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Course Description

Biology - BIOL 101

General Biology

4 Credit Hours
4 Lecture Hours
3 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

This course is a one-semester introductory course. This course introduces students to the scientific study of living organisms. Students will investigate biological concepts including the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, evolution, biological diversity and classification, plant structure and function, animal structure and function and ecology. Students attend four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Science majors seeking to fulfill a two-semester introductory biology sequence should enroll in BIOL 120 and BIOL 130.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.


  • BIOL 50 or successful completion (2.0+) of introductory high school biology.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify in the correct order the steps of the scientific method.
  • Arrange the levels of biological organization from least complex to most complex.
  • Differentiate between a scientifically valid question, hypothesis and prediction.
  • Differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning with respect to their use in scientific investigation.
  • Explain how DNA accounts for both the diversity and unity of life on Earth.
  • Relate the process of natural selection to evolutionary adaptation in populations of organisms.
  • Relate the structure and function of living organisms to their chemical basis.
  • Identify the structural and functional differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Predict the effect of solutions with different tonicities on plant and animal cells.
  • Relate the role of enzymes in biochemical pathways and cellular metabolism.
  • Explain how photosynthesis and cellular respiration contribute to the cycling of carbon atoms on Earth.
  • Differentiate between mitosis and meiosis.
  • Relate the process of mitosis to asexual reproduction, growth, tissue repair and cancer.
  • Describe how meiosis and sexual reproduction contribute to genetic variation in species.
  • Explain the chromosomal basis for inheritance.
  • Relate the role of DNA and RNA to gene expression.
  • Interpret how the genetic code on DNA directs protein synthesis.
  • Identify the practical applications of DNA technology.
  • Summarize how evolutionary adaptations have led to the anatomical and physiological differences between the major taxonomic groups of organisms.
  • Relate the role of plant tissues and organs to plant development, growth, nutrition and reproduction.
  • Relate the structure of animal tissues, organs and organ systems to their functions.
  • Compare how abiotic (physical and chemical) and biotic (living) factors influence life in the biosphere.
  • Relate the processes of energy flow and chemical cycling to ecosystem ecology.
  • Determine the length, volume, temperature and mass of objects using standard metric units of measurement.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of the light microscope.
  • Prepare biological specimens for microscopic examination.
  • Construct an appropriate graph to display scientific data.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Spring; 2020; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 05/09/2020

 101125304General Biology 4Siddiqui A24/24/0Open$426.00M W  08:00 AM-12:13 PM F150
T R  08:00 AM-11:10 AM F270
 101125360General Biology 4Lopez Diaz L24/24/0Open$426.00T R  05:00 PM-09:13 PM F110
M W  05:00 PM-08:10 PM F270

Spring; 2020; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 05/09/2020

 101125306General Biology 4Nunez J24/24/0Open$426.00T R  08:30 AM-10:56 AM F130
W  08:30 AM-12:08 PM F170

Summer; 2020; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 07/06/2020

 101135302General Biology 4OConnell Devlin J24/24/0Open$426.00M W  08:00 AM-12:13 PM F110
T R  08:00 AM-11:10 AM F170
 101135303General Biology 4Ismail N24/24/0Open$426.00T R  12:00 PM-04:13 PM F110
M W  01:00 PM-04:10 PM F170

Winter; 2020; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2020

 101115307General Biology 4Crowley-Harpenau P1/24/0Open$426.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F150
T  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115308General Biology 4Lynd J1/24/0Open$426.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F110
R  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115309General Biology 4Slusher G2/24/0Open$426.00T R  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F150
W  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115310General Biology 4Fruth K0/24/1Closed$426.00T R  10:00 AM-11:54 AM F150
W  09:00 AM-11:54 AM F170
 101115311General Biology 4Lopez Diaz L1/24/0Open$426.00M W  10:00 AM-11:54 AM F110
R  09:00 AM-11:54 AM F170
 101115312General Biology 4Tillman F11/24/0Open$426.00M  09:00 AM-11:54 AM F170
T R  10:00 AM-11:54 AM F110
 101115313General Biology 4Borst D1/24/0Open$426.00M  11:00 AM-01:54 PM F270
T R  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F130
 101115314General Biology 4Lynd J0/24/0Closed$426.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F130
R  11:00 AM-01:54 PM F270
 101115316General Biology 4Nunez J1/24/0Open$426.00T R  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F110
W  12:00 PM-02:54 PM F270
 101115317General Biology 4Crowley-Harpenau P1/24/0Open$426.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F150
T  12:00 PM-02:54 PM F270
 101115319General Biology 4Lynd J6/24/0Open$426.00M W  02:00 PM-03:54 PM F110
R  02:00 PM-04:54 PM F270
 101115321General Biology 4Ismail N8/24/0Open$426.00M W  04:00 PM-05:54 PM F110
T  03:00 PM-05:54 PM F270
 101115384General Biology 4Siddiqui A12/24/0Open$426.00M  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F110
W  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F270
 101115385General Biology 4Stewart S18/24/0Open$426.00T  05:00 PM-08:26 PM F110
R  05:00 PM-08:26 PM F270
 101115388General Biology 4Hafner M9/24/0Open$426.00M  05:00 PM-08:26 PM F150
W  05:00 PM-08:26 PM F170
 101115391General Biology 4Semrau K5/24/0Open$426.00T  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F150
R  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F170
 101117822General BiologyHybrid4McNutt C2/24/0Open$426.00M  01:00 PM-04:54 PM F170
 101117828General BiologyHybrid4Taylor B14/24/0Open$426.00F  08:00 AM-11:54 AM F270
 101216025General Biology 4OConnell Devlin J12/24/0Open$426.00T R  01:00 PM-04:26 PM RC460
 101216070General Biology 4Jubenville-Lutz T16/24/0Open$426.00M W  06:00 PM-09:26 PM RC460

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