Biology at Clatsop Community College (CCC) is for all students interested in learning more about the world around them. Most of our biology courses include inquiry-based labs, and many focus on field projects. Some are writing intensive. CCC Biology provides investigative opportunities for students intending to major in the sciences, for pre-professional students such as pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-dental, and pre-nursing, and for students interested a broad general education. All of our Biology courses apply to the AAOT and will transfer to nearly all other colleges and universities.
Marine Biology students on board the Forerunner sort invertebrates from a plankton tow.
Biology Classes at CCC
BI 101 GENERAL BIOLOGY - EMPHASIS ON ECOLOGY
Students investigate a number of significant regional ecosystems,
changes that have occurred in these over the past two hundred
years, especially human induced changes, and forces driving further
potential changes in these systems over the next half century. Biology 101 involves four or five field trips. (Fall)
BI 102 GENERAL BIOLOGY - EMPHASIS ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Students use basic scientific methods to analyze cell diversity; behavior
of cell types; introductory genetics; nature of evolution, natural selection,
and origin of species. (Winter)
BI 103 GENERAL BIOLOGY - EMPHASIS ON BEHAVIOR
Students investigate fundamental science processes and life science
concepts with a primary focus on vertebrates and behavioral biology
to apply basic scientific methods in an evolutionary approach. Topics
include exploration of organism interactions, ecology, diversity,
evolutionary relationships, and comparisons of biological systems. (Spring)
BI 112 CELL BIOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS -
Students learn the basic concepts of cell biology, cell anatomy and
physiology, metabolism, cell reproduction, and inheritance. Students
apply science processes to health related problems. This course emphasizes allied health applications. (Winter, Spring, Summer)
BI 143 MARINE BIOLOGY
Students investigate physical, chemical and biological features of
marine environments. Students will examine major groups of marine
protists, plants and animals, and interactions within and between these
groups. Students will conduct field and lab studies of Pacific Northwest intertidal and estuarine ecosystems and will research and report on human
impacts on local and worldwide marine ecosystems.
BI 211, 212, 213 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
Students learn fundamental science processes and major concepts
of contemporary biology. These courses serve largely as platforms for
students majoring in life science, natural resources studies or pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, physical therapy, etc. Students develop skills basic to science investigation, abilities using standard lab equipment, concepts essential for an understanding of modern biology, and an awareness of roles and relationships between science and the restof society. Inquiry-based, lab and field intensive courses.
BI 222 HUMAN GENETICS
Students will investigate principles and patterns of Mendelian
inheritance, population genetics and molecular genetics while
focusing on human heredity. (Winter)
BI 231, 232, 233 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
In this year long sequence students learn the form and function of the dynamic human body, which is required for health service occupations and further study in the biological sciences. Laboratory investigation and discovery are used for both application and problem solving case studies.
BI 243 INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY
Students are introduced to basic microbiology principles. Students
investigate microbial morphologic characteristics, growth and inhibition
of microbes, distinguish differences between bacteria types, learn
general immunology, and investigate common diseases. Students
develop practical laboratory skills in aseptic technique, staining,
lab safety, scientific processes and maintenance of a lab notebook.
BOT 101 INTRODUCTION TO BOTANY
Students will investigate life processes within plants and their
relationship to plant form and anatomy. Students will also explore
plant/people relations, ecology, genetics, diversity and evolutionary
relationships among plants. This class involves several field trips and group learning activities.
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Many CCC biology students integrate community service with their class work. Some local groups CCC biology students have volunteered, worked, or interned with include:
Astoria High School firstname.lastname@example.org
North Coast Land Conservancy http://www.nclctrust.org/
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Astoria Marine Field Lab
2001 Marine Drive, Room 120, Astoria, OR 97103 503-325-2462
Sea Turtles Forever http://www.seaturtlesforever.com/
Several Watershed Councils
What's happening on the planet??
Michael Bunch http://web.clatsopcc.edu/users/mbunch
Nichole Warwick http://web.clatsopcc.edu/users/nwarwick