This course is designed to introduce biology at an entry level by examining the hierarchy that ranges from the fundamentals of cell biology to the physiology of organisms, and the interactions among those organisms in their environment. The topics in this course include cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, physiology, and ecology.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
- Describe how to create hypotheses and experiments using the scientific method.
- Summarize the fundamental concepts of chemistry in biology.
- Describe the energy metabolism of cells.
- Compare structures and functions of different cell types.
Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Explain meiosis and how it affects the genetic makeup of an organism.
- Explain how Gregor Mendel’s experiments influenced the foundations of genetics.
- Describe the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the molecule of inheritance.
Evolution and Diversity
- Summarize how the theory of evolution was developed.
- Identify common misconceptions about the theory of evolution.
- Analyze the role of natural selection in the theory of evolution.
- Explain the importance of biodiversity.
- Identify the structure and function of the main organs in animals.
- Analyze how organisms evolved physiologically to become suited to their environment.
- Describe how the interaction of biotic and abiotic environmental components affect population growth and regulation.
- Analyze the effects of human activities on ecosystems and the biosphere.
- Describe the flow of energy and materials in an ecosystem.
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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. More information about eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the catalog.Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.