BIOLOGY 131: Introduction to BiologyCOURSE SYLLABUSFall 2020COURSE INFORMATIONMeeting Time and Place:100% online at HFC Online/MoodleOffice hours/Q&A/Discussion(optional)on Zoom on Fridays at 2 pm. A link will beprovided.INSTRUCTOR INFORMATIONInstructor: Dr. Laura CusterEmail:firstname.lastname@example.orgTo protect student privacy, students are required to use Hawkmail, which is HFC's officialcommunication tool.Instructors may not receive or reply to emails sent from personal accounts.I will reply to emails within 24 hours.REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR CLASSTEXTBOOK: The Core, by Eric Simon, Pearson Publishing, 3rdEdition*(required)Mastering Biology Access Code, Pearson*(required)LAB MANUAL: Lab Guide for Introductory Biology 2020-2021 Edition**(required)* The lecture materials for this course are part of an Inclusive Access package, whichmeans that you signed up for them when you registered for the course.An access codefor the materials is sent directly to your HFC Hawkmail account from the HFC CollegeStore, which will allow you to register for the course's required online homework andeText.**The lab manual for this course is electronic and only available through theHFCCollege Store.It is NOT part of Inclusive Access and must be purchased separately.COURSE DESCRIPTION:A foundational course emphasizing the unifying themes of biology. Explores various aspects ofliving systems, including biological chemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, diversity, structureand function relationships, energy transformations, plant and animal systems, ecology,biodiversity, and conservation. Introduces the scientific method and scientific reasoning. Threehours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.PRE-REQUISITES:English 131 eligible.
CORE COURSE TOPICS:The nature of science and the properties of lifeoScientific methodoScientific reasoning and experimental designoProperties of living thingsoMajor themes in biologyBiological chemistryoAtomic structure and bondsoWater as a biological solventoEffects of pH on living systemsoCarbon-based macromoleculesoEnzymesBiology of cellsoProkaryotic and eukaryotic cell structureoPlant and animal cell structureoMembranesoOrganelle structure and functionoCell cycleoMitotic cell divisionGeneticsoChromosomesoMeiotic cell divisionoSexual reproduction
oErrors in meiosisoMendelian inheritanceDNA, RNA, and proteinoDNA structureoDNA replicationoTranscriptionoTranslationoMutationsoThe genetic basis of cancerEvolution and classificationoHow populations changeoEvidence for evolutionoMechanisms of evolutionoClassificationEnergy transformationsoEnergy in living systemsoCellular respiration and fermentationoPhotosynthesisDiversityoProkaryotesoVirusesoFungioProtists
oPlantsStructure and functionMajor groups of plantsoAnimalsStructure and functionMajor groups of animalsHuman body systemsoOrganization and homeostasisoTissuesoDigestive systemoRespiratory systemo