General Biology I

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General Biology I Course Outline

What is Scientific Method? How can the Scientific Method be used in a real life scenario?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is the Scientific Method?
  • How can I use the Scientific Method in a Real Life scenario?
  • What is Scientific Theory?

What is life? What makes up all living things?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are the properties of life?
  • How is life organized?
  • What are cells? How are they the building blocks of life?

What are genes and the genetic code? How does the genetic code contribute to the diversity of life?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is DNA? What is its role in our genetic makeup?
  • How is the diversity of life classified?
  • Who was Darwin? What did he teach us about the diversity of life?

What are the properties of matter? What is the relationship between atoms, elements, and compounds?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is an atom? What are atoms composed of?
  •  How are the elements arranged on the periodic table? How are compounds formed?

What is the difference between ionic and covalent bonding?

Concepts Covered:

  •  What is an Ionic bond?
  • What are Covalent bonds?
  • Weak bonds: How do Hydrogen bonds and Van Der Waals interactions impact life?

How do the properties of water and hydrogen bonding relate to life?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are the emergent properties of water?
  •  How does the pH Scale impact life?

What are organic compounds?

Concepts Covered:

  • How is all life based on carbon?
  • What are examples of organic compounds?
  • What are functional groups?

What are macromolecules?

Concepts Covered:

  • How do we define macromolecules?
  • What are carbohydrates?
  • What are lipids?
  • What are proteins?
  • What are nucleic acids?

What makes up cells? What is energy? What are enzymes?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are different types of cells?
  • What are organelles?
  • How do cellular membranes work?
  • What is energy? What are the different types of energy?
  • What are enzymes?

What processes make up cellular metabolism?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is cellular respiration?
  • What is glycolysis?
  • How does the citric acid cycle work?
  • What is oxidative phosphorylation?
  • How does fermentation work?

How does photosynthesis work?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is photosynthesis?
  • What are pigments? What are photosystems? How do the light dependent reactions work?
  • What is the Calvin Cycle?

How do cells reproduce?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is the cell cycle?
  • How does mitosis work?
  • How does meiosis work?
  • What are similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis?

Who was Gregor Mendel? What was his impact on genetics?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is inheritance?
  • What is the Law of Segregation?
  • What is the Law of Independent Assortment?

What are exceptions to Mendel's laws?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is incomplete dominance?
  • What is co-dominance?
  • What is pleiotropy?
  • What is polygenetic inheritance?
  • What role does sex-linkage and Barr bodies play in genetics?

What is DNA? What role does it play in genetics?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is DNA? How was it discovered?
  • How does DNA replicate?
  • What is the relationship between DNA and RNA?
  • What is gene regulation and expression?
  • What is a virus?

What is Biotechnology?

Concepts Covered:

  • How do genes play a role in Biotechnology?
  • What is cloning?
  • How are genes cloned?
  • What are genetically modified organisms?
  • How does DNA aid in identifying people?
  • What are Genomics? What are Proteomics?

About the book

General Biology I 

This is the General Biology I course developed by the Community College Consortium of Bioscience Credentials. Created by subject matter experts under the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, these courses can be used as-is or modified to meet your own learning objectives and teaching style.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc)

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