BI213: Principles of Biology

Course Description

BI213: Principles of Biology is the third 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 genetics, evolution, natural selection, and ecology.  There are 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week. BI213 is offered during Spring term and Summer Session.



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


Bi213 Course Learning Outcomes

 Students will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and use the technical terms, key words, and concepts characteristic of genetics, evolution and ecology (BCLO 1 & 2).
  2. Solve genetic, evolutionary and ecological problem sets using quantitative methods and mathematical models (BCLO 1, 2, 3).
  3. Explain the molecular basis for information storage, exchange and flow in living organisms (BCLO 1, 2, 3).
  4. Rank genetic, evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes by the appropriate temporal and spatial scales (BCLO 1 & 3).
  5. Interpret genetic, evolutionary and ecological data using the process of science and mathematical models (BCLO 1, 2, 3).
  6. Outline the patterns, processes and mechanisms related to different genetics, evolution and ecology phenomena (BCLO 1,2,3)
  7. Defend a viewpoint on current scientific or socio-scientific issues using genetic, evolutionary and ecological theories and models (BCLO 1, 2, 3).
  8. Give specific examples of how organisms and the environment interact and modify each other (BCLO 1 & 3).
  9. Demonstrate competencies in biological skills that are practiced by today’s biologists, including microscopy, scientific methodology, experimental design, basic laboratory techniques, data analysis, and oral and written scientific communication (BCLO 1, 2 & 3).

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


Bi213 Syllabus



Haikus from Amphibian Migration lab