Welcome to the Biology Department

Students! Please Note: There are new regulations about repeating courses.  Students will only be allowed to take a course 3 times for
either a grade or a W.

New Life Science Building

Full-time Faculty and Staff

Bonnie Moore - Professor of Biology | View Website

Professor Moore received her Ph.D. from UC Davis and has been teaching biology at Napa Valley College since 1997.  She has taught several college biology courses including non-majors biology, majors biology, reproductive biology, digestive physiology, cellular physiology, human anatomy, and human physiology.  Currently, Dr. Moore teaches Human Anatomy (BIOL 218) and Human Biology (Biol 105).  She spends her spare time with her Whippet, Comet.

Her email address is

Scott Rose - Professor of Biology | View Website

Professor Rose has been teaching at Napa Valley College since 1978.  He holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Biology from Sonoma State University.  His professional training included two years of graduate work at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.  His main focus is microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.  He completed a step advance project to revise student keys for models in anatomy and physiology, and student keys for use in bacterial identification in microbiology class.  Professor Rose teaches Microbiology (BIOL 220) at NVC.

His email address is

Stephanie Burns - Professor of Biology | View Website

Professor Burns received her Ph.D. from U.C. Davis in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  Her research interests included the effect of diet on the expression of metabolizing enzymes.  She has been teaching biology at Napa Valley College since 2005.  She has taught several college biology courses including general biology for non-majors, general biology for majors, and human biology.  Prior to teaching at Napa Valley College she worked for the Peregrine Fund, researching the effects of pesticides on birds of prey.  Currently, Dr. Burns teaches Human Biology (BIOL 105) and General Biology (BIOL 120) and is serving as the division chair of Science, Mathematics & Engineering.  Her extracurricular interests include bird watching and dog activities (agility and herding) with her two Belgian malinois dogs.

Her email address is

Daniel Clemens - Professor of Biology | View Website

Dr. Clemens received his Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA and has been teaching college biology courses since 1991.  His main academic interests are in physiology, functional anatomy, evolution and ecology of vertebrate animals including humans.  Prior to joining the faculty at NVC in 2005, he worked as an environmental consultant specializing in endangered species and wildlife habitat issues in northern and central California.  Dr. Clemens has also taught biology courses at The University of Chicago, Williams College, Dominican University, and Santa Rosa Junior College.  Currently, Dr. Clemens teaches Human Anatomy (BIOL 218), Human Physiology (BIOL 219), and General Zoology (BIOL 240) at NVC.

His email address is

Danielle Alexander - Instructional Assistant

Danielle began her career with the Biology department in December 1995 as a student worker while attending Napa Valley College in preparation to transfer to a four-year university.  Upon her graduation from NVC she attended Mills College in Oakland where she earned her B.A. in Women's Studies.  Danielle returned to working for the NVC Biology department in 2000 after she graduated from Mills College. While working as an Instructional Assistant, she completed graduate school at Sonoma State University where she earned her M.A. in History in 2007.  Danielle now works for the Biology department as their Instructional Assistant and part time as an adjunct instructor in the History department teaching U.S. History (HIST 120 and 121), and U.S. Women's History (HIST 150 and 152).  Her experience at NVC as a graduate, a classified employee, and an adjunct faculty member of the college affords her a unique relationship with the school and students.  It is a unique experience that she values very much!

Her email address is and her web page can be found here.

Adjunct Faculty

Alysia Thomas - Dr. Thomas teaches Human Physiology (BIOL 219),  Human Biology (BIOL 105), and Human Anatomy (BIOL 218) at NVC.  Her email address is and her web page can be found here.

Tim Mulligan - Mr. Mulligan teaches Survey of Biology (BIOL 110) and Nutrition Today (BIOL 103) at NVC.  Mr. Mulligan recently retired from his teaching/coaching position at Napa High.

Sharon Lynch - Dr. Lynch teaches Survey of Biology (BIOL 110) at NVC.

Bruce Riddell - Mr. Riddell has a B.S. in Zoology and an M.A. in Cell Biology from CSU Long Beach, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.  He teaches Human Anatomy (BIOL 218), Human Biology (BIOL 105), and Introduction to Ecology (BIOL 112) at NVC.  His email address is and his web page can be found here.

Erica Lindgren - Dr. Lindgren teaches Human Physiology (BIOL 219) at NVC.  Her email address is

Jonathan Koehler - Mr. Koehler teaches Introduction to Ecology (BIOL 112) and Wildlife Biology (BIOL 117) at NVC.  His email address is and his web page can be found here

Bpantamars Phadungchob (Dr Sang)- Dr. Sang teaches General Botany (BIOL 241) at NVC. 

John Rudell - Dr. Rudell teaches Human Biology (BIOL 105) at NVC.

Robin Altman - Dr. Altman teaches Human Biology (BIOL 105) at NVC.  Her email address is: .


