This course provides a survey of fundamental biological principles for non-science majors. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism,genetics, taxonomy, evolution, ecology, diversity, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and better understanding of biology as it applies to everyday life. This course has been approved to satisfy the CAA agreement general education core requirements in natural sciences/mathematics.

Requirements and Credits
Lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 3
Credit hours: 4
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Who is the course for?
This course is designed primarily for non-majors. It is a more general survey of biology than the BIO 111/112 course sequence which is designed more for individuals planning to major in science.

What will the student learn?
Students will learn about the concept of scientific investigation, cell structure and function, how living forms use energy, how living forms reproduce and pass the genetic code to their offspring, the mechanics of evolution, how orgnaisms develop from one cell into a multicellular being, and how diverse forms of life have adapted to life on earth.

Text and materials needed
Students will need the following:Text:

  • Biology ~ Life on Earth by Audesirk & Audesirk
  • Lab Manual: Clark & Riddle

Course Outline
The Scientific Method

  • Cells
  • Cell Chemistry
  • Energy & Life
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Mitosis & Meiosis
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Fertilization & Development
  • Evolution & Diversity
  • Monera, Protista, & Fungi
  • Plant Diversity
  • Animal Diversity
  • Ecology

Contact Information
Biology Discipline Chair: Lisa Spring
Phone: 704-330-6712

College Without Walls (CWW)
cww_02_sm.gif (5123 bytes) (CWW) provides courses for those who prefer not to attend regular classes on campus. You may be eager to learn, but find it difficult or impossible to attend regular classes when they are scheduled. Instruction for CWW course utilize television, computers, audio and video cassette tapes, printed materials designed especially for independent study, and the Internet.