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SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS DIVISION

Life Sciences


"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." ---Charles Darwin

The Life Science Department offers a variety of introductory courses to satisfy the needs of Chabot College students in the fields of:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology

All of our courses satisfy natural science requirements for various degrees across Chabot College and are easily transferred to other institutions. Courses prepare students to apply to health professional programs, to transfer to a four-year institution to study a biological science, or to complete their natural science general education requirement.

The department faculty and staff are dedicated to student success and enrichment by serving as instructional support and informational resources to students as well as advisors for related clubs and programs.

Students who have matriculated through our programs will be exposed to the scientific method, gain an appreciation for the environment, understand health issues in society, and become aware of the roles of science in our lives. Our courses will also help them become better "consumers" of scientific information and increase awareness of their personal health.

Degrees

The Life Sciences Department offers degrees in three fields that are designed to provide the initial coursework needed for transfer to bachelor's programs and to career training programs:

General Biology

An Associate Degree in Biology will prepare students to transfer to a bachelor's program in all life science fields as well as in biotechnology. It also includes the core courses required for application to medical, dental, physical therapy, and veterinarian programs.

These courses also serve as the biology core for programs in related fields such as nutritional science, cognitive science, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering.

Allied Health/Public Health

The Associate of Arts in Biology with an emphasis in Allied Health and the Associate in Science for Transfer in Public Health Science will prepare students to apply for career programs in nursing, dental hygiene, Physician Assistant, medical technology/technicians, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy.

Environmental Science

The Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science provides students with a foundation in ecological principles and preparation for a wide variety of careers in research, teaching, natural resource management, consulting and administration.

 

Biology A.A.

Freshman Year   Units
BIOL 6
Principles of Plant Biology and Ecology . . . . . . . . 4
CHEM 1A
General College Chemistry I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
BIOL 4
Principles of Animal Biology and Evolution . . . . . 4
CHEM 1B
General College Chemistry II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     
Sophomore Year    
BIOL 2
Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology and Genetics 5
PHYS 3A
College Physics A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
PHYS 3B
College Physics B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
  + General Education Courses  

 

Biology A.S.-T

Freshman Year   Units
BIOL 6
Principles of Plant Biology and Ecology . . . . . . . . 4
CHEM 1A
General College Chemistry I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
BIOL 4
Principles of Animal Biology and Evolution . . . . . 4
CHEM 1B
General College Chemistry II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
MTH 1 or MTH 15 Calculus I or Applied Calculus I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 or 3
     
Sophomore Year    
BIOL 2
Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology and Genetics 5
PHYS 3A
College Physics A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
PHYS 3B
College Physics B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
  + General Education Courses  

 

Biology – Emphasis in Allied Health A.A.

Freshman Year   Units
CHEM 30A
Introductory and Applied Chemistry I . . . . . . . . . . . 4
BIOL 31
Introduction to College Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
ANAT 1
General Human Anatomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     
Sophomore Year    
MICR 1
Microbiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PHSI 1
Human Physiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     

Select one of the following courses:

CHEM 30B - Introductory and Applied Chemistry II

SOCI 1 - Principles of Sociology . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PSY 1 - General Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NUTR 1 - Introduction to Nutrition Science . . . . . .

HLTH 1 - Introduction to Personal Health . . . . . . . .

BIOL 80 - Introduction to Public Health . . . . . . . .

4

3

3

3

3

3

  + General Education Courses  

 

Public Health Science A.S.-T (pending state approval)

Required Core   Units
CHEM 30A
Introductory and Applied Chemistry I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
BIOL 31
Introduction to College Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
ANAT 1
General Human Anatomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PHSI 1
Human Physiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
MTH 43 -or-
PSY 5

Introduction to Probability and Statistics - or-

Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

4
HLTH 1
Introduction to Personal Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
BIOL 80
Introduction to Public Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
PSY 1
General Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     
Also:
Select one of the following courses:  
 

CHEM 30B - Introductory and Applied Chemistry II . . . . . .

SOCI 1 - Principles of Sociology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PSY 12 - Lifespan Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NUTR 1 - Introduction to Nutrition Science . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HLTH 8/SOCI 8/HLTH 8 - Human Sexuality . . . . . . . . . . . .