Classes Offered:

Nutrition Today (BIOL 103)

This is a general education course for those with no previous background in nutrition, and intended primarily for the non-nutrition major.  Course content includes a study of nutrients, their use and effect in the body, psychological, economic, cultural, social and geographic influences of nutritional practices.  Calorie and nutrient analysis is considered in relation to balanced diets and weight control.  The principles of nutrition are considered in relation to current concerns, and the basic ideas of biochemistry are introduced.  CSU and UC transferrable.  3 units.

Human Biology (BIOL 105)

A survey of human biology focusing on anatomy, physiology, cell development, tissues, organs and organ systems.  The course also covers molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and diversity.  Specifically designed for health occupations students as a prerequisite to Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, but is also designed for the non-major as well.  Recommended Preparation: ENGL 100, MATH 94, and CHEM 110.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Survey of Biology (BIOL 110)

A study of life, including surveys of plant and animal kingdoms, mammalian anatomy and physiology, cytology, genetics, and ecology.  Intended for non-biology majors and health occupations students.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Introduction to Ecology (BIOL 112)

This course is an exploration of ecological principles including weather, animal and plant interaction, the cellular and molecular basis of life and the interdependence of all these factors.  The role of humans in the environment will also be a focus of the course.  This is an introductory course for the science major as well as the non-major.  CSU and UC transferrable.  3 units.

Wildlife Biology (BIOL 117)

Introduction to the biology and ecology of terrestrial wildlife.  Basic principles of wildlife management.  One Saturday field trip to wildlife refuges.  CSU and UC transferrable.  3 units.

General Biology (BIOL 120)

Study of the basic principles of Biology on the molecular and cellular levels with emphasis on macromolecules of life, organelle structure, celullar metabolism, cellular reproduction, Mendelian and molecular genetics and histology.  Intended primarily for Biology Majors or students requiring a molecular/cellular interpretation of life.  Prerequisite: CHEM 120.  4 units.

Human Anatomy (BIOL 218)

An introduction to the principles of the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body.  Dissection of a human cadaver and a cat are supplemented by models, charts, and microscopic preparation of human structures.  Primarily intended for students pursuing a B.A./B.S. degree.  Prerequisites: BIOL 110 or college equivalent, or BIOL 105.  CSU and UC transferrable.  5 units.

Human Physiology (BIOL 219)

An introduction to the biochemical and cellular mechanisms of the organ systems of the human body.  Lab exercises include measurements taken on individual students and preserved specimens.  Prerequisites: BIOL 110 or BIOL 105, and CHEM 110.  Recommended Preparation: BIOL 218.  CSU and UC transferrabale.  5 units.

General Microbiology (BIOL 220)

Morphology, metabolism, molecular genetics and ecology of bacteria, fungi, viruses, helminths and protozoa.  Extensive laboratory work include aseptic techniques, methods of cultivation, identification and enumeration of bacteria, examination of physiologic characteristics and recombinant DNA techniques using common bacteria.  For students majoring in biological sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, dental hyqiene, nursing, public health.  Prerequisites: BIOL 120, BIOL 150, or BIOL 219.  CSU and UC transferrable.  5 units.

General Zoology (BIOL 240)

An integrated course in classical zoology andf current theories in evolution.  Emphasis is on the anatomy, physiology, embryology, and natural history of all major phyla as well as the mechanisms of evolution governing all living organisms.  Intended for Biology Majors.  Prerequisite: BIOL 120.  CSU and UC transferrable.  5 units.

General Botany (BIOL 241)

An integrated study of classical botany and ecological principles.  The course includes the natural history, life cycles, anatomy, and evolution of the protista, fungi, and plant kingdom.  Intended for Biology Majors.  Prerequisite: BIOL 120.  CSU and UC transferrable.  5 units.

Independent Studies in Biology (BIOL 199)

Study in area of bioilogy of special interest to student.  May include advanced studies and projects begun in other biology courses or biological studies not normally included in formal course work.  Prerequisites: Two college biology courses; submission of a written proposal to be assessed by two regular biology instructors.  CSU and UC transferrable.  1 to 3 units.

Selected Topics in Biology (BIOL 298)

Topics in biology not covered by regular catalog offerings.  Course content and unit credit to be determined in relation to community/student needs and available staff.  May be offered as a seminar, lecture, or lecture/laboratory class.  CSU transferrable.  1 to 3 units.

Biology Program Level Outcomes

PLO 1: Apply the scientific method to evaluate and communicate biological information

PLO 2: Relate biological structure to function at different levels of biological organization.

PLO 3: Summarize the flow of energy, organic molecules, and water in biological systems.

PLO 4: Describe the processes of cell division and mechanisms of inheritance at the cellular and molecular levels.

PLO 5: Articulate the theory of biological evolution and present scientific evidence that supports evolutionary theory.

PLO 6: Evaluate ecological interactions between organisms and their environments.

PLO 7: Use quantitative methods to analyze biological phenomena.

PLO 8: Utilize biological knowledge to enhance human health and quality of life.

PLO 9:  Demonstrate knowledge of biological diversity and classification of organisms