2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

BIO 100 - Biology Concepts

Description: Basic principles and concepts of biology. Methods of scientific inquiry, energetics and metabolism, genetics, evolution and natural selection. Not for majors in the biological or preprofessional sciences. Duplicate credit for BIO 100 and BIO 156  will not be awarded.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

General Education Competency: Scientific Literacy

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Characteristics of life 
  2. Scientific method 
  3. Basic chemistry and biological macromolecules 
  4. Cellular structure and function 
  5. Energy and enzymes 
  6. Photosynthesis 
  7. Cellular respiration 
  8. The cell cycle 
  9. Genetics 
  10. Gene expression 
  11. Evolution and natural selection 
  12. Survey of kingdoms 
  13. Written analyses of scientific information 
  14. Data collection and analysis 
  15. Light microscopy 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the characteristics of life. (1) 
  2. Apply the scientific method in problem solving. (2)  
  3. Describe the basic chemistry of life. (3) 
  4. Describe the structure and function of the four main types of biological macromolecules. (3) 
  5. Identify and describe the function of the parts of a typical cell. (4) 
  6. Describe the properties of enzymes and their relation to cellular metabolism. (5) 
  7. Explain the fundamental processes of photosynthesis. (6) 
  8. Explain the fundamental processes of cellular respiration. (7) 
  9. Describe the biological processes of cell division including the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis. (8) 
  10. Solve mendelian and nonmendelian genetics problems. (9) 
  11. Describe the fundamental processes of gene expression. (10) 
  12. Describe the scientific evidence for evolution and the role of natural selection. (11) 
  13. Explain the evolutionary patterns of multicellular life. (12) 
  14. Conduct experiments, observe biological phenomena, record and analyze data in written form. (13,14)
  15. Use a light microscope to examine cells and cell structures. (4,15)