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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors II BIOL-1407

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_311 CRN-21100
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/12/2014

Meeting Times

Lecture: TR 7:05-8:20 PM; S-210

Lab: TR 8:30-9:45 PM; S-212

Contact Information

Professor: Mark R Hutchinson

Email: [email protected]

Office: S-117

Phone: 979-209-8873

Office Hours:  TR 3:45-4:15 PM; TR 9:45-10:15 PM


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

eCampus Access

Access to the internet is required for full participation in this course.  Students may access eCampus on a home computer or at the Blinn computer labs located in H-225, L-258, and the Library.  Students coenrolled at Texas A&M may also use any computers on TAMU's campus.

I will be using eCampus to post course materials and communicate with students.  Additionally, you can ask me questions or address concerns via eCampus.  You may also contact other students on eCampus to discuss course-related topics.

Lab exercises

During the course of each lab, we will complete worksheets corresponding with the lab exercises for the day.  You will be required to use the lab manual's instructions and the provided lab materials to complete these exercises.  Each lab's exercise will be due at the beginning of the next lab period unless otherwise notified.


Upon completion of each chapter in our lecture portion of the class, you will be assigned a homework activity corresponding to that chapter. These assignments will be given through the online course textbook website:  Students will have to use the access code provided with their textbook (if new) or purchase an access code through the website.  Options for purchasing the access code and the process by which you will access the section for this course will be given in class.

In addition to homework assingments, I will be generating quizzes through the same website.  These quizzes will cover the same topics from each chapter that we covered during lecture and will be timed.  Quizzes will be graded as extra credit for the course.  It will be your responsibilty to complete the quizzes.  I will not make regular announcements pertaining to these quizzes.

Lecture Exams

There will be 4 lecture exams worth 100 points each.  Lecture exams will consist of ~35 multiple choice/matching questions, ~10 fill in the blank questions, and 5-10 short answer questions. All exams require an Advantage #28980 scantron.

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 or contact me via email as soon as possible.  Failure to contact me in a timely fashion will severly limit my ability to allow you to make up an exam.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.

Lab Exams (Practicals)

There will be 3 Lab Practicals worth 75 points each.  Lab practicals will consist of stations made up of questions covering the most recent lab exercises. Questions can involve indentification, interpretation, and analysis of specimens or lab equipment, or understanding of principles covered in lab exercises. 

No make-ups will be offered for missed lab exams. If you have a potential scheduling conflict, please contact me as soon as possible to resolve the problem.

Final Exam

We will have one final exam worth 200 points. It will be composed of approximately 150 multiple choice questions. The final exam will include both new content covered since the last regular lecture exam and old material covered by the four previous lecture exams. 


Point Distribution:

Evaluation Method

Point Total

Lecture Exams (4 exams  x 100 points each)


Final exam (200 points)


Lab Exams (3 exams x 75 points each)


Lab Exercises  (Averaged Category)


Online Homework (Averaged Category) 


Total Points


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

  • A=900-1,000
  • B=800-899
  • C=700-799
  • D=600-699
  • F=<600

Bonus Points: The online quizzes will be worth a maximum of 75 points (7.5% of final grade) and will be averaged using the grades from the online quizzes.  Other than those quizzes, bonus points will be given at the discretion of the professor and will be assigned uniformly to the entire class.  DO NOT ASK if you can do an extra project, assignment, etc. to earn extra credit!!

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

Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences count as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week’s worth of unexcused absences (four unexcused absences) will be administratively dropped from the class.  If dropped from the course, you will not be allowed to return.

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with me (your professor) 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.

Mutual Respect: I will give you all the respect you deserve without question. Simultaneously, I expect you to respect me and your classmates. Respect includes not speaking over others, wearing offensive or revealing clothing, or using cell phones/electronic devices in class.  There will be time to use cell phones between classes.  DO NOT USE THEM during class!



Course Content – The following schedule is tentative. While the lab schedule will stay very consistent with the schedule below, the lecture schedule will vary depending on time required to cover some topics.



Lecture Topic

Laboratory Exercise / Topic

1 –   Tue 1/14


Introduction/Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View..

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: 22,23,24,25,26)

Community Ecology - Lecture

8 –   Thu 2/8


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

4/11: Last day to drop with a "Q"


Mammalian Organ Systems*

Lab 16 - Animal Tissues

25 – Tue 4/15


Mammalian Organ Systems*

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

26 – Thu 4/17


Mammalian Organ Systems*

Mammalian Anatomy – Pig Dissection

27 – Tue 4/22


Exam IV (CH’s: 33,34,40,…)

Lab Exam III

28 – Thu 4/24


Mammalian Organ Systems*

Mammalian Organ Systems *

29 – Tue 4/29


Mammalian Organ Systems*




FINAL EXAM:  Thursday, May 1 7:45-9:45 PM


*Mammalian Organ Systems lectures are subject to change and will be covered as time permits.  I did not specify which organ systems will be covered.  That will be determined during the course of the semester.