Biology 3A – General Biology I (5 units)
Spring 2008 - Bakersfield College
Instructor: Ms. Kimberly Hurd CRN: 31073
Office: SE-41 Lab MW 7:55-11:04am, SE-42
Phone: 395-4409 Lec MW 11:10 – 12:35pm, SE-51
Web page: http://www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/khurd
W: 12:30 – 3:30pm
R: 7 – 8am
If the above hours do not work for you, office hours can also be made by appointment.
Introductory course for students majoring in the biological sciences or pursuing pre-professional programs of
study such as pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, or pre-dentistry. Emphasizes scientific processes and methods of
biology including original research. Explores unifying principles of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes,
biodiversity of organisms, systematics, principles of ecology, animal behavior and Mendelian genetics.
Prerequisite: Math BD (“C” or better) and reading level 5 or 6.
Text: Campbell and Reece, Biology 7th edition. (ISBN: 0-8053-7146-X)
Marchuk, A Life Science Lexicon (ISBN: 0-697-12133-X). * This book is no longer in print; used copies are available
for purchase online.
Laboratory Manual: Devlin-Kelly, INVESTIGATIONS: A Critical Thinking Approach to the Biological Laboratory, 3rd
Edition. Each student must have this text by January 28, 2008. The lab manual is available in the BC bookstore.
Van De Graaff and Crawley, A Photographic Atlas for the Biological Laboratory, 5th Edition. (ISBN: 0-89582-684-4)
* Spanish speaking students: Spanish Glossary for Campbell Biology, 7th edition – optional text available in the
- 2”, 3-ring loose-leaf binder and tabs for lab manual.
- Colored pencils for microscope drawings and a calculator (does not need to be scientific).
- Safety glasses and plastic or rubber gloves for use during dissections. These may be purchased at
Walmart, Home Depot, or Smart & Final. (Required by OSHA and CALOSHA – you will not be allowed to
complete dissections without them.)
- Optional supplies: mask and lab coat or apron for dissections, binoculars and hand lens.
1/21 First day of instruction & Martin Luther King Holiday
2/15 Lincoln Day Holiday
2/18 Washington Day Holiday
2/22 Last day to withdraw without a “W”
3/17-3/21 Spring Break
4/4 Last day to withdraw with a “W”
5/10-5/16 Final Exams
Expectations and Student Evaluation
Attendance & Participation: Attendance is expected in every class meeting. It is very important for students to
attend class in order to be successful in this course. However, things happen in life and if you must miss a class, the
instructor asks that you let her know ahead of time when possible (in person, via phone or email). In the event of
an absence, you are strongly encouraged to contact a classmate to obtain missed materials.
Class will start as scheduled. Please arrive on time. Coming to class late WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. In the event of
excessive tardies, the instructor reserves the right to give pop-quizzes to the entire class. If you miss the quiz, you
will not be allowed to make it up.
It is imperative that all electronic devices be turned to “off” during class meetings. If your cell phone or page rings,
you will be excused from that class period. Under no circumstances will text-messaging be permitted during lab or
lecture. Thank you for your understanding.
Withdrawing: The instructor will not drop you from the course after the first class meeting. Please be aware of all
deadlines to prevent a “W” or “F” from appearing on your transcripts (see semester calendar). Any student
enrolled in the course after the final drop date will receive a letter grade.
Please note: Three consecutive, un-excused absences from lecture may cause you to be dropped from the course.
Exams & Quizzes: There will be NO MAKE-UP exams or quizzes. There will be 4 lecture exams and comprehensive
final exam. The lowest lecture exam will be dropped at the end of the semester. If you do not show up to the final,
you will receive an “F” in the course. Material on the exams will come from both lecture and lab. The use of
dictionaries during the exam will not be permitted.
Cheating Policy: Cheating in any form (including, but no limited to, copying test answers or outside assignments,
sharing answers, using prepared notes or other information not available from your own mind) will not be
tolerated and is grounds for dismissal from the course and possibly the college.
Special Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are
encouraged to contact Supportive Services in FACE 16 (395-4334) as soon as possible to better ensure such
accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
Laboratory Policies & Procedures
Attendance: Labs may NOT be made up. Any student who misses more than three labs for any reason before the
final drop date will be dropped from the course. If the forth absence occurs after the final drop date, that student
will receive an “F” in the course.
Homework: Please turn in all homework assignments at the beginning of lab. Put your name, lab day and time in
the upper right hand corner and staple all pages together in the correct order.
Choose 2 projects from the following options:
Project Due Date
Long Beach Aquarium $9 – Feb. 23 , 11am Feb. 27, 8am
Santa Barbara Whale Watching $17 – March 28, noon April 2, 8am
LA, San Diego, or Santa Barbara Zoos; Monterey Bay Aquarium (on your own) April 2, 8am
*Please see instructor for assignment.
Feline Breeding Compound, Rosamond $3, April 18, 10:30am April 23, 8am
Pamphlet & oral presentation– please see me to schedule. April 30
Each student must complete two of the above projects. Students may attend any of the scheduled field trips on
their own, or on the dates listed above. If you choose to go on your own, the price of admission may vary from
what is listed here; in order to receive credit for your work, you must attach your ticket to the assignment as proof
that you did attend. The due date is the same regardless if you go to one of the above venues on your own, or with
groups of 4
major biological topic
presentations scheduled for 4/28, 4/30 and 5/5
Class Schedule * subject to change.
