BIOLOGY 1408
Biology for Non-Science Majors I

Western Texas College
  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Lecture—provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction.
    2. Lab—the required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
    3. Any required prerequisites:  None
    4. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1.  Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
    2. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
    3. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
    4. Distinguish between prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells, and identify major cell structures.
    5. Identify stages of the cell cycle, mitosis (plant and animal), and meiosis.
    6. Interpret results from cell physiology experiments involving movement across membranes, enzymes, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.
    7. Apply genetic principles to predict the outcome of genetic crosses and statistically analyze results.
    8. Describe and identify the importance of karyotypes, pedigrees, and biotechnology and provide an example of the uses of each.
    9. Identify parts of a DNA molecule, and describe replication, transcription, and translation.
    10. Analyze evidence for evolution and natural selection.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The Chapter Test and Final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taken their proctored tests and exam.
    3. All Chapter Tests and the comprehensive Lab and Lecture Final Exams are timed.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. 8 multiple-choice chapter quizzes
      2. 4 current science article write-ups and associated class discussion
      3. 10 total lab assignments
      4. 3 non-cumulative multiple-choice chapter exams
      5. 1 cumulative multiple-choice final exam
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Essential Biology, 6th Edition by Simon et al. ISBN - 9780133917789
    2. Other: Lab materials are provided by the instructor
  6. Grading Breakdown:
    1. Campus/Online
      Articles……….………….………………………………………………...…..15%
      Quizzes………………….………………………………………………….…10%
      Lab………………………………………………………………………..……25%
      Chapter Tests…………….….……………………………………………….25%
      Final Exam……………………………………………………………………25%
  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  8. Course Content

Chapters Covered

Sections Covered

1 – Introduction

Scientific process, properties of life, major themes of biology

2 – Essential Chemistry for Biology

Basic chemistry of life, chemical energy, water chemistry, acids and bases

3 – The Molecules of Life

Organic chemistry, biologically significant macromolecules

4 – A Tour of the Cell

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, organelles, cytoskeleton

5 – The Working Cell

Basic thermodynamics, cellular energy sources, enzymes, passive and active transport, membrane function

6 – Cellular Respiration: Obtaining Energy From Food

Energy flow in the cell, chemical cycling, cellular respiration, fermentation

7 – Photosynthesis: Using Light to Make Food

Photosynthesis, light and dark reactions, the nature of light

8 – Cellular Reproduction: Cells from Cells

Cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis

9 – Patterns of Inheritance

Heredity, laws of segregation and independent assortment, variations of Mendel’s laws, chromosomal basis of inheritance

10 – The Structure and Function of DNA

DNA structure, DNA replication, information flow in the cell, viruses

 

 

Last Modified: August 25, 2017