BIS Biological Sciences

Courses in BIS:
BIS 002AIntroduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Essentials of life including sources and use of energy, information storage, responsiveness to natural selection and cellularity. Origin of life and influence of living things on the chemistry of the Earth. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 001A with a grade of C- or better. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Winter Quarter.
BIS 002BIntroduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Introduction to basic principles of ecology and evolutionary biology, focusing on the fundamental mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity across scales ranging from molecules and genes to global processes and patterns. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 001B with a grade of C- or better. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
BIS 002CIntroduction to Biology: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 001B C- or better or BIS 002B C- or better. Introduction to organismal diversity, using the phylogenetic tree of life as an organizing theme. Lectures and laboratories cover methods of phylogenetic reconstruction, current knowledge of the tree of life, and the evolution of life's most important and interesting innovations. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 001C with a grade of C- or better. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
BIS 005Exploring Biological Sciences (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Enrollment limited to first year CBS students. Introduction to biology at UC Davis through discussions with faculty and speakers from industry and medicine. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
BIS 010Everyday Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Everyday biological concepts using contemporary readings for non-scientists. Key topics include: personal genomics; food and health; climate and evolution; brain biology and the law. Innovative projects apply biological concepts to current events. For students not specializing in biology. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 002A, or 002B, or 002C, or 010V or NEM 010V or equivalent. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
BIS 011Issues in the Life Sciences (2) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Enrollment limited to BUSP students. The range of subjects and approaches in the field of biology, including both basic and applied research topics. (Letter.) Effective: 2002 Fall Quarter.
BIS 011LBasic Life Sciences Laboratory (1) Active
Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Limited to Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP) students. Basic laboratory skills in life sciences research, including microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
BIS 020QModeling in Biology (2) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016B (can be concurrent). Introduction to the application of quantitative methods to biological problems. Students will use a mathematical software package to tackle problems drawn from all aspects of biology. (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
BIS 023AGenome Hunters (3) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving. Prerequisite(s): MAT 017A (can be concurrent) or MAT 021A (can be concurrent). Hands-on, project-based introduction to genome-centric biology with specific focus on quantitative elements of associated experimental approaches. Measurement error and error estimation, experimental design, data analysis, model generation and fitting, and model-guided hypothesis generation and testing. Course content covered through quarter-long interactive experiment to isolate an organism, quantitatively characterize its behavior, and sequence its genome. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
BIS 023BGenome Hunters (3) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving. Prerequisite(s): BIS 023A; (MAT 017C (can be concurrent) or MAT 021C (can be concurrent)). Hands-on, project-based introduction to modern computational and bioinformatics analyses using genome sequence data generated in course 023A. Genome sequence assembly and alignment, genome annotation, and genetic correlates of behavior. Additional topics may include scientific and societal implications of the availability and usage of genome information and genome manipulation, and real-life applications of genome analysis. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
BIS 027ALinear Algebra with Applications to Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 017C C- or better or MAT 021C C- or better or MAT 021CH C- or better. Introduction to linear algebra with biological, medical, and bioengineering applications. Matrix algebra, vector spaces, orthogonality, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, principal component analysis, singular value decomposition, and linear transformations. Computer labs cover mathematical and computational techniques for modeling biological systems. Only one unit of credit for students who have completed MAT 022A. (Same course as MAT 027A.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
BIS 027BDifferential Equations with Applications to Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 027A C- or better or (MAT 022A C- or better, (MAT 022AL C- or better or ENG 006 C- or better or EME 005 C- or better)). Solutions of differential equations with biological, medical, and bioengineering applications. First and second order linear equations, phase plane analysis, nonlinear dynamics, Laplace transforms, and the diffusion equation. Computer labs cover mathematical and numerical techniques for modeling biological systems. Only one unit of credit for students who have completed MAT 022B. (Same course as MAT 027B.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
BIS 092Internship in Biological Sciences (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Restricted to lower division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Primarily for lower division students (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Restricted to lower division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 101Genes and Gene Expression (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (BIS 002A C- or better, BIS 002B C- or better); (CHE 008A or CHE 118A or CHE 128A); ((STA 013 or STA 013Y) or STA 100 or STA 102 or STA 130A); STA 100 preferred. Nucleic acid structure and function; gene expression and its regulation; replication; transcription and translation; transmission genetics; molecular evolution. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
BIS 101DGenes and Gene Expression Discussion (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101 (can be concurrent); and Consent of Instructor. Discussion and problem solving related to fundamental principles of classical and molecular genetics as presented in course 101. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2000 Fall Quarter.
