BI-201: General Biology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-201 General Biology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course.

Course Description in college catalog:

First semester of a one-year General Biology course for science majors. Evolution, structure of the cell, molecular basis of life, classical and modern genetics and molecular biology. Homeostatic control mechanisms, both intracellular and intercellular. 

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

A.S. Degree in Health Sciences

A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

A.S. Degree in Science for Forensic Science

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

A.S. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (mathematices and science)

A.S. Degree in Chemistry

A.S. Degree in Public Health

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

  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.

2. Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation.

3. Use the tools of a scientific discipline to carry out collaborative laboratory investigations.

4. Gather, analyze, and interpret data and present it in an effective written laboratory or fieldwork report.

5. Identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and reporting scientific data.

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:

Lecture- 5 (50 minute/50 multiple choice question) exams

Laboratory- 5 exams (short answer, critical thinking, graphing, etc.) and 1 laboratory report.

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).

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

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