Course Summary
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introductory Biology


The course objective is to provide students with the understanding and appreciation of common biological topics. Specifically in the study of the smallest units within biology: molecules and cells.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Relate biological concepts to daily living
  • Characterize biological principles common to all organisms
  • Recognize the common relationships among scientific fields
  • Transfer and apply biological knowledge to solve problems in different settings
  • Describe the structure and function of biological macromolecules
  • Describe the structure and function of cellular components
  • Explain the significance of biological principles to other fields of study
  • Apply and evaluate application of the scientific method
  • Explain how matter and energy are stored and transformed by living systems
  • Explain how information is stored, copied, transferred, and expressed in biological systems

General Course Topics:

  • An introduction to biology: the nature of science, modern biology, and biology systems and water
  • Basic chemistry: atoms and molecules, and thermodynamics
  • Biological molecules: water and organic molecules, acids and bases, and biological macromolecules
  • Cells and cell membrane: transport (membranes, diffusion, and osmosis), and cellular organization
  • Enzymes, metabolism, and cellular respiration: reactions
  • Photosynthesis: light reactions, the Calvin Cycle, photorespiration, C-4 photosynthesis, and Crassulacean Acid Metabolism photosynthesis
  • Cellular reproduction: mitosis - molecular biology, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA), and cell division
  • Cellular reproduction: meiosis - chromosomes, chromatids, and chromatin, and cell division
  • Mendelian Genetics and chromosomes: introduction to genetics including heredity, Punnett squares, and sex-linked traits
  • Gene expression: DNA, DNA replication and synthesis, transcription and translation, control of gene expression, and DNA technology in one's life
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
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