Course Number & Name:  BIO 100 Foundations of Biology

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  6.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: Must be Enrolled in one of the following majors: Biology/ Pre-Medicine, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Applicant, Emergency Medical Tech/ Paramedic, General Science, Health Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Nursing Applicant, Ophthalmic Dispensing, PTA Applicant, Physical Therapist Assistant, RTC Applicant, Radiography
Concurrent Courses: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 092 or MTH 100 and RDG 096 and ENG 096 or ENG 101 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement.

Course Description: This course is a beginning laboratory science class for students who plan to continue into medical, biological or related sciences.  BIO 100 covers selected biology topics and introduces examples of physical science vocabulary and theory related to biological study.  The aim of BIO 100 is to provide a background for the student who has never studied biology, to succeed in more advanced biology courses such as BIO 103 – 104, BIO 121 – 122, and BIO 211.  This course also prepares students for chemistry, pharmacology and nursing requirements.  Topics include: systems, tissues, inorganic and organic body chemistry, cells, cell membranes and cell respiration. Laboratory includes measuring instruments, microscopy and dissection techniques.

This course is open to Biology/Pre-Medicine and General Science majors only. This course reviews fundamental concepts in life sciences to enable students to succeed in more advanced courses, beginning with BIO 103. BIO 100 will not fulfill any part of the science requirement toward graduation for either science majors or non-science majors.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain terminology and fundamental concepts relevant to the structural organization of the human body, homeostasis and anatomical regions and cavities;
  2. explain terminology and fundamental concepts relevant to basic chemistry and biochemistry including, but not limited to, matter and energy, atoms and elements, chemical bonds, chemical reactions and inorganic and organic compounds;
  3. explain terminology and fundamental concepts relevant to cells including, but not limited to, nuclei, cell membranes, cytoplasm, cell growth and reproduction and the genetic code; and
  4. explain terminology and fundamental concepts relevant to tissues including, but not limited to, epithelial tissue, connective tissue, nervous tissue, muscle tissue and tissue repair.


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