Lecture: MWF 11-12:00
Labs: M 1-4
This course emphasizes fundamental principles and concepts of biology. Principles I specifically covers the molecular and cellular levels of biological organization and how molecular function underlies all other aspects of biology.
I expect student participation in the form of asking and answering questions, attentiveness and courteous behavior during lectures. It is my opinion that you can only get out of any course what you put into it.
Make-Up Exam Policy:
There will be no make-up exams. If you miss one exam due to an EXCUSED absence (see attendance policy for definition of excused), your score on the comprehensive portion of the final exam will be substituted for it (in other words, the final exam will count twice). You may only make up one missed exam in this manner. In most cases, missing an exam without previous notification of the instructor makes the absence unexcused no matter what the reason.
Obviously, attendance is required for participation and attendance will be taken periodically. Students not attending regularly will be dropped. Attendance to lab is mandatory. Excused absences are for the following reasons: attending a scientific meeting, a university sanctioned extracurricular event (ie tennis, college bowl, etc), attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member (parent/sibling/grandparent/child). No other reasons will count as excused absences
Students are expected to behave as adults. These are ways adults are expected to behave in a classroom setting:
Students should refer to the current MSU handbook and activities calendar for university policy on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities. Special attention should be given to pages 66-76. These conduct standards apply to both lecture and lab.
It is expected that you will read the listed chapters from the textbook. One good method of doing this is to scan through the chapter before coming to class and then read the material we cover more thoroughly afterwards. The logic of this approach is that you will have seen new terms we bring up in class in the overall context of the topic and then you can go back for more detail after we discuss it in class.
There could be a pop-quiz on any day, so always come to class prepared.
We will have four (4) exams (including the final) at ~4 week intervals. The first 3 exams are non-comprehensive. The final will cover the last section of new material as well as have a comprehensive portion covering the previous 3 exams.
The lab portion of the course will be 25% of your total grade. The individual contribution of lab write-ups, quizzes and exams to constitute this 25% will be determined by your TA. Attendance to lab is mandatory. Students will be dropped if they miss 2 lab sessions.