PSCN 3 - Drugs, Recovery and Prevention in Modern Society

MICR 1 - Microbiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ECN 1 - Principles of Microeconomics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ECN 2 - Principles of Macroeconomics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4

3

3

3

3

3

5

3

3

  + General Education Courses  

 

Environmental Science A.S. - pending state approval

Freshman Year   Units

ENSC 11 -or-

ENSC 15 and 15L

Humans and the Environment with Laboratory . . . . .

Agroecology and Agroecology Laboratory . . . . . . .

4
GEOS 1
Physical Geology with Laboratory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
BIOL 6
Principles of Plant Biology and Ecology . . . . . . . . . . . 4
MTH 1 or MTH 15
Calculus I or Applied Calculus I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 or 3
     
Sophomore Year    
BIOL 4
Principles of Animal Biology and Evolution . . . . . . . 4
BIOL 2
Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology and Genetics. . . 5
PHYS 3A
College Physics A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
CHEM 1A
General College Chemistry I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
  + General Education Courses  


Majors Courses

For students looking to major in the biological or health sciences and transfer to a four year university or to major in a health care professional program.


ANAT 1 - general human anatomy (5 units)
Structure and function of the human body with emphasis on microscopic and gross anatomy. Microscopic examination of normal and pathological tissues, and dissection, supplemented by use of charts, models, and computer assisted instruction. Prerequisite: Biology 31 or equivalent course (completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: English 1A (completed with a grade of "C" or higher). 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

BIOL 2 - principles of cell/molecular biology and genetics (5 units )
Principles of the structure and function of biological molecules, viruses, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic cells with emphasis on homeostasis, cell reproduction and its controls, molecular and transmission genetics, control of gene expression and interactions, genetic control of pattern formation in development, and cell metabolism. Prerequisite: Biology 4 or 6 and Chemistry 1A or equivalent and Mathematics 55 or equivalent (all completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: eligibility for English 1A. Intended for biological sciences majors. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; AA/AS; C-ID: BIOL 190.

BIOL 4 - principles of animal biology and evolution (4 units)
Principles of the diversity, structure and function of heterotrophic organisms—animals, protists, and fungi with emphasis on homeostasis, development, phylogeny, and taxonomy. Principles of evolution, evolutionary history, and population genetics. Intended for biological sciences majors. Prerequisite: Mathematics 55 or equivalent and Biology 6 or Chemistry 1A (all completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; AA/AS.

BIOL 6 - principles of plant biology and ecology (4 units)
Principles of the diversity, structure and function of plants, autotrophic protists, and bacteria with emphasis on cell reproduction, alternation of generations, plant morphology and anatomy, homeostasis, development, phylogeny, taxonomy, and systematics. Principles of ecology including conservation biology. Intended for biological sciences majors. Prerequisite: Mathematics 55 or equivalent (completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; AA/AS.

BIOL 31 - introduction to college biology (4 units)
Basic principles of biology. Cell structure and function, cell division, cell metabolism, reproduction, genetics, taxonomy, origin of life, and evolution. Laboratory emphasis on developing various laboratory skills, using the metric system, collecting data, graphing, interpreting data, and preparing for and taking laboratory exams. Designed to prepare the necessary concepts and laboratory skills and experience that are needed to succeed in more advanced courses in biology. Geared towards Allied Health students. Strongly recommended: Mathematics 65 or 65A and eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

MICR 1 - microbiology (5 units)
Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses with an emphasis on their relationship to humans and disease. Cultivation, control, metabolism, body's defenses against disease, microbial genetics, laboratory tests, and contemporary infectious diseases. Methods used in the laboratory include staining, investigation, cultivation, identification of unknowns, and sensitivity testing. Prerequisite: Biology 31, and Chemistry 30A or Chemistry 1A (all completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: Anatomy 1, eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

PHSI 1 - human physiology (5 units)
Cellular and systemic body functions. Emphasis placed on physico- and electro-chemical and clinical methods, collection and analysis of data, extrapolations and conclusions. Working models, including human responses, computer simulations are studied. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30A and Anatomy 1 (both completed with a grade of "C" or higher). Strongly recommended: Chemistry 30B, eligibility for English 1A. 3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

 


Non-Majors Courses


For students looking for individual biology courses to fulfill their laboratory science requirements for general education or for a degree in a related field.

