Jul 04, 2022
BI 101J - General Biology-Unseen Life on Earth4 Credit(s)
An introduction to the cellular biology of the smallest organisms on earth. Microbes are crucial to human health, food supplies and the survival of all life forms. Students explore the diversity and contributions of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Online course with lab activities conducted at home.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Apply scientific inquiry to biological sciences concepts.
- Describe the steps involved in scientific inquiry and distinguish between a hypothesis and a theory.
- Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to microbial concepts.
- Evaluate and critique scientific information from various sources (journals, magazines, newspapers, television, and the internet) for scientific reliability and validity.
- Model the flow of information: the flow from genetic information (DNA) to phenotype (physical traits).
- Apply concepts of Biology and Chemistry to understand DNA replication and protein synthesis.
- Identify sources of genetic variation based on mutation, transformation, transduction and conjugation.
- Describe the role of evolution at a cellular and molecular level.
- Relate scientific technologies (Gene Therapy, Bioremediation, and Fermentation) to their impact on various areas of society such as medicine, industry, environment, and agriculture.
- Diagram eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and explain the role of the major components of the cell, including how the components work together for cell function and replication.
- Describe the role of microbes in food manufacturing, industry and ecology.
- Recognize and explain the role of microorganisms in human health and disease.
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