BIOL2001 Biology in Society

This course familiarizes students with fundamental biological principles and processes occurring in our natural world with an emphasis on real-world applications and the social impact of advances in the biological sciences. It is designed for non-science majors. Topics include scope of life, process of science, basic chemistry, cells, microorganisms, public health, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. The laboratory component of the course is designed to give students hands-on applications of the principles taught in lecture. This course covers the characteristics of hazardous waste and the necessary safe handling, storage, and disposal.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH0950

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:
Distinguish scientific thinking from other ways of thinking
Evaluate current topics using scientific methodologies
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of biological chemistry
Describe the characteristics and requirements for life
Compare eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular and subcellular structures
Explain the relationship between the processes of cell metabolism and nutritional requirements
Explain the process and role of photosynthesis
Explain cell division and the consequences of errors
Describe various DNA technologies and their impact in society
Determine the probability of offspring genotypes
Classify living organisms
Explain the principles of evolution and the evidence to support the theory of common descent
Describe the various relationships between living organisms and populations
Summarize the flow of energy and chemicals within ecosystems
Assess the human impact on the biosphere
Summarize conservation and restoration efforts
Analyze the effects of human biology and behavior on public health
Compare various methods of disease prevention and therapies
Document scientific observations and experimental data to determine trends
Identify microorganisms using a microscope

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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Credit Details





MnTC Goal Areas:

2, 3 & 10