DATE LECTURE LAB READINGS & MISCELLANEOUS
1/23 Exploring Life Introduction & Lab Safety Ch. 1
1/28 Biological Diversity Ex. 4 Directions Ch. 26
Ex. 2 Scientific Method
Ex. 24 Cladistics
1/30 Prokaryotes Ex.1 Use of Microscope & The Cell Ch. 27
2/4 Fungi Ex. 5 Bacteria Ch. 31
Prokaryotes vs. viruses
2/6 Protista “Jewels of the Jungle” Ch. 28
Ex. 6 Fungi
2/11 Animal Diversity Ex. 7 Protista Ch. 32
2/13 Animal Diversity con’t. Ex. 8 Porifera & Cnidaria Ch. 32
2/18 HOLIDAY HOLIDAY
2/20 Exam I Practical I – 9am Lexicon #1 Due
2/25 Protista Ex. 7 Protista Ch. 28
2/27 An Introduction to Animal Ex. 8 Porifera & Cnidaria Ch. 32
3/3 An Introduction to Animal Ex. 9 Platyhelminthes & Ch. 32
Diversity con’t. Nematoda
3/5 Animal Form & Function Ex. 9 & 10 Mollusca & other Ch. 40
3/10 Animal Circulation & Gas Review & Chapter 41 (digestion) Ch. 42
Exchange Set up EX. 18
3/13 Exam II Practical II – 9am Lexicon #2 & CALM due (ex. 11)
3/17 SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK
3/19 SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK
3/24 Plant Morphology Ex. 13 Dichotomous Keys & “The Ch. 29
Secret Life of Plants.”
Taxonomy/Trees, Plants fruits
and seeds. Monocots vs. Dicots
3/26 Plant Diversity Plant Morphology Ch. 30
3/31 Plant Structure, Growth & Handout – Plant Cells, Tissues, Ch. 35
Development and Primary Growth
Ex. 19 Effects of Salt on Bean
4/2 Plant Responses to Stimuli Plants Data & Discuss Ex. 14 Ch. 39
Ecology Field Exercise
4/7 Intro to Ecology Ex. 16 Survival! Ch. 50
4/9 Behavioral Ecology Ex. 18 Never Cry Wolf & Ex. 17 Ch. 51
4/14 Population Ecology Ex. 12 Prosection Lab Ch. 52
4/16 Community Ecology Ex. 12 Prosection Lab Ch. 53
4/21 Exam III Lab Practical III – 9am Lexicon #3 Due
4/23 Ecosystes Ex. 15 Ecology Analysis Ch. 54
4/28 Conservation Biology Ex. C: Concepts of Ecology & Ch. 55
Community Food Webs
4/30 Descent with Modification & Ex. 20 Oil Spill! Ch 22, 23 & 24
The Origin of Species & H-W *Oral Presentations
5/5 Genetics Ex. Ex. 21 Mitosis, Meiosis & Ch. 14
Ex. 23 Genetics
Lexicon #4 Due& Notebooks
5/7 Exam IV Lab Practical IV Check-off
5/14 Final Exam
10-11:50am – Please come
prepared with a scantron.
This course operates on an objective point system. Grades will be assigned based on the following accumulated point scale.
3 lecture exams @ 100 300 1201 – 1335 = A
Final Exam @ 200 200 1068 – 1200 = B
4 Lab Practicals @ 100 400 934 – 1067 = C
25 Labs (participation) @ 5 125 801 – 933 = D
Lab Report @ 30 30 000 – 800 = F
4 Lexicon Assignments @ 20 80
2 Projects @ 25 50
Lab Notebook 100
Group Project 50
Total Points Possible = 1335
* Any extra credit given throughout the course of the semester will only be applied to those who have
turned in ALL assignments.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Employ the scientific method as a way of thinking, and as a process for doing science. This includes
participation in peer review.
a. Propose a hypothesis
b. Design an experiment to test the hypothesis
c. Collect and analyze data
d. Propose and elucidate a conclusion
e. Communicate and defend sections 1a to 1d to peers as part of the peer review process
2. Demonstrate their ability to read, listen to, and/or follow directions.
3. Identify and use Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes in scientific terminology.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of Cladistics and Systematics and the organization of living
organisms. Analyze and construct a cladogram for a group of organisms.
5. Correctly perform basic laboratory skills.
a. Demonstrate proficiency using several types of microscopes
b. Perform dissections
c. Demonstrate use of aseptic techniques
6. Demonstrate use of biology field techniques and equipment and use of dichotomous keys.
7. Recognize Bio-ethics issues. Examine and discuss multiple sides of these issues. Formulate a personal
stand on an issued based on examination, discussion, and evaluation.
8. Recognize the importance of diversity of organisms. Assess and appraise the value of all living things and
Open your mind, open your heart, open your arms, take it all in.
- Kobi Yamada