Course Abstract Details

BIOL-101, Fundamentals of Biology 1

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

BIOL-101, Fundamentals of Biology 1, gives the student who is a science major the basic biological principles common to all living things. Biochemistry, genetics, and evolution serve as central themes for the topics, which include cell structure and function, molecular and cellular energetics, and genetics. Through experiments the student will gain familiarity with various biological techniques and principles. The course includes formulating questions and hypotheses, designing experiments and the collection, reporting, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-097 and READ-A-F with C grades or better. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:
1. Relate basic chemical structures to physical structures and processes of cells recognizing molecular and cellular organization as core structure of living systems. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
2. Compare and contrast certain metabolic pathways in plants and animals. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1, PG4)
3. Use processes of cell division to explain the genetic basis of growth and reproduction. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1, PG4)
4. Explain genetic expression in molecular terms. (GE1, GE3, PG4)
5. Describe and appraise application of current genetic technology. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)
6. Explain how evolution is a unifying thread in biology. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1)
7. Engage in collaborative laboratory activities, formulate hypotheses, collect and interpret data, and communicate conclusions in written, oral, or visual formats. (GE1, GE2, GE3,
GE4, GE5; PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)
8. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes of communication (oral, written, and visual). (GE1; PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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