BIO 103 General Biology I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  BIO 103 General Biology I

Credit Hours:  4                .0            Contact Hours:  6.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in MTH 092 and ENG 096 and RDG 096 or ESL 105/106 or placement.  High school biology or BIO 100 is strongly recommended.  Note: MTH 100 is also strongly recommended.

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course explores the basic principles which govern the behavior of living matter on the molecular and cellular level. Topics covered include: characteristics of important biological macromolecules, cell metabolism and energetics, cell structure, cell division, and fundamentals of modern genetics.

General Education Goals: BIO 103 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories that are the basis of the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, metabolism and cell regulation;
  2. utilize various qualitative and quantitative problem-solving and critical-thinking techniques to perform experimental procedures and analyze experimental data related to the fields listed above; and
  3. utilize microscopes, spectrophotometers, basic laboratory glassware and other laboratory equipment effectively as tools in carrying out experiments related to the areas described above.
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