Biology 1306 - Introductory  Biology

Syllabus, Fall, 2010


BES 100 - TTh, 8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.


Course Description:  Survey of contemporary biology that covers the chemical basis of life, structure, function and physiology of the cell, molecular biology and microevolution.  Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester.  Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1106 recommended.

General Education Requirements:  This course is part of the general education requirements for Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and satisfies the component area, General Science.

Course prerequisites: Exemption from or completion of WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301 with a grade of C or better.

Course Objective:  To increase knowledge, understanding and  critical thinking ability concerning core biological processes and theories in order to prepare the student to succeed in following biology courses.

 Natural Sciences Student Learning Outcomes:

1.         To demonstrate understanding of the key principles associated with major scientific

2.         To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these
            approaches and other methods.

3.         To demonstrate the ability to recognize the contributions of science and technology in
            daily life, as well as the major issues and problems facing science, including issues that
            touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.

Course location: BES 100

Meeting time: TTh, 8:00-9:15 a.m.


Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Office:  BES 205  Telephone:  361-593-3790 – email:

Web Page:

Office Hours: 8:00-12:00 MWF or by appointment

Also, feel free to stop by the office at any time and if I am there I will be happy to meet with you.

Required Text:  Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. Eleventh Edition, by Starr and Taggart.   This textbook is also used for BIOL II .  Earlier editions of this text may be acceptable but check with me (Dr. Galloway) to make sure which editions can be used.

Recommended Study Materials:  Study Guide for textbook, Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life CD (both are packaged with purchase of new textbook.)

Grading: Student grade will be determined in the following manner

Recitation ………………..  100 points

Exam 1 ............................  100 points

Exam 2 ............................  100 points

Exam 3 ............................  100 points

          Final Exam.......................  200 points

Total                                   600 points

Please keep all tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning the assigned grade in the course. 

Grades will be awarded as follows:

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, and less than 60% = F

The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is November 3. After this date, you must talk to me before dropping the course. The last day to drop the course with a Q, if you have a passing grade, is December 6. After this time you must withdraw from all of your university courses in order to not get a failing grade.  It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.


Senate Bill 1231, passed by the Texas legislature 2007, limits the number of drops (six) that undergraduate students may accrue without a punitive grade. Undergraduates completing a high school program and enrolling in an institution of higher education prior to fall 2007 are exempt. Undergraduate students completing a high school program and enrolling in an institution of higher education for the first time or after fall semester 2007 are subject to the law. (See Catalog, pp.57+).


All discussion of grades will be handled in person and not over the phone or via e-mail.  If you wish to know your final exam grade you may leave me a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to the end of the semester.  Your final course grade may be seen on the Blue and Gold Connection by the Monday following the final exam.

There will be a pre-test administered the first day of recitation.  The questions from this pretest will be incorporated into your final exam. You must take both the pre-test and the final exam in order to receive credit for the class.  If you do not take the pretest on the first day of recitation, you must take it prior to coming to class.   For all exams given in this class you must bring a 100 question Scantron form and a number two pencil.  Both may be obtained from the University bookstore but a number two pencil from anywhere is acceptable.  Be sure to have your Scantron and pencil at the start of class because once the test is started you will not be allowed to leave the room except in cases of emergency. Also, the bookstore will probably not be open prior to your tests which will start promptly at eight o’clock on the day of the test.  Buy a package  of  Scantrons at the start of the semester and use it for this class and you will have enough Scantrons for this class. 

Test day protocol

On the days of the exams you are expected to be in the class at 8:00 a.m. and under no circumstances will you be allowed to start the test if it is after 8:15 a.m. or someone has already completed the test and turned it in.  You are expected to remain in class after the test has been distributed until you have completed the test and turned it in.  This means go to the bathroom, get a drink, sharpen your pencil, and bring Kleenex so you will not have to leave the class.  No hats will be allowed to be worn during the exam and absolutely no cell phones will be allowed on.  No iPod's will be allowed on and no headphones used.  You may be required to surrender your cell phones to me prior to the exam and pick it up when you turn in your exam.  All books, papers, and personal possessions (with the exception of purses) will be placed in the front of the room during the exam.   If you have questions during the test ask me, NOT THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU.  If you will not be able to conform to these requirements come talk to me about your situation. 

Study Suggestions for Introductory Biology from other universities: 

University of Georgia Marshall Darley,

Southern Plains College,

Cornell Learning Strategies,

How to Succeed in Biology: University of Miami,

The Biology Project, University of Arizona,


Reading Assignments/Homework:  There are no required reading assignments but, it is strongly recommended that you read the chapter being discussed in class prior to coming to class.  The chapters covered are listed in column 2 of the schedule included in this syllabus.

