BIO 1 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: First Year Studies

Course Number and Title:            BIO 1, Foundations of Biology

Credit Hours:   1-4              Hours/Wk Lecture:   1-4               Hours/Wk Lab: 0-9              Lec/Lab Comb:    1-12



I.        Catalog Description:    Develops a basic understanding of plant and animal form, function, and relationships. Prepares students who have a deficiency in high school biology May be repeated for credit.


II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: BIO 1 is a course that incorporates scientific reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy through a study of basic biology.


III.         Required background:   Prerequisites: ENF 3, MTE 2. Corequisites: MTE 3, 4, & 5.


IV.         Course Content:

  1. The 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 - carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins
  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. The molecular basis of inheritance
  13. Mitosis
  14. DNA function - protein synthesis
  15. Gene regulation


V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students

will be able to demonstrate:

VI.  Evaluation


Tests and a final exam

A.   an elementary knowledge of inorganic chemistry including: chemical bonding, atomic structure, and biologically important compounds.

B.   an understanding of the function and importance of major classes of organic compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.

C.   an understanding of chemical reactions as they relate to biological processes.

D.   a comprehensive understanding of cell structure and function.

E.   an understanding of energy transformations with a strong emphasis upon photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

F.    an understanding of the perpetuation of life as it relates to cellular  reproduction, patterns of inheritance, and the nature and function of the gene.


 VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

 DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Information Literacy
Scientific Reasoning