Students develop a strong foundation in biological chemistry, cell biology, evolution, and genetics. Didactic lectures are augmented by a corresponding practical laboratory component.
Overall Course Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the didactic portion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe living systems at the most fundamental levels, including chemical bonds, the unique properties of water, carbon chemistry, the structures and functions of macromolecules
2. Explain the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of enzymes.
3. Distinguish components of cell-to-cell communication, cellular signaling, the regulation of the cell cycle, and cell motility.
4. Examine the processes of gene expression and DNA replication, and their impact on chromosome behavior during meiosis.
5. Define evolution, how it is studied, how new species are defined, and how life forms are classified.
6. Apply the Hardy-Weinberg Law and to evolution.
7. Classify the characteristics of viruses, viroids, and prions.
8. Describe the relationship between structure and function in plants.
9. Describe the regulation of growth and development in plants
Upon successful completion of the laboratory portion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply all written procedures used in the biology laboratory accurately and safely.
2. Demonstrate laboratory note taking skills, recording and analyzing data.
3. Demonstrate the proper and skillful use of basic lab equipment (microscope, etc.) in both qualitative and quantitative experiments.
4. Perform basic lab skills such as slide preparation, DNA isolation.
5. Apply the scientific method by making reasonable estimates of experimental uncertainties and drawing appropriate conclusions based on the gathered data and scientific principles.
Offered through SMHS for students admitted into the new post-bac certificate in pre-med. Pre-med certificate program will be located at VSTC and is specifically targeted to career changers seeking to enter medical and health professional schools.