BI212: Principles of Biology

Course Description

BI212: Principles of Biology is the second 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 basic cell biology, organ systems, plant and animal physiology.  There are 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week.  Bi212 is offered during Winter term and Summer Session.



This course is for life science majors and pre-professional students. Basic Chemistry is required prior to registration ( see catalog for specific courses that fill this requirement).


Bi212 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 cellular-level structures, metabolism, and plant and animal anatomy and physiology (Bacc Core Outcome 1, 2, & 3).

3.       Explain relationships between different biological structures and their functions by demonstrating an understanding of how structure defines function in all living things (Bacc Core Outcome 1 & 3).

4.       Describe the ways that biological systems develop, change, and respond to the environment due to complex chemical pathways that are governed by the laws of thermodynamics (Bacc Core Outcome 1 & 3).

5.       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


2017 Syllabus