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Bryan · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-11499
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/24/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S-210


  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, S-212

Contact Information

Professor: Ms. Linda R. Richardson

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Science Building, S-232
  • Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Science Building; S-232
  • Tuesday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Science Building; S-232


The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce lecture topics.


Prerequisite: Students must be college ready in reading, by means of appropriate exemption score by TSI or alternative test; or by completing READ 0306, or READ 0307, or DIRW 0326, or ESOL 0325 with a “C”or better, or by completing READ 0208 or ESOL 0226 with a passing grade.

Recommended: MATH 1314 – Successful completion of College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics is recommended. It is also recommended that BIOL 1406, Biology for Science Majors I, be taken before BIOL 1407.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. Describe modern evolutionary synthesis, natural selection, population genetics, micro and macroevolution, and speciation.
  2. Describe phylogenetic relationships and classification schemes.
  3. Identify the major phyla of life with an emphasis on plants and animals, including the basis for classification, structural and physiological adaptations, evolutionary history, and ecological significance.
  4. Describe basic animal physiology and homeostasis as maintained by organ systems.
  5. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages.
  6. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends.
  7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions, and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.



Textbook: Campbell Biology, 9th Edition, 2011. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc. 

Lab Manual: Biology 1407 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013, Copy Stop Print & Postal 

Mastering Biology:

Course Requirements


Access to the Internet is REQUIRED. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College and/or Texas A&M have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Rooms H-225 and L-258, and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center in the Library Building, L-258, for more details, ASAP.

eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information. You will also be able to contact me with questions and or problems you might be having and have the ability to contact your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check this site regularly:

Final Exam

The final exam will be comprehensive and be worth 200 points. The exam will consist of a minimum of 100 multiple choice questions. The number of questions on the exam will depend in part on how much untested material is covered prior to the exam.  The maximum number will be 125.  You will have 2 hours to complete this exam.

Lecture Exams

There will be four lecture exams this semester.  Your top three exams will each be worth 100 points. The lowest exam will be down-weighted 50% and will equate to 50 points. Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.   Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence.  Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family, or an illness with a doctor’s certification.  To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Laboratory Exams

There will be three lab exams each worth 75 points.  These will be administered in a “practicum” format.  Wherever possible exam questions will involve visual identification, interpretation, and or analysis of materials.  No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Lecture Quizzes

Regular daily quizzes will cover recent topics, activities, or assigned readings from the lecture.  Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of class. No additional time will be allotted for students arriving late and No make-up quizzes will be accepted or administered.  The top 10 scores will be averaged to calculate your grade for this category (% x 75).

Lab Work

Each lab assignments and will be scored out of 5 points.  Most lab exercises will be completed during the lab period.  Worksheets turned in at the end of the period or summative questions at the end of the class period will serve as lab grades.  No late work or make-up will be accepted or administered.  The lowest two lab grades will be dropped.  Your grade for this category will be your lab work % x 75.

Online Homework

I will be using Mastering Biology to assign homework on a regular basis. Like your lab work, this will be an averaged cateogory and the lowest two grades will be dropped.  The average on your homework assignments will be taken out of 75 points (% x 75).

Online Quizzes - BONUS

These quizzes will be administered through our eCampus classroom. They will serve as your only opportunity to generate BONUS points for this class. Except for Chapter 1, there will be a quiz available for each full chapter we cover during the semester.  Availability will vary, but in general, I have set each chapter quiz to open at 8am the day we are set to cover that content in lecture.  They will close out at noon when the exam covering this material is scheduled in class.  If you miss one do not panic, only your top 8 quiz grades will be counted for a maximum possible of 40 points.  Since there will be at least 15 quizzes this should not be a problem.  You are encouraged to attempt them all however as they should provide good practice for your lecture exams.

Each quiz is worth 5 points and will consist of 10 multiple choice questions that must be completed in a 20minutes. 


Point Distribution out of 1000:

Lecture exams (3 x 100 points each, 1 @ 50 points)

350 points

Final exam                                                             

200 points

Lab exams (3 x 75 points each)

225 points

Lecture Quizzes  (Averaged Category)                         

75 points

Lab Work (Averaged Category)                                   

75 points

Online Homework (Averaged Category

75 points

Bonus Quizzes (Top 8 @ 5pts each)                

(40 points)


Final Grade:  The following point totals will ensure the final grade as listed.

  • A = 900-1000
  • B = 800-899
  • C = 700-799
  • D = 600-699
  • F = <600

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  Since we meet for an extended time period each day during a 5 week summer session, 1 absence is the equivalent of 1 week.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (2 class periods) will be dropped.

Last day to drop classes w/a “Q”- Fall 2013: Friday November 15th

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Exercise / Topic

1 –   Mon 8/26


Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life

Lab Safety &  Lab 1 - Scientific Drawing

2 –   Wed  8/28


Descent with Modification:  A Darwinian View of Life

Lab 2 - Microscopy

       Mon 9/2


Blinn Closed for Labor Day Holiday

3 –   Wed 9/4


The Evolution of Populations

Lab 3 - Evolutionary Observations

4 –   Mon 9/9


The Origin of Species

Lab 4 - Natural Selection & Population Genetics

5 –   Wed  9/11

25 & 26

The History of Life on Earth

Phylogeny and the Tree of Life - Lecture

6 –   Mon 9/16

26 & 54

Chapter 26 cont’d & Cladistics Problem Set (Appendix)

Community Ecology - Lecture

7 –   Wed  9/18


Exam I

Ecosystem Ecology - Lecture

8 –   Mon 9/23


Bacteria and Archaea

Lab 5 - Ecology

9 –   Wed  9/25



Lab 6 - Prokaryotes

10 – Mon 9/30


Protists cont’d

Lab Exam I

11 – Wed  10/2



Lab 7 - Protists

12 – Mon 10/7


Exam II

Lab 7 - Protists cont’d

13 – Wed  10/9


Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land

Lab 8 -Fungi

14 – Mon 10/14


Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants

Lab 9 - Plant Diversity I

15 – Wed  10/16


Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

Lab 10 - Plant Diversity II

16 – Mon 10/21


Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

Lab 11 – Angiosperm Form & Function 

17 – Wed  10/23


An Overview of Animal Diversity

Lab 12 - Dichotomous Keys

18 – Mon 10/28


Exam III

Outdoor Plant Activity  & Review

19 – Wed  10/30


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab Exam II

20 – Mon 11/4


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab 13 - Animal Diversity I

21 – Wed  11/6


The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

Lab 14 - Animal Diversity II

22 – Mon 11/11


Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function

Lab 15 - Animal Diversity III

23 – Wed  11/13


Animal Nutrition

Lab 16 - Animal Tissues

24 – Mon 11/18


Circulation and Gas Exchange

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

25 – Wed  11/20


Osmoregulation and Excretion

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

26 – Mon 11/25


Exam IV

Lab 17 – Cardiovascular System

       Wed  11/27


Blinn Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

27 – Mon 12/2


Animal Reproduction

Lab Exam III

28 – Wed  12/4


Sensory and Motor Mechanisms

Mammalian Organ System - TBA

29 – Mon 12/9


Mammalian Organ System - TBA


WED 12/11


FINAL EXAM:  7:45AM -9:45AM