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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 108
Course Title: Human Biology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of human structure and function and the relationships between humans and their environment, including other living things. Fundamental biological principles as they apply to humans are explored. This course is intended for non-majors and those majors who need an introductory course before enrolling in BIOL 110. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Essential Biology
By Campbell & Reese, Benjamin (Cummings Publishing)
Inquiry into Life
By Mader, S. (McGraw-Hill)
Biology: Dimensions of Life
By Presson & Jenner (McGraw-Hill)
Human Biology
By C. Belk & V. Borden (Benjamin Cummings)
Course Objectives
  • To practice scientific reasoning and methods.
  • To examine basic characteristics common to all life forms.
  • To examine basic human structure and function.
  • To describe how humans have evolved.
  • To describe how living organisms interact with their environment.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and be able to use the scientific method.
  • Define the characteristics shared by all life forms.
  • Summarize basic structures and functions of cells.
  • Explain the human life cycle.
  • Demonstrate basic genetic crosses.
  • Explain the basis for several human genetic diseases.
  • Define biotechnology and give examples of its use.
  • Describe the structure and function of one or more human organ systems.
  • Define evolution and list the evidence for evolution.
  • Characterize and distinguish between the different taxonomic levels.
  • Describe a population using demographics.
  • Summarize the components of an ecosystem.
  • Describe how humans impact their environment.
Topical Outline:
  • Characteristics of living things
  • The scientific method
  • Basic chemistry of life
  • Cell structure and function
  • Body organization and homeostatis
  • Major human organ systems
  • Human reproduction and genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Human evolution and ecology

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: March 11, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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