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Rebecca M Price
BES 200
Bothell Campus

Introductory Biology

For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Second course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: BES 180.

Class description

BES 200 continues in the vein of BES 180, helping you understand major questions and concepts that all biologists use. The central dogma (that is, the way our DNA codes for actions that take place in cells and organisms) frames the content. We will study basic cell and molecular biology, beginning with the origin of life and moving through concepts such as cellular metabolism, respiration and reproduction. We conclude by studying developmental biology, including an overview of the fascinating sub-discipline, evo-devo, which combines evolutionary and developmental biology.

Student learning goals

Improve your understanding of how to apply the scientific method to biological problems, specially developing your skills at constructing and testing hypotheses.

Master fundamental principles of cellular and molecular biology, as well as developmental biology.

Employ laboratory exercises to enhance your skills at collecting and evaluating data for research.

Interpret graphical and tabular representations of experiments and data.

Learn collaboratively to master course content.

Communicate your learning through written and oral lab reports.

General method of instruction

We will meet two times a week for lecture, and once a week for lab. Lectures will combine group work and discussion with my presentations. Labs will reinforce the topics in lecture and provide you with the opportunity to understand experimental design and analyze data.

Recommended preparation

Grade of 1.5 or above in BES 180 or BIO 180.

Class assignments and grading

Labs Homework, quizzes and participation Exam I Exam II Final Exam

Labs (25 points each, 8 total) 200 Homework, quizzes and participation 50 Exam I 75 Exam II 75 Final Exam 100 Total 500


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.
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Last Update by Rebecca M Price
Date: 10/11/2007