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Fall 2012

Biology Courses:

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BIO100 - Principles of Biology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduction to the basic characteristics of life, organisms, their interactions, and the scientific process. Improves scientific thinking and increases science literacy. Explores five core concepts of biology: studying and using the scientific method, evolution, ecology, genetics, and biodiversity. Two class hours, two lab hours. (Not for credit in Math/Science curriculum or students with credit in restricted biology electives) Not open to students with credit in BIO152, BIO153, BIO115, or BIO116.

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, as documented by tests, laboratory reports and/or oral presentations, students will demonstrate the ability to:

**1. Explain the methods which scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, and the evaluation of data

2. List and give examples of a minimum of 4 characteristic of all living things.

3. List at least three tenets of natural selection.

4. Explain and give examples of at least 4 pieces of evidence which scientists
use to determine that populations of organisms have changed through time.

5. Describe and explain at least 4 ways in which organisms interact with each other and the environment.

6. Describe and explain at least four different ways in which humans impact the environment and investigate at least two solutions to environmental problems.

7. Define biodiversity, give examples of at least three biomes and describe at least three reasons why maintaining biodiversity is important for the health of the Earth.

8. Describe and name the 3 Domains and 6 Kingdoms of living things, and give a least three examples of organisms found in each.

9. Describe how cellular mechanisms lead to genetic variety in organisms.

**10. Given a set of conditions, predict the outcomes of genetic recombination using principles of classical genetics.

11. Define biotechnology, and explain at least three impacts it will have on the student's life.

12. Discuss at least three ways in which current decisions in biotechnology will influence the future of health care, agriculture, and life as we know it.

**These course objectives have been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
The Process of Science: The Scientific Method
1. Biology and the Living World
2. The Scientific Process
3. Using Science to Make Decisions

Evolution
1. Charles Darwin and the theory of Natural Selection
2. Evolution in Action
3. The Evidence for Evolution
4. How Populations Evolve
5. Adaptations
6. How Species Form

Ecology
1. Ecological Foundations
2. The Energy in Ecosystems
3. Material Cycles in Ecosystems
4. How Energy Shapes Ecosystems
5. Major Kinds of Ecosystems
6. Population Dynamics
7. Coevolution and Communities
8. Predator - Prey Interactions
9. Global Changes
10. Human Impact on the Environment
11. Solving Environmental Problems

Biodiversity
1. Classification of Organisms
2. Inferring Phylogeny and Cladistics
3. Kingdoms and Domains
4. The First Single - Celled Creatures
5. The Protisita
6. Fungi
7. Plants
8. Animal Phyla

Genetics
1. Mitosis and Meiosis
2. DNA, chromosomes and proteins
3. Classical Genetics
4. From Genotypes to phenotypes
5. Human Heredity Disorders
6. Genetic Engineering and the impact on our lives



Effective Term: Fall 2012