BIOL101 Biological Science I

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Biology

I. Course Number and Title
BIOL101 Biological Science I
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Level 3 or READ110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Math Level 5 or higher or MATH095 (C or better); Writing Level 4 or COMP090 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Scientific Literacy.

Lecture-laboratory format to include in-class and/or online presentation of content material and participation in hands-on and/or virtual laboratory exercises. Topics are presented in various modes including, but not limited to, traditional lecture style, online presentation, group exercises, computer simulations, and/or online research. This course does not meet the curriculum requirements for biology majors.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introduction to processes common to all living organisms. Science and the scientific method are described. Topics include: cell structure, energy transfer in plants and animals, classical genetics, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, and evolution. This course does not meet the curriculum requirements for biology majors.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. explain the meaning of scientific thought and identify the steps to the scientific method [Scientific Literacy];
    2. describe the organization and function of living cells;
    3. explain the mechanics of energy transformations in living systems;
    4. explain the process of genetic inheritance;
    5. describe the techniques related to genetic engineering; and
    6. explain the concepts of evolution and natural selection.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. biology as a science
    2. biochemistry of the cell
    3. cell structure and function
    4. metabolism: energy and enzymes
    5. photosynthesis
    6. cellular respiration
    7. cell division: mitosis and meiosis
    8. mendelian genetics
    9. non-mendelian genetics
    10. human genetics
    11. molecular genetics
    12. recombinant DNA and biotechnology
    13. evolution
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, laboratory exercises, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/06; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/06; Revised 6/09; Dept name change, 8/21/2012; New Core 8/2015