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Edmonds Community College    
  Dec 17, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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BIOL& 211 - Majors Cellular w/Lab

5.0 Credits
Introduction to molecular and cellular biology with emphasis on cellular structure and function, energetics, genetics, and evolution. A course for life science majors, nursing and pre-professional students.
Prerequisite ENGL 099 and MATH 087 and CHEM& 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or CHEM& 161 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 2.0.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and be able to use the scientific method when performing laboratory experiments.
  2. Describe, identify, and explain, with examples, the important concepts of molecular and cellular biology, and integrate them across levels of biological organization.
  3. Collect valid data, report data (using equations, graphs, charts and tables), critically analyze data and make conclusions based upon the experimental results.
  4. Explain the mechanisms of evolution, critically evaluate evidence for evolution and describe the importance of evolution in biology.
  5. Apply their understanding of chemistry to biology in explaining cellular structure, enzyme function, metabolic pathways, genetics, protein synthesis, cell signaling and other concepts in molecular and cellular biology.
  6. Describe cell theory and use their knowledge of cell parts to explain the complex functions of cells.
  7. Describe, compare and contrast the two mechanisms of nuclear division (mitosis and meiosis) and explain the biological importance of both and their relationship to DNA synthesis.
  8. Explain the basics and basis of genetics and solve and explain typical introductory genetics problems (both Mendelian and non-Mendelian).
  9. Explain how genes, proteins, and phenotypes (traits) are related and describe the processes of protein synthesis and gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  10. Apply the concept of structure and function across levels of biological organization.
  11. Describe and apply biotechnology tools and techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, bacterial transformation and others.
  12. Communicate effectively using language and understanding of molecular and cellular biology.
  13. Appropriately select and properly and safely use a variety of laboratory techniques and instruments.
  14. Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments.
  15. Apply biological knowledge to important personal, social, and political issues.
  16. Demonstrate information literacy: determine the extent of information needed and incorporate the information effectively and ethically into scientific writing.

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