Comprehensive Biology I

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Comprehensive Biology I

This course explains the basics of biology – about conducting scientific investigations, deducing inferences and collecting data to prove or disprove hypothesis. Students learn about carbon-containing compounds and about the basics of photosynthesis. It incorporates information on cells and their complex molecules and structures that enable them to carry out life functions such as photosynthesis and respiration. The course discusses how plants use photosynthesis to create their own food. Various cellular functions are explored and chemical reactions within cells are discussed. Students learn about the relevance and applications of DNA which is coded and organized into genes in chromosomes.

In this course, students explore the fundamentals of biological evolution. The course discusses how fossil records are used to study the evolution of life. This course discusses how organisms participate in the cycles of matter and flow of energy to survive and reproduce. The scientific method and investigation is linked to the factors that foster or limit growth of populations within ecosystems and how these factors help to maintain the overall health of the ecosystem. This course covers the factors that affect populations. Students learn about genetic mutations – and how they favor or disservice a population by causing changes in the chromosomes. This course explains the basics of biology, from the classification of species to the sustenance of life on earth. Students gain an understanding on why this study is important with regards to the many societal issues that we face today. This course discusses decisions about protecting endangered species and explores questions on how to meet the resource needs of our civilization while maintaining the health and sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems.

Credit: 0.5




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