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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
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BIOL 1020 - Biology Concepts

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 2
Course Description: This is a lab science course dealing with the basic concepts of general biology including cell biology, energy capture and utilization, heredity, origin and descent of life, classification of organisms, and environmental relationships of living things. Laboratory experiences are provided to acquaint students with basic lab methods and techniques.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: High school chemistry or CHEM 1020  or equivalent.

Major Content
  1. Characteristics of life
  2. Organization of life Evolution
  3. Food chains and food webs
  4. Harvest of energy to sustain life
  5. Reproduction
  6. Heredity
  7. Evolution

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method, scientific inquiry, and development of scientific theories.
  2. Discuss how biology can be a way of seeking knowledge about oneself and ones place in nature.
  3. Demonstrate a mastery of biological concepts and principles, biological vocabulary, and biological laws and theories.
  4. Explain the basic concepts and functions of biological systems.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty. 03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.


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