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..
Apply the scientific method to a real-life scenario.
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.
DNA, Chromosomes, and Genetics
Explain the role of DNA in inheritance.
Describe Gregor Mendel’s investigations into the patterns of inheritance.
Solve basic genetic problems.
Compare physiology of different living organisms.
Explain the relationships among human systems.
Discuss the impact of natural selection in evolution.
Describe the evidence in support of evolution by natural selection.
Analyze the implications of the patterns of evolution.
Assess factors that affect speciation.
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.
The Biological World
Assess the interconnectedness of human activities and the biological world.
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