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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Life Processes (SCI-102)


Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

March 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the roles of major biological molecules in forming living organisms and carrying out life processes; elucidate the roles of cell parts in carrying out various life processes; analyze the manners in which genetic materials determine the genetic characteristics of offspring; apply the various life processes carried out by human organs systems to the over-all goal of maintaining homeostasis; evaluate the impact that various interferences with homeostasis may have on the functioning of the human body and identify the steps that the human body takes to deal with such interference.


This course is an introductory study of the life processes of all organisms. Instruction focuses on the life processes of human beings. It begins with some necessary background information about molecular and cellular structure and then moves into the life processes, including: nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis. The course examines each of these processes and the human organ systems that carry them out. Additional topics include: diseases and other disruptions of homeostasis. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, practice assignments, class participation, and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology or as an elective in Life Sciences (3/18) (5/23 revalidation).