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    Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

BIOL 1510 - Integrated Concepts in Biology I (with Lab)


This is one of two introductory courses in biology. The other course is BIOL 1520, and students may take these courses in either order.

Goals: This course provides an introduction to biology’s core concepts from molecules through cells including information, evolution, cells, emergent properties, and homeostasis. This flipped course emphasizes collaborative learning and problem solving. The weekly laboratory focuses on core competencies of the process of science, the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology, data interpretation, quantitative skills, communication in multiple formats, and experience with large databases.

Content: Introduction to biology’s core concepts from molecules through cells including information, evolution, cells, emergent properties, and homeostasis. Many course examples emphasize human biology. This course is using a new approach to teaching introductory biology that is based on the first principles of learning: students learn best when they construct their own knowledge, when their learning builds upon previous knowledge, and when knowledge is relevant to students’ lives.

Taught: Fall term

Prerequisites: None

This course is open to first year students only. Exceptions are made by permission of the instructor. First first-year students who transferred enough credits that they have sophomore status are welcomed, but will need to get permission of the instructor and request a prerequisite override through Workday. Second and third year students planning to pursue majors or programs that require this course should contact the instructor and request a prerequisite override.

Note: Students must concurrently register for a lecture and a corresponding 0-credit lab section of this course.

Credits: 4