Biology 201

Foundations of Biology II

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The illustration above describes the sources and flow of information -- and evidence described in scientific journals -- that feed into the two sides (Lecture and Lab) of Biology 201. That isn't to say that the different sources are exclusive to one side or the other; but they do have different levels of importance. For example, Borror's Dictionary of Word Roots helps with the translation of all of the taxonomic terms you'll encounter. Hey, the Greeks, Romans, Germans and Arabs named all of these organisms and structures the way they did for a reason! The Borror text (or similar biology dictionaries) will shed light on the mysteries of nomenclature, and will expand your vocabulary skills exponentially.


On the Lecture side, research results described in peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g., Science), as well as background and historical information descibed in your REQUIRED biology text (Campell's Biology) are some of the primary sources that supported the development of the Biology 201 Lecture Outline. The Lecture Outline -- and the lectures I present! -- will be your primary source of information and your most important study tools for the Lecture Exams.


The Lab side of Biology 201 is much more visual, tactile, and observation-oriented. In other words, you'll spend more time studying and exploring actual specimens -- whether live, preserved or on prepared slides (microscopy), or through the study of anatomical models. The most important reference you'll use for studying for the Lab Practica is a tool that you'll actually create yourself: your Lab Manual, in which you'll carefully note your observations and thoroughly answer the questions in each of the Lab Exercises. To help you become familiar with the specimens, another REQUIRED text will be a "photographic atlas" for biology lab, such as the Rust guide or the Van de Graaff and Crawley manual.


A student who expects to get an A in Biology 201 will not only have their own copies of the required texts, but they'll also know how to access the research papers referred to in class. So, how much will these materials cost you?


Biology (8th ed.), by Campbell & ReeceNOTHING! You already have it from Biology 200, right??
A Photographic Atlas for the Biology Laboratory (5th ed.), by Van De Graaff and Crawleyabout $15
Dictionary of Word Roots by Donald Borrorabout $15
Printing the Lecture Outline and Lab Manual PDFsabout $40 at Staples, FedEx, etc.

When you review the Syllabus, you'll also note that there is a $22 lab fee for Biology 201. Your total extra costs for this class should come out to about $100.

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