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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Biology for Science Majors I BIOL-1406

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_311 CRN-10946

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/25/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture:  MW 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm (S-216)

Lab:  MW 1:25 pm to 2:40 pm (S-215)

Contact Information

Instructor:  Jason Carbaugh

Office Hours:  30 minutes after class or by appointment

Office:  S-117                                              

Email:  eCampus message or

Tel:   209-8809         


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, 9th Edition, 2011. Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson. Pearson Education, Inc. 

Lab Manual: Biology 1406 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2013, Richardson et. al. Copy Stop Print & Postal 

Course Requirements

MasteringBiology:  MasteringBiology is a website providing supplement material with the course textbook. You are REQUIRED to register for this class section using the following course ID: MBCARBAUGH46013. During the semester, you will be completing assignments on this website.

Lecture Quizzes and ActivitiesQuizzes and activities will be given to help students gauge their progress in learning the materials. These quizzes and activities are worth a total of 100 points and will cover material from both the lectures and textbook.

Lecture ExamsThere will be four lecture exams each worth 100 points, in which only the top three exams will contribute to the final grade. Exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill in the blank, and/or short answer questions. Exams will cover material from both the lectures and the textbook. Make-up tests will only be offered to those with excused absences and proper documentations; no exceptions. Excused absences include: Illness with doctor's note, official Blinn College activity, or death of a close family member with appropriate documentation. Students must see me during the first class period following the absence to schedule a make-up exam. If you know that you will need to miss an exam prior to the test date, contact me ASAP so that I may plan accordingly. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero or will serve as your dropped exam score.

Final ExamThe final exam is a comprehensive final worth 200 points. It will consist of 100 multiple choice questions.

Laboratory ExercisesLab exercises are worth a total of 200 points. You are expected to read the assigned pages of the lab exercise before the scheduled lab to gain a general understanding of what you will be doing. Each lab exercise is to be completed during the lab and turned in at the end of the period or as instructed. For the most part, each laboratory exercise will be assigned a maximum grade of 10 points. Deductions will be taken for incomplete work or failure to demonstrate general competency of the assigned material. To receive points for each exercise, you must be present and participating in the entire lab exercise. No late work or make-up will be accepted.

Laboratory Practical ExamsThere will be two lab practical exams worth 100 points each. Lab practical exams will test student’s ability to carry out specific tasks or techniques that relate to lab activities performed and/or the overall student learning outcomes for the laboratory. Additional short answer, problem solving, or fill-in-the-blank questions may also be administered. There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for lab.

Expectations:  We will be covering a large amount of material in this course. For you to be successful, you will need to keep up by reading the textbook and the lab manual, studying your notes, and completing assignments on time. The lecture component of this course is 3 credit hours. Therefore, you should be devoting at least 6 hours per week towards this course. However, you may need to spend additional time beyond the 6 hours for reading and completing the labs outside of the designated lab time.

Extra Credit:  Extra credit maybe given out during the semester at the discretion of the instructor to the entire class and not by individual requests. It could be in the form of additional questions on quizzes and/or exams, and by activities. However, do not expect any given extra credit to increase your grade substantially in the course. It will still be necessary for you to learn the required material to succeed.



Evaluation Methods




Lecture Exams (Top 3 of 4)


Final Exam


Laboratory Practical Exams (2)


Lecture Quizzes and Activities


Laboratory Exercises




Total Points



Grading Scale



Letter Grade





90 – 100 %


800 – 899

80 – 89 %


700 – 799

70 – 79 %


600 – 699

60 – 69 %


≤ 599

≤ 59 %



Your Course Average = [ (Your Total Points) / 1000 ] x 100 = ____ %

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

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  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 ReminderMissing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the semester, two absences count as one week of absence. Students accumulating two weeks of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Health ConcernsEating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories. 

Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try to 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,


Tentative Lecture and Lab Schedule – Fall 2013 




Lecture Period

Laboratory Period










Lab 1 – Lab Safety

Ch. 1 – Introduction to Biology

Lab 2 – Process of Science


Ch. 1 – Introduction to Biology

Lab 3 – The Scientific Method

Ch. 2 – Chemical Context of Life




Labor Day Holiday – No Class


Ch. 3 – Water and Life

Lab 4 – Experimental Design

Lab 5 – Graphing




Ch. 4 – Carbon and Molecular Diversity

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement


Ch. 5 – Large Biological Molecules

Lab 6 – Metric Measurement




Ch. 5 – Large Biological Molecules

Organic Molecules Activity


EXAM #1  (1-5)

Lab 7 – Testing for Organic Molecules




Ch. 6 – A Tour of the Cell

Lecture Period


Ch. 19 – Viruses

Lab 8 – Microscopy




Ch. 7 – Membrane Transport

Lab 9 – Observing Cells in Action


Ch. 11 – Cell Communication

Lab 10 – Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells




Ch. 8 – Introduction to Metabolism

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport 


EXAM #2  (6-8, 11, 19)

Lab 11 – Membrane Transport 




Ch. 9 – Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration Concept Maps


Ch. 9 – Cellular Respiration

Lab Practical #1 Review




Ch. 10 – Photosynthesis



Ch. 10 – Photosynthesis

Lab 12 – Spectrophotometry




Ch. 12 – The Cell Cycle

Lab 17 - Mitosis


EXAM #3  (9-10, 12)

Lab 13 – Chromatography




Ch. 13 – Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycle

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis 


Ch. 16 – Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Lab 14 – Photosynthesis 




Ch. 17 – From Gene to Protein

Gene Expression Concept Maps


Ch. 17 – From Gene to Protein

Lab 15 – DNA Isolation




Ch. 18 – Regulation of Gene Expression

Lab 16 – Restriction Endonucleases


Ch. 14 – Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics




Ch. 14 – Mendel and the Gene Idea

Lab 18 – Mendelian Genetics


Thanksgiving Break – No Class




EXAM #4  (13-14, 16-18)

Lab Practical #2 Review


Ch. 15 – Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance





Ch. 15 – Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Review for Final Exam and Assessment




FINAL EXAM:  Wednesday, December 11  12:45-2:45 pm in S-216