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Course Topics

  1. Module 1: Introduction to Biology
    • Scientific method and experimental design
    • Basic chemistry for biology
    • Cell structure and function
    • Biomolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids
  2. Module 2: Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • DNA structure and replication
    • Gene expression and regulation
    • Mendelian genetics and inheritance patterns
    • Genetic engineering and biotechnology
    • An ethical analysis of genetic medicine, CRISPR, human enhancement, and transhumanism
  3. Module 3: Evolution and Diversity
    • Principles of evolution and natural selection
    • Speciation and macroevolution
    • Classification and phylogenetics
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics
    • The metaphysics of evolution - A catholic theological and philosophical perspective
  4. Module 4: Cellular Processes
    • Cellular respiration and energy metabolism
    • Photosynthesis and plant biology
    • Cell cycle and cell division
    • Cell signaling and communication
    • The ethics of stem cell research, IPPS cells, and cloning
  5. Module 5: Ecology and Environmental Biology
    • Population ecology and community interactions
    • Ecosystem dynamics and energy flow
    • Conservation biology and sustainability
    • Human impact on ecosystems
    • Stewardship of creation
  6. Module 6: Applied Biology
    • Biomedical applications of biology
    • Ethical analysis of key issues in biomedicine
    • Agricultural biotechnology and crop improvement
    • Environmental biotechnology and bio-remediation
    • Emerging fields in biology research


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.