BS 1114, Section A
Spring Semester 2008
Lecture: MWF 8:00 am – 8:50 am SC101
Lab: M 2:30 pm – 4:10 pm SC102
Course description: A course for general education that deals with the various aspects of biological science. The course provides a background knowledge for the study of the cell, invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, human anatomy, and environment. This course provides basic biological knowledge, including an understanding of: 1) the scientific method, 2) basic genetics, 3) the diversity of life on earth, 4) plant and animal structure and function, and 4) ecological issues.
Textbook: Biology: Concepts and Connections. Neil A. Campbell,
Rationale: A basic understanding of biology, including an understanding of the scientific method, is an essential part of a well-rounded education because biological issues are relevant to many areas of current life. This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of important scientific concepts, an ability to think critically, and an understanding of the importance of biology to society in general. Additionally, this course seeks to provide an appreciation of the importance of the natural world.
1. to develop scientific literacy sufficient for an understanding of current science and medical issues
2. to develop a sufficient background for those students who wish to study more advanced scientific topics
3. to provide familiarity with basic laboratory techniques
4. to provide familiarity with the requirements for scientific writing, as exemplified by a short lab report
5. to provide an understanding of pressing environmental concerns that are relevant to all of us
6. to develop the ability to think scientifically and evaluate information critically
Institutional Goals: This course will address the six institutional goals (found on page 9 of the catalogue) as follows.
1. Institutional goal 1 (“To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian worldview”) will be addressed by objectives 1 and 2. Students will learn aspects of the historical development of biology, consider current ethical issues, and demonstrate their perspectives through exams and reports.
2. Institutional goal 2 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum”) will be addressed by primarily by objective 4, but will also be addressed by exam questions, homework assignments, and class discussions.
3. Institutional goal 3 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the world, the environment, society, and self”) will be addressed within the context of class discussions, through exam questions, and through lab reports (objective 4). In particular, objectives 5 and 6 address this goal.
4. Institutional goal 4 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of the scientific method to become more effective problem solvers”) will be addressed through problem solving during class, homework, and exams (reflected in objective 6).
5. Institutional goal 5 (“To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong heath and fitness”) will be addressed through discussion of the biological bases of health and disease (encompassed within objectives 1 and 2).
6. Institutional goal 6 (“To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge”) will be addressed through strengthening student knowledge of biology, and of important general scientific concepts, through all aspects of the course.
Attendance and completion of all exams is mandatory. Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture. After three lecture or lab absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional absence. If more than six lectures or labs are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade. Failure to clean up a work station following lab will result in a loss of 5 points for every student working at that station. Please arrive on time to lab! You will not be allowed to stay late to work because you have arrived late and need extra time.
If you must
miss an exam or lab, then you must contact me as quickly as possible. It is always better to contact me before
rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class
(if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a
makeup). Please provide a substantive excuse (e.g., a doctor’s note). Do not assume that you will be able to make
up a lab, lab practical, or exam.
Additionally, please do not ask to postpone an exam on the day of the
exam. If you have other exams on the
same day, bring it to my attention before the exam date. Assignments turned in after the due date will
be penalized 5% for each day that they are late. If an assignment is due in a particular lab
or class, that means that it is due at the beginning of the lab or class and
you will lose points if you turn it in during or after the class on the same
day. If you experience technical
difficulties with your quiz on
Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. Students should be familiar with the College's policies concerning academic integrity (Catalog, page 46; Student Handbook, page 24, section VII). Students requiring any clarification of these policies should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs. Student papers will be submitted to Turnitin.com and will be penalized heavily for plagiarism. Substantial plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 and possible additional penalties. If you are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism and want assistance, please speak with Dr. Paterson.
Lecture Exam I 50 pts
Lecture Exam II 100 pts
Lecture Exam III 100 pts
Lecture Exam IV 100 pts
Final Exam 200 pts
Quizzes 80 pts (8, 10 points each)
Lab reports 50 pts (10, 5 points each)
Lab report (bacteria) 40 pts
Poster presentation 20 pts
Lab Practical I 50 pts
Lab Practical II 50 pts
Total 840 pts
Instructor: Ann V. Paterson
Office hours: I will be in my office from: 9:00 – 11:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; from 2:00 – 2:30 pm on Mondays; from 2:00 – 2:30 pm on Tuesdays; from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on Wednesdays; and from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursdays. Please stop by, call, or e-mail if you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time. My class schedule is posted on my office door in case you would like to try to find me in a class or lab. If you need to contact me, e-mail is generally the fastest method.
