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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_311 CRN-21492
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, S-225


  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S-224

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Michael Johanson

Office Hours

  • Monday, 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM, S-117


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 et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 


Course Requirements

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

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


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1. Major exams account for at least 30% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory exams designed to address both knowledge and skills and will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
  3. Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
  5. Student participation is assessed through the various assignments and will count for at least 10% of the final grade.
  6. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.


Homework  (all on    = 200pts

4 exams (75 pts each)                                   = 300pts

3 Quizzes                                                          =  30pts

 Class Participation                                         =  70pts

 2 Lab Exams(100pts each)                                       = 200pts

 Final Exam                                                             = 200pts   


Total                                                                     1000pts



Grade scale

900-1000 = A       800-899 = B    700-799 = C   600-699 = D   599 and below = F         


Homework and Participation: All homework assignments will be assigned through You will have an access code with your text book to open your own account and you will enroll in this course: Johanson3111406. Instructions will be emailed to you. The total points possible for homework is 200 points. Thirty of these points are considered part of your 10% participation grade. In addition to the homework points, another 70 points is classified as participation and is awarded based upon attendance, lab participation, in class writing assignments, the 18 lab reports, and lab clean up.

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

Extra Credit:There are some extra credit opportunities in some of the home work assignments and there may be some on the exams (not the final). However, the credit awarded will be minimal and the total points awarded will not exceed the maximum points possible for an assignment. The purpose of the extra credit questions are to enrich the students educational experience rather than to make up for previous academic deficiencies. No more the 50 pts extra credit will be awarded throughout the course.

Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. Two zeroes for online work will count the equivalent of 1 absence in this course. After a combination or 4 absences (from missing online work or F2F class) the student may be dropped from the class.

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.

Closed-toe Shoes: Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes in the lab. Failure to follow the rules will result in a student being denied access to the lab. This will count as an absence. The student Will NOT be allowed to make up missed work.

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.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes




Lecture Topic

Laboratory Topic






First Day /Intro to Biol

Intro to Biol/Chemical Context of Life

Labs 1 & 2 – Safety/Process of Science

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method







Water and Life                 HW 1 & HW 2 due


Lab 4 and 5 – Exp. Design/Graphing






Carbon and Molecular Diversity  HW 3 due

Large Biological Molecules           HW 4 due

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement cont’d






Large Biological Molecules           

Test #1  (1-5)                                   HW 5 due

Organic Molecules Activity

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules






A Tour of the Cell

A Tour of the Cell cont’d & Viruses

Lab 8 – Microscopy

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action






Membrane Transport        HW 6  & 19 due

Membrane Transport/Cell Communication

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport






Intro to Metabolism                HW 7 & 11 due      

Test #2  (6-8, 11, 19)                        HW 8 due

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport cont’d

Lecture:Cellular Respiration (chapter 09)






Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration cont'd

Review for Lab Practical #1

Lab Exam #1 (Wednesday, 03/05)




Spring Break

No Class

No Class





Photosynthesis                                 HW 9 due

Photosynthesis cont’d

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry






The Cell Cycle                                   HW 10 due

Test #3  (9-10, 12)                           HW 12 due

Lab 17 – Mitosis

Lab 13 – Chromatography






Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Molecular Basis of Inheritance     HW 13 due

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis cont’d

13 Q





From Gene to Protein                    HW 16 due

From Gene to Protein

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation

Gene Expression Concept Maps






Regulation of Gene Expression     HW 17 due

Mendel and the Gene Idea           HW 18 due

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics






Mendel and the Gene Idea

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

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics cont’d

Review for Lab Exam #2





Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance cont..

Lab Exam #2 (Monday, 04/28)

Review for final exam

FINAL EXAM: Section 311, Monday May 5 from 3:15pm to 5:15pm  in room S-225  HW 15 due


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

  • § We covered only part of the chapter.

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