BIO 103 (4.0 cr)
This course is the first-semester course of an introductory survey of the biological sciences for undergraduates majoring in biology. The sequence of material covered moves from lower to higher levels of biological organization, beginning with the cellular and organismic levels and terminating with the population and community levels. General Biology I, serves as an introduction to Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Evolution. The course will also cover topics in molecular physiology taken from different animal models. In addition to covering the basic vocabulary of modern molecular biology, the course will focus on critical thinking about experimental science. This will include experimental methodologies, experimental design, and data interpretation. Conventional lecture material will be supplemented with analyses of primary scientific literature. The overall goal of this course is for students to obtain a rigorous scientific foundation that will leave them well prepared for subsequent course work.
This hands-on laboratory course is designed to complement and amplify the themes developed in Biology 103 lectures. The course will emphasize Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microscopy and other topics. Successful students will also strive to develop their analytical and scientific communication skills.