2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Prerequisite BIOL& 160  with a minimum grade of 2.0 is required; CHEM& 139  OR CHEM& 121  with a minimum grade of 2.0; and ENGL& 101  with a minimum grade of 2.0 is required, or instructor permission.

Course Description
Structure and function of living cells including metabolism, genetics, differentiation, and microevolution. For science majors. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1. Describe basic chemical principles and employ those principles to the study of cellular biology.
2. Describe the structure of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids and explain how those structures relate to their roles/function in cells.
3. Evaluate the three-dimensional changes which would occur when certain amino acids are exchanged in a protein.
4. Describe, compare and contrast the different organelles and inclusions and their functions in cells.
5. Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic cellular characteristics.
6. Evaluate how transport mechanisms are critical for normal cell function.
7. Explain how the laws of thermodynamics apply to cellular activities.
9. Describe in terms of REDOX reactions and energetics the metabolic processes of cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis.
10. Describe the metabolic processes of cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis.
11. Compare and contrast cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
12. Illustrate the mechanisms used by plants to prevent water loss when collecting carbon dioxide.
13. Summarize the need for the various pigments found in plants.
14. Explain the parts of the cell cycle and how it is regulated.
15. Compare and contrast cellular replication in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
16. Compare and contrast the two forms of nuclear division, mitosis and meiosis.
17. Explain the mechanisms contributing to genetic diversity.
18. Reconstruct the events of protein synthesis from nucleic acid to functional protein in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
19. Predict the effects of changes in DNA on transcription / translation and on cellular and organism development.
20. Evaluate the use of current and possible future biotechnologies.
21. Describe the processes of cell differentiation and development.
22. Describe current theories of cell evolution.
23. Distinguish viruses from cells.
24. Describe the reproductive processes of one or more viruses.
25. Design, implement, critique, and formally write-up experiment(s) using the scientific method.

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