BIO 110 - Essential Biology

Course Description

Essential Biology is geared toward the non-major. The course will cover broad areas of biology, engage the student in how biology relates to their own life, and how science and society interact. Core concepts covered include: Evolution, Structure and Function, Information Flow, Exchange and Storage, Pathways and Transformations of Energy and Matter, and Living Systems. Group 1 lab course.

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BIO 110L

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

ENG 111, MTH 23

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the 5 core concepts the course addresses: Evolution, Structure and Function, Information Flow-Exchange and Storage, Pathways and Transformations of Energy Matter, Living Systems.
  • Apply the process of science to novel situations to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Develop the ability to use quantitative reasoning and understand the role of data in biology.
  • Tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • Develop an ability to use modeling simulation to extend the knowledge gained in this course to new problems.
Human Dimension:
  • Articulate how science fits into society.
  • Be able to communicate and collaborate with peers.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Develop a curiosity about biology and the drive to discover answers to your own questions.
  • Value where humans fit into the environment and how they may impact it.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Formulate useful questions about controversial subjects.
  • Identify important and valid sources of information.