Introduction To Life Science – sci230 (3 credits)

This course applies a broad, conceptual understanding of biology. Students are introduced to scientific ideologies and concepts that not only shape our biological world, but also shape us as humans. Students examine the scientific method, evolution and biodiversity, the biology of cells, energy systems, 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.

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.

Cells

  • Compare the structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Differentiate between plant and animal cells.
  • Describe photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • Describe mitosis and meiosis.

Cells, continued

  • Describe photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • Describe mitosis and meiosis.
  • Differentiate between plant and animal cells.
  • Compare the structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

DNA, Chromosomes, and Genetics

  • Apply the principles of Mendelian genetics.
  • Explain the role of chromosomes in inheritance.
  • Describe the structure and function of DNA.
  • Describe the principles of genetics.

DNA, Chromosomes, and Genetics, continued

  • Explain the role of chromosomes in inheritance.
  • Describe the structure and function of DNA.
  • Describe the principles of genetics.
  • Apply the principles of Mendelian genetics.

Ecology and Biodiversity, continued

  • Differentiate between logistic and exponential growth.
  • Describe the basic structure and interactions of a healthy ecosystem.
  • Recognize the importance of biodiversity.
  • Explain a threat to biodiversity.

Evolution and Physiology

  • Explain how new species evolve.
  • Explain the role of natural selection in evolution.
  • Describe the evidence in support of evolution by natural selection.
  • Explain how organisms evolved physiologically in response to their environment.

Evolution and Physiology, continued

  • Explain the role of natural selection in evolution.
  • Explain how new species evolve.
  • Describe the evidence in support of evolution by natural selection.
  • Explain how organisms evolved physiologically in response to their environment.

Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Describe the basic structure and interactions of a healthy ecosystem.
  • Differentiate between logistic and exponential growth.
  • Recognize the importance of biodiversity.
  • Explain a threat to biodiversity.

Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method

  • Identify characteristics of living organisms.
  • Describe the levels of life and the three domains of living organisms.
  • Apply each step of the scientific method.
  • Describe atomic structure and organic compounds.

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