Course Description

This course will include selected biological concepts, including the chemical basis of life, cell structure and division, a broad survey of the major systems of the human body with a special emphasis on human health disease, human evolution and ecology. This course should provide students who do not plan to continue in the sciences or pre-health programs with a working knowledge of life science that will be useful in making informed decisions on health and the environment

Credits Hours

Upon completion of the course and obtaining a passing grade (60% or more), students receive 3 credit hours.

The class meets once a week for 3 hours for 15 weeks (one semester)


CUNY proficiency in reading, writing (or concurrent enrollment in ENG 092W, ESOL 021W, or ESOL 031W) and math (or concurrent enrollment in MAT 0650).

Grading Policy

Average on exams: 60% (with usually 20% for rat dissection exam)
Average on Quizzes and Reports:20%
End of Semester Presentation:10%
Participation/Attendance: 10%

Academic Integrity Policy Statement

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog. “Academic dishonesty includes any act that is designed to obtain fraudulently, either for oneself or for someone else, academic credit, grades, or any other form of recognition that was not properly earned.  Academic dishonesty encompasses the following:

Cheating: Defined as intentionally giving, receiving, using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, including any form of unauthorized communication, in any academic exercise.  It is the student’s responsibility to consult with instructors to determine whether or not a study aid or device may be used.

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is intentionally and knowingly presenting the ideas or works of another as one’s own original idea or works in any academic exercise without proper acknowledgement of the source.  The purchase and submission of a term paper, essay, or other written assignment to fulfill the requirements of a course, and violates section 213-b of the State Education Law.  This also applies to the submission of all or substantial portions of the same academic work previously submitted by the student or any other individual for credit at another institution, or in more than one course.

Accessibility Statement

  • City Tech is committed to supporting the educational goals of enrolled students with disabilities in the areas of enrollment, academic advisement, tutoring, assistive technologies and testing accommodations. If you have or think you may have a disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments as provided under applicable federal, state and city laws.
  • You may also request services for temporary conditions or medical issues under certain circumstances.

If you have questions about your eligibility or would like to seek accommodation services or academic adjustments, please contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 300 Jay Street room L-237, 718 260 5143 or

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