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Course : Life 1: Molecular and Cellular Concepts

Course Number
BIOL 1114
Section Number
Spring 2021
Bolin Hall, 127
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 am
  1. Describe the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  8. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.

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                Achieve Exercises                                                                               25%

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                Scheduled Examinations                                                                    50%

                                                                                                                          100%                                                                                      ______________________________________________________________________

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