Wilkins, Latisha (909) 652-7521 latisha.wilkins@chaffey.edu

 

 

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science: Biology

The biological sciences major is designed for students who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology. The program includes courses that explore life at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels, providing a foundation for further study in the life sciences and related fields of study (e.g. medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, agriculture, botany, microbiology, zoology, entomology, ecology).

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this degree, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skill in scientific thinking, communication, problem solving and experimental methodology
  2. Discuss current scientific hypotheses of the evolutionary origins of organismal diversity.
  3. Apply evolutionary theory and structure-function relationships, relative to interactions between biological entities and their environments, as unifying ideas across all levels of biological organization.

 

 

Curriculum

1 General Biology (4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC credit limitations. See counselor.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Introduction to the major themes and principles in biology through lecture, laboratory and field experiences. Students investigate topics ranging from molecules to the ecosystem. Meets general education requirements.

2 Environmental Biology (4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
An overview of ecosystem structure and function, with critical evaluation of human-caused ecological problems. Topics include overpopulation, resource depletion, pollution, climate change, habitat fragmentation, and loss of biodiversity. Course includes a weekend field trip.

3 California Natural History (4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
An ecological introduction to California’s natural communities. Lecture topics include energetics, materials cycling, succession, and characteristics of natural communities. Laboratory stresses interrelationships among flora and fauna, geology, and climate, with emphasis on field recognition. Course includes an overnight field trip.

10 Concepts in Biology (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC credit limitations. See counselor.
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Introduction to the major themes and principles of biology including energy flow and metabolism, structure/function relationships, inheritance patterns, ecology, evolution, and diversity of biological organisms. Students investigate these themes through topics at various levels of organization ranging from molecules to ecosystems.

12 Introduction to Human Genetics (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
General introduction to the fundamentals of human heredity. Topics include patterns of inheritance, DNA structure and function, the role of mutation in genetic diseases and cancer, the interaction between genes and the environment, and recent advances in biotechnology and its impact on society.

14 Health Science (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Human health and wellness. Topics include mental health; nutrition; abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; sexually transmitted diseases and other communicable and non-communicable diseases; physical fitness; and many other aspects of positive health. May satisfy the health education unit requirement for a teaching credential in the state of California.

20 Human Anatomy (4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Eligibility for English 1A as determined by the Chaffey assessment
process, or satisfactory completion of English 475 or English as a Second Language 475.
A systematic study of the microscopic and macroscopic structures of the human body, from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Emphasis on cell structures, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, sensory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Includes considerations of pathologies and disorders of these systems This is a Cal State/UC transferable course which is intended for biology, general education, kinesiology and health related majors.

22 Human Physiology (4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Biology 20, and Chemistry 9 or 10 or 1 year of high school chemistry.
The dynamic nature of life processes in the human body, including the physiology of the cell and the functions and interrelations of the organ systems. The course includes the study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system, and organism level. The Lab emphasizes experimentation and scientific reasoning.

23 General Microbiology (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Biology 22 or 61.
Introduction to microbiology, with strong emphasis on microorganisms pathogenic to humans. Topics include microbial morphology, genetics, taxonomy, and metabolism; the infectious disease process; mechanisms of controlling microbes; and immunology.

23L General Microbiology Laboratory (2)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 96-108 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Corequisite: Biology 23 (may be taken previously).
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. (CAN BIOL 14 = BIOL 23 + 23L)
Introduction to microbiology laboratory techniques. Methods of culturing, staining, biochemically analyzing, and classifying microorganisms.

30 Beginning Medical Terminology (3)
Transfer Credit: CSU.
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Applied medical etymology including the origin, correct spelling, pronunciation, meaning, and current usage of common medical terms, disorders, and medical treatments in the context of body systems. Application of relevant vocabulary to clinical records and reports, emphasizing roots, prefixes, infixes, suffixes, medical abbreviations, symbols, and terms common in patients’ records and laboratory reports.

61 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (5)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 64-72 lecture, 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 10 or 1 year of high school chemistry, and eligibility for Mathematics 25 or higher level math as determined by the Chaffey assessment process or completion of Mathematics 425.
Advisory: Completion of English 1A.
An intensive course designed to prepare students for upper division courses in cell and molecular biology. Topics include biochemical, structural, metabolic, and genetic aspects of cells. Laboratory will include experimental design, a variety of techniques (e.g. microscopy, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis), and data analysis.

62 Biology of Organisms (5)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture, 96-108 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Biology 61.
An introduction to the origin and evolution of life on earth, emphasizing systematics, anatomy, physiology, development and ecology. Lab includes an evolutionary survey of prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.

63 Evolutionary Ecology(4)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.
Hours: 48-54 lecture; 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Biology 61.
Introduction to the principles, theories and methods of evolutionary ecology, including evolutionary theory, speciation, physiological ecology, population dynamics, demographics and life history strategies, niche theory, community interactions and community structure, succession, biogeography, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity,
and conservation biology. Course includes one or more overnight field trips.

