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BIOL 101: Biology and Society (4 credits)

Course Description

Historical development of scientific concepts, characteristics, and interaction of science and society from the perspective of biological sciences. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit in MATH 25, 26, 29, 82 or higher or equivalent preparation; and placement in ENG 100, or consent of instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish science as a way of knowing from other epistemological systems.
  • Discuss the historical development of the discipline of biology into what it is today, relating the contributions made by significant individuals and concepts of the past to modern biology.
  • Explain the major integrating principles of biology.
  • Explain the origin and organization of the diversity of life on Earth.
  • Describe how living systems function, relating structure to function, at all levels within the hierarchy of life from molecules to the biosphere.
  • Solve problems in inheritance and genetics.
  • Present informed, rational and objective opinions on biologically-related issues important to human society.
  • Use the scientific method of inquiry to investigate biological phenomena.
  • Apply the concepts learned to an experimental and hands-on observational setting.
  • Collect, reduce, and interpret biological data.
  • Prepare written objective reports describing and interpreting experimental and observational results.
  • Demonstrate the use of some of the standard tools and methods of the biological scientist, such as microscopes, scales, spectrophotometers, computers, dissection dichotomous keys, and other analytical tools.
  • Identify the major systematic groups to which specimens of living things belong.

Degrees and Certificates

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Classes Offered

  • Spring 2011 - MWF, 10:30am to 11:20am, Hale ʻImiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 61221 - view syllabus
  • Fall 2011 - WF, 12:30pm to 1:45pm, Hale ʻImiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 63394 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2010 - MWF, 11:30am to 12:20pm, Hale ʻImiloa 103, V Nayyar - CRN: 63308
  • Spring 2005 - TR, 11:15am to 12:30pm, Hale ʻImiloa 123, M Berry - CRN: 62040
  • Spring 2004 - MWF, 10:30am to 11:20am, Hale ʻImiloa 123, V Nayyar - CRN: 63093
  • Fall 2003 - MWF, 10:30am to 11:20am, Hale ʻImiloa 117, V Nayyar - CRN: 14160
  • Spring 2003 - TR, 9:45am to 11:00am, Hale ʻImiloa 113, Dave Ringuette - CRN: 35471
  • Fall 2002 - MWF, 10:30am to 11:20am, Hale ʻImiloa 123, V Nayyar - CRN: 6103