SUPA Biology 121, 123, 124

BIO 121 – General Biology

The first of a two-course sequence comprising a survey of major biological concepts ranging from the molecular level to global ecology. Units within Biology 121 include the nature of science, life chemistry, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics and evolution, which is the central and unifying concept of biology and the framework around which the understanding of other concepts in this course is constructed.

BIO 123 – General Biology

The second of a two-course sequence comprising a survey of major biological concepts ranging from the molecular level to global ecology. Units within Biology 123 include biodiversity, plant structure and function, human and comparative animal anatomy and function, ecology and evolution, which is the central and unifying concept of biology and the framework around which the understanding of other concepts in this course is constructed.

BIO 124 – General Biology Lab

Laboratory course associated with Bio 123. Includes inquiry-based exploration and practical application of concepts discussed in Bio 123. (Students registered for Bio124 MUST also register for Bio123.)

Required Text

  • “Campbell Biology (Ninth Edition)” by Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, et al.
  • “Mastering Biology” online e-book and homework program

Required Supplies

  • Personal Response Device (“clicker”): Turning Point Response Card, Rf [abbreviation??] (credit card size)

Course Format and Procedures

Five lectures and two to three lab sessions per week. 

Grading Procedures

  • Exam 1 = 15%
  • Exam 2 = 15%
  • Exam 3 = 15%
  • Exam 4 (cumulative final) = 25%
  • Participation/homework = 5%
  • Labs = 25% (Note: Students must pass the lab to pass the course.)

Course Outline (tentative)

Bio 121 Course Schedule & Exam Dates

Week 1: Course Overview & Introduction

Week 2: A View Of Life And Atoms And Molecules

  • Lab 1: Introduction to the laboratory, measurement tools and scientific methodology (Chapters 1, 2)

Week 3: Chemistry Of Life: Organic Molecules

  • Lab 2: Microscopy & laboratory tests for biological molecules (Chapters 2, 3)

Week 4: Biological Membranes

  • Lab 3: Diffusion, osmosis and cell permeability (Chapters 3, 5)

Week 5: Organization Of The Cell

  • Lab 4: Cell structure (Chapter 4)

Exam 1

Week 6: Energy & Metabolism

  • Lab 5: Enzymes (Chapter 7)

Week 7: Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis

  • Lab 6: Photosynthesis & respiration (Chapters 8, 9)

Week 8: DNA: Carrier Of Genetic Code/Gene Expression

  • Lab 7: DNA, transcription & translation (Chapters 12, 13)

Exam 2

Week 9: Chromosomes, Mitosis, Meiosis

  • Lab 8: Chromosomes, Mitosis & Meiosis (Chapter 10)

Week 10: Principles Of Heredity

  • Lab 9: Heredity (Chapter 11)

Week 11: DNA Technology & Genomics, Human Genome

  • Lab 10: DNA technology (Chapters 15-17)

Week 12: Evolutionary Change In Populations

  • Lab 11: Population Genetics (Chapter 19)

Exam 3

Week 13: Thanksgiving Break

Week 14: Introduction To Darwinian Evolution

  • Lab 12: Evolutionary history &  (Chapter TBA)

Week 15: Speciation & Macroevolution

  • Student-driven review; attendance required (Chapter 20)

Week 16: Origin of Evolutionary History/Evolution Of Primates

  • Laboratory practical examination (Chapters 21, 22)

Week 17: Christmas Break

Week 18: Review

Week 19: Final Exam

Bio 123-124 Course Schedule & Exam Dates

Week 20: Systematics, Viruses, Bacteria, Protists

  • Lab 1: Systematics, viruses, prokaryotes & protists (Chapters 23-25)

Week 21: Diversity of Fungus & Plants

  • Lab 2: Diversity of fungi & plants (Chapters 26-28)

Week 22: Plant Structure I & Ii

  • Lab 3: Plant Structure I (Chapters 32, 33)

Week 23: Plant Reproduction, Growth & Development

  • Lab 4: Plant structure II (Chapters 34, 35)

Exam 1

Week 24: Winter Break

Week 25: Diversity Animal

  • Lab 5: Plant reproduction, growth & development (Chapters 36, 37)

Week 26: Animal Structure & Function

  • Lab 6: Diversity of animals (Chapters 29-31)

Week 27: Animal Structure & Function

  • Lab 7: Animal structure & protection, support & movement (Chapters 38, 39)

Exam 2

Week 28: Animal Structure & Function

  • Lab 8: Neural signaling & regulation sensory systems (Chapters 40-42)

Week 29: Animal Structure & Function

  • Lab 9: Internal transport, immunity & gas exchange (Chapters 43-45)

Week 30: Animal Structure & Function

  • Lab 10: Digestive, endocrine & excretory systems (Chapters 46-48)

Exam 3

Week 31: Animal Behavior & Ecology

  • Lab 11: Animal reproduction & development (Chapters 49, 50)

Week 32: Spring Break

Week 33: Ecology

  • Lab 12: Animal behavior & introduction to ecology (Chapters 51, 52)

Week 34:  SUPA & AP Review

  • Population, community & ecosystem ecology (Chapters 52-54)

Week 35: SUPA & AP Review

  • Biogeography & global environmental issues (Chapters 55, 56)
  • Laboratory practical examination

Week 36:  AP Exam

Week 37: SUPA Exam

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Week 40: Local Exams

Week 41: Regents Exams

Week 42: Regents Exams