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Biology: Principles of Biology

BIOL 001 Z1 (CRN: 60059)

4 Credit Hours

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About BIOL 001 Z1

Principles of cellular biochemistry; cell biology; genetics and evolution. Topics: biochemistry; metabolism, cell structure/function; respiration; photosynthesis; molecular, Mendelian and population genetics; genetics of evolution. Credit not given for both BIOL 001 and BCOR 011.


Dates: May 22 -June 16, 2017; Must register for BIOL 001 ZL1 or ZL2 lab

Section Description

Biology is the study of life. This course focuses on understanding the smallest units of life – cells. Understanding how we unravel the mysteries of living things is as important as understanding what we currently know about the world around us, and so the process of science is a running theme. The semester starts with an exploration of how scientific analyses are carried out, building knowledge that will allow you to examine, critique, and develop analyses. From there, we dive into the world of cells, looking at the molecules that form cellular structures and how these molecules interact to carry out cellular processes. Questions we address include: How do cells use and store energy? What are the “blueprints” of a cell? How are these instructions used to create and maintain a cell? Our exploration of cells continues by examining the ways in which cells divide, investigating how traits are passed on to the next generation, and identifying sources of variation. We then take a step back to see how this underlying variation relates to evolution at the population level. The course wraps up with a look at how many of the concepts we’ve discussed apply to viruses. Throughout the course, we’ll use examples to illustrate how the processes in our cells relate to our everyday lives. For many topics, we also examine how we know what we know, discussing scientific analyses that have led to our current understanding. LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1) Develop an understanding of the scientific process and be able to apply your knowledge to construct hypotheses and predictions, and to design, analyze, and/or critique experiments; 2) Explain how cells function as the basic unit of life including the processes involved and the molecules and structures required to carry out cellular functions; 3) Understand the underlying genetic variation in organisms, its sources, and its importance at both the level of individuals and populations; 4) Compare and contrast how viruses and cells process information, transform energy, and evolve; 5) Apply your analytical skills to solve scientific puzzles.

Section Expectation

1) Campbell: Concepts & Connections, Eighth Edition by Reece, Taylor, Simon, and Dickey (ISBN 0321885171) 2) MasteringBiology access – please note that this is textbook and edition specific 3) iClicker remote


Exams (4), Homeworks, In-class participation, and Laboratory




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