Introduction to Biology


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain basic biology concepts and terms
  • Outline the basic chemical processes and chemical composition of organisms
  • Summarize the functions of cellular components
  • Explain the importance of cells in our understanding of biology
  • Analyze transport across the plasma membrane
  • Analyze energy flows in cells
  • Summarize the differences between the two types of cellular division in eukaryotes
  • Compare cell division in eukaryotes and prokaryotes
  • Describe the structure of the human genome
  • Explain the flow of genetic information from DNA, through RNA, to protein
  • Analyze the structure of the DNA molecule in relation to its function of information storage
  • Analyze different patterns of genetic inheritance
  • Explain control of genetic expression
  • Analyze the inheritance of genetic disorders
  • Summarize evidence that supports evolutionary theory
  • Explain the mechanisms of evolution
  • Analyze the relationship between biodiversity and evolution
  • Explain how units of biodiversity are classified
  • Explain how biodiversity is gained and lost
  • Describe the diversity of life
  • Analyze concepts in ecology
  • Analyze the basic principles of Community Ecology
  • Analyze the basic principles of Population Ecology
  • Analyze the use of molecular biology tools in different fields of biology and industry
    This class includes the following eText:

Simon & Reece, Campbell Essential Biology, 5th Edition (2013); ISBN: 0321763335