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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:

Human Biology
By Mader, S (McGraw-Hill)
Human Biology
By C. Belk & V. Borden (Benjamin Cummings)
Course Learning Outcomes
  • Outline and apply the steps of the scientific method.
  • Identify and discuss the chief unifying principles of biology including evolution.
  • Understand cellular structure and function.
  • Investigate and summarize the human life cycle.
  • Summarize cell division, both mitotic and meiotic.
  • Demonstrate basic genetic crosses.
  • Describe the basis for several human genetic diseases and abnormalities.
  • Examine biotechnology and give examples of its use.
  • Describe the structure and function of human organ systems.
  • Describe a population using demographics.
  • Describe how humans impact their environment.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Identify some of the roles science plays in everyday life.
  • Outline the scientific method and explain the characteristics of a scientific theory.
  • Define the characteristics of a living organism.
  • Identify and discuss the chief unifying principles of biology.
  • List the basic atoms and molecules important to life and define their specific characteristics.
  • Distinguish between different cell types and identify cell structures and their functions.
  • Summarize the major energy transformations that take place in plant and animal cells.
  • Describe the processes of cell division.
  • Demonstrate how genes and chromosomes carry and convey genetic information.
  • Explain how sexual reproduction contributes to genetic diversity.
  • Enumerate Mendelian principles and demonstrate basic genetic crosses.
  • Illustrate how genetic abnormalities occur.
  • Model DNA structure and replication.
  • Summarize the events of genetic transcription and translation and identify the cellular structures involved.
  • Define biotechnology and list examples.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: January 17, 2018
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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