Maricopa Community Colleges  BIO181   19996-20065 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 03/23/99

BIO181  19996-20065


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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 of high school chemistry or one semester of college-level chemistry is strongly recommended.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



BIO181  19996-20065

General Biology (Majors) I



Describe the scientific method. (I)


Describe the characteristics of life. (I)


Identify the basic parts of atoms and describe how they influence chemical characteristics. (II)


Describe the structure and functions of the four kinds of organic molecules found in living things. (II)


Identify the parts of a cell and describe their structure and functions. (III)


Describe cellular transport, membrane structure and membrane functions. (IV)


Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. (III)


Describe the laws of thermodynamics as they relate to biology. (V)


Describe the purpose and components of cellular respiration. (V)


Describe the purpose and components of photosynthesis. (V)


Describe the biological processes of mitosis, meiosis, DNA duplication and protein synthesis. (V)


Describe Mendelian genetics and predict the outcome of genetic crosses. (VI)


Describe gene regulation and genetic applications. (VI)


Describe the scientific basis of evolution. (VII)


Describe the general characteristics of each kingdom in biological classification. (VIII)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



BIO181  19996-20065

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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