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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II BIOL-1407

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-11504

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/26/2013

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, Science Building RM S-210


Monday, Wednesday, 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM, Science Building RM S-212

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. James Bradley Johnson Ph.D.

Phone: 979-209-8276

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Science RM S-117


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 

Access to

Course Requirements

Downloading Lectures

Lectures (in pdf format) will be posted on Blinn’s eCampus website: Thus, access to eCampus is required.


Exams, Quizzes and Assignments

Exams: Lecture exams may be multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and short answer. The final exam is comprehensive. Advantage forms (“Scantron forms”) will be required for all exams. Students will purchase and bring to me 5 Advantage forms prior to the first exam.

Lecture Quizzes: Short exams which will hopefully compel you to review the material before the lecture exam. Format may include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and short answer.

Laboratory Exams: Laboratory exams are “practical type” exams. Format may vary between multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and short answer.

Laboratory Assignments: Laboratory assignments will be collected at the conclusion of the laboratory and graded for completion. These graded assignments will be announced during the lab.

Mastering Biology Homework: You will have 3 homework assignments performed using the material on MasteringBiology is an online learning resource (available with etext access). The bookstore package has an access card that has been shrink-wrapped with the book and contains the necessary access code to register. Please know that we have worked with the local bookstore to assure you have the best price available for all required components of your course. I always highly recommend package at the bookstore to avoid additional charges for purchasing components separately. If you have purchased a used book, or one from a different source (like Amazon/eBay/Chegg/etc.), you will need to purchase Mastering Access separate from the bookstore or from


Absences and Make-Up Exams

Attendance will be taken.

Make-up lecture exams are only offered to students with an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College (e.g. school events), death in the family, or illness. Verification will be required. To arrange for a make-up exam you should ideally contact me before the exam (email is best), otherwise see me the first class period following your absence. I strongly encourage you to contact me within a week of the exam. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Laboratory exams cannot be made-up per se. Instead a report may be written. This is assuming the absence is for an approved reason and verified.  I will harshly punish plagiarism!

No make-up exams will be offered for lecture quizzes or laboratory assignments.




Lecture Exams – 4 x 67.5pts = 270pts (30%)

Final Exam – 180pts (20%)

Lecture Quizzes – 5 x 18pts = 90 (10%)

Mastering Biology Homework – 3 x 30pts = 90pts (10%)

Laboratory Exams – 3 x 60pts = 180pts (20%)

Laboratory Assignments – 10 x 9pts = 90 (10%)


Point Breakdown

A: 810 - 900 (Total points possible = 900)

B: 720 - 809

C: 630 - 719

D: 540 - 629

F: 0 - 539



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).




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Exercise / Topic

1 –   Mon 8/26


Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life

Lab Safety & Scientific Drawing

2 –   Wed  8/28


Descent with Modification:  A Darwinian View of Life


       Mon 9/2


Blinn Closed for Labor Day Holiday

3 –   Wed 9/4


The Evolution of Populations

Evolutionary Observations

4 –   Mon 9/9


The Origin of Species (Mastering Biology homework 1)


5 –   Wed  9/11

25 & 26

The History of Life on Earth (Quiz 1)

Phylogeny and the Tree of Life - Lecture

6 –   Mon 9/16

26 & 54

Chapter 26 cont’d & Cladistics

Community Ecology - Lecture

7 –   Wed  9/18


Exam 1

Ecosystem Ecology - Lecture

8 –   Mon 9/23


Bacteria and Archaea

Species Diversity

9 –   Wed  9/25


Protists (Quiz 2)


10 – Mon 9/30


Protists cont’d

Lab Exam I

11 – Wed  10/2




12 – Mon 10/7


Exam 2

Protists cont’d

13 – Wed  10/9


Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land (Mastering Biology homework 2)


14 – Mon 10/14


Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants

Plant Diversity I

15 – Wed  10/16


Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

Plant Diversity II

16 – Mon 10/21


Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology (Quiz 3)

Plant Tissues 

17 – Wed  10/23


An Overview of Animal Diversity

Dichotomous Keys

18 – Mon 10/28


Exam 3

Outdoor Plant Activity  & Review

19 – Wed  10/30


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab Exam II

20 – Mon 11/4


Introduction to Invertebrates

Animal Diversity I

21 – Wed  11/6


The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

Animal Diversity II

22 – Mon 11/11


Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function (Mastering Biology homework 3)

Animal Diversity III

23 – Wed  11/13


Mammalian Organ System – TBA

Animal Tissues

24 – Mon 11/18


Mammalian Organ System - TBA (Quiz 4)

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

25 – Wed  11/20


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

26 – Mon 11/25


Exam 4


       Wed  11/27


Blinn Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

27 – Mon 12/2


Mammalian Organ System - TBA

Lab Exam III

28 – Wed  12/4


Mammalian Organ System - TBA (Quiz 5)

Mammalian Organ System - TBA

29 – Mon 12/9


Mammalian Organ System - TBA


Wed 12/11


FINAL EXAM at 7:05pm in S-210