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Biology: Evol Approach to Cell&Mol Bio

BIOL 095 Z1 (CRN: 60785)

3 Credit Hours

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About BIOL 095 Z1

Biology is the study of life and living organisms, interacting factors as different in scale as molecules and forests. Influence flows across these levels of scale, and this semester we will dive into the world of molecules and cells and study how processes at the microscopic level influence the function of whole animals and plants - including ourselves - as well as how what happens in the environment influences the function of cells and molecules. To better understand the links from one level to another, we will learn about genetics, cell structure and function, and the evolutionary processes that have forged these links over billions of years. Most importantly, we will become familiar with the manner in which scientific knowledge is gained and refined, the scientific process.

Instructor

Linden Higgins ()

Notes

Dates: June 30 - July 25, 2014; SUMMER ACADEMY COURSE; June 30 - July 11 On Campus MTWR 9:00-3:30 PM; July 12 - July 25 for continued out of class work. Students must apply to Summer Academy to participate; Available to students completing 10th & 11th and 12th grades; Residential and commuter options; VT high school rising juniors and seniors students can use their dual enrollment voucher; Students need to apply and a guidance counselor needs to supply a brief recommendation and GPA via an online form here https://learn.uvm.edu/apply/summer-academy/; Continuing Education Dean's Office Permission only, please contact 802-656-2085 Labs in Jeffords 118 Tuesday, 7/1, 7/8 from 12:30-3:30 pm and Thursday, 7/3, 7/10 from 12:30-3:30 pm

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Section Description

Biology is the study of life and living organisms, interacting factors as different in scale as molecules and forests. Influence flows across these levels of scale, and this semester we will dive into the world of molecules and cells and study how processes at the microscopic level influence the function of whole animals and plants - including ourselves - as well as how what happens in the environment influences the function of cells and molecules. To better understand the links from one level to another, we will learn about genetics, cell structure and function, and the evolutionary processes that have forged these links over billions of years. Most importantly, we will become familiar with the manner in which scientific knowledge is gained and refined, the scientific process.

Section Expectation

Course goals: By the end of this course, students should understand 1. The process of science as a way of understanding our world 2. How genetic information is structured, transmitted, and expressed 3. How energy is captured and moved within and among cells by plants and animals 4. The role of natural selection in shaping how organisms capture and utilize resources Learning outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to 1. Recognize testable hypotheses 2. Imagine processes to collect data that would test an hypothesis 3. Dissect texts from the popular media to evaluate the quality of science presented 4. Describe common molecular processes in living organisms

Evaluation

My goal is to help you not only acquire factual knowledge about biology, but to become comfortable engaging in critical discussion of science and media reports about science. To help you overcome any fears, I have designed the class to allow you many opportunities to work individually and with your classmates. Your final grade will be calculated based upon five components: Reading 10% Journals 10% Participation 20% Projects 30% short exams (2) 30%

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Rowell N/A Hlth 110 (View Campus Map)

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