BIOL 102: General Biology - Lecture
Spring Washington State University, Vancouver
Biology 102 Lecture (69906)
Jaimie Powell, Ph.D.
Office: VELS 117
Office Hours: TBA
Email: through Blackboard
Welcome to BIOL 102: General Biology for non-majors. This course is an introductory course for non-majors that
provides a foundation in molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecosystem biology in an evolutionary context and
In this course, you will learn about the nature of living things, methods, and function of
In lecture, you will be introduced to a few of the many fascinating biological principles and
applications, and will get to put these theories into hands-on practice in the lab and group project portion of the
course. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific method, including experimentation and data
interpretations involving biological, mathematical, and/or physical systems. Laboratory experience satisfying the
laboratory credit requirement focuses on the interplay among hypothesis, observation, experiment theory, and
4 credits. Not open to students who have taken a college-level course in general biology or botany. Credit not
granted for Biol 102 and 101, 107 or 105.
This is a General Education course that fulfills 3 credits of biological science [B] and one credit of biological
laboratory science [L] for General Education Requirements.
As such, it follows the
WSU Vancouver Campus
Global Change in a Local Context
. As we study fundamental biological concepts, we will be exploring the
relationship of science to social, environmental, political, and cultural change.
There will be a substantial amount of written work in this course. Written lecture and laboratory assignments
fulfill the writing requirements for general education courses.
Some of these assignments and the course project will
be posted in your electronic portfolio (e-portfolio). See
for more information
Biology: Today and Tomorrow
Starr, Evers, and Starr, 2nd edition, 2007
Thomson/Brooks Cole Publishing
Biol 102 is designed to address some of WSU's Learning Goals: Critical Thinking; Quantitative
and Symbolic Reasoning; Information Literacy; Communication; Self in Society; and Specialty. Upon completion of
this course, students should be able to:
-Construct and use knowledge claims of evidence and context to reason ethically and reach conclusions as well
as to innovate in imaginative ways. These steps are equally applicable to different kinds of problems such as
scientific theory development and testing, ethical problem solving, and innovation (Critical Thinking).
-Use a disciplined and systematic approach to accessing, evaluating and using information (Information