BIO 101 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: August 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title: BIO 101, General Biology I


Credit Hours: 4 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: 3Lec/Lab Comb: 4



I.              Catalog Description: Focuses on foundations in cellular structure, metabolism, and genetics in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society. Part I of a two-course sequence. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week. 4 credits


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

This course meets the natural science requirements in the transfer programs of Liberal Arts (General and Specializations), Science, and Business. This course also counts as a liberal arts and natural science elective where needed in a transfer curriculum.


III.           Required background:

The prerequisites for BIO101 are non-developmental in reading and writing, MTE 1-3 are prerequisites while MTE 4-5 are co-requisites.


IV.          Course Content:

1.            Scientific Method and the Responsibility of the Scientist

2.            Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Bonds

3.            Basic Inorganic Chemistry acids, bases, buffers, and PH.

4.            Basic Organic Chemistry

5.            Enzymes and Enzyme kinetics

6.            Cells and Cell Types

7.            Biological Membranes

8.            Cell Organelles

9.            Energy Catabolism and Anabolism

10.         Plant Structure and Function

11.         Photosynthesis

12.         Molecular Basics of Inheritance

13.         Mitosis

14.         DNA Function Protein Synthesis

15.         Gene Regulation


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI. Evaluation

A.   Be able to describe and explain the processes, concepts and principles covered in the above course content.

B.   Be able to explain and analyze the relationship between the chemical make-up of living matter and the biological processes characteristic of living organisms.

C.   Be able to construct and execute elementary laboratory exercises supportive of course content

Students will be evaluated by some combination of quizzes, tests, exams and lab reports as defined by the faculty. Since this course supports SCHEV writing competency, it is required that faculty assign and grade writing assignments in this course.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning