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

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 - $85.05

  • The cost for option one includes lab material for BIOL 1011K(See lab material list).
  • Price does not include sales tax, shipping and handling.

Name Office Phone Email
Christopher Beals Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Valerie Crouse University of West Georgia
Victor Esenabhalu South Georgia State College
Candice Flowe Chatman Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Richard Foreman Albany State University
Alvin Harmon Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Thomas Harnden Georgia Highlands College
Jenny Harper Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
May Liu Albany State University
Mitch Lockhart Valdosta State University
Andrew Meyer Dalton State College
Bryan Mitchell Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Hussein Mohamed Dalton State College
Eleanor Schut University of North Georgia
Mindy Smith University of West Georgia
Nicole Strong Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Christopher Tabit University of West Georgia
Eric Wruck East Georgia State College
Doug Wyatt Albany State University

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

Lab Kit Ordering Instructions:

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.

Order Directly from eScience Labs:
Follow the instructions below to order the Lab Kit from eScience Labs:

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

Online Order Code for BIOL1011K: Kit1191

Check with your bookstore:
Bookstores may offer lab kit vouchers that are redeemable with eScience Labs. Be sure to check with your bookstore for this option. To redeem your vouchers:

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

Online Order Code: Use code from purchased voucher

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:

If you need any assistance ordering your kit, please contact eScience Labs Customer Support team via our website at

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 this attached document for additional lab materials.

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