Introduction

BI112 Course Outline

BI112 Course Description: This course is an introduction to the science of biology for students intending to take Anatomy and Physiology (BI231-233). The physical and chemical concepts as they apply to the study of life are introduced. BI112 lecture includes the principles of the scientific method, basic cell structure and function, respiration, cell division, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics and molecular genetics. Laboratory will require group collaboration in hands-on demonstration of the physical, chemical and genetic concepts.

Course and Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Answer biological questions by applying the scientific method; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting reliable data; and forming a conclusion
  2. Communicate information using appropriate biological terminology in multiple formats
  3. Use evidence to develop informed opinions on issues affecting human health such as stem cells, cloning, and genetic engineering, while considering cultural and ethical implications
  4. Discuss and apply biological theories and key concepts about cellular form and function including cell structure and metabolic processes
  5. Discuss and apply biological theories and key concepts about cell division including mitosis and meiosis
  6. Discuss and apply biological theories and key concepts to solve problems related to classical and molecular genetics, including pedigree analysis
  7. Discuss the structure and function of DNA, including the potential implications of mutations on protein production and function at a cellular and organismal level
  8. Describe the purpose of and mechanisms through which gene expression is regulated

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