C. Biological Skills

  • Develop breadth of knowledge in the biological sciences, including the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology and genetics, and physiology.
  • Acquire an appreciation for all levels of biological organization, including the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels.
  • Understand the processes that underlie embryonic development, cellular differentiation, and reproduction.

1. Biochemistry

Understand the structure and function of biological molecules, cellular energetics, cellular metabolism, and photosynthesis.

2. Cell Biology

Understand the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as whole entities and in terms of their subcellular processes.

3. Ecology

Understand the interactions between organisms and their environments, and the consequences of these interactions in natural populations, communities, and ecosystems.

4. Evolution

• Understand evolution as the central unifying concept in the biological sciences. • Understand natural selection, and how it contributes to the formation of species, biodiversity, and patterns of biological evolution. • Appreciate the scope of biological diversity in terms of the evolutionary history of the major groups of organisms.

5. Molecular Biology And Genetics

• Understand the synthesis, structure, and function of nucleic acids and proteins in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. • Understand the principles of inheritance from molecular mechanisms to population consequences. • Understand the flow of genetic information in populations and the relationship between genetics and evolutionary theory.

6. Physiology

Understand the functioning of organisms, at the molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal levels.