Lecture Text: Concepts in Biology 13th Edition by Enger, Ross, Bailey, Publisher McGraw Hill 

Course Description: Fundamentals of Life Science 3 class hours 3 credits.  Presents basic concepts of the life sciences. Includes scientific measurement, the properties of matter and energy on which life is dependent, and levels of organization. Especially recommended for those students who plan to take additional courses in the life sciences.

Course Objective: By the end of the semester, I hope that I have increased some appreciation of biology. Also, you should have a better understanding of biological molecules and how they work in our cells.  Also, how the central dogma of biology works, i.e. the genetic flow of information at the molecular level as well as at the cellular level.

Grading Policy:

3 Lecture Exams  @ 25% each + 20% Online Weekly HW + 5% Discussion Board

There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS (unless extreme and documented emergencies arise!)

Weekly Modules 


Module 1

Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4

Ch1: Science and Scientific Method, What is science, non-science and pseudoscience? Science of Biology.

Module 2

 Ch2: Chemistry of Life: Nature of matter, molecules, energy, water, chemical reactions, acid, bases, salts.

Module 3

Ch3: Molecules of Life: Carbon, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, Nucleic Acids.

Module 4

Ch4: Cell structure and Function: cell membrane, membranous and non membranous organelles.

Module 5

Ch5: Enzymes, Coenzymes, substrates and rate of chemical reaction.

Module 6

Ch8: DNA, RNA, Molecular basis of heredity. Central dogma of biology.

Module 7

Ch9: Cell division: Cell cycle, mitosis & meiosis, cancer, genetic diversity/abnormalities.

Module 8

Cell division: Continued

Module 9

Ch10: Patterns of Inheritance, genes, alleles, mendelian genetics, monohybrid cross, probability.

Module 10

Ch10: Genetics Contd.

Module 10

Ch12: Diversity within species and population genetics, genetic diversity.

Module 11

Ch13: Evolution and Natural Selection                                              

Module 11

Ch16: Community Interactions, niche and habitat, symbiotic relationships, parasitism, mutualism.

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