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Bryan · Natural Sciences · Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section 310 CRN-30102
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 06/12/2019

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:05 AM to 12:05 AM, Room D-120


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:10 PM to 2:05 PM, D- 231

Contact Information

Professor: Beth Armstrong M.S.

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Modular Building B Room #103

Other Office Hours will be held by Appointment


3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week; 96 total contact hours. Credit: 4 semester hours

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. Lab activities reinforce lecture topics.


Prerequisite: A student must be college ready in reading according to TSI college-ready standards.

Recommended: Successful completion of MATH 1314 - College Algebra or concurrent enrollment in higher-level mathematics.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


  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.


TextbookLife: The Science of Biology, 11th Edition, 2016. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Hacker. Sinauer Associates, Inc. 

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Summer 2019, Blinn College Faculty of Biology.

Laboratory Coat:  Must be worn in lab rooms every week. Must reach to the knee (even when sitting down). May be purchased at the Blinn Bookstore or elsewhere.

Closed toed shoes:  Must be worn in lab rooms every week.

Launchpad Access Code  - the online support software for our textbook, is required.  It comes packaged with the text if the text is purchased new from Blinn Bookstore.  It can be purchased separate. 

Advantage Scantrons - Apperson DataLink 1200 

eCampus Access:  Students are expected to login to eCampus after every class to access course announcements and assignments.  Resources such as Powerpoint presentations, grades, assignments, and other review materials are also available.  If you miss a class, it is especially important to check with the eCampus announcements so you will be ready for the next class.


Course Requirements

  1. Four Major Lecture Exams -comprehensive
  2. Three Laboratory exams *Departmental*
  3. A comprehensive final exam *Departmental*
  4. Participation in class, laboratory activities
  5. Homework/ Assignments
  6. Launchpad online homework component

Keys to a Successful and Productive Semester: We will be covering a lot of materials in this class. It is very important that you stay on top of your readings and take time to think through and understand the materials. Hard work and persistence are essential to keep you on task. The items below are essential to your learning:

  • Connect with the course materials (this takes time and practice). In order to do well in this class, you must come to class prepared. I expect that you will read the chapter and make your own notes using the study guide/ outline/videos before we start that chapter. Ask questions when you come to class. Review your notes after class. Review your note and test yourself by doing the online quizzes and activities.
  • You must also be prepared for the lab. I expect that you will review the lab/ lab video before we start that lab and complete the lab worksheets/report during each lab. It is important that you understand the materials not just memorize them. 
  • Connect with your team members/lab partners. It is important that you work well with your team members in/out of class. This will give you opportunities to learn from others and also teach others as well. A team can create something that is bigger or greater than the sum of individual efforts.
  • Connect with your instructor. If you need help, come and see me early. Let me work with you to solve any problems or answer any questions that you may have. Be proactive. Take control of your learning. Let’s work together to achieve your goal set for this class.

1) Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points. These exams will cover lectures, textbook readings, and your notes. The exams may include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, matching, essay questions. Exams will not be curved.  

  • Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentation.  Excused absences in addition to those officially recognized by Blinn (see “Attendance” below) will be at the discretion of the instructor and may include: illness with a doctor's note, or death of a close family member with documentation provided by funeral home.

Students must contact me before the following class period to schedule a make-up. Makeup exams may have a larger portion of essay questions. If you know that you will need to miss a test prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. 

Makeup exams due to unexcused absences may be given at the instructor's discretion and will result in a 15%-point deduction for that exam and/or may have a larger portion of essay questions. 

2)Lab Practicals: There will be THREE departmental lab practicals. They will test the student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that related to lab activities performed and or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory. The exams may include short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions.  You will use your lab manual, worksheets, and skills you learned during lab to prepare for the practicals.  Missing a lab practical without an excused absence will result in a grade of zero. 

3)Final Exam: The final exam is departmental and cumulative.   It will consist of at least 100 multiple choice questions. 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.  

4)Class Participation :  The class participation portion of your grade will include readiness quizzes, lecture/lab quizzes, or various in class activities as assigned.  Except for unusual circumstances, labs cannot be made up.

  • Readiness Quizzes will be given throughout the semester.  These quizzes can be multiple-choice, fill in the blank, listing or other format.  They will cover the basic concepts from the chapter readings / videos and take place either before or after the material is covered in class.
  • Team Readiness Quizzes occasionally will be given.  In this case, the quiz will be taken first individually and then you will take the same quiz with other members of your team. Your quiz score consists of both your individual score and adjusted team score. (To receive 100% of the team score, your individual score has to be 60% or higher. If your individual score is less than 60%, you will only receive 50% of the team score.)