BIOL 10 - introduction to the science of biology (4 units)
Basic principles of biology, cell biology, and genetics, with the nature of living things, and the nature of scientific investigation and its bioethical impact in our modern world. Designed for non-majors in biology or the biomedical sciences. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

BIOL 25 - human heredity and evolution (3 units)
Fundamental concepts underlying heredity and evolution with a focus on the human species. Includes cell division, reproduction, molecular genetics, inheritance, population genetics, and evolution. Contemporary topics such as reproductive technologies, biotechnology, gene therapy, prenatal diagnosis, bioethics, and the genetics of cancer will be explored. 3 hours lecture. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

BIOL 50 - anatomy and physiology (4 units)
Structure and function of the human body is studied. Emphasis on human anatomy and physiological principles at the cellular and systemic level. Designed primarily for majors in paramedic and medical assisting programs and pre-medical students who wish to explore the realm of anatomy and physiology. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

ENSC 10 - humans and the environment (3 units)
Identification of problems created by humans' modification of their environment by focusing on ecological interactions involving the human species; investigating the life processes of organisms as they relate to specific environments. Environmental Science 10, 11, and 12 may be combined for a maximum of 4 units. 3 hours lecture. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

ENSC 11 - humans and the environment with laboratory (4 units)
Identification of problems created by humans' modification of their environment by focusing on ecological interactions involving the human species; investigating the life processes of organisms as they relate to specific environments. Environmental Science 10, 11, and 12 may be combined for a maximum of 4 units. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE; IGETC; AA/AS.

ENSC 12 - current issues in environmental science (3 units)
Identification of problems created by humans' modification of their environment by focusing on ecological interactions involving the human species. Introduction of fundamental concepts of matter, energy, and ecology with emphasis on application of these concepts to a range of contemporary environmental issues including human population growth, resource use, pollution and global change. Environmental Science 10, 11, and 12 may be combined for a maximum of 4 units. 3 hours lecture. Transfer: CSU; UC; CSU/GE: E, AA/AS.

ENSC 15 - Agroecology (3 units)
Principles of the ecology of sustainable food systems. The environmental impact of agriculture, types of agriculture, soil science, plant structure, reproduction, development and growth and plants' interactions with other organisms. The interactions of culture, human population growth, and major environmental challenges in the transition to sustainable agriculture and food systems Designed for non-majors in environmental science.

ENSC 15L - Agroecology Laboratory (1 unit)
Laboratory exercises developed as an adjunct to ENSC 15 (Agroecology). Practical applications of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems. Investigation of abiotic factors and organisms that make up agroecosystems. Examination of gardens, farms and the local food system. Prerequisite: ENSC 15 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher) ENSC 15 (may be taken concurrently).

 

Department Clubs and Programs

• Biology Club
• Chabot Medical Brigades
• First Year Experience – Health Care & Community Wellness
• First Year Experience – STEM
• MESA
• NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate


Faculty & Staff

Full-Time
  • Agnello Braganza – General Biology - Emeritus
  • Alexandra "Zannie" Dallara - Anatomy , Majors Biology
  • Carlos Enriquez - Microbiology
  • Debra Caldwell – Majors Biology, Environmental Science - Emeritus
  • Jeffrey Tsao - General Biology, Anatomy, Life Sciences Discipline Coordinator and Co-Vice President of the Academic Senate
  • Jennifer Lange – Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, Health Care & Community Wellness FYE Coordinator, Chabot Medical Brigades Advisor
  • Lynn Hansen – Laboratory Technician
  • Megan Jensen - General Biology, Life Science Tutoring Coordinator
  • Patricia Wu – Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology
  • Rebecca Otto – Majors Biology, General Biology, Biology Club Advisor, NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Coordinator
  • Robert Cattolica – Majors Biology, General Biology, Microbiology
  • Veronica Enriquez – Laboratory Technician
  • Zarir Marawala – Anatomy & Physiology

Part-Time

  • Adam Peters – General Biology
  • Elysse Grossi-Soyster - Anatomy, General Biology
  • Frederick Bauzon – General Biology
  • James Ruggiero – Anatomy & Physiology
  • Jeanette Green – Anatomy & Physiology
  • Laura Coronado – Microbiology
  • Mark Kamakea – General Biology
  • Reza Majlesi – Anatomy & Physiology
  • Tiffy Nguyen - Anatomy & Physiology
  • Vaishali Bhagwat – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Yancy Aquino – Anatomy & Physiology

  • Scott Schultz - General Biology, Microbiology

To contact a faculty or staff member, their e-mail is first initial and last name @chabotcollege.edu.

 

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