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BIOL 2107

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Principles Of Biology I
Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L, each with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) BIOL 2107L
Catalog Description
Students investigate the principles and applications of biology.  Topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, basic chemistry of life, cellular reproduction, classical and molecular genetics, and a survey of selected organisms (bacteria, fungi, protists and plants).  This course is designed for students whose program of study is science.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Use the scientific method as a way of devising experiments and analyzing results to
arrive at defendable conclusions.
2. Explain major biological concepts and theories such as the origin of life, evolution,
cell theory, inheritance.
3. Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
4. Describe eukaryotic cell structure and function.
5. Describe and discuss cell transport mechanisms.
6. Discuss the processes of energy transfer in cells including the role of enzymes.
7. Discuss classical and molecular genetics including biotechnology.
8. Distinguish the organisms that are placed in the Kingdoms Monera, Protista, Fungi, and
9. Outline a currently accepted theory as to the origins of the Plant Kingdom and discuss
the evidence for this.
10. Identify plant reproductive structures and explain their development and function.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
1.  Students increase their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and course
materials. Students may be required to read articles on particular biological topics in
preparation for writing short papers.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving.
3. Students develop writing and speaking skills through the use of problems and activities
developed to specifically enhance their understanding of certain biological principles.  
Students are required to write essay answers on exams, often write short papers as part of
the course work, and give presentations.

II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to recognizing and applying scientific inquiry in a variety of settings as follows:
1. Students learn the process of the scientific inquiry in lecture and apply the principles
during the discussion of each lecture topic.
2. Students apply the scientific method in research projects or papers.

III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to demonstrating effective individual and group problem-solving and critical thinking skills in a variety of situations as follows:    
1. Students apply critical thinking skills in solving genetics problems.
2. Students apply critical thinking skills in writing answers to essay questions on exams.
3. Students apply critical thinking skills in research projects and/or papers.

Course Content
I. Introduction
A. Major Themes in Biology
B. Scientific Method
II. Cell Chemistry
A. Small Molecules (student review)
B. Chemistry of Water (student review)
C. Chemistry of Carbon
D. Molecules of Life
III. Cell Structure and Function
IV. Cell Transport
V. Cell Energetics
A. Forms of Energy
B. Chemical Reactions
C. Enzymes
VI. Photosynthesis
VII. Cell Respiration
VIII. Cell Reproduction
A. Prokaryotic Cell Division - Binary fission
B. Eukaryotic Cell Division - Mitosis
C. Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles
IX. Genetics
A. Mendelian Genetics
B. Beyond Mendel
C. Molecular Genetics
1. DNA Structure and Replication
2. RNA and Protein Synthesis
3. Gene Regulation
4. Genes in Viruses and Bacteria
5. Recombinant DNA Technology
6. Mutations
X. Diversity and Function:  Microorganisms and Fungi
A. Prokaryotes and Viruses
B. Protists
C. Fungi
XI. Plant Evolution and Diversity

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1.  The course grade will be determined by the average of three unit tests, each with a
combination of objective and at least 25% written discussion questions, and a
comprehensive final exam.  The final exam must count at least 20% and no more
than 30% of the course grade.
2. Additional reports, papers or projects will be required as determined by the individual
instructor. These must clearly relate to the course content.


This course will be assessed every three years in the fall/spring as a portion of the
Biology Program of Study assessment.


Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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