2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
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2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL& 211 - Majors Cellular

5.5 Credits
Introduction to molecular and cellular biology with emphasis on cellular structure and function, energetics, genetics, and evolution. Four hours lecture, and one 3-hour lab weekly. A course for life science majors, nursing and pre-professional students. Prerequisite: ENGL 100, MATH 090 and CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 163 or equivalent each with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Enrollment in BIOL 210 is highly recommended.

Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and be able to use the scientific method when performing laboratory experiments. [REASON]
  2. Describe, identify, and explain, with examples, the important concepts of molecular and cellular biology, and integrate them across levels of biological organization. [REASON]
  3. Collect valid data, report data (using equations, graphs, charts and tables), critically analyze data and make conclusions based upon the experimental results. [REASON]
  4. Explain the mechanisms of evolution, critically evaluate evidence for evolution and describe the importance of evolution in biology. [REASON]
  5. Apply their understanding of chemistry to biology in explaining cellular structure, enzyme function, metabolic pathways, genetics, protein synthesis, cell signaling and other concepts in molecular and cellular biology. [REASON]
  6. Describe cell theory and use their knowledge of cell parts to explain the complex functions of cells. [REASON]
  7. Describe, compare and contrast the two mechanisms of nuclear division (mitosis and meiosis) and explain the biological importance of both and their relationship to DNA synthesis. [REASON]
  8. Explain the basics and basis of genetics and solve and explain typical introductory genetics problems (both Mendelian and non-Mendelian). [REASON]
  9. Explain how genes, proteins, and phenotypes (traits) are related and describe the processes of protein synthesis and gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. [REASON]
  10. Apply the concept of structure and function across levels of biological organization. [REASON]
  11. Describe and apply biotechnology tools and techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, bacterial transformation and others. [REASON]
  12. Communicate effectively using language and understanding of molecular and cellular biology. [COMMUNICATE]
  13. Appropriately select and properly and safely use a variety of laboratory techniques and instruments. [ACT]
  14. Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments. [COMMUNICATE]
  15. Apply biological knowledge to important personal, social and political issues. [ACT]
  16. Demonstrate information literacy: determine the extent of information needed and incorporate the information effectively and ethically into scientific writing. [REASON]

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