Course Descriptions

Introduction to Biology – BIOL 1011K


An introduction to fundamental unifying principles in biology. Topics covered in the course include: chemistry of life, cell structure and membranes, cellular functions (metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis, communication, and reproduction), genetics (inheritance patterns, DNA structure and function, gene expression, and biotechnology), and evolution. This course involves both lecture and lab components.

Important Lab Information

This course has a laboratory component that requires you to purchase a lab kit. More information can be found below, but you are encouraged to purchase the kit and begin gathering the additional materials as soon as possible.

Lab Kit Cost - $119.00

(Does not include shipping and handling)

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Credit Hours


  • NONE


Course Equivalency

    Course Syllabus    

Lab Kit Ordering Instructions:

Welcome Students!

This course requires the purchase of a lab kit for you to perform real lab experiments remotely. These labs have been customized by your instructor and are required for course completion.

How to Order Direct from eScience Labs Website:
Follow the instructions below to order the Biology Lab kit from eScience Labs:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the ‘Create Account’ button in upper right hand corner
  3. Once account is created entered, click on HAVE A CODE and enter the kit code below.
  4. Follow checkout process

Online Order Code: Kit1592

Processing Timeline:
Please allow up to 2-4 business days to process your order and an additional 3-5 business days for delivery. eScience Labs ships all lab kits through standard UPS Ground.  Kits may be expedited for an additional charge if needed. Please call 1-888-ESL-KITS for more information.

Getting Help from eScience Labs:
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After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine reputable sources of scientific information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following topics:
    • Basic biological principles
    • Basic chemical nature of living things (e.g., chemistry, carbon, water, and thermodynamics)
    • Basic chemical processes involved in living organisms (e.g., respiration, photosynthesis, and metabolism)
  • Apply the scientific method, including designing controlled experiments to test variables, collecting and analyzing data and reporting and interpreting results in a scientific manner.
  • Explain the functions, structures and reproduction of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Explain the molecular functions of genes and how genetic traits are inherited.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Biology
    • Lab: Lab Safety
    • Lab: Microscope
  • Unit 2: Chemistry of Life
    • Lab: The Chemistry of Life
  • Unit 3: Cell and Membranes
    • Lab: Osmosis
    • Lab: Diffusion
  • Unit 4: Metabolic Pathways and the Production of Energy
    • Lab: Enzymes
    • Lab: Cellular Respiration
  • Unit 5: Photosynthesis
    • Lab: Energy and Photosynthesis
  • Unit 6: Cell Division
    • Lab: Mitosis
  • Unit 7: Sexual Reproduction
    • Lab: Meiosis
  • Unit 8: Patterns of Inheritance
    • Lab: Mendelian Genetics
  • Unit 9: Molecular Biology
    • Lab: DNA and RNA
  • Unit 10: Biotechnology
    • Lab: Biomolecular Techniques

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Unit Discussion – 10%
  • Unit Quizzes – 25%
  • Unit Assignments – 10%
  • Lab Activities - 25%
  • Midterm Exam – 15%
  • Final Exam – 15%

Please see the attached document BIOL 1011K Lab checklist.pdf for additional lab materials.

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