SCI1230 Think Like a Biologist with Laboratory

In this survey course we learn fundamental principles of biology through a journey through the field from the molecular to systems levels. We examine different classes of biological problems and interactions across multiple scales through reading and discussion of primary and secondary literature in the field. We draw on examples from the environment, microbiology, biomimicry, and current events. Through analysis of numerous examples we uncover key principles of biology, a toolkit of which can be applied towards examining and solving multifaceted problems. Projects include examination of biology in the context of systems and exploration of ways in which biology informs interdisciplinary problem solving. Through projects and work in the laboratory students develop a practical and foundational understanding of biological principles and practice.




Courses in the SCI1210 through SCI1260 number sequence contain a substantial and intentional overlap of material to meet foundational objectives in the field of biology. As a result, students cannot take more than one of these courses for credit.