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Introduction to Biology (SCI 101)

Course Category: 
Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Dates: 

November 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe how the basic units of matter interact to produce the complex macromolecules that imbue living systems with the many properties that constitute the living state; understand the scientific basis for declaring the cell as the basic unit of life; understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking in seeking to solve problems; analyze the nature of the different processes involved in cell metabolism, cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis; develop an understanding of the cell cycle, genetics, meiosis, the chromosomal basis of inheritance, the molecular basis of inheritance from gene to protein, and the regulation of gene expression; describe the life processes carried out by plant and animal life forms as well as human biological processes; and understand different forms of ecology and ecosystems and how they apply to life on planet earth and be able to acquire information and skills that will enable them to successfully understand more advanced concepts of biological science that encompass biology.

Instruction: 

The course covers the cellular and molecular basis of life including certain core concepts of biology such as cell structure and physiology, metabolism, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, modern genetics, and genetic engineering. It explores life processes, including nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis. Other topics include: systems moving up the life chain from plants to animals and ultimately to human beings and different forms and implications of the various ecological systems of the planet. The course of study necessary to be prepared for the proctored proficiency examination consists of lessons based on the readings from the textbook. Students are encouraged to answer all the review questions and quizzes for each lesson.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology or General Sciences (11/16).

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