Life Sciences Course Descriptions

The Definition of IAI GECC Physical and Life Sciences
Specific course descriptions: IAI GECC Physical Sciences

L - Following the number designates laboratory courses.


L1900 : General Biology for Non-Majors

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, organismal structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course. Policies on the acceptance of AP credit vary among academic programs and from institution to institution, so AP credit toward the GECC or major requirements is not guaranteed. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Biology exam may be considered as equivalent to successful completion of postsecondary courses approved for IAI GECC L1 900. Feb 2016

For more information on panel expectations in course submission, consult the panel criteria and other important documents at the Life Sciences Panel Documents page.

Last Revised: 11/3/17 - Effective Spring 2018


L1900L : General Biology for Non-Majors

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, organismal structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course. A minimum of 50% of lab activities must show evidence of the development of science process skills. Policies on the acceptance of AP credit vary among academic programs and from institution to institution, so AP credit toward the GECC or major requirements is not guaranteed. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Biology exam may be considered as equivalent to successful completion of postsecondary courses approved for IAI GECC L1 900. Feb 2016

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17 - Effective Spring 2018


L1901 : Plants and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, plant structure and function, plant genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1901/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1901/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Botany, Agriculture, Horticulture, or Crop Science - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1901L : Plants and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, plant structure and function, plant genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course. A minimum of 50% of lab activities must show evidence of the development of science process skills.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1901/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1901/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Botany, Agriculture, Horticulture, or Crop Science - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17

 


L1902 : Animals and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, animal structure and function, animal genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1901/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1902/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date
Zoology/Taxonomy, Animal Science - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1902L : Animals and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, animal structure and function, animal genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.  Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1902/L):
Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses.  The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates.  Please review the memo for more information.

L1902/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date
Zoology/Taxonomy, Animal Science - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1903 : Microbes and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, microbial structure and function, microbial genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1903/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1903/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Microbiology - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1903L : Microbes and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, microbial structure and function, microbial genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1903/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1903/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Microbiology - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1904 : Human Biology

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, human structure and function, human genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1903/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1903/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Microbiology - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1904L : Human Biology

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, human structure and function, human genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

05/18/2015 - Special Note regarding ending of courses within this code (L1903/L): Per the memo on the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx, the panel is ending courses within this IAI code identified in the review process and by the panel as applied science courses. The specific information for the individual courses that will be ended is included below with effective dates. Please review the memo for more information.

L1903/L - Institutional Course Name - Effective Date Microbiology - May 2017

See the complete list of affected courses on the Life Sciences panel's documents at http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1905 : Environmental Biology

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including ecology, biodiversity, evolution, physiology and health, and human populations as they apply to natural and managed systems. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1905L : Environmental Biology

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including ecology, biodiversity, evolution, physiology and health, and human populations as they apply to natural and managed systems. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1906 : Heredity and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to a breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, genetics and heredity, evolution, and biotechnology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1906L : Heredity and Society

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to a breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, genetics and heredity, evolution, and biotechnology. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1907 : Evolution

(3-5 semester credits)

Courses will expose students to a breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, genetics and heredity, origin of life, diversification, biogeography, populations, and speciation. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1907L : Evolution

(3-5 semester credits)

Laboratory courses will expose students to a breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, genetics and heredity, origin of life, diversification, biogeography, populations, and speciation. Courses will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. Courses will emphasize the value and contributions of environmental science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society must each be evident in at least 25% of the course.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx. Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel."

Last Revised: 11/3/17


L1910L : General Biology for Majors

(3-5 semester credits)

This course is intended to allow students to count any one of the courses in the BIO 910 sequence for their GECC life sciences requirement. Courses in this identifier are those courses approved by the IAI Biology major panel for the BIO 910 sequence.  

COURSE SUBMITTER NOTE: These courses are not reviewed by the panel and are not included in the GECC panels ongoing review process.  Stand-alone submissions should NOT be made to this identifier. See the major panel for submissions to the BIO 910 sequence (a two or three course sequence): BIO 910 description.  Courses will only be added here after approval by the IAI Biology major panel! 


LP900 : Interdisciplinary Physical and Life Science

(3-5 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary courses that include topics from both Physical and Life Science disciplines. Students must also take a course coded LP 901 or 901L to satisfy general education requirements.

Interdisciplinary science courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines in both the physical and life sciences. These courses should make explicit the relationship between the disciplines being covered and strike a balance between physical and life science. Textbooks and reading should incorporate perspectives from the various disciplines. Team teaching is encouraged in order to help students gain an understanding of the methodology and perspectives of two or more physical and life sciences. In order to ensure that there is a balance between the two areas of science for general education, students should take the sequence of courses prior to transfer. The two courses may or may not be sequential.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.  Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel" and also the "GECC Physical Sciences Panel" for this identifier.


LP900L : Interdisciplinary Physical and Life Science Lab

(3-5 semester credits)

 Interdisciplinary laboratory courses that include topics from both Physical and Life Science disciplines. Students must also take a course coded LP 901 or 901L to satisfy general education requirements.

Interdisciplinary science courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines in both the physical and life sciences. These courses should make explicit the relationship between the disciplines being covered and strike a balance between physical and life science. Textbooks and reading should incorporate perspectives from the various disciplines. Team teaching is encouraged in order to help students gain an understanding of the methodology and perspectives of two or more physical and life sciences. In order to ensure that there is a balance between the two areas of science for general education, students should take the sequence of courses prior to transfer. The two courses may or may not be sequential.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.  Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel" and also the "GECC Physical Sciences Panel" for this identifier.


LP901 : Interdisciplinary Physical and Life Science

(3-5 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary courses that include topics from both Physical and Life Science disciplines. Students must also take a course coded LP 900 or 900L to satisfy general education requirements.

Interdisciplinary science courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines in both the physical and life sciences. These courses should make explicit the relationship between the disciplines being covered and strike a balance between physical and life science. Textbooks and reading should incorporate perspectives from the various disciplines. Team teaching is encouraged in order to help students gain an understanding of the methodology and perspectives of two or more physical and life sciences. In order to ensure that there is a balance between the two areas of science for general education, students should take the sequence of courses prior to transfer. The two courses may or may not be sequential.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.  Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel" and also the "GECC Physical Sciences Panel" for this identifier.


LP901L : Interdisciplinary Physical and Life Science Lab

(3-5 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary laboratory courses that include topics from both Physical and Life Science disciplines. Students must also take a course coded LP 900 or 900L to satisfy general education requirements.

Interdisciplinary science courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines in both the physical and life sciences. These courses should make explicit the relationship between the disciplines being covered and strike a balance between physical and life science. Textbooks and reading should incorporate perspectives from the various disciplines. Team teaching is encouraged in order to help students gain an understanding of the methodology and perspectives of two or more physical and life sciences. In order to ensure that there is a balance between the two areas of science for general education, students should take the sequence of courses prior to transfer. The two courses may or may not be sequential.

For more information on panel expectations and requirements in submission, please review the panel criteria and other important documents at the Panel Related Documents page: http://www.itransfer.org/IAI/PanelRelatedDocuments.aspx.  Use the quick navigation to go to the "GECC Life Sciences Panel" and also the "GECC Physical Sciences Panel" for this identifier.




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