Mar 31, 2023
BIOL& 211 - Majors Cellular w/Lab
Introduction to molecular and cellular biology with emphasis on cellular structure and function, energetics, genetics, and evolution. A course for life science majors, nursing and pre-professional students.
Prerequisite ENGL 099 and MATH 087 and CHEM& 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or CHEM& 161 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 2.0.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and be able to use the scientific method when performing laboratory experiments.
- Describe, identify, and explain, with examples, the important concepts of molecular and cellular biology, and integrate them across levels of biological organization.
- Collect valid data, report data (using equations, graphs, charts and tables), critically analyze data and make conclusions based upon the experimental results.
- Explain the mechanisms of evolution, critically evaluate evidence for evolution and describe the importance of evolution in biology.
- 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.
- Describe cell theory and use their knowledge of cell parts to explain the complex functions of cells.
- 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.
- Explain the basics and basis of genetics and solve and explain typical introductory genetics problems (both Mendelian and non-Mendelian).
- Explain how genes, proteins, and phenotypes (traits) are related and describe the processes of protein synthesis and gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
- Apply the concept of structure and function across levels of biological organization.
- Describe and apply biotechnology tools and techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, bacterial transformation and others.
- Communicate effectively using language and understanding of molecular and cellular biology.
- Appropriately select and properly and safely use a variety of laboratory techniques and instruments.
- Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments.
- Apply biological knowledge to important personal, social, and political issues.
- Demonstrate information literacy: determine the extent of information needed and incorporate the information effectively and ethically into scientific writing.
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