Life Sciences Courses

Upper-Division Courses

107. Genetics. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, 75 minutes. Requisites: courses 7C, 23L, Chemistry 14A (or 20A), 14C (or 30A). Not open for credit to students with credit for course 4. Advanced Mendelian genetics, recombination, biochemical genetics, mutation, DNA, genetic code, gene regulation, genes in populations. Letter grading.

110. Career Exploration in Life Sciences. (2) (Formerly numbered 5.) Seminar, two hours. Recommended for sophomore and incoming transfer students. Designed to help life sciences students expand awareness of their interests, needs, and skills to make deliberate career choices. Introduction to many components that go into making effective career decisions to help students explore diversity of career options for life sciences majors. P/NP grading.

130. Science Classroom Observation and Participation. (1) Seminar, one hour. Preparation: completion of three mathematics and/or science courses at level required of science majors. Observation, participation, and assisting in science classes at elementary, middle, and secondary schools. May be repeated for credit. P/NP grading.

M174. Health Disparities. (4) (Same as Psychology M174.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of health disparities and ways in which societal responses to race and ethnicity in combination with variety of other factors create differential quality and access to healthcare resulting in poor health outcomes in racial/ethnic minorities. Basic foundation for critical thinking about assumptions that shape life sciences, medical research, clinical practice, and social and behavioral sciences as they relate to racial and ethnic minority populations and to teach students to integrate concepts of culture and health disparities into other social, biological, political, psychological, genetic, and clinical health interests. P/NP or letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

192A. Introduction to Collaborative Learning Theory and Practice. (1) Seminar, one hour. Requisite: one course from 1, 2, 3, 4, 7A, 7B, 7C, 20, 23L, 30A, 30B, 40, 107, 110. Training seminar for undergraduate students who are selected for learning assistants (LAs) program. Exploration of current topics in pedagogy and education research focused on methods of learning and their practical application in small group settings. Students practice communication skills with frequent assessment of and feedback on progress. Letter grading.

192B. Methods and Application of Collaborative Learning Theory in Life Sciences. (3) Seminar, one hour; clinic, six hours. Requisites: course 192A (may be taken concurrently) and at least one term of prior experience in same course in which collaborative learning theory is practiced and refined under supervision of instructors. With instructor guidance, students apply pedagogical principles based on current education research, assist with development of innovative instructional materials, and receive frequent feedback on their progress. May be repeated three times for credit. Combination of courses 192B, 192C, 192D, and 192E may not be taken for more than total of 4 times or 4 courses. Letter grading.

192C. Methods and Application of Collaborative Learning Theory in Life Sciences. (4) Seminar, three hours; clinic, nine hours. Requisites: course 192A (may be taken concurrently) and at least one term of prior experience in same course in which collaborative learning theory is practiced and refined under supervision of instructors. With instructor guidance, students apply pedagogical principles based on current education research, assist with development of innovative instructional materials, and receive frequent feedback on their progress. May be repeated three times for credit. Combination of courses 192B, 192C, 192D, and 192E may not be taken for more than total of 4 times or 4 courses. Letter grading.

192D. Methods and Application of Collaborative Learning Theory in Life Sciences. (2) Seminar, three hours; clinic, three hours. Requisites: course 192A (may be taken concurrently) and at least one term of prior experience in same course in which collaborative learning theory is practiced and refined under supervision of instructors. With instructor guidance, students apply pedagogical principles based on current education research, assist with development of innovative instructional materials, and receive frequent feedback on their progress. May be repeated three times for credit. Combination of courses 192B, 192C, 192D, and 192E may not be taken for more than total of 4 times or 4 courses. Letter grading.

192E. Methods and Application of Collaborative Learning Theory in Life Sciences. (1) Seminar, one hour; clinic, two hours. Requisites: course 192A (may be taken concurrently) and at least one term of prior experience in same course in which collaborative learning theory is practiced and refined under supervision of instructors. With instructor guidance, students apply pedagogical principles based on current education research, assist with development of innovative instructional materials, and receive frequent feedback on their progress. May be repeated three times for credit. Combination of courses 192B, 192C, 192D, and 192E may not be taken for more than total of 4 times or 4 courses. Letter grading.

192F. Undergraduate Practicum in Life Sciences. (4) Seminar, two hours; clinic, nine hours. Requisite: one course from 1, 2, 3, 4, 7A, 7B, 7C, 20, 23L, 30A, 30B, 107, 110. Limited to sophomores/juniors/seniors. Advanced training and supervised practicum for experienced undergraduate students. Under guidance of faculty members, students refine their professional skills and take leadership roles in mentoring students. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

199. Directed Research or Senior Project in Life Sciences. (2) Tutorial, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 3. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper/project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

Graduate Courses

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

495. Preparation for College-Level Teaching in Life Sciences. (2) Seminar, two hours. Corequisite: course 375. Designed for graduate students who are teaching assistants in Life Sciences core curriculum for first time and to be taken concurrently in term in which they teach. Prepares students for college-level teaching in large enrollment undergraduate courses, and provides professional development to support students pursuing diverse careers in life sciences. Study of inclusive, student-centered, and evidence-based teaching methodologies that include active learning, group work, formative assessment, backward course design, and reflective teaching practices that incorporate peer observations and constructive feedback. May not be repeated for credit. S/U grading.