Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the molecular and cellular aspects of biology. These fundamental concepts and themes pervade all levels and specialties within the biological sciences. As such, this course will serve as a framework for further biological studies. Topics to be covered include basic biochemical concepts, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism including respiration and photosynthesis, the basic principles of heredity and gene expression, and developmental biology. The laboratory introduces the student to inquiry based scientific method.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of BIOL131 students will:
• Have acquired a broad, cellular-based overview of the living world and will be able to:
o Identify and describe the function of the major cellular components
o Explain important cellular processes including and related to: mitosis, meiosis, fermentation, respiration, photosynthesis, and genetic inheritance
• Have developed skills in scientific thinking, observation, and deduction through:
o Conducting and reflecting upon weekly laboratory activities
o Working with a group to design and conduct your own experiment, including collection, analyses, interpretation, and presentation of the data