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This course provides a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of cellular organization and function. It gives students an insight into how the cell, which is the fundamental unit of all living things, interacts with its external environment. A knowledge of the workings of the cell greatly increases a student’s appreciation of how all living things function. The course includes the following topics: characteristics of life; biological chemistry; the cell; energy and life; photosynthesis; cellular respiration; cell division; nucleic acids; protein synthesis and genetics. Emphasis will be placed on the properties and functions of living cells as a foundation to understanding personal health, being successful in future biology courses and/or pursuing a career in a health related field. Societal issues relating to recent discoveries in the manipulation of the genetic code will also be discussed. Although there is no prerequisite for this course, most students find it helpful to have a previous course in chemistry or to take a concurrent chemistry course such as BSCI 8. (4 hrs. per week)
Prerequisite: None.