Division: Natural Science and Mathematics
Course: BIOL 1050
Title: Human Biology
Human Biology is the study of the human species at the levels of organization from the atomic through the biosphere. Emphasis is placed on the major organ systems, health issues, genetics, evolution, and man's interaction with the environment as related to the biology of humans and the quality of life. This course is for students whose major course of study is not in the sciences. This course will partially satisfy the Natural Science GE requirement (LS). While not required, it is recommended that Biol 1055 (Human Biology Lab) is taken concurrently.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1) Explore from the perspective of the scientific method most of the following concepts: simple chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, binary fission, mitosis and meiosis, transmission genetics, biological information flow from DNA to RNA to protein (central dogma), evolution, systematics and taxonomy, diversity and ecology.
Through the study of these concepts students will examine key scientific hypotheses and theories which seek to explain natural phenomena in the light of the scientific method. Class discussions, short answer and essay questions, problem-solving exercises and other testing strategies and the final exam will offer students opportunities to display concept mastery.
2) Explain how these concepts relate to the natural world and to the human experience.
Concept mastery attained above will be further tested in students as they apply concepts to faculty-selected questions dealing with the natural world, and in a limited, illustrative fashion those that impinge on the human experience such as biodiversity, genetic engineering for food, fiber, medicines, environmental quality and pollution, human quality of life, climate change, etc. Course focus is not on issues but rather the application of scientific principles to assist in the resolution of problems exemplified by one or more issues. The students will demonstrate their awareness as to how such concepts lead to the development of solutions to these problems through class discussions, essay questions, problem-solving exercises, and library projects.
3)Acquire knowledge by trained observation and experimentation. Covered and evaluated in Human Biology Lab (Biol 1055).
4) Find, read, and understand assignments in textbooks, lab manuals, library journals, handouts, etc.
Not all information available on the internet, or in written form, or spoken, is of equal validity. Peer-reviewed journals and respected reviews as well as constant questioning and research still remain the bulwark for evaluating the usefulness or credibility of scientific information. Students will read and discuss key scientific literature to gain skills necessary to discern credibility of sources of scientific information. Class discussion, essay questions on tests or library projects are the best vehicles to ascertain student skills.