BIO 111 : General Biology I
This course is designed for non-science and health science majors. Science majors should take BIO 121. This course is an introductory survey of biological principles and topics representing a range of levels of organization, including general background chemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week. Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Fall, Spring, Summer
- Identify the characteristics of life.
- Follow the steps of the scientific method in order to solve a problem.
- Understand the major taxonomic categories and the basis of classification theory.
- Describe the composition and functions of organic molecules.
- Explain the role of enzymes in biochemical reactions.
- Relate cell parts/organelles to their functions.
- Differentiate between prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells.
- Distinguish between plant and animal cells.
- Identify the reactants and products in the general reactions of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, as well as explain how they are related.
- Describe and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis.
- Describe the structure and function of DNA and its importance in gene expression.
- Differentiate between the different types of genetic traits and how these traits are passed on.
- Use a Punnett Square to determine genotype and phenotype.
- Analyze a Pedigree.
- Summarize the processes of Darwinian Evolution & Natural Selection.
- Use a food web to identify and distinguish producers, consumers, and decomposers.
- At the end of the lab, students will be able to:
- Use the scientific method to solve problems.
- Use basic laboratory skills to complete lab exercises.
- Apply the information learned in lecture to solve problems in a laboratory setting.