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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. 


Dr. Karine Steketee and Prof. Cees Cornelisse, or Dr. Frans van Overveld​


Life Science

Required for

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

  • SCI 226 Biochemistry
  • SCI 231 Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
  • SCI 232 Functional Anatomy
  • SCI 234 Human Physiology
  • SCI 261 Mechanisms of Disease
  • SCI 291 Life Science Laboratory
  • SCI 332 Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • SCI 337 Pharmacology
  • SCI 362 Infection and Immunity
  • SCI 363 Molecular Pathology and Genetics