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 Course Title:   Survey of Biology

 Title Abbreviation:   SURVEY OF BIOLOGY

 Department:    BIOL&

 Course #:    100

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    260101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

This NON-MAJORS course begins with the study of scientific method, and continues with the study of chemistry of life, cells, metabolism, heredity, evolution, ecology, and the diversity of life. This course is intended to show students the relevancy of biology in everyday life. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Recommended that students complete Math 98 and English 99 both with a C or better prior to taking this course.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 101
UW 101
WSU 102
WWU 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. After completing this course, the student will be able to understand the basic principles or concepts of life which include: biological history and method, basic chemistry of life, energy processing, diversity of life, ecology, heredity, and evolution of life. The student will learn an international perspective of science via the exploration of the scientific method and cultural influences. Lab exercises will merge lecture content with critical thinking opportunities.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Course Contents

  1. Philosophy and history of biology
  2. Inorganic chemistry
  3. Organic chemistry (chemistry of life)
  4. Cell biology
  5. Cell division
  6. Cellular energetics: photosynthesis and respiration
  7. Ecology: living community
  8. Heredity
  9. Evolution: historic and current theory
  10. Diversity of life: explore variety of life forms
  11. Scientists in biology
  12. New technology