Course Descriptions

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.

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 from the immediately preceding fall semester MAY NOT enroll in the spring offering of GB115.

· students who did not meet the pre-/corequisites for the fall semester must have successfully completed Bio 119:199 or Chem 160:161 or  English 355:101 and Pre-calc  640:111 during the preceding fall semester to enroll 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

Students who enrolled in the immediately preceeding Fall semester of GB 119:115 are not eligible to retake the course in the spring.


Concepts in Biology (01:119:199)        


General Chemistry 01:160:161            


English 355:101 (or higher) and Precalc  640:111 (or higher).

116 Fall and Spring Semesters

01:119:116 Prerequisite is successful completion of 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.


For Students looking to fulfill the General Biology requirement after having earned a D or F in either 119:101 or 119:102:

1. If D in 101 and C in 102 – student can take Bio 115 to fulfill Gen Bio I lecture requirement; student will not need to take Bio 117.

2. If C in 101 and F in 102 – student will need to take Bio116 to fulfill Gen Bio II lecture requirement and Bio 117 to complete the lab requirement.

3. If C in 101 and D in 102 – student can take Bio 116 to fulfill Gen Bio II lecture requirement; student will not need to take Bio 117.

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

Scientific Process

Basic Chemistry

Biological Molecules

Origin of Life

Cell Structure

Membranes & Transport




Cell Cycle


Mendelian Genetics


DNA Structure and Function

Gene Expression

DNA Technology

Human Genetics

Evolution-Darwinian, Micro-, and Macro-


Animal Behavior

Ecology – Population, Community, Ecosystem, and Aquatic

Conservation Biology

01:119:116 Topics include:




Protist Diversity

Unikont Diversity

Plant Diversity

Plant Anatomy and Transport


Endocrine System



Nervous System

Sensory Receptors

Musculoskeletal System







Infectious Disease

Course URL

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.

Natural Sciences: Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

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.

II. To develop data analysis and statistical reasoning skills that prepares students for a society increasing reliant on the use of data and information. Students will be able to interpret/evaluate patterns in data presented in tables, figures, and graphs as well as be able to organize, summarize and present data.

III. To develop the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method to empower students with the ability to generate and refine knowledge. Students will be able to evaluate and apply the practice of science.

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%


Deportment               8%

Quizzes                    14%

Workshop Activities  18%

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


Text: Campbell Biology 10th Edition, Reece et
al. ISBN: 9780321775658

Lecturers will use the 10th Edition of Campbell Biology and will not provide guidance as to what sections or figures are equivalent or different from older editions. Use of older editions is not recommended; students use older editions at their own risk.

Mastering Biology is NOT a required resource for Bio 115/116 and will not be used formally in the course. Students may wish to use this resource to test themselves as they progress through the semester or as an additional resource to help them learn the material.


Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, Donald Borror - knowing the etymology of biological terms can be helpful in learning and remembering the terms. This Dictionary provides quick access to etymologies; it is not a required resource.

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 for Spring 2019 Courses . Students must be officially registered to attend a Workshop.


Dr. Gregg Transue – Course Director

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Dr. Christy Beal

Busch Lab Center,
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 Secretary:

Ms. Kathy Agnese

General Biology Office


Biological Sciences Building, Room 106, Douglass Campus

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129 Busch Lab Center, Busch Campus

Phone: 848-732-0778

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