Biology | Biological Mechanisms
L112 | 13271-13272 | Ruesink, A
Course Format: Lecture: 11:15A-12:30P, TR, JH 124 (about 250 students)
plus one weekly learning group, where students undertake various kinds
of group learning exercises.
Course requirements: High school biology is helpful. Some college
chemistry or quality high school chemistry is desirable.
Course Description: This is a rigorous introductory course in biology
that is designed for science majors. The pace is brisk and I expect
students to learn both context and detail. Exams will test the
students' ability to apply the information covered to new situations.
We consider the unifying principles of biology: biological molecules,
basic metabolic pathways, cell structure and function, membranes,
genetics, growth and development, plant form and function, comparative
Required Text: “Biology”, seventh edition by Campbell et al.
Weekly Assignments: Attend lecture. Read text. Participate in a
learning group. About every other week a problem set is due.
Exams/Papers: Three one-hour exams and a comprehensive final. A few
learning groups involve completing projects.