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Biology 1306 - General Biology I
Dr. Jon A. Baskin
Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Spring 2005, TAMUK

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Dr. Jon A. Baskin
Office: Nierman 106 -- Telephone: 361 593-3580 -- e-mail: kfjab02 at tamuk.edu
Baskin's home page:  http://users.tamuk.edu/kfjab02/

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Dr. Cynthia Galloway
Office:  BES 205  Telephone:  361-593-3790 – email:  C-Galloway at tamuk.edu
Web Page:  users.tamuk.edu/kfcmg00

Course Description:

BIOLOGY 1306. General Biology I. 3(4-0)
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. Prerequisites: exemption from or completion of WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301 with a grade of C or better.

Required Text

bullet Solomon, Berg, Martin 2005 Biology (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) 7th Edition
bulletThanks to the internet, you have a variety of options to consider when it comes to buying a textbook.  Here are a few sources
bulletThe CD included with the textbook has the following resources:  Flashcards, Internet Activities, Outline, Tutorial Quiz, and Web Links.  You should take advantage of everything.
bulletEach student is also required to acquire a student transmitter for TurningPoint and a PIN for WebCT. Both are available through the TAMUK bookstore and may come bundled with a new textbook. This textbook is also used for BIOL II . The student transmitter will also be used in BIOL II and may be used in other courses, as well.

Textbook BIOLOGY Website:
bullet Student Resource Page: Each chapter contains the following resources:  Flashcards, Internet Activities, Outline, Tutorial Quiz, and Web Links.  You should take advantage of everything.


Biology 1306 is an introduction to the cellular basis of life and the principles of inheritance.  As noted from the text book website, "BIOLOGY, Seventh Edition by Solomon, Berg, and Martin continues to be the best-liked and most student-friendly introductory majors text available. In this edition the authors have created a learning system that makes the chapters easier to navigate and provides a variety of ways for students to learn the material."
The "sixth Edition continues to maintain the standard of excellence that has made it one of the leading college biology textbooks throughout the world.  Professors and students alike appreciate this book's readability, accuracy, and clear and exciting presentation of biology. Its three unifying themes—transmission of information, evolution of life, and flow of energy through living systems—are integrated throughout the book as a framework for understanding biology."
The laboratory (1106), although separate from the lecture,  is designed to provide practical experience and reinforcement of the material discussed in the lecture, although lecture and laboratory material usually will not be concurrent.


   The Internet: You should visit this website regularly for further information, outlines, handouts, and links to other sites of interest.  Here are a few of the more important INTERNET Resources for Introductory Biology.

   Grading: Your grade will be determined in the following manner

Homework ........................ 100 points
Recitation quizzes ............... 100 points
Writing Assignments ............. 200 points
Exam 1 ............................ 100 points
Exam 2 ............................ 100 points
Exam 3 ............................ 100 points
Exam 4 ............................ 100 points
Final Exam ........................ 200 points

Total .............................. 1000 points

Please keep all of your tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning your grade in the course. Grades will be awarded according to the regulations on page 58 of the 2004-2006 catalog. The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is March 28. After March 28, 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 April 25. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork

Lecture Exams: The FOUR mid-semester lecture exams and the FINAL exam will cover notes given in class and pertinent information from the textbook. Some notes will come from sources other than the text. The examinations will consist mainly of multiple choice questions, with additional short answer questions, definitions, and characterizations. The first four exams will be over material covered during the exam period.  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 their scantron sheets from the bookstore, one for each exam. 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.

MAKE UP POLICY There will be NO make-ups for missed lecture 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 your instructor), talk to me (or phone me) before the exam and more flexible arrangements can be scheduled.  BONUS: If you take all four lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam (percent) grade, if the final exam grade is better.


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 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. Reading the material in the textbook beforehand will help you better understand the lecture material. Shortly after each lecture you should reread and/or rewrite your notes and read the material in the textbook to make sure that you correctly took the notes and fully understand the material that was covered. At this point, use the online study guide to assess whether you have learned the material. Do not use the study guide only as quick way to cram for the exams. The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Study Suggestions for Introductory Biology from other universities.  I expect no less from you.

  1. Biology Learning Strategies: Muskingum College
  2. University of Georgia Marshall Darley
  3. Southern Plains College
  4. Cornell Learning Strategies
  5. How to Succeed in Biology: University of Miami
  6. Chemeketa Community College study skills

Talking or other disruptive behavior during lecture will not be tolerated.

Academic dishonesty includes giving, receiving, or using unauthorized aid on any academic work. This includes a person who has taken a test discussing what was on a test with a person who has not taken the test. Any student guilty of cheating or plagiarism will receive a grade of F.

Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Services for Students with Disabilities Office early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Tentative Schedule

Week of

Reading Assignment/Lecture Topic

Guided Notes

H/W due by 8:00 AM

Jan 11

Ch 1, A View of Life;
Ch 2, Atoms & Molecules: The Chemical Basis of Life; 


Ch2 only 1/13

Jan 18

Ch 3, The Chemistry of Life: Organic Compounds



Jan 25

Ch 4, Organization of the Cell



Feb 1

Ch 5, Biological Membranes
Exam 1;



Feb 8

Ch 6, Energy & Metabolism;
Ch 7, How Cells Make ATP:  Energy-Releasing Pathways;



Feb 15

Ch 8, Photosynthesis:  Capturing Energy



Feb 22

Chap 9, Chromosomes, Mitosis, & Meiosis;



March 1

Exam 2
Ch 10, The Basic Principles of Heredity;



March 8

Ch 11, DNA:  The Carrier of Genetic Information;
Ch 12, Gene Expression



March 15




March 22

Ch 12, Gene Expression
Exam 3



March 29

Ch 14,  DNA Technologies
Ch 15: The Human Genome



April 5

Ch 17 Introduction to Darwinian Evolution



Apr 12

Ch 18, Evolutionary Change in Population ;
Ch 19, Speciation & Macroevolution


Ch 18
Ch 19

Apr 19

Ch 22, Understanding Diversity:  Systematics;
 Exam 4



April 26

Ch 23, Viruses & Prokaryotes, Ch 24, The Protists


Apr 26

Apr 30

Final Exam:  10:30 AM






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