Principles of Biology I
Biology 2601 Youngstown State University


General Biology:  Molecular and Cellular
Biology 2601, Fall 2007 Youngstown State University

Section: 0356 (T, Th 5:35-6:50 p.m.) WB 4045, 4 credit hours
Instructor:   Heather E. Lorimer, Ph.D.,

Office            WB 3013
Phone:         (330) 941-7179
Office Hours:         T, Th. 3:30-5:30    W 3:00 - 4:00,

Text: "Biology" Brooker  et al.  2008, pub. WCB McGraw Hill

Biology 2601 covers the foundations of Biological Chemistry, Cell Biology and Metabolism, Genetics,  Molecular Biology, and Microbiology. A good understanding of this material provides the background necessary to understand material in upper level biology courses.  

General Information:
This is a rigorous course. It is not like high school biology. A lot of material is covered in a very short amount of time. Students who assume that since the course will be easy because it is introductory and/or that YSU is just like an extension of high school are likely to be shocked by the speed and level of this class.  This is an intensive class.  You will be expected to work hard.  Doing well in this course is something to be proud of. 

Our Biology graduates have gone on to get jobs at world-class research institutions, into PhD programs, and have a high rate of acceptance into medical schools. Do not underestimate the quality of the education you can get here.  As not everyone who enrolls in this class is truly ready for college level classes we have developed a number of ways to help you do well in this course.  It is strongly recommended that you have had at least high-school chemistry prior to taking this course.  If you have not, you may want to consider taking Chem. 1505 or 1515 now and registering for this course in the spring.
Tests and Grading Policy:

Tests             6@ 50 each        300 pts
Lab                                         100 pts      You must register for a laboratory section

Total                                        400 pts

The final exam is optional and consists of two separate 50 pt tests, one for the material covered in the first half of the course and one for the second half.  Each may replace your lowest quiz score from the previous three in that half. The optional final tests cannot substitute for your lab grade.   There may be additional extra credit points add to these points, typically from short in-class pop-quizzes.

Grades will be determined through use of a standard curve, in this method the total points (not including extra-credit points) for each student are  plotted on a curve, and the mean and standard deviation in the scores are calculated. The points necessary to achieve each grade (A, B, C, D, and F)  are determined from this curve.

You must get a C or better to go on to get credit towards a Biology major or minor.

There will be no make-up tests.  The final will substitute for any missed test.
Every year there are students who were A students in high-school who think that they won't need to worry, and don't follow the advice above and end up with D's or F's.  Don't let that happen to you!

How to Succeed: Take advantage of opportunities for help! In college classes, much less time is spent in class, and more responsibility for covering the material outside of class is yours. In general you should spend 2 to 3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Be aware that the text and the lectures are tools to help you learn the material, but you are ultimately responsible for your learning.  The following are techniques that have been used successfully by other students.  You may find many, if not all, of these techniques helpful. Everyone learns in their individual way, find out what works for you.  

1.  Go to class!
2.  Before lecture, skim the chapter, look up words highlighted in bold in the glossary.
3.  Bring your book to class, highlight the material presented in lecture.
4.  If you don’t understand something in class, ask questions.
5.  Take good notes, the professors emphasizes things they thinks are important, and if something is emphasized more than once, it’s likely to show up on an exam.
6.  After class, read the chapter in depth. Do this within 24 hours of the lecture.
7.  Rewrite your notes after reading the chapter carefully,  do this ASAP after the lecture.
8.  Come to office hours! These times are set aside by the professor just for the purpose of answering questions form students, clarifying lectures, and going over the book. If you can’t make the office hour times, set up an appointment with Dr. Asch or Dr. Lorimer. We are here to help you learn the material.
9.  Attend SI sessions!  This is FREE help from successful students.  You can get additional information from the center for Student Progress at  (330) 941-3538.
10. Make sure that you attend your lab and hand in your reports on time. Most people do, if you don’t your grade can suffer enormously.
11. Write your lab reports according to the format required, do not leave things out, do not copy your lab partner's report, that may seem obvious but every year some students get 0's for doing this.
12. Don’t let yourself get behind!

Week           Date                         Topic                                                             Chapter
I          T.        8/28                 The Science of Biology,                                       1,
           Th.      8/30            Atoms and Molecules                                               1, 2,
II        T.         9/4              Organic Molecules                                                     3
           TH.     9/6                                                                                                  3

III      T.          9/11                  General Features of Cells,                                      4
          TH.       9/13                   Membranes                                                          5
IV      T.         9/18              Test 1  Chapters  1-4   Membranes                            5
          TH.       9/20              Systems Biology of Cells                                    Ch.6                                                  

V        T.         9/25            Enzymes and Respiration                                     Ch. 7    
           TH.      9/27            Photosynthesis                                                      Ch. 8

VI       T.        10/2            Test 2 (5-8)   Nucleic acids                                 Ch.11
           TH.     10/4            Gene Expression                                                      12

VII      T.         10/9                 Gene Expression                                               12
           TH.      10/11           Gene Regulation                                                    13
VIII      T.       10/16         Cell Communication, cell cycle regulation                9
            TH.     10/18            Test3  Chapters  11-13  Mutations, cancer           14
IX        T.       10/23           Mutations and Cancer                                            14
             TH.    10/25            Chromosomes Mitosis Meiosis                            15

X          T.      10/30                  Simple Patterns of Inheritance                         16
            Th.     11/1            Complex Inheritance                                                 17

XI.       T.       11/6                    Test  4 (9, 14-17) Viral and bacterial genetics  18
           TH.     11/8               Gene technology                                                   19

XII       T.      11/13                Gene technology                                                 19        
            Th     11/15             Genomes, Proteomes, Bioinformatics                     21
XIII     T.      11/20           Test 5  (17-19, 21)  Evolution                                  23
          TH.     11/22            Thanksgiving, No Class                        

XIV    T.      11/27          Population Genetics                                                   24
         TH.     11/29            Origin of Species, Taxonomy                              25, 26        
XV    T.       12/4              Bacteria and Archaea                                                27
         Th       12/6            Test 6  (23-27)   

Optional Final Tests     Tuesday    12/11   5:30 - 7:30
(A for tests 1-3, B for tests 4-6)