BIOL 1406 - BIOLOGY FOR SCIENCE MAJORS I

Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.

This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 1306, Biology for Science Majors I. Laboratory activities will reinforce the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Study and examination of the concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of life.
  • Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  • Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  • Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  • Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  • Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  • Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
  • Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins
  • Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
  • Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  • Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  • Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 48.0