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.

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
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
Jody Klann University of North Georgia
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
Ejiroghene Ogaga Georgia Highlands College
Eleanor Schut University of North Georgia
Mindy Smith University of West Georgia
Nicole Stott University of North 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

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.

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

Please see this attached document for additional lab materials.

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