5) Homework/ Assignments: May include online or in class activities/ labs

All online assignments are due the evening prior to class by 11:59PM. ( i.e.  Tues classes - assignments due by Monday night at 11:59pm,  Thurs classes - assignments due by Wed night at 11:59pm etc.)  If your computer is slow submitting the assignment, it will close and you will receive a ZERO.  Make sure you submit things EARLY!!  Each assignment should be done on your own or else you will receive a grade of zero and can be reported for academic dishonesty.   

 NO late assignments will be accepted for online work. 

Quizzes/assignments:  If you miss a class, check eCampus and make sure you are ready for any quiz/ assignment that may be given/due the day you return.  Quizzes / assignments may be online, in-class, or done at home and turned in /presented during class.

Lab Work:  Workbook pages will be assigned each lab period. These pages will not be due at the end of class but may be checked for completion during the period. There will either be lab quizzes/ activities, or the lab manual will be turned in during the practical for grading. You will be able to study for the practical using all the information in your workbook. These points will count toward your Homework / participation grade. Except for unusual circumstances, labs cannot be made up. 

6) LAUNCHPAD:  —- REQUIRED — ONLINE Use the code that comes with your text book or you can purchase it individually.





Lecture Exams


Average of 4 lecture exams

Lab Exams


Average of 3 lab exams

Final Exam


Comprehensive, departmental final exam



In class participation


Online Homework /Participation


Average across quizzes, lab worksheets/ quizzes, etc



Launchpad Chapter Assignments Average

   (Consists of Summative quizzes , Learning curves etc. )



Bonus points

There will be bonus question(s) for every exam and other bonus activities will be given during the semester. Major exams will not be curved.   


Total maximum bonus points is 50 points (equivalent to a maximum of 5%)

           Exam Bonus - maximum possible bonus points of 20 points over the 4 exams

          Other Bonus Opportunities   - remaining points can be earned from bonus activities 

Bonus Quizzes:Bonus assessment quizzes are given during the class/ lab period. These may or may not be announced. No make up for these quizzes will be offered.

Other Bonus opportunities may be afforded students during the semester, as the instructor deems appropriate.


The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

          A = 90-100%

          B = 80-89%

          C = 70-79%

          D = 60-69%

          F = <59%

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

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 Science Department Head.

Biology Department Head: Dr. Steve R. Simcik

Phone: 979-209-7515

email: [email protected]

Laboratory Safety

Students will be provided with laboratory safety training during the first week of class. Students are expected to follow all safety rules including rules related to proper lab attire. 

Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking is not allowed in laboratories. No food/ drink / water bottles can be visible.                                                              

Closed-toe Shoes must be worn each week 

Clothing which is solid from the neck to the knee when sitting ( NO skin can be exposed or visible) are required every week. 

Lab coats are required in the lab every week.                                                       

  • Students may purchase cloth lab coats or disposable lab coats.  Disposable Laboratory Coat – available at Blinn Campus bookstore for $9.98

                   -Disposable coats will NOT be returned at the end of the semester.

Eye protection is required for certain labs, as listed in the lab manual.

Failure to come dressed in proper attire will result in a student being denied access to the lab until the correct attire is obtained.  Also, students who will not follow safety rules will be required to leave the lab.  Absences of this nature will count as an unexcused absence.  The student Will NOT be allowed to make up missed work.

Disabilities Accommodations Reminder

Any student wishing to take advantage of their accommodations MUST present the instructor with the appropriate form from the Office of Disabilities Services prior to receiving any accommodations.   Accommodations are NOT retroactive. 

The student MUST remind the instructor IN WRITING which accommodation(s) that they wish to use for any assignment, Exams, or Lab Practicals.  A WRITTEN reminder is required for EACH exam/ practical at least 2 business days prior to the exam. 

Emails to sent to     [email protected]    will suffice as a written reminder. 

Attendance Policy and Participation Reminder

Attending class is Mandatory. Accumulating four absences will result in your being administratively dropped from the course.  Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence. 

Attendance will be taken at the start of each class period.  If you are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, you will be considered tardy.  Three (3) tardies to lab or lecture will count as one(1) unexcused absence.    

If you leave class for an unexcused extended period of time, you will be counted as absent.

To get an excused absence, you must provide documentation within 24 hours of the missed class period.  Medical appointments for non-emergency situations are not considered excused absences.

  • Accumulating TWO absences (face-to-face plus online) will result in you being dropped from the course.

