Cell Biology for Health Occupations

Course Number: BI 112
Transcript Title: Cell Biology for Health Occ
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 10, 2016
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
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


MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Includes the study of the scientific method, cellular chemistry, cell structure and function, principles of inheritance, and laboratory skills. Includes topics and skills required to continue to Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology. Prerequisites: MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

A student will collaboratively and independently:

  1. Analyze their individual thinking and learning styles & how their styles can be integrated with methods used in science.
  2. Use an understanding of biological and chemical principles of cell function as a base for further learning in the health sciences.
  3. Build on the laboratory research experience to organize data and information in order to draw conclusions and identify new investigative paths.
  4. Use scientific vocabulary and an understanding of the scientific method to critically evaluate current health issues in our society.

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/quizzes
  2. Oral presentations
  3. Papers
  4. Journals/lab notebooks
  5. Group projects
  6. Practical exams
  7. Case studies

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is a traditional lecture and laboratory presentation. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations. Laboratory experiences will be largely hands-on, team based and collaborative utilizing a variety of resources including but not limited to: multimedia, prepared microscope slides, human and animal specimens.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Students who have successfully completed Biology 112 will be able to:
  2. Take responsibility for their own learning, demonstrating essential student behaviors.
  3. Use the scientific method to look for the answers to questions.
  4. Use scientific instruments safely and appropriately.
  5. Study effectively (Understand their learning style preferences).
  6. Communicate effectively (reading/writing/verbal).
  7. Collaborate productively , both as a leader and a group member.
  8. Read and interpret scientific information.
  9. Demonstrate math skills necessary to analyze, interpret, and calculate data.
  10. Graph dependant and independent variables.
  11. Synthesize to solve problems.
  12. Organize ideas to achieve a specific purpose.
  13. Apply theoretical and conceptual models and frameworks to real world situations.
  14. Analyze problem solving/decision making situations.
  15. Identify situations/concepts where science does and does not apply.
  16. Approach the discovery of knowledge in a logical and analytical manner.
  17. Use models, analogies, and simulations to explore biological phenomenon.
  18. Use the metric system.

Themes, Issues, Concepts

  1. Scientific Method and Measurement
    1. Scientific Method
  2. Chemistry
    1. Atoms and Molecules
    2. Chemical Bonding
    3. pH, acids, bases, buffers
    4. Properties of Water
    5. Concentration gradients
    6. Water and Lipid Solubility
    7. Organic Molecules
    8. Enzyme Structure and Activity
    9. Chemical Reactions
    10. Metabolism and Cellular Respiration
  3. Basic Principles of Life
    1. Structure Dictates Function
    2. Evolution
    3. Homeostasis
    4. Cell as basic unit of life
    5. Levels of organization
  4. Cell Structure and Function
    1. Taxonomy of the Kingdoms/Domains
    2. Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
    3. Cell Division - Mitosis and Meiosis
    4. Protein Synthesis
    5. Membrane Transport
  5. Principles of Inheritance
    1. Mendelian Genetics
    2. Paterns of Inheritance

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.