Principles Of Biology – bio101 (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce biology at an entry level by examining the hierarchy that ranges from the fundamentals of cell biology to the physiology of organisms, and the interactions among those organisms in their environment. The topics in this course include cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, physiology, and ecology.

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.


  • Describe ecology in terms of population growth and regulation through community interactions.
  • Evaluate the effects of human activities on ecosystems and the biosphere.
  • Illustrate the flow of energy and materials through an ecosystem.

Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Explain meiosis as it relates to genetics.
  • Recognize the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the molecule of inheritance.
  • Describe the foundations of genetics.

Cell Biology

  • Describe the energy metabolism of cells.
  • Apply the scientific method to the creation of hypotheses and experiments.
  • Compare structures and functions of different cell types.
  • Recognize the fundamental concepts of chemistry in biology.

Evolution and Diversity

  • Identify the mechanisms of evolution.
  • Describe the role of natural selection in the theory of evolution.
  • Recognize the importance of biodiversity.


  • Identify the structure and function of the main organs in organisms.
  • Explain how organisms have evolved physiologically to become most suited for their environment.

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