SRJC Course Outlines

12/9/2023 5:22:21 PMBIO 2.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 2.1Title:  FUND BIO: CELL  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)
Last Reviewed:8/14/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled6.006 min.Lab Scheduled105.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BIO 3

Catalog Description:
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Cell structure and function, biochemistry, metabolism, molecular genetics, cell differentation. Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical or related pre-professional programs. (Formerly BIO 1.3, BIO 3)

Completion of CHEM 1A or higher (V6) and Course Completion of BIO 10

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Cell structure and function, biochemistry, metabolism,  molecular genetics, cell differentiation. Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical or related pre-professional programs.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of CHEM 1A or higher (V6) and Course Completion of BIO 10
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: BIOL 190 Cell and Molecular Biology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): BIO2.1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Use the scientific method to develop and test hypotheses.
2. Explain current hypotheses on the diversity and origins of cellular
3. Differentiate the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic
4. Relate the properties of biochemical macromolecules to the structure
and function of cell membranes and organelles.
5. Compare and contrast the mechanisms of cell respiration and
6. Describe the transmission of genetic information through sexual and
asexual reproduction.
7. Explain the molecular flow of information from DNA to RNA to protein.
8. Explain cell regulation based on the operon model and allosteric
9. Relate information on cell and protein structure to specialized cell
10. Use the microscope proficiently and perform a variety of standard
laboratory techniques used for the study of cells, DNA and proteins.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to biology
       A. Characteristics of life
       B. Biological levels of organization
       C. Disciplines of biology
       D. Scientific method
       E. Evolution and biological thought
       F. Cell theory and origins of cells
II. The chemistry of life
       A. Atoms and molecules
       B. Water and carbon
       C. Biochemistry
       D. Chemical reactions
III. Cell structure and function
       A. Cell theory
       B. Origin and diversity of cells
       C. Prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cells
       D. Cytoskeleton and organelles
       E. Cell membranes and transport
       F. Bioenergetics and enzymes
IV. Energy flow in cells
       A. Cell respiration reactions
       B. Photosynthesis reactions
V. Information flow in cells
       A. Cell reproduction: mitosis and meiosis
       B. Inheritance: genes and chromosomes
       C. Mendelian genetics
          1. Monohybrid crosses
          2. Dihybrid crosses
          3. Probability theory
       D. Structure, replication and repair of DNA
       E. Transcription and translation
       F. Genetic regulation: operon and allosteric proteins
VI. Cell specialization
       A. Cellular movement: motility and contraction
       B. Cell signaling: receptors and potentials
       C. Immune function
       D. Development
VII. Laboratory exercises
       A. Molecular model building
       B. Microscopy and cell structure
       C. Statistical analysis of data: chi square and probability theory
       D. Enzyme kinetics
       E. Cell fractionation
       F. Osmosis
       G. Mitosis and meiosis
       H. Photosynthesis and respiration
       I. DNA extraction
       J. Cell culture
       K. Electrophoresis
       L. Antibiotic resistance
       M. PCR (polymerase chain reaction)

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1. Weekly reading in text, 30-60 pages per week.
2. Lab reports: may include calculation, graphing and data analysis, 2-4/
3. Research paper may be required, 5-10 pages long, includes library
4. Formal assessment: 3 to 4 midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam
including objective and essay questions, 3 to 4 lab practical
examinations, quizzes may be required.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 35%
Lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 75%
Multiple choice, Completion, Essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Biology, Campbell and Reece, 7th edition, 2005
World of the Cell  (6th Edition) by Wayne M. Becker, Lewis J. Kleinsmith,
Jeff Hardin 2005
Asking About Cells, A J Tobin and R E Morel, 1997

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