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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 110
Course Title: Principles of Biology I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Fundamental processes underlying biological systems from a cellular and organismal viewpoint. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in high school biology or BIOL 108 or ACT Math and English scores above 20(or equivalent SAT scores). G.E.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in high school biology or BIOL 108 or ACT Math and English scores above 20 (or equivalent SAT scores).
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

By Silvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht (McGraw-Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the characteristics common to all life forms.
  2. Relate basic chemical concepts to cellular structure and function.
  3. Describe fundamental energy transformations in living systems.
  4. Investigate and describe the basic principles and mechanisms of inheritance.
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: Rie Sasaki Date: April 13, 2015
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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