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Martha Groom
BES 180
Bothell Campus

Introductory Biology

For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. First course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: B CUSP 152.

Class description

The goal of BES 180 is to help you learn how to think like a biologist. We will cover fundamentals of the diversity of life, mendelian genetics, micro- and macro-evolution, ecology and conservation biology. This course is essential preparation for BES 200 and BES 220.

This course is open to all UW students (from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses), and mirrors the content and approaches of the Biology 180 course taught at the Seattle campus. This course is approved as an equivalent of Biol 180, and can be substituted for this course at UW Seattle.

Student learning goals

Understand the application of the scientific method to biological problems.

Master fundamental principles of mendelian genetics, ecology, and evolution.

Understand how to construct and test hypotheses, and to interpret graphical and tabular presentations of results.

Develop facility in writing about biological topics and scientific experiments.

General method of instruction

There are two 125 minute lecture sections each week. Lectures will include discussion of problems and some small group work, but will consist primarily of lecture material given by the instructor. Labs are also 125 minutes in length, and in addition, all students must attend a weekend field trip. Labs are designed to 1) reinforce topics treated in lecture, or 2) introduce basic elements of experimental design and data analysis.

Recommended preparation

Two quarters of college chemistry are required as a prerequisite. The course is reading and writing-intensive and mastery of the English language is assumed. The instructor expects students to spend 6 hours preparing for each class session and 1 hour preparing for each lab.

Class assignments and grading

Class sessions may include graded or non-graded questions. Weekly homework assignments are written and are worth 10 points each. Most labs include a pre-lab and some require a written report.

Grades are based on graded in-class questions, homework assignments, two 100-point midterm exams, a 200-point comprehensive final, 100 lab points, and 30 points for field trip experiences.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Martha Groom
Date: 03/22/2007