BIO 126 : Introduction to Biotechnology
The course covers the tools of the biotechnician: gene manipulation, biotechnological applications in medicine, forensics, and industry, bioethics, and biological risk assessment. Prerequisite: high school Chemistry and Biology. Three lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery.
- Discuss and evaluate the various theories of evolutionary science.
- Describe and explain the scientific evidence for Darwinian evolution.
- Explain and apply the principles of natural selection.
- Analyze and predict the genetic processes involved in the evolution of populations.
- Discuss the biological mechanisms of origin and extinction of species.
- Compare/contrast the theories of the origins and evolution of life.
- Describe and apply systematics and taxonomy of organisms.
- Discuss and apply taxonomic keys to classify species of plants and animals.
- Describe and explain biotic and abiotic factors that limit populations.
- Explain and differentiate the ecological relationships among species.
- Discuss and illustrate nutrient cycles, energy flows, and food webs.
- Describe and debate human impacts on biological systems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource degradation.
- Critically analyze and discuss scientific literature in a written and oral report.