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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Biology (SCI 101)

Course Category: 

Varies; self study format.  

Various; distance learning format.

March 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: evaluate 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; interpret the scientific basis for declaring the cell as the basic unit of life; define 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; describe the processes 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 evaluate the different forms of ecology and ecosystems and how they apply to life on planet Earth.


This course broadly covers the core concepts in biology, emphasizing vocabulary and concepts relating to structures and functions of life forms. The final exam covers the major areas of biology, along with assessing students’ knowledge of basic subject matter including: cell structure and physiology, metabolism, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, modern genetics, and genetic engineering, life processes, nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Biology or General Science (3/16) (8/21 revalidation).