May 21, 2022  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIO 140 - Essentials of Biology

4 Credit Hours (Lab)

This course focuses on the unifying principles which govern all living systems. Topics of study include: biological chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, genetics and evolution. In the laboratory, students will focus on the metric system scientific method, microscopy and other lab skills. This course is designed for Health professionals majors and those preparing to take Anatomy & Physiology and/or Microbiology.


Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should  be able to:

A. List and define the levels of life, from atoms and molecules to local and global ecosystems.

B. Explain both the unity and diversity of the domains and kingdoms of life.

C. Describe chemical bonding in biology and the structure and function of the major biological molecules.

D. Identify and define the structure and function of the major parts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

E. Compare and contrast photosynthesis, respiration and fermentation as energy pathways in living organisms.

F. Explain how traits are transmitted from parent to offspring on both the molecular and Mendelian levels, including  solving genetic crosses.

G. Describe the cell cycle, the types of cell division and the cellular effects of cancer.

H. Summarize DNA replication, RNA transcription and translation, and the impact of mutations.

I. State the modern theory of evolution at the micro and macro scale.

J. Apply the scientific method to laboratory experiments, problem solving, and data recording.

K. Identify and properly use lab equipment, follow laboratory procedures, and lab safety guidelines.



COM 061 Advanced Reading, ESL 060 Reading II or placement by assessment:MAT 020 Basics of College Math (C or better), or placement by assessment

Semesters Offered: All

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