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Bonnie Ripley

Bonnie Ripley

Professor Biology


Contact Info:

Phone: 619-644-7045
Fax: 619-644-7922
Office: Bldg. 30, Room 132
Office Hours: For Fall 2018, Mondays 1-5:00 and Tuesdays 12-1:00 or by appointment



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BIO 215  Biostatistics

Course Notes:

Biostatistics (Bio 215) is a course intended for students completing the Biology A. S. or preparing for transfer in a life science area, such as Biology, Kinesiology, Psychology, and some Nursing and Pharmacy schools.  Some Biology specialty majors, such as Molecular Biology typically do not require statistics, while areas such as Ecology normally do. Normally students need not take both Math 160 and Bio 215.

This course is now offered both Fall and Spring semesters (one section each).  

Psychology 215 is accepted as an alternative in preparation to transfer to SDSU and also to complete the A. S. at Grossmont, and several sections of PSYCH 215 are usually offered each semester. 

BIO 240  Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology with Laboratory

Course Notes:

Bio 240 is a course intended for students completing the Biology A. S. at Grossmont or preparing to transfer as a Biology major.  Some other majors also require this course, such as Biophysics and Environmental Science, and it also fulfills a requirement for some Pharmacy schools.  

If you are planning to transfer to UCSD, you must take both Bio 230 and Bio 240 at Grossmont and/or Cuyamaca to fulfill their requirement for BILD 1, 2 and 3 as our courses do not split the content up the same way theirs do.  

You should NOT take this course if:

  • you are not preparing to transfer into a major that requires it (it is NOT a good GE choice)
  • you are planning to go into the Nursing, CVTE, Respiratory Therapy, Ortho Tech or Occupational Therapy programs as it is not required
  • you have not had the equivalent of one year of good high school biology 
  • you are not SURE you want to be a biology major

In the last two cases, take Bio 120 and see how that goes. Bio 120 is not a prerequisite for Bio 240, but you will do better in Bio 240 with the background that Bio 120 provides and more importantly, if you change your major, it will count for a GE and serves as a prerequisite for the Allied Health programs. 

One section of this course is offered in Fall and in Spring semesters. 


Help For Students

Click here for information that can help you succeed in your biology classes, including test-taking tips.

Looking for a Summer Job, Internship, or Research Experience?

Click above for links with information about internships and jobs for undergraduates in conservation biology, marine biology, ecology, evolution, and environmental resources.  Links include local, national and international opportunities!

For job search info not specifically related to Biology jobs, go to Career Cafe, a web site devoted to job search and career resources for Community College students! Also visit the the Grossmont Career Center to get in-person help with your career planning, resume, interview skills, and to view local job ads targeted to Grossmont students.

Citizenship and Lifelong Learning in Biology

Want to learn more about biology?  Click here for links to interesting articles, resources, reading lists, and ways to get involved in the community and do good in the world as it relates to biologic topics, including participating in citizen science.


Visit this page for a list of publications and other information about my professional history.

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