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BIOL-101 General Biology I

This course provides a foundation in life science. Topics include characteristics of living organisms, basic chemistry, organic chemistry, cellular structure, energetics, inheritance, and molecular biology.  In the laboratory, students will learn basic techniques and learn the use of instruments in biology from basic microscopy to DNA fingerprinting.

Credits

4

Prerequisite

ENGL-096 or ENGL-086

Hours Weekly

3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly

Course Objectives

1. Communicate biological concepts using appropriate symbols, notations, and vocabulary.

2. Apply appropriate scientific processes to solve problems related to general biology concepts and analyze, evaluate, justify, and interpret the reasonableness of the solutions.

3. Identify and describe the distinguishing characteristics of life.

4. Relate basic principles in chemistry and biochemistry in explaining the different structures in a cell.

5. Explain the basic principles of metabolism, specifically in photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

6. Describe the process of the cellular cycle and significance to human genetics.

7. Identify the structure and function of DNA, including the processes of replication, transcription, translation, and mutagenesis.