This course applies a broad, conceptual understanding of biology. Students are introduced to scientific ideologies and concepts that not only shape the biological world, but also shape humans. Students examine the scientific method, evolution and biodiversity, the biology of cells, physiology, the dynamics of inheritance, and the effect humans have on the environment. The text emphasizes methods and the theoretical foundations of ideas, while minimizing isolated facts. It stresses the integration of ideas, making connections that form an understanding of the living world. The weekly online labs add a practical component to the class. The labs build upon the concepts in the text and offer a chance for students to interact with the material and further their understanding.
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Pruitt, N. L., & Underwood, L. S. (2006). BioInquiry: Making connections in biology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
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Week One: Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method
Identify characteristics of living organisms. 1.2
Summarize the major theories of biology.
Define each step of the scientific method.
Apply the scientific method to a real-life scenario.
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