BIS 102Structure and Function of Biomolecules (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (BIS 001A or BIS 002A); (CHE 008B or CHE 118B or CHE 128B). Structure and function of macromolecules with emphasis on proteins, catalysis, enzyme kinetics, lipids, membranes, and proteins as machines. Only one unit of credit for students who have completed ABI 102 & 1.5 units of credit for students who have completed BIS 105. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
BIS 102QQuantitative Biomolecule Concepts (1) Active
Extensive Problem Solving—1 hour(s); Auto Tutorial. Prerequisite(s): BIS 102 (can be concurrent). Study of the quantitative concepts and mathematical models fundamental to biochemistry. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2008 Spring Quarter.
BIS 103Bioenergetics and Metabolism (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 102. Fundamentals of the carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles in nature, including key reactions of biomolecules such as carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, and nucleotides, and of energy production and use in different types of organisms. Principles of metabolic regulation. 1.5 units of credit for students who have completed BIS 105; 1 unit of credit if students who have completed ABI 103. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Winter Quarter.
BIS 104Cell Biology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101; (BIS 102 or BIS 105). Membrane receptors and signal transduction; cell trafficking; cell cycle; cell growth and division; extracellular matrix and cell-cell junctions; cell development; immune system. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2011 Spring Quarter.
BIS 105Biomolecules and Metabolism (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ((BIS 001A, BIS 001B, BIS 001C) or (BIS 002A, BIS 002B, BIS 002C)); (CHE 008B or CHE 118B or CHE 128B). Fundamentals of biochemical processes, with emphasis on protein structure and activity; energy metabolism; catabolism of sugars, amino acids, and lipids; and gluconeogenesis. 1.5 units of credit for students who have completed BIS 102 or BIS 103; no credit for students who have completed both BIS 102 and BIS 103; 1 unit of credit for students who have completed ABI 102 or ABI 103; no credit for students who have completed both ABI 102 and ABI 103. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
BIS 107Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications to Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (BIS 027A C- or better or MAT 027A C- or better) or (MAT 022A C- or better, (MAT 022AL C- or better or ENG 006 C- or better or EME 005 C- or better)). Introduction to probability theory and stochastic processes with biological, medical, and bioengineering applications. Combinatorics, discrete and continuous random variables, Bayes’ formula, conditional probability, Markov chains, Poisson processes, and Brownian motion. Computer labs cover mathematical and computational modeling techniques. Only 2 units of credit for students who have completed MAT 135A or STA 131A. (Same course as MAT 107.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
BIS 122Population Biology and Ecology (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (BIS 001A, BIS 001B, BIS 001C) or (BIS 002A, BIS 002B, BIS 002C); Residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Biological and physical processes affecting plant and animal populations in the rich array of habitats at the Bodega Marine Laboratory ecological preserve. Emphasis on field experience, with complementing lectures to address population and community processes. (See Bodega Marine Laboratory Program) (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2008 Spring Quarter.
BIS 122PPopulation Biology and Ecology/Advanced Laboratory Topics (5) Active
Laboratory—12 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 122 (can be concurrent). Residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Training in scientific research, from hypothesis testing to publication, including methods of library research. Research will be related to a topic covered in course 122. Final presentation both oral and written. See Bodega Marine Laboratory Program. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2000 Spring Quarter.
BIS 123Undergraduate Colloquium in Marine Science (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Enrolled student at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Series of weekly seminars by recognized authorities in various disciplines of marine science from within and outside the UC system. Includes informal discussion with speaker.Course will be held at Bodega Marine Laboratory.(See above description for Bodega Marine Laboratory Program.) (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 124Coastal Marine Research (6) Active
Laboratory—12 hour(s); Fieldwork—12 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (EVE 114 (can be concurrent) or EVE 106 (can be concurrent) or ESP 152 (can be concurrent) or ESP 124 (can be concurrent)); Concurrent enrollment in one of the above listed courses required; upper division standing or consent of instructor. Student must complete the application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Independent research on topics related to an accompanying core Bodega Marine Laboratory summer course. Students will receive training in generating hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and scientific communication. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2018 Summer Session 1.