92A-H Special Topics: Biology (.5-6)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC credit limitations. See counselor.
Hours: 16-18 lecture hours per unit of credit.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Specializations in the biological sciences. Prerequisites and/or corequisites may be required for topics that call for specific knowledge or preparation. Topics vary; see class schedule for current term focus.

92LA-H Special Topics Laboratory: Biology (.5-6)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC credit limitations. See counselor.
Hours: 48-54 laboratory hours per unit of credit.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Laboratory activities associated with specializations in the biological sciences. Pre-requisites and/or corequisites may be required for topics that call for specific knowledge or preparation. Topics vary; see class schedule for current term focus.

98A,B,C Independent Study: Biology (1, 2 or 3)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC credit limitations. See counselor.
Class hours: 1, 2, or 3.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Limitation on Enrollment: Instructor signature is required for registration. Advisory: Students should have successfully completed a transfer-level biology course.
Course is designed for the capable biology student who wishes to explore and develop an independent project in the biological sciences. Individual inquiry, special techniques, and selected readings are expected. Student and instructor must reach agreement concerning the topic and scope of the project prior to student’s registration.

424 Anatomy and Physiology (3) [Cx]
(Degree-applicable)
Hours: 48-54 lecture.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Advisory: Completion of Biology 30.
Human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the structures and functions of the organ systems. Course is primarily intended for students entering related vocational programs.

424L Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1)
(Degree-applicable)
Hours: 48-54 laboratory.
Grading: Letter grade only.
Corequisite: Biology 424 (may be taken previously).
Laboratory investigation of anatomy and physiology of organ systems from cell through system levels. Course is primarily intended for students entering related vocational programs.

 

Faculty Advising Program

Chaffey College supports a faculty advisor program! Faculty advisors are members of the faculty who are trained to help students explore careers and higher education in their areas of expertise, and the necessary training to pursue those areas. Visit the faculty advising program web page to connect with them.

Students with access to faculty advising have a better sense of orientation and connection with their program, and better chance of transferring without adequate preparation.

You may be wondering:

  • What biology courses do I need to take at Chaffey?
  • Which math, chemistry and physics courses do I need to take at Chaffey?
  • Should I take all of my general education courses before I transfer? (No! It is highly unusual for biology majors to earn an associate’s degree, or to finish their general education requirements.
  • What can I do with a biology degree? What careers are out there for me?
  • How do I select a transfer school that's a good fit for me?

Faculty advisors for students in biology can help you with questions concerning majors, transfer requirements, transfer institutions, undergraduate research programs and employment opportunities (including during the summer), and professional goals.

Some Tips:

  • Get advising about both general education transfer requirements (from an academic counselor), and requirements in your field of interest (from an academic advisor) early and often during your course of study at Chaffey.
  • Consult current catalogs, especially when you get conflicting advice from your sources.
  • ASSIST is also a valuable source of information. http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html
    As a general rule, ASSIST is absolutely current. But be watchful of the dates at the top of the page.

Programs

General Education

General education courses in the biological sciences offer students a broad range of highly relevant topics to explore as they fulfill the degree requirements for their major.

 

Pre-Health Professions

Pre-health courses in the biological sciences prepare students for certificate, associate’s degree, baccalaureate degree (transfer), and professional programs (transfer) in the health professions.
 

Biological Sciences Major

The biological science course sequence offered by the department of biology is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of professional and paraprofessional occupations in both the applied and academic fields.

The concepts, content, and procedures of biology courses provide the knowledge and practical experience essential for students interested in practicing agriculture, agronomy, animal and plant physiology, animal science, biotechnology, bioinformatics, botany, conservation biology, ecology, entomology, evolutionary biology, fish and wildlife biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, plant breeding, systematics, or zoology in private or public institutions and labs. Courses fulfill prerequisites for allied health programs such as pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dietitian and medical technology as well as undergraduate preparation for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and landscape design, and graduate programs leading to teaching, research, and the assessment and management of natural resources.

A great many of the students who begin studying biology at Chaffey College report an interest in the biomedical sciences. The National Institute of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute requested that the National Academy of Sciences explore the requirements of undergraduates being trained for careers in the biomedical sciences, and to make recommendations about how best to train them. The report, Bio 2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, is the product of that effort. As then President of the National Academy of Sciences wrote (Alberts. 2003. Bio 2010 Misinterpreted? Science 302: 1504) in a letter clarifying the intent of the report:

"The Committee...has concluded that the best preparation for the biomedical research of the future is a broadly based education in biology with a strong foundation in the physical sciences and mathematics. A well-educated biology major should understand the principles of population and evolutionary biology, ecology, cognitive neurobiology, and plant biology, irrespective of his or her future research area. The connections between biomedical research and other sciences will become more intimate and mutually reinforcing in the years ahead. Most compelling, the fundamental unity of biology speaks strongly against the desirability of compartmentalization too early in one's education."

The biology majors transfer sequence is designed to provide students with experience and competency over a range of key biological principles, while providing opportunities to explore the content and processes of various aspects of the field in some depth.

Finally, all biology majors should speak to a faculty advisor in biology and visit ASSIST (www.assist.org) as soon as possible, and throughout their studies at Chaffey.