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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.



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