Biology is the study of life and the environment that sustains life. This course is designed as an introduction to biology. Major topics include the philosophy of science, scientific method, chemical organization of life, cell biology, energy dynamics, genetics, molecular genetics, evolution, biodiversity, organismal structure and physiology, behavior, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology and environmental biology.
This class is delivered and conducted entirely online. Students will receive reading assignments, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and take exams all online using the MOODLE course delivery platform. This requires a computer with a reliable Internet connection.
Lessons vary and may contain readings, application activities, discussion boards, comprehension checks, case studies, and webquests.
Because this is an online, self paced course you will have to focus on how you schedule your time. Here are some suggestions to help you succeed.
Be sure to review the requirements of each lesson before you begin.
Determine how long it should take to complete.
Create a plan that will allow you to complete the lesson on time.
Work a little bit each day so you don’t leave the entire lesson until the last minute.
Complete all of the assignments and tutorials before taking the tests.
Try to find someone else that is taking the class so you can help each other.
Ask your instructor questions when you don’t understand something.
Labs and tests will count for 70 percent of your grade, assignments will count for 30 percent.
Unit 1 Biology and You
The Nature of Science
Tools and Techniques
What is Biology
Unit 2 Chemistry of Life
Matter and Substances
Water and Solutions
Energy and Metabolism
Unit 3 Ecology
Populations and Communities
Unit 4 The Cell
Cells and Their Environment
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Cell Growth and Division
Unit 5 Heredity
Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
Mendel and Heredity
DNA, RNA, and Proteins
Genes in Action
Unit 6 Evolution
Population Genetics and Speciation
History of Life on Earth
Unit 7 Microbes
Bacteria and Viruses
Unit 8 Plants
Plant Diversity and Life Cycles
Seed Plant Structure and Growth
Unit 9 Animals
Characteristics of Animals
Mollusks and Annelids
Arthropods and Echinoderms
Fishes and Amphibians
Reptiles and Birds
Biology Lab Schedule
Unit 1 - Biology and You
Dependant/ independent variables lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 2 - Chemistry of Life
Enzyme reaction lab - Student answer sheet - Answer Key
Unit 3 - Ecology
Ecosystem model lab - student answer sheet - Answer Key
Population biology lab - student answer sheet - Answer Key
Unit 4 - The Cell
Photosynthesis/ Cellular Respiration Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Cell Reproduction lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 5 - Heredity
Punnett Square Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Sex-Linked Traits Lab - Students Answer Sheet - Answer Key
DNA and Genes Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 6 - Evolution
Natural Selection Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 7 - Microbes
Classification Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 8 - Plants
Plant Transpiration Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Unit 9 - Animals
Mammal Lab - Student Answer Sheet - Answer Key
Classifying Arthropods - Student Answer Sheet - Answer
Sample Population Biology Lab
Students will perform the bacterial growth experiment found at http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs/BL_04/BL_04.html
Data will be collected in a table containing the information below and analyzed by answering the journal questions that follow.
Paramecium Growth Data
P. aurelia grown alone (cells/mL) P. caudatum grown alone (cells/mL) P. aurelia grown in mixed culture (cells/mL) P. caudatum grown in mixed culture(cells/mL)
Make a hypothesis about how you think the two species of Paramecium will grow alone and how they will grow when they are grown together.
Explain how you tested your hypothesis.
On what day did the Paramecium caudatum population reach the carrying capacity of the environment when it was grown alone? How do you know?
On what day did the Paramecium aurelia population reach the carrying capacity of the environment? How do you know?
Explain the differences in the population growth patterns of the two Paramecium species. What does this tell you about how Paramecium aurelia uses available resources?
Describe what happened when the Paramecium populations were mixed in the same test tube. Do the results support the principle of competitive exclusion?
Explain how this experiment demonstrates that no two species can occupy the same niche.