Biology 131- General Biology
This course covers the chemical basis of life, cell structure and
function, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, molecular and Mendelian genetics,
environmental and evolutionary influences on organisms.
It is intended primarily for
science and preprofessional science majors, providing the foundation for upper level
Bio 131 includes a laboratory component.
The Board of Trustees has
determined that all JCC graduates should develop or enhance certain essential skills
while enrolled in the college.
The course addresses the following JCC Associate Degree
ADO4 - scientific reasoning and ADO7 - critical thinking.
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departmental, available at bookstore
Course Pack - available at bookstore
: Prof. Laura Thurlow
: 787-0800, Ext. 8152
Fri. by appointment
Exams and Grading:
There will be seven exams given in lecture, each worth approx. 100
The lecture portion of the course accounts for 75% of the final grade, while the
lab portion makes up the remaining 25%.
In computing the final lecture grade, points
will be totaled from the following, for a total of approximately 600-650 points.
the final exam score
this exam cannot be dropped
the five highest of the first six exam scores (approx. 500 points)
homework and in-class assignments - approx. 50 points
is similar for all exams, though the last exam may include cumulative
questions, and therefore cannot be dropped
. Exams are a mixture of fill in, short
answer, multiple choice, problem solving and short essay.
Exams are designed to take
students arriving late will NOT
be given extra time.
If you anticipate taking
more than an hour, please see me ahead of time about starting exams early if possible.
NO MAKE-UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN
An exam (other than the
final exam) missed due to illness or emergency will be treated as the dropped score.
Any subsequent missed exams will count as zero.