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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II BIOL-1407

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_310 CRN-21099
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/28/2014

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S-210


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, S-212

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Robert Brick

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: S-167
  • Phone: 979-209-8256
  • Website:

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, S-167
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, S-167


Or by appointment


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, 10th Edition*, 2011. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc.

Lab Manual: Biology 1407 Laboratory Manual, Spring 2014, Copy Stop Print & Postal

Mastering Biology:

*We are currently transitioning to the 10th edition. For this semester only, students may use the 9thedition hard copy purchased for BIOL 1406 if you took it during the Fall 2013 term. Students will have access to the 10th edition eBook through the Mastering Biology web site.


Course Requirements

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of two laboratory exams
  3. A comprehensive final exam


Point Distribution out of 1000:

  • Lecture exams (4 exams x 100 points each)          400 points
  • Final exam                                                                  200 points
  • Lab exams (3 exams x 100 points each)                 300 points
  • Lecture Quizzes                                                         50 points
  • Lab Work                                                                   50 points

 Final Grade:  

        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

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

Lecture Quizzes

Periodic quizzes on the Mastering Biology website or in class will cover recent and current lecture topics.  No make-up is offered for missed quizzes regardless of reason.  An unexcused absence from a quiz will result in a grade of zero.

 Laboratory Work

Periodic quizzes and worksheets will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the lecture and the laboratory.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missed work unless an approved excuse is submitted.  No make-up is offered for missed quizzes without an approved excuse.

 Lecture Exams

Lecture exams will consist of 50 - 100 questions including multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and/or short answer questions and a short essay.  All exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron.  While not targeted, specifically, material from relevant labs may be included on a lecture exam.

 Laboratory Exams

Laboratory exams will consists of multiple stations covering the most recent lab exercises. No make-ups will be offered for missed lab exams.  If you anticipate missing an exam, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.  While not targeted, specifically, material from relevant lectures may be included on a lab exam.  

 Criteria for Grading:

Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.   Make-up lecture 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 or as approved by the instructor.  To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.   An unexcused absence from a graded activity will result in a grade of zero.

 Laboratory Exams: There will be three lab exams.  No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.



Tentative Course Schedule – TR Sections




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Exercise / Topic

1 –   Tue 1/14


Introduction  &   Chapter 1

Lab Safety &  Lab 1 - Scientific Drawing

2 –   Thu 1/16


Descent with Modification:  A Darwinian View of Life

Lab 2 - Microscopy

3 –   Tue 1/21


The Evolution of Populations

Lab 3 - Evolutionary   Observations

4 –   Thu 1/23


The Origin of Species

Lab 4 - Natural Selection   & Population Genetics

5 –   Tue 1/28

25   & 26

The History of Life on Earth

Phylogeny and the Tree of Life - Lecture

6 –   Thu 1/30


Chapter 26 cont’d

Cladistics Problem Set   (Appendix)

7 –   Tue 2/4


Exam I (CH’s:   1,22,23,24,25,26)

Community   Ecology - Lecture

8 –   Thu 2/6


Ecosystem Ecology - Lecture

Lab 5 - Ecology

9 –   Tue 2/11


Bacteria and Archaea

Lab 6 - Prokaryotes

10 – Thu 2/13



Lab Exam I

11 – Tue 2/18


Protists cont’d

Lab 7 - Protists

12 – Thu 2/20



Lab 7 - Protists cont’d

13 – Tue 2/25


Exam II (CH’s:   54,55,27,28,31)

Lab 8 -Fungi

14 – Thu 2/27


Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized   Land

Lab 9 - Plant Diversity I

15 – Tue 3/4


Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants

Lab 10 - Plant Diversity II

16 – Thu 3/6


Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

Lab 11 – Angiosperm Form   & Function 

       Tue 3/11


       Thu 3/13

17 – Tue 3/18


Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

Lab 12 - Dichotomous Keys

18 – Thu 3/20


An Overview of Animal Diversity

  Supplemental Exercise   (experimental)

19 – Tue 3/25


Exam III (CH’s:   29,30,35,38,32)

Outdoor Plant Activity¬  & Review

20 – Thu 3/27


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab Exam II

21 – Tue 4/1


Introduction to Invertebrates

Lab 13 - Animal Diversity I

22 – Thu 4/3


The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

Lab 14 - Animal Diversity II

23 – Tue 4/8


Basic Principles of Animal Form and   Function

Lab 15 - Animal Diversity III

24 – Thu 4/10


Animal   Nutrition*

Lab 16 - Animal Tissues

25 – Tue 4/15


Circulation   and Gas Exchange*

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig   Dissection

26 – Thu 4/17


Osmoregulation   and Excretion*

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig   Dissection

27 – Tue 4/22


Exam IV (CH’s: 33,34,40,…)

Lab Exam III

28 – Thu 4/24


Animal   Reproduction*

Mammalian Organ System – TBA*

29 – Tue 4/29


Sensory   and Motor Mechanisms*


 May 1,
5:30 PM