BI211: Principles of Biology

Course Description

BI211: Principles of Biology is the first in a 3 part non-sequential series of introductory biology courses that fulfill the Bacc Core Requirements for Biological Sciences Perspectives Courses. This course is a 4 credit lecture/lab course covering origins of life, organismal biology and biodiversity.  There are 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week. BI211 is offered during Fall term and Summer Session.



This course is for life science majors and pre-professional students.  


Bi211 Course Learning Outcomes

 Students will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and use the technical terms, key words, and concepts characteristic of biology (BACC Core Outcome 1 & 2).
  2. Describe the fundamental concepts of biology, including a detailed understanding of biodiversity, phylogenetics and the relationship between structure and function (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2, & 3).
  3. Explain that organisms are related through evolutionary history, and organisms that are more closely related share more traits than organisms that are not closely related (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2,& 3).
  4. Interpret and construct phylogenetic trees demonstrating relationships between organisms, and discuss those relationships (Bacc Core Outcome (1 &2). 
  5. Compare and contrast the traits that make each studied phylogenetic group of organisms unique, and explain how those traits relate to the environment in which the organism lives (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2, & 3).
  6. Match body structures of different organisms to the function of those structures in the life cycle of the organism (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2, & 3).
  7. Outline the interdisciplinary nature of biology by making connections between the biology concepts and other fields such as chemistry, history, communications, physics, computer science, etc. (Bacc Core Outcome 3).
  8. Demonstrate competencies in biological skills that are practiced by today’s biologists, including microscopy, dissection, scientific methodology, experimental design, basic laboratory techniques, data analysis, and oral and written scientific communication (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2 & 3).

Baccalaureate CORE Learning Outcomes

This course fills the Perspectives category of Biological and Physical Sciences.

Students will:

  1. Recognize and apply concepts and theories of basic physical or biological sciences.
  2. Apply scientific methodology and demonstrate the ability to draw conclusions based on observation, analysis, and synthesis.
  3. Demonstrate connections with other subject areas