Details of LS1101 (Autumn 2019)

Level: 1 Type: Theory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
LS1101 Introduction to Biology I Anuradha Bhat,
Partho Sarothi Ray


  • Introduction: Definition and origin of life; Overview of biological evolution; Diversity and complexity of life forms; Levels of organization of life; Interactions amongst different life forms, Different approaches to understanding the ever-evolving biological world.

  • Cell as Unit of Life: Cell theory, Cell structure, Broad functions of different cell types and cell compartments, organization of cells in tissues and organs, Nutrition: Digestion and absorption of food; Concepts of probiotics and prebiotics

  • Molecules of Life:Water, Amino acids, Sugars, Fatty acids, Nucleotides, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Nucleic acids and Lipids. Enzymes.

  • Cellular Events: Membrane Transport/ cellular transport; Bioenergetics, Central Dogma of life, Cell cycle


  1. Biology. Edited by Neil Campbell and Jane Reece. Benjamin Cummings, Boston. 7th Ed.

  2. Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts and Peter Walter, Essential Cell Biology, Edition 2, Garland Science (2004)

  3. Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew P. Scott, Anthony Bretscher, HiddePloegh and Paul Matsudaira, Molecular Cell Biology, Edition 6, W. H. Free- man & Co., (2008)

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 1 Not Allowed
2 IP 3 Not Allowed
3 IP 5 Not Allowed
4 MR 1 Not Allowed
5 MR 3 Not Allowed
6 MS 1 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed