Introduction to Biology (4 Units total)
This introductory course in biology is designed to fulfill a laboratory science requirement for students not majoring in biology. Students must be enrolled concurrently in a lecture and a lab section. The lecture portion of the course (formerly known as Biology 3A) emphasizes the basic principles in biology and the fundamental characteristics of all living organisms. Lecture topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, levels of organization of living organisms, heredity, and the genetic control of cellular processes, evolution, and ecology. The laboratory portion of the course (formerly known as Biology 3B) emphasizes the diversity of living organisms. Laboratory topics include an introduction to the microscope, study of the cell, a survey of the microorganisms, plants, and animals that comprise the kingdoms of life, and the anatomic study of the earthworm, grasshopper, and fetal pig.
NOTE: Biology 3A and 3B are no longer offered as separate courses.
UC Transfer Credit Limit: No credit will be given for Biology 3 if taken after Biology 6
Lecture Textbook: “Inquiry Into Life” 15th edition. By Sylvia s. Mader and Michael Windelspecht. Publisher: McGraw Hill Education 2017
Lab Textbook: Biology 3B Lab Manual. Revised Fall 2017. Steven Fink, MS, Vered Mirmovitch, PhD & Patricia Zuk, PhD.
Recommended: English 28, Math 105
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:
- Identify the functions of selected carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins & minerals & how a deficiency or excess could affect one’s health.
- Relate the structure of a cell and its organelles to essential processes of life
- Determine whether an unknown solution contains a sugar, a protein or a starch using the Benedict's test, Biuret test and the Iodine test.
- Understand the principles of taxonomy and apply those principles to classify organisms