Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences

Bio. Sci. 11 - Concepts of Biology: Course Detail

(4 units / lect. & lab. combined)

Full-Time Faculty Lead: Elena Pravosudova

Catalog Description: An introduction to the major concepts of biology as illustrated in plant and animal groups. Covers cell biology, heredity and nature of genes, evolution, diversity of life, and principles of ecology. Primarily for non-life science majors, desiring an introductory biology course with a lab.

Advisory: Not open to those who have completed Bio. Sci. 1 or Bio. Sci. 10

Additional Info: Similar content to Bio. Sci. 10 yet with a combined 3 hour lab experience. Many of the student are non-majors full-filling their general education requirements in the Biological Sciences or students considering becoming a biology major and want a good introduction to the concepts of biology without the rigor of Bio. Sci. 1 for majors. This class also serves as a great introduction to our other more specific, non-major course offerings such as Bio. Sci. 14, 15, 22, and 33, for example. Traditionally, many of the students taking this class are considering a career in teaching at the elementary school level or working is some other field, needing a basic background in biology to assist them.

Typical class outline might include:

Characteristics of Life, Nature of Science, Chemistry of Biology, Cellular Basis of Life, Energy, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Cell Division, Mitosis & Meiosis, Mendelian Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Heredity, DNA, Protein Synthesis, Evolution, Diversity Animal & Plant Diversity (groups), Reproduction & Development, Ecology, Biomes, Populations, Biosphere, Human Impacts, Endangered Species, Local Ecology

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