Introduction To Life Science With Lab – bio100 (4 credits)

This course applies a broad, conceptual understanding of biology. Students are introduced to scientific ideologies and concepts that not only shape the biological world, but also shape humans. Students examine the scientific method, evolution and biodiversity, the biology of cells, physiology, the dynamics of inheritance, and the effect humans have on the environment. The text emphasizes methods and the theoretical foundations of ideas, while minimizing isolated facts. It stresses the integration of ideas, making connections that form our understanding of the living world. The weekly online labs add a practical component to the class. The labs build upon the concepts in the text and offer a chance to interact with the material and further their understanding..

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

DNA, Chromosomes, and Genetics

  • Describe Gregor Mendel’s investigations into the patterns of inheritance.
  • Solve basic genetic problems.
  • Explain the role of DNA in inheritance.


  • Explain the relationships among human systems.
  • Compare physiology of different living organisms.


  • Discuss the impact of natural selection in evolution.
  • Analyze the implications of the patterns of evolution.
  • Assess factors that affect speciation.
  • Describe the evidence in support of evolution by natural selection.


  • Classify organisms based on characteristics.
  • Recognize the factors that influence species population growth.
  • Describe an endangered ecological property.

Biotechnology and Ecology

  • Assess the ethical issues of biotechnology.
  • Describe the relationship of ecology with population growth and community interactions.
  • Assess the relationship between demographic factors and human population growth.

Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method

  • Identify characteristics of living organisms.
  • Summarize the major theories of biology.
  • Apply the scientific method to a real-life scenario.
  • Define each step of the scientific method.

Cells - An Introduction

  • Discuss concepts on cell theory or spontaneous generation.
  • Compare the structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

Cells - The Building Blocks of Life

  • Describe the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • Determine the relationship between environmental factors in photosynthesis.
  • Describe the cell cycle.
  • Describe the processes and outcomes of mitosis and meiosis.

The Biological World

  • Assess the interconnectedness of human activities and the biological world.

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