Master Course Outline BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology

Master Course Outline
BIOL& 100
Survey of Biology
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is introductory biology course intended for non-majors and will not serve as
a prerequisite for other biology courses. The course deals with the process of science, evolutionary
concepts, and modern applications in biology and bioethics. Four lecture hours and two lab hours.
Satisfies science or lab requirement area A distribution or specified elective for the AA degree.
CREDITS: 5 credits
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites: ENGL 095 or placement in ENGL& 101; READ 090 or placement in college
level reading; MATH 095 or placement in MATH098 or higher.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: On completion students will be able to:
Describe the properties and characteristics of atoms and molecules.
Explain the formation of chemical bonds between atoms.
Identify eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell types and their basic features.
Describe the structure of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and their role in living things.
Explain the process of flow of ions and molecules across the plasma membrane.
Relate the process of cell division to the growth and development of organisms
Discuss enzyme activity in relation to its structure.
Explain the processes of flow and transformation of energy in living things and ecosystem.
Analyze the pros and cons of theory of natural selection.
Describe the structure, functions, and classification of plants.
Explain the process of transmission of genetic traits from one generation to the next.
Describe the structure of DNA, and RNA and their role in protein synthesis.
Discuss the principles of population dynamics, biodiversity, and ecosystem.
COURSE RESOURCES/TEXTBOOKS/WEBSITES: Starr, Evers, and Starr. 2011. Biology: Concepts and
Connections. 8th edition. ISBN: 0538739255.
Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this
course and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are
responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will
be dealt with severely.
Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as
well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment
for educational achievement.
W Day: The final day to officially withdraw from a course is the Thursday of the seventh week (Thursday
of the fourth week for summer quarter). Students who do not withdraw by that date will receive the
grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing the work.
Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor, advisor and
financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete withdrawals
from all courses.
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