Biology 1A - Introduction to Biology
Biology Dept., Dominican College
Fall 1998

Course Description

Biology 1A will introduce the nature and diversity of life, focussing on plants but including bacteria, fungi, and algae as well. Emphasis will be placed on the unique physical and physiologic features of plants, their development, methods of reproduction and dispersal, evolutionary relationships, and importance in nature and society.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should demonstrate:


Course Schedule

Lecture Reading Laboratory
Aug 27 Introduction to Botany Ch. 1 Microscope & Drawing
Sept 1 The Nature of Life Ch. 2 Biochemistry
3 Cells Ch. 3 Mitosis & Cell Structure
8 DNA, Archaea, Bacteria Ch. 17 Bacteria, DNA Extraction
10 Photosynthesis Ch. 10 Photosynthesis
15 Exam I (lab notebook due) NO LAB
17 Genetics Ch. 13 Mendelian Genetics Problems
22 Evolution Ch. 15 Patterns in Evolution
24 Systematics Ch. 16 History vs. Utility
29 Fungi Ch. 18, 19 Fungal Diversity
Oct 1 Sexual Reproduction Ch. 12 Plant Life Cycles
6 Algae I Ch. 18 Algal Morphology
8 Algae II Ch. 18 Algal Morphology (cont'd)
13 Exam II (lab notebook due) Practicum I
15 Tissues Ch. 4 Tissues
20 Bryophytes Ch. 20 Bryophytes
22 Water Relations Ch. 9 Water Relations
27 Roots & 1° Growth Ch. 5 Roots & 1° Growth
29 Stems & 2° Growth Ch. 6 Stems & 2° Growth
Nov 3 Leaves Ch. 7 Leaves
5 Pteridophytes Ch. 21 Pteridophytes
10 Exam III (lab notebook due) NO LAB
12 Seeds and Embryogenesis Ch. 8, 22 Seeds
17 Gymnosperms Ch. 22 Gymnosperms
19 Angiosperms Ch. 23 Angiosperms
24 Flowers & Fruits Ch. 8 Flowers & Fruits
26 THANKSGIVING NO LAB
Dec 1 Review Scavenger Hunt
3 Biomes & Hormones Ch. 11, 25 Practicum II
Final : Exam IV (lab notebook due)


Instructor :
Brian R. Speer
vespirus@socrates.berkeley.edu
Biology Department, Dominican College


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