2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 189 - Fundamentals of Life Science

Credits: 4
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Campus/Sites Offered: Charleston, Henderson, North Las Vegas
Offering Note: Not offered online.

This course includes a lab.  Biology 189 is a comprehensive course which serves to build a cornerstone of biological knowledge for students in health science majors, and fulfills the prerequisite for anatomy and physiology, and microbiology courses. The topics include biochemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, physiology, genetics, and gene expression. Biology 189 is a 4-credit, lecture and lab course, and includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. Biology 189 has a prerequisite of ENG 100  or ENG 101  or ENG 110  or ENG 113  with a C- or better; and a pre/co-requisite of MATH 104B  or MATH 116  or higher (excluding MATH 122 and MATH 123) with a C- or better. The Biological Sciences Department HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that students complete their required Math course before enrolling into Biology 189.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate the process of scientific inquiry and the properties of life, including chemistry and biochemistry, as organized from atoms to tissues.
  2. Summarize the basic organization, structure, and function of biologically important molecules, biological membranes, organelles, and cells.
  3. Assess and make conclusions about enzyme properties, cellular energetics and basic thermodynamics as they apply to cellular processes.
  4. Explain basic cellular activities, including cell communication and cell division for both somatic growth and sexual reproduction.
  5. Evaluate and summarize the physical and chemical structure of DNA, and its function, including the processes of DNA replication, gene expression, and genetic inheritance.

Prerequisite: ENG 100  or ENG 101  or ENG 110  or ENG 113  with a grade of C- or higher; and MATH 104B  or MATH 116  or higher (except MATH 122 and MATH 123) with a grade of C- or higher
Corequisite: None
Graded: Letter Grade

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