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Biology 101L: Introduction to Biology with Lab
Various; distance learning format.
June 2012 - Present.
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, musculoskeletal, nervous and immune systems work; demonstrate how ecosystems form and evolve; illustrate the theory and principles of evolution; know the history of life on Earth; and apply the theories, skills and knowledge of basic biology through laboratory experiments.
The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: science basics; inorganic chemistry review for biology; organic chemistry introduction; nucleic acids: DNA and RNA; enzymatic biochemistry; cell membranes; cell structure and organelles; DNA replication: processes and steps; transcription and translation processes; genetic mutations; metabolic biochemistry; cell division; physiology I: the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems; physiology II: the nervous and endocrine systems; reproduction and development in animals; genetics: principles of heredity; ecological principles; principles of evolution; Earth's timeline and evolution; phylogeny and organism classification; molecular biology lab techniques; Biology 101L labs.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in General Biology or Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Genetics, Environmental Control and Management, General Biology, or Bio-Chemical Engineering (6/17).