Liberal Arts > Biology

General Information

  • Name: General Biology for Non-Science Majors
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Biology
  • Units (Credits): 3.00 - 4.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: None. Recommended: MATH120, MATH126 or higher
Covers fundamental concepts and theories of life science. Major topics include cellular/molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, evolutions and ecology. Includes four laboratory experiences.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of BIOL 100 General Biology for Non-Science Majors, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Explain the major characteristics of science, including that it is a particular way of knowing that seeks natural causes for phenomena and depends on observations that can be confirmed; that it is evidence-based and ideas can change in response to new evidence; how it, and biology in particular, have affected humanity (GE #1);
  • Explain the difference between scientific vs. non-scientific ideas, and evaluate secondary sources of scientific information for evidence-based credibility and scientific accuracy (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the fundamental concepts and theories associated with the properties of life, biological molecules, cells, genetics, populations and ecology, and evolution (GE #1);
  • Present accurate calculation and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in either introductory biology or in interpreting information in related fields. (GE #1, #3).

III. Topics

All students will have a basic (one semester of a non-traditionally-lab-experienced one-semester course) knowledge of a survey of the basic processes of biology common to all life forms. Includes cell theory and metabolic processes, evolution, ecology, genetics, populations, and the scientific method. Designed for the non-science major. Meets the UNR core curriculum science requirement.


Scheduled BIOL-100 classes:

Fall 2019