A one-term course that, with BIOLOGY 152, collectively forms the majors-level introductory biology course unit designed to meet the needs of students interested in transferring to four-year institutions and majoring in biological sciences or related fields, as well as students interested in entering programs in pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and related areas. Course focuses on the nature of science, the diversity and the unity of life, evolution, inheritance, ecology, plant function and reproduction, animal physiology, and animal development. Through laboratory investigations, students develop cognitive and laboratory skills and gain experience with model organisms used in many areas of biological research. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
After completing Biology 150, students should:
- Be further acquainted with the amazing similarities among all forms of life on Earth.
- Be further acquainted with the intriguing differences among forms of life on Earth.
- Be experienced in using critical thinking and the scientific method.
- Have a lifelong appreciation of the importance of understanding how the science of biology, “the study of life”, truly does relate to all aspects of life and society.
- Be more familiar with the work of professional biologists.
- Be prepared to enroll in more advanced classes in the Biological Sciences.
- Have new ideas to explore in other classes and/or in daily life.
- Find greater appreciation of the complexity and beauty of life forms.
- Biology: the scientific study of life
- Ecosystem structure
- Population ecology
- Community ecology
- Energy flow and material cycling
- Conservation biology
- Plasma membranes
- DNA structure and function
- Cell cycle and mitosis
- Chromosomes, genetic inheritance, chance and probability
- Evolution: the basis of the unity and the diversity of life
- Developmental evolutionary biology
- Population genetics
- Speciation and macroevolution
- Geologic time
- Diversity of life: Prokaryotic organisms
- Diversity of life: Protista
- Diversity of life: Plantae
- Diversity of life: Fungi
- Diversity of life: Animalia
- Diversity of life: animal evolution and developmental biology
- Plant structure & function
- Plant reproduction and development
- Animal cells and tissues
- Animal nutrition and digestion
- Animal circulation and gas exchange
- Animal homeostasis, osmoregulation, and excretion
- Mammalian reproduction
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Synthesize evidence acquired by scientists and apply evidence to daily lives and to current social and environmental issues.
- Cite evidence to support various statements based on scientific knowledge, thereby illustrating the nature of science.
- Demonstrate knowledge of model organisms used in many areas of biological research.
- Demonstrate lab skills required in using model organisms used in many areas of biological research.
- Demonstrate broad ability to make and record accurate observations.
- Demonstrate designated levels of proficiency with laboratory skills used by biologists.
- Provide examples of the importance of searching for and recognizing patterns when studying the sciences or doing scientific research.
- Design and carry out a research project using the scientific method.
- Write a formal paper on research completed during the semester using standard format, and orally and visually present the paper to the class.
- Describe the evolutionary bases of modern biology, including forces that result in evolution and recent knowledge acquired through evolutionary developmental biology.
- Use the Hardy Weinberg equation to illustrate principles of population genetics.
- Synthesize teleological, physiological, and evolutionary explanations for various biological processes.
- Explain how evolution accounts for both the unity and the diversity of life on Earth.
- Predict inheritance in living organisms based on given genotypes and/or phenotypes.
- Draw and interpret pedigrees based on given genotypes and/or phenotypes.
- Solve problems involving chance and probability.
- Explain how planta and animals are classified using traditional taxonomy and also cladistics.
- Illustrate the relationships among the various domains, kingdoms, phyla, and classes of living organisms.
- Illustrate the major eras of geologic time and the organisms that characterize each one.
- Analyze trophic structure of an ecosystem.
- Relate laws of thermodynamics to organisms in an ecosystem.
- Identify type of interrelationship between given organisms.
- Explain biogeochemical cycles of carbon, water, phosphorus, and nitrogen.
- Explain basics of population ecology and population growth.
- Explain selected life processes in detail.
- Demonstrate mastery of selected biological facts as listed in the unit objectives.
- Define roots, prefixes, and suffixes of words encountered in the sciences.
- Display professional behavior, courtesy, and attitude.
- Demonstrate safe laboratory behaviors and techniques.
Assessment and Requirements
- Specified lab skills including use of the compound microscope
- Occasional laboratory reports
- Formal research paper and presentation to the class
- Lab practical exams or weekly quizzes
- Occasional in class questions in lecture
- Lecture exams including objective questions and short essays
- Professional behavior, courtesy, and attitude
Text will be a book designed for use by biology majors, such as Biology by Campbell, Reece, and Mitchell or OER text (ex. OpenStax).
- Natural Sciences
- Scientific Reasoning
- Category 6.1: Natural Sciences
- Category 6.2: Natural Sciences with Laboratory Experience
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Score of 7 in the International Baccalaureate-Higher Level (IB-HL) biology exam.