BIOL 171: Introduction to Biology I

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3

First semester of introductory biology for all life science majors. Topics include: Overview of the science of biology; Cell structure, chemistry, growth, and reproduction; Classical, chromosomal and molecular genetics; Evolution, phylogeny and systematics; and Biology and diversity of viruses and bacteria.

Course Outcomes
  • Develop and evaluate a scientific hypothesis.
  • Describe cell structure and function.
  • Describe how genetic characteristics are passed from generation to generation and how they are manifested into the characteristics of the whole organism.
  • Explain how the process of biological evolution influenced the history of life on our planet.
  • Classify living things into a hierarchical system of groups based upon morphology, genetics, and phylogeny.
  • Describe the characteristics, systematics, and biology of viruses and bacteria.