For Online or Blended courses, failure to complete ALL  online homework on time will result in the student being considered absent for the online portion of the course for that week. 

The last day to drop this semester with a Q is Friday, June 21, 2019.



There are four forms of excused absence officially designated by Blinn College: 

  • 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);
  • representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  • high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  • military service.
  • Other excuses MAY be considered excusable at the instructor’s discretion, with documentation. For prearranged absences, contact me prior to the exam to make alternate testing arrangements. 

As stated under Blinn College Policies section of this document, an attendance policy is in place. 

An excused absence excuses you from physically being in the class. It does not excuse you from the work you missed, assignments that were or are due, quizzes, tests, etc. You are still responsible for the work that was completed during your absence and the work due when you return.Online assignments deadlines will not be extended for excused absences. Please see the Attendance section of the Blinn College Policies for Official Blinn College Excused Absences.

In order to be considered as an excusable absence, you must notify me within 24 hours of being absent. You must present me with your documentation the first day you return to class from being absent. You MUST bring me a doctor’s note stating why you were absent. This does not include a regular doctor’s appointment that was scheduled during class time; only unscheduled instances or medical emergencies where you are ill and need a doctor’s care. If a family emergency exists, you must provide documentation (ex: obituary, doctor’s note for the family member, funeral program etc.). If an accident occurs, I must receive documentation that you were involved (e.g. police report). Missing class for work is not an excused absence.

Grading Feedback and Late Work

Grades will be available and posted on eCampus within 7-10 days of the online due date or date handed back to students unless we have major technical issues.   

Late work :  With the exception of Blinn ecampus technical issues, NO late assignments will be accepted for online work. 

If you miss an in-class quiz for an excused absence, you have two days to make it up and it is your responsibility to schedule a time to take it.  Missed online assignments, labs, lab practicals, and group assignments cannot be made up.  As some of this course homework is online, I strongly suggest you complete the assignments in advance as assignments submitted after the deadline, will not be accepted.  

Academic Integrity

  • I do not tolerate cheating of any kind. Copying answers from the internet, textbook, lab manual, or peers, among other things, are considered cheating. Cheating automatically results in a zero for that assignment (this grade cannot be dropped or replaced) and may be reported to Blinn College. 
  • Unless explicitly otherwise stated, each assignment should be done on your own or else you will receive a grade of zero and can be reported for academic dishonesty.  Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  

Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices: Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the Blinn College Administrative Procedure Manual- Incivility Protocol

Other Points of Interest

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.


Each student is expected to remain for the entire class period. Students leaving class prior  to the end of the class period, without getting permission from the instructor, will receive one absence.


In Class Participation grade: You can easily earn these by attending lab, participating and following instructions, completing lab assignments/activities etc. If you choose, they are also yours to loose. These points can be taken away if you do not clean up at the end of lab, for safety violations, inappropriate behavior, non-sanctioned use of electronic devices etc. If any of these were to occur it would be documented as to what, when, and the points deducted for the offense.


Clean up in lab: If your lab bench is dirty and not picked up, the entire table loses points since it is impossible for me to determine who left the mess. If the mess is in a common area (such as the back and side counters), the entire class loses points. Again these points are essentially free points so CLEAN UP!!


Safety in lab: Even if you have proper safety attire, you can also lose points for not following other safety rules. After one warning points will be deducted. Also, points will be taken off if I see ANY food or drink visible in lab. I don’t care if you are just moving things around in your bag, I NEVER want to see ANY food or drink (yes, this includes water or gum) in the lab!!!


Contacting me:

-E-mail is the best way to contact me.  While I will generally check multiple times, I can only guarantee that I will check my e-mail at least once each day during the week. I anticipate being able to check my e-mail by 10:00pm or sooner on most weekdays but I cannot promise the exact time. Realize if you e-mail me after I have checked, you may have to wait another day before I get your message. Also, do not e-mail me in the morning and expect a reply before class that day. I generally will try to check my e-mail more often but I will not promise anything. Allow at least 24 hours for me to receive your e-mail.

- During the weekend, I anticipate being able to check my e-mail on Sunday evening. I generally do not check e-mails on Saturdays.  


ALL of my correspondence with students will be through

    1) Ecampus - Announcements and/ or Ecampus class list distributions

    2) Blinn e-mail  ( I do NOT check e-campus mail ) .

Please check your Blinn account regularly. You are responsible for all content contained in my e-mails so please READ my e-mails and make sure that you are receiving them.



