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 SCI 131 - Introduction to Life Science


​This course concerns the fundamental characteristics of life on earth. All organisms are  composed of cells, and all cells come from preexisting cells. Cells are the basic building blocks of life and its properties can be explained in physical and chemical terms. Cells take in energy and nutrients from their environment and convert it to biologically useful forms. Genetic information carried by nucleic acids encoding proteins needed for all cellular activities, is transmitted from one generation to the next. Mutation and recombination of genetic material, however, cause genetic variation, which in turn enables evolution by natural selection. Emphasis will be on concepts in molecular biology, cell biology and physiology that are of high relevance in biomedical science. 


Prof. Cees Cornelisse, Dr. Theresa Dinse, or Dr. Frans van Overveld​



Life Science

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following courses:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Life Science Laboratory
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Molecular Pathology and Genetics