Biological Science Syllabus
Note: this syllabus will change during the semester. You are responsible for changes announced in lecture (e.g., changes in exam dates).
Week Date Lecture Topic Text Assignment*
1 Jan. 9 Introduction Chapter 1, pgs. 2-5, 12
Why study biology?
Jan. 11 The scientific method
Chemistry of life Chapters 2, 3
2 Jan. 14 Chemistry of life
Jan. 16 Introduction to cells Chapter 4
Jan. 18 Membranes: structure and function Chapter 5, 78-85
Diffusion and osmosis
3 Jan. 21 Energy and enzymes Chapter 5, 72-78
What factors affect enzyme activity?
Jan. 23 Energy II: Cellular respiration Chapter 6
Jan. 25 Energy III: Photosynthesis Chapter 7
4 Jan. 28 Review/catch-up
Introduction to cell reproduction Chapter 8
Jan. 30 Lecture exam I
Feb. 1 Mitosis and meiosis Chapter 8
5 Feb. 4 Meiosis and reproduction Chapter 8
Feb. 6 Inheritance - genetics! Chapter 9
Punnet squares and solving problems
Feb. 8 Review of problems
Chromosomes and genes Chapter 9
6 Feb. 11 Mutations/human genetics
Feb. 13 Genes and gene products Chapter 10
Feb. 15 Biotechnology, natural selection Chapter 12, chapters 13-14
7 Feb. 18 Review/catch-up
Feb. 20 Lecture exam II
Feb. 22 Survey of living (?) things: viruses, Chapter 16
8 Feb. 25 Survey of living things: protists, plants, Chapters 16, 17
Feb. 27 Survey of living things: animals Chapter 18
Feb. 29 Survey of living things: animals Chapter 18
9 Mar. 3 Animal structure and function I: Chapters 20, 22, 23
homeostasis, circulation, and respiration
Mar. 5 Animal structure and function II: Chapters 21, 24
digestion and immune system
Mar. 7 Animal structure and function III: Chapters 25, 28, 29, 30
muscles, nerves, and sensory organs
10 Mar. 10 Spring break
Mar. 12 Spring break
Mar. 14 Spring break
11 Mar. 17 Animal structure and function IV: Chapter 26, 27
Mar. 19 Review/catch-up
Mar. 21 Good Friday
12 Mar. 24 Lecture exam III
Mar. 26 Animal behavior Chapter 37
Mar. 28 Animal behavior Chapter 37
13 Mar. 31 Ecology of populations Chapter 35
Apr. 2 Ecology of populations Chapter 35
Apr. 4 Ecology of communities Chapter 36
14 Apr. 7 Review/catch-up
Apr. 9 Lecture exam IV
Apr. 11 Ecology of communities Chapter 36
15 Apr. 14 Ecology of ecosystems Chapters 34, 36
Apr. 16 Ecology of ecosystems Chapters 34, 36
Apr. 18 Environmental issues Chapter 38
16 Apr. 21 Environmental issues Chapter 38
Apr. 23 Review/catch-up
Apr. 25 – Apr. 30 Final exams
* note that detailed text assignments will be given in lecture.
Biological Science Lab Syllabus
Week Date Lab Exercise Lab Manual Assignment*
2 Jan. 14 Introduction Lab #1
Care and use of the light microscope
3 Jan. 21 Cells Lab #2
Discussion of upcoming poster presentation
4 Jan. 28 Poster presentations
5 Feb. 4 Diffusion and osmosis Lab #3
6 Feb. 11 Mitosis Lab #4
7 Feb. 18 Human and Mendelian genetics Lab #6
8 Feb. 25 Lab practical I
9 Mar. 3 Effects of disinfectants on microbial growth Lab #8
10 Mar. 10 Spring break
11 Mar. 17 Review results of lab 8
Microbiological technique Handout
Discussion of lab report on Lab #8
12 Mar. 24 The kingdom survey Lab #9
Rough draft of lab report #8 due
13 Mar. 31 Annelid and arthropod dissection Lab #10
14 Apr. 7 Fruit structure Lab #11
15 Apr. 14 Circulation and respiration Lab #12
Final draft of lab report #8 due
16 Apr. 21 Lab practical II
Apr. 25 – Apr. 30 Final exams