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

Topics for this course:

  1. Intro to biology
  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
  7. Structure of a cell
  8. Membrane and transport
  9. Cellular respiration

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

  1. Photosynthesis
  2. Cell signaling
  3. Cell division
  4. Classical and molecular genetics
  5. DNA as genetic material
  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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