Course Descriptions

BIO 155 - General Biology I

4 Credits

Principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function, and organic evolution. Topics will include cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression, Mendelian genetics, natural selection and speciation. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for science-interested students. Two class hours, one conference hour, three laboratory hours. WR (SUNY-NS)

Prerequisite: High school biology with a grade of B or better, or BIO 120 with a grade of C or better, and high school chemistry with a grade of C or better, or any college chemistry course with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Formulate a hypothesis and identify the variables in a scientific experiment.
2. Concisely write experimental methods and results in correct scientific journal format.
3. Compare and contrast the structure and function of different organic macromolecules.
4. Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
5. Explain the various mechanisms of molecular transport across the plasma membrane.
6. Summarize common metabolic processes such as cellular respiration, fermentation, or photosynthesis.
7. Summarize the events of the cell cycle.
8. Describe the sources of genetic variation in sexually-reproducing organisms.
9. Explain Mendel’s laws of segregation and independent assortment.
10. Distinguish various mechanisms of genetic inheritance such as complete dominance, codominance, multiple alleles, or sex linkage.
11. Describe the structure and replication of DNA.
12. Explain the processes involved in gene expression.
13. Discuss the role of natural selection in the evolutionary process.
14. Explain the mechanisms involved in speciation.
15. Demonstrate the correct way to use biological laboratory equipment (which may include a compound microscope, a spectrophotometer, or a micropipettor).

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018