Biology | Biological Mechanisms
L112 | 4318 | Ruesink, A
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. Sixth edition (may be changed
after the sixth edition actually is available to evaluate).
Weekly assignments: Reading two-three chapters per week. Study
problems and occasional problem sets, attendance in learning group
Exams/papers: Two exams worth 100 points each plus comprehensive final
worth 150 points.