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BIO 181 General Biology I
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2010
SUN#: BIO 1181
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Biological principles of structure and function at the molecular and cellular levels, and processes of scientific inquiry. CHM130 or one year of high school chemistry is recommended. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisites: RDG094



Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension level) Summarize the seven themes of life and provide an example for each.
2. (Application level) Apply the scientific hypothesis-based method and the qualitative science method when studying scientific questions.
3. (Application level) Demonstrate safe and appropriate application of scientific laboratory and field techniques.
4. (Comprehension level) Describe how basic chemistry concepts, including those of carbon, relate to biology.
5. (Analysis level) Analyze and discuss the properties of water and describe how they are important to life.
6. (Evaluation level) Explain the classes of biological molecules and their functions.
7. (Comprehension level) Describe the basic cell structures and functions.
8. (Comprehension level) Describe cell membrane structures and functions.
9. (Evaluation level) Explain the basics of cell energetics and metabolism, including cell respiration and photosynthesis.
10. (Evaluation level) Explain the processes of cellular communication.
11. (Comprehension level) Describe the process and functions of cell divisions (both mitosis and meiosis).
12. (Application level) Apply the principles of Mendelian genetics to solve basic genetics problems.
13. (Comprehension level) Differentiate between sex-linked inheritance, linked genes, genomic imprinting, organelle genes, and abnormal chromosome structure/number.
14. (Evaluation level) Explain the structure and replication of DNA, including the history of its discovery.
15. (Comprehension level) Summarize the processes of transcription, translation, and basic gene expression regulation.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Conduct safe experiments using correct scientific procedures and methods.
2. Use basic techniques to collect biological data in the field and/or laboratory.
3. Analyze experimental results and communicate the results and analysis using acceptable scientific reporting methods (papers, posters, presentations, etc.).
4. Analyze biological information/data in the literature, and then communicate the analysis and results by writing and/or presenting scientific reports.
5. Using correct microscopic techniques, observe, identify, and compare cells, tissues and organisms by using the microscope in at least three laboratory activities.
6. Use the Punnett square and basic statistics/probability rules to predict the genotypes and phenotypes of common monohybrid and dihybrid crosses.
7. Explain in written or oral discourse basic biological concepts such as the chemistry of life, cell structure, cell energetics, cell metabolism, cell communication, cell division, genetics, and molecular biology (DNA replication; transcription; translation).