General Biology (Bio 1)
Welcome to the Summer 2013 intersession! This is an introductory biology course designed for the non-science major. This course is six-weeks long, and is the same 4-unit course that is offered in either the Fall or Spring semesters. It gives you an introduction to everything from atoms and molecules, cells, genetics, DNA, energy, reproduction, evolution and ecology. Hopefully you will learn something about how science works, what biology has learned, and exciting topics that are waiting to be discovered. I enjoy presenting this material to you, and I hope that you enjoy this course as well. This class can be very interesting and fun, but there is a lot of material, so be prepared to work hard.
Here is this semesters course syllabus, and a student study pack which may help you.
I have developed this website to help you. If you have any difficulty accessing any of this information, please let me know. Make sure to hit the "refresh" button often, because I update this constantly.
As mentioned above, this is an extremely fast-paced course. However, my intersession courses tend to be the most productive, and students tend to perform better compared to regular semester courses. Perhaps this is due to the intensity of the course, and the need for you to work extremely hard to keep up. Please see me if you need any help.
Introduction to biology.
The chemical basis of life.
The molecules of cells.
Cytology - A tour of the cell.
The working cell.
Cellular respiration - How cells harvest chemical energy.
Photosynthesis - Using sunlight to make food.
Reproduction and Inheritance.
Patterns of Inheritance.
The molecular biology of the gene.
DNA technology and genomics.
How populations evolve.
The origin of species.
Tracing evolutionary history.
Behavioral adaptations and ecology.
Community and ecosystem ecology.
Genetics Problems Worksheet
Metrics System Handout
Mitosis and Meiosis Handout
Power Point Presentations
These presentations are for your review. and they supplement your text. They are not meant to replace lecture, or replace your text readings. If you have trouble viewing them online, would suggest downloading them onto your hard drive. If you do not have the program called power point on your computer, you can download a free viewer program offered by Microsoft. If all else fails, please come see me, and I can get these to you.