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Marc David Servetnick
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 to understand major principles and concepts in biology. The central themes are: how information encoded in DNA orchestrates activities within cells and organisms; and how proteins act to carry out those activities. We will study basic cell and molecular biology, including cellular metabolism, respiration and reproduction. We conclude with an overview of development, including 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; develop your skills at constructing and testing hypotheses.

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

Conduct laboratory exercises to enhance your skills at collecting and evaluating data.

Interpret graphical and tabular representations of experiments and data.

Communicate your learning through written and oral lab reports.

General method of instruction

We will meet twice a week for lecture, and once a week for lab. Lectures will combine discussion and 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

Homework, quizzes exams, and participation.

Details will be provided in the syllabus. Grades will be assigned on the basis of lab assignments (written and oral), homework, quizzes, discussion participation, two midterm exams, and one final exam


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 Marc David Servetnick
Date: 10/17/2008