Principles of Biology II

Course Details

Course Number: BIOL 3064  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 209

Days & Times:

TR 11:00 A.M.-12:20 P.M.

Course Attachments

Principles of Biology II Syllabus 2014 Lecture Syllabus    POB2 Syllabus-20140110-152535.doc


Life: The Science of Biology, 9th ed.
Lecture Text.
  ISBN: 978142924646

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Roy C Vogtsberger   
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Course Objectives

Students in this course will be exposed to various principle components of the biological sciences. In this the second part of a two-semester course, a broad focus is placed on the following areas:

  • mechanisms of evolution
  • phylogenetics
  • speciation
  • history of life
  • diversity of life with emphasis on Eubacteria, Archaea, and Fungi
  • animal physiology, homeostasis, and temperature regulation
  • survey of animal organ systems to include: endocrine, reproductive, nervous, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and immune system

Course Expectations

Class Requirements:  This class contains both a lecture and separate lab component to it. You must be registered in both the lecture and the separate lab and attend both. BIOL 3054 is the prerequisite for this course.

Grading Standards

Lecture Exams:  There will be three, equally-weighted major exams that will each be worth 18.33% of your overall grade for the class in addition to a final exam.  The final exam WILL be comprehensive and will be worth 20% of your overall grade.  Lecture exams will all be a multiple choice testing format.


Course Grading:  The following is a breakdown of your final course grade:


Test #1                      =18.33%                                                                            

Test #2                      =18.33%                                                                            

Test #3                      =18.33%                                                                            

 Final Exam              =20.00%                                                                            

Lecture Grade total =75%                 +              Lab Grade  =25%       =  Total Course Grade 100%


The grading scale used to determine your letter grade for the course is as follows:

                                                A             =              90-100%

B             =              80-89%

C             =              70-79%

D             =              60-69%

F              =              below 60%

Final Exam5/6/2014  1:00-3:00

Submission Format Policy

None for lecture, but "as instructed" by teaching assistant in lab.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Make-up exams will be administered ONLY FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES OR UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. You MUST present a valid university excuse to make up a missed lecture exam.  If a make-up exam is granted, it should be taken immediately (i.e. before exams are passed back to the class).  DO NOT MISS AN EXAM!!!!  Academic honesty must be practiced at all times.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance:  You are expected to attend all classes.  A lot of material is presented in each class period, which makes it easy to fall behind if a class is missed.  If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to get class notes from classmates or handouts from your instructor.  Students with excessive absences may be dropped from the course.  Students should refer to the current MSU Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policy on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.  For example, see page 43 for information on class attendance policy and page 4 for the student honor creed.

Other Policies




***Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.