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 “C” or better or
ENC0025 Developmental Writing II And
MAT0028 Developmental Mathematics II
Corequisites: BSC1010L Principles Of Biology Laboratory
Catalog Description:
Recommended prerequisites of high school biology and high school 
chemistry.  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 Core Course Requirements, Natural 
Sciences, (Biological Scieces).
Required Materials: Books:
  • Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Jackson. Campbell Biology, 9th ed., Pearson, 2011. ISBN: 0321558235
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Special Requirements:
Program Learning Outcomes:
GLO 1 - Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of 
ideas, developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.

GLO 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Literacy: The student properly 
identifies and applies scientific or mathematical principles and 

GLO 4 - Information Literacy: The student effectively locates, 
evaluates, and applies information from a variety of sources.
Course Learning Outcomes:
1.Understand the scientific method and hypothesis testing. 
2.Evaluate the molecular structure of water and its importance as a 
biological molecule.
3.Describe the molecular structure of biological molecules 
(proteins, fats, carbohydrates and nucleic acids) and their role in 
biological systems.
4.Appreciate the structure of the cell and the functions of 
5.Understand the structure of nucleic acids and the processes of 
replication, transcription and translation.
6.Identify cellular metabolism, enzyme function, cellular 
respiration, and photosynthesis.
7.Explain diffusion, osmosis, and cell membrane function, including 
protein channels and carriers.
8.Describe the cell cycle and cell cycle control.
9.Become familiar with simple and complex inheritance patterns. 
10.Understand the genetic variation produced by meiosis and sexual 
life cycles.
11.Appreciate the regulation of gene expression.
12.Explain cellular communication and signal 
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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