Lecture Exams: The THREE periodic exams and the FINAL exam will cover material presented in class as well as information from the textbook.  The examinations will consist of multiple-choice questions and short answer questions (bonus).  The final lecture exam is COMPREHENSIVE, giving you the opportunity to synthesize various topics covered during the semester. 

Multiple-choice questions will be machine graded.  Each student must buy FIVE (5) Scantron sheets from the bookstore, one for each periodic exam and 2 for the final.  Bring a Number 2 pencil and your Texas A&M-Kingsville ID to each examination.  The Scantron sheet and the examination sheets MUST be turned in together, or else you will be given an incomplete (I) grade for the course and a zero (0) for the examination.

You may sometimes have more than one exam scheduled during the same week or even on the same day.  It will be up to you to manage your time properly to deal with such situations.  Our schedule in this course is too tight to modify it to accommodate another class.  If you feel you have a problem in this area, please see me WELL BEFORE the exam.

Lectures:  The lectures will often cover material in addition to what is contained in the text, and will assume that you have completed any reading assignments. The notes for this class that can be found on my webpage are not all inclusive of what will be presented in class.  Just reading the notes from my webpage will not guarantee you'll have all the material necessary to pass the class.  In other words, COME TO CLASS!

Recitation:  This time allows for increased interaction with the instructor.  There is no advanced schedule of activities.  The primary purpose is to help students better understand topics that are not clear.  You must have a responder to register attendance and take in-class quizzes.

Web Notes:  You may be provided with lecture outlines prior to each chapter.  These can be downloaded from Dr. Galloway’s (my) web site and are designed to assist you in note-taking during lecture.  They are NOT intended to be all inclusive.

Make-up Policy: There will be NO make-ups for unexcused missed exams.  If you miss one lecture examination, the percent score on the final will be substituted for the missed test.  You will receive a zero for each additional missed exam.  In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by me), talk to me (or phone me) BEFORE the exam and more flexible arrangements may be scheduled.  (Under those conditions the exam may be unique, and may be more difficult)  BONUS: If you take all three lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam percent grade, if the final exam grade is better.

Classroom Decorum:  Cell phones must be turned off during class.  Do NOT carry on  personal conversations once lecture has started.  Repeated offences will result in you being removed from the lecture. 

Other:  There is no policy of required attendance.  However, it is unlikely that you will earn an acceptable grade if you do not attend class regularly.  Attendance will be recorded for each lecture and will be considered in the final grade, especially in borderline cases.  Attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade.  It is important that you take complete and comprehensive notes of the lecture material.  It is also essential that you study regularly. 

I reserve the right to drop a student for regular non-attendance or for regularly failing to turn in assignments or take exams.  Regular attendance in both lecture and recitation, plus active class participation can result in a higher course grade in the case of borderline situations..

The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Disability Statement:  Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class, should register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations must provide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.

Academic misconduct statement:  You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses.  Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.

Forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.

2) Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3) Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.

4) Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.

Nonacademic misconduct:  The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise.  Campus behavior that interferes with either

1) The instructor’s ability to conduct the class

2) The inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or

3) Campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated.

An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.  Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.

Sexual misconduct:  Sexual harassment of students and employers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Tentative Schedule

Week of:

Reading Assignment/Lecture Topic


August 26

Ch 1, Invitation to Biology;


August 30

Ch 1, Invitation to Biology; Ch 2, Life’s Chemical Basis; 


September 6

(Labor Day - 9/6)


Ch 2, Life’s Chemical Basis;  Ch 3, Molecules of Life;



September 13

Ch 3, Molecules of Life; Ch 4, Cell Structure and Function;


September 20

Ch 4, Cell Structure and Function; CH 5, A Closer Look at Cell Membranes



September 27

Exam #1; Ch 6, Ground Rules of Metabolism;



October 4

Ch 6, Ground Rules of Metabolism; Ch 7, Where it Starts- Photosynthesis



October 11

Ch 7, Where it Starts- Photosynthesis; Ch 8, How Cells Release Chemical Energy



October 18


Ch 8, How Cells Release Chemical Energy



October 25


Exam #2; Ch 9, How Cells Reproduce



November 1

Ch 10, Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction; Ch 11, Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits



November 8

Ch 11, Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits; Ch 12, Chromosomes and Human Inheritance


November 15

Ch 12, Chromosomes and Human Inheritance;


November 22


Exam #3; Ch 13, DNA Structure and Function;




November 29

Ch 14, From DNA to Protein



December 6


Ch 16, Studying and Manipulating Genomes;  Ch 17, Evidence of Evolution                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

16; Last day to drop without withdrawing from the University (12/6)


December 9


Study Day, No Classes



December 11 Final Exam 8:00 am


December 17 Commencement


  Have a Great Break!!