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This page gives you a quick way to find out more about online and hybrid courses offered at MiraCosta. Click any course title to learn more about the course. Many instructors add details here about expectations for the course and what students need to do to get started.

Courses listed as "Online Only" may be completed entirely online.
Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

General Biology (Lecture and Lab)

This entry-level course provides a broad perspective of biological concepts and principles. Topics include the process of scientific inquiry, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, systems biology, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms. The laboratory component of this course provides direct participation in experiments, demonstrations, and discussions related to fundamental concepts in biology. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, or BIO 105.

Subject: BIO
Course Number: 100
Section Number: 2399
Units: 4

Instructor information about this course

Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Blackboard
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Office: SAN403
Office hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:30 PM or by appointment
Phone: 760-757-2121 x 7766
Instructor notes: This section of BIO100 is a hybrid course; students will meet with the instructor on campus each Tuesday from 3-5:50 PM for the laboratory-based portion of the course; all lecture content will be delivered via distance education (online). Major exams will be scheduled on-campus during the lab session. Please note that this is not a self-paced course; the online lecture content will be released in multiple-week instructional units that include instructor-written text, video lectures, outside readings and textbook assignments that will be comparable in quantity and quality to an on-ground 3 unit lecture. As such, students should anticipate spending ~9 hours per week covering the online materials (reading, watching, taking notes, reviewing, self-assessing). Each week culminates with a short online quiz to monitor comprehension. The required textbooks for this course are: Biology, Concepts and Connections, 7th edition (ISBN: 0321696816) and Biology Lab Manual by K. Cunningham, 7th edition (ISBN:9780757598760). The instructor will open the course site for preview approximately one week before the start of the semester at which time enrolled students may access the syllabus, view the class schedule, begin to get acquainted with their classmates and become familiar with the structure of this hybrid course.

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