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2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
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BI 101E - General Biology-Ocean Life Foundations

4 Credit(s)

Basic cellular and organismal processes. Emphasis on how marine organisms demonstrate processes and systems that involve photosynthesis, respiration, cell division, genetics, cell structure and protein synthesis. Includes influences of physical, chemical, and geological oceanography on ocean life. Includes a field trip to the coast.

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

  1. Apply scientific inquiry to biological sciences, including exercises to study tides, osmosis, cellular biology and microbial population dynamics.
  2. Describe the steps involved in scientific inquiry and distinguish between a hypothesis and a theory; test hypotheses concerning phenomena observed in the wet-lab.
  3. Evaluate and critique scientific information from various sources (journals, magazines, newspapers, television, the internet) for scientific reliability and validity. Critique news articles on tsunami debris, whale strandings and other marine issues.
  4. Model the flow of information: the flow from genetic information (DNA) to phenotype. Relate protein synthesis to diatom frustule construction.
  5. Describe the role of evolution at a cellular and molecular level. Describe the marine origins of life and endosymbiotic acquisition of organelles.
  6. Apply and demonstrate concepts of Biology and Chemistry to understand metabolic pathways. Diagram epipelagic and sea vent food webs, including the sources of energy, autotrophy, heterotrophy and respiration.
  7. Demonstrate the use of scientific equipment and technologies, such as microscopes, data recorders, etc. Examine and photograph live aquatic microorganisms, measure outcomes of osmotic pressures and interact with live-stream whale research data.
  8. Model a cell and explain the role of the major components of the cell, including how the components work together for cell function and replication. Diagram a phytoplanktonic cell, including metabolic pathways for production of buoyancy enhancing oil droplets.
  9. Describe patterns of inheritance based on meiosis. Outline various forms of cell division, understand the importance of meiotic variation and relate mitosis to giant kelp growth.
  10. Identify sources of genetic variation based on mutation, meiotic processes and sexual reproduction. Relate ideas of variation to adaptations to a variety of marine environments.

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