BIO 111

Introduction to Biology Online


This course is intended as an introduction to the study of biology, genetics, ecology, and evolution. Topics include a short history of biology, scientific method, basic chemistry of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cell respiration, cell reproduction, genetics, evolution and ecology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define basic chemistry and the chemistry of organic molecules

  • Integrate knowledge of cell structure and function with an understanding of the basic biological principles, including membrane structure and function

  • Explain metabolism and the production of energy and the function of enzymes

  • Define, compare and contrast photosynthesis and cellular respiration

  • Describe the cell cycle and its function in cellular reproduction

  • Explain meiosis and sexual reproduction and contrast it with cellular reproduction

  • Describe and illustrate Mendelian patterns of inheritance

  • Relate basic genetic principles to DNA structure and common patterns of inheritance

  • Evaluate biotechnology and genomics and assess their role in modern biology

  • Discuss Darwin and evolution and relate how populations evolve

  • Critique the theory of natural selection with respect to its relationship to evolutionary theory

  • Explain systematics and phylogeny

  • Compare and contrast viruses, bacteria, and archaea

  • Explain protist evolution and diversity and how it compares to fungi evolution and diversity

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Required Course Pack:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)
  • BIO 111 Practical Lab Kit

The BIO 111 Practical Lab Kit includes the following experiential learning supplies:

  • Bamboo Tea Strainer
  • 5 ml Organic Peppermint Mentha ×piperita
  • 1 oz Organic Flax Seed Linum usitatissimum
  • 1 oz Organic Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
  • 1 oz Organic Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca
  • 1 oz Organic Pumpkin Seeds Cucurbita pepo
  • Mortar & Pestle (Color may vary)

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Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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