Course Summary
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9 weeks (144 hours).
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Biology


This introductory college-level Biology course tests the student’s knowledge and understanding of fundamental biology topics, including the scientific method, cell structure and function, genetics, and evolution. Other key biology topics, such as biological chemistry, cellular metabolism, molecular biology, comparative animal biology, introductory microbiology, plant anatomy and physiology, and general principles of ecology will be introduced as well.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize, interpret, and apply major biological topics, including those in cellular biology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.
  • Differentiate the steps of the scientific method and show how it is applied in biological sciences.
  • Interpret historical events and experiments that contributed to our current understanding of biological sciences.
  • Identify and define key facts, principles, processes, and theories in biology.
  • Distinguish the interrelationships between different subjects within biology, including cellular biology, chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, botany, comparative animal biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

General Topics:

  • Basic chemistry, introduction to cell biology, metabolism
  • Cellular reproduction, inheritance, molecular biology
  • Animal organ systems and homeostasis: part 1
  • Animal organ systems and homeostasis: part 2
  • Evolution: history and basic concepts
  • Microbial evolution, Plant evolution
  • Animal evolution and behavior
  • Ecology
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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