Spring 1996

General Information
Grading Policy
Make-up Exam Policy
Cheating Policy

General Information: This course is designed for individuals who have had high school biology and chemistry. Concepts of Biology is required for students majoring in Biology and Biochemistry, and for pre-professional students intending to enroll in BIOL 251. However, students from all disciplines are welcome. Much of what you learn this semester should be applicable to many areas of your own major. If you think your high school background in biology and chemistry is not sufficient for this course, you may wish to consider enrolling instead in a non-majors course such as BIOL 104.

  • Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, 7th ed.; Authors: Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart; Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1995.

  • Lecturers Office Phone
    (Office hours by appointment)    
    Dr. Philip Farabaugh 116 BS x3018
    Dr. Phillip Sokolove 436 BS x2147

    Teaching Assistant Office Phone
    Stephanie Hartz 114 BS x2246

    Grading: Your final grade for the course will be based on the following:
    Exams (Top three scores on four one-hour exams + final)
    Best three scores of (Exam I, Exam 2, Exam 3, Exam 4)

    = 60%

    Final Exam

    = 25%

    Subtotal = 85%
    Discussion Sections* Participation and quizzes = 15%
    Total = 100%

    For BIOL 100 H discussion the weighting will be: Exams = 75%
    Discussions = 25%

    Discussion Sections: Your discussion section score will be based on in-class participation and on your performance on unscheduled quizzes. Attendance will be taken. You are expected to attend the weekly discussion section in which you are enrolled. Approval to attend a different discussion section must be requested in writing from the Teaching Assistant at least one week in advance of the week in which you wish to switch sections. Approval to switch sections will be at the discretion of the T.A. There will be no special review sessions scheduled prior to exams.
    Make-up Exams: All exams must be taken on the date an dtime that they are scheduled. Check your calendar now to make sure there are no conflicts

    Since your lowest one-hour exam score will be dropped, make-up exams will not be given for the first one-hour exam missed. If a second one-hour exam is missed due to a documented medical emergency (you must be able to provide an official written document from a physician, or hospital, signed an dated), a make-up essay exam may be given within one week after the date of the missed exam. To be eligible for a possible essay exam, either Dr. Sokolove or the Biology Department Office (455-2261) must be notified at least 30 min. prior to the time of the exam you will be missing.

    Exam IV and Final: The Final Exam and Exam IV will be administered together on the same date during finals week. Each will take approximately one hour to complete. Exam IV will cover material from the entire course. The date for these exams is Monday, May 13, 1996, 3:30 - 5:30 PM. No make-up exams will be permitted for Exam IV and the Final Exam

    Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating will be dealt with firmly as a "more serious infraction" under the Policy for Academic Misconduct in Undergraduate Courses (see p. 36 of the 1994-1995 UMBC directory). If you are observed or reported to be cheating during an examination, your exam and answer sheet will be confiscated, you will receive a score of zero for the exam which cannot be dropped, and a Notice of Academic Misconduct will be forwarded to the Provost. This policy on cheating will apply to all examinations in this course

    Dates Topic Lecturer
    Jan. 29 Introduction, Biological Concepts, Characteristics of Life Sokolove
    I. Cellular Organization and Energetics, Cell Division
    Jan. 31 - Feb. 5 Cell Structure and Function, Membrane Biology Farabaugh
    Feb. 7 - Feb. 12 Energy Acquiring and Energy Releasing Pathways Farabaugh
    Feb. 14 - Feb. 16 Mitosis and Meiosis Farabaugh
    Feb. 19 (Mon.) Exam I (Lectures Jan. 29 - Feb. 16
    II. Genetics and Evolution
    FEb. 23 - Feb. 26 Inheritance, Chromosomes and Human Genetics Farabaugh
    Feb. 28 - Mar. 6 DNA, Proteins, Gene Expression and Genetic Engineering Farabaugh
    Mar. 8 - Mar. 15 Evolution and Speciation Farabaugh
    Spring Break
    III. Animal Physiology
    Mar. 25 - Mar. 27 Nervous System Robinson
    Mar. 29 Exam II (Lectures Feb. 23 - Mar. 15)
    Apr. 1 - Apr. 5 Nervous System (Cont.) and Endocrine System Sokolove
    Apr. 8 - Apr. 12 Circulatory System and Respiratory System Sokolove
    Apr. 15 - Apr. 17 Digestive System Sokolove
    Apr. 19 Exam III (Lectures Mar. 25 - Apr. 17)
    Plant Biology and Ecology
    Apr. 22 - Apr. 26 Plant Structure, Function and Transport Sokolove
    Apr. 29 - May 3 Plant Reproduction, Growth and Development Sokolove
    May 6 - May 10 Communities and Ecosystems Sokolove
    May 13 (Mon.,
    3:30 - 5:30 PM
    Exam IV (Lectures Apr. 22 - May 10) and
    Cumulative Final Exam