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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-20683

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times

Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM S224

Friday 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM and 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM 

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez


Phone (Desk):  979-209-8557

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:05 AM to 9:25 AM at S117

                    Friday 10:30 AM to 10:50AM


Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included. 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.

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 the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the principles of inheritance and solve classical genetic problems.
  8. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  9. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.
  10. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
  11. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
  12. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.


Textbook: Campbell Biology, 10th Edition, 2014. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman,   Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc.

Lab Manual:Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2014, Richardson     Copy Stop Print & Postal

eCampus access: Students are expected to login to eCampus after every class   to access course announcements and assignments.  Resources such as   Powerpoint presentations.


Mastering Biology Access Code: can be purchased online or bundled with the     "split" textbook at the Blinn Bookstore (be careful with other sources; sometimes books that "come with access codes" are expired or already used codes)

 Advantage Scantrons

Course Requirements

  1. Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the session.  The exams will cover lectures, textbook readings, and your notes. The exams may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.  Make-up exams are only given with an excused absence, and will have a larger proportion of essay questions.  

    Lab Practical tests: There will be two departmental lab practical tests. They will consist of short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank.  You will use your lab manual, worksheets, and skills you learn during lab to prepare for the practical tests.  Missing a lab practical test without an excused absence will result in a grade of zero. 

    Final Exam: The final exam is departmental and cumulative and will be given Monday, May 5th from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM.  Please keep in mind that each instructor may stress different things in the various sections.  However, the individual writing the final knows that every 1406 student uses the same textbook.  Keeping up with the textbook readings is strongly encouraged.  

    Lecture quizzes/assignments: There will be 5 quizzes, each worth 10 points.  If  you miss a class, check eCampus and   make sure you are ready for any quiz that may be given the day you return.  If  you miss a quiz, you must make    arrangements with me before the next class to make up the quiz.  Once the quizzes are returned to the rest of the class, you may not make up a quiz. 

    Lab Work:  Throughout the session, there will be 10 graded lab assignments each one worth 10 points.  If a lab activity carries over to the next scheduled meeting and you miss that day of class, I will accept the assignment late for partial credit.  Except for unusual circumstances, labs cannot be made up.  Possible sources of 1-point deductions from lab work include: using notebook paper instead of the lab worksheet paper, failing to write your group number on the paper, improper storage of microscope, missing or dirty materials in your assigned box, stapling pages out of order. 

    Mastering Biology: Homework assignments through Mastering Biology will be weighted as 50 points. 

    Bonus Points: During the semester there will be opportunities to earn as many as 35 bonus points. Some of the points can be earned by participating in class as well as group activities that will be assigned during the semester.  Other points can be earned by writing above average well thought correct responses on exams.  




Point Distribution: 

Evaluation Method


Lecture Exams


Lab Practicals


Lab work




Mastering Biology


Lecture quizzes/assignments





 Grading: The gradebook in eCampus will provide your point total at all times in  the semester.  However, please keep in mind that 40% of the graded material  occurs at the very end of the semester.  Grades can change very suddenly.


A         900  and up

B         800 – 899

C         700 – 799

D         600 – 699

F          below 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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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

Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence.

If you are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, or if you leave class       for an unexcused extended period of time, you will be counted as absent.

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is April 11th.

Eating and drinking is not allowed in the classroom or in the laboratory.

For laboratory practices close toes shoes will be required.

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,


BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I (Fall 2014)


Tentative Schedule (MWF)*:



Week of






First Day /Intro to Biol

Intro to Biol/Chemical

Context of Life

Lab 1 Safety (HM)

Lab2 Process of Science

Lab 3  The Scientific Method

Chemical Context of Life cont





Water and Life

Lab6 metric measurements



Lab6 metric measurements cont

Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Large Biological Molecules

Large Biological Molecules

Organic Molecules Activity



Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules

Test 1 (ch 1-5)

A Tour of the Cell 



A Tour of the Cell cont.


Lab 8 Microscopy

Membrane Transport

Lab 9 Observing Cells in Action



Membrane Transport cont./Cell Communication

Lab 10 Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Intro to Metabolism

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport



Lab 11 Membrane Transport cont.

Test #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Cellular Respiration



Cellular Respiration Concept Map

Review for Lab Practical #1


 Lab Exam1 (03/07)



Spring break

Spring break

Spring break




Lab 12 Spectrophotometry

The Cell Cycle

Lab 17 Mitosis



Test #3  (9-10, 12)

Lab 13 Chromatography

Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Lab 14 Photosynthesis





 Lab 14 Photosynthesis

Molecular Basis of Inheritance

 From Gene to Protein



Gene Expression Concept Maps

Lab 15 DNA Isolation

Regulation of Gene Expression

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases



Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 Mendelian Genetics




Mendel and the Gene Idea cont.

Lab 18 Mendelian Genetics cont.

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lab Exam #2 (04/25)

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance



Test #4 (13-14, 16-18)

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance/Review

No class

17      Final Exam for section 302 May 5th from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM        


* In case of course schedule changes, updates will be posted on eCampus and notified in class.

 Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is April 11th, 2014.