01:119:103 Principles of Biology
This course is intended for non-majors and is open to all. It cannot be used in lieu of either 119:115 or 119:116 if a student switches to a major requiring them. Credit not given for this course if student has already completed 01:119:101 or 01:119:115. This course is certified as an SAS or SEBS core Natural Science course.
This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.
4 (including laboratory)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the biological world. It is intended that students completing this course will have knowledge of the biological world and the ability to understand material written for a non-scientific audience in any area of biology. It includes a laboratory, many of which are outside, to expose students to biology in a hands-on manner.
Evolution - natural selection & human evolution
Ecology - population & community ecology, animal diversity
Plant biology - structure/reproduction & photosynthesis
Genetics - meiosis/mitosis and development
Cell & Molecular biology
Human Physiology - nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular & digestion systems
Course Satisfies Learning Goals
1. To understand biology as a framework of related concepts. Student should appreciate not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.
2. To be conversant in general biological, ecological, evolutionary biology and human physiological concepts that will allow students to read newspapers and participate in informed discussions
SAS Area of Inquiry
e. Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.
f. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Three hourly exams (128 points each)
In-lecture Quizzes (100 points)
Laboratory (349 points)
Total (833 points)
Required Lab Manual: Lab Manual for Principles of Biology (new edition each year)
If the course is closed, please contact Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo.
All office hours are by appointment
Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo
84 Lipman Drive
Bartlett Hall Rm 217
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.