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Unformatted text preview: 1 BIOLOGY 1009 (General Biology) Lectures: T/Th, 12:45-2:00 p.m. Willey 175 Instructor: Rick Peifer 3-104 Molecular and Cellular Biology Office hours: 2:30-3:30 T and Th and by appointment E-mail: rw [email protected] Phone: 612-625-9048 fax: 612-626-7823 General Biology web site: http://genbiol.cbs.umn.edu Texts: Biology , Campbell and Reece, 7th edition Introduction to Biology: Laboratory Exercises , R.W. Peifer, 12th edition, 2005 Both are available at Williamson Bookstore. Biology 1009 is a 4-credit introductory biology course with lab intended for any student (major or non major) who requires a comprehensive survey of biology in a single semester. The course satisfies the CLE lab distribution requirement in biology. Topics include: molecular structure of organisms, cell structure and function, viruses, energy recruitment and utilization, cellular reproduction, flow of genetic information through organisms and populations, principles of inheritance, population biology, origin of life, ecology, and evolution. This course has no prerequisites. Welcome to Biology 1009. Biology is an enormous field, and this course will focus on several themes that are central to modern biology. The topics in the course have been chosen to build a strong foundation for understanding and appreciating biological processes. Whether you have career goals in biology or would like to simply have an appreciation of the biological systems of which you are a part, the concepts we will study are a good place to begin. The major goals of the course are to help you: 1. build a framework of knowledge within the major themes of the course, 2. view biology as a collection of organizing themes, rather than a collection of facts, to better understand the unity and diversity that are present in nature, and 3. identify and understand ways that biological processes and technology directly impact your life. Some study hints for the lecture begin with regular attendance in class and include reading the assigned material in the textbook, reviewing the study outline at the end of each chapter, reviewing lecture notes, and working the problems at the end of the chapter. Therefore, you can expect to spend considerable time outside of class studying. If you have any questions or concerns about the course, please make them known to me or to your lab instructor so that we can work to strengthen the learning process for you. The laboratory component of the course will give you the chance to study concepts with a hands-on approach, and expose you to some of the techniques used in modern biology. I anticipate that you will find this course challenging. I also hope that you find it enjoyable and eye-opening, and that it leaves you with a sense of awe at the beauty and amazing workings of living organisms....
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