BIOL 101

Introduction to the Life Sciences

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 17, 2004 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is an introduction to the study of living things. Topics covered include: cell biology, evolution, use of the microscope, and the diversity of life. Lab included. Intended for students preparing for BIOL 111 General Biology and students seeking a general education science course with lab. First day attendance required except by instructor permission.

Special information

Note: First day attendance required except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the biology concepts and vocabulary necessary for success in a general biology course for biology majors and for informed citizenship.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with arithmetic and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of bachelors degree programs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific facts and theories in biology.
  • Explain and apply knowledge of cell biology, evolution, the diversity of life, and other topics in biology.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory experiments in biology, including the collection of data, statistical and graphical analysis of results, and an interpretation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  • Understand and apply knowledge of measurement and use of the microscope, and use that knowledge in the proper conduct and interpretation of laboratory investigations.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  • 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.
  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.