Course Number: BI 102
Transcript Title: Biology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Presents protein synthesis, cell division, genetics, reproduction and development, and evolution. Designed as a laboratory science course for non-biology majors. The second course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: BI 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Apply the scientific method to topics including genetics, evolution and reproduction.
  2. Gather and organize information on current issues in genetics, evolution and reproduction, assess its validity, and differentiate factual information from opinion and pseudoscience.
  3. Apply concepts of genetics, evolution, and reproduction to novel problems, discern their meaning, and communicate their understanding to others.
  4. Develop informed positions or opinions of a responsible citizen on contemporary issues in genetics, evolution and reproduction.
  5. Apply course concepts in genetics, evolution and reproduction to their lives (personal and career) and to the world about them.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Tests
  2. Oral presentations
  3. Papers
  4. Journals
  5. Group projects
  6. Practical exams
  7. Case studies
  8. "Team based"

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Students who have successfully completed Biology 102 will be able to:
  2. Use the scientific method to look for the answers to questions.
  3. Use scientific instruments safely and appropriately including microscopes.
  4. Study effectively.
  5. Communicate effectively (including using the metric system to communicate).
  6. Read and interpret scientific information (including information in the metric system).
  7. Synthesize to solve problems.
  8. Organize ideas to achieve a specific purpose.
  9. Apply theoretical and conceptual models and frameworks to real world situations.
  10. Analyze problem solving/decision making situations.
  11. Identify situations/concepts where science does and does not apply.
  12. Recognize scientific information and its role in decision making.

Themes, Issues, Concepts

  1. DNA structure
    1. Describe the basic structure of DNA and RNA
    2. Explain how the structure of DNA allows it to store information, replicate, and transcribe information to RNA
    3. Protein Synthesis.
    4. Describe protein structure.
    5. Describe the process that is used to build proteins.
    6. Explain the uses of proteins in the body.
    7. Describe how a proteins structure determines its function.
    8. Define the terms gene and allele.
  2. Cell Cycle
    1. Describe the stages of the cell cycle.
    2. Have a general understanding of meiosis and mitosis.
    3. Describe the major events of mitosis and meiosis.
    4. Describe the roles mitosis and meiosis play in the life cycle of an organism.
    5. Describe the genetic implications of meiosis.
  3. Mendelian Genetics
    1. Explain the connection between genotype and phenotype.
    2. Use the vocabulary of Mendelian genetics to describe inheritance.
    3. Predict the proportions of offspring with various phenotypes and genotypes given parental genotypes.
  4. Modern Genetics
    1. Describe the chromosomal basis of inheritance.
    2. Explain the molecular basis of gene expression.
    3. Describe the importance of mutation.
    4. Define genetic engineering and explain the tools used to accomplish it.
    5. Describe the applications of genetic engineering and the ethical ramifications of its use.
  5. Microevolution
    1. Define microevolution.
    2. Explain the forces that can cause microevolution.
    3. Explain the importance of variation to evolution.
  6. Macroevolution
    1. Define macroevolution.
    2. Explain the causes of macroevolution.
    3. Describe the evidence for macroevolution.
    4. Describe the conditions that are necessary for macroevolution to be likely.
    5. Discuss the common results of macroevolution.
  7. Animal Reproduction and Development
    1. Explain the methods of animal reproduction.
    2. Understand the principles of animal development.

Department Notes

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement about regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science", “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College, therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.

Lab B Notes: The lab for this course has been approved as "Lab B". This means that Faculty effort in preparation and evaluation generally occurs outside of scheduled class hours. Class format is a combination of Faculty lectures and demonstrations, guided student interactions and supervised student application of lectures. Students produce written work such as lab notebooks, reports, and responses in writing to assigned questions, and the Instructor is expected to comment on and grade this written work outside of schedule class hours. This evaluation will take place on a regular basis throughout the term.