May 25, 2024  
2024-2025 SCC Catalog 
2024-2025 SCC Catalog

BIO 101 - Biological Science I

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 4

Description: This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, Mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): Take MAT 101  or MAT 152  or MAT 103 , and ENG 100 , RDG 100 , and (BIO 100  or CHM 100  or High School Biology or High School Chemistry) with a minimum grade of C.
Course Topics:
  • Characteristics and organization of life.
  • Chemical properties of life.
  • Major organic compounds in cells and their importance.
  • Major differences and characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Intracellular structure and function.
  • Kinds of cellular reproduction and their importance.
  • The energy of Life.
  • Structure and function of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis.
  • Major principles of genetics
  • Collecting data and formulate conclusions based on experimental results using the scientific method

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn website
Required Materials:
Any additional materials may be provided by the Instructor.
Grading System:
An overall grade of C or higher is required for transferability.

A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F =   0 - 59

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Distinguish between the levels of biological organization and between the components of the scientific method.
  2. Identify major organic molecules in cells and their importance.
  3. Describe cells, their organelles, cell processes and their importance.
  4. Solve genetics problems based on Mendelian genetics, discussing the importance of modern genetics in society.
  5. Describe the structure and function of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis.
  6. Perform laboratory assignments, including collecting data and formulating conclusions based on experimental results.

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