BIOL2005 General Biology I

This course studies the organization of life with emphasis on cellular biology. Topics include chemistry, cytology, energy and metabolism, gene expression and regulation, inheritance, natural selection, and biotechnology. Comparison of eukaryotic, prokaryotic, and acellular structures and mechanisms are studied. The laboratory sessions reinforce concepts discussed in lecture as well as provide a strong foundation in scientific methods and statistical analyses. Fundamental laboratory skills such as safety, measurement, and instrumentation are emphasized. This course covers the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.

Credits

4

Prerequisite

Qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH1500 or MATH1650 and Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Define the characteristics of life
Apply basic principles of inorganic, bio- and physical chemistry to biological processes
Explain the relationship among cellular structures and their functions
Describe the regulation of cell cycles and cellular division
Explain the flow of energy in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cellular processes
Describe the processes of genetic regulation, expression, and inheritance
Discuss the roles of biotechnology in society
Apply the scientific method in a laboratory setting
Demonstrate the appropriate use of laboratory equipment
Determine the appropriate method for collecting data

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Campus

Brooklyn Park Campus Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details

lecture:

3

lab:

1

MnTC Goal Areas:

2 & 3