Survey of Bioscience

Course Description

Introduction to the scientific method and the basic principles of the life sciences. Examination of cellular, organismal, population, and community biology based on the unifying concept of evolution. This course may not be taken for credit if BIO161 and/or BIO162, or their equivalents, have been completed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply hypothesis formulation and hypothesis testing by the scientific method.
  • Describe the structure and cellular function of biologically important molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cellular structures and organelles (e.g., cellular membrane, nucleus, mitochondria).
  • Describe cellular functions related to metabolism, genetic inheritance, cell division and growth.
  • Compare and contrast the classification, fundamental cellular structure, body structure, and physiology of the different kingdoms of multicellular organisms.
  • Explain fundamental concepts of population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology.
  • Explain evolutionary processes, including natural selection, speciation, extinction, and the origin and history of life on Earth.

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