01:119:115-116 General Biology I-II
General Biology 115 and 116 is a two semester sequence intended for students majoring in the biological sciences or pharmacy, and for students who plan to attend a professional school in the sciences.
Weekly, GB 115 and 116 have two 80 minute lectures and an 80 workshop where students actively work in teams to construct and practice lecture content and begin self-assessing their preparation for the exams
.Bio 115/116 replaces Bio101/102. Bio 101/102 is no longer offered.
Along with Bio 117 (the 2 credit laboratory course), the Bio 115/116 sequence is a CORE requirement for the Biological Sciences and Division of Life Sciences departmental majors.
Fall, Spring*, and Summer
*Spring semester restrictions:
Students who did not meet the pre-/corequisites for the fall semester must have successfully completed Prep for Gen Bio 119:199 or Chem 160:161 or English 355:101 and Pre-calc 640:111/115 during the preceding fall semester to enroll in GB115 in the spring.
4 (including weekly 80 minute workshop)
01:119:115 Fall Semester
01:119:115 corequisites are placement into English 350:101 (or higher) AND Mathematics 640:111-112, or 115 (or higher). Students lacking pre-/corequisites will be deregistered without warning.'
01:119:115 Spring Semester
English 355:101 (or Basic Comp) and one of the following: Prep for General Biology (01:119:199) or General Chemistry 01:160:161 or Precalc 640:111 (or higher)
Students with Prep for General Biology (01:119:199) or General Chemistry 01:160:161 are given priority.
Spring 2021 Registration will be staggered:
From Nov 30-December 11:
01:119:199 or 01:160:161 (or equivalent) AND expos (or basic comp)
After December 11, the chemistry will be removed and thus the pre-requisites will be:
Expos (or basic comp) and Pre-calc (640:111 or higher)
116 Fall and Spring Semesters
01:119:116 Prerequisite is a C or better in GB 115 (01:119:115)
115 and 116 Summer Semesters
During the summer session, it is impossible to take 355:101 or 640:111-112 concurrently with General Biology, therefore, 355:101 and 640:111-112 are prerequisites during the summer.
Although not a prerequisite, it is assumed that all students have successfully completed a course in high school Chemistry.
Please note: All students wishing to major in Biological Sciences are required to earn a C or better in their General Biology coursework (lecture and lab components).
01:119:115 Topics include:
Biology and Learning
Origin of Life
Membranes & Transport
DNA Structure and Function
Ecology – Population, Community, Ecosystem, and Aquatic
01:119:116 Topics include:
Nervous System Organization
Synapses and Sensory Receptors
Sakai website will be active during the semester
Course satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals
Natural Science: Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.
Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals
I. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides students with a foundation to further their education and career in the areas of life science or health science. Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge (ex. identify, define, explain...) of the concepts, practices and principles that comprise the biological sciences.
IV. To develop critical thinking and problems solving skills appropriate to prepare students to evaluate, synthesize and generate knowledge that provides them with a competitive advantage to adapt to an evolving, global, and knowledge based society. Students will be able to demonstrate application of higher order thinking (ex. classify, diagnosis, evaluate, synthesize, hypothesize...). Students will develop an understanding of not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Hour Exam I 15%
Hour Exam II* 15%
Final Exam* 30%
Workshop Activities 30%
* All exams are comprehensive; at least half will be Upper Level questions. While the newest material will be emphasized on the second midterm exam and final exam, students will be expected to make linkages between new material and older material.
To pass General Biology, a student must satisfy all of the following conditions:
a) Have earned a certain total percentage; and
b) Score at least 55% on one of the three common exams (Hourly I, Hourly II, or Final); and
c) Have at least a 60% total average for the workshop (individual categories may be less than 60%, but all workshop categories combined must be at least 60%.
Text: Biology 2e, 2018 openstax- an open source texbook available at: https://openstax.org/details/books/biology-2e
PRINT BOOK ISBN-10 1-947172-51-4
PRINT BOOK ISBN-13 978-1-947172-51-7
PDF VERSION ISBN-10 1-947172-52-2
PDF VERSION ISBN-13 978-1-947172-52-4
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, Donald Borror - knowing the etymology of biological terms can be helpful in learning and remembering them and this dictionary provides quick access to etymologies.
Students should continue to check WebReg to see if a spot has opened; special permission is not given for full sections. If students are not registered by the start of classes, they should go to the first lecture meeting anyway, but continue to check WebReg. For wait list information, please go to: Wait list Sign up for Spring 2021 Courses . Students must be officially registered to attend a Workshop.
Dr. Gregg Transue – Course Director
Dr. Christy Beal
Busch Lab Center, 127A
Dr. Daniel Stern Cardinale – Workshop Director
Biological Sciences Building, Douglass Campus
Dr. Anne Keating
123A Busch Lab
Center, Busch Campus
General Biology Program Coordinator:
Ms. Onyi Freeman
General Biology Offices:
Douglass Biology Building 106, walk-in hours: Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm, Wednesday 10:00-11:30am, (848)-932-9368
Busch Laboratory Center 129, walk-in hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm, (848)-445-0778