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 or MTH 100 and ENG 096 or ENG 101 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 and RDG 096 or placement.  High school biology or BIO 100 is strongly recommended.
Concurrent Courses:

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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