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Catalog Course Search Details

 Course Title:   Majors Cellular

 Title Abbreviation:   MAJORS CELLULAR

 Department:    BIOL&

 Course #:    211

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    260101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

AN INTENSE COURSE INTENDED FOR NURSING MAJORS. Heavy emphasis on chemistry and biochemistry concepts. Other topics covered include cell biology, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, membrane structure and function, and evolutionary principles. Lab included.


Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 or 161 (or equivalent) within the last 2 years, with a C grade (2.0) or higher, or permission of instructor or counselor.

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 110
W ofU 200
WSU 103L
WWU 205

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the scientific method in analyzing a problem.
  2. Understand the structure of an atom and how this relates to bonding.
  3. Describe proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids biochemically.
  4. State the cell theory and its significance and describe the function of key organelles.
  5. Compare active and passive transport across the cell membrane including osmosis and diffusion.
  6. Contrast photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  7. Explain the process of mitosis and meiosis.
  8. State Mendel's laws and discuss patterns of inheritance.
  9. Describe contemporary uses of biotechnology, explaining the genetic principles.
  10. Understand the importance of enzymes and how transcription and translation occur.
  11. Explain the theory of evolution by natural selection.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

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.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. Scientific principles including scientific method
  2. Chemistry (atoms, molecules, bonding, acids/bases etc.)
  3. Organic compounds and enzymes
  4. Cell structure, function of organelles, transport across membrane
  5. Respiration and photosynthesis
  6. Cell reproduction (mitosis, meiosis)
  7. DNA, genetics, and patterns of inheritance
  8. Protein synthesis (transcription, translation)
  9. Evolutionary principles.