General Biology I

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Description: This course is the first in a two part series covering a general study of life processes, emphasizing basic concepts of biology suitable as a general education elective for non-science majors. Concepts to be covered in this first part include: Scientific method, and importance of scientific literacy, biological principles of life; levels of biological organization, importance of chemistry for life; characteristics of biological molecules, the cell as a living unit, variations in cell structure, characteristics of the plasma membrane, diffusion, osmosis, active transport, other transport methods for large molecules, energy capture and transfer, plants and photosynthesis, glucose catabolism, DNA, inheritance, biotechnology, and ecology.

Highly Recommended Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalent
Lab Hours: 30 (in-classroom and hybrid)

Total Units: 3 (online lecture only) or 4 (in-classroom or hybrid courses that include lab)

Total Units: 4

Course Format: Accelerated Science Courses take place in 4 or 5 weeks. Classes and laboratories are offered in many formats such as daytime, nights, weekends, in-classroom, hybrid (classroom and online), and 100% online. All courses repeat regularly, giving many opportunities to complete the course(s) you need.

Registration for in-classroom or hybrid course offerings include lecture (BIO111) and lab (BIO111L).

Fall 2019 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Oct 17, 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Thurs, Fri 1:00P-9:30P
Oct 19, 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P


Spring 2020 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Jan 4, 2020 Jan 29, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P
Feb 29, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P
Feb 27, 2020 Mar 5, 2020 Thurs, Fri 1:00P-9:30P


Spring 2020 Hybrid Course Offerings (4 units with lab)

3 units Online class

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times
Jan 2, 2020 Jan 29, 2020 Online – no daily requirements No specific times


1 credit hour On-Campus Lab

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Jan 27, 2020 Jan 30, 2020 Mon, Tues, Wed – Lab on-campus 8:00A-5:00P
Thurs  – Lab Final on-campus 8:00A-10:30A

*Class times are subject to change

Classes fill quickly, so please do not wait to apply. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All courses are listed in SCU publications and the application regardless of the current number of registrants. Registration is not confirmed until an email is sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please confirm registration by emailing [email protected].

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