This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles and applications of biology. Topics include biochemistry, genetics, the structure and function of molecules and cells, metabolism, and energy transformation. Students apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through hands-on labs. This course is the first half of the general biology sequence, which is completed in BIO/351: General Biology II.
This undergraduate course is 7 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
The Study of Life
- Summarize the various levels of biological organization.
- Examine the steps of the scientific method.
- Describe the chemical elements and compounds associated with living organisms.
Water, Carbon, and the Molecular Diversity of Life
- Explain the unique properties of water.
- Summarize how water molecules and pH dissociate.
- Examine the importance of carbon to life.
Macromolecules and a Tour of the Cell
- Differentiate the structure and function of macromolecules.
- Explain why cells are classified as the fundamental units of life.
- Describe the various intracellular and extracellular components that constitute a cell.
Membranes and Metabolism
- Describe the fluid mosaic model.
- Explain how cellular membranes control traffic into and out of cells.
- Summarize metabolism.
- Explain how energy is capable of catalyzing a chemical reaction.
- Distinguish the role of ATP in cellular work.
Cellular Respiration, Fermentation, and Photosynthesis
- Analyze the mechanisms by which energy is harvested by an organism through cellular respiration.
- Summarize the two stages of photosynthesis.
- Summarize the three stages of cellular respiration.
- Explain the anaerobic pathways of fermentation and glycolysis.
The Cell Cycle and Meiosis
- Examine the regulation of the cell cycle.
- Compare the different phases of mitosis and meiosis.
- Interpret the relationship between the loss of cell cycle control and the development of cancer in cells.
- Differentiate between asexual and sexual reproduction.
- Determine how Mendel’s research established the genetic laws of segregation and probability.
- Analyze non-Mendelian genetics and the patterns of inheritance.
- Predict how human traits can follow Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- MTH/219 - Introduction to College Algebra OR
- MAT/002 - Math Placement Exam B OR
- a minimum of 2 college credits that demonstrates math proficiency
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-354-1800.
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