One must learn by doing things;                                                      I  never teach my pupils. I only

For though you think you know it,                                                  attempt to provide the conditions in

You have no certainty until you try.                                                                which they can learn.

- Sophocles                                                                                           - Albert Einstein


BIOL 101 Fall 2016 Semester

Instructor: Brian Cambron    E-mail:    Phone: 545-3304    Office: AD-117


Text: Biology: Concepts and Connections, 8th ed.; Campbell; Pearson; 2015; ISBN 0-321-69681-6.

3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours


Grading Scale:                                    90.0 – 100             A

                                                                80.0 – 89.9            B

                                                                70.0 – 79.9            C

                                                                60.0 – 69.9            D

                                                                Below 60.0            F


Grades will consist of:

                Exams: There will be six semester exams in this course, each one covering a section of the outline.  Each exam will be worth 100 points and not comprehensive (i.e. no comprehensive final).  If you cannot make it to an exam, then you must notify me 24 hours before, or 48 hours after, the test date.  A form of make-up exam for the missed points may be available if you missed an exam under extenuating circumstances.  All exams are 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each.

                Tentative Exam Dates: Exams will be spaced approximately every two weeks.  The exam schedule is tentative; it may fluctuate due to changing circumstances and how the class fairs overall.  Exam dates will be announced in class.


Total points = 600.


                Research Paper: During the semester you will turn in a 4-5-page paper on any biology topic I approve for 50 points.  This is a research paper so it should have a list of references.  The topic may be any that interests or appeals to you.  If you cannot find a topic, I will choose one for you.  More will be discussed about this paper later when I give you a handout on it.  Minimum date to turn in a topic choice: October 11.  All papers must be turned in by December 6.

                Laboratory Quizzes and Assignments: There will be a number of labs in this course.  There is no lab manual, all labs are locally prepared and will be available in a booklet purchased from the bookstore.  For each lab you will have a 10-20 point quiz over it on the following lab day, depending on the length of the lab.  A list of lab topics is provided.  Due to the nature of the labs, most lab work and quizzes cannot be made up, so don’t miss any labs.  Total points for lab is 150.  Homework is a series of worksheets that vary in points from 15 to 30.  Total points for homework is 200.


Total points = 400.


Point break down:

                Points from lecture exams:                                                600

                Points from lab, homework, and paper:         400

Total Points:                                                         1000

Grades will be based on total point accumulation.  Grades cannot be given over the phone!



                All students are expected to attend class and arrive in a timely manner.  I will take attendance every class period for my records.  If you miss class periods regularly, I may have you withdrawn from the class.  If you miss 6 classes in a row I will have you withdrawn from the class.  All work must be handed in on time or 10% will be deducted for each calendar day the item is late.