BIOL 171: General Biology I


BIOL 171: Introduction to Biology I (3 credits)

Course Description

First semester of introductory biology for all life science majors. Topics include: Overview of the science of biology; Cell structure, chemistry, growth, and reproduction; Classical, chromosomal and molecular genetics; Evolution, phylogeny and systematics; and Biology and diversity of viruses and bacteria. (3 hours lecture)

Recommended Preparation: High school chemistry or college chemistry and registration in BIOL 171L.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop and evaluate a scientific hypothesis.
  • Describe cell structure and function.
  • Describe how genetic characteristics are past from generation to generation and how they are manifested into the characteristics of the whole organism.
  • Explain how the process of biological evolution influenced the history of life on our planet.
  • Classify living things into a hierarchical system of groups based upon morphology, genetics, and phylogeny.
  • Describe the characteristics, systematics, and biology of viruses and bacteria.

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