Biology | Biological Mechanisms
L112 | 4130 | Ruesink
Course format: Daily lectures: 10:30A-11:20A, JH A106 plus a weekly (50
minute) collaborative learning group.
Requirements: High school or college chemistry.
Course description: Introductory biology course for majors. The course
presents an integrated picture of the manner in which living systems meet
problems of maintaining and propagating life. The course will begin by
discussing the characteristics of biochemistry, cells, metabolism,
genetics, reproduction, and embryonic development. The issues addressed
include: how living systems obtain energy, reproduce, resist infections,
obtain and process information from the environment, and maintain
homeostasis. Considerable attention will be given to the cellular,
subcellular, biochemical and molecular aspects of how living systems work.
Required text: "Biology" by Campbell. Fifth edition.
Weekly assignments: Reading two-three chapters per week. Study problems
and occasional problem sets, attendance in learning group required.
Exams/papers: Two exams worth 100 points each plus comprehensive final
worth 150 points.