• This is the first year course series for all life science majors and along with Biological Research Laboratory, 01:119:117. They are the only 100 level life science courses acceptable for a major or minor in Biological Sciences.
  • Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Credits: 4
  • Core Curriculum: NS

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.

Offered

Fall, Spring*, and Summer

Credits

4 (including weekly 80 minute workshop)

Prerequisites

01:119:115 Fall Semester

First-year Students- Pre or Co-Reqs of  English 350:101/355:104 and Math 640:111 Precalc (or higher). 

Continuing Students:  Pre-Reqs of English 355:101/355:104 and Math 01:640:026.  Co-req of 01:640:111 Precalc ( or higher). 

01:119:115 Spring Semester

First-year students - Pre or Co-Reqs of English 355:101/355:104 and  01:640:111  Precalc (or higher) or  Biology 119:199 Prep for GB.

Continuing Students:  Pre-Reqs of English 355:101/355:104 and  Math 01:640: 026.  Co-req of 01:640:111 Precalc (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

Prereqs of English 355:101/355:104 and Math  640:026 (or higher). 

 Although not a prerequisite, all students are assumed to have 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).

Course Description

01:119:115 Topics include:

Biology and Learning   Cell Structure  Cell Cycle  Gene Expression & Regulation  Speciation
 Scientific Process  Membranes & Transport  Meiosis  DNA Technology  Phylogenetics
 Basic Chemistry  Metabolism  Mendelian Genetics  Human Genetics  Animal Behavior
 Biological Molecules  Photosynthesis  Chromosomes  Darwinian Evolution  Ecology- Population, Community, Ecosystem, and Aquatic
 Origin of Life  Respiration  DNA Structure & Function  Population Genetics  Conservation Biology

 

01:119:116 Topics include:

Classification Fungi  Homeostasis Nervous System Organization Digestion Circulation 
 Virology  Animal Diversity  Endocrine System Action Potentials  Nutrition  Blood 
 Prokaryotes  Plant Diversity Reproduction   Synapses & Sensory Receptors  Respiration  Immunity
 Protists   Plant Physiology  Development Musculoskeletal System   Excretion Infectious Disease

Course Syllabus 

 119 115 Fall 2023 Syllabus

119 116 Spring 2024 Syllabus

Course URL

Canvas

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 the application of higher order thinking (e.g., 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:

Deportment                          10%

Workshop Activities          30%

Total                                         100%

* 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%.

Course Materials

Required:

Text: Biology 2e, 2018 openstax- an open source textbook available at: https://openstax.org/details/books/biology-2e 

ISBN:

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

 

Optional:

Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, Donald Borror - knowing the etymology of biological terms can be helpful in learning and remembering them; this dictionary provides quick access to etymologies.

Course Closed?

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 . Students must be officially registered to attend a Workshop.

Faculty

Dr. Gregg Transue – Course Director

phone: 848-445-0778

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Dr. Christy Beal

Busch Lab Center, 127A
Busch Campus

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Dr. Daniel Stern Cardinale – Workshop Director

Biological Sciences Building, Douglass Campus

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Dr. Anne Keating

123A Busch Lab
Center, Busch Campus

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General Biology Program Coordinator:

Ms. Onyi Freeman

General Biology Offices:

Busch Laboratory Center 129, (848)-445-0778)- the main office

Douglass Biology Building 106 (848) 932-9368

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