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Course Description

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Biology - BIOL 101

General Biology

4 Credit Hours
4 Lecture Hours
3 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

This course is a one-semester introductory course. This course introduces students to the scientific study of living organisms. Students will investigate biological concepts including the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, evolution, biological diversity and classification, plant structure and function, animal structure and function and ecology. Students attend four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Science majors seeking to fulfill a two-semester introductory biology sequence should enroll in BIOL 120 and BIOL 130.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.


  • BIOL 50 or successful completion (2.0+) of introductory high school biology.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify in the correct order the steps of the scientific method.
  • Arrange the levels of biological organization from least complex to most complex.
  • Differentiate between a scientifically valid question, hypothesis and prediction.
  • Differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning with respect to their use in scientific investigation.
  • Explain how DNA accounts for both the diversity and unity of life on Earth.
  • Relate the process of natural selection to evolutionary adaptation in populations of organisms.
  • Relate the structure and function of living organisms to their chemical basis.
  • Identify the structural and functional differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Predict the effect of solutions with different tonicities on plant and animal cells.
  • Relate the role of enzymes in biochemical pathways and cellular metabolism.
  • Explain how photosynthesis and cellular respiration contribute to the cycling of carbon atoms on Earth.
  • Differentiate between mitosis and meiosis.
  • Relate the process of mitosis to asexual reproduction, growth, tissue repair and cancer.
  • Describe how meiosis and sexual reproduction contribute to genetic variation in species.
  • Explain the chromosomal basis for inheritance.
  • Relate the role of DNA and RNA to gene expression.
  • Interpret how the genetic code on DNA directs protein synthesis.
  • Identify the practical applications of DNA technology.
  • Summarize how evolutionary adaptations have led to the anatomical and physiological differences between the major taxonomic groups of organisms.
  • Relate the role of plant tissues and organs to plant development, growth, nutrition and reproduction.
  • Relate the structure of animal tissues, organs and organ systems to their functions.
  • Compare how abiotic (physical and chemical) and biotic (living) factors influence life in the biosphere.
  • Relate the processes of energy flow and chemical cycling to ecosystem ecology.
  • Determine the length, volume, temperature and mass of objects using standard metric units of measurement.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of the light microscope.
  • Prepare biological specimens for microscopic examination.
  • Construct an appropriate graph to display scientific data.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2021; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/21/2021

 101145318General BiologyRMT4Ray S3/31/0Open$390.00T R  03:00 PM-05:45 PM WEBWEB
M  03:00 PM-05:54 PM WEBWEB
 101145319General BiologyMC4Chandrasekar S / Tillman F8/24/0Open$450.00M W  08:00 AM-10:45 AM F150
F  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F150

Fall; 2021; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/30/2021

 101145307General BiologyRMT4OConnell Devlin J9/31/0Open$390.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
T  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
 101145308General BiologyHYBMC4Nunez J3/24/0Open$450.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
R  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101145310General BiologyHYBMC4Ibarguen S4/24/0Open$450.00T R  02:00 PM-03:54 PM WEBWEB
M  02:00 PM-04:54 PM F270
 101145311General BiologyHYBMC4Crowley-Harpenau P2/24/0Open$450.00M W  10:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
R  10:00 AM-12:54 PM F150
 101145312General BiologyHYBMC4Lopez Diaz L2/24/0Open$450.00M W  02:00 PM-03:54 PM WEBWEB
T  02:00 PM-04:54 PM F270
 101145313General BiologyHYBMC4Elson A6/24/0Open$450.00T R  12:00 PM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
M  11:00 AM-01:54 PM F270
 101145315General BiologyRMT4Ismail N6/31/0Open$390.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
T  12:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
 101145316General BiologyHYBMC4Crowley-Harpenau P2/24/0Open$450.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
T  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F150
 101145317General BiologyHYBMC4Borst D1/24/0Open$450.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
R  12:00 PM-02:54 PM F270
 101145321General BiologyRMT4Tillman F4/31/0Open$390.00M W  04:00 PM-05:54 PM WEBWEB
T  03:00 PM-05:54 PM WEBWEB
 101145338General BiologyHYBMC4Bieri R2/24/0Open$450.00T R  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
M  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101145383General BiologyMC4Lynd J1/24/0Open$450.00M  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F150
W  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F150
 101145385General BiologyRMT4Semrau K4/31/0Open$390.00T  05:00 PM-08:26 PM WEBWEB
R  05:00 PM-08:26 PM WEBWEB
 101147855General BiologyRMT4Stover E3/31/0Open$450.00M W  06:00 PM-07:54 PM WEBWEB
T  06:00 PM-08:54 PM WEBWEB
 101147856General BiologyHYBMC4Hafner M4/24/0Open$450.00M  06:00 PM-09:26 PM WEBWEB
W  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F270

Winter; 2022; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/10/2022

 101115307General BiologyMC4Elson A5/24/0Open$450.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F150
T  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115308General BiologyMC4Lynd J0/24/0Closed$450.00M W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F110
R  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115309General BiologyMC4Nunez J12/24/0Open$450.00T R  08:00 AM-09:54 AM F150
W  08:00 AM-10:54 AM F270
 101115310General BiologyMC4Crowley-Harpenau P0/24/0Closed$450.00T R  10:00 AM-11:54 AM F150
W  09:00 AM-11:54 AM F170
 101115312General BiologyMC4Ismail N15/24/0Open$450.00M  09:00 AM-11:54 AM F170
T R  10:00 AM-11:54 AM F110
 101115313General BiologyMC4Muse W2/24/0Open$450.00M  11:00 AM-01:54 PM F270
T R  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F130
 101115314General BiologyMC4Lopez Diaz L19/24/0Open$450.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F130
R  11:00 AM-01:54 PM F270
 101115316General BiologyMC4Lynd J3/24/0Open$450.00T R  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F110
W  12:00 PM-02:54 PM F270
 101115317General BiologyMC4Crowley-Harpenau P10/24/0Open$450.00M W  12:00 PM-01:54 PM F150
T  12:00 PM-02:54 PM F270
 101115319General BiologyMC4Penzien J19/24/0Open$450.00M W  02:00 PM-03:54 PM F110
R  02:00 PM-04:54 PM F270
 101115321General BiologyMC4Borst D11/24/0Open$450.00M W  04:00 PM-05:54 PM F110
T  03:00 PM-05:54 PM F270
 101115384General BiologyMC4Pfister D4/24/0Open$450.00M  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F110
W  06:00 PM-09:26 PM F270

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday