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RENR 7001 - Foundations of Biology

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89523

Wed Jan 05 - Wed Apr 13 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 13 Wed 09:00 - 12:00 BBY NE01 Rm. 318


Onkar Bains

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration program. Students require department approval prior to registration. For more information, please contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or call 778-331-1392.

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

RENR 7001 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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