Biol Science I: Majors Cellular

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Course Description: 
The first course in a three-quarter sequence for students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or to enroll in pre-professional health programs. The course covers structures and functions of biomolecules and cells, cell division, molecular genetics and gene expression, biotechnology, and the genetics of development. 4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours. Satisfies science or lab requirement area A distribution or specified elective for the AA degree.
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Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161.
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On completion the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biology as a science and the nature of living organisms by understanding
    • The basic history of modern biological sciences
    • The scientific method
    • evolution of cellular life, via cell theory and the theory of evolution by natural selection
    • basic biochemistry of cells, and the
    • basic structure and function of cellular components
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the energy flow in cells
    • Understand enzymes and cellular chemistry result in cellular metabolism,
    • catabolic processes and of cellular respiration, from glycolysis to the electron transport chain
    • anabolic processes and photosynthesis, from light reactions to the Calvin’s cycle.
    • How cells communicate
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cellular reproduction by understanding
    • The process of asexual reproduction via mitosis and binary fission
    • The process of sexual reproduction via meiosis
    • The chromosomal patterns of inheritance and Mendelian genetics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information flow in cells via
    • The mechanisms of DNA replication and molecular basis of inheritance
    • The Mechanisms of gene regulation and gene expression
    • The evolution of genomes
    • The use of various biotechnology tools
  • Demonstrate in writing an ability to conduct an experiment, analyze and correctly interpret that data.