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Foundations of Biology RENR 7001

Renewable Resources Course

Course details

This course provides an overview of key biological topics relevant to the field of ecosystem restoration and conservation biology. Topics will include: the chemistry of life, including the structure and function of macromolecules, cell structures and membranes, the gene (meiosis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and inheritance), and evolution.


  • Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.



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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Relate macromolecular structure and function of cellular components to their role in living organisms.
  • Outline how membrane properties affect transmembrane movement.
  • Explain the production of ATP in glycolysis, Kreb's cycle and the electron transport chain.
  • Differentiate among the processes of C3 photosynthesis, C4 photosynthesis and CAM.
  • Differentiate between mitosis and meiosis.
  • Explain genetic inheritance as it relates to meiosis.
  • Differentiate between Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics.
  • Outline the role of genetics in biodiversity conservation.
  • Analyze how Darwin's observations led to the concept of evolution.
  • Assess the factors involved in the evolution of populations and species.
  • Apply basic biological knowledge to ecological restoration and conservation biology.

Effective as of Fall 2009

Related Programs

Foundations of Biology (RENR 7001) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Bachelor of Science Full-time/Part-time


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