District Syllabus
Introduction To Biology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: Survey of biological principles as they apply to lifestyle choices, health and nutrition, bioenergetics, environmental impact, heredity, physiology, and organismal change over time; and the application of these principles to issues of current interest. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BIOLOGY MAJORS. Meets AA general education category VI
Required Materials: Books:
  • Belk and Borden-Maier. Biology Science for Life with Physiology, 4th ed., Pearson, 2013. ISBN: 0321767837
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: PC Computer with Windows 95 or greater, CD drive, and an internet service provider.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:

GLO 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Literacy

Students apply an understanding of natural, mathematical or 
behavioral principles and a scientifically valid approach to solve 
abstract and relevant problems, using appropriate technology with 
inclusion of appropriate scientific and mathematical 
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of BSC1005 the student will:
* become familiar with the principles of biology, including the cell 
theory, cellular processes, theories of heredity and evolution, and 
the major groups of organisms.
* Describe the levels of organization of life.
* Identify characteristics of living organisms.
* Describe the structure of an atom.
* Explain the various types of chemical bonds and how they are 
* Relate chemistry and chemical processes to living organisms.
* Differentiate between organic and inorganic molecules that are 
important for the survival of living organisms.
* Explain the cell theory.
* Distinguish among various cell types including prokaryotes and 
* Identify major organelles and their functions.
* Explain the function of the cell membrane including the various 
types of transport across the cell membrane.
* Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.
* Use Punnett squares to determine genetic probabilities.
* Explain the basic concepts of heredity.
* Describe the basic structure and function of DNA and RNA.
* Explain protein synthesis.
* Discuss cellular respiration and photosynthesis
* Distinguish between anaerobic and aerobic respiration.
* Evaluate evolution and the role of random mutation and natural 
selection to the adaptation of organisms.
* Discuss how populations evolve.
* Describe species and speciation.
* Relate the importance of other living organisms to the existence 
of humans.
* Categorize living organisms according to domain, kingdom and phyla.
* Identify the major organs, functions and homeostatic imbalances of 
the human body systems.
* Compare human body systems to the systems of other living 
* Evaluate the effect of various human practices on the environment.

Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the polices of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.