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BIO 148 - Fundamentals of Biology and Inheritance

3 Credits

Principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function, genetics and population genetics. Topics will include cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression, Mendelian genetics and population genetics. This course is an introductory biology course for science-interested students.

This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for programs that do not require a laboratory science.

Prerequisite(s): High school biology with a grade of C 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.

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning)

Retiring SUNY General Education: SUNY-NS - Natural Sciences (SNSC)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the scientific process.
2. Compare and contrast different organic macromolecules.
3. Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
4. Explain the various mechanisms of molecular transport across the plasma membrane.
5. Summarize common metabolic processes such as cellular respiration or fermentation.
6. Summarize the events of the cell cycle.
7. Describe the sources of genetic variation in sexually-reproducing organisms.
8. Explain Mendel’s laws of segregation and independent assortment.
9. Distinguish various mechanisms of genetic inheritance such as complete dominance, codominance, multiple alleles, or sex linkage.
10. Describe DNA replication.
11. Explain the processes involved in gene expression.
12. Explain the general principles of population genetics.

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