Final Comments

I want everyone to do well in this class. I am readily available through office hours and e-mail and by appointment.  If you have ANY questions at anytime, please contact me.   Also if you have any other issues or problems that you need resolved notify me.   If I cannot answer them I will find someone who can.     


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

BIOL 1406 –Biology for Science Majors - Sect 310 (Summer I 2019) Course Calendar* Updated: 06/01/19

MTWRF (Lecture 10:05am- 12:05pm, D-120) (Lab 12:10 – 2:05pm, D-231) This schedule is subject to change

Week 1

Lecture Topics   (complete BEFORE class)


Minutes   Δ

Contact Hours



Watch Orientation video/Take syllabus quiz

Ch 01 Studying Life ( overview)/ Begin Ch 02

Lab 1: Safety 

Lab 2  Scientific Method / Begin Lab 3

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 02 Chemistry of Life (cont)

Ch 03 Biomolecules – watch Videos 1-2

Lab 3  Experimental Design

Lab 4 Metric Measurement

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 03 (cont)  watch Videos 3-5

Lab 5 Properties of Water 

Macromolecule Identification Activity

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 04 Nucleic Acids (4.1 only)

Ch 05 Cells

Lab: Organic Molecule Activity / wksht

Lab 6 Testing for Macromolecules

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





EXAM 1 Chapters (1-4.1)

Ch 05 Cells ( cont)

Lab 7 Microscopy

Lab 8 –Observing Cells in Action

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115



Week 2

Lecture Topics (complete BEFORE class)


Minutes Δ

Contact Hours



Ch 16.3 Viruses

Ch 06 Cell Membranes  - watch videos 1 &2

Exam 1 Autopsy

Lab Exam #1 Review

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 06 Cell Membranes  ( cont)  video 3

Ch 07 Cell Communication  (7.1 & 7.2 only )

Lab Exam #1 (Labs 1-6)

Discuss Enzymes and Lab Report

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 08 Energy, Enzymes, & Metabolism


Lab 9 Membrane Transport                       Lab 10 Intro to spectrophotometer Lab

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





EXAM 2 (Chapters 5-8, 16.3)

Ch 09 Cellular Respiration  - videos 1-3

Lab 10 Finish Spectrophotometer Lab

Lab 11 Enzymes

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 09 Cellular Respiration (cont) videos 4- 5 


Lab 12: Cellular Respiration /

Concept Maps

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115



Week 3

Lecture Topics (complete BEFORE class)


Minutes Δ

Contact Hours



Ch 10 Photosynthesis: Energy from Sunlight

Lab 13 Photosynthesis

Exam 2 Autopsy

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 11 The Cell Cycle & Cell Division


Presentation of Enzyme Lab/Lab Report

Draw to know Ch 9 & 10 / What if…

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





EXAM 3 (Chapters 9-11)                                Ch 12 Inheritance, Genes, Chrom videos 1-2 

Lab 14 Eukaryotic Cell Division

Review for Lab Exam #2

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 12 Inheritance, Genes, &Chromosomes   (cont)  Videos 3 & 4

Lab Exam #2 (Labs 7-13)

Lab 15 Genetics ( begin)

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 13 DNA & Its Role in Heredity  videos 1-2

Q drop deadline: 06/21/2019

Lab 15 Genetics ( finish)

Exam 3 Autopsy

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115



Week 4

Lecture Topics (complete BEFORE class)


Minutes Δ

Contact Hours



Ch 13 DNA & Its Role in Heredity videos 3-4

Ch 14 Genes,protein –Transcript videos 1-2

Lab 16 DNA Isolation/Restriction Enzyme

Lab 17 DNA Electrophoresis/Fingerprint

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch 14 (cont) Translation   videos 3 & 4

Ch. 15: Mutations (15.1 & 15.2)                      

Gene Expression Kit Activity / Gene Expression Concept Maps in lab book

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





EXAM 4 (Chapters 12-15.2)

Ch 16.1 & 16,2 Reg of Gene Expression

Review for Lab Exam #3

Genetics and Gene Expression Review 

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Ch16.1 & 16.2 Reg of Gene Expression(cont)

Final Extra Credit work due

Lab Exam #3 (Labs 14-17)

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115





Final Exam Review

Final Exam Review

Lecture        -120

Lab               -115



Final Exam


Final ExamMon 07/01, D- 120   10:05am – 12:05pm  You have 135 min

Lecture        -135




Total Contact Hours:   Δ In the Carnegie Hour System, 50 minutes = 1 Contact hour

           96        Contact Hours


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

Limited coverage

Q Q-drop, last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday, June 21, 2019.   Limited coverage