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BIOL 1408 Course Guide

Biology for Non-Science Majors I


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Course Description

Course Description

An overview of the fundamental principles of living organisms including physical and chemical properties of life, cellular organization and function. Concepts of metabolic pathways, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis, and molecular biology of the gene, genetics, biotechnology, evolutionary adaptation and the scientific method are included.

Course Calendar

Course Calendar for BIOL1408

Chapter 1. A View of Life

Week 1

Lab Safety

Lab 1. Scientific Method (Sec. 1.1 - 1.4)

Chapter 2. The Chemical Basis of Life

Week 2

Lab 2. Metric Measurement

(Sec. 2.1 - 2.4)

Chapter 3. The Organic Molecules of Life

Week 3

Lab 3. Microscopy (Sec. 3.1 - 3.4)

Exam #1 (Chapter 1, 2, 3)

Chapter 4. Inside the Cell

Week 4

Lab 4. Chemical Composition of Cells

(Sec. 4.1 - 4.4)

Chapter 5. The Dynamic Cell

Week 5

Lab 5. Cell Structure and Function

(Sec. 5.3 - 5.4)

Chapter 6. Energy for Life

Week 6

Lab 6. Enzymes (Sec. 6.1 - 6.5)

Chapter 7. Energy for Cells

Week 7

Lab 7. Photosynthesis (Sec. 7.1 - 7.4)

Exam #2 (Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7)

Chapter 8. Cellular Reproduction

Week 8

Lab Exam 1 (labs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Chapter 9. Sexual Reproduction

Week 9

Lab 8. Cellular Respiration

(Sec. 8.1 - 8.4)

Chapter 10. Patterns of Inheritance

Week 10

Lab 9. Mitosis (Sec. 9.1 - 9.3)

Lab 10. Meiosis (Sec. 10.1 - 10.3)

Exam #3 (Chapter 8, 9, 10)

Chapter 11. DNA Biology and Technology

Week 11

Lab 11. Patterns of Inheritance

(Sec. 11.1 - 11.3)

Chapter 12. Biotechnology & Genomics

Week 12

Lab 12. Human Genetics

(Sec. 12.1 - 12.3)

Chapter 13. Mutation & Genetic Testing

Week 13

Lab 13. DNA Biology and Technology

(Sec. 13.1 - 13.5)

Use DNA replication through protein synthesis
models. Strawberry extract exercise

Exam #4 (Chapters 11, 12)

Chapter 14. Darwin and Evolution

Week 14

Lab 14. Evidences of Evolution - Video

(Sec. 14.1 - 14.3) Also use lecture material for
lab discussion

Chapter 15. Evolution on a Small Scale

Chapter 16. Evolution on a Large Scale

Week 15

Lab Exam 2 (8, 9, 10, 11,12, 13)

Final Exam

Week 16