BIOL 101 - Introductory Biology I

This is an introductory biology course emphasizing cell biology, bioenergetics, and plant and animal physiology.


Credits:  4


Hours: 90 (Lecture Hours 45; Laboratory Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15


Biology 11 or Biology 12
OR permission of the instructor.
Chemistry 11 is strongly recommended.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Intro, molecules of life
Cell structure, function, reproduction
- membranes
- from gene to protein
- gene regulation
- cell communication
- energetics, enzymes
- respiration
- photosynthesis
Plant structure, function, physiology
- water relations, transport systems
- nutrition
- plant hormones
Animal structure, function, physiology
- digestion/nutrition
- circulation/respiration
- immune system
- water/nutrient balance, excretion
- nervous system
- sensory and motor mechanisms
- endocrine system
LABORATORIES (may include, but not limited to):
1. carbohydrate biochemistry
2. how things get into and out of cells
3. DNA replication, transcription, and translation
4. studies on an enzyme, acid phosphatase
5. effect of temperature and pH on catecholase
6. anaerobic respiration and photosynthetic pigments
7. photosynthesis: the light reaction
8. plant support and nutrition
9. mammalian cardiovascular physiology and anatomy
10. determining vitamin C concentration


Learning Outcomes:
Students will acquire a basic understanding of what science is, and how science pertains to biological investigations. They will learn how to perform experiments to test biological hypotheses, as well as the structure and function of numerous biological systems. More specifically, after completing BIOL 101 students will be able to:
- Define scientific terms introduced in lecture and laboratory
- Describe the scientific method
- describe the chemical nature of compounds and atoms
- Describe the importance and chemical properties of water
- Describe the importance of carbon and functional groups in biological systems
- Describe the structure and function of the 4 macromolecules common to all living things
- Describe the similarities and differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
- Describe the structure and function of eukaryotic organelles and membranes
- Describe how ATP is created or utilized during fermentation, cell respiration, and photosynthesis
- Describe the similarities and differences between DNA and RNA
- Describe gene expression in eukaryotes

- Dontrast it to gene expression in prokaryotes


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.