Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify and compare the various disciplines included in the
2. Identify the course of study required for a major in biology or
3. Summarize and evaluate lectures on current topics in biological
1. Biology as a discipline
a. Science education
b. Biology sub-disciplines: e.g. botany, zoology, molecular biology,
anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, evolution, ecology,
c. The biology and physiology majors at SRJC
2. Current topics in Biology
There will be unique topics every semester, some possible topics might
a. Natural history of specific geographical locations, e.g.
b. Biology of specific species, e.g. bats, manta rays, oaks, giardia
c. Current advances in medical research, e.g. impact of human genome
d. Biology in the news, e.g. current Nobel prizes in physiology
e. Research in specific biological disciplines, e.g. prions and mad
cow disease, physiology of chemical dependency, sudden oak death
1. Attendance at lectures, 5 per semester.
2. Brief written report(s) may be required summarizing and evaluating the
material presented in one or more lectures.
3. Objective examination on orientation to biological sciences.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 40%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 40%
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
50 - 80%
Instructor prepared materials.