General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
This 4-unit biology course will present several key topics in evolution, ecology,
environment, and the diversity of life.
These topics will be covered in a series of weekly
lectures (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week) and one weekly laboratory
Dr. Suzanne Edmands, AHF 316, 213-740-5548,
Dr. Donal Manahan, AHF 210, 213-740-5793,
Dr. Eric Webb, AHF 331, 213-740-7954,
Dr. Cornelius Sullivan, AHF 107c, 213-740-6712,
Gorjana Bezmalinovic, ZHS 362, 213-740-6078,
ISBN-10: 0321543254, ISBN-13: 978-0321543257
Van de Graaff & Crawley (2005).
A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory,
ed., ISBN: 0895826844
Lum, Shakhbandaryan & Halchak (2008).
General Biology Laboratory Manual BISC 120
(site for course materials, lecture notes, quizzes, additional readings, grades etc.)
M, W, F 9-9:50am THH 101 (=13004R), M, W, F 10-10:50am THH 101 (=13005R)
Various times in ZHS 361, 363, 365
Monday, 11am to 12pm and Wednesday, 3pm to 4pm.
Monday, 11:30am to 12:30pm and Wednesday, 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Monday, 11am to 12pm and Wednesday, 11am to 12pm.
Sullivan: Monday: 12-2pm, Tuesday: 10-11:30am, Wednesday: 1:30-3:30pm
or by appointment via e-mail at
The lecture portion of this course will include three mid-term examinations and a comprehensive
All examinations (mid-terms and final) may include multiple choice
questions, fill-in answers, short answers, short and long essays, definitions, and
The final examination will include material composed of
questions that integrate concepts developed throughout the course, both in the lecture
and the laboratory portions.
Students must take at least two mid-term lecture
examinations and the final examination to complete the course and complete at least
75% of the assigned weekly laboratory activities. There will also be 12 multiple choice
quizzes to be completed on Blackboard (https://blackboard.usc.edu/
) during the course.
Examinations completed by students may be photocopied by the instructional staff.
After each examination, point-grades will be released.
There is no fixed number for a specific
set of grade-points (“absolute score”) that will result in grades that earn an A, B, or C etc.
The final grades will be assigned on a curve, determined by the total number of points