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Principles of Biology - Honors
BIOLOGY
CLASS CODE: BIO 100H CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $5.00
DIVISION: GENERAL STUDIES
DEPARTMENT: HONORS PROGRAM
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Biological Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A general biology course intended for non-biology majors in the honors program. This course is designed around the areas of cell chemistry and metabolism, cellular structure and function, laws of heredity and ecology. Throughout the course students will examine scientific methods and the means through which our current body of biological knowledge has been obtained.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Science Investigation
Basic Chemistry and Chemical Bonding
Biological molecules/Functional groups
Biochemistry Carbohydrates/Lipids/Proteins/Nucleic Acids
Cell types/Biological Kingdoms/Eukaryotic cell parts
Structure and function of Biological membranes
Energy and Metabolic Reactions
Biochemical Pathways and Enzymes
Aerobic Respiration/Krebs Cycle/CoA step/Electron transport
Anaerobic metabolism
Photosynthesis
The Cell cycle/DNA replication
Mitosis and Meiosis
Sources of genetic variation
Genetic terminology/Mendelian Genetics
Independent assortment/incomplete dominance/test crosses
x-linked/ABO blood; pleiotropy; epistasis; polygenic inheritance
Protein synthesis/transcription/translation
Mutations/genetic disease/cancer genes
Communities and Ecosystems
Global Warming and Ozone Hole
Evolution
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: This biology course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the underlying principles in biology such as the chemical basis of life, the structure and function of cells, how energy is obtained and utilized by organisms to maintain life and how all organisms are interdependent on one another. We will also study how organisms replace themselves throughadaptive reproductive strategies. This will include the basic principles of cell division, genetics, and evolution.

Biology is the study of life and how organisms are produced, grow, combat disease, interact with one another, and survive. A basic understanding of biological principles will help you in maintaining your own health and that of your family. The more you learn and understand, the better the decisions you can make. In addition to biological knowledge, it is desirable that you learn how to think about biological subjects and learn to analyze and separate good and bad information. In order to do this, you must be able to look critically at the information you are presented (in all disciplines) and decide whether it is valuable and how you might use it in your lifetime.
REQUIREMENTS: Five exams and homework assignments, quizzes
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001