Newsworthy Topics in Biology

Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208, 945-5141, ext 3108. email: Office hours: Monday 1 - 2 pm, Tue 2 - 3 pm, Wed 11 - noon, Fri 10 am - noon.

Lab Instructors: Mrs. Vickie Stanavitch and Professor Mellinda Curis

Class Meetings:
     Lectures in Capwell 212, M-W-F 1:00-1:50 pm
     Labs in Capwell 202: Tuesday  2:00-3:50 pm or 4:00-5:50 pm 

Required Materials
     Text: Discover magazine and other assigned readings from Time, the New York Times (especially 
               Tuesday's Science section, and others.
     Laboratory Materials will be available in the bookstore or handed out in class.

Course Description
Biology 101 is a one semester general biology course designed for the non-science major. This general biology course focuses on current events to direct our study of the concepts and ethics of the scientific method, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and biotechnology.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to be a knowledgeable, literate, and active participant in an increasingly technological society. 

Attendance, Exams, and Assignments
You will attend ALL lectures and labs, and read all assigned materials beforehand. Attendance will be checked. There will be no makeup for lab quizzes. If you cannot make your regularly scheduled lab, see Mrs. Stanavitch or Professor Curis and plan to attend the other lab. **If you cannot attend an exam you will not be permitted to make it up unless I am informed beforehand! To reach me, leave a message with my VoiceMail. Regardless, YOU must contact me about scheduling a re-examination, which will be an oral test given during finals week.

Grading Policy:

Four exams @100 pts  = 400 pts
Comprehensive final = 150
Lab write-ups @10  = 100
Major lab write-up  =   50
Lab quizzes and exams  = 150
GRAND TOTAL  750 pts.

Extra Credit to be explained later = 20 points; perfect attendance bonus = 15 pts. To gain the perfect attendance bonus, you must be on time, every time for all classes and all assignments.

If you have a 96.000% or higher average, you are exempt from taking the final e

Tentative Schedule
AUG 28 Introduction to life; the scientific method, pseudoscience No lab this week.
SEP  4 No class Monday; pseudoscience; First Article Scientific Method
11 How to make a Frankenfood Microscope
18 Second Article:  Worrying About Milk
Third Article: Do Parasites Rule the World?
Fourth Article:  What Did Dinosaurs Look Like?
Isolating DNA
25 DNA Fingerprinting
First Test
FDA Approves Abortion Pill
DNA Fingerprinting
OCT   2 A Question of Gender Mitosis/Meiosis
  9 No class Monday Lab Midterm
16 Human Genetics
23 Where Leprosy Lurks Extinction Simulation
30 Sickle Cell Anemia Fruit Flies I
NOV   6 West Nile Virus
13 One Marsupial Too Many Fruit Flies II
20 No class Wednesday or Friday, Curse of the Garcias
27 New Life in a Death Trap
DEC   4 Friday is last day of class, Debates
11 Finals week.