BIS 132Introduction to Dynamic Models in Modern Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016C; (STA 013 or STA 013Y); Or equivalents and one lower division course in biology or equivalent. Dynamic modeling in the biological sciences, including matrix models, difference equations, differential equations, and complex dynamics. Examples include classic models in ecology, cell biology, physiology, and neuroscience. Emphasis on understanding models, their assumptions, and implications for modern biology. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
BIS 133Collaborative Studies in Mathematical Biology (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016A; MAT 016B; MAT 016C; (BIS 001A or BIS 001B or BIS 001C or BIS 002A or BIS 002B or BIS 002C or BIS 010); and Consent of Instructor. Or equivalents. Interdisciplinary research and training that uses mathematics and computation to solve current problems in biology. May be repeated up to 6 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
BIS 134Systems Biology: From Biological Circuits to Biological Systems (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): BIS 101; (MCB 121 or MCB 161 or PLB 113); (MAT 016A, MAT 016B, MAT 016C) or (MAT 017A, MAT 017B, MAT 017C); or Consent of Instructor. Applying systems theory to understand the properties of biological networks in a variety of model organisms. Emphasis on both local biological circuits, and genome-scale biological networks. Topics include network motifs, robustness, modeling, emergent properties and integration of networks. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, VL. Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.
BIS 180LGenomics Laboratory (5) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—6 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 181 or BIS 183 or MCB 182; or Consent of Instructor. Computational approaches to model and analyze biological information about genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes. Topics include genome assembly and annotation, mRNA and small RNA profiling, proteomics, protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions, network analysis, and comparative genomics. Computer programming experience is not required. Students who have received credit for taking BIT 150 will receive three units for completing BIS 180L. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
BIS 181Comparative Genomics (3) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s). Comparison of genomes at the population and species level. Genomic techniques for mapping disease (and other) genes, reconstruction of evolutionary history and migration patterns, determination of gene function, prediction of organismal traits, and metagenomics: determination of community composition and function. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
BIS 181Comparative Genomics (3) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Comparison of genomes at the population and species level. Genomic techniques for mapping disease (and other) genes, reconstruction of evolutionary history and migration patterns, determination of gene function, prediction of organismal traits, and metagenomics: determination of community composition and function. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
BIS 183Functional Genomics (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101; (BIS 102 or BIS 105 recommended.). Overview of genomic methodologies and key biological findings obtained using genome-wide analyses. RNA profiling, small RNAs, epigenomics, chromatin immunoprecipitation, protein-DNA interactions, proteomics and network analysis. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, VL. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
BIS 192Internship in Biological Sciences (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 194HResearch Honors (2) Active
Independent Study—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Senior standing. Students majoring in Biological Sciences who have completed two quarters (3-5 units per quarter) of 199 and who qualify for the honors program as defined by the current catalog. Opportunity for Biological Sciences majors to pursue intensive research culminating in the writing of a senior thesis with the guidance of faculty advisors. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 195AScience Teaching Internship Program (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Internship—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing in a science major or consent of instructor. Major in science; junior or senior status (based on units); application and interview; class size limited to 24 students. Basic teaching techniques including lesson planning, classroom management, and presentation skills. Interns spend time in K-12 science classrooms working with a master teacher observing, assisting with labs and activities, managing students, and teaching lessons. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
BIS 195BScience Teaching Internship (1-5) Active
Internship—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 195A. Reinforcement of teaching techniques learned in 195A with additional classroom experience in K-12 science classrooms wirking with a master teacher observing, assisting with labs and activities, managing students and teaching lessons. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) with consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
BIS 197TTutoring in Biological Sciences (1-5) Active
Discussion—2-6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Assisting the instructor by tutoring students in one of the Biological Sciences' regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
BIS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 199Special Study in Biological Sciences (1-5) Active
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
BIS 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. College of Biological Sciences staff members may offer group study courses under this number. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.