General Biology – bio240 (3 credits)

This course will provide an in-depth look into the principles of biology. Topics will include molecular biology, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, organisms, and populations.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.


  • Explain the theory of evolution.

  • Explain the process of speciation.

  • Identify various beneficial adaptations seen in organisms.
  • Explain the process of natural selection using Darwin’s perspective.


  • Describe the events in the cell cycle.

  • Explain how traits (including genetic disorders) are passed from one generation to the next.

  • Relate Mendelian genetics to chromosome theory.


  • Identify the major characteristics of domains, kingdoms, and phyla. 

  • Apply the lessons learned about symbiotic relationships and the environment to current issues.
  • Recognize the ecological relationships among organisms within a given environment.

Cell Structure and Function

  • Explain the function of the cell membrane as it relates to transport.

  • Compare prokaryotes and eukaryotes, plant and animal cells, cells and viruses.
  • Summarize the events in photosynthesis and cellular respiration

Molecular Biology

  • Describe the structure of DNA and its role in heredity.
  • Explain how DNA controls the synthesis of proteins.
  • Identify ways DNA technology is used today.

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