BIO 120 - Introduction To Biology
This survey course is designed for students with little or no background in biology. Emphasis is placed on developing basic laboratory skills, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, organization and self-assessment. Providing students with a framework for the study of more integrated topics in biology, the initial portion of the course will be devoted to developing an understanding of the nature of science and the basic structures, biochemistry and functions of plant and animal cells. Using these fundamental concepts as background, students will then investigate the topics of genetics, taxonomy, evolution and ecology. Bioethics, the study of the social and philosophical implications of new biological and medical procedures, will serve as theme throughout the course. This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking and Quantitative Analysis. 3 hours lecture/2 hours laboratory
ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Literacy.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101; and eligible for MAT 080, Math Module 70 or 80.
General Education Elective(s): Science
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education requirement.
This course does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for BIO231 Anatomy and Physiology I
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the concepts, mechanisms and underlying scientific laws that govern our living world
- Distinguish among science, non-science and pseudo-science
- Think critically about basic biological concepts and systems
- Show competence in basic laboratory skills
- Organize and quantitatively analyze information and data
- Use research and critical analysis skills to develop and defend well-reasoned opinions regarding bioethical dilemmas facing human-kind
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