Course Descriptions

Introductory Biology and LAB – 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 (Fall 2023 only)

This course has a laboratory component that requires you to purchase access to Labster virtual labs. Access to Labster is $69.00. You will be prompted for payment when first accessing the labs in the course.

Name Office Phone Email
Danyelle Aganovic University of North Georgia
Christopher Beals Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Nicole Bond University of North Georgia
Daniel Brooks University of West Georgia
Dixie Conger University of North Georgia
Rebecca Cooper Georgia Gwinnett College
Valerie Crouse University of West Georgia
Darlene Dickens East Georgia State College
Erin Duckett University of West Georgia
Kathryn Dye South Georgia State College
Christopher Earls Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Victor Esenabhalu South Georgia State College
Candice Flowe-Chatman Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Richard Foreman Albany State University
Latanya Hammonds-Odie Georgia Gwinnett College
Alvin Harmon Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Thomas Harnden Georgia Highlands College
Jenny Harper Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Brandon Henry Albany State University
Jonathan Horsley University of North Georgia
Inez Jones Gordon State College
Shoshana Katzman Georgia Gwinnett College
Jody Klann University of North Georgia
Brook Kubik University of North Georgia
May Liu Albany State University
Jack Mitchell Lockhart Valdosta State University
Andy Meyer Dalton State College
Bryan Mitchell Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Hussein Mohamed Dalton State College
Julie Morgan Georgia State University
Deon O'Bryant Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Ejiroghene Ogaga Georgia Highlands College
Olabisi Ojo Albany State University
Vivian Padin-Irizarry Clayton State University
Eleanor Schut University of North Georgia
Martiana Sega East Georgia State College
Mindy Smith University of West Georgia
Nicole Strong Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Kimberly Subacz Georgia Highlands College
Christopher Tabit University of West Georgia
Anh-Hue Tu Georgia Southwestern State University
Megan Whitaker Potter University of West Georgia
Eric Wruck University of West Georgia
Doug Wyatt Albany State University

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

This course has a laboratory component that requires you to purchase access to Labster virtual labs. Access to Labster is $69.00. You will be prompted for payment when first accessing the labs in the course.

Please check Labster's requirements to ensure your device is compatible with Labster.

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
  • Unit 2: Chemistry of Life
  • Unit 3: Cell and Membranes
  • Unit 4: Metabolic Pathway and the Production of Energy
  • Unit 5: Photosynthesis
  • Unit 6: Cell Division
  • Unit 7: Sexual Reproduction
  • Unit 8: Patterns of Inheritance
  • Unit 9: Molecular Biology
  • Unit 10: Biotechnology

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

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Discussions - 10%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Lab Activities - 25%
  • Assignments - 9%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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