Nursing students are sponsoring a bone marrow registry drive on April 23-24.
Nursing students are sponsoring a bone marrow registry drive on April 23-24.
New event will raise funds for first-generation TMCC students.
Monday, April 21
VSTA 206, Dandini Campus
Tuesday, April 22
EDSN 112, IGT Applied Technology Center
Below are answers to the Biology Department's most commonly asked questions.
You can contact the Biology Department at 775-673-8251, Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 331, Reno, NV 89512-3999, or by email through the Biology Department website.
If your instructor is not listed on the Biology Faculty and Staff page it is because they are a part-time instructor. Unfortunately, because part-time instructors can vary from semester to semester, we cannot list them on the Biology Faculty and Staff page. Generally, TMCC email addresses are the first initial and last name "@tmcc.edu" (e.g., instructor John Smith = firstname.lastname@example.org). Try contacting them at this email address and if unsuccessful, contact the Biology office at 775-673-8251.
The Biology Department office is located at the main Dandini campus, on the 3rd floor near the south end of the Red Mountain Building, room 331. Many, but not all, of the full-time faculty have their offices in this suite.
The Biology Department website provides the office locations of full-time Biology faculty.
Yes, BIOL 190 and BIOL 190L are pre-requisites to BIOL 223 (Anatomy & Physiology I) and to BIOL 251 (General Microbiology).
TMCC is consistent with other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in this regard. However, if you have taken the course equivalent of BIOL 223, BIOL 224, or BIOL 251 at another institution, the Biology Department will allow you to repeat that course without first taking BIOL 190. You will need to bring in or fax (775-673-7887) an unofficial copy of your transcripts and the official catalog course description to the Biology Department office for evaluation.
BIOL 190L is a pre-requisite for BIOL 223 (Anatomy & Physiology I) and to BIOL 251 (General Microbiology) at TMCC; however, the Biology Department will accept BIOL 192 or an upper division lab in Biology or Biochemistry in place of BIOL 190L. If you do not have comparable lab experience, you will have to take BIOL 190L prior to taking BIOL 223 or BIOL 251.
TMCC offers an Associate of Science, Biology Emphasis degree. This degree is designed to matriculate to the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Required courses include BIOL 190, BIOL 190L, BIOL 191, BIOL 191L, CHEM 241, CHEM 242, PHYS 151 (or PHYS 180/180L), and MATH 181 (or STAT 152).
Beginning in spring 2013, TMCC will offer classes towards an Associates of Science, Community Health Science Emphasis degree, which will be managed through the Biology Department. The entire degree will become official beginning in fall 2013.
This degree is designed to matriculate into the Bachelors of Science in Community Health Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Required courses include: CHS 101, CHS 102, CHS 200, and CHS 230. Beginning in fall 2013, additional degree requirements and a suggested course sequence will be available in the TMCC College Catalog. Please contact the Biology Department office at 775-673-8251 for advisement.
The field of Community Health Science is broad, and a degree will afford you opportunities in personal health and wellness, mental health, social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, health care administration, exercise physiology, or environmental health among many others. Many students obtain a degree in Community Health Science before applying to allied health programs such as nursing, medical, physical therapy, or dental school.
See Also: UNR has compiled a list of possible Community Health Science-related career opportunities.
Community Health Science is a field of public health that is concerned with protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.
See Also: UNR's School of Community Health Sciences web page.
Bring in or fax (775-673-7887) an unofficial copy of your transcripts and the official catalog course descriptions of all Biology classes to the Biology Department office for evaluation. If faxing, please state the nature of your request, i.e. which courses need to be evaluated, which courses are you trying to enroll in at TMCC, and for which semester.
If the course(s) you took at another institution are equivalent to pre-requisites, we can remove the block on your registration for other Biology classes. In the meantime, you should send your official transcripts to TMCC’s Admissions and Records Department, Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 319, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999, Telephone: 775-673-7042 or Fax: 775-673-7028.
Otherwise, you will need to submit unofficial transcripts to the Biology Department each semester.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have the capacity to maintain electronic waitlists at this time. We are looking into this for the future.
Instructors cannot place a student in a class. Often the size of the classroom or laboratory dictates the maximum enrollment for a class. The Biology Department cannot increase enrollment beyond the published maximum, due to fire code.
DYN stands for "Dynamic Dated" classes. These are classes that either progress at a "fast track" pace, where two classes are taken in 8-week sessions back-to-back (e.g., BIOL 223/224 or BIOL 190/190L/251); or, when a class begins after the semester's regular start date.
Keep checking MyTMCC online. Students often change their schedules prior to the start of the semester. Also, check with Accounting Services to find out when the purge for non-payment date is. Students who do not pay their course fees on time may be dropped prior to the start of classes, which can open up spots in a course.
It is a mistake not to attend the first meeting of any class. Most science instructors will present material during the first day of class, and they will expect you to be there and be prepared. If you know ahead of time that you will not be able to attend class for legitimate reasons, you should contact the instructor prior to the start date. The instructor may or may not administratively withdraw you from the course on the first day of classes for a no show. If your intent is to drop the course, it is your financial responsibility to do so.
The purge for non-payment date varies from semester to semester. Please contact the TMCC's Accounting Services at 775-673-7155 to verify when this date is.
You must pay for fees for all classes you enrolled in prior to the purge for non-payment date, otherwise you may be automatically dropped from classes prior to the start of the semester.
Should you be purged, the Biology Department cannot guarantee your re-enrollment into the class.
Yes, the Biology Department routinely hires students as Instructor's Aides (IAs) for General Microbiology (BIOL 251), as Peer Tutors in the Biology Open lab, or to assist the Prep Lab in preparing materials for the Biology Department's many teaching laboratories. Students may also sign up for BIOL 290, Internship in Biology, for specialized projects. Interested students should contact the TMCC Biology Laboratory Coordinator, Dr. Laura Briggs.
The BioPrep workshop is a 5-week program that meets during the summer for students interested in science-related careers. During the workshop, students learn standard molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cloning in addition to common laboratory practices and means of scientific communication.
This competitive program is for students who have completed the Success First Summer Bridge program prior to beginning their first semester at TMCC; however, students who have not gone through the Summer Bridge program may be considered if spots are available after the initial application process. Interested students should contact the Biology Department.
Yes, beginning in spring 2013, the Biology Department will offer BIOL 290: Research Experience, where students will conduct a semester-long research project on the ends of chromosomes, telomeres, and the enzyme that maintains them, telomerase. During this course, students will learn how to culture cells and conduct standard molecular biology techniques, read scientific literature, maintain a proper laboratory notebook, and communicate science effectively. Interested students should contact the Biology Department at 775-673-8251.
The Co-Admission program assists students in transitioning between the Nevada community colleges and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). After you complete your first year at TMCC, you may apply for co-admission at UNR. Once accepted, you will develop a plan with a University academic advisor to finish your associate's degree and transition seamlessly into a bachelor's degree program. For more details please visit UNR's Co-Admission web page.