Introduction to Biological Sciences

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
3 semester hours credit

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 003, 700


Course Description:
This is a basic general education course to give the student an understanding of the major biological concepts of anatomy, reproduction, development, genetics, ecology and evolution in plant, animal and human life. This course cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements for students who already have credit in BSC 2010 and/or BSC 2011.


Course Details


Passing scores on the reading portion of the PERT or other state approved entrance exam, or a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in REA 0019.



Heriberto DeLeon


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Biology ā€“ Life on Earth with Physiology and Mastering Biology access code ā€“ ALA Version,  Audesirk, 12th Edition. (Pearson) ISBN 9780135686744


Mastering Biology Access Card 9780135443859


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify the structure and function of cellular components

Identify components of the cell cycle

Identify components of inheritance

Recognize how evolution and diversity of life are related

Recall information related to various life forms

Recognize the ecological impacts of human activity

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

Homework, Tests, Quizzes, Departmental Exams



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures may be primarily from the textbook, and may be enhanced by the board illustrations, concept maps, power point presentations and overhead transparencies. Other teaching strategies may include: use of inquiry, science activities, demonstrations, problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative groups, process skills (describing relationships between variables, acquiring and processing your own data, analyzing investigations, constructing hypotheses, defining variables operationally, designing investigations, experimenting), class discussions, large and/or small group projects, oral presentations, read and report on subject matter articles from referred journals, reflective papers.


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