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Biology 101: Introduction to Biology

Course Category: 
Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

40 hours (10 weeks).

Dates: 

December 2012 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:compare and contrast the nucleic acids DNA and RNA; differentiate the parts of cells and explain cell biology; understand genetics and the principles of heredity; describe and analyze metabolic biochemistry; classify organisms to demonstrate a fundamental understanding of taxonomy; analyze how the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, musculo-skeletal, nervous and immune systems work; demonstrate how ecosystems form and evolve; illustrate the theory and principles of evolution; and explain the history of life on Earth.

Instruction: 

Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: science basics; inorganic chemistry review for biology; organic chemistry introduction; nucleic acids of DNA and RNA; enzymatic biochemistry; cell membranes; cell structure and organelles; DNA replication's processes and steps; transcription and translation processes; genetic mutations; metabolic biochemistry; cell division; the muscular skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems; the nervous and endocrine systems; reproduction and development in animals; and genetics and principles of heredity; ecological principles; principles of evolution; earth's timeline and evolution; phylogeny and organism classification; and molecular biology lab techniques.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate  degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology, Natural Sciences, or as a general education requirement (12/16).

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