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

Syllabus, 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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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.

BIOLOGY 1307. General Biology II. 3(4-0)
Continuation of a two-semester course in biological concepts; will emphasize organismal diversity and comparative anatomy, reproduction, physiology, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1107 recommended. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306.

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.

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 Cell and Molecular Biology.

   Grading: Your grade will be determined in the following manner

Exam 1 ............................  100 points
Exam 2 ............................  100 points
Exam 3 ............................  100 points
Exam 4 ............................  100 points
Comprehensive Final...........  200 points

                      Total                                     600 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 60 of the 2002-2004 catalog. The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is  March 1. After March 1, 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 26. 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


Readings (chapter)
Jan 10
 Methods and Concepts in Biology
The Characteristics of Life 
The Nature of Scientific Inquiry


Jan 20

Chemical Foundations for Cells
Matter, Chemical Bonds, and Water


Jan 26

Carbon Compounds in Cells 
Organic Chemistry
Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, and  Nucleic Acids

Feb 2

Cell Structure and Function
Prokarytes & Eukaryotes
Organelles, the Cytoskeleton, and the Cell Surface 
  EXAM 1


Feb 9

A Closer Look at Cell Membranes
The Fluid Mosaic Model 
Transportation Across Cell Membranes


 Feb 16
Ground Rules of Metabolism
 Energy, Enzymes, and ATP


 Feb 23
Energy Acquiring Pathways
Photosynthesis and Carbon Fixation
Energy Releasing Pathways 
Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism




March 1

Cell Division and Mitosis
chromosome numbers 
interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, & telophase 
sexual reproduction and the formation of gametes 



March 8


Mar 15
Observable Patterns of Inheritance 
Mendelian genetics 
monohybrid crosses, dihybrid crosses, & continuous variation


Mar 22
Chromosomes and Human Genetics
Autosomal and Sex-linked inheritance
Human Genetic Disorders



Mar 29
Structure and Function


April 5
From DNA to Proteins
Transcription & Translation 


April 12
Control of Gene Expression
Gene Control in Prokaryotic Cells 


April 19
Control of Gene Expression
Gene Control in Eukaryotic Cells 
Evidence of Gene Control and Cancer
April 26
Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering
Restriction Enzymes, PCR, and RFLP's


 May 5

FINAL EXAM  8:00 am


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