Principles of Biology – BIOL 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

An examination of the fundamental characteristics common among living things. Emphasis is placed upon studies of the cell, energy, metabolism, reproduction, heredity, ecology, phylogeny and the diversity of life.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An understanding of the basic characteristics of life is a significant asset to an individual. Individuals live among and relate to myriads of life forms around, on, and within them. As individuals begin to appreciate the diversity and ecological significance of life forms, they begin to function more effectively within the sphere of dominion God has allotted them.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

In this course, you will complete the Scientific Method Assignment. This assignment will be
accessed through the Cengage platform. The homework is based on the material in the text. In addition, Cengage may be accessed outside of Canvas. At the end of the assigned module,
Cengage will automatically grade the assignment.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will respond to the provided prompt and post a thread of at least 100 words. In addition to the thread, the student must submit 2 replies of at least 100 words to 2 classmates’ threads. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3, and 4; Critical Thinking 2.

Individual Assignments (5)

Significance of Life Assignment

The student will construct a single sentence to include within it four phrases that present that life forms other than man are significant.

Biomolecules of Cells Assignment

The student will select a variety of biomolecules from a provided list and answer a series of directed questions.

Energy and Information Study Guide Assignment

Gain skills of text research by completing the weekly study guide.

War on Cancer Assignment

Classify 10 brief cancer excerpts into one of 3 ways to fight cancer.

Life is in the Blood Assignment

Identify components of blood and relate how life is in the blood Scripturally.

These assignments align with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1 and 4.

  1. Eight weekly quizzes will contain multiple-choice questions that come solely from the textbook and will be open-book/open-notes. The quizzes will have a time limit of 50 minutes.
  2. One quiz will contain one multiple-answer question based on the classification of living things, will be open-book/open-notes, and will have a time limit of 50 minutes.