Principles of Living Systems

The Principles of Living Systems (aka POLS or BIOB 160) course is based on the Biology subject area of the Khan Academy.  This effectively eliminates the requirement for students to purchase an expensive textbook, yet cover the same topics a textbook would.

BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems – Syllabus – 2018

Topics for this course:

  1. Intro to biology (Jan 10)
  2. Chemistry of life
  3. Water, acids, and bases
  4. Properties of carbon (WE WILL SKIP THIS SECTION!)
  5. Macromolecules
  6. Energy and enzymes – NO OUTLINES DUE (Feb 7)
  7. Structure of a cell
  8. Membrane and transport
  9. Cellular respiration

——————————–Spring Break!—————————————————-

  1. Photosynthesis
  2. Cell signaling (March 23 and 26 and 28) – NO CLASS ON 23RD!
  3. Cell division
  4. Classical and molecular genetics
  5. DNA as genetic material
    • Structure and Discovery of DNA (SKIP THIS SECTION)
    • DNA Replication (April 18)
  6. Central dogma (DNA –> RNA –> protein)
  7. Gene regulation
  8. Biotechnology
  9. Bacteria and archaea
  10. Viruses
  11. Evolution and the tree of life

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