Maricopa Community Colleges  BIO181   19946-19985 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 03/22/94
BIO181 19946-19985 LEC
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General Biology (Majors) I
Principles of structure and function of living things at molecular, cellular, and organismic levels of organization. Field trips may be required at students' expense. Prerequisites: None. One year high school chemistry or one semester of college level chemistry recommended.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
BIO181   19946-19985 General Biology (Majors) I
1. Describe the scientific method. (I)
2. Describe the characteristics of life. (I)
3. Identify the basic parts of atoms and describe how they influence chemical characteristics. (II)
4. Describe the structure and functions of the four kinds of organic molecules found in living things. (II)
5. Identify the parts of a cell and describe their structure and functions. (III)
6. Describe cellular transport, membrane structure and membrane functions. (IV)
7. Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. (III)
8. Describe the laws of thermodynamics as they relate to biology. (V)
9. Describe the purpose and components of cellular respiration. (V)
10. Describe the purpose and components of photosynthesis. (V)
11. Describe the biological processes of mitosis, meiosis, DNA duplication and protein synthesis. (V)
12. Describe Mendelian genetics and predict the outcome of genetic crosses. (VI)
13. Describe gene regulation and genetic applications. (VI)
14. Describe the scientific basis of evolution. (VII)
15. Describe the general characteristics of each kingdom in biological classification. (VIII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
BIO181   19946-19985 General Biology (Majors) I
    I. Fundamentals of Science
        A. Biology
        B. Characteristics of life
        C. Scientific method
      II. Basic Chemistry
          A. Atom structure
          B. Bonds and reactions
          C. Molecules
          D. Organic molecules
        III. Cells
            A. Prokaryotic
            B. Eukaryotic
            C. Viruses
          IV. Membrane Structure and Membrane Functions
              A. Membrane structure
              B. Membrane function
                1. Recognition
                2. Transport
            V. Cellular Processes
                A. Energy
                  1. Laws of thermodynamics (1st and 2nd)
                  2. Energy conversion
                B. Enzymes
                C. Photosynthesis
                D. Cellular respiration
                E. DNA duplication
                F. Protein synthesis
                G. Mitosis
                H. Meiosis
                I. Fission
              VI. Genetics
                  A. Mendelian genetics
                  B. Crosses
                  C. Mutation
                  D. Gene regulation
                  E. Genetic applications
                VII. Evolution
                    A. Definition
                    B. Scientific basis
                  VIII. Binomial Classification
                      A. Levels
                      B. Characteristics of kingdoms
                        1. Monera
                        2. Protista
                        3. Fungi
                        4. Plantae
                        5. Animalia
                      C. Viruses
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