BIOLOGY 1009 Section001 (General Biology)
T/Th, 6:00-7:15 p.m., 3-120 Molecular and Cellular Biology, (MCB)
7-116 MCB Bldg.
Office hours: 5-6 T and TH in 7-116 MCB or by appointment.
Biology Program web site:
WebVista course web site:
Available at Student Bookstore, 1501 University Ave. SE, Dinkytown (purchase or rental). Also
available at Coffman Bookstore (purchase only).
Introduction to Biology: Laboratory Exercises
, R.W. Peifer, 15
Available only at the Student Bookstore, Dinkytown
Biology 1009 is a course for non-CBS majors seeking a broad survey of biology in a single
The course covers the major concepts and principles of contemporary biology.
structure and function of biological molecules, cell structure and function, energy recruitment and utilization,
cellular reproduction, flow of genetic information through organisms and populations, principles of
inheritance, evolution and ecology.
This course satisfies the CLE lab distribution requirement in biology and
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 you 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 explore concepts with a hands-on approach, and expose you to some of the
techniques used in modern biology.
I also hope that you find it enjoyable and informative, and that it leaves
you with a sense of awe at the beauty and amazing workings of living organisms.
Please read the following. You are responsible for knowing this information.