Prerequisite: Nil.

This course is designed for students who have not taken Biology in high school or lack the necessary background in biology to enroll in 15:151 The Biology of Life or 15:162 Cells, Genetics and Evolution. This course consists of four modules that highlight the main concepts in cell biology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. Topics such as the chemistry of biological macromolecules, the structure and function of cells, Mendelian inheritance, basic molecular genetic mechanisms, natural selection, adaptation, speciation and biodiversity will be discussed. The laboratory component of the course will focus on developing the technical skills necessary to advance to 15:162.

Note: Students may count for credit a maximum of 6 credit hours of 090/091 level courses within any undergraduate degree. 3 lecture hours per week, 3 laboratory hours per week, one term.