Science of Biology

Science of Biology
General biology course designed for biological science majors, emphasizing the scientific method, cell theory, biochemical unity, the central dogma, bioenergetics, reproduction, and evolutionary theory.
PDBIO
120
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesNone
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 OfferedHonors also
 ProgramsContaining PDBIO 120
Course Outcomes

Foundational Concepts

Understand well the following foundational concepts:

  1. Cell theory and biological compartments
  2. Chemistry of life (biochemical unity, central dogma)
  3. Bioenergetics (biotransformation of energy)
  4. Reproduction (fission,
  5. mitosis, meiosis, etc.)
  6. Evolutionary theory

Scientific Method

Understand and be able to use the scientific method:

  1. Think critically about the purposes and objectives of scientific studies and data.
  2. Become observant of and curious about patterns and processes in living things.
  3. Ask essential, specific, answerable questions about observations.
  4. Form hypotheses about biological patterns and processes that are testable.