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Advising for Non-Biology Majors

All Edmonds CC students should receive advice on their academic plan from an academic adviser. The information provided here is not a substitute for working with an adviser.

Overview of Non-Majors Science Classes

All classes have prerequisites of placement into MATH 090 and placement into ENGL 105. Additional prerequisites may be indicated for particular classes. Quarters usually offered are shown in parentheses.

ASTRONOMY 100: Students learn to understand the night sky, the history of time, and the latest gossip about the solar system. Labs include lots of star partying. Students will learn the basic principles of physics, optics, geology as they learn about the near-by universe. (F,W,Sp,Su)

BIOLOGY 100: This is an introductory class for non-science majors, which includes an introduction to major biological principles and scientific processes. Emphasis will be on the application of modern biological knowledge in society in a way that is informative and exciting. (W,Sp)

BIOLOGY 101: This class is designed as an owner's manual for the human body. It includes a variety of topics, including infectious diseases, genetic disorders, and environmental concerns. (F, Su)

BIOLOGY 105: Students learn to recognize common plants and animals of the Northwest- how they live and how we can learn to co-exist. Includes field trips to local natural areas to practice field investigative methods.(Fall only)

BIOLOGY 106: Students learn to recognize common beach life. Includes current issues such as exotic species, oil pollution, orca whales, and red tide as they affect life in the Northwest. Includes several field trips to local beaches and the Shannon Point Marine Laboratory. (Spring only)

BIOLOGY 130: The biological basis of human behavior, especially the role of hormones and the brain in controlling behavior. Students will explore neurobiology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, language and cognition. (F)

BIOLOGY 150: How and why humans get sick and how illnesses can be prevented. Labs will look at water quality (Is that expensive bottled water really safe?), how microbes (disease agents) are isolated and identified, and how diseases get transmitted. (Sp)

CHEMISTRY 101: Students will learn how to cook a chemical stew and how to predict the results. In the laboratory aspirin will be made as an example of an industrial process, and this knowledge can be applied to understanding chemistry in the world around them. (F,W,Sp,Su)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 100: Students will learn the relationship between a green lawn, green algae, and dead fish. Is the greenhouse effect bad for the planet, or will it solve our food problems? Prepares students to make informed decisions about environmental issues that affect their daily lives. (F,W,Sp,Su)

GEOLOGY 100: Students will learn about the secret lives of rocks and minerals, where they come from, how they are made, and the answer to the question, "Are the rocks forever?" will be revealed. This class will relate geologic principles to the world around them. (F,W,Sp,Su)

PHYSICS 100: Students will learn why they need to wear their seat belt, how eye glasses correct their vision, why not to walk in front of a semi-truck, and how to rewire your house. This class will show the students that they already know all there is to know about physics because they have learned the rules as they grew up. (F,W,Sp)

Here is a general schedule (subject to change) of courses offered through the Edmonds CC Biology department:

Course Number Course Title Quarter Offered
Biology 100 Introduction to Biology Winter, Spring quarters
Biology 101 Biology For Humans Summer, Fall quarters
Biology 105 Flora and Fauna Fall quarter
Biology 106 Marine Biology Spring quarter
Biology 130 Biology of Behavior Fall Quarter
Biology 150 Biology of Disease Spring quarter

All of the other Biology offerings require college (NOT high school) chemistry and many have other science prerequisites as well.

For more information, contact Jenny McFarland.