Biology 101 – General Biology
Course #10177, Summer 2013
(syllabus subject to change)
California State University, Northridge Professor: Terri Richardson, M.D., M.S.
Lecture Hours/Location: Mon-Fri 11:30am – 12:45pm/CR 5126 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours/Location: As needed /Chaparral Hall 5104C Phone: (818) 677-7305
Analysis of selected topics illustrating major concepts in biology, including evolution, environmental relationships, heredity, the
cell, energetics and functions of living systems, and development.Furthermore, although the scientific community allows
acquisition of knowledge and understanding about the physical world, it does not address ethical questions, many of which relate
to current issues in biology that will be discussed in this course.
General Education Goals:
Students should gain the knowledge and understanding of modern biological sciences in order to make informed and educated
decisions in an increasingly biotechnical world.
Text:Biology: Life on Earth (with Physiology) by Audesirk and Byers (ISBN#: 0-321-59846-6)
(You will be tested on material from my lecture notes, which you can get from SlideShare - see URL above. Use the book to
“fill in the blanks” if needed.)
Evaluation and Grading:
Exams (4 X 100 points = 400 points)
Examinations will be multiple choice and matching questions as scheduled in the attached course schedule. No make-up
examinations will be given without documented medical or other urgent matter.
Current Event Assignment (25 points)
Each student will find and turn in ONE article from a reputable source (magazine or website) regarding some form of biologically
relevant scientific advance. Current event assignment is due on: 8/19/13. ALL PAGES MUST BE STAPLED TOGETHER
WITH THE STUDENT’S NAME ON IT. Late assignments will NOT be accepted unless there is a documented medical or other
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
Quizzes (3 X 10 points = 30 points)
These optional extra credit quizzes, given out the week before each test, are take home quizzes, but must be returned at
the following class period to get credit. NO EXCEPTIONS AT ALL DUE TO THE FACT THAT THIS IS EXTRA
Rules of Conduct in Class:
1.) No talking on cell phones during class. If you need to take a call during class, please quietly step outside. If you are
observed talking on a cell phone during class, your cell phone/PDA will be confiscated until class is over.
2.) No texting during class. If you need to text someone before class is over, please quietly step outside. If you are observed
texting in class, your cell phone/PDA will be confiscated until class is over.
3.) No Internet use (except for procuring lecture notes) during class.
4.) No conversations with others during class time. This disrupts the class, the instructor, and the flow of learning. If
you must have a discussion with someone before class is over, please quietly step outside with your friend.
5.) Please silence all electronics while class is in session.
Grading Scale for the Course:
Points Percentage Letter Grade
382.5-425 90-100% A
374-382 88-89% A-
365.5-373.5 86-87% B+
340-365 80-85% B
331.5-339.5 78-79% B-
323-331 76-77% C+
297.5-322.5 70-75% C
289-297 68-69% C-
285-288.5 67% D+
263.5-284.5 62-66% D
255-263 60-61% D-
<255 <60% F
Cheating and Plagiarism:
All forms of cheating and plagiarism (the claiming of the work of others as your own) are expressly forbidden by University rules
and will not be tolerated. Any student observed cheating will be subject to disciplinary action by the University and will receive a
grade of F in the course.
Tseng College Drop Policy:
Unrestricted drops from the class are permitted only until 7/19/13.
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE!)
Week Subjects of Lectures/Readings Dr. Richardson’s Lectures______Book Chapter(s)
1 7/10/13 Introduction/Scientific Theory 1 1.1, 1.3, 1.4 (except 1.2)
7/11 Atoms, Molecules & Life 2 2
7/12 Biological (Organic) Molecules 3 3
2 7/15 Cell Theory, Structure and Function 4 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1
7/16 Movement of Material Across Cell Membranes 5 5.2
7/17 Energy Flow 6 6.2-6.5
7/18 Harvesting Energy: Glycolysis & Cell Respiration 7 8
7/19 DNA, Genes, Protein Synthesis QUIZ #1 8 9.1, 11.1-11.5, 12.1-12.5
3 7/22 Patterns of Inheritance, Gene Expression 9 9.4, 9.6 “CL”*, 9.10, 10.1, 10.3-10.8
7/23 EXAM I: [Book Chapters as noted above, Richardson Lectures 1-9]
7/24 Basics of Evolution 10 14-15
7/25 Speciation, Reproductive Isolation 11 16-17
7/26 The History of Life 12 18
4 7/29 Behavior & Ecology: Population Growth 13 26
7/30 Behavior & Ecology: Community Interactions 14 27
7/31 Behavior & Ecology: Ecosystems QUIZ #2 15 28, 29
8/1 Behavior & Ecology: Conservation 16 30
8/2 EXAM II: [Book Chapters: 14-18 and 26-30, Richardson Lectures 10-16]
5 8/5 Physiology: Circulation/Respiration 17 32, 33
8/6 Physiology: Nutrition/Digestion/Urinary 18 34, 35
8/7 Physiology: Immune System 19 (parts of 19, 20) AND 22, 36
8/8 Physiology: Nervous System/Senses 20 38, 39
8/9 Physiology: Nervous System/SensesQUIZ #3 20 38, 39
6 8/12 Physiology: Reproduction & Development 21 41, 42
8/13 EXAM III: [Book Chapters: 22, 32-36, 38-39, 41-42, Richardson Lectures 17-21]
8/14 Photosynthesis, Plant Anatomy & Nutrient Transport 22 7, 43
8/15 Plant Diversity 23 21
8/16 Plant Reproduction & Development 24 44
7 8/19 Review (CURRENT EVENT DUE!)
8/20 EXAM IV: [Book Chapters: 7, 21, 43, 44, Richardson Lectures 22-24]