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General Biology


General Biology covers material that is usually taught in a one-year biology course at the college level. The subject matter tested covers the broad field of the biological sciences, organized into three major areas: molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, and population biology. You must be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Knowledge of facts, principles, and processes of biology
  • An understanding of science as a human endeavor with social consequences
  • An understanding of the means by which information is collected, how it is interpreted, how one hypothesizes from available information, and how one draws conclusions and makes further predictions

Topics covered include:
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Chemical composition of organisms
    • Cells
    • Enzymes
    • Energy transformations
    • Cell division
    • Chemical nature of the gene
    • Viruses

  • Organismal Biology
    • Structure and function in plants with emphasis on angiosperms
    • Plant reproduction and development
    • Structure and function in animals with emphasis on vertebrates
    • Animal reproduction and development
    • Principles of heredity

  • Population Biology
    • Principles of ecology
    • Principles of evolution
    • Principles of behavior
    • Social biology

(Taken from “General Biology,” CLEP: General Biology Exam—collegeboard.com.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Biology 6th edition   
       by Raven, Peter / Johnson, George - McGraw Hill, 2002
        
    ISBN 9780073031200