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Introduction to Life Processes

3 Credits

This course is a part of:
Associate's Degree Program
Bachelor's Degree Program

This course is an introductory study of the life processes of all organisms and that focuses on the life processes of human beings. It begins with some necessary background information about molecular and cellular structure and then moves into life processes, including nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis, specifically in human beings.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the roles of the major types of biological molecules in forming living organisms and carrying out life processes.
  • Apply the roles of each of the parts of a cell to the life processes that they carry out.
  • Analyze the manner in which substances that help determine genetic inheritance, including chromosomes, DNA, nucleotides, etc., impact the genetic characteristics of offspring.
  • Apply the various life processes carried out by human organs and organ systems to the over-all goal of maintaining homeostasis in human beings.
  • Evaluate the impacts that various interferences with homeostasis may have on the functioning of the human body and identify the steps that the human body takes to deal with such interference.