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Course Description

A general biology course with an emphasis on the structure and function of cells, biological molecules, homeostasis, cell respiration, photosynthesis, cell life cycle and its controls, cellular communication, Mendelian and non- classical genetics, evolution and diversity of life. The philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry and experimental design are foundational to the course. The course is required for students majoring in biology and/or its subcategories (e.g., plant or animal sciences). (C-ID: BIO 190) PREREQUISITE: Biological 10 or Biology 12 or Environmental Science 1 with a grade of 'C' or better, and Chemistry 1A and Mathematics 240 with a grade of 'C' or better. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the structures and interactions between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells (including metabolism, reproduction and communication)
  • Identify and describe different phases of cell cycle
  • Describe how organisms reproduce sexually and asexually
  • Describe how organisms use and store energy
  • Acquire, read, evaluate, apply and cite scientific literature. Demonstrate use of internate and library resources.
  • Be able to solve problems in molecular genetics, classical genetics, and cytogenetic
  • Relate the use of biotechnology to techniques used in the modern laboratory
  • Describe how the structures of organisms are related to their function, and how those features develop through the process of evolution
  • Describe the function of genes and how they are expressed

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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