Biology | Biological Mechanisms
L112 | 31487 | Berndtson, A


This course is designed to explore many of the unifying principles
of biology that enable a wide variety of organisms to maintain
homeostasis and reproduce successfully.  Using traditional lecture
format and case-based inquiry, students will examine a variety of
topics including biological molecules, enzyme activity and
regulation, structure and function of membranes, structure and
activity of cellular organelles, mitosis and the cell cycle,
cellular respiration, photosynthesis, classical and molecular
genetics, animal development, human reproduction, and animal
physiology.  Physiological topics will include nutrition and
digestion, circulation, organismal respiration, nervous system and
receptors, endocrinology, and immunology.  Students attend required
weekly learning group sessions designed to enhance understanding of
course content through exploration of cases and activities that
focus on current biological issues and problems facing our
communities, country, and planet.  Learning groups also help prepare
students for three mid semester exams and a final exam.