BI-110: Fundamentals of Life Science

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-110 Fundamentals of Life Science

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Satisfies the Nonlaboratory Science component of the Science and Mathematics requirements for the A.A. degree and the liberal arts core or elective requirements for the A.S. degree 

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. Credit will not be given to students who have successfully completed BI-111, BI-140, BI-160, BI-201, BI-301, or BI-501 prior to taking BI-110. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

Satisfies the Non-laboratory Science component of the Science and Mathematics requirements for the A.A. degree and the liberal arts core or elective requirements for the A.S. degree.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will be able to express fundamental biological knowledge in both oral and written form.

2. Students will be able to explain the scientific method and gain insight per the appropriate tools for measuring the different forms of matter.

3. Students will become proficient in reading, understanding, and critically reviewing scientific readings.

4. Students will be able add the major concepts in life sciences as part of their vernacular.

5. Students will work in a collaborative manner, but also attain essential skills for successful independent learning.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Students will be evaluated and assessed using exam grades, group project grades, and final.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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