Integrated Principles of Biology I

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
3 semester hours credit

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
An introductory study of the mechanisms directing the development and maintenance of life on earth. Particular attention is given to cell biology, cellular metabolism, genetic and biochemical control mechanisms, and cellular reproduction.


Course Details


Prerequisite: One full credit in high school biology, or a grade of C or higher in BSC 1005

Recommended: One full credit of high school chemistry, or a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in CHM1030 or CHM1045



Dr. Terolyn Lay



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Campbell Biology In Focus 3-hole punch text W / Mastering Biology, Urry, 3rd Edition, Pearson-Benjamin Cummings  ISBN: 9780135686065 or

Mastering w/e-text  9780135191811


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

Apply basic principles of chemistry to various biological systems.

Describe structure and function of cellular components.

Describe metabolic activities at a cellular level.

Identify the components of inheritance and gene expression.

Describe reproductive mechanisms at the cellular level.

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

Homework, Quizzes, Tests, Cumulative Final


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 will come primarily from the textbook in formats that may include power point presentations, white board illustrations, videos, and web-based technologies. Laboratory activities are designed to correlate with the lecture material to aid in student understanding. Homework assignments, including the web-based Mastering Biology, are required. Projects, that vary in content from semester to semester, are also utilized to expand student knowledge and understanding of the course material.


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