The BIS 2 series introduces students to the principles on which all life--from the smallest, simplest organisms to the largest communities--is based. BIS 2A concentrates on the cellular basis of life, concentrating on the structures and functions of cells and the biological molecules from which they are formed, the ways by which cells acquire, transform, and use chemical energy, and the mechanisms by which genetic information is stored, safeguarded, transmitted from one generation to the next, and used in reproduction and development, with the immune systems serving as a example of complex eukaryotic development. Students are asked to use the principles and information covered in the class to interpret historical and current observations and to solve problems.
Thumbnail: Simplified diagram of mRNA synthesis and processing. Image used with permission (CC BY 3.0 - unported ; Kelvinsong).