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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 108L
Course Title: Human Biology Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 108.  This course is intended for non-majors and those majors who need an introductory course before enrolling in BIOL 110. Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or concurrent enrollment. BIOL 108 must be completed before BIOL 108L can be used for G.E. credit.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 108 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

Biological Explorations: A Human Approach
By Stanley E. Gunstream (Benjamin Cummings)
Lab Manual to Accompany Concepts in Biology
By Eldon Enger (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of experimentation and measurement using exercises which complement topics covered in BIOL 108 lecture.
  • 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
  • Describe and use the scientific method.
  • Recognize basic structures and functions of cells.
  • Demonstrate basic gentic 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.
  • Apply population concepts to human populations.
  • Study the components of an ecosystem.
  • Describe how humans impact their environment.
    Topical Outline:
    • Laboratory techniques
    • Structures and functions of cells
    • Tissues and homeostasis
    • Organ systems and disease
    • Reproduction
    • Basic genetic crosses
    • Biotechnology
    • Ecosystem

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    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: April 2, 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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