District Syllabus
Principles Of Biology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: Placement at the college level or completion of the appropriate exit-level developmental course(s) with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better or
ENC0025 Developmental Writing II and
MAT0028 Developmental Mathematics II
Corequisites: BSC1010L Principles Of Biology Laboratory
Catalog Description:
Study of the cellular, genetic, and evolutionary 
principles which form the foundation of biology. Emphasis on 
biomolecules, cell structure and function, protein synthesis, 
genetics and organic evolution. The first course for biology majors. 
Meets A.A. general education, Natural Sciences.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Jackson. Campbell Biology, 9th ed., Pearson, 2011. ISBN: 0321558235
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:

GLO 1 Critical Thinking:  Students will evaluate the validity of 
their own and other's ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing results into the learning process.

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 language.

GLO 4 Information Management: Students use effective strategies to 
collect, verify, validate, document, or manage information using a 
variety of sources, techniques and technology.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of BSC1010, the student will be able to describe and 

1.  the scientific method and hypothesis testing
2.  the molecular structure of water and its importance
    as a biological molecule.
3.  the molecular structure of biological molecules
    (proteins, fats, carbohydrates and nucleic acids) and their role
    in biological systems.
4.  the structure of the cell and the functions of
5.  the structure of nucleic acids and the processes of
    replication, transcription and translation.
6.  cellular metabolism, enzyme function, cellular
    respiration, and photosynthesis.
7.  diffusion, osmosis, and cell membrane function,
    including protein channels and carriers.
8.  the cell cycle and cell cycle control
9.  simple and complex inheritance patterns 
10. the genetic variation produced by meiosis and sexual life cycles
11. regulation of gene expression               
12. cellular communication and signal transduction              


Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are 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.
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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.