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BIO 100 Biology Concepts
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Basic principles and concepts of biology. Exploration of methods of scientific inquiry and behavior of matter and energy in biological systems. Fieldtrips may be required.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Use the scientific method to carefully design and analyze experiments that include proper controls.
2. (Knowledge Level) Name the physical and metabolic properties that distinguish living organisms from non-living substances.
3. (Knowledge Level) Name basic components of the atom and describe how atoms are bonded together to form compounds.
4. (Analysis Level) Explain how enzymes increase the rate of chemical reactions.
5. (Comprehension Level) Identify major structural components of a cell, including organelles, and describe how these structures correlate with cellular functions.
6. (Application Level) Explain how joining and communication among cells, tissues and organs lead to the formation of major organ systems such as the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
7. (Application Level) Explain the major steps in photosynthesis and respiration and describe the major similarities and differences between these two important metabolic activities.
8. (Application Level) Explain why organisms reproduce asexually and/or sexually and describe the major events in mitosis, meiosis and cytokinesis.
9. (Knowledge Level) Describe semi-conservative replication of DNA and the major steps that link genes to physical characteristics: DNA to RNA to Protein to Physical Traits.
10. (Application Level) Use Punnett squares to predict probable inherited genotypes and phenotypes of offspring based on parental genotype.
11. (Comprehension Level) Describe how mutations, crossing-over, independent assortment, and random fertilization increase genetic diversity in organisms.
12. (Comprehension Level) Cite examples of scientific evidence that supports evolution, how new species evolve, and how mass extinctions lead to explosive diversifications.
13. (Comprehension Level) Classify organisms based on the major characteristics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia.
14. (Application Level) Describe how organisms interact with their environment based on the principles of population and community ecologies. Use examples to describe how diversity is vitally important to our ecosystem.
15. (Analysis Level) Analyze the data from laboratory experiments or field trips in which observation and critical reasoning skills are employed in the development of reports.
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