BIOL& 211 Biology Majors Cellular or Animal or Plant • 6 Cr.
First in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include cell structure, metabolism and energetics, genetic control of life, biotechnology, and an introduction to evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 161 with a C (2.0) or better or entry code.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Explain the main themes in the study of life.
- Describe the structural and functional features of water, carbon and classes of biological molecules.
- Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Describe membrane structure and explain mechanisms of membrane function and transport.
- Outline the central processes of metabolism and describe the role of energy and enzymes in metabolism.
- Describe the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
- Describe the cell cycle, including mitosis and cell cycle controls.
- Identify major life cycle patterns and describe the process of meiosis and the role of meiosis in genetic variation.
- Explain genetic diversity with knowledge of Mendelian and post-mendelian inheritance patterns.
- Solve inheritance problems using genetic principles.
- Explain structure and replication of DNA.
- Describe the process of gene expression from DNA – RNA - protein synthesis.
- Identify types of gene alterations and mutations
- Describe bacterial and viral genetics and and bacterial gene regulation.
- Describe eukaryotic gene expression and regulation.
- Explain the relationships of gene regulation to cell division and cancer.
- Demonstrate knowledge of DNA organization and genomics.
- Describe methods and issues of DNA technology, including current and emerging ethical issues.
- Use biology laboratory equipment and tools and techniques correctly to observe specimens and to design and perform experiments using the methodology of scientific inquiry.
- Develop the general conceptual skills (e.g., observation, problem solving, hypothesis generation and testing) that are used in the sciences.
- Collect, record, analyze, interpret and evaluate biological data during laboratory investigations and be able to communicate these interpretations in laboratory reports.
- Interpret and